King Pilsner - King Brewery

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
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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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 58
Photo of mick303
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an attractive light golden colour, good initial head with light lacing and retention.

S - typical notes of dry grassy hop notes, clean pils malt, dry hay notes, light lemon.

T - grassy, floral, more clean malt, slightly biscuity and also a touch sour, light bodied with floral note coming out, then some light orange and apple. Drying out on the finish, crisp with lingering light bitterness and grassy hop notes.

M - light, full carbonation, moderate malt coating body, satisfying with a good crispness.

A very to style interpretation, nothing especially stands out, it is clean with grassy and hay notes, easy and refreshing, but otherwise I don't think the hop notes are outstanding. A good pilsner but not an outstanding beer overall. Tasty and refreshing.

Photo of DaveBar
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at The Beer Store for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone fast. Medium clear gold color

S- Not a lot here. Some malt. Touch sour

T- Not so great. Has an aftertaste that just bites at you. Malty

M- Unusual to say the least. Dry yet creamy yet not so great.

O- Don't care of this one. Glad I tried it and will not buy it again though.

Food Pairing

This ok beer would do well with........ nachos. The way you like 'em I like ground beef, green onion, cheese, sour cream, corn and salsa.

Enjoy

Photo of JonnyOnTilt
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Does not come close to a true Czech Pilsner but definitely drinkable.

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 Tilly
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Photo of kevinlater
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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. sweet grassy malts, touches of apple, and that's about it. it's good though

t: dough-y, bready malts. grassy and slightly floral. shy apple and lemon notes. a more-than-mild-but-less-than-moderate 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 easily. the nose is a bit lacking but that won't stop me from having this a lot more in the future

Photo of TheHammer
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.87/5  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.

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: 4.01, 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.

Photo of SebD
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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 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 MattyV
3.77/5  rDev -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.

Photo of jbonapar
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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 fostachild
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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 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 dgilks
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a small white head. Poor head retention.

Moderately grainy malt aroma with some light spicy noble hop notes.

Nice crisp grainy malt with some herbal hops. Clean and simple.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A simple yet nice pilsner. Good flavour despite the simplicity. Nicely tasty.

Photo of andrenaline
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +5%
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

Photo of bryehn
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a typical golden colour, maybe a bit on the pale or watery side. A sizable frothy white head lasts for a few minutes leaving some minor lace and a collar.

Grassy, grainy aroma. Floral notes, some soap and a faint honey sweetness. Wet, sweet malts start to come through about halfway through the glass.

Nice crisp, clean taste with a sweetness coming through on the tongue. Dry aftertaste. Simple, but clean and inoffensive.

Very light-bodied with a medium carbonation. Goes down very easily, maybe a bit watery on the back end. Very clean though.

Not a bad effort at all and one of the better Ontario-brewed pilsners I've had. Very nice as an "ice cold on a hot day" beer, but lost something when I tried it with a couple meals.

Photo of Ardon
2.43/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was interested in trying this as it has some interesting reviews and its average score places it near the top of the pilsener style but I'm here to knock it down a bit cause I just don't see it. Simple appearance, generally what I would expect from a macro. Smell is pretty muted, sweet bready malts, but not too much coming through. Flavour is subtle with that same malt character and a light citrusy saaz like hop character. Refreshing, in a simple way. Light weight feel on the palate. Overall, nothing I would seek out again. If it were a macro, I'd give it top scores in that vein.

Photo of Roke87
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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King Pilsner from King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.