EKU Pils - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Reviews: 177
Hads: 292
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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 robbrandes
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.8/5  rDev -50%
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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Photo of chaz01
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Beer of the month club, poured into a pilsner type glass.

A: Bright and clear out of the bottle, with your basic yellow straw beer color. An average size white foamy head, although I was expecting more.

S: Hay, grass, grains in the aroma with light floral notes.

T: Lots of grainy hay and grass flavor with a little touch of malt sweetness. Your basic pilsner type beer, but with a little bit of a grassy hop finish that lingers longer than normal.

M: Light bodied and medium to highly carbonated.

D: Light, refreshing, clean, crisp easy to drink although maybe a little bit boring. Would be refreshing on a hot summer day or perhaps paired with any hot, spicy dish.

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3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle to pokal. EKU has moved away from the classic white label as displayed on BA to a more contemporary design, which is pretty awful.

A: Pours with a 4 finger bright white, compact and foamy head. Excellent retention depositing some sticky sea foam lace as it slowly recedes. The body of the beer is light gold but very bright and could not be any clearer. As the beer continues to disappear from the glass, seemingly does the lace from drying out.

S: Very grainy with straw malts and a scent reminiscent to graham cracker. Beautiful balance between the malts and the grassiness of the noble hops.

T: Crisp flavors with moderate spicy hop bitterness.

M: Medium-light body and far from thin. Extremely crisp and refreshing. Medium-high carbonation.

D: Great palatability, excellent drinkability.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Beer of the Month brew... I need to politely tell my sister and brother-in-law not to get me this again...

First sip can't go by without a positive mention of the body and mouthfeel. Very very nice. The body is medium/full and very well-carbonated. It works quite well.

The flavor has some light sweetness-- it actually reminds me of the smell of sweet corn, but I'm sure that isn't an ingredient here... Right? Some noble hops come in too-- spicy and floral notes mainly. The taste follows suit; light sweetness up front, floral hops at the back, spicy hops a little further back, and a clean crisp finish.

The beer itself is a light, clear, pale gold color. White head of a thick creamy finger and some lacing... I like the color-- but the retention/lace is a bit of a downer.

My overall impression us that this is the best beer of the month club beer I've been sent... It is tasty. It is good enough that I will actually drink the rest of them, rather than give them away...

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Photo of nitro0292
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I will preface this review by saying that I am generally not a huge fan of pilseners, German or otherwise.

This brew came in my BOTM shipment, so lets give it a whirl....

A - Appearance is good, brilliant straw color, exceptional attenuation and a solid head with lacing.

S - Typical Pils smell (slight DMS) other than that, not too much going on, but not too rancid either (which is a problem for me with pilseners).

T - Light, crisp and refreshing. Not a lot of hops, or a lot of malt, which is good for me since I generally don't like extremely flavorful pilseners (with the exception of Victory Prima Pils). Nothing offensive, no DMS, no diacetyl.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation.

D - Again, I'm not a fan of the style so I generally don't want another. That said, this is one that I could have a few of if nothing of another style (or only BMC) were available.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz single. Very pale gold lager, tight white head.Good lace. Actually nice hoppy aroma..saaz hops but really bright and clear. Taste is more balanced than i imagined but the hops shine through at the end.. though rather balanced for a German Pils..it pulls it off. Actually a nice silky smooth palate( if thats possible) for the style. Overall i liked this one and found it drinkable.

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Photo of CHickman
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold in color with a fluffy 2 finger cloudy now white head that faded slowly; very good lacing that clings to the glass and left rings as it went down.

Smells of grass, hay, light sweet malt, yeast, faint floral hops, corn and a slight skunky odor; pretty mellow nose as the hops and grains controlled the nose, but gave way to some floral notes.

Tastes of sweet malt, grass, hay, light lemon, yeast, light floral hops, corn, herbs, toasted grains and a touch of caramel; the flavor was typical for a pils and was balanced enough to be enjoyable, yet a tad too basic as the hops didn't bring any spice punch.

Mouthfeel was smooth and watery; body was light and crisp, with light carbonation and a slight bitter finish. High drinkability, it goes down easy, but is just a little reserved to be exciting. Good session beer that could flow all night.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L, Germany, best by 2/11.

Pours with a nice, creamy head atop the standard light gold body. Great clarity, plus above-average retention and lacing.

Aroma has a bit of grassy hops, but is mainly muffled and grainy.

Flavor is dry and clean. Malts, though not sweet, seem to take over a bit. Bitterness is there, but the hop flavor needs to be elevated. Some spice and earthiness from the hops. Finish is woody and bready. Mouthfeel has smooth carbonation but lacked creaminess.

This is a solid pilsner, even if it's not very impressive. Easy to drink.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a larger fridge keg of this at my local BevMo. It was on sale and I decided to give it a try. It is a straightforward German Pilsner, with a hint of Lager taste. The beer is a beautiful golden color, has a strong aroma (which is sweet), leaves a slight aftertaste, and is easy to drink. Definitely worth a try, especially if you like St. Pauli or Steinlager.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.69/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Got this 12oz single for $2.00 from Manchester Wine & Spirits, Manchester CT. Code 2013311. Served cold in a chilled pilsener glass.

Perfectly clear, bright yellow brew shows moderate carbonation and puts up a healthy 1.5" of white foam. Smell has some dried hay, lemon, raw grain, and a little skunk... smells like a standard EPL. Taste is a good dose of saaz, then lemon rind, hay, grain. Fairly hoppy. The feel is light and crisp, but astringent in a way that makes my teeth feel gritty, which is a bit offensive. Finishes with gritty teeth and a lingering flavor of leather.

Bleh. I'm not impressed, won't be seeking this out again.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a very thin yellow in color but with a nice, big, fluffy white head that left little pits on top of the liquid.

Smell - There's a light grassy hop aroma that isn't bad but doesn't nail the style. It's off and kind of stale.

Taste - The malt comes out a bit more at the taste but again the hops are stale. The overall effect is that it tastes like the ingredients are really cheap but I'm sure that's not the case as this brewery has a strong reputation.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied with modest carbonation and no finish to speak of.

Drinkability - This was good enough to finish but I wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Unfortunately as is practically against my religion, I am drinking this beer out of the bottle as I am traveling and have no suitable drinking receptacle. I can't really review this beer on appearance rather than judging from what I can see through the brown bottle.

Appearance: The beer is really clear in the bottle with no yeast or sediment on the bottom of the bottle. There is quite a bit of carbonation visible as the bubbles rise after the sip. It looks like there would be a medium sized head of small white bubbles.

Aroma: I get predominantly sweet and somewhat toasty malts with a reserved hop presence that really just has a hint of spice (like from Saaz), but is not completely obvious as it typically is in Northern Pilsners. I may have to knock it a bit on this section as a Pilsner typically has a more dominant hop profile and this beer comes across more like a Helles. This is a good thing for my taste, but I will have to "ding" it here.

Taste: The hops is a little bit bigger player in the flavor than in the aroma, but it is still reserved when compared to the toasty malts. There are lots of toasty notes in the flavor from the malt as well, and this is the key player in the finish. The hops are really only a player in the beginning of the flavor profile and then the malt takes over and that is the last you hear from the hops. The carbonation is ample and makes the beer dance across the palate a bit on the way down.

Opinion: This is a really good beer in my opinion, and this is the second six-pack that I have drank in the week that I have been traveling, so it definitely goes down easily. I am anxious to try it again is a more "proper" setting, but this beer is good enough that it isn't suffering even from this inferior presentation. I am looking forward to drinking this beer again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Kala1073
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold color. Aroma is of floral hops and grassy grain. It is a totally straightforward pilsner with the taste of grain and peppery hops with a malty backbone, and a very dry finish. Might not be the most intricate beer, but on a hot summer day it sure beats water.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking from a 1.32 US gal mini-keg. Tapping instructions in German only!

Pours an ULTRA clear golden yellow, with slow bubble trailers. A thin head sticks to the sides of the glass nicely. Smell is beer-like (aka malty and a tad sweet and grassy.) Taste is smooth at first, twisting into a hoppy high and malty backbone. Nothing bad, just a good pilsner taste with a solid, bitter (and a bit of tankard) finish. Drinkability is expectedly high.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +25%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I made the rounds tonight while the wife had some work to take care of... stopped in at Brewforia... I had to buy something :-) This took $2.79 off the $25 bill :-P

The Label on this one is now different .... it now shows dark blue dusk with a fortress and spotlights .... the EKU is big block red.

Pours very nice... 1" rocky white head... crystal clear straw golden... Great lacing.

Grainy maltiness... spicy/grassy hoppiness... a bit of sulfur that goes away thankfully.

crisp.. not as bitter as many German pils (especially American takes) ... lite cereal maltiness throughout... the bitterness also trails through well... some grassy hops show midway and move on to the finish.

Body is lite/medium with a good everpresent small bubble carbonation.

This tastes surprisingly fresh... dry and a bit sulfury in the burps.. but really I am pretty happy despite the price tag.


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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

EKU Pils pours a nice golden color, with little head that doesn't stick around for too long. The beer looks very average. The taste is stronger than I was expecting. A little bitter even. Aftertaste lingers a little. Overall, this is a good pilsener, but probably not the best beer I've ever had.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of qazelisc
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass

a - straw/gold color, white head, nice lacing

s- sweet malts, honey, grassy hops

t - malty/bready and grassy hops, slightly bitter aftertaste

m - light to medium body, smooth and well rounded, medium carbonation

d - a nice easy drinking smooth, well-lagered and slightly bitter German pilsner

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Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear and pale yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells mostly of toasted grain, pilsner malt and biscuit. Hop scent is confined to just a grassy scent.

Starts out very dry with a slight grassy aftertaste. Taste doesn't really change that much as you drink it, just dry mild lager. Hop bitterness is on the low side of medium, no bite.

Mouthfeel is light.

An OK beer but not one I will likely buy again because I like more hop bite in my Pilsners.

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Photo of jsh420
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours bright golden yellow with a 1+ finger that leaves some spotted lacing

smells of cereal grains and light grassy hops

taste cereal grains and grassy somewhat spicey hops but its missing the the lemon citrus zest

mouthfeel is light crisp smooth and creamy

drinkability - very easy drinking - if you want session beer you want pils

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EKU Pils from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
82 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.