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King Pilsner - King Brewery

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86
very good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-06-2003

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”.
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Photo of EskimoDave
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of vikingmike
5/5  rDev +31.2%
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!

Photo of tatterdash
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Photo of Vyronian
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light gold color with a tightly packed ivory head that quckly dissipates to form a foamy ring. Lots chunky patches of lace are left on the glass. The carbonation is quite active and the bubble are like pin pricks (a good sign I hear). The aroma is of grassy saaz hops, a grainyness and crackers. The taste is quite a lot hoppier that Urquell or Bitburger. Pine, eucalyptus, and saaz sea air hop flavors are very prominent. The malt background is very grainy with huskyness. The hops impart a fantastic bitterness that coats the mouth. The finish is very bitter. The mouthfeel is quite full bodied. Light carbonation seems to accentuate the hoppiness. This is one kick ass Pilsner thats full of raw hop flavors. My new favorite of the style.

Photo of kwjd
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw-yellow colour with white head. The head did quickly dissipate with a very small amount of lacing. Smells strongly of grassy Saaz hops. Taste is quite Saaz forward with some bready malts. Very smooth. This is one of the best Ontario pilsners and I'm glad I always have access to it.

Photo of bobsy
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the breweriy's description:

"The beer is brewed with an all imported Plisner malt, all Saaz hops and a true Czech yeast strain. The brewery uses only distilled water and remineralizes it to deliver an authentic taste every time. "

Pours a bright gold with a huge smooth head that laces quite generously. Relaxed saaz aroma with an underlying sweetness. Nice toastiness to the flavour with restrained floral hops and a memory of mash. Clean, smooth butterscotch finish. I can actually see a lot in common with the King Dunkel. Body and carbonation both seem right for a good pils - the body is light/medium and the carbonation is medium. This helps to create a wonderfully soft feeling in the mouth.

King describe their beer as super-premium, which is a heavy tag to wear, but they do it well. The brewers have managed to create a really authentic Czech pilsner, over 4,000 miles away from Pilsen. The dedication of importing the correct malt, hops and yeast from the Czech Republic allow this beer to stand proud beside other great brews. A very drinkable pils... of all the ones I have had so far my favourites come from Montreal and Nobleton, ON. Its a strange world.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of OttoBomb
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 fluid oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (January 5, 2010). No best before info on bottle or box. This came as a Christmas gift from my brother, thanks Roger!

Eyes: Pours a clear, crisp gold, zero haze. One finger fluffy head with minimal lacing.

Nose: A healthy Saaz hops aroma dominates up front with a nice sweet malt undertone.

Tongue: Starts with nice toasty, sweet malt flavor. The crisp hop flavours follow, with notes of citrus, grain, and hints of florals and grass. As expected from the style, it has a crisp bitter aftertase, but it works well.

Mouth: The carbonation is very low. Even with the bottom of my glass laser etched, very few bubbles are produced. Despite this the mouthfeel is still moderate and crisp.

Libation: What can I say? It's a very good Pilsner in all respects. The expected Pils bitterness is very well balanced and tasty. The flavor is forward but doesn't overwhelm. I'll try to drink a few of these each time I'm in Ontario.

Photo of Voonder
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks bobsy for this one!
Pours clear light yellow with white head. Smell - malts, spices, floral hops. Nice clean smell. Very good. Taste - bitter at first, than sweet honey notes, malty all the way through, finishes semi-dry. Very light, clean and refreshing. Great beer. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of DamoTO700
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of hunterjames
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass nov1 2010

A clear golden yellow with heavy carbonation feeding a thumbs width of bone white head that slowly falls leaving lots of unorganized lace as it falls

S grassy and floral hops a little dry cereal and faint citrus

T not too far from the smell but with a little bread and more of mild spicy aspect with some lemon, pretty good for the style

M light and crisp with a little bite too it, quite refreshing and lots of bubbles to fluff it up a little

D very easy too drink and a great example of the style, this could work for summer session for sure

a great brew I've never knew existed and from my own backyard, thanks liamt07 for this one it's a winner

Photo of hopsolutely
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An excellent Czech style pilsener. Truly reminiscent of beers enjoyed years ago in Plzn...

Beautiful clear and bright golden colour, with a pleasant mouth feel despite the low effervescence. Aroma is crisp and hoppy and lovely: pure Saaz. So is the taste, with the grains and breadiness of the Czech yeast melding seamlessly into the dry, crisp finish. Bitter, clean, hoppy and delightfully “Czech”.

Well done, King Brewery!

Photo of papat444
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Kremlock
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a creamy bubbly head. Straw colour with hints of orange with a slight haze to it. none to low lacing

S: Lemon and cut grass with a hint of grain and spiciness

T: Spicy (Czech hops), a bit grainy/bready,

M: Creamy on the palate, crisp flavour, perfect carbonation (IMO)

O: This pilsner has a great flavour with an appealing aroma. The crispness of it makes it a great beer to have when needing something to cut through cheese or strong flavours.

Photo of JustinBathurst
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, clear golden yellow with a nice head.

Aroma is a swath of cut grass--hops, indeed--and a bit of apple.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with well-balanced carbonation.

Taste is a wallop of bitter that washes back into a nice finish with an aftertaste of bitter that lingers just long enough. It's nice to have a fresh pilsner. So often the imports are a gamble--will they or won't they be skunked...? So, a lovely brew that I think I'll be enjoying as long as I'm in Ontario.

Photo of tbeckett
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really happy to see this more readily available, and in cans! From notes.

A - Poured golden with strong carbonation and one finger of white fluffy head. Bright with virtually no lacing left over and a half finger of retention.

S - Tons of grassy noble hops with some gentle citrus and crackery, biscuity malt.

T - Sweet grain, lot's less noble hops but still there. Crackery again. Straightforward and tasty.

M - Nice noticeable bitterness, strong carbonation, light to medium body.

O/D - Quite a solid Pils. Pushes the boundary a bit. Would have liked a tad more hop flavour, but otherwise it was really tasty. Highly drinkable. One Ontario can be proud of.

Photo of
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - bright gold and very clear with a finger of white, and very long-lived, head.

Smell - Lots of spicy Czech hops and delicately sweet grains.

Mouthfeel - light bodied but mouth-filling andgently carbonated. Excellent texture.

Taste - Bready and grainy with lots of spicy Czech hops. Hoppy but not really bitter. Finishes crisp and clean.

Photo of drinkininthewood
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looking to try this one for quite some time, just never got around to it.

Served from a 341ml brown bottle into a pilsner glass. BB 11 18 2008.

A- Clear gold with foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving some blobs of lace on the glass.

S- Quality pale pilsner malts, melted butter, saaz hops smell pretty good in this pils.

T- Sweet malts up front with flavors of bread and butter, countered by some real nice Saaz hops which lend a nice grassy, bitterness and perfect balance in this solid pilsner.

M- is light in body with great carbonation. Very clean mouthfeel.

D- Low ABV and outstanding flavor can only equal one thing>>>Session Brew.

Overall this is one of (if not) the best example of a Czech Pilsner in Ontario. You can tell that there is a dedicated brewmaster behind this.

Photo of trevorwideman
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle procured for me from the brewery by pootz, thanks so much! Poured into a pilsner glass.

3/4 inch of cap on a hazey golden brew, very mild carbonation and some nice sticky lace. In the nose there's some subtle peppery notes, some lovely cherry-blossom aroma, and an tart apple smell. Grass and a little bit of damp cellar as well.

Taste is a bit nutty, with a spicy pepperiness in the front. Light malt sweetness, apple-like, lots of grassy and floral notes, and a very forward bitterness that leaves you craving the next sip. Aftertaste is full of the spicy and floral Saaz flavour that I certainly crave from time to time. This is a well-balanced pilsner, very enjoyable, and has a lot of flavour going on. Mouthfeel is nice an soft but finishes good and dry thanks to the generous hop profile. Carbonation is mild and undistracting. A solid pilsner, one I'm thankful to have had, and one I'll seek out on tap when I'm in Southern Ontario again.

Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an unfiltered sample on-tap at Volo in Toronto. This beer is very similar to the standard offering, but the hop character is much stronger and it's slightly hazy. The aroma is very floral with plenty of saaz hop goodness and the contribution of hops to the flavour is much stronger. Overall, I enjoyed this version more than the regular version... just a little more punchy with the hops and really nice balance. I'd drink this anytime.

Photo of ssmack
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light honey colour with lemon highlights. An inch and a half of fine white head. Some carbonation that lasted well. Great lacing and good retention.

Mild halty hoppy goodness in the aroma. Hine of caramel and steely Czech hops.

There is more going on in the taste than in the aroma. Complex. Steely hops at the front end. Base of slight sweet grainy algs. Chzech hops throughtout. Ends in a strong grassy bitter aftertaste.

Medium feel. Very good for a pils.

This is an extremely well-made pilsner. There is enough flavour for even this committed ale drinker. Much more flavour that most North American caft pils.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can from the LCBO. The only (major) King Brewery beer I have so far yet to try, though I've generally heard nothing but good things about it. I'm thrilled to see that they've finally gained access to a canning line - and I hope to see their excellent Vienna lager made available in this format in the near future, as well. But I digress. Served well-chilled.

Pours a clear golden-yellow colour, topped with one finger of foamy white head. Decent retention for a pilsener; it takes more than a few minutes to die down, leaving behind a thin cap and a few scattered smears of lacing. The aroma is subtle, enjoyable, and very reminiscent of an imported Euro pilsener - pale, bready malts, honey sweetness and floral, grassy hop notes come through clearly, with a slight hint of lemon zest. It's shaping up to be a solid pils so far.

The taste does not disappoint in the slightest. Clean, bready notes and pale barley malts provide a slight sweetness, which is swiftly countered by the sturdy noble hops. Grassy, somewhat herbal dryness becomes prominent toward the end of the sip, which finishes with mild citrus and a spicy, Saaz hop twang. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste, which greatly encourages further sipping. Light-bodied, with relatively mild carbonation for a pilsener - offering a smoother mouthfeel and less bloat than a lot of other pale lagers. Very easy to drink quickly, and perfect for sessioning.

Final Grade: 4.04, an excellent A-. King Brewery's Pilsner is a solid pale lager, and easily one of the best locally-made pilseners available in Ontario. The robust malt flavours are balanced nicely by the impressive noble hop bill, and the end result is a deliciously drinkable brew that is guaranteed to appeal to any fan of imported Euro pilseners. This brewery seems to focus mostly on brewing German-style lagers - a job they do damn well, I might add - but this Czech-style pilsner is probably my favourite of their three 'flagship' year-round offerings. I'll definitely be trying this again at some point in the future, and would encourage all pale lager enthusiasts to consider this one well worth seeking out.

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King Pilsner from King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.