Bamberger Herren Pils
Brauerei Keesmann

Bamberger Herren PilsBamberger Herren Pils
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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #55
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
86
Ranked #15,432
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 13.64%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
45
From:
Brauerei Keesmann
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  11
Gots
  2
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Troyone from California

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is imported by Shelton Brothers who put their sticker on the back of this bottle. Under the sticker, lower right, it states "alc. 4,6% vol.".

Pours a hazy wheat color with a big white head that dissipated and has moderate action.

Common Pilsner hops aroma with bready malts in the background.

Smooth Pilsner hopped flavor with a grainy barley taste.

Light bodied, resinous feel, with lively soft almost flat carbonation.

Very drinkable, so smooth, gives the impression of flat carbonation.

Feb 28, 2009
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stephenlee from England

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 17, 2019
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Steve555 from Wales

4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is like a clear straw lightness, quite transparent, medium carbonation, thick white head. Aroma slightly strong for the style, like a citrusy, grassy floral hop smell with biscuits. Taste is assertively hoppy and citrusy. This has a light body and is very refreshing, lingering carbonation and bitterness on the mouth. Very easy drinker. A great German pilsner.

Jul 07, 2020
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while at the Keesmann Brauerei/Restaurant in Bamberg... This Pils has a pale straw color and is crystal clear. The head is a billowy, white puff of foam about 2" high. It lasts quite well, and lacing sticks nicely to the glass. It has a crisp, clean hop aroma, mostly floral, but with a hint of spiciness. The Herren has good body, and is nicely smooth on the tongue with a minimum of carbonated prickliness. Flavor has a light crackery aspect to it, and it is crisp and dry throughout. It has a smooth hop flavor, with no bitter bite at all but a smidge of spiciness. A well-made example! Prosit!!!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

633

Oct 06, 2003
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stcules from Italy

2.6/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Full golden hue, very clean. Some little bubbles.
The smell is very light. Some hop. Malt. Light but quite pleasant.
The taste is a little more strong, with a good full maltness, and a decent hopping. Quite well balanced, quiet and drinkable.
Some hopped personality.
Slightly too carbonated, but very slightly. Light body, drinkable.
Hop in the aftertaste.
A good standard pils.

Jan 04, 2005
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This southern German pils pours a crystal-clear, straw gold body beneath a full head of creamy white foam that holds exceptionally well and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass. The nose is floral and slightly herbal with hops over a mild maltiness. The body is medium; and it's very fine-bubbled carbonation lends a mild caress to the tongues before it slides gently away. More floral hops appear in the flavor upfront before a delicate combination of grainy malt and herbal hop flavors appear backed by a solid bitterness. It finishes dry and quite refreshing, with a firm but unobtrusive bitterness and some lingering hoppiness. Really nice! It's not a bold pils, but it is impeccably balanced and amazingly drinkable! Exceptionally well done!

Nov 19, 2004
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewery in Bamberg.

This pils poured a clear, gold yellow color with creamy white foam that persisted and clung to the glass, leaving lace. The smell was "clean" with grain and malt and a hint of vegetable. The taste was floral hops with bread and grain with some malt. Tangy and not sweet. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. The finish was hoppy and the hoppy flavor lingered. This was a very nice pils.

Dec 10, 2003
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RoyalT from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a thick and cloudy dingy yellow with hints of orange and a nice white head that left good lacing.

Smell - The hops pop from the glass. They are sharp and spicy with strong herbal notes making this a heavy-duty sample of the style. The malt is light and in the background and has a nice German grain aroma.

Taste - This is very herbal in flavor with a grain backbone that is just as nice to taste as it was to smell.

Mouthfeel - This is a big Pils, definitely medium-bodied, with some mild carbonation and a surprisingly bitter bite throughout.

Drinkability - Most of the people I saw ordering Pils at a gasthaus in Germany were women looking for a lighter drink, and in this regard the Herren is not the right Pils for that. If you want a meaty thirst-quenching brew that glorifies the mix of a full grain flavor and a sharp herbal hop then this is perfect.

Dec 16, 2009
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Zorro from California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold colored beer with a glass filling white head.

Good Pilsner malt aroma with a spicy Nobel hop aroma. Quite a spicy hop aroma here with herbs, mild citrus aroma.

Taste starts out neutral sweet and grainy with a mild bitterness. Mild herbs and a bit of grain flavor the taste is nowhere as complex as the aroma.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK Pils but I have had many better.

Sep 13, 2008
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bark from Sweden

2.42/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Golden clear liquid. Large white head. Some lacing.

The smell is a bit frowsy and malty. Hints of detergents and solvents.

The taste is light, some passing metallic bitter flavours. Some alcohol in the otherwise light aftertaste. Chemical finish.

The carbonation is medium with some sharp bubbles. The liquid is light.

A rather boring beer.

Sep 16, 2011
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Hibernator from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bamberger Pilsner
16.9 oz brown bottle
Served in a mini St. Sebastiaan tulip glass

Pours a golden and hazy yellow. Extremely small carbonation bubbles rise to the top of the glass. Spotted trails of sticky lace.

Pleasant aroma of grains, sweet apple juice and hops.

Clean and juicy mouthfeel with a tad of sweet flavors. Rather crisp and clean which really enhances the drinkability level. Grainy with a flat apple juice punch and a tight, hop snap.

Apr 13, 2006
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paterlodie from Belgium

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 16-12-05. White head and a pale golden beer that's opalising. Good nose of fine hops in a light barleymalt. Fine nose without too much yeastinfluence and overal good. As is taste that's nice and dry, good maltyness and a very fine hopcaracter that's well dosed makes this brew very refreshing. As mouthfeel is; no off-tastes and just fermented palemalt and hops. Maybe not to appealing but very clean example that I love to drink.

Sep 24, 2005
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theopholis from California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a golden/straw, slightly hazy yellow. Extremely small carbonation bubbles rise to the top of the glass. Good, white head with some retention. Leaves small, sticky lacing.

Smell- A bit subdued, but I suspect my fridge is to cold. what there is is a nice, malty, grainy, clean, crisp aroma.

Taste- Nice. Not as malty as most Pils, but decent. Noce malt sweetness with a good balance of bittering hops. Very worthy effort.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and refreshing. Excellent CO2 level. Unlike most Pils, this one seems to get better as it warms.

Drinkability- Not the best example of the style, but very drinkable.

Jan 04, 2009
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Domingo from Colorado

5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A geek friendly pils with a fairly polished advertising campaign in a town all about classical influences? In short, yes.
Had this at the brewery in June of 2011. While at the ordering window I was pretty much told to get this by everyone in the place, which is always a welcome sign.
Arrives a bright gold with a fluffy white head. With few exceptions you're not going to get a bad looking beer here, but this one's nice even by normally high standards.
The flavor profile is a perfect blend of ultra-bready malts and big floral hops. Unlike some of the helles beers around, the hops come through in a big way in both the finish and the middle of the palate, but that breadiness up-front is as bold as any helles I've had, too. Without implying any fruit flavors (there aren't any), the first word that comes to mind is "juicy."
There's about as much flavor and drinkability smashed into this brew as you could really want for the style. They even do growler fills of it, something you don't see every day.
Don't expect the ultra-dry northern German version of a pils or the mild southern takes, but I think this might be the best of them all.
Easily my biggest surprise in the area, especially after seeing their almost Beck's-like ads around town.
This is a monster in a glass.

EDIT: I don't mess with scores very often, but after multiple subsequent trips and quite a few more of these, I'm convinced it's borderline flawless. Hop character without piercing bitterness evenly working with soft bready malts. The texture is almost like nitro or cask...yet it isn't and it doesn't have the downsides of either. I feel this is about as good as beers get and I'm willing to say it's probably my favorite beer on the planet. Keep in mind - pils usually isn't even one of my favorite styles.

Jun 28, 2011
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seanyfo from Scotland

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl serving in a willibecher at Keesmanns, Bamberg

A - Golden body with excellent clarity. Fluffy white creamy head with very good lacing/retention

S- Notes of lemons ,earthy hop and pepper

T - Earthy hops dominant with a hint of lemon and biscuit sweetness coming in. Toasted malt in semi dry finish.

M - Medium carbonation/body

D - Flavours seem back to front with more hoppiness up front but the hop/malt balance was excellent with the lemon note making it very refreshing. Not as hoppy as a northern german pils but nevertheless an excellent pils.

Oct 15, 2012
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BlackHaddock from England

3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had this beer in Berlin, but shared it with my wife and friends, didn't review it back then, but seeing a bottle of it in a glass fronted fridge behind the bar at The Cask Pub and Kitchen, London, I thought I'd have a full bottle to myself.

Usual Pilsner look, bright, clear, clean and golden: on top a thin white head which hung around for a while before disappearing to form a flimsy collar.

Mild hop aroma; gets my standard score of 3 for a mostly non-smelling Pilsner/Lager.

Crisp, tangy, the same as all those other German Pilsners I’ve had over the years, some hop content which is half noticeable and it’s a refreshing beer, but no real substance or depth of character.

Another run of the mill Pilsner, fine but no great excitement from my taste buds. I thought it had something about it when tried in Berlin, must have been mistaken.

Nov 04, 2011
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dbruce86 from New Mexico

3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:

Strong malt aroma, no hop aroma coming through.

Appearance:

Rocky head , persistent though light. Coarse lace. Straw yellow color. Very attractive.

Flavor:

Malty, but not sweet. Little hop taste, but mildly bitter. Slight pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:

Light carbonation. Thin body.

Drinkabiliity:

Good Pilsner. Body a bit thin and a bit too malty.

Sep 30, 2009
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foles from Australia

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You know your in Bamberg when every beer you have is the best lager you've ever had....until the next. This was simply supurb. Sublimely hoppy (high end for german beers, but standard for Franconia) on the nose and palate, clean, fresh, lightly malty, and easy to smash several whille sitting in the beer garden with good mates.

This is some beer...

Oct 20, 2011
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ttu94 from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this great beer at the brewery in Bamberg.
Nice clear pale yellow with a small head that lasts and leaves a ton of lace. Super spicy aroma. Very spicy hop taste. Slight sour hit but the beer goes dry fast. Leaves a nice malt aftertaste. Different from most pils that I had in Germany, much more hop kick. Wish I could have more here in Texas.

Oct 23, 2007
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-draft at Cafe Abseits on 4/8/2013. Served in a willibecker. Pours a translucent yellow with a quarter inch, bright white head that settles into a consistent skim. Nothing really asserts itself in the nose. Taste is light and floral with some citrus notes and some grains - very bright. Mouthfeel is light in body with a crisp carbonation and a clean finish - not much else to say. Overall - just a delicious, easy-drinking pils. Wonderful and well worth your time if you appreciate the style.

Apr 30, 2013
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Offa from California

4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good German pilsner, hoppy and herbal bith with fairly well-rounded character.

Gold and very faintly hazy, it has a big white head slowly shrinking to a ring and leaving a little lace.

The aroma is apple, honey, grain and a lot of herbs.

The taste is bread, herbs, a honey-bread sweetness underneath a minty, tingly herbal bitterness. The hops just dominate the finish and the herbal bitterness lingers on the toungue. In flavours it is a bit like Jever, yet stronger in flavour and more characterful, less bitter and more malty.

Apr 03, 2009
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boddhitree from Germany

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: very little aroma to speak of, barely perceptible malts but a whiff or two of Noble hops.

Flavor:
Keesmann Bräu's Herren Pils is great. It tastes more like a traditional Pils, closer to beer you get from the conglomerates, and I don't mean this in a bad way. What I mean is it has more of a grassy Noble hops flavor and less malty than many Bavarian Pils. The front has bitterness galore, again grassy, reminds me a little of Saaz hops but I doubt they use them. It has a complexer bitterness up front but still leaning towards grassy. The middle echoes the same bitterness but the sides becomes more bready, toasty but still bitterness prevails. The end has Pils maltiness/sweetness but it's mixed in with a decent amount of bitterness, too. The aftertaste is exactly the same. It's Pils malty but not bready and toasty. This is a more hop-foward Pils, strongly relying on the hops to punch its weight, almost to the detriment of the Pils malt flavors. Luckily the back and aftertaste allow one to wallow in malty sweetness, but this beer never lets down its hop-guard. Great in a different way.

The Herren Pils is the most hop-sloppy Pils I've had south of a Jever, but still giving you lots of Pils-Franken flavors.

Mouthfeel: wonderful, the thickness you expect from a beer from Franken, cozy, thick and enveloping... simply süffig.

Dec 24, 2013
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DaveJanssen from Germany

4/5  rDev +1%

Jan 26, 2014
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in Bamberg. Pour straw yellow in color with one inch head, clear. Taste is straw, grass, and pilsner malt. Light bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation. Makes for a super clean and very enjoyable version of the style.

Aug 11, 2018
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PennBrewer from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredibly fresh, clean, malty and hoppy served from the brewery tap. I've been drinking this beer for over 20 years and have yet to find a better pils.

The Keesmann pub also has the best food in Bamberg. Try any of the steaks, trust me, you'll forget Ruth's Chris.

Jun 21, 2009
Bamberger Herren Pils from Brauerei Keesmann
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 45 ratings