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Krombacher Pils - Krombacher Brauerei

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Krombacher PilsKrombacher Pils

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145 Reviews
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 477
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 30.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 145 | Hads: 477
Photo of PiratePete
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a white head with a beautiful golden colour. Not much nose but that seems alright to me. In the mouth there is a taste of malt and an aftertaste of hops that lasts after it goes down. I like that - its nice to be reminded you just had a swallow of a decent beer. I love that aftertaste. Krombacher Pils is one of those beers that one needs to come back to after trying different brews - it brings you back to basics!

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Publican in Chicago. Pours brilliant straw gold under a 1” white foam cap. Malty with a spicy hop nose. Light malts lead the attack with a spicy bitter hop finish. Creamy, clean and crisp with medium light gody and medium high carbonation. A good but not great German Pilsener.

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Photo of sierratwohearted
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

draft pint at local tavern. straw-yellow in color. 2 fingers of head, good lacing all the way down. decent german pils, nothing special. drinks easy. could have a few of these. grass/husk aroma. earthy hop notes. decent balance and drinkable.

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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 ktrillionaire
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 pootz
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of godlessape
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been lucking into some great German and Austrian beer specials at my local liquor store recently and couldn't resist picking up a 12 pack of this brew.

Appearance: Has an almost brassy wet wheat dark straw body to it with a creamy white head that sinks down to just a light skim yet never gives up.

Smell: Very slight grainy, bready aroma that you have to try hard to detect until you get half way down the glass and then you can pick up on some great malt notes.

Taste/mouthfeel: First comes the faint German malty flavor you expect from such a beer, just briefly at that, then comes the hop sizzle along with the high carbonation that comes across like you just stepped down on the distortion pedal on an electric guitar. Very crisp and satisfying finish.

Overall: A perfect summer beer. I"ll be picking up a lot more of this stuff.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White dramatic head with lively long lace and gold body.

Extremely reserved aroma.

Rich malt, bit of a sharp twang, long trailing hop bitterness. With this much bitterness, I am very surprised I did not detect more hops on the nose.

The is a light beer where the hops grab you tongue and does the hula. This is a bright and nice beer.

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Photo of steveh
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Continuing my re-acquaintance with light Lagers, particularly Pilsners, one that I can't recall ever sampling in the past. From the central to northwest part of Germany, not my usual Bavarian choice.

Label states No. 1 Premium Pils in Germany. Really? Even above Bitburger? Great thing on the label is a bottling *and* best-by date; the best-by being one year from bottling, or 08-23-12.

A -- Clear, golden color with a creamy, dense, slow-settling white head. About as perfect as you can get for a Pils.

S -- Mild DMS, spicy hops, and crackery/grainy malts. Pretty thin, but far from offensive.

T -- Flavor starts with crackery malts and quickly blends to mellow, spicy hops. Finish is dry and hop bitter with a touch of the same bitterness and citrus character in then aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp to dry with a light body.

O -- This is a well-done, clean and crisp German Pils with nothing outstanding, yet absolutely refreshing and satisfying -- and highly sessionable at 4.8. I may have to get more for the coming summer weekends at $13 a 12 pack.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of KDawg
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice light straw color with a good head on it. Very fragrant nose with lots of grains, malty tones and some straw tones as well. Medium bodied that is more grainy on the palate than on the nose. Very good feel that is very smooth as well. This is an excellent session pilsner that scratches the itch perfectly

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Photo of etherashe
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall, I really like this beer. It's not fabulous, or a revelation. But it's a very decent Pils.

The pale yellow color was neither impressive nor disappointing. The head was short-lived: composed mostly of large delicate bubbles, which disappeared quickly. The smell was of nice, tacit, yeasty goodness.

The taste was very smooth, with hints of hops cutting slightly through the grain. The mouthfeel was clean and easy, with the slight bite of carbonation being replaced by a tart, hoppy fall-off.

The drinkability was excellent.

There is nothing specatacular about this beer, but it is done well, and is definitely sessionable. I will happily drink this again.

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Photo of inebrius
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from a 5 liter mini-keg. Classic German Pils taste, well-balanced sweet pale malts and Noble hops. I have to believe the mini-keg served this beer well as it was smoother than most German-style pilsners I've had and had no hint of sulfur or skunk. Would be interesting to compare to the bottled version.

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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 CrazyMike
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bought in beijing

clear golden straw, some head that soon fades to ring and a few wisps. lacing is splotchy but sparse.

aroma has the prerequisite noble hops up front, and is otherwise clean. the malt is toasty, and there is some breadiness, but they're pretty faint and in the background.

flavor is about right for a pils, but seems to cut off and become dull for a moment somewhere in the middle. there's still a decent bitterness to be had into the aftertaste, but something is a bit blunted.

the feel manages to be smooth without being totally watered down, with a carbonation that is sharp at first but backs off quickly.

nothing to write home about, but more than acceptable.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fair pils from Germany. Pours out to a medium golden color with a big head of fluffy white foam. Lots of lace. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of sour maltiness and some floral hops. Taste is suprisingly fresh and light; flavors of medium bodied malts cross over to a white bread note, with hints of floral hops lingering in the background. Not bad. Mouthfeel was crisp and enjoyable. Drinkability is north of average. This would make for a good light evening beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of Luigi
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a massive rocky white head. The retention is great, as it stays at least one finger high with plenty of lacing.

The dominate aroma is baked bread with a floral hop.

The taste is about the same as it is very clean and finishes dry. Grassy hops, soft bread grains, with a refreshing dry finish.

This German pilsnener can be compared to many premium lagers out of Germany. To me it was nothing new, but what keeps this lager legitimate, is the authenticity of the style. Very refreshing for the summer months.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a local belfast bar

Pours with a light amber body, thick fluffy head sits atop, great retention

Smell, very clean, some hint of fresh grain

Taste, crisp and clean, dry mouthfeel, very easy to put down and refreshing

This is a much better beer on tap, a good session lager

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Photo of RedBaron
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

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Photo of scott451
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ML can poured into a pilsner glass. Decent looking pils. Golden straw colour, big fluffy head, lots of carbonation, very refreshing looking indeed.

Smell is very bready and malty, nice hint of aroma hops hidden in there, nothing much complex, slight veggie smell, but not skunky or unpleasant, very much just a refreshing pilsner aroma. Taste is very pleasant, very malty and a slight nuttiness in the back. Low bitterness, but enough to keep it interesting. Mouthfeel isn't as bitey as I'd like, but it's a mild complaint. This is a slightly above average pils, thirstquenching and highly drinkable. Not the best ever, but good.

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Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Krombacher Pils from Krombacher Brauerei
77 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.