EKU Pils - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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EKU PilsEKU Pils

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282 Ratings
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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-10-2002

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Ratings: 282 | Reviews: 174
Photo of smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Bright but dark and shimmering brass yellow, with crystal clear clarity. Fine and just the right amount of plentiful carbonation, perhaps a little less than I anticipated, tracking it's way to a thick but soupy bleach white three finger head. Cup and island slight retention, like a weak meringue, and nice creamy lacing on the edges. Great looking pilsner.

Classic German aroma it seems with a touch of candy like sweet. Muted and solid bread white dough, a nice touch of spiced hop herbality, and an almost cotton candy sweetness hiding in the back.

Palate takes a bit of a turn by seeing a bit dialed down. Very light bodied, almost like a very light Helles, with neutral and very subtle tones. Muted crispness but also doesn't seem to carry much bready density that seems like is hinted on the nose. Clean, yet particularly interesting sweet malt finish and a bit of muted hop profile.

It's decent and very easy drinking, but also feels very dumbed down. While good and pleasurable I'd probably prefer a different brand or maker, but she will work fine.

Photo of KFBR392
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A pretty pils. Pours with a finger and a half of crisp white head which settled in but was present while drinking. Golden straw yellow color with a clean, transparent body. Active carbonation is very bright, like it should be.

Smell: Straw and buttery yeast jump out first. Plenty of grassy hops on the body with some slight tropical fruits notes as well. Bread and dough kind of bring the front full circle and ride this one out.

Taste: Lots of grass and straw hops on the front. The body evens out with bread and some bright semi-sweet yeast notes. Some nuttiness rides through and lingers on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Clean hop profile, nutty and bready malts are welcome on the body.

Overall: A very well executed german pils. Great easy drinker that you can easily obtain at a reasonable value. Give it a try.

Photo of Premo88
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: yellow, crystal clear, 1/2-inch white foam head that looks like it's sticking; lots of bubbles rising up in the column ... not the most I've ever seen, but enough to form a good white collar and a decent little skin of foam on the top

S: corn, grain, sour grain, sour corn ... easily the weakest link of this brew -- if you try hard enough, you can smell some bread malt, but it's mostly sour grain

T: English pale ale fruity ... it's super sweet and shows no hop-profile at all at first -- it's a bread-malt bomb that comes off very English pale ale-like; then the hops show up, real green/grassy with only the slightest bitterness all in the most subtle form ... the hops give more flavor than bitterness ... it's not a "bite"; get some earth/black pepper hop tastes late

F: a tad soft for the style ... there's a lot of bubbles in the column and I'm tasting/feeling the carbonation, yet it's just a hair watery and kind of slick ... could be me

O: that fruity start is kind of wild for the style ... it's so sweet it truly comes off like an English pale ale at first; that sweet fruity twist is cool, and overall it's a tasty, drinkable brew, but it's just a hair above average. i'd use this beer for "gateway" purposes because it's so sweet to start off with that even non-beer drinkers might enjoy it

Photo of silverking
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- It pours a crystal clear pale golden straw with a fluffy, pure white head. Good head retention, excellent lacing. There are below streams of bubbles rising in the glass.

S- It smells somewhat sweet, lots of biscuity malt, and it has an ascertive grassy hop aroma. The whole thing comes together very well.

T- crisp and clean. Light malt highlighted by a somewhat spicy hop profile.

M- light, refreshing, clean. Perfect for a hot day, or any day for that matter.

O- this is a really good pilsener, highly recommended.

Photo of woodychandler
4.68/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a 5L mini-keg at State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland during a Veterans Day run and when I was invited to a Super Bowl party, I thought that it might be just the occasion to break it out. Boy, was I right! People marveled at it and they really liked the beer for being usually non-discerning about their beers.

From the CAN: "Total quality since 1872"; "With integrated tap/pull handle!"; "Best before: See top of [CAN]; "Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops, hops extract"; "Keep cool"; "Brewed by Kulmbacher Brauerei Aktien-Gesellschaft 95326 Kulmbach Bavaria, Germany, Niemcy"; "Brewed according to the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot [German Purity Law of 1516]".

Yes, it is a CAN as it is not pressurized and pours via gravity. I would get a quick finger of soapy, bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a button-bright golden-yellow (SRM = 4 to 5) and Midas, Croesus and Mammon suddenly crashed our party, desirous of a sip. It smelled great, like strong honey underlain by a pleasant grassiness. It was most definitely a German Pilsner! Czech Pilsners would be the opposite - grassy underlain by honey. My mouth was watering in anticipation. Mouthfeel was kind of light and thin, but that is to be expected in the style. The taste was very honey-like and I was reminded of the air freshener in my Ex-Old Lady's car. She is an apiarist and keeps honeycombs in the back of her vehicle, giving it a really honeyed scent. It was on the finish that I again tasted Noble (grassy) hops, giving the beer as semi-sweetness. This was a great example of the style, plus I got to turn some other people on to it as a result of its medium. You CAN believe that I am going to be looking into procuring more mini-kegs in the future!

Photo of DoubleJ
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kulmbacher has been good to me. I hope it remains so. This is a beer which has stared me down at bottle shops for years, and now am finally getting around to trying. 330 ml of pilsner during an unusually warm January. On to the beer:

The beer is pale golden with visible bubbles rising from bottom to top. The head is soapy looking and an inch thick. Not only is the head retention good, the lacing provides several thick rings. It smells okay, grainy with a vague sweet malt, woody, and lightly herbal.

The flavor comes together just as my head was casting doubt based on the aroma. Tastes a little clean with grassy, woody, and raw grain flavors. It has a soft body with gentle crispness and even a touch of creaminess. True, another German pilsner, but it's certainly better than the Warsteiner's of the world.

Photo of Robert_Ray
2.24/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had greatly anticipated the opening of this bottle. Had heard some nice comments about it, but as soon as I opened it, I smelled skunk. Same as Heineken. Guess I am not a German Pilsner kind of Guy. Maybe it was not fair since I had just finished a bottle of Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale that was excellent at 92 points! I just don't like the skunky in a beer. I will not buy again.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

EKU Pils has a thin, white head, with big and quickly dissipating bubbles, a mostly clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, slightly-turned barley malt (the beer might be old), tangy hops, and cracker. Taste is of the same, with light hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and EKU Pils finishes crisp, refreshing, and mild. Overall, this is a good beer, and I think it’s interesting enough to try.

RJT

Photo of Buttermaker
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one came with my first beer of the month club delivery. (The club, www.beermonthclub.com, was a gift. It's expensive and I'm not sure I would buy myself a membership but I was pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness and diversity of the offerings.) It's a nearly perfect example of a German pils. This is the beer you want to crack open after mowing the lawn on hot summer day. Clean and refreshing (at 5.0% ABV!) without being watered down and tasteless. Great pils flavor that never becomes too bitter. (Some pils start to taste like dishwater after the 3rd or 4th one.) A classic.

Recommended Music Pairing - Uncle Tupelo - Still Feel Gone

Photo of Ford
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Wow... upon pouring.. what a superb looking beer... beautiful, clear color.. perfect bubbles rising up... just looks super enticing.

Whoa... the smell... strong for a Pilsner in my opinion...and it doesn't smell very enticing.

The taste... better than average... but not that great.. I've had lots of Pilsners brewed in the USA that I like a lot better.... Saint Arnold and Live Oak being a couple made here in Texas.

Glad I tried this.. it came with my beer of the month club.... but I won't be looking for it again.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, moderate retention on a clear, light yellow body. Suddsy lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma includes a light hoppy note, some pilsner malt, maybe some lemon peel. Taste is light, refreshing, mild bitterness, slight sweetness on the back end. The taste can only be described as a light pilsner taste and clearly authentic. Tasty.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

If this "EKU" pils is the c lassic German pilsner, then what's the deal with Kulmbacher's Edelherb? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises honey-dripped biscuit, light grass, and a kiss of flower petal. The taste holds notes of old biscuit, dank greens, iceberg lettuce, and a general sense that the world just isn't quite right, that the Matrix may, in fact, be real, and it's having a hard time coding the flavor of beer. Man, this stuff just jumped off a cliff and destroyed itself upon the rocks at the base (but the eyes are still open and trying to process the horror it just experienced). The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly oily feel. Overall, this is the second time I've had this beer, and both times have been incredibly disappointing. And I made sure this stuff was pretty fresh, too, so it's not like I've been sitting on a bottle for years or anything. I've just gotta say it: This is a fairly crappy pils. *sigh*

Photo of ccrida
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence is clear gold with a small white collar leaving scattered lace.

Smell is mild cereals, a touch sweet.

Taste is very clean, sweetish pils, with a floral hop note and fairly decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, slippery.

Drinkability is good, a fine pils, clean, nice flavor but balanced and restrained.

Photo of pburland23
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer sitting around my fridge for a while and I can't even remember when I got it. Figured I'd give it a chance. Probably not the best circumstances for a review but I probably won't have this beer again, so here goes.

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into my Hoegaarden half pint glass.

Appearance: Pretty pedestrian looking pour. Very, very clear. Pale straw colored with about a finger of bright white head. Head retreated quickly and left no lacing behind.

Smell: Grassy with some floral hops. Bready malts as well. Again, fairly run-of-the-mill.

Taste: Light and lemony. Grassy with mild hops bitterness. The taste is a little lacking in terms of other German pilsners that I've had. Not bad, but nothing too exciting.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied and incredibly drinkable. Carbonation is spot on and the beer is sessionable at 5.0%.

Overall: With all the great pilsners available in the US, I wouldn't go to this one again. Doesn't measure up to Prima Pils and others.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a ¼-finger high bright white head that died down leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a web of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of bready malts in the nose. No hops are detectable.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts and a bit of sweetness along with a slight amount of bitterness. There are some hints of spicy hops in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and relatively clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and quite sessionable. It would seem to make a good pairing with food because the taste isn’t that strong.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a >2cm head of medium-sized bubbles, white in color, producing a very dense-looking collection. This fades, over the course of the drink, to a 0.5cm ring around the glass and some islands of foam. The body is a pale golden color, transparent, with a single stream of continuous carbonation holding the perpetual head aloft.

Aroma is clean and distinct, giving odes to flowery hops and light, sweet malts.

Taste opens with fairly good balance between flowery and herbal hop flavors alongside pilsner malt sweetness and grain flavors. The malt components win out briefly, yielding light breadiness . Hops reclaim in the finish with a slight citrus rind twang leading to nice, comfortable bitterness in the back of the tongue. Lingering taste of faint malt and gentle bitterness.

Body is medium to medium light. Could use a bit more carbonation than what experienced, but still adequate. Finish is dry.

While drinking this and writing the review, I didn't even notice how quickly I had finished the beer. This is just a very crisp, clear German pilsener that showcases everything enjoyable about the style.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear gold with a medium white head, excellent retention, good lace.

S: Nice sourdough bready malt, very floral noble hopping.

T: As with the smell, a great mix of pils malt and floral hops, grassy.

M: Light-bodied, very crisp and easy drinking.

O: An excellent pils, I don't know why I don't drink it more often.

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades semi quickly bit of lacing, crystal clear golden straw color.

Nose nice cracked straw, toasty malts, grainy, juicy amber malts, hint of noble floral grassy hops.

Taste is lighter than I expected but nice, cracked straw and toasty pilsner malts, bit of that earthy gritty grainy taste, then some light sweet amber malts, some nice floral grassy noble hops come late and add a bit of bitterness. dry finish with almost no lingering taste light bitterness lingering. Mostly crisp and clean finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall nice, a bit lighter than expected, nice malts, crisp and clean, finishes a bit too quick as well.

Photo of chrisrhoppe
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a beautiful 2 finger head and nice compact cappuccino like foam which leaves great lacing. Smells malty with a hint of hay and loads of fresh earthy yet juicy hop aromas. The is sharp with piney hops that stick to the top of the tongue but get carried though out the pallet by the silky smooth malt. Slightly dry finish with the hop flavors lingering just asking for some more company, and really, how could you not take another sip?

Overall this is a showcase pilsner and a great example of it’s style, I put it right up there with Victory Prima Pils.

Photo of BexterK
2.74/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A. Pours straw yellow. 1 inch head that doesn't last.

S. Clean, slightly grassy aroma.

T. Bite of mild hops, earthy/hay flavor.

M. Medium-high carbonation, zesty on the tongue.

Overall very light, clean and bland with a faint bitterness that fades quickly. I'm not a fan of light beer in general, but this was more subtle than any other light beer I've tried.

Photo of Trambo
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle poured into a fluted pils glass.

A - Pours like a classic German Pils: Beautiful, towering off-white head 4 fingers high. Crystal clear, light to medium golden body with light carbonation. Head settles down to 1/2 a finger in a few minutes, leaving spotty lacing

S - Grassy, hay and typical pils smell, with perhaps a light hoppy floral note.

T - Standard pils, nothing jumps out here. Bready malt followed with a slightly underwhelming hops bite. Bitter aftertaste dissipates a few minutes afterward.

M - Watery with very little carbonation. Slightly boring feel in a swish & swallow.

Overall, not a bad representation of the breed, but nowhere near Best in Class. This pils would be good for a few bottles, but gets boring after while.

Photo of Yagman3000
2.89/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appears dangerously light. I just held it up in front of my eyes and could watch the Mets game through it.

Smells and tastes alike: thin and starfish with a sweet that comes through the late middle and rests at the end.

mouthfeel is thin with a subtle pilsy dust at the end.

Overall on the lighter side and I wouldn't necessarily seek it out but am a little intrigued with the subtle sweet surprise. Interesting to have a fruit different than a wit orange of HW banana clove.

Photo of robbrandes
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours remarkably clear from the bottle, very light straw color. dense, fine head that fades to a long-lasting thin-film.

smell is quite subtle, but some good nuances - well-rounded malt profile, slight fruitiness and just a hint of the european hop profile. taste is good, but honestly a bit of a let-down. a subtle pilsener is one thing, but EKU leaves you want a little bit more. the hops are almost non-existent and i found myself more interested with the fruity under-currents of the yeast and malt.

excellent mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

overall a very sessionable beer, but there's many better fish in the sea.

Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow color with a huge white head into my glass. Lots of lacing and so forth.

Sweet with a good dose of buttery malt and grassy hops upfront. Smells like the style for sure.

Crisp, lightly buttered malt greets the tongue, followed by a decent hop bite.

Clean with just the right level of carbonation. Closer to the style than some examples I've had.

A decent, easy to enjoy pilsner for those who are fans of the style. Worth a try.

Photo of Knapp85
1.8/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I really want to find a German pils that I like. I feel bad that they all taste the same to me and it's rather disappointing. This beer is clear yellow it's earthy and mild flavored. Fresh cut grass on the taste too. Not much hops on the nose. Not my favorite style.

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EKU Pils from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
81 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.