Krombacher Pils - Krombacher Brauerei

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 448
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before March 5 2013. I worked my way through the majority of the generic Euro pale lagers available at my local shop last year, but every once in a while they'll add a new one to the lineup - and so here we are. At least this one seems to be an authentic German pilsener, a category I have some genuine appreciation for. Poured into a dimpled mug.

Pours a typical clear, golden-yellow colour, topped with slightly more than one finger of puffy, white, surprisingly long-lasting head. It hangs around for well over five minutes before fizzling away into a more manageable cap, leaving the sides of the glass smeared with lacing. This is actually a really good-looking pilsener. Doesn't smell too bad either - lots of grainy/cracker malts, some bread, with noble hop notes of herbal, grassy hay. Suitable for the style, and fairly enticing.

Reasonably good stuff - certainly a real pilsener, not just an EPL wearing a mask. Strong backbone of grainy pale malts, crackers and bread, supported by a firm noble hop bill that is grassy, herbal, and slightly peppery/spicy - this last bit covers one of my favorite aspects of German pilseners. Light bitterness in the aftertaste that lingers briefly. Light-bodied and kind of watery, with mild carbonation for the style - it starts off crisp but soon loses a lot of its bite. Definitely smooth-drinking, and well suited to tonight's stinking hot weather.

This is pretty tasty stuff - certainly not the best pilsener I've ever had, but a serviceable one that I don't regret trying. If push came to shove I'd probably stick with Bitburger, Radeberger or Stiegl for my German pils fix, but this would make for an acceptable substitute in a pinch. My main complaint relates to the flattish mouthfeel, which (at least in my view) isn't exactly a dealbreaking flaw.

Final Grade: 3.56, a manageable B grade. Unremarkable, yet still highly drinkable, Krombacher Pils is one addition to the LCBO's staggeringly huge lineup of pale lagers that I can appreciate. Now if only they'd get rid of all those lame ones, and use that space for something more interesting. But I digress - this is a respectable, affordable pilsener that is at least worth a try for any fan of German pale lagers. (2,254 characters)

Photo of marty21
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (519 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 JBogan
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright golden color with a thick foamy head which turned a few minutes later into a bubbly film. Good lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smelled quite malty and bready, also some floral accents.

Tasted a of breads with a bit of malt. "Bright" tasting, also with no trace of alcohol present.

Mouthfeel was excellent. Perhaps a bit thick for a Pils but the ample carbonation cut through it and gave it a smooth but effervescent edge. Nice.

This was a a nice solid brew. A good representation of a Pils. Are there better? Sure, but you can do a lot worse than this. (578 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2012.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear light-gold colour with good carbonation and the odd speck of sediment floating around. Produces a large head of brilliant white foam with a fine texture; this lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of light grainy malt with overtones of noble hops - leafy and bitter. A faint whiff of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of light malt with a crisp bitterness. Notes of grain and leafy noble hops. A background hint of spice, stewed hops and solvent. Mouthfeel is tingly and dry. Aftertaste of faint malt and bitter hops.

A decent pilsner; crisp and refreshing with a hoppy bite. Slides down nicely - I could imagine sinking a few steins of this. (758 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 BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (541 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 ZenAgnostic
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (272 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 SaunaKing
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6 pack of this stuff for the first time because my wife likes pilsners and isn't crazy about Hefe Weisse which i have been drinking almost exclusively latley. Yellow gold with a frothy but small head. Mild hop aroma and the taste is a little too sweet. Like beer mixed with a sweet white wine. This stuff is smooth and drinkable though. I prefer a little drier, crisper pilsner but this is ok in a pinch. (418 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 flyingpig
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw amber with faint red tinges throughout & topped by a foamy white, two-fingers width head that has nice retention along with leaving some light lacing on the glass.

Not the strongest on the nose but a pleasant pilsener aroma to it none the less. There is a sweet grassy hops and corn aroma along with a little grain and lager like malts.

Sweet tasting beer that the nose hints at, there is some corn and grassy hops in there too. It tastes pretty straight forward but it is nice, crisp and has some good floral notes too.

Pretty smooth with a light to medium body and a nice crisp, refreshing finish which is also mildly bitter feel to it.

It isn't the most complex beer I have ever had but still one that I enjoyed and it is one that I would have again.

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

Poured from a mini can into a small beer glass.

Pours golden, brilliant, thick head of creamy foam that drops down to 1/4inch. Beer smell. Pilsy. Smooth clean crisp taste, light bodied. Very single, not to describe, but a solid easy beer.

Great little german pils alternative. (280 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 WoodBrew
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My Cuz married a German bird and he and his hottie are Krombacher fans so I bought some for them on their recent visit. This is a typical German Style Pils. The color is golden clear with good carbonation that provides a thin white head that appears to be lacing. Grain and barley power the aroma on this beer...not much else. The taste is a standard German pils with a kick of wheat/barley/grain. Mouthfeel is good, on the lighter side which makes for a good session. Overall...its a good German pils. (502 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a fresh keg at the Atlanta German Bierfest.

Medium golden color; clear with a durable and frothy head.

As expected the aroma features light malt and hops, but with a nice note of baked bread and a hint of fruit. The taste is less interesting and nuanced. While I did not notice any flaws it did seem under-hopped.

M: near medium body; very good carbonation; smooth (382 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 dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (898 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another decent German pilsner, very drinkable but not exactly craftsmanship. Pours a slighly cloudy golden color and gives respectable, if not mindblowing head. Smell has a melange of citrus, hops, and cereals,. Interesting.
A round, thick flavor with nice hoppy bitterness that does what its suppossed to do. Mouthfeel is a little grainy but I didn't mind it like with some beers.
Not an exquisite beer but tasty and goes down the hatch quite easily. This is workmanlike, blue collar beer typical of the style. (516 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured into a pint glass, this is a crystal clear pale straw colored beer with a dense, tall head, about 3/4ths of an inch.
S: Aroma is a bit disappointing. Putting my nose close to the class, I do get the appropriate pils malt aroma, with light noble hops.
T: Disappointing bitterness as well--fairly low, with little hop flavor. Malt is alright, but what's a German pils that just relies on malt?
M: average.

Disappointing pils. I've been in the mood for German pils lately, and I'd never tried this one before. (519 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (783 characters)

Photo of MarkoNm
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (338 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 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)

Krombacher Pils from Krombacher Brauerei
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