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Krombacher Pils - Krombacher Brauerei

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Krombacher PilsKrombacher Pils

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BA SCORE
76
okay

357 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Krombacher Brauerei visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-11-2001)
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Reviews by biegaman:
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3.3/5  rDev +0.3%

I'm not so sure how much weight the Reinheitsgebot - Germany's Purity Law - still holds in an age of multinational-owned, large-scale and heavily industrialized breweries, but this lager certainly looks pure; Krombacher has a spotless clarity that not even a germaphobe could find fault in. Its golden-yellow body is glistening, its bubbles buoyant and its head thick as sour cream.

While it may look like the perfect Pilsner, however, its aroma strongly suggests that Krombacher - the beer self-proclaimed to be the "No.1 Premium Beer in Germany" - is not in fact the poster-boy for Pilsners as it may first appear. This lager not only lacks any trace of the distinctive Noble hops that distinguish the style, but it also harbors an unwanted corn syrup-like note.

Indeed, the palate is also marred by the cloyingly sweet and artificial taste of adjunct. This befouling corn-like flavour devastates whatever clean and authentic Pils malt was used (and any lightly grainy or Graham cracker-like taste it would have imparted). As result, the flavour is as unremarkable as it is unsatisfying; it offers nothing different from ubiquitous North American lagers.

Professional brewers may pick up on a few details I can't: it seems to me the attenuation is decent and the mouthfeel feels like it possesses that higher-sulfate water profile characteristic of the style. (These are more like hunches, mind you, as I lack strong knowledge of the technical aspects.) Still, nothing can ultimately overshadow the noticeable adjunct presence.

German brewers are not immune to concerns of cost, efficiency, and consistency - it's not uncommon for bigger commercial ones to do things their grandfathers would never be caught dead doing. By and large, however, they've maintained higher standards; Krombacher isn't a whole lot different from other mass-produced lagers in its price range - but it is a bit better.

biegaman, Mar 08, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%

Poured into a pilsner a light golden with a decent sized rocky white head that was gone pretty quickly.The nose is very clean...too clean,a bit of toasted grain and faint hint of iron and that's about it.Mild flavors of toasted bread and that iron note,light sweetness in the finish.Eh I wanted something I could drink while grillin in the heat,I could have done better.

oberon, Jul 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

cam477, Sep 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

beerhunter13, May 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

markallmon, Mar 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Satyr179, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Guinnsslvr, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured into a lager glass. Slightly dark golden, with about a 1/2 inch of head. Left a fairly substantial ring, some lacing.

Nose is typical pilsner - bitter hops, light malts. Nothing distinguishable.

A surprisingly malty pilsner, with notes of honey. Finishes with leafy hop bitterness, but not nearly as much as I'd expected. Almost pushing into blonde territory.

Lower carbonation, slightly creamy. Smooth.

Not bad, very knock-backable. Nothing special, however, and not one I'll actively seek out again.

JohnnyBarman, May 14, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

innominat, Aug 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

vsls, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

awalsh, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2012.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear light-gold colour with good carbonation and the odd speck of sediment floating around. Produces a large head of brilliant white foam with a fine texture; this lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of light grainy malt with overtones of noble hops - leafy and bitter. A faint whiff of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of light malt with a crisp bitterness. Notes of grain and leafy noble hops. A background hint of spice, stewed hops and solvent. Mouthfeel is tingly and dry. Aftertaste of faint malt and bitter hops.

A decent pilsner; crisp and refreshing with a hoppy bite. Slides down nicely - I could imagine sinking a few steins of this.

jazzyjeff13, Dec 12, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

amstokesdb9, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours out a well carbonated light yellow. Aroma was actually kinda lemony wheat.

Very light taste, more of the lemony character, mouthfeel extremely faint, almost no malt character, the yeast was nice and neutral. A pretty neutral beer overall, the price is a little much from when I first got turned on to these back in Milwaukee at Koppa's and The Annex. I think the draft version had less bitterness to it. Halfway down it would recede into a smoother, creamier experience.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 23, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Served from a fresh keg at the Atlanta German Bierfest.

Medium golden color; clear with a durable and frothy head.

As expected the aroma features light malt and hops, but with a nice note of baked bread and a hint of fruit. The taste is less interesting and nuanced. While I did not notice any flaws it did seem under-hopped.

M: near medium body; very good carbonation; smooth

chinchill, Aug 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -24%

valkyre65, Jun 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

timontheroad, May 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Keegan, Apr 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Miha, Jun 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Yeah, i liked it OK. Sweetsih palate, with mild maltiness and hoppiness, quite light in body, thinish palate, but highly drinkable and in-offensive, maybe a bit fizzy aswell.

rastaman, Aug 13, 2002
Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Big white head leaves a thin white layer of head/lacing covering the entire top of a clear golden colored pils.

Sour to lightly skunk aroma with some light bread like malts.

A light sourish taste than the aroma would have suggested, the taste also has some light grain malt with a light bitter hops kick that seems to be its saving grace.

A dry aftertaste with a slight bitter nip on this light bodied beer.

LXIXME, Aug 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

AdrianMendez, Apr 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

ste5venla, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

ONovoMexicano, Apr 05, 2014
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Krombacher Pils from Krombacher Brauerei
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