Krombacher Pils - Krombacher Brauerei

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Reviews: 138
Hads: 449
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 8
Gots: 72 | 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 scott451
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (443 characters)

Photo of ticklechicken
2.34/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (594 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (569 characters)

Photo of decimator
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (458 characters)

Photo of boss302
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 (774 characters)

Photo of A380
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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! (620 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.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. (623 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (944 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (681 characters)

Photo of PhillipJFry
2.33/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (340 characters)

Photo of DerBayer
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
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 wordemupg
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 (629 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (649 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (466 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (513 characters)

Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev +18%
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 biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (909 characters)

Photo of jhtipton
4/5  rDev +18%
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 lstokes
2.89/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (604 characters)

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

Appearance: bright with a golden colour. The head is white, moderate in size and well formed but may not resist very long. Little lacing.

Aroma: hoppy and grainy nose.

Taste: well balanced between the sweet malts and herbal hops. Biscuit notes.

Mouthfeel: smooth, good carbonation, low alcoholic strength (ABV 4,8%) and a light to medium body.

Finish: lingering sweet-bitter aftertaste.

Overall: nice, crisp and refreshing pilsen. Well balanced. I could happily have another one. (484 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A ubiquitous offering in northern Germany...maybe the entire country, for all I know. Picked up a can and socked it in the suitcase for consumption back home. My kinda souvenir.

An abundant creamy froth retains forever after the pour, leaving plenty of styrofoam-ish lace on the glass. Color is your basic sunny yella pils with good clarity.

Aroma is straw, flower, biscuit and light clove honey.

Sharp snap of hops blends well with a toasted, bready maltiness. A bit dry and consequently lacking some staying power, but it opens up a little as it sits: grassy hops, and more bready malt.

Body is light, thin and crisp, not at all watery but compared to many more substantial pilsners that I had in my recent trip to Germany, it is unremarkable in this department.

A good solid pils, although not the best this country has to offer. And yet another Euro-pils that easily eclipses the crappy and stupidly popular U.S. corporate versions. (941 characters)

Photo of Macca
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a darker golden colour. Clear. Disappointing head even with vigorous pour.

Aroma dominated by grains - dry biscuit. Bit of grassiness.

Sweet palate. More grains. A bit underwhelming actually.

Light bodied.

This might work better for me washing down some curry but by itself it is a bit bland. (307 characters)

Photo of RedBaron
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale gold, translucent. Beautiful uneven rocky head at pour; carbo sustained well.
Smell: Fresh mown grass, light floral hop aroma.
Taste: Spritzy, tangy, nice hop bitterness, but lacking perhaps in complexity.
Mouthfeel: Although there's a nice dry finish to this pils, it does have a slight watery feel to it. I don't think it's as balanced as I was hoping it would be. It may be slightly beyond its peak.
Drinkability: I'll bet this beer is pretty damn good "vom Fass" in Deutschland, but this bottled version may have arrived a tad late to our shores for a real good judgement on it. Still, if I were a peasant farmer in rural Germany, this beer is the one I'd ask for on a hot summer day after working in the fields. It does go down rather easy! (764 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (364 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - This one is almost clear with only the slightest hint of a haze, and the color is a dull light-yellow-bronze. The head is about two solid fingers of white crispy foam, and a good amount of fluffy lace is left on the glass.

S - Fresh biscuits and crackers. This isn't as "saltine" smelling as others of the style, but it still has that cracker note... just minus the salt. I detect what reminds me of freshly baked warm white bread like the Amish make.

T - Like the nose, this is a lot like warm white bread and dinner rolls. This is less hoppy than some other German pilseners, and the overall flavor is more malty and a tad fruity. There are little hints of apricot on the back end, but the fruit is only barely noticeable.

M - Light bodied, crisply carbonated, and clean with a fluffy feeling left in the mouth after swallowing. that fluff only serves to increase the general "loaf of airy white bread" like Sunbeam sliced bread that I'm getting here.

D - Extremely quaffable and easy drinking. Lacks the complexity of some of the better examples of the style, but its still a pleasing beer to slake a thirst after a workout (as I'm doing just now). Not bad, but slightly forgettable. This is one of those beers that I'll probably pick up again without realizing that I've already tried it... then I'll get home and check BA and be slightly aggravated that I didn't recall ever having it. (That happens a lot with German beers since all of the bottles have the same shape and many of the labels lack the cartoony or artistic imagination of Belgian or American breweries). (1,581 characters)

Krombacher Pils from Krombacher Brauerei
78 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.