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King Pilsner - King Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Subliminal64, Oct 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

No head. Medium amber in color. Barely any aroma, subtal bakery. Herbal with slight bitterness and dry finish.

Tilly, Oct 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

MattCampbell, Sep 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

CRObighit2, Sep 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

cam477, Sep 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

yancot, Jul 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

GoHabsGo, Jul 22, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can into nonic pint. a 4-digit code near the top of the can reads "3281" and i have no idea what this means

a: transparent pale yellow with two fingers of off-white head. typical pils

s: not a lot going on here. just grassy malts, really

t: dough-y, bready malts. grassy and slightly hoppy. shy apple and lemon notes. an easy-going bitterness dries it all out. clean and very tasty

m: light mouthfeel with an appropriate medium-ish carbonation

o: a flavour-packed pilsener that goes down really quickly. the nose is a bit lacking but that won't stop me from having this a lot more in the future

kevinlater, Jul 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Socialiste, Jun 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

mrlie3, Jun 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Danielr26, Jun 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

hunterjames, Apr 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

RyanPollock, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

BigJake1991, Mar 20, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Barley even a finger of head on the pour and it did not retain at all and barely produced any lace. The body has slow, steady carbonation and a golden bronze colour that has a small degree of haze to it that doesn't quite fit the style.

Smell: An undertone of sweet bread dough and malt backs up a nice floral and grassy hop bouquet. There also a slight citrus note between orange and lemon that I'm picking up on.

Taste: Starts mild as a doughy taste with a slight touch of malt is accented by a slight spicy hop note, it builds up slightly more but not too much as the beer has a very clean and crisp taste to it as it rounds itself off with a second, slightly strong spicy hit of grassy and floral hops.

Mouthfeel: The beer is clean and crisp throughout the entire experience, but that being said there is a odd big lack of carbonation making the beer has a undesirable flat texture to it. The transitioning is great, and the mild hop aftertaste doesn't cling very much.

Drinkability: This might seem like an odd comment, but drinking this beer leaves me with a crispier sensation then eating a salad. It's pretty much as far as you can push light bodied towards medium and it settles exceptionally well.

Final Thoughts: All the beers I've tried from King have been excellent, and while this is probably the weakest link, it's still one of the best Pilsner's in Canada. If they fix the carbonation, and I'd say it is probably the best. I honestly feel bad that King doesn't appear as successful or widely distributed then it currently is. This one steps up to the plate where it really matters and I could drink this all day as a stand alone drinker or with spicy food because of it's cleansing crispness. Thumbs Up

TheHammer, Mar 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

AugustusRex, Mar 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

randallpink, Jan 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28%

boszormeny, Jan 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Vyronian, Dec 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Andy_Luft, Oct 26, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 473ml can, poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden straw colour with 2 fingers of white head. Head dissipates quickly, leaves behind some lose lacing. Some carbonation is visible.

Smell - Light apple, lots of pilsen malts. Sweet grass and floral bits

Taste - Green apple here again. Sort of odd. Also quite a bit of grass and grains.

Mouthfeel -Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp finish.

IdeaSpeeder, Sep 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

irishkyle21, Sep 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

WillAndSarah, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

liamt07, Aug 16, 2013
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King Pilsner from King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.