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King Pilsner - King Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
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”.

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Photo of Ardon
2.45/5  rDev -36%
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.

Ardon, Jun 05, 2011
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 spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

spinrsx, May 10, 2011
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
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 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 wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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

wordemupg, Nov 01, 2010
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 ritzkiss
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

ritzkiss, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of vikingmike
5/5  rDev +30.5%
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!

vikingmike, Jul 01, 2010
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 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 kwjd
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

kwjd, Apr 19, 2010
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 biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

biboergosum, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of OttoBomb
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

OttoBomb, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of MeisterBurger
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

MeisterBurger, May 29, 2009
Photo of Voonder
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Voonder, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Volo Cask Days 2008. Extra hopped pilsner. Light yellow with some hop scent. Not characteristic hops come through on an average mouthfeel. Saaz hop presence. Worth trying, but I like the regular pilsner please. Quaffable. Hops is the taste, including the saaz and that's about it.

Sammy, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of drinkininthewood
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

drinkininthewood, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

bobsy, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

allergictomacros, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of funkengruven
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

funkengruven, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of headlessparrot
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

headlessparrot, May 27, 2007
Photo of trevorwideman
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

trevorwideman, May 26, 2007
King Pilsner from King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.