Bamberger Herren Pils | Brauerei Keesmann

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37 Ratings
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Bamberger Herren PilsBamberger Herren Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Keesmann
Germany
keesmann-braeu.de

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 10-06-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
37
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
14.18%
 
 
Wants:
11
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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of drmeto
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

L:
-pours a clear straw golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-lemon,biscuity,honey,spicy
T:
-lemon,grassy,spicy,pineapple,biscuity
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
For a great,authentic German Pilsener, except no substitutes

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: We all know what Pilsner looks like.
S: Strong grain.
T: Slightly hoppier than your average Pilsner. Has a nice savoury bite with a lovely citrusy finish. No spice or dankness. Quite a crisp mouthfeel.
O: It's simply a really good ordinary Pilsner. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrDarcy
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcance
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh, crispy, and enjoyable. A bit light for my taste, but quite good and always a fun beer for the afternoon or with lunch.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best Pils in Bamberg. Pours as one would expect: golden with a nice head. Nose is pleasantly hoppy. Taste is a bit but not overly bitter. Recommended to enjoy at the brewery!

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Photo of cbnz
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of bamberger603
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of jonb5
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Half litre bottle, slightly sexist title but much hyped (for a Pils)

A: Admittedly not much to look at, golden, clear, not much of a head.

S: Noble hop, Hallertau I think, faded slightly, some freshly cooked mushroom came through at the very end.

T: Grassy, got some citrus fruits, breast good balance.

M: Light body, crispy, initially well carbonated but faded.

O: Initially outstanding but seemed to die and go flat quickly which was a slight disappointment. I think this would be amazing on draught at the source.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of boddhitree
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of clarknova
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Jwale73
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a Herren Pils glass at Keesmann. It was priced quite affordably (somewhere around 2.30 euro). Reviewed from notes taken early June 2011.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a slightly hazy yellow.

Sm: Cream and barley. That's it. Quite simple, boring, and bland.

T: Creamy, fairly full-bodied barley body. It's pretty simple. Uninspired but generally agreeable. No subtlety here. Decently put together. I do enjoy it; it's just boring.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and refreshing.

Dr: Easy to drink and very affordable. You could easily quaff this. A good session beer for those who can't handle bold flavours.

C+

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Photo of alalvarez75
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of foles
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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...

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Photo of bark
2.42/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

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Photo of Domingo
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

NOTE: This is by far the best pils I've had. The BA change in scoring criteria and old reviews might not reflect how much better this beer is than most.

Edit 8/13: This beer is still as amazing it has ever been and I'm now thinking it might be my favorite German beer, period. It has such a great mix of rich bready notes combined with lots of hops that add flavor and floral notes without piercing bitterness. I don't mess with old scores, but I think this beer is as good as any beer I've ever had...and I've had A LOT.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of dbruce86
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Bamberger Herren Pils from Brauerei Keesmann
3.88 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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