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Krombacher Pils - Krombacher Brauerei

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BA SCORE
76
okay

380 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of seedyone
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

05/09/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. A bit heavy on taste & texture. Some flavor which I can't place was a bit up front.

seedyone, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of DominikG
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

DominikG, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of maviola
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

maviola, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Caskaway
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Caskaway, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of CreightonSM
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

CreightonSM, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Brent
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fairly average pilsener. Bottle is a lighter shade of brown, needs to be a little darker, as mine had a slighty light-struck (skunky) aroma. OK, but nothing special.

Brent, Sep 11, 2001
Photo of garymuchow
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma has strong shot of fresh hops initially, and the sweet/sour quality of many of this style. Slight malt quality.
Huge full white head with decent stability. Water clear with gold color.
Intial taste is fresh malt, slightly sweet. Middle starts to take on bitterness,which increases to dominate with a long somewhat dry finish. Long bitter lingering on the tongue.
Fairly thin, somewhat watery. Has a refeshing quality and mildly crisp.
I really liked the initial flavour. But ultimately the bitterness to the exclusion of malt didn't allow enough balance to make it pleasing throughout.

garymuchow, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of MsNitch
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Krombacher Pils 4.8%

adhering to the Reinheitsgebot

A: A very bright, caramel to hay color with spritely bubbles and a robust head

S: Grains and yeasts followed, slowly, by a malt or two.

T: For sure a pilsner with a very pilsnery, pils pop. She starts with that bitter and carbonation then lager yeast, grain and a lingering grassy coating.

M: harsh and dry

O: Like taking a yeasty roll in the hay this Pils embodies that simmering hot summer day when you were too stupid, too poor and too sweaty to linger in the beer isle. The problem with his beer boys and girls is that as soon as the chill haze wears off, so does the delightful bitter carbonated refreshment that first excites you. Not unlike young love, this beer is good for a quick July night under the stars, just make sure that there is plenty of ice in the cooler and a more then one.

MsNitch, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of Tomais
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a really big soapy head that takes time to settle - you need to do the traditional pils pour with this one - let it settle a minute or two, top it up a bit, repeat till glass full. Lots of lacing and the head disappears en route.

Smell is hoppy and a little sour. Mouthfeel is nice enough. Taste is malt and hops but not particularly interesting. The head doesnt actually taste soapy, but there is something soapy going on in the after-taste. Another reviewer (northyorksammy) said "OK with overpowering strong meat." Weird but true, there's a strong not-very-fresh meat presence.
I dont think this is what pils is about.

Not very drinkable either - I feel bloated two-thirds of the way through (there is the possibility that it's to do with me, but I dont normally have this problem..)

500ml bottle; B.B. 15.04.13

Tomais, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of lstokes
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

lstokes, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of MaximalC
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours transparent amber in color with an ample white head. Aroma is mild and peculiar. If forced to attempt a description, I would venture to say that it is vegetally spicy (should such a thing exist). It reminds me of a scratch 'n' sniff sticker from an old Star Wars children's book that had long been lost to my memory. If I recall correctly, this particular sticker was supposed to smell like "fungus". This isn't quite as pungent, but it definitely bears some similarity...

With my outrageously esoteric description of the aroma out of the way, it's on to the taste. The flavor is definitely superior to the nose, though I can't say that I can describe exactly what I'm tasting. The mildly spicy hop flavor is definitely noticeable, but it's pretty well balanced by the malt. I must confess I lack the prowess to properly describe the malt flavor; the best I can do is to say that the malt comes through as slightly juicy near the finish, but that would not be a fair description in general. This is rather unique tasting to me.

The carbonation is quite lively and lends a mouthfeel that compliments the flavor nicely and really holds the whole thing together. I'm a devout detractor of Pilsners, but I must give this one credit for bringing something different to the table and keeping me interested. Krombacher has fuller flavor and substance than I'm used to experiencing in this style, so I will certainly credit them for that. This hardly has made me a Pilsner man, but if obligated to have one, I wouldn't mind having this.

MaximalC, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Viciousknishs
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- pours a bright straw color with two fingers of bone white head. Pretty good retention with a smudge of lacing showing as well.

S- dry cracker like malt aromas with just a kiss of sweetness. Spicy herbal hops and an earthy characteristic on the finish.

T- grainy cracker like malt hit the palate at first. Zesty floral hops with some herbal and earthy notes are there mid palate. Finishes clean with a bit of a off putting steeliness and some lingering malt sugars.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel with a light body. Very high carb that gives a soda like consistency. Not a fan of the mouthfeel.

D- decent drinkability.

Overall not the best pils but decent.

Viciousknishs, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of oberon
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner a light golden with a decent sized rocky white head that was gone pretty quickly.The nose is very clean...too clean,a bit of toasted grain and faint hint of iron and that's about it.Mild flavors of toasted bread and that iron note,light sweetness in the finish.Eh I wanted something I could drink while grillin in the heat,I could have done better.

oberon, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of awalsh
3/5  rDev -9.1%

awalsh, Mar 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

timontheroad, May 26, 2013
Photo of Keegan
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Keegan, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yeah, i liked it OK. Sweetsih palate, with mild maltiness and hoppiness, quite light in body, thinish palate, but highly drinkable and in-offensive, maybe a bit fizzy aswell.

rastaman, Aug 13, 2002
Photo of KristijanG
3/5  rDev -9.1%

KristijanG, Aug 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

kristenrae8, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of KMcG
3/5  rDev -9.1%

KMcG, May 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

stampfler07, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3/5  rDev -9.1%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of CurtisD
3/5  rDev -9.1%

CurtisD, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of blastoderm55
3/5  rDev -9.1%

blastoderm55, Jul 27, 2014
Krombacher Pils from Krombacher Brauerei
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