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Krombacher Pils - Krombacher Brauerei

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76
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344 Ratings
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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.02%
Wants: 4
Gots: 27 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -19.5%

Bland pils but creamy mouthfeel as a pils ought to have. OK with overpowering strong meat. Fizzy, bit of malt and bitter hops altogether. Metalic residue yet from bottle and not can. Lace remains. Difficult to finish quickly.


most popular beer in Germany they told us?

05-13-2004 02:59:09 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -8.8%

10-19-2012 02:27:26 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.24/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

06-26-2013 04:31:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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metter98

New York

3.4/5  rDev +3.3%

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass..
S: There are aromas of bready and grainy malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except the malty flavors are more bready and less grainy. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The malty base doesn’t make it feel light-bodied or watery.
O: There’s nothing overly special about this pilsener, but it’s quite easy to drink and would pair well with some German food.

04-15-2012 01:24:34 | More by metter98
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.7/5  rDev +12.5%

A: clear and golden/straw color, single finger head, decent amount of lace

S: Not much on the nose. Earthy and floral notes.

T: Pale grain and malt, sweet and mildly spicy german hops. more earthy and slight wood notes.

M: high carbonation and light body.

O: This a good representative of a german pilsner. Not bad.

10-07-2011 01:15:19 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev +2.7%

16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served a golden body with noted clarity and topped with an inch of soft, white foam.

Smell: Pils malt, lightly grainy, and with the usual noble hops yielding floral, herbaceously spicy notes and a far-off hint of deviled eggs.

Taste: Grainy-flavored Pilsner maltiness with a low level of supporting sweetness. Floral, spicy noble hops with a mild bitterness. A little tickle of sulfur. Closes out dry, slightly crisp and with a continued grainy, (light) sulfur taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A very basic, simple, standard pils. It gets the job done but doesn't have that lil' extra something magical to keep me coming Krombach for more.

10-16-2011 15:29:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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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emerge077

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -5.8%

Narrow 11.2 oz. "energy drink" sized can.
From the bottom of the can... Produced: 15-04-11, BBD: 15-04-12
So this can is roughly 5 months old.

Picked this up thinking it was Kulmbacher Pils, oops.

Billowing white foam, creamy textured, long lasting. The head leaves behind plenty of lacing in it's wake. Color is a dull brassy gold, there is visible micro sediment suspended in the beer.

Smells like wet barley, grass, and crackers.

Tastes a little swilly and metallic. Wet and bready with some pilsner malt and vague residual bitterness in the back after a bigger swig. Clean enough, somewhat crisp and quenching in hot weather. Pretty utilitarian, though you could do plenty worse.

09-28-2011 02:50:15 | More by emerge077
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +9.4%

16oz pint, and round 2 in helping finish off a stellar pizza pie at Terroni, in downtown T.O..

This beer appears a clear pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy white head, which renders a decent array of spectral lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of crisp, biscuity, grainy white cracker malt, a touch of lemon juice, and grassy, weedy hops. The taste is more semi-sweet pale biscuity cereal grains, a touch of indistinct skunkiness, and grassy, weedy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, a wee spritziness popping up here and there, the body decently weighty for a Pils, and a tad chalky as well, with an adequate smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, the crispness of the grain and hops holding court.

A pleasant enough Pilsener, nothing revelatory, yet it works well with the usual culinary suspects. Better beer plus better pizza - what a concept.

03-25-2010 22:33:53 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +17%

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.

08-30-2012 22:50:03 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

2.03/5  rDev -38.3%

Typical pils pale yellow color, decent white fluff atop, soft and creamy.
Aroma, Every way ordinary, mild, slightly grainy, cornmeal, sweetish, zestless. Taste, ....eh. Flat, dull, ...so much so, it makes W. seem like a Rhodes scholar. Something unpleasant in the mouthfeel, too, something sickly, and thoroughly unpalatable. Light bodied, but not too light, there's an ample amount of malt here, but the flavor is off-putting as all-get-out!
Perhaps this better in some other format, or, undoubtedly, when fresher, as any beer is...but this sample was unsatisfactory!

07-11-2004 21:19:21 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -8.8%

12-08-2011 19:23:38 | More by Rochefort10nh
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-12-2013 05:34:53 | More by DrunkinYogi
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev +7.3%

The clear winner in my Lager/Pilsner reviewing afternoon last week.

Brown 0.5 litre bottle, best before 11 Feb 2009. Poured into two tumblers, this beer was richer looking with more colour and body than the other beers (Hasseroder, Wickuler and Mousel). The head was also fuller and held up well throughout the review.

There was an actual smell too, some hops and yeast aromas.

Real pilsner feel to this beer, a good example of the style. I know this beer from old and it has stood the test of time better than some I've revisited lately.

09-02-2008 19:25:44 | More by BlackHaddock
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +8.8%

Picked up a single at Euro Market. Tastes like your standard German pils. There's clean bready malts, and as the lager warms, a pleasant herbal lemon hops edge emerges. It's not the most complex pils, but the right flavors are there, it's satisfying, and very drinkable. By memory, it's fairly similar to Bitburger, which is not a bad place to be. I wouldn't go out of my way to pick this up, but it's not a bad option.

02-05-2012 00:36:27 | More by tempest
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

09-11-2012 01:02:11 | More by dbrauneis
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DoubleJ

California

3.53/5  rDev +7.3%

On-tap at Tortula, on to the beer:

Light pale gold color with a big creamy head on top. This beer has a sweet pale malt aroma, and the taste takes the same route as the aroma. It's very sweet with the usual grassy and floral notes trailing behind. Some might find this to be a little sweet, but I can dig it. It worked well washing down my grilled chicken entree.

01-27-2009 05:52:56 | More by DoubleJ
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-01-2014 01:45:34 | More by Gonzoillini
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biegaman

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
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-30-2014 00:52:51 | More by Latarnik
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plaid75

New York

3.1/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light noble hop and soft grain malt.

The taste consisted of a slightly sweet malt and mildly spicy hop.

The mouthfeel was a bit thick for a pils, which detracted from the experience.

Overall an average pils. Nothing too exciting here. Easy enough to drink however.

03-12-2007 16:44:59 | More by plaid75
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LXIXME

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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-12-2012 20:49:53 | More by sendbeer
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-26-2013 04:58:55 | More by dmorgan310
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Krombacher Pils from Krombacher Brauerei
76 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.