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King Pilsner - King Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%


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”.

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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 18:19:39 | More by ritzkiss
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vikingmike

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased from King Brewery in Nobleton.

I picked this up once from the Beer store on a whim. Thought it had a neat-looking box and was probably drinkable. Little did I know that I had found the best pilsner Canada had to offer.

The brewmaster, Phillip, is a great guy who truly loves making beer, and he's spared no expense to create an incredible expression of the Czech pilsner style, from importing the malts and hops to adjusting the mineral levels in the water.

The result is simply awesome. It's very hard to brew a faithful representation of many foreign beer styles in a different country, but he's done that and more.

TRY THIS BEER. Seriously!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 18:59:58 | More by vikingmike
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 02:39:21 | More by ludachris
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 20:10:04 | More by cratez
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw-yellow colour with white head. The head did quickly dissipate with a very small amount of lacing. Smells strongly of grassy Saaz hops. Taste is quite Saaz forward with some bready malts. Very smooth. This is one of the best Ontario pilsners and I'm glad I always have access to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 03:56:58 | More by kwjd
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 23:25:16 | More by ThatWineGuy
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer appears a clear medium golden hue, with one finger of dense soapy white head, which renders a thin wall of lace around the glass. It smells of semisweet white cracker grain, and mildly zesty Eurohops. The taste is white bready grain, and grassy, weedy, somewhat skunky hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and fairly snappy and crisp, and it finishes mostly dry, the Saaz hops bearing down.

I guess "Czech-style" is appropriate, as it does have a number of the required attributes to justly call itself such, but there was just a little too much skunk, which can't be blamed on overseas bottle shipments/light struckedness, in this case.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 08:02:20 | More by biboergosum
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OttoBomb

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 fluid oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (January 5, 2010). No best before info on bottle or box. This came as a Christmas gift from my brother, thanks Roger!

Eyes: Pours a clear, crisp gold, zero haze. One finger fluffy head with minimal lacing.

Nose: A healthy Saaz hops aroma dominates up front with a nice sweet malt undertone.

Tongue: Starts with nice toasty, sweet malt flavor. The crisp hop flavours follow, with notes of citrus, grain, and hints of florals and grass. As expected from the style, it has a crisp bitter aftertase, but it works well.

Mouth: The carbonation is very low. Even with the bottom of my glass laser etched, very few bubbles are produced. Despite this the mouthfeel is still moderate and crisp.

Libation: What can I say? It's a very good Pilsner in all respects. The expected Pils bitterness is very well balanced and tasty. The flavor is forward but doesn't overwhelm. I'll try to drink a few of these each time I'm in Ontario.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 05:44:22 | More by OttoBomb
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 03:26:05 | More by MeisterBurger
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Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 04:59:45 | More by Voonder
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drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 03:04:42 | More by drinkininthewood
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the breweriy's description:

"The beer is brewed with an all imported Plisner malt, all Saaz hops and a true Czech yeast strain. The brewery uses only distilled water and remineralizes it to deliver an authentic taste every time. "

Pours a bright gold with a huge smooth head that laces quite generously. Relaxed saaz aroma with an underlying sweetness. Nice toastiness to the flavour with restrained floral hops and a memory of mash. Clean, smooth butterscotch finish. I can actually see a lot in common with the King Dunkel. Body and carbonation both seem right for a good pils - the body is light/medium and the carbonation is medium. This helps to create a wonderfully soft feeling in the mouth.

King describe their beer as super-premium, which is a heavy tag to wear, but they do it well. The brewers have managed to create a really authentic Czech pilsner, over 4,000 miles away from Pilsen. The dedication of importing the correct malt, hops and yeast from the Czech Republic allow this beer to stand proud beside other great brews. A very drinkable pils... of all the ones I have had so far my favourites come from Montreal and Nobleton, ON. Its a strange world.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 00:35:32 | More by bobsy
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear gold with an impressively solid head + lacing.

S - Soft, floral hops. Some grassiness and a honey.Spicy.

T - Light maltiness and a hint of lemon comes through early. Grainy with a solid bitter aftertaste.

M/D - Light, smooth and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 01:35:52 | More by allergictomacros
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 03:23:12 | More by funkengruven
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headlessparrot

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not really a big fan of the pilsner style, and so I was looking more forward to trying King's Dark Lager than I was their pils. That said, when it came down to it, I'd heard enough good things that I bit the bullet anyway. Most of the pilsners that I do really enjoy are European, and King has been described as a very accurate interpretation of a European pils - so here goes nothing.

There's nothing spectacular about the pour or appearance, but that's because we're all so used to hazy, yellow-ish beers. This one pours nicely, though, a s lightly darker yellow (hazy straw-apple-juice?), and is topped by a nice, vibrant two fingers of head with decent retention and gobs of lacing. Carbonation isn't too visibly intense. This looks better than most light-coloured beers, but doesn't get my engine revved quite like a stout. Still, for the style, it's more-than-respectable.

Nose is nice. From the moment I started the pour I was getting big whiffs of Saaz hops and dried, biscuity malt, with maybe even a touch of indistinct fruit. A closer inspect reveals an assortment of grassy, rural-type notes - grass, hay, a faint spiciness, again just touches of that fruit. Oddly, though, every couple minutes, the smell just dies for me and I have to swirl and take huge sniffs to pick up anything. Flowers. Dry grain. Again, the pils isn't really my style, but quite respectable, and comparable with many European varieties that I've enjoyed in the past.

Taste is more of the same. Starts off malty and a little sweet; as it sits on your tongue, the bitterness and hop character grows, asserting itself with hints of grass, hay, and flowers. Seems to be quite a back-and-forth between the malt and hops, though the bitterness ultimately wins out. Some citrus notes, finishing bitter with a mingling bready maltiness and grassy, citrus-y hops. As it warms, however, the beer becomes somewhat less palatable (and in this respect, I have to go against BA wisdom, if only for this particular brew). Not bad, all in all, and a good try at the style that shows respect for the originals.

Mouthfeel is a touch overcarbonated, even though it doesn't appear to be based on looking at the glass. The body, however, feels quite good - substantial without being too heavy. I'm not so sure about drinkability, though: this is bitter enough (without a sweet counterpoint) that I'd be done (or craving some water) after only a couple.

That said, it's certainly worth a try. And my mixed-feelings are perhaps more reflective of how I feel about pilsners in general than about King Pilsner in particular. A good interpretation of the style, however I grade it, and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 18:21:56 | More by headlessparrot
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 18:17:40 | More by trevorwideman
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2005 02:51:50 | More by DrJay
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very clear with a fluffy white head, leaving some lacing.

S: Not assertive, but it smells like a pilsner (malt & saaz).

T: Initial taste is well balanced, after taste is quite bitter. Could use some more hop flavour.

M: Light to moderate.

D: Quite good... summer thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 02:08:35 | More by Derek
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foamer

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 22:29:03 | More by foamer
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2005 02:28:25 | More by Viggo
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 22:16:45 | More by pootz
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chunkylover53

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2004 19:32:52 | More by chunkylover53
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light gold color with a tightly packed ivory head that quckly dissipates to form a foamy ring. Lots chunky patches of lace are left on the glass. The carbonation is quite active and the bubble are like pin pricks (a good sign I hear). The aroma is of grassy saaz hops, a grainyness and crackers. The taste is quite a lot hoppier that Urquell or Bitburger. Pine, eucalyptus, and saaz sea air hop flavors are very prominent. The malt background is very grainy with huskyness. The hops impart a fantastic bitterness that coats the mouth. The finish is very bitter. The mouthfeel is quite full bodied. Light carbonation seems to accentuate the hoppiness. This is one kick ass Pilsner thats full of raw hop flavors. My new favorite of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 02:38:21 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As an avid ale man, but wanting to be a proper 'beer guru', I have been looking for a good lager. I have always been fascinated by Pilsners for some reason and I think I have found the one I like the most.

Appearance: Attractive label, I like the green. Poured into a clean pilsner glass, minimal head that dissolved very quickly but I believe it is due the fact I served it very cold, it usually has more head than this. Colour is a golden yellow-orange with a tinge of green, and it is crystal clear. A bit of effervescence.

Smell: Strong hops, but not over-powering. Definitely said "drink me".

Taste: Ahha! Hops all around, definitely crisp, not too bitter, with a very long finish. Very refreshing, probably due to the soft water it is made with. I found it very difficult not to pound this back. Despite the low amount of head this pilsner manages to lace a fair amount, with is good. Very consistent, no new favours appeared as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: Gets rather bitter in the mouth, but was not overly carbonated which helped and didn't get unbearably bitter. Still, I think this might be this lager's weak point.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day, and I probably will as I have three more.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2004 16:33:34 | More by tatterdash
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JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2004 03:47:51 | More by JustinBathurst
King Pilsner from King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.