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Krombacher Pils - Krombacher Brauerei

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BA SCORE
76
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392 Ratings
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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 5
Gots: 38 | 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 thehyperduck
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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: 3.6, 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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of millelacsmark
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of RichH55
4.5/5  rDev +36%

Photo of valkyre65
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Naerhu
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of JVan
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of kodt
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of KStark
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of MonkeyBread
2.25/5  rDev -32%

Photo of dasenebler
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, a classic lager start to the evening. I have also tried this in bottles. Classic German pilsener in the glass, a gold straw color with a smattering of white foam on top. Aroma was quite subdued, I do not possess the world's greatest olfactory sense but I can usually get more than this, especially from something on tap ... Faint cracker malts and musty hay-like noble hops on the nose, and more of the same on the palate. Fortunately I could taste more than I could smell, the aforementioned noble hops were prominent and fairly enjoyable, fresh grass and hay playing off some herbal notes like mild licorice and bitter watermelon rind. There is a grainy cracker-like malt backbone with hints of green grape fruitiness and a grain husk astringency. Aggressive carbonation along with a little metallic copper afterburn. Crisp and dry with less residual sweetness, DMS, and doughy character than most commercial Euro lagers. A decent noble hops showcase on tap (less fresh in the bottles I've sampled) and a pretty standard German pilsener for the purists, albeit one with a macro-brewed feel: Fizzy, harsh, and rather vapid.

Photo of Troville1990
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of carrollmel7
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of ZachKelly
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Good foam. Typical straw yellow in color. Crisp bubbles.

Smell: More typical pilsner notes. Musty, German hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Similar to smell; lots of musty German hops. Heavier on the malt versus the hops. I definitely would have like a better balance. Mouthfeel has excellent bite and definitely a hoppy spritzy-ness.

Overall Drinkability: Pretty middle of the road pilsner, especially for a European one.

Photo of brandonld23
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Krombacher Pils from Krombacher Brauerei
76 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.