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Krombacher Pils - Krombacher Brauerei

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BA SCORE
76
okay

388 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 4
Gots: 38 | 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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4/5  rDev +21.2%

ONovoMexicano, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of MarkoNm
3.4/5  rDev +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.

MarkoNm, Mar 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

JVan, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

biegaman, Mar 08, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Axnjxn, Mar 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

orda, Mar 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

JustOneMorePlz, Mar 02, 2014
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1/5  rDev -69.7%

RadfordBrewing, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Loogs, Feb 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Darkhnum, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

stella77artois, Feb 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

CHickman, Feb 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

superdoopersauce, Feb 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

NorbertB1974, Feb 10, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Caskaway, Feb 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

AlexFF65, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Gonzoillini, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

enelson, Jan 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

moochmonster, Jan 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

foghornleghorn22, Jan 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

skelton00, Jan 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

DamageCase76, Jan 11, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Saind, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

tard24, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

CalgaryFMC, Dec 31, 2013
Krombacher Pils from Krombacher Brauerei
76 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.