Krombacher Pils - Krombacher Brauerei
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Reviews by biegaman:
3.3/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
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.
Serving type: can
03-08-2014 23:11:46 | More by biegaman
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a beer mug. Large white head with excellent retention. Golden amber color with a strong smell and taste of hops. The aftertaste is delightfully bitter. I bought this bottle as part of a build your own six pack deal, and I'm glad I did. It is an excellent beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 04:38:57 | More by BeerLovinWoman87
United Kingdom (England)
4.23/5 rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
This beer has a big tight head that stays around. Massive carbonation is streaming up with great vigour.
The aroma is a herbal hop smell typical of German pils. I detect mint and spring water in the smell.
The beer is highly drinkable. It tastes of noble hops and minerals with a mild but lingering bitter aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is like sparkling mineral water. Smooth but carbonated.
Overall, a mild but refined and delicious beer that would suffice as a standard example of a German pilsener. Very similar but not identical to Warsteiner and Bitburger.
My mark out of one hundred would be 87.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 16:23:19 | More by LagerCognoscenti
Krombacher Pils from Krombacher Brauerei
76 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.