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EKU Pils - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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EKU PilsEKU Pils

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Reviews: 178
Hads: 296
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany | website

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 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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Photo of colts9016
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pokal glass at 35 degrees.

Appearance: A good one finger white frothy heat that has okay retention. The body of the beer is a pale straw color. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant.

Nose: A light biscuit grainy aroma with a light bouquet of flowers and citrus zest. In the background of the beer is some yeasty notes.

Taste: A light grainy flavor with a zippy zest of floral esters light pine, and citrus zest.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is crisp, edgy, and zippy. The body of the beer is carbonated and the finish is medium. This beer has a nice pilsner flavor with a zesty body. I like it very much.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with slight orange tint, totally clear with a stark white head that retains well for the style and leaves nice enough lacing.

Nose is full of lagery grain, typical grassy pilsner hop profile and a little bit of old lager sweetness.

Taste follows with some old lager like sweetness in the malt profile, almost an oktoberfest like malt dominance. There is still some hoppiness alive here, but its not prominent by any means. What there is is some minimal grassiness. The finish is fairly crisp, but nothing to remark at.

Mouthfeel is what you would expect. High carbontion and crisp thin viscosity.

Drinkability is pretty solid, but i'd imagine it would be considerably better if it were a bit more fresh.

Overall a decent representation of the style, but im pretty sure this bottle has some unwarranted age on it that has caused it to become something slightly less desireable. Still a good session beer and one i could drink a couple of with ease. A nice pils.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EKU Pils poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Appears a light gold in color, tightly formed bone white head.

Aroma is lightly yeasty, some euro hops are also present.

Very light in flavor all in all. A cracker like malt/yeast adds to a thin bodied beer. Euro hops are there adding an earthy bitterness. Lightly grainy and sweet.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and has a semi-dry finish.

Overall this is an easy drinking German Pilsner that really fits the bill.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

EKU Pils
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Style: German Pilsener
mini keg > pint glass for Ofest party 9/6/2009

Appearance was very clear/golden straw color, noticeable carbonation with a good 2 finger head.

Smell included a noticeable hop profile for a Pils.

Tastes as it smells on a solid malt/munich malt base.

Mouthfeel is high carbonation with medium body for a Pils.

Drinkability was a 4.5! This was an awesome surprise. I bought it as a German Pils mini keg for our 2009 Ofest party. World Mkt had them on sale for $14.99. It was a a great comparison for homebrew tasting!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw yellow. Very clear, some bubbles, and a one-finger white foamy head. Some lacing, but not alot.

Scents of sweet grain and fresh grass. Maybe a little hop leaf, but that could be the grassiness as well.

Light crisp malt and light grain, some raw grass sweetness, light hop bite towards the end. Clean, crisp, refreshing.

Light and well carbonated. This was an easy drinker. I could hit this all day in the summer -- just knock em back in front of the grill. Not super complex, but it is what it is supposed to be. I dug this one.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

From a 12oz. bottle.

A - Pours a pale straw clear, clean yellow with nice 1 in. head that seems frothy and recedes slowly leaving some sticky lace behind. Big slow bubbles of carbonation rise from the bottom.

S - Citrusy hints are immediate some grassy and husky hints are there as well. Earth tones are present as well and some spices.

T - Grainy malt is ever so present to start with a nice clean feel. Slight sweetness. Nice hop bitterness and floral character at the back end. I've had more complex tasting Pils but this is still good.

M - Carbonation is on the higher side of medium but not too bad. Well balanced.

D - Refreshing and light very drinkable.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - very clear straw/yellow. Solid head, lingers and laces. Nice looking beer

S - smells floral and clean, I was excited to taste after the smell

T - lacking in taste, watery and not much there. a little hop bitterness, but just an underwhelming experience

M - thin

D - could certainly drink a lot due to the light quality, but nothing noteworthy

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

Poured from an 11.2 ounce brown bottle into a pint glass.

Clear yellow body is topped by a sizeable white head. Carbonation is a little on the lighter side. Decent flowery hop taste and a nice amount of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery.

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Photo of drjamyma
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Keep in mind I'm not judging whether or not it fits the perfect Pilsner mold, just whether or not I liked it. And damn, I liked it. Keep in mind I was 5 beers deep when I had this. (also keep in mind I'm built like shaq)

This beer was served cold, perfect finger and a half head held on through the entire drink. The only thing distorting my vision through the drink was the glass itself. It was just a beautiful straw looking beer.

The taste was lightly floral, not thick, but not watery at all. A slight skunky taste as well, which was very nice.

After two disappointing casked porters, this really hit the mark.

Edit: Picked up a six pack of it and was very disappointed. Was quite plain in bottle form. No skunky taste at all which was ironic.

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Photo of bimish
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a thin, fizzy, 2-finger head that disispates quickly. Light, straw color.

S - Piney, resiny, hop aroma predominant. Light, crisp malt aroma, as would be expected from the style.

T - Again, light crisp malt flavor. Bold, resiny, grassy hop flavor. Hop flavor is predominant, true to the style.

M - Very light and smooth. Highly carbonated, fizzy texture.

D - Good to average pilsner.

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

In tall pils glass

A- 2 inches of white head and nice light straw color

S- spicy hops balanced with bready malt

T- moves just like most pils, malt to bitter hops that linger on the tongue, nice and peppery

M- nicely carbonated, smooth, crisp, adding up to what is great about pils

D- would love to have with a multitude of bbq food and on a warm day

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Photo of ZAP
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold colored...decent clarity...aroma is grassy graininess andsome herbal hops..flavor seems to lack a sturdy malt backing....bitter hops (too bitter) lead the way, then some lemon zest and then some light grassy graininess...body is on the thin side of medium...highly carbonated...finishes a little acidic

Smells pretty good but lacks top qualities once I start drinking it.

Not horrible but there are many better.

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Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of nms1987
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I started off thinking this thing wasn't quite worth the money (over 10 bucks for a six pack at Total Wine in Durham) but the more a drank it the more I thought... maybe it is.

Clear yellow-gold in color with a nose typical of a Pils. Noble hop aroma.

Nicely balanced taste. Good, slightly sweet maltiness that is more than offset by lovely zesty hops. The taste really lingers in the mouth.
Easy drinking yet complex

God I love pils.

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Photo of olmatty
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- High, bright-white, bubbly head with moderate retention and a very bright, clear yellow beer

Smell- Light malts and hops, not much of either

Taste- Clean, light pale malts up front and moderate, fresh vegetable hop hit which fades to a dry finish. Simple and unadulterated by adjunts flavors. What Pils should taste like and probably what Bud would taste like without adjuncts.

Mouthfeel- Crisp carbonation, somewhat watery

Drinkability- So refreshing, great beer on a hot day. Gone quickly and another would be welcome. I'd love to taste this recipe as an Imperial pilsner, that would be amazing.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfectly clear gold with a billowing white head. The foam reduces to a small, solid cap with great lacing. Strong aromas of grassy, grainy pilsener malts hit the nose; nice, light sweetness without much hop presence. This grainy malt character is dominant in the taste as well, though slightly floral hops come forward. Nice peppery, dry finish. Light-medium body. Overall, a very refreshing, well-crafted lager

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a typical straw color into the pils glass. The essential snow-white head is thick-looking, dense, and leaves appreaciable lacing. Some modest beading from underneath does the beer well.

Aroma - slightly sweet grain, a touch soapy, straight up pils.

Taste - a standard grainy start. The hops begin a touch citrusy then develop a dry, crackling bitterness after the swallow. A very clean finish; the hops continue to resonate as things wind down.

Mouthfeel - starts crisply and well-carbonated, ends dry and in need of a fresh taste; as it should be.

Drinkability - a little out of place for me in the dead of winter, but this would stand up well to some ribs, pulled pork, or chili.

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Photo of Amalak
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This came as part of a beer of the month club package. It had a very light, yellow/gold color to it. Had your traditional Pilsner bubblyness to it and good lace. That's where the good stuff ended.

There wasn't that much flavor to it, except a bitter taste, but not Pilsner bitter--more like skunk bitter. It also left a horrible taste in the back of my throat. I was also disappointed because I hold the Germans to a higher standard when it comes to beers.

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Photo of KyleMWood
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - very light pale in color, almost like a light beer, not a golden color like I'd like to see from a pils

Taste - bland, boring in flavor, not the crispness i'd expect from a good pils - maybe because it was in a bottle, perhaps not fresh

Drinkability - it was light, so definitely drinkable, but not something i would go out of my way to drink again

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Photo of smcolw
1.51/5  rDev -58.1%
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.

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

Poured into pilsner.

A: Bright golden pale yellow. Big frothy white head that hangs around initially like a little mountain range. Heavy carbonation. Spotty lacing.

S: Wheaty, a little yeasty, a little citrus.

T: Slightly bitter, light wheat, and a hint of hoppiness.

M: Light in the mouth, but aftertaste continues to deliver after initial drink.

D: Really refreshing. Bouquet continues to filter up into the nose while a slight bitterness sticks in the mouth.

This is a really good pilsner. Light palette, but a nice flavor. Great tasting, and refreshing.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of and split w/ dkachur - thanks! My portion enjoyed in a wine glass.

Appearance: A filtered straw-gold yellow with some streaky, runny lacing that doesn't even look like it's attempting to hold on to the sides of the wine glass. The carbonation is intense, fine-bubbled, pinpoint almost, and rises incredibly fast to the sheen of snow white froth that's left in the wake of the fast-fading head of the same color.

Aroma: Simple sweetness, lemon pale, with some faintly citrusy and grassy hops. As several reviewers have, I initially detected a note of skunk, but it seems to have disappeared back into the forest at this point.

Taste: Faint, sweet, simply grain, a few hay like notes. Not really too much going on here - it's lacking in depth and complexity, more so than many pilsners, even, and though it's not unenjoyable, it's not a standout in the taste department.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and thin, but (naturally) uneven and frothy, big-bubbled, all over the charts.

Drinkability: See my taste notes above. Decidedly average - it hits some of the right notes and misses others, and though it's fairly drinkable due to its crispness and low abv%, I don't see myself reaching for it again.

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Photo of Spikester
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with a large white head and good lacings. Aroma is lightly skunked. Taste is bitter hops with good support from the slightly sweet malts. Nice clean Pils with a bitter dry finish. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is good considering it has an abv 0f 5%. A decent journeyman Pils.

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Photo of Greggy
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a 1 finger wispy white head over a golden straw colored body. The body has a nice amount of super fine sediment. As the head recedes, there is SUPER fine speckled lacing.

S- Honey, graham crackers, floral hops, grains, tiny hints of dark fruit.

T- Starts off with a nice fresh lemon honey graham cracker maltiness transitioning into a nice dry graphite hop note. The finish has hints of graininess and dry dry hops.

M- Nice low carbonation. Big thick mouthfeel.

D- This is a very good pilsner. It has great balance, some nice complexity and is easily sessionable.

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EKU Pils from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
82 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.