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Krombacher Pils - Krombacher Brauerei

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Krombacher PilsKrombacher Pils

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341 Ratings
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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.02%
Wants: 4
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Krombacher Brauerei visit their website

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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Ontario (Canada)

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.

03-08-2014 23:11:46 | More by biegaman
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

07-18-2012 21:53:17 | More by oberon
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Newfoundland (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

09-26-2013 01:05:36 | More by cam477
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +14%

05-03-2014 14:49:18 | More by beerhunter13
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

03-16-2013 23:47:28 | More by markallmon
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-09-2013 10:09:06 | More by Satyr179
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

11-18-2013 03:00:25 | More by Guinnsslvr
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

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.

05-14-2010 01:59:37 | More by JohnnyBarman
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

08-25-2013 12:27:18 | More by innominat
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-04-2012 15:18:51 | More by fionn13
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

11-20-2011 10:50:48 | More by vsls
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

03-03-2013 21:36:54 | More by awalsh
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

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.

12-12-2011 22:08:57 | More by jazzyjeff13
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

09-04-2012 01:34:41 | More by amstokesdb9
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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.

01-23-2012 04:50:28 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

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

08-29-2012 14:00:16 | More by chinchill
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2.5/5  rDev -24%

06-30-2012 20:00:36 | More by valkyre65
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

05-26-2013 18:28:18 | More by timontheroad
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

04-20-2012 17:12:02 | More by Keegan
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-01-2013 23:27:42 | More by Miha
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

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.

08-13-2002 21:37:53 | More by rastaman
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New Mexico

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.

08-15-2012 23:26:56 | More by LXIXME
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

04-24-2013 16:12:55 | More by AdrianMendez
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-09-2013 17:54:08 | More by ste5venla
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New Mexico

4/5  rDev +21.6%

04-05-2014 20:22:00 | More by ONovoMexicano
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Krombacher Pils from Krombacher Brauerei
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