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EKU Pils - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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176 Reviews
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Reviews: 176
Hads: 289
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.64%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grape jelly, white grape juice, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with white grape juice, grape jelly, earth, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle. (574 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head that leaves lots of lacing

Smell: Rather vague aroma with a touch of noble hops and some bready malt

Taste: Starts out with a zesty, bready flavor; after the swallow, the noble hop flavors kick in along with a residual sweetness; slightly metallic

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with zesty carbonation

Drinkability: While the flavor profile is a bit lacking, this is a clean and refreshing beer (468 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
1.8/5  rDev -50.3%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at my favoite local German Bar. After passing up on this one for quite a while, I was pleasantly surprised when finally trying it. Very refreshing and clean, though normal in flavor profile. Noble hop aromas were fresh and bold for a pilsner. Earthy and lightly malty also. Flavors are moderately sweet, bready and slightly grainy. Hops provide more than just bittering--a good hop flavor with no light-striken qualities. Qute Bohemian in quality. Body is smooth and creamy. Finishes lightly bitter, grainy, yet clean. Great for washing down the Brats and Sauerkraut. (575 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Bright and clear in the glass, golden-hued with a thick frothy head. Nice spicy hop aroma, quite fragrant and fresh, a bit grassy. Crackery pale malt resides right beside the hops, and the yeast profile is clean, showing only a hint of sulfur. It's crisp and dry on the tongue, more hoppy than malty, with a robust spicy/herbal/green/grassy hop character. There's a touch of dry maltiness around the mid-palate, reminiscent of a sweet baguette. Finishing with a firm, punchy and lingering bitterness, this is especially dry and bitter for a German pils. (584 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light lemony gold with a faint haze and a few whispery floaters that settle to the bottom in due course. The beer is crowned with a shockingly bright white head of pillowy, yet tacky, foam that sticks to the glass in cheesecloth-like sheets. The lace is too melty though and before long scattered shards are all that remain.

When I first popped the cap I smelled skunk. Now that the beer has had a chance to breathe, the little mammal seems to have wandered off. A faint odor trail remains, but I'm convinced that noble hops smell this way in some pilseners (even relatively fresh ones). There's some semblance of untoasted grain, but hops overpower all. I've smelled better.

The flavor is a little too harsh for me. It's tough to say what's causing it. My guess is a malt-to-hop ratio that's too low. The bitterness is impressively unsupported and is a sharp, pungent beast that keeps me from enjoying the flavor much at all. There's also a mild 'sucking on pennies' vibe that isn't fading.

The beer feels soft in the mouth thanks to an understated amount of carbonation, but that only makes the sharpness of the flavor that much more noticeable. I don't pick up any citrusiness, which I tend to like in this style. A little lemon zest often makes pilseners more drinkable for me.

EKU Pils just can't be recommended, there's too much unsupported bitterness. This beer is only for those who love the style and maybe not even for them. Best avoided. (1,461 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, straw yellow color with a two-finger, white, pillowy head of fluffy foam. It left thin traces of lace.

S - It smelled of grains and floral notes. No skunkiness thanks to a brown bottle.

T - It had a sharp, spicy hop bite for a pilsener. Good grain flavor with some caramel sweetness. Really well done.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied lager with a fairly dry finish.

D - This was really pretty good. I feared it might be old because of the high price point. Quite a tasty German Pils. (530 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a straw color with a nice blooming head in my pilsner glas,smelled of bread mostly.Nice balanced taste to this beer bread-like at the start but a good dry,hoppy ending.Really good pilsner I would recommend people to try this one,eally if they like tis style of beer. (273 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a perfectly clear, yellow body with a medium-sized, frothy, white head.

Smell: Moderate degree of sweet-scented graininess on the nose coupled with notes of noble hops and just a whisper of DMS.

Taste: Subtly grainy Pilsner malts with a modest touch of imparted sweetness. The maltiness is balanced well by spicy noble hops that also yield a slight, grassy herbaceousness. Rather small, fleeting traces of DMS. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It's another hot, muggy, stinky in all the wrong places kind of day in Georgia and it's not even summertime yet and as much I enjoy a full-bodied, hearty stout, I was definitely looking for something lighter and more refreshing to satisfy. While it's not the punchiest pils on the block (this could be an issue of freshness, sadly there a no apparent dating codes on the bottle), it did fare well with me when it came to being refreshing and easily drinkable. (1,060 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of creamy, white foam on top of a clear, golden body. As the head settles, it leaves a nice, thick layer of lace on the glass.

S - Nice aroma of pils malt with hints of graham crackers and honey, as well as light, spicy German hops.

T - Sweet malt along with earthy, spicy hop flavors. Notes of bread and honey. The hops slowly take over in the finish, presenting a musty, earthy character and light, smooth bitterness.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable and a great example of the style. The hop aroma could be a bit stronger, and I have had other pilsners with a richer malt complexity. One of the best German Pilsners I have come across in the US. (709 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -26%
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* (1,066 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, light caramelized malts, some honey and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of light malts, caramel and honey that are quickly followed by bready flavors of lager yeast and grain. There's a mild hops presence that bring some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a solid beer to drink for a while but there are better beers in the style that I would choose first. (782 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear straw tinted golden witha nice bubbly white head leaves very nice webbed lacing in full patches. Aroma: Some lemongrass sweetness, grainy, with Hallertau hops present to balance the sweetness a very nice crisply balanced brew so far. Taste: Pleasantly hoppy distinct European hops with a biscuit malt character, much more flavor than I was expecting simple but very tasty. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body with a very smooth natural carbonation everything an American light lager will never accomplish. Drinkability: Very refreshing and easy to consume, definitely a session brew meant to be drank a few at a sitting. (645 characters)

Photo of smcolw
1.51/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Very light color, as close to water as I've seen.

How do I say this? The smell reminds me of urine.

The body is like seltzer, which is also what the flavor reminds me of. Simply said, this is a waste of a bottle. Interestingly, this beer is not skunky. (256 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pils glass:

Pours light golden yellow - plenty of clarity - with a towering head that slowly descends to a lasting thin cover. Spotted, foamy lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of graininess and some hay. Not complex, but clean and in style.

The taste is grainy - sweet at first, with hay-like grassiness and herbal bitterness catching up. Herbal bitterness a bit much - becoming slightly metallic, but there is enough malt to keep it balanced. Crisp finish.

Appropriately light-bodied. Refreshing.

A refreshing quench-thirster (despite touch of bitterness - not something I normally complain about, but a bit off here). Smooth - disappears quickly. (671 characters)

Photo of WesWes
2.77/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is decent. It has a nice slightly malty scent with a bit of dry skunky aroma. The taste is average. It has a crisp, bitter flavor with a dry, yet weak finish. It has no malt character, but does reveal some bitter hops. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with a boat load of carbonation. This is a hard drinker. I don't care for the taste at all. It has a nasty stale aftertaste. It's one and done for me. (493 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.68/5  rDev +29.3%
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! (1,744 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised at the lower ratings this received to this point on the web site. This had a beatiful crystal clear gold color with a fluffy white head that lasted. The aroma was mostly hops with less malt. The flavor was malty with a sharp bitter bite. The mouthfeel was smooth, and a slight crispness developed while swallowing. The bitterness lingered well into the aftertaste.

This beer had a body with some depth for a pils, not weak at all. Very tasty and extremely drinkable. Several of these can be easily consumed without getting bored. (549 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chilled EKU Pils glass, the beer shows a brilliantly clear, bright gold color and is topped by a an initially four-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that leaves a touch of lacing as it falls back into the beer. A note of sweet grain moves to a touch of grassy, lightly toasted malt, to a lightly spicy grassy hop note and then back to a sweet, almost fruity grain/ hop note.

The beer is quite cold, which is just what I was looking for on this muggy, hot, summer afternoon. A nice, sharp, lightly herbal hop note is evident from the get go. The crisp hoppy bitterness carries through to a lightly lingering finish. Grassy grain notes linger with a touch of toasted grain and just a hint of malt sweetness; all of these really just add a subtle counterpoint to the crisp, herbal (with even a touch of lemon zest) hop character though. This is certainly not the best Pilsner out there, but it certainly hits the spot today and is in fact a tasty example of the style. (991 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tried this one on tap at the Collins bar in NY city. Poured light golden and clear. The head is quite white, lacing was minimal. Nose that I got was mostly of grass. This is a moderatly crisp and clean lager. highly quaffable and pleasant on the taste buds. German hops duly noted, as well as a note of rye. Versitile sessioner. (328 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,120 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (816 characters)

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EKU Pils from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
82 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.