Schultheiss Pilsner | Berliner Kindl-Schultheiss-Brauerei GmbH

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Schultheiss PilsnerSchultheiss Pilsner

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Berliner Kindl-Schultheiss-Brauerei GmbH

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-19-2002

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Photo of Intrinsic
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I hate giving beers bad ratings like this, but this beer is pretty terrible. It lost all of its head almost immediately, and there is almost no carbonation. It's clear gold in colour, bordering on looking like apple juice. I couldn't smell much of anything - no aromatic hops in there. Purely bittering hops. The taste is kind of one-dimensional. I taste very light hops and that's it. As just as it looked, there isn't enough carbonation. However, it is refreshing.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : light golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : malt and grain aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : spiced, hoppy and malty flavour, leading to a dry bitter finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style German pilsener.

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Photo of klaybie
3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this at a friend's house in Berlin. Freshness date says July of 2011.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a 1 1/2 finger head which dissapears quickly.

S: Very faint hops and some bready yeast notes.

T: Bitterness upfront which lingers then fades to a bready taste. Very fresh.

M: Medium to light in body, light carbonation. Very good.

D: Drinkability is very high. Taste, mouthfeel, and low alcohol (5% abv) make this one of my favorites. It is hard to beat any time of year.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours light golden with no bubbles in the liquid. Creamy white large head that sinks slowly leaving nice lacings.

S: Pure malt, citric notes and some bitter hops and some green apples. White bread.

T: Malt and bitter hops. Citric notes and green apples. A dry bitterness.

M: Medium creamy body with a balanced carbonation. Aftertaste is medium long with some sweetness and some bitterness.

D: Nice balanced German Pilsener. Nothing extraordinary, though.

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Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at a small restaurant in Weisbaden.

Beer was served in the proper glass with a light golden color and a full white head. The aroma was that of fresh beer. The tase was crisp and refreshing. the finish was dry with light carbonation that went down smooth and easy. A nice pilsner that went well with my meal.

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Photo of pooparschknall
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a Berliner-the reviews do not bother me-since this is less than average beer.

What does bother me is that the name of the beer given here is WRONG.

There are basically three major beers in Berlin. Berliner Kindl, Schultheiss and Berliner Pilsner. The beer reviewed here is called Schultheiss-as it states on the can-NOT Berliner Pilsner.

The real Berliner Pilsner is made by a brewery founded in 1902 and was in the East Berlin after WWII.

Although all three beers are owned by the same conglomerate-Brau & Brunnen-they are different beers.

If this seems nit-picky-it is not because any city (and her citizens) worth its salt should be proud of their beer (even if they are not the best) and calling Schultheiss Berliner Pilsner is something I can't let pass.

Please change.

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Photo of lstokes
2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I did not enjoy this beer much at all--the bitterness was overwhelming and very metallic, and drowned out any other flavors. The nutty malts and slightly floral hops were around the edges, and the weird mineral taste was in the center. Similarly, the almost gritty mouthfeel made me wonder, is this the famous "hard water" of Berlin I've heard so much about?

It's not actually as terrible as I make it sound, it's drinkable maybe, but I would not want to drink it until well into the night.

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Photo of beerdrifter
2.11/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a couple of these on a recent trip to Berlin. Clear yellow pour with a quickly fading fluffy white head and decent lacing. Unusual aroma that was somewhat offputting with hints of sweet candy and alcohol. Nothing special about the taste of this beer. German pilsners tend to be either really sweet or really bitter. This one definitely leans to the sweet side. The sweetness makes it a one and done for me.

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Photo of BillyBoysPie
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a thick glass mug at Franken, Orianenstraße, in Berlin. Great bar.

Pale straw with full inch of dense foam. Lots of lacing.

Nice bitterness, but blended. No particular hop sticks out. A touch of spice.

Clean, bitter taste. Noble hops in balance with the touch of malt present. Very clean.

Well carbonated and light bodied.

Slightly above average brew - but don't avoid it.

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Photo of david18
2.86/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great to have this pilsner outdoors at our first restaurant in berlin. The signes for it are everywhere and it was typical of the great style of beer. Not as bitter as I like and a little warm but refreshing nonetheless. Would love to try it from a bottle or can.

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Photo of leighton
3.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good pilsner. I tried it for the first time tonight in Berlin (I had to, right?). It was cold, it was Berlin, it was good. Nothing to write home about, but definitely worth getting more than once.

Color was dark yellow. A strong head and lacing. Very clean, dry finish.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite this brew being pretty much just above average in every category, it had a nice head that was fluffy and stuck around okay. The Schultheiss Pils is balanced and pretty smooth, but nothing jumps out to make me pick it over a Jever or a Rothaus, say in a bar or at a bodega. Yet, it's definitely not a bad choice with a decent flavor and bitterness.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think this is the first beer I've ever reviewed that is such so overwhelmingly average in every respect. It has a very bitter almost acrid hop sting to it, although much of the malt characteristic is able to cover that up with a sort of fluffy, I just licked a wooden floor kind of taste. Not overall unpleasant, but just... dirty and rough.

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Photo of foles
2.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a few of these in and around Berlin. Very heavy presence in most of the pubs/restaurants. Although served well, it wasnt particularly impressive by German standards, despite being better than your average macro.

The difference between this an a really good pilsener was the metallic presence and the chemical hints. The quality of serving also varied from pub to pub.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml serving in Berliner Pilsner Branded tankard in hotel "Irish Pub", vom fass.

A: light straw body with a fluffy 3 finger head from an aggressive pour. Head retention is good, with lacing sustained.

S: lots of lovely fresh bread malts, biscuit and a hoppy grassiness.

T: a lovely crisp clean flavour. a nice dry hoppy finish combined with the malty biscuit in the start, well balanced.

M: Crisp, medium carbonation, rerreshing

D: An inoffensive crisp pilsner experience, not the best i have had but a good example of the style.

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Photo of wl0307
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kindly brought back from Berlin by my flatmate. Coming in a 500ml German-pilsner brown bottle, at 5.0%abv. BB 11/07, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: coming in a bright, light yellowish straw colour; the white foamy head is pretty tight and lingers well, resting on a moderately carbonated body.
S: sour limey as well as doughy note of pale lager come hand in hand with mildly sweetish pale malts and raw-ish, juicy, and corn-ish grains; quite light but typical of a German pilsner, with a bood backbone of mildly herbal hops to offer in the background.
T: the clean palate of malt-biscuity taste with a touch of pheonol prevails from the very beginning... the dryish bitter hops (from hop extract) soon follow up and take over, lending intensity to the rather chewy and dryish bitter aftertaste down the sides of the tongue... more bitterness lingers than the hop aroma, while the residual bitter-sweet malts also last pretty well.
M&D: clean on the texture and moderately fizzy to be refreshing, this med-bodied lager is quite solid in its deep bitterness and lingering malt aroma, reminiscent of Jever or other Northern German type of Pilsner I've tried. Bunches of thanks go to my dear flatmate for this fair treat.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.07/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a fluffy white head that left no lace as it faded. Pale straw colored beers holds a few streams of surprisingly large bubbles. Delicate aroma is a mix of herbal hops and an nondescript sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit fuller then I was expecting from such a delicate smelling beer, but it remains crisp and quenching. The bit of sweetness from the Pils malt is overrun by grassy/herbal hop flavors and solid bite that kicks in midway through and carries into the finish. A nice Pils that was better then I was expecting. No complaints here.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I lived in Berlin in the late 80's and drank this beer draught and out of bottles during my three years, almost daily. When my wife went on a shopping trip, back to Berlin with her friends, she brought this bottle back with her. It has either changed, or my memory is playing tricks with me.

It looked the same, a light golden, bright pilsner/lager. Where has the aroma gone? I almost found a hint of hops, if I am being kind. Where has the taste gone? Dryness, but no flavour to get excited about. The dryness stayed in the mouth for a while, but no real feel to it. I will have it again, if I get the chance, but out of duty/memory more than because of this bottle.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Paid .69EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 500mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 25.06.2005, Purchased in Berlin on 26.05.2005

This beer pours a typical pilsener: golden base, medium white head, rentention holds about 20 minutes and a few specs of lacing. The smell is a nice but limited one-dimension of hops.

Same as the smell, nothing amazing but a solid taste. Not overly pleasant but calm to the mouth, somewhat smooth going down too. It's a solid drinkable pils at 5%, but I wouldn't come to this one in terms of having another.

Final Thought: It's pretty good down the board with American brews, which is maybe good for Berlin, but not so for Germany's brew history.

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Photo of Andreji
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine flew up to Berlin recently and, taking up on my usual demand (bring me a local beer, please), she brought me the Berliner Pilsner, which was a bit of a surprise.

At the pour, the regular toned golden translucid medium white head really doesnt look anything out of the ordinary.

But one sniff is worth a thousand looks. Full of hops in the nose and of wheat as well, the first one being the dominant feature of the taste as well, provided this beer didn't seem like an overhopped (in a good way) brew. The wheat is hidden behind and comes through nicely at times. medium to full body, actually, as well very unexpected.

A pleasant drink.

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Photo of Todd
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled in Berlin. Served in a branded 0.5l glass. Clear golden beer with a creamy, white, foam head that settles with stick to an ample lace.

Strong nutty character, grainy, crisp, slightly metallic with a low level of sweetness and a smooth and creamy feel on the palate. Thin hop flavour and a light snappy bitterness. Dry finish.

Quite popular in Berlin ... I guess you could liken it to one of the US macro beers, both in availability and its advertising within the city. I thought it was kind of "blah" and not at all exciting. Lacked any defining flavours.

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Schultheiss Pilsner from Berliner Kindl-Schultheiss-Brauerei GmbH
3.18 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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