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Krombacher Pils - Krombacher Brauerei

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BA SCORE
76
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344 Ratings
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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.02%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | 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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crossovert

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +8.8%

500ml bottle in germany. It pours a clear gold witha large, foamy white head that leaves a lot of lacing. The smell is almost skunky with a must to it, then some grain, fruit, noble hops, and metal. The taste is rather refreshing though, it is malty with a kick of noble hops that tickles the tounge. It is super light and drinkable. For a mass produced beer it isn’t bad.

11.2 oz bottle in the Us: not as good but it is freshly imported and isn't too bad.

08-30-2011 01:40:30 | More by crossovert
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +14%

Bottled on 03.05.11 - which means either March 5 or May 3, depending if it is in US or Euro notation - in any case it is fairly fresh.

A - Pours a clear golden hue, and is capped with a chunky, frothy head; lacing ensues somewhat surprisingly.

S - The nose is mild, slightly sweet, and flowery. Mineral and earthy notes are barely perceived.

T - Very pale grain is showcased, and the taste has a decent amount of herbal and earthy hoppiness, in addition to the aforementioned floral notes. The sweetness which was found in the nose is not carried over into the palate.

M - The feel is light and refreshing.

O - Its very easy drinking; a good German Pils.

06-19-2011 15:20:56 | More by ktrillionaire
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

Clear golden appearance with thick white head that slowly settles down, so far so good. Smell is grassy with a hint of malt, grain and hops.

Taste is mainly maltiness and grass. Picked up citrus, bread and hops as well. Smooth and crisp overall. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a lingering maltiness.

This is a simple and clean Pilsner overall which makes very refreshing. No outstanding features, but sometimes simpleness is good; worth a try.

05-21-2011 00:13:10 | More by CrazyMike
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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +7.9%

A: It’s a clear golden with one finger worth of fluffy white head. The head lasts the entire time and left lots of lacing all over the mug.

S: Light bready aroma with some hops and a faint spiciness at times.

T: Bready malt with the hops providing a little crisp pop on the tongue.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.

O: I enjoyed this beer at Gathaus Gutenberger with a giant plate of great German food. It wasn’t anything special but it did the job. I would gladly have another glass of this there.

04-25-2011 19:40:18 | More by marty21
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.05/5  rDev -7.3%

Looks golden brown, with a creamy head. Modest carbonation.

Smell dominated by yeast, with hints of grassy hops.
Taste is actually quite herby. After a few minutes, the drink is left with malt and yeast.
Light to medium bodied. The aftertaste is bitter, but mostly sweet. It lingers quite long though.
It's drinkable enough.

03-21-2011 16:28:56 | More by RuudJH
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance - Huge billowing white rocky head with great retention.

Smell - Spicy. Wheaty. Slightly musky.

Taste - Bitter; a bit like cardboard.

Mouthfeel - Nothing noteworthy. Neither watery nor bodied.

Drinkability - Decent for the style. Nothing to write home about.

03-13-2011 02:02:37 | More by ZenAgnostic
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +9.4%

A vigorous pour into a pilsner glass produced two fingers of bubbly white head on a well carbonated clear gold. Good lacing. The head diminished to a cap but sticks around.

Grassy grain smells. Lightly flavored sweet malts with a very mild spicy hop finish. Lacks the metallic notes that some pilsners have.

Light body and good carbonation. Very drinkable. Although abit tin in the flavour department it is a worthy pils with no major flaws.

02-24-2011 22:14:17 | More by scott451
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ticklechicken

Korea (South)

2.3/5  rDev -30.1%

Appearance - golden with a big foamy head that dissipated quickly with some lacing
Smell - initial spiciness with the pour, which settles into a yeast scent
Taste - yeast, spice, and a little malt with a bitter aftertaste
Mouthfeel - thin and well carbonated
Drinkability - Unfortunately I poured this before it had enough time to chill properly, so this might have affected my experience. I'm a mere Acolyte and this is my first Pilsner review, and I have to say I think this isn't the beer style for me. The bite of the bitterness really isn't to my liking, but that said, you live and learn.

01-15-2011 10:43:45 | More by ticklechicken
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -4.9%

Served in a tall Kromberg glass.

A: A great looking beer. Pale and crystal clear with a thick fluffy white head that left substantial lacing through the entire 30 min drink...

S: Grain and very light vegetal aroma with no discernible hop character.

T: Grain, with a light bitterness but once again no substantial hop flavours. A touch better than a BMC lager, but really, nothing to make me excited by this beer.

M: Crisp, clean finish. No aftertaste.

D: When your appearance is the best thing by far, and you are a product to be consumed, that is not a good sign.

12-05-2010 15:40:46 | More by kjyost
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -4.3%

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear gold with a 3cm white foamy. The head reduced to a 0.5cm foamy cap that lasted a while. Good amount of lacing is produced.

S - Grassy at first with a backing of light malts and light citrus notes.

T - Mild sweetness, very light tang, and a mild bitter finish.

M - Good carbonation. Crisp finish. Some slipperiness.

D - A bit light in flavour, even for a Pilsner, but still a decent one to drink.

11-08-2010 02:48:24 | More by decimator
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boss302

Florida

3.45/5  rDev +4.9%

Krombacher Pilsner 4.8% 0.5L can

A This tasting was directly from the can, so I can't comment on it's color. Last time was on tap an was a deep golden and clear. The head was thick on initial pour and faded toward the end. 3.5

S A mild malty aroma, slight hop aroma, but not much of anything else. 3

T Malty, a little old tasting. There is some hop flavor. A little astringent in the end. More malt than anything. 3.5

M This is a medium body beer, thick on the tongue. Carbonation was good. 4

D Good beer, better cold than warm and one of the better German Pilsners I've had in Germany. There is either a lack of good Pilsners, or I had a particularly difficult time finding them. Having tried several nasty examples, I was quite happy to find the Krombaacher. 3.5

10-13-2010 01:33:17 | More by boss302
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A380

Manitoba (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a nice straw yellow color with a tiny hint of cloudiness. The head does disappear kinda quick but it does stick around for little bit. like a minute or so. Smells like a typical German Pilsener, tastes like a typical german pilsener but overall it does go down fairly easily. Not too over carbonated and has an o.k. lingering aftertaste ( which is not too bad ) but at the same time its not the greatest. Hint of spicy hops? not sure on that one. Everyone i know says this beer is super.. Its just not doin' it for me. Its good, not super. But I think its clean, light, crisp taste would go very well on a hot day!

10-01-2010 05:32:48 | More by A380
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dasenebler

Maine

3.58/5  rDev +8.8%

.5L, Germany

Nice clear gold color, darker than most old yellers. Short-lived foamy head, but surprisingly good lacing.

Aroma is of lightly skunky noble hops. Slightly sulfuric and nothing special.

Flavor is nice, with a solid malt backbone. There's a big bready component here that you don't get with many German pilsners. It's almost like a Czech without the elevated hop flavor. Borders on cereal-grainy, but remains pretty pleasant. Mouthfeel was well-carbonated and smooth.

After revisiting Krombacher, I've come to realize that it competes nicely with my beloved König, with a more satisfying maltiness to boot.

09-25-2010 17:24:58 | More by dasenebler
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev +1.8%

Something weird going on here: This is the 3rd bottle/can in a row from the same store, all different brewers, that have been somewhat flat.This one poured with a large fluffy, foamy, thick, white head that lasts a while and some lace. Color is a clear yellow. Aroma is malt, hop, grain. Flavor is like nose and has a good bitter/sweet balance but again, the tang of carbonic acid is missing. Body itself is quite good but is hampered by the lame carbonation. Finish is like flavor and slowly tapers off in medium length. Really could have given this beer a much higher score, were it not for the bubbles which are crucial to a Pilsner of any type including the Germans. For some examples: appearance - the image of the clear yellow liquid with a couple little trails of bubbles rising to the top is a key part of its beauty; in aroma - it's that gas coming out of solution that carries some of those components to the nose. Need that gas, man.

09-01-2010 18:52:37 | More by drpimento
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.48/5  rDev +5.8%

A: Pours golden with a generous white creamy head that after dissipation leaves great lacings.

S: Some sweetness in the malt and then there's grassy hops and lemon notes. Faint smell of white bread.

T: Bready sweet malt with bitter hops and only faint citric notes - just what you expect (and hopes for) in a German Pilsener. To bad the taste isn't stronger.

M: Aftertaste is kind of a dissapointment - short and far away from the bitterness the taste raised your hopes to. Body is medium and carbonation is balanced.

D: Overall a nice German Pilsener. If the taste had been a little stronger and the aftertaste a little longer and more bitter this would have been worldclass.

08-10-2010 18:08:27 | More by Evil_Pidde
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PhillipJFry

Korea (South)

2.3/5  rDev -30.1%

A Has a clear golden color, and only average carbonation, which left me surprised at its impressive head.

S Nothing that you haven't smelled before.

T Tastes like any German macro-lager, pleasant but non-threatening.

M Refreshing, it would work well for pool sides or BBQs.

D Easy to drink, which is about all that it has going for it.

08-09-2010 15:17:18 | More by PhillipJFry
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DerBayer

Germany

3.85/5  rDev +17%

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!!!

08-04-2010 18:50:13 | More by DerBayer
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

500ml can poured into pint glass july20 2010

A Clear golden yellow with some tiny suspended particles upon closer inspection, decent carbonation but I'm more impressed by the three finger head that has great retention and leaves plenty of lace

S grassy hops with a little lemon and some sweet malt, about what I expect

T a little more malt and a little sweet bread to go along with all I smell

M a little flat but a pretty crisp beer no problems here but nothing special

D easy enough to drink, would work well for a sunny session

I'd drink this again its a decent beer, I wish our macros had some flavor like the Germans

07-20-2010 21:17:46 | More by wordemupg
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +13.4%

Bottle: This is a storied pils that has been imported by the beer store for some time but I have put off tasting until I see a fresh lot make the shelves. This sample was less than 3 weeks from racking.

Pored a golden pils in the flute with a puffy white 2 finger cap. Good cap retention and lacing.

Aroma is pleasant with German biscuit malts over herbaceous noble hops.

Sandy mouth feel a tad peppery on the palate. Big biscuit dough malt is balanced well with spalter and perle hopping, goes dry in the clean sharp finish...light bready aftertaste.

Very pleasant, full flavoured approachable Pilsner. One of the better export German pils.

06-11-2010 20:42:10 | More by pootz
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +7.3%

From a 500 ml white can. Pours out a clear pale gold, tall frothy white head with long great retention.

Clean grainy malt on the nose, some light bready sweetness.

Crisp clean grains up front in the flavour, light bready malty, crisp clean finish with almost no sign of hops. Faint spicy hops in the aftertaste.

Medium-low mouthfeel, brisk carbonation, quenching.

A refreshing easy-drinker, I wish all mass produced domestic lagers were at least at this calibre.

06-09-2010 05:02:54 | More by IronDjinn
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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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Brabander

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +21.6%

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.

04-23-2010 10:56:24 | More by Brabander
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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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jhtipton

Spain

4/5  rDev +21.6%

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.

03-18-2010 08:57:32 | More by jhtipton
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lstokes

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -10.9%

The yeast in the nose completely overwhelmed any hops, which made me wonder if the beer was skunked, but it tasted normal, and another beer I got from a different store today had the same weird over-yeastieness going on. So that's not cool.

The beer looks just fine, though, with a short-lived head and decent lacing. The taste is hoppier than the nose led me to believe, but it's still very grainy and yeasty for the style. The mouthfeel is light, almost watery, and although it's drinkable, it's definitely not a must-drink. It was much better for washing down my curry tonight than it was on its own.

11-23-2009 18:57:28 | More by lstokes
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