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Krombacher Pils - Krombacher Brauerei

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 458
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 8
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-11-2001

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Photo of Lemreway16
4.38/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

German beers consistently are in the top league of beer and this now international brew is one of the better examples. Full of flavour, refreshing and quality. As with any proper beer the difference in taste between bottled and canned is considerable and personally I only take the bottled version. (300 characters)

Photo of El-Heffe
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have read the top rated pilsners in America. Rankings putting American craft brews as the best.
Simply absurd. For some reason, America cannot brew a decent true Pilsen.
This is world class. It sits on the tongue just right for a pilsner. Some golden midranged sweetness, subtle just right tang and some bitterness at the end with a hint of sour. But overall golden warmth of summertime, refreshing and clean. Great beer with food or as a session beer. I like to have one strong ipa, A belgian ale or a dunkel weiss and then switch to this for the rest of the night. Not too strong but gets the job done and not so sugary. Does not make you feel like crap the next day like drinking too many high calorie double ipa's (719 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Valhalla.

1/2 liter in proper glassware. Clear body with a thick white head. Copious lacing. Bready aroma, lager yeast. Great flavor. Refreshing and quaffable. A delicious pilsner. (191 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.17/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just picked this beer up at the downtown Spec's today and am hopeful that we will see some of the other offerings from this brewery. Let's give the Pils a shot here in "the States".

Appearance: Pours a very clear light golden color with a small 1/8" head of small white bubbles that didn't really stick around for all that long. Within about 40 seconds, the foam was a ring where the glass meets the beer, and is being maintained by quite a few bubbles rising. There is a little bit is wavy lacing left on the glass after drinking most of the beer.

Aroma: The initial aroma was nice for a Pilsner with malt being the predominant aspect with some sweet toasty notes, but the hos are definitely present here adding a clean floral complexity. In the very cold beer, there are no off aromas at all and it is getting more toasty as it sits.

Taste: The flavor is also very clean and malty with some hop presence in the initial part of the flavor profile adding some flowers and maybe a hint of grass, but the malt is in control of the rest of the beer. There are some bittering hops to balance the finish, but they don't control the finish. The overall mouthfeel is medium to light with plenty of carbonation for what this beer is. It is a tad watery on the palate, but it is just really clean.

Opinion: Well, I must say that I am enjoying this beer quite a bit. I personally like a Pilsner that is more like a Helles, so this one fits the bill nicely. That said, it is a bit light in the hop department for this style...but you expect that a bit since it is brewed more in the middle of the country than in the North where the beers are notably more hoppy. Either way, if you like Pilsners OR Helles, I would give this one a shot on a clean palate and I don't think that you will be disappointed. (1,797 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
4.12/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pils presents itself picture perfectly, lots of white head, and a nice golden and clean looking body. There is a lot of carbonation here, even after a moderate pour. This is how a pilsner should look.

This brew has only a slight fragrance. Not much in the way of malt, but a hint of slight lemon.

In the way of taste, this is a bit more than on par. It's actually a little bit more on the malty side than expected. Somewhat husky and mildly sweet, but nicely counter balanced with a hint of lemon.

This is about as refreshing as one can get in the lager family. Definitely totally balanced and is a swell session cervesa. (629 characters)

Photo of Jerone
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color with lots of bubbles and a nice head that sticks around and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell is of fruit banana/apple, malt and some hops.

Taste is pretty good, some fruitiness to it, apple, and a bit of sweet malt and some hops to clean of the taste and give it a floral note. This is what I want a pilsner to taste like. Mouthfeel is light to medium with medium carbonation. Goes down easy and tasty.

A good pilsner, for some reason it's hard to find good ones anywhere. (497 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale yellow, big head, good lacing.

Smell: Floral, grassy.

Taste: Tasty balanced pilsner, though I get a fair amount of corny sweetness from it. Mild grassy hops.

Overall: I received this as a re-gift, my aunt received it from a German exchange student. The bottle had a best-before date of mid-August, so I was pleasantly surprised how good it tasted despite being out of date. Brown bottle and constant refrigeration probably helped. Anyway, this is a solid pilsner with a little more corn flavor than it probably should have, but that's ok with me. (566 characters)

Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a top German pilsner. Clear gold lies under a beautifully contoured white head that lingers all the way to the bottom leaving a veritable blanket of lace all along the side. The smell is a well-balanced mix of malt and flowery hops. The mouthfeel is just a tad tingly and dominated by malt. The taste starts as sweet barley, with a lovely flowery hop bitterness giving chase. The aftertaste is all hops. A fine product indeed. (434 characters)

Photo of jhtipton
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked it up at the Home Plus in Busan Korea. Of course, compared to most Korean beers it stands tall. Color is a warm gold. Smell is somewhat hoppy and grainy. It gave a gentle lacing to the Rok Navy Club cocktail glass. Taste was somewhat grainy a little hoppy but average. Definitely a great beer for after a dry week and a good run/hike around the Orykdo coastal trails.
I could drink maybe one more. (404 characters)

Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this beer in a hotel in Wolfenbuttel in Germany. They had it on tap and that is always the best thing to drink this German beer.

Poured in the glass you get a well balanced beer with a nice white head and a light yellow fluid.

You can smell the good hops and the citrus which comes along with it.

A very enjoyable and drinkable beer which can be drank all over Germany. It is a well known and commercial beer. (418 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Drank in a Stein at Belfast NI Oktoberfest 2014

Appearance – A good amber golden colour with decent CO2 activity in the glass. This beer raised a great head that lasted well over the average 3-4 minute marker. There was also a lot of heavy lacing from this beer.
Smell – The nose in this beer was very much dominated by the malt profile. The hop aromas were somewhat lost as the beer was served in a Stein glass. There was some evidence of solvent in the aroma but it was not enough to be a problem for me personally.
Taste – The malt aromas from the nose were very noticeable in the flavour of this beer and the lost hops finally came through here. There was a decent amount of mild sweetness from the malt and a nice bitter finish from the hop. This beer was straight up and did what it set out to do and it did it very well.
Mouthfeel – The CO2 gave great tingle in this beer that had very nice body and amazing linger.
Overall – This beer is pretty damned good. The flavour profile is pretty much exactly what a Pilsner in this style should be. Of all the German Pils I have had the pleasure to drink this is one of the best. (1,141 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe I just got a fresher bottle or something, but I think this better this its rAvg, with a good bready pils malt character quite present. I'm sure there are scads of better examples in Germany, but as far as imports go, I thin you could do a lot worse than this.

Update: got an older bottle and the pils malt and hops had definitely fallen off some, but it didn't turn into anything undrinkable. Really just a toned down version of itself. Gonna leave the score for now, as I have a feeling fresh it could really be quite nice. (531 characters)

Photo of mwrseeley
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nicely coloured light straw featuring an upward stream of bubbles that raced to the top to form a large pillowy head, which, along with the lace, was very pleasant and lasted the duration of my drink. Above average head and lace.

Smell: The aroma came across like a normal Pils. Thirty minutes after finishing this beer I could smell a mild but definite sweetness emanating from the empty bottle.

Taste: Rather bitter when served ice cold, but as it warmed the beer opened up and the dryness becomes less obvious. The aftertaste was strongly accented with hops.

Mouthfeel: Dry and like the taste, became better as the beer warmed slightly.

Drinkability: I would drink Krombacher Pils again. Beer drinkers in South Korea can't afford to be too particular and I am thinking about picking up a 5 litre keg, because this Pilsener certainly beats most of the other available options. (905 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this at a German restaurant in Niagara Falls, Ontario, having never seen it in my neck of the woods. Well wouldn't you know, I stumbled across it back home shortly after my visit. This turned out to be a more than decent pils and a very drinkable one at that.

Krombacher pours a standard yellow-golden color with a decent foam that lasts for about 2 minutes. The smell was almost all malt, with a nice sweet aroma in the nose. The standard pils mouthfeel was present with the expected amount of carbonation. The flavor matched my expectations from the aroma, with a nice malty flavor present with a good herbal hop presence to balance it out. Nothing complex, but enjoyable nonetheless. One can still taste the chewy malts and hop bitterness well into the aftertaste, and the beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

This brew was a decent surprise. A perfect beer to have with some German fare such as some jaegerschnitzel or some wursts. (953 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Krombacher Pils has a very thick, white head and a clear, sparkling, yellow-golden appearance, with lots of splotchy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is slight, with some light bread and grassy sweetness. Taste is of pale barley malt, sweetness, and a mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, and Krombacher finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. Overall, this is a wonderful beer.

RJT (402 characters)

Photo of DerBayer
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer with its typical clean hoppy bitterness upfront followed by a soft malty finish.

Looks like a sexy blonde as w3ell when poured that gives big head ;O) Just kidding but the drinkability of this served cold in a Pils glass on a warm summer night was immense!!! (286 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB 10-11-05. Poors in as a pilsner should having a great and lasting white head and a golden beercollor. looking better to it I noticed lots of haze and that for a quality pilsner. Not the best presentation for a filtered one. Nose is good though, no off tastes noticeable and a good malty and hoppy crracter. Hops reminding me of Hersbrucker and a very malty palate for a pilsner. Some alcohol completing the nose that's fresh.
Taste is also fresh and has good but not that high dosed bitterness, that keeps hanging in my mouth. Further again good maltpalate but IMO litle too much for a Pils and the whole beer reminds me more of a Helles then a pilsner. Easy drinkable and a good sesionbeer for a heavy night of drinking but there are lots of more enjoyable pilseners that I would prefer to drink. (801 characters)

Photo of stoutman
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a light and grainy aroma that hints at caramel. Pours a light sparkling golden. The huge fluffy white head has excellent lacing and is everlasting with a full 2 inches remaining at the bottom of my pilsener flute. The sweet flavor has no acidity and finishes mildly bitter. The light watery palate is lively and finishes clean. Probably better on tap, since I did detect the typical aluminum flash of stagnicity in the aftertaste. (444 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with canned on date 04/30/2014, and best by 04/30/2015 printed on the bottom of the can. Acquired this oddity as part of a mixed six pack from the local Binny's, my first encounter with any beer from this brewery.

Poured into a miniature Victorian carriage adorned pint glass.

A - It pours a nice bright golden yellow; lightly cloudy with some big sediment floating in the glass to my surprise. Three big fluffy fingers of thick white head that stays for a while and leaves behind good fluffy lacing.

S - The aroma is simple, yet pleasant. Sweet honey, bread, and malt. Grainy & husky.

T - The taste follows the nose - grainy, wheaty, corny, husky. Light bready / honey sweetness.

M - The feel is crisp, grainy, & clean. Lightly malty / papery / husky on the finish. Solid carbonation; very easy drinking.

Overall, a prime example of the style. Simple, yet refined. Definitely a german pilsner I wouldn't mind slamming all day during the heat of summer.

Krombacher Pils -----4/5. (1,008 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Krombacher Pils

Good appearance with a crystal clear golden body and a creamy white head that holds well. Very nice lacing.

The aroma is nice with a distinct noble character, and lots of herbs. The malt is pleasant, displaying notes of dried straw.

As is often the case, the flavor follows the aroma. It's solidly bitter; and quite herbaceous and grassy. Despite its very bitter and dry nature, it remains balanced.

As a German Pilsner it's right on. Quite nice. (467 characters)

Photo of semihobo
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle dated 27.04.08.

Vigorous pour yields two fingers of snowy head. Lots of bubbles rising. A thin, clear yellow. Great lacing down the sides of the glass even toward the second pour of the bottle.

Smell is grassy and skunky sweet. Herbal quality to the hoppiness as well. Aroma erupted the second I popped the cap.

I expected a funky taste from the smell, but it is quite clean. A small taste profile in general, few off-notes, just grassy hops with very balanced malt providing grainy flavor and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, gentle, rich. The bubbles tickle the tongue... perfectly moderated carbonation.

Very enjoyable, I wouldn't mind drinking this again, and $1.89 for a 17 oz single wasn't that pricey. It's on the sweeter side vs. sharp hops, if that bothers you then find another pils. (815 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Good foam. Typical straw yellow in color. Crisp bubbles.

Smell: More typical pilsner notes. Musty, German hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Similar to smell; lots of musty German hops. Heavier on the malt versus the hops. I definitely would have like a better balance. Mouthfeel has excellent bite and definitely a hoppy spritzy-ness.

Overall Drinkability: Pretty middle of the road pilsner, especially for a European one. (426 characters)

Photo of PiratePete
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a white head with a beautiful golden colour. Not much nose but that seems alright to me. In the mouth there is a taste of malt and an aftertaste of hops that lasts after it goes down. I like that - its nice to be reminded you just had a swallow of a decent beer. I love that aftertaste. Krombacher Pils is one of those beers that one needs to come back to after trying different brews - it brings you back to basics! (426 characters)

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Krombacher Pils from Krombacher Brauerei
78 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.