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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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Photo of andrenaline
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale straw colour with a finger of head that quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing.

S – Scent is dominated by grassy hops and bready malt with a bit of sweet corn on the finish.

T – Much like the scent with the grassy hops with a touch of bitterness and the bready malts linger on the palette.

M – Medium bodied, smooth and refreshing.

O – Tasty for the style but a bit one dimensional and not overly mind blowing. I've had some more bold flavours on a pilsner, but certainly a worthy effort.

andrenaline, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It may have been the only bottle in the six pack to produce any head but luckily it's the one I decided to sit down to review (although most all of it abdicated and the strands that didn't were cast away to the perimeter). No complaints with regards to colour or complexion though; this is brilliantly golden and glossy, with an immaculate clarity.

The aroma gives air of pale malts and... nothing else. Czech Pilsners are renown for their zestful, spicy, floral, overtly aromatic Saaz hops but this example has seemingly dispensed of them - too bad, they're always my favourite part! A confident breadiness marches forth without mention of a single strand of lemon zest, flower petal or blade of grass.

Some of those soapy and spicy suds, however, can be found in the taste which fortunately allows more hoppiness to bleed through. The overall character, however, is still largely grainy and bready; it falls relatively flat on the palate without sufficient hoppy spice to enliven it. The malts are exceedingly plain but, to their credit, admirably clean tasting. The bitterness, although greatly perceived, is relatively modest and short-lived.

I prefer Czech pilsners that lean towards the hoppy side but it warrants mention that some of my most purchased brands are more malt-forward German examples. The German style, I find, can easier get away with a lighter hop profile; for my palate, its maltiness seems more complex and attenuated. Pilsners like this can come across as too ordinary and dull.

King Pilsner could better distinguish itself from other mediocre, mainstream lagers on the market by boasting about its specially imported Czech ingredients (namely, the hops) less on its packaging and more in its beer. On its own, this stands fine but in comparison with authentic Czech examples (and many American renditions) this falls a little short.

biegaman, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of cratez
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle from a 6-pack purchased at the Cooper Street LCBO in Toronto, ON. Currently ranked as the 9th best Czech Pilsner on BA.

A: golden yellow in colour with one finger of bubbly white head. Strands of lacing wrap around the pint glass.
S & T: honey sweetness, oats, toasty, doughy and grainy malts, funk, mild grassiness, wheat cereal, spicy Saaz bitterness on the tongue, somewhat soapy aftertaste. A very true-to-style pils.
M: crisp, medium, lots of bite, nice hop tang, dry and lingering finish.
D: the standard by which other Ontario pilsners are evaluated, but I personally prefer more hops. Having said that, King's version is an accurate and respectable take on the style, and I'll happily buy this whenever I'm looking for a tasty, quaffable lager.

cratez, Jun 22, 2010
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 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 cam477
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

cam477, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of randallpink
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

randallpink, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of irishkyle21
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

irishkyle21, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of MattyV
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pretty spot on for a pils--crystal clear golden colour, thin white head with average retention/lacing. Sweet grains, grass, mineral water, and a faint hit of Saaz hops make appearances in the aroma department. Picking up some sweet bready malt up front with a tiny bit of grassy/spicy hop flavour. Mild bitterness with a crisp finish. Light and lively mouthfeel. This by no means blew me away but am glad I finally gave it a shot, would make for a fantastic quaff in the dead of summer.

MattyV, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

yancot, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of timiskin
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

timiskin, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

GoHabsGo, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of pootz
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly clouded pale gold...fair white frothy cap..good lacing, medium carbonation...promising nose..musty sweet malt tones over a floral hop presense. Medium malt body ( probably a very nice blend of german light malts) that is slightly over powered by the tart citrus/herbal bittering hops in the front side...leaves a clean finish with a lingering metal taste puching trough that tel-tale Pilsner malt "biscuit" taste...this is a hop heads pilsner that is a domestic attempt at Pilsner Urquell...but the front side delivery is a tad too unbalanced for me.

Still probably the only Ontario Pilsner that approaches authentic Plzen taste profile.

pootz, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of TerryW
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is something new from a local brewery north of Toronto available in sixes at nearby LCBO stores.

Pours a nice golden pilsner colour with a white head of reasonable dimension. Sweet and hoppy on the nose.

Some malt up front, but distinguished by a strong, sharp taste of hops. Hangs on with a nice bitter aftertaste.

All-in-all a decent job at a pilsner and one I'd have again.

Now I've had this on tap and from a bottle (both good quaffs) and have seen these folks at a couple of Oktoberfests and such. Just a quick note to acknowledge the good table they lay out when they're on the road. They dressed it up with hop vines, barley, beer books, beer wear and glasses. Interesting and well-presented and an indication of their enthusiasm I would imagine. All that and a decent beer too. Looking forward to visiting their brewery.

TerryW, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo, pours a clear light golden colour with a small head and little lace. Smells like sweet malts, little hop presence. But the taste is pretty good malt presence and pretty decent floral and bitter hoppiness for a pilsner, hops aren't magnificent but good for an Ontario pilsner. Pretty good mouthfeel, creamy and smooth, good carbonation and pretty good pilsner

Viggo, May 31, 2005
Photo of fostachild
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a very light yellow/golden colour. tons of foamy head that leaves behind a nice lacing.

smell is strong, grainy, bit of hops.

taste is also grainy and has a malty sweetness to it. also has a nice slight bitterness. very well carbonated.

overall a solid pilsner, pretty enjoyable.

fostachild, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow and light golden colour, soapy white head rises and falls leaving an etched surface. Solid ring, some slippery lace, medium carbonation, bubbles a bit larger than I prefer. Grassy, skunky smell rings true to the Czech style, hoppy . Taste is sharp and crisp, nice bitterness, dry with huge malt aftertaste that lingers. Light to medium body, I've heard some say this might be the best Ontario brewed pilsner and I think you could make an argument that it's among them. Classic pilsner, nicely done, I'd drink this anytime.

ThatWineGuy, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of kevinlater
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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
Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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
Photo of SebD
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grainy and bready malts with some spicy and grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some grainy/bready malts with some grassy hops, some lemon/citrus and a light spiciness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

SebD, Jan 21, 2013
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 TheHammer
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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
Photo of Mit
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-pours a nice golden clear with a decent head.

s-Nice yeast notes present in a normal pilsner. Crisp smell similar a cider.

t-malty but nicely balanced by hopes. The bready notes are def present.

m-perfect for the abv.

d-oh pretty drinkable. I will def be buying this again.

Mit, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of ludachris
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear bright golden hue with about a finger of whispy egg white head that quickly falls to a ring, leaving spots of lace.

The appearance is somewhat disappointing and comparable to a standard adjunct, but the nose really separates it from that class with fresh notes of doughy bread, a kick of chewy floral hops, and that classic dose of orange zestyness. Simple but very inviting.

Doughy through and through with a streak of citrus zest in the back that is quickly subsumed by an almost pungent fresh floral hop character that really lingers.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with its weight coming from the doughy malts and bitter floral hops. The latter provides a dry and refreshing finish. Drinkability is great and well suited for the summer months.

Overall, a great Czech pilsner. It sticks to tradition but really emphasizes and pronounces each characteristic while managing to keep itself well balanced and highly drinkable. This leaves me excited to try more of their offerings. Thumbs up. Another solid brew from Ontario.

ludachris, Jun 29, 2010
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
King Pilsner from King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.