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King Pilsner - King Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
King Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An authentic Czech-style Pils Lager brewed with only 100% imported Bohemian malts, Saaz hops and a true strain of Czech yeast.

King Pilsner is bright golden coloured, full-bodied beer with a refreshing taste. It delivers a soft texture, complimented by the proper balance of malt and Saaz hops. Its flavour begins with a pleasing malty taste, imparts a dry bitter tang, and finishes very cleanly. Consumers are quoted saying “there is not a beer in Canada that tastes like King Pilsner”, and “this beer tastes like the true Pilsners in Europe”.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-06-2003)
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Reviews by vikingmike:
Photo of vikingmike
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased from King Brewery in Nobleton.

I picked this up once from the Beer store on a whim. Thought it had a neat-looking box and was probably drinkable. Little did I know that I had found the best pilsner Canada had to offer.

The brewmaster, Phillip, is a great guy who truly loves making beer, and he's spared no expense to create an incredible expression of the Czech pilsner style, from importing the malts and hops to adjusting the mineral levels in the water.

The result is simply awesome. It's very hard to brew a faithful representation of many foreign beer styles in a different country, but he's done that and more.

TRY THIS BEER. Seriously!

vikingmike, Jul 01, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light, clear golden pour with a small white head and lots of bubbly carbonation going on.

Smell: a lightly hoppy nose with plenty of light floral notes.

Taste: very clean body with a medium hop bitterness on the finish. nice lingering hoppiness and grainy notes. slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: mostly smooth, creamy body with an off-dry finish.

Drinkability: a very smooth and easy drinking beer. reminds me of Mill St Organic Lager....although it's been awhile since i've had that one. still, for a real pilsner have an Urquell, Czechvar or Kozel.

Popsinc, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

cam477, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle picked up at a Toronto LCBO. The brewery's logo looks like a hybrid Lion/Cthulhu creature from dread R'lyeh...

Poured into a pilsner glass. Golden in colour, with about an inch of fluffy head. A good thick ring survives along with some flecks of lacing.

The nose is quite pleasant, and is among the best examples of a pilsner nose I've come across outside of Europe. Freshly-baked bread with honey, floral hops and citrus come across wonderfully.

The taste is not too far off the nose - big malt, honey, citrus and floral notes, with a lovely crisp finish. This beer is remarkably easy to quaff, with thin, but tart cream soda-like carbonation and a thin, but not watery texture.

This is a terrific Czech pilsner, among the best I've seen in North America. Full of flavor, and a delight to drink. Shame that this beer isn't more readily available outside of the Toronto area. Shame!

JohnnyBarman, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of foamer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow, with a wonderful frothy white head fed by a steady stream of carbonation. A rather pretty looking beer. A nice grassy hop aroma with the Czech hops peeking through. Very nice grassy and moderately spicy hop bite upfront followed by a doughy malt backing. Nice mouthfeel, not too watery. A very solid pilsner. A nice solid pilsner. Perfect for a hot southern Ontario summer day.

foamer, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of downtownbrown
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

downtownbrown, May 21, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer appears a clear medium golden hue, with one finger of dense soapy white head, which renders a thin wall of lace around the glass. It smells of semisweet white cracker grain, and mildly zesty Eurohops. The taste is white bready grain, and grassy, weedy, somewhat skunky hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and fairly snappy and crisp, and it finishes mostly dry, the Saaz hops bearing down.

I guess "Czech-style" is appropriate, as it does have a number of the required attributes to justly call itself such, but there was just a little too much skunk, which can't be blamed on overseas bottle shipments/light struckedness, in this case.

biboergosum, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Volo Cask Days 2008. Extra hopped pilsner. Light yellow with some hop scent. Not characteristic hops come through on an average mouthfeel. Saaz hop presence. Worth trying, but I like the regular pilsner please. Quaffable. Hops is the taste, including the saaz and that's about it.

Sammy, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of traumaqueen
3/5  rDev -21.7%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of jbonapar
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never really a huge fan of Pilsner's but I heard great things about this, so tried it!

Poured a soft, slightly haze light gold. Nice creamy head. Very minimal aroma. Perhaps just a touch from the Saaz hops.

Taste is nice, crisp, dry with mild bitterness. Creamy with an enjoyable subtle spiciness.

I actually like this, i could drink a few of these on a hot summer day with some BBQ ribs int he backyard for sure. Nice.

jbonapar, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of randallpink
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

randallpink, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Danielr26
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Danielr26, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of ZorPrime
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Received from liamt07 in a recent trade (September 2010).

The beer is pale yellow color, almost golden. Nice white foamy head. The head is similar to a cloud. The aroma's intensity is medium. Cereal and malts. The taste is malty with a nice bitter finnish. A little bit thin in the mouth, feels almost like water. Very refreshing and well balanced. Quite easy to drink too. A nice beer on its own. I like it. Cheers Liam!

ZorPrime, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of WillAndSarah
4/5  rDev +4.4%

WillAndSarah, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of irishkyle21
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

irishkyle21, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of tatterdash
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As an avid ale man, but wanting to be a proper 'beer guru', I have been looking for a good lager. I have always been fascinated by Pilsners for some reason and I think I have found the one I like the most.

Appearance: Attractive label, I like the green. Poured into a clean pilsner glass, minimal head that dissolved very quickly but I believe it is due the fact I served it very cold, it usually has more head than this. Colour is a golden yellow-orange with a tinge of green, and it is crystal clear. A bit of effervescence.

Smell: Strong hops, but not over-powering. Definitely said "drink me".

Taste: Ahha! Hops all around, definitely crisp, not too bitter, with a very long finish. Very refreshing, probably due to the soft water it is made with. I found it very difficult not to pound this back. Despite the low amount of head this pilsner manages to lace a fair amount, with is good. Very consistent, no new favours appeared as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: Gets rather bitter in the mouth, but was not overly carbonated which helped and didn't get unbearably bitter. Still, I think this might be this lager's weak point.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day, and I probably will as I have three more.

tatterdash, Sep 18, 2004
Photo of ritzkiss
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from the rapidly disappearing six-pack, bought from the LCBO.

Pours a crystal clear light to medium golden with a hint of copper, a couple fingers of head build and then leave small patches of lacing down the glass.

Nose reveals a bold biscuity malt, a hint of soapy lemon and a dash of lovely Saaz hops.

This is a top-notch pils. Clean biscuity malt that is perhaps a level heftier than many in the style, a hint of soapy lemon, a slight spiciness, a slight floral sweetness, a very balanced and yet sharp grassy bitterness, dry clean finish, clean crisp carbonation. My only wish would be to raise the bitterness a notch to Prima Pils levels but in all honesty, it's probably not necessary.

This is incredibly drinkable, very clean and flavorful. I love me a good pilsner and this is one of the best out there.

ritzkiss, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of papat444
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grub for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A creamy white head, bubbly, with a pretty clear pale gold body and some clumps of lacing.

Smell: Lemony, grainy, lemon rinds and a bit of fresh cut grass.

Taste: Minerals, a bit earthy, salt, lemon peel, toasted malt and some citrus fruit in the aftertaste (not tart).

Mouthfeel: Some bitterness in the background but overall a clean and crisp feel.

Overall: An excellent post-mowing beer. Worthy of summer.

papat444, May 07, 2012
Photo of headlessparrot
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not really a big fan of the pilsner style, and so I was looking more forward to trying King's Dark Lager than I was their pils. That said, when it came down to it, I'd heard enough good things that I bit the bullet anyway. Most of the pilsners that I do really enjoy are European, and King has been described as a very accurate interpretation of a European pils - so here goes nothing.

There's nothing spectacular about the pour or appearance, but that's because we're all so used to hazy, yellow-ish beers. This one pours nicely, though, a s lightly darker yellow (hazy straw-apple-juice?), and is topped by a nice, vibrant two fingers of head with decent retention and gobs of lacing. Carbonation isn't too visibly intense. This looks better than most light-coloured beers, but doesn't get my engine revved quite like a stout. Still, for the style, it's more-than-respectable.

Nose is nice. From the moment I started the pour I was getting big whiffs of Saaz hops and dried, biscuity malt, with maybe even a touch of indistinct fruit. A closer inspect reveals an assortment of grassy, rural-type notes - grass, hay, a faint spiciness, again just touches of that fruit. Oddly, though, every couple minutes, the smell just dies for me and I have to swirl and take huge sniffs to pick up anything. Flowers. Dry grain. Again, the pils isn't really my style, but quite respectable, and comparable with many European varieties that I've enjoyed in the past.

Taste is more of the same. Starts off malty and a little sweet; as it sits on your tongue, the bitterness and hop character grows, asserting itself with hints of grass, hay, and flowers. Seems to be quite a back-and-forth between the malt and hops, though the bitterness ultimately wins out. Some citrus notes, finishing bitter with a mingling bready maltiness and grassy, citrus-y hops. As it warms, however, the beer becomes somewhat less palatable (and in this respect, I have to go against BA wisdom, if only for this particular brew). Not bad, all in all, and a good try at the style that shows respect for the originals.

Mouthfeel is a touch overcarbonated, even though it doesn't appear to be based on looking at the glass. The body, however, feels quite good - substantial without being too heavy. I'm not so sure about drinkability, though: this is bitter enough (without a sweet counterpoint) that I'd be done (or craving some water) after only a couple.

That said, it's certainly worth a try. And my mixed-feelings are perhaps more reflective of how I feel about pilsners in general than about King Pilsner in particular. A good interpretation of the style, however I grade it, and worth a try.

headlessparrot, May 27, 2007
Photo of Roke87
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from the OCB spring discovery pack, chilled and poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pours a nice golden straw colour that is perfectly clear with two fingers of fluffy white head that quickly dissipates to a nice ring leaving below average lacing throughout the glass till finish.

Smell- Nice bready malt presence that is common in many great pilsners mixed with a bit of grassy hops but not overpowering what so ever, and a slight hint of fruity citrus aromas in there as well.

Taste- Very similar to the aromas, the taste comes through with a big bready malt forefront, followed by very mild grassy hops and an almost none existent fruity taste but it’s still there, the bready malts really do dominate the palate on this one.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a below average carbonation for a pilsner, very easy drinking pilsner, goes down very smooth and crisp, nice refreshing pilsner for the summer months that’s for sure.

Overall- This one ranks right up there with some of the best of them, although I would have liked to see a bit more on the taste aspect, it’s very much dominated by the bready malts and not much of the other smells that you get really come through on the palate. Happy that I got to try this one because without the OCB 6-pack I probably would have overlooked this one and not even given it a try, but I could definitely see myself enjoying this one this summer while relaxing on the patio.

Roke87, May 30, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with an average size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair/good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, malts, corn, light hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains and lemons mixed with malts and some corn. It finishes with a grainy and lightly spicy aftertaste.

Overall – I was pretty impressed with this beer. For an Ontario beer, it has a great pils taste that rivals some of its European counterparts. I’d buy this beer again and it will be perfect for the warmer weather.

spinrsx, May 10, 2011
Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of SandS
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

SandS, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +4.4%

liamt07, Aug 16, 2013
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King Pilsner from King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.