King Pilsner - King Brewery

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 96
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 12
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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 SebD
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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 (1,736 characters)

Photo of fostachild
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of ludachris
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of chunkylover53
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well it's a pilsner, so it's basically "hop water". That's not a bad thing; it's just the nature of this style.

King Pilsner smells like hops, tastes like hops, and had a hoppy finish. And yet it's not too bitter and is actually very refreshing. This would be an excellent "hot-summer-day-on-the-patio" beer.

It's a nice yellow colour with very little head, but a surprising amount of lacing.

I find that pilsners can be very hit-and-miss, but this one is definitely a hit. Easily the best pilsner I've ever tried. (523 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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! (901 characters)

Photo of foamer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of funkengruven
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a standard pilsener yellow-orange, slightly cloudy with tons of lacing, smell is clean, hoppy, quite fresh. Flavor has a pretty decent hop character, some malty undertones, but flavor is almost entirely hops.

This surprisingly is quite smooth if drank ice cold. as it warms the hops bring in an agressive bitterness that is not unpleasant, especially if you like bitter beers. Overall I'd say this is a very good attempt at the style. (450 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, I love the idea of OCB mixed six pack . It just showed up in BC and it finally gives us a chance to try 6 new Ontatio beers.

This was a ice cold treat from the fridge on a hot day . Bready hoppy nose and a really well balanced lager that hits all the right notes for the style. Not overly hoppy but rather enough complexity to take beyond the craft take on macro lager that dominates BC. Better than Steamwhistle and one day hopefully available in BC by itself (466 characters)

Photo of MeisterBurger
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden with a decentish amount of head.

Smells of noble hops, floral and...yeah. I reckon it smells like it should. Saaz, saaz and more saaz with just a hint of saaz.

Tastes of floral and bitter hops with just enough malt presence to make it work. The hop bitterness is a tad on the metallic side. It's a really good pilsener...but where it stands up to its peers is mostly in its freshness. It lacks the skunkiness that so many others have. A very authentic example of the style.

Mouthfeel is light-ish and crisp.

This is a wonderful beer to drink on a hot day. (583 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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: 4.01, 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. (2,143 characters)

Photo of ssmack
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of drinkininthewood
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of trevorwideman
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of Kremlock
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of JustinBathurst
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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! (430 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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 (702 characters)

Photo of Voonder
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (828 characters)

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King Pilsner from King Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.