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King Pilsner - King Brewery

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BA SCORE
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:
King Brewery visit their website
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 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 peensteen
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 DamoTO700
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Subliminal64
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 MattCampbell
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of MayonakaStout
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of CRObighit2
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 Socialiste
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mrlie3
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Danielr26
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of hunterjames
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of RyanPollock
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of BigJake1991
4/5  rDev +5%

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 AugustusRex
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of randallpink
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of boszormeny
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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