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Krombacher Pils - Krombacher Brauerei

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 488
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 29.67%
Wants: 8
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
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Krombacher Brauerei
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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 BeerLovinWoman87
4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle. Footed Pilsner glass. Golden color, clear appearance, headed by white close crown. Slight honey & citric aromas & slight sulfur notes. Grainy & pale malty upfront followed by earthy bitterness. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Watery texture. Clean, slight harsh, bitterness & light metallic hues in the middle resolves in a long bitter finish. Refreshing & very easy drinkability.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light golden color and a generous white frothy head with decent retention.
There's not much going on for the nose, just subtle malty and grainy aroma in the back.
The taste is gentle, sweet at the beginning, followed by nicely balanced body.
The finish is decently bitter (nice).
Smooth and easily drinkable. Enough taste.

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Photo of biegaman
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into a snifter.

beautiful golden color pour with a great 2 finger head. smell is extremely crisp and malty and refreshing...nice! taste though not so much. a bit bland. noble hops are a bit muted. just average all.around , though drinkable for sure. light body with mild carbonation.

overall an average pils. not bad.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, a classic lager start to the evening. I have also tried this in bottles. Classic German pilsener in the glass, a gold straw color with a smattering of white foam on top. Aroma was quite subdued, I do not possess the world's greatest olfactory sense but I can usually get more than this, especially from something on tap ... Faint cracker malts and musty hay-like noble hops on the nose, and more of the same on the palate. Fortunately I could taste more than I could smell, the aforementioned noble hops were prominent and fairly enjoyable, fresh grass and hay playing off some herbal notes like mild licorice and bitter watermelon rind. There is a grainy cracker-like malt backbone with hints of green grape fruitiness and a grain husk astringency. Aggressive carbonation along with a little metallic copper afterburn. Crisp and dry with less residual sweetness, DMS, and doughy character than most commercial Euro lagers. A decent noble hops showcase on tap (less fresh in the bottles I've sampled) and a pretty standard German pilsener for the purists, albeit one with a macro-brewed feel: Fizzy, harsh, and rather vapid.

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Photo of JeanDuteau
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A Brownish-Amber beer with a very good head and good lacing after drinking. This was the first Pilsner that I managed to get a decent amount of foam with. The smell was good with a sweet overtone and a little bread. The taste was a bit of a let-down as there wasn't much there. You could feel the beer down the middle of the palate and it hit all the sensors, but it just did not thrill me. Overall, an okay beer.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can from LCBO for $2.25 CDN poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Light golden color looks very clean and poured with 2 fingers of head and decent retention. While the head dis there it looks nice and creamy on top. Minimal bubbles rising to the top even just after the pour. Some lacing left in the glass.

Smell- Faint grainy smells, grassy as well. Faint hops are also there. Don't know if it was because the beer was from a can but almost a metallic scent as well.

Taste- Clean, crisp with some bitterness. Any hops and malts flavors imbued in this beer are very faint and barely detectable.

Mouthfeel - Nice and wet. Medium low carbonation that gives the beer a certain fullness. Nonetheless not thin, but not as full as other pilseners I've tasted.. Soft finish and minimal aftertaste is pleasant.

Overall - a good pilsener that is better than many, but wish there was a little more in the aroma department up front. Certainly a thirst quencher, but would prefer other pilseners in comparison to this one.

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Photo of Jree261
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-Clear golden/straw yellow with a white foam that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell-Honey and grass notes. Not too much going on.

Taste-Honey flavor in the front that lasts the majority of the palate until it gives way to light yeasty characteristics.

Mouthfeel-Light and easy like a classic pils.

Overall-Easy drinking German pils. Nothing that will blow your socks off but something that you can drink multiple times without thinking or worrying about much.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 2/5/13. Best before 2/5/14.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is intensely skunky after the pour but it dissipates over time and gives way to some malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the initial blast of skunk is quite unpleasant.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - 500ml can poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a golden straw colour with 3 fingers of bright white, foamy head which appears to have a good deal of retention. There appears to be a great deal of carbonation. Pretty enough, even for a pilsner.

Smell - Cereal and grains, with some light grassy notes.

Taste - Bread-y tasting. Cereal and grains from the nose are present here as well. Light malt notes linger towards the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light, very high carbonation. Makes for a crisp finish.

Overall - 3.25/5 Nothing particularly stand out-ish about this pils. Not bad by any means, but it doesn't stand out either. As compared to other German pils it may be on the lighter side.

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Photo of Beric
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Bottle, poured into footed pilsener glass
Served: 9 Jun 13

Appearance: Looks like a pils. Nice and golden-yellow with a big foamy white head that slowly collapses over the course of drinking it. Laces for a while when the head is still present. After the head dies down, so does the lacing. Looks great for a pilsener.

Smell: Smells 'beery' and boring. There's a hint of a hop smell, but you really need to search in order to find it. There seems to be some sort of smellable aroma from the noble hops.

Taste: Tastes bready and dry. There were some astringent tastes on the front end, but towards the middle of the glass, the stronger tastes seem to have mellowed out a bit. Maybe these tastes originated from the age (it was a few months past the "best by" date). The taste is not very complicated and the weird flavor and dryness does not leave the most positive impression.

Mouthfeel: Feels light(er) like a pils, but the medium carbonation really makes it spritzy. Refreshing, and invites subsequent sips, but mostly in order to counteract the dryness of the taste.

Overall: A decent pils, but by no means the best from Germany or the most representative of the style. Very easy drinking. Very cheap and widely available in Germany, which gives it a poor reputation in Germany as a 'Fernsehbier' (television-beer). I would not seek this one out.

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Photo of Mesha
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Sarajevo, at a neighborhood grocery store. Pours clear golden color with a creamy head that leaves decent lacing. Smells slightly grassy with a touch of sour aroma. Moderate carbonation, some hop bitterness and decent presence of malty sweetness. Smooth and drinkable but not outstanding, nothing to distinguish this beer from other similar ones, just an average German pilsner.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from an 11.2oz can into a glass

A: Pours a lovely golden color with light haze. There is a solid cap of foam on top interspersed with medium sized bubbles. Moderate curtains of lace.

S: Smells of grain and light caramel. Some moderately potent noble hops give the aroma a good, crisp character.

T: Grains are prominent again, and provide most of the body for the beer. A little bit of toffee sweetens the deal up a bit before being cut back by a decent dose of noble style hops and a slight flavor of alcohol. Finish is fairly long for the style (which is still fairly brief) and consists mostly of a lingering floral hops and light malt.

M: Fairly thin, bordering on watery. Carbonation is medium-low but foamy and effervescent, which combats the watery-ness.

O: Nothing special. Easy drinking enough and better than BMC, but not a remarkable in anyway.

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Photo of rangerred
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a footed pilsener out of a 330ml bottle.

Pours a clear medium gold with a hefty one finger white head. Average head retention but nice streaks of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is mostly of floral noble hops along with a little bit of cracker from the malt sneaking through. It is fairly weak overall, however.

The flavor is much more impressive with the aroma with a lot of bread and cracker malt flavor propped up nicely by noble hops. There is a moderate, crisp bitterness that is quite drying leaving just a slight stickyness on the lips.

Overall, a well-made German pils but it doesn't necessarily stick out among the many others out there. Worth picking up for something different.

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Photo of FLima
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow golden color. Poured a 2 finger head with good consistency and medium retention, leaving laces in the glass.
Expected light aroma of grassy hops and notes of malt.
Malty flavor with a medium hopness that rapidly dries your mouth. Hints of earth and minerals. Aftertaste is dry and bitter.
Body is light, just a bit watery with medium carbonation.
Not a bad beer, depends to what you compared it, still lacks personality (maybe a general flaw of most pilsners, off-course partially you have to attain to the proposed style).

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Photo of MaximalC
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours transparent amber in color with an ample white head. Aroma is mild and peculiar. If forced to attempt a description, I would venture to say that it is vegetally spicy (should such a thing exist). It reminds me of a scratch 'n' sniff sticker from an old Star Wars children's book that had long been lost to my memory. If I recall correctly, this particular sticker was supposed to smell like "fungus". This isn't quite as pungent, but it definitely bears some similarity...

With my outrageously esoteric description of the aroma out of the way, it's on to the taste. The flavor is definitely superior to the nose, though I can't say that I can describe exactly what I'm tasting. The mildly spicy hop flavor is definitely noticeable, but it's pretty well balanced by the malt. I must confess I lack the prowess to properly describe the malt flavor; the best I can do is to say that the malt comes through as slightly juicy near the finish, but that would not be a fair description in general. This is rather unique tasting to me.

The carbonation is quite lively and lends a mouthfeel that compliments the flavor nicely and really holds the whole thing together. I'm a devout detractor of Pilsners, but I must give this one credit for bringing something different to the table and keeping me interested. Krombacher has fuller flavor and substance than I'm used to experiencing in this style, so I will certainly credit them for that. This hardly has made me a Pilsner man, but if obligated to have one, I wouldn't mind having this.

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Photo of Tomais
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a really big soapy head that takes time to settle - you need to do the traditional pils pour with this one - let it settle a minute or two, top it up a bit, repeat till glass full. Lots of lacing and the head disappears en route.

Smell is hoppy and a little sour. Mouthfeel is nice enough. Taste is malt and hops but not particularly interesting. The head doesnt actually taste soapy, but there is something soapy going on in the after-taste. Another reviewer (northyorksammy) said "OK with overpowering strong meat." Weird but true, there's a strong not-very-fresh meat presence.
I dont think this is what pils is about.

Not very drinkable either - I feel bloated two-thirds of the way through (there is the possibility that it's to do with me, but I dont normally have this problem..)

500ml bottle; B.B. 15.04.13

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Photo of BigBry
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can.
Pours clear gold, with a foamy white head. Foam quickly settles to a floating film, thin rings of lace.
Aroma is mild, some grain and grass. Surprisingly, was getting skunk smell before the glass was finished.
Taste is much the same, with grain and a bit of vegetable. Low level of grassy hop flavor at the finish.
This beer has a moderate level of carbonation, crisp but almost fizzy. Light body, kind of a slick mouth feel.
Overall, slightly above average beer, but not a German pilsner I would visit again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall loose foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized thick dense patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready and grainy malts with some lighter notes of floral hops. Light amounts of sweetness are present as well.

T: There is a moderate presence of bready malts with s very light amount of bitterness which does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and clean.

O: This is a very easy to drink beer, quite sessionable, and enjoyable. Nothing special about this beer but definitely a beer that would be easy to have a couple in a sitting. Would pair well with a meat-heavy German meal.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of MsNitch
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Krombacher Pils 4.8%

adhering to the Reinheitsgebot

A: A very bright, caramel to hay color with spritely bubbles and a robust head

S: Grains and yeasts followed, slowly, by a malt or two.

T: For sure a pilsner with a very pilsnery, pils pop. She starts with that bitter and carbonation then lager yeast, grain and a lingering grassy coating.

M: harsh and dry

O: Like taking a yeasty roll in the hay this Pils embodies that simmering hot summer day when you were too stupid, too poor and too sweaty to linger in the beer isle. The problem with his beer boys and girls is that as soon as the chill haze wears off, so does the delightful bitter carbonated refreshment that first excites you. Not unlike young love, this beer is good for a quick July night under the stars, just make sure that there is plenty of ice in the cooler and a more then one.

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Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Krombacher Pils from Krombacher Brauerei
77 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.