Berliner Pilsner
Berliner Kindl-Schultheiss-Brauerei GmbH

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Pilsner - German
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3.2 | pDev: 17.81%
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.74/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bought 500ml can at LCBO at the bottom of the can they have a brew date and an expiry date.
usually the European beers are good for 1 year maybe I don't believe that maybe 6 to 8 months.
anyways beer poured into glass with 2 finger head taste is good good carbonation and also a good price at the lcbo
overall it's a good beer and probably would buy again.

Aug 30, 2020
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HopMaester from Canada (ON)

2.34/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Flat looking with no head.
Average pilsner taste, nothing above average.
Malty smell, no lace in the 3 mm head. Looks flat and with no body.
I would not buy it again. I can see the appeal on a very hot day; but that would be for most pilsner.

Apr 24, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a fine sweet, grainy pilsner with plenty of lemon zest and white meringue head over a golden fine bubbled body.
Everyone should try such classics, but slightly preferred Radeberger for its brighter notes.

Feb 27, 2020
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stcules from Italy

3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bright blond, beautiful creamy foam, white in color.
Malty smell, lightly honeyed, some grassy hop. Decent smell.
Same notes in the mouth, where the grass-hay effect is stronger.
Quite dry.
Not a masterpiece, but a decent and honest pils.

Aug 13, 2019
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jonb5 from England

3.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden, clear, medium sized head which didn't hang around for too long, left some lacing.

S: Fresh noble hops.

T: Sour dough, quite dry, long lingering bitter finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Typical North German style Pilsner, a nice beer for a warm summer evening.

May 26, 2019
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.69/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL can from the LCBO; packaged Apr 17 2018 and best by July 17 2019. Served well chilled.

Pours a light golden colour, equipped with one finger of soapy, frothy white head that lasts for a couple of minutes before fizzling down to a thin collar. An attractive band of sponge print lacing remains in its wake; no cause for complaint so far. It smells of clean, grainy pale barley malt, with the hop extract imparting notes of grassy hay and floral, spicy noble hops. It actually kind of reminds me of the Jever I had right before this, although not quite as well-hopped.

A good, serviceable pilsener, with no significant flaws that I can discern - its flavours closely match its nose, with grainy pale malt and cracker sweetness providing the majority of the flavour at the forefront. The hop-derived traits show up nearer to the back end of the sip, supplying hints of grassy hay and a floral, weakly earthy bitterness that serves as a decent counterweight to the malts, lasting briefly into a subtly hoppy aftertaste that quickly fades. Light-ish in body, leaning toward medium, with middling carbonation levels that provide the requisite crisp bite required of any self-respecting pale lager. Its drinkability is high, but its memorability is, unfortunately, rather low.

Final Grade: 3.69, a passable B grade. Berliner Pilsner is far from the worst German lager I've ever had, but it's not exactly the best of that lot, either. This is one of those "no man's land" beers that is indisputably better than the European macros à la Heineken or Stella, but not as good as the upper tier German or Czech pilseners. On the plus side, it's dirt cheap by local standards - and for that reason, I think I'd buy this semi-regularly... if they (the LCBO) keep fresh stock rotating through the system.

Dec 11, 2018
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can served cold into a tulip. An LCBO purchase for $2.25 CDN.

Appearance - Bright golden color, with minimal carbonation. Two plus fingers of dense and fluffy white head. Lots of spidery lacing left behind. Excellent clarity.

Smell - Somewhat grainy, with hints of apple, grass and general cereal grains. Industrial pilsner.

Taste - Quite grainy, some mineral like qualities, and a medium amount of earthy bitterness. Tiny bit of metallicness in the flavor too.

Mouthfeel - Medium -light bodied, missing a bit of carbonation, fairly dry finish.

Overall - A decent if unspectacular German pilsner. Short of many of the best German style pilsners from Germany.

Oct 28, 2018
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FriedichVonostrowo from Brazil

3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright gold, pours with a nice frothy head that settles down thin collar, low carbonation, no off or unpleasant odours, ends with a pleasant hop bite.
A pleasant typical German pilsner with no obvious faults! Nicely hopped with low carbonation but it could do with more malt backbone.
I had something like this when I visited Eat Berlin and this may have been the Pils that I had there in the early 1970s. I left Canada disliking beer/ale and only learned to enjoy it in Germany. I don't really recall much about the draughts that I had in East Germany/Berlin or West Berlin then so they must have been pleasant. I also had a Berliner Weisse in East Berlin with a schuss of woodruff. I didn't like that as much.

Aug 14, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light foamy head, little lacing, clear pilsner color

Nose mild toasted pilsner malt, hint of grassy hop, little sweet doughy malt

Taste mild crisp lager, mild pilsner malt toasted grain and hint grassy hop, mild sticky finish, not too crisp, light bitterness lingering

Mouth lighter bod, decent carb little sticky not too soft crisp ladder

Jul 09, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.56/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml can - a kind of dodgy, marketing-oriented outfit, from first online glance, it would seem.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some splendid old forest growth profile lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready and doughy cereal malt, a bit of apple und pear fruitiness, some mild earthy yeasty notes, and very tame leafy, herbal, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, weakened pome fruity essences, a further estery yeastiness, and some plain weedy, musty, and dead floral hops.

The carbonation is average in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and more or less smooth, with a wee, indistinct pithiness making a mark in the proceedings from the get-go. It finishes trending dry, the crackery graininess pretty much holding court.

Overall - yes, this comes across as one of those plain Frau offerings from this otherwise venerable brewing nation, one where there is nothing particularly wrong, but it feels like a few corners may have been snipped away. Anyways, another example of cool advertising trumping actual quality.

Jun 07, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle at restaurant in Berlin. Pours clear yellow with plenty of carbonation. Nose is wheat, slight hops, slight citrus, and bread. Taste is a bit bitter upfront, with hops, wheat and a bit of citrus. Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall fine.

May 31, 2018
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Spike from England

3.24/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Better than a bog-standard European pale lager but certainly not a standout German pilsner. Rich mouthfeel, dry finish and moderate carbonation are all strong points. It's very sweet though and under-hopped.

Mar 12, 2018
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Malt_Man from England

3.87/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from 355ml brown bottle into pilsner flute glass.

L) Noticably light in colour, clear, 1cm dense white head, huge amount of small bubbles rising.

S) Lovely whack of Saaz hops.

T) Light malt character and fairly strong bitterness. Both flavours fade quickly.

F) Light body, quite fizzy, clean mouthfeel except for a bit of metallic lingering bitterness.

O) Ok light lager, the bitterness sets apart from the typical supermarket fare. Would have preferred a 500ml bottle for a good guzzling beer.

Oct 28, 2016
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Beric from Massachusetts

3.22/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: From the bottle at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Served: August 2016

The formal review escaped me, but as far as this beer goes, it's a pretty standard green-bottle pils. Not great by any stretch of the imagination, but drinkable. If this wasn't offered for free at an event, I likely wouldn't have gotten it. Not recommended- definitely better stuff available in Berlin!

Sep 19, 2016
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headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not surprising, given the name, that this (along with Berliner Kindl's pils) is probably the most readily flowing brew in its namesake city.

It's also one of the more generic pilsners you'll find in Germany--a step above the Euro pale lager, and a step further above the American (adjunct) pils--but ultimately it's a middle-of-the-road, mild, inoffensive and bland beer. Decent malt base, mild herbaciosuness, decent body, but no aspect really stands out here.

Jun 26, 2016
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pilsener pours a typical straw yellow color with a medium, foamy white head that dissipates quickly. The smell is very mild, but is faintly of grains. The flavor is slightly acrid with some wheat like malt flavor and a little bitter hop character at the end. It is somewhat watery and a little metallic and earthy as well. All I can say for this one is that it’s still better than most if not all of the cheap mass produced American light beers. It is however worse than many of the cheap, mass produced German beers. Don't confuse it with Kindl Jubilaums, which is much, much better. It wasn't very good, but it was dirt cheap as I got it in a Berlin spati for 1 euro for a 0.5 L, so you can’t really expect a lot at that price.

Jun 07, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a bright, straw-golden color, with a long lasting froth head.

Smells of straw, cakey, but well pronounced malts and a whiff of leafes.

Very refreshing, due to its very light body, dry finish and high, bubbly carbonation.

Starts with a mineralic effervescent quality together with white bread dough and straw. A refreshring dryness settles atop this foundation, which gets gently coated by white bread malts during the finish, finishing with a faint hop presence.

Pretty uneventfull, yet refreshing pilsener. Well put together with a hop shortage, typical for the bigger industrial breweries in germany.

Jun 01, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

2.09/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

-grainy,slightly grassy,metallic upfront
-slightly tart for whatever reason
-very faint hop notes
-well carbonated
-metallic,watery finish

crap like this makes up the majority of the german beer market

Aug 29, 2015
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.47/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap.
Crystal clear golden beer with excellent malt body and just delicate touch of hops. White foam retention is low, high thirst-quenching grade, along with boring character.

Jul 23, 2015
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap, in Berlin, poured into a stein

Clear golden yellow, white foam cap, some lacings

Aroma of grains, bready

Taste of malts, grains

Light yo medium mouthfeel

Okay beer

Jun 04, 2015
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Pint in Zum Elefanten, Berlin - €3.00:
Not a bad lager but definitely not a great one and not exactly worth trying when you compare it to the countless other German lagers out there that I would rate much higher than this one. The beers biggest asset was how easy it was to drink but it was a fairly boring beer in the long run with the taste and smell both seeming a little weak and uninteresting. Worth a try if you're in Berlin, mainly because you can't avoid the stuff but this one was a fairly forgettable beer without being a bad one.

Aug 19, 2014
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Per the label, the name of this beer is "Berliner Pilsner." Not to confused with Schultheiss Pilsner. "Premium Pilsner." "Made in Berlin." .5L brown glass bottle with understated simplistic label and branded gold pry-off pressure cap acquired at Hopfen und Malz in Berlin, Germany a few days ago and served into a Berliner Kindl Weisse glass at me friend's gaff in Berlin. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery and style.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as if anything only mild overcarbonation is anticipated. BB: 02.15. 5.0% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: One finger wide. Off-white colour. Thin and weak looking. Lacks creaminess and a full soft consistency. Not real frothy. Leaves no lacing as the head recedes. Retention is average - about 2 minutes.

BODY: Clear translucent yellow-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Far from unique or special looking for a pils. It's generally appealing. I don't notice any obvious flaws, but there's ample room for improvement.

AROMA: Faint wisps of muted pilsner malt and barley. That's it.

A painfully simple aroma of very light strength. Weak, but not watery per se. It's quite bland and boring. But at least it doesn't seem boozy or hot, and there's nothing here that shouldn't be (e.g. overt hop notes, biscuity yeast, spices, etc.). I've experienced worse aromas in beers of this style.

TASTE: Has some crisp pilsner malts redolent almost of flaked wheat. Could be fresher and fuller, but there's some nice flavour here. Not too sweet nor too bitter. Clean barley. It almost has light smacky touches - I don't want to say lactic notes but something vaguely redolent thereof. Hopwise, all I pick up on is a hint of Noble character - some mild grassiness, perhaps, but little else - and that's as it should be in this style.

I do think it's balanced, but boy is it simple, even for a pilsner. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Decent amplitude. Decently built. Not gestalt or really cohesive, but it's passable.

Definitely a no-frills pilsner. I like it generally for what it is.

TEXTURE: A bit too rough on the palate for the style - which is meant to be refreshing. But it's smooth, wet, and light. Not too hefty or weighty. Okay presence on the palate. This suits the taste okay.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh.

OVERALL: Absolutely drinkable. Honestly, I prefer it straight from the bottle. I'll plan on revisiting this. It's not a bad local pils and is worth trying once. For a budget pils, it's pretty middle-of-the-road.

Low C-

Jun 05, 2014
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Berliner Pilsener
,5l can

This beer should not be confused with the Berliner Kindl Pils, as any good Berliner will tell you. This is Berliner Pils, the one with the gold label. It's a basic pils, not unlike so many out there, which probably utilizes less expensive grain and hops and spends less time lagering.

Appearance: Clear, golden, average bright white head with average retention and lacing.

Smell: Unfortunately, basic "beer": the grain doesn't shine, and doesn't really come of as grainy or bready of ever sweetish; and the hops are dull and non-descript.

Taste: At least it's well balanced. It could certainly be more polished, but it delivers a firm blend of malt, dull hop, and stiff bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body and crisp with a median carbonation.

Overall: This is a workingman's beer. If it was an American lager it might be Miller High Life or Pabst Blue Ribbon. There are no faults to it, but it lacks pizazz.

Jan 22, 2014
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Fuldner from Germany

3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Berlin is a city of wild, fun, partying, and this beer, "Berliner Pilsner," goes hand 'n' hand with all the madness. "Berliner Pilsner" differs in many ways from other Pilsners, with it's unique thirst quenching taste. With most German Pilsners they have are more well bodied and slightly darker than their Czech cousins. "Berliner Pilsner" maybe slightly darker than Czech Pilsners, but carries an extremely light taste with just a kiss of hops. The beers slight bitterness gives it the final push to makes the beer have extreme drinkability.

With that being said, "Berliner Pilsner" has great drinkability, is very refreshing, and very smooth, but the low level of hops lowers, the consistency with the more you drink. The lack of hops and the lighter bodied nature compared to other German Pilsners leaves you with the feeling that there is something missing, a sort of emptiness in the beer.

Overall, for Berlin's nightlife there is no better beer, but a beer to enjoy (more than one) with family or friends, "Berliner Pilsner" may not live up to its name.

Dec 16, 2013
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BlackHaddock from England

3.12/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Berlin is awash with this Pilsner: has it taken the best of 'Berliner Kindl' and 'Schulthesis Pils' from the 80's before the wall fell, or is it an all new super-brew made with the cheapest ingrediants available?

It's not the former: it's a basic golden, bright Pilsner with all the usual attributes; but nothing to stand it apart from all the rest. Crisp? Yes. Clean? Yes. Refreshing? Yes, but is it interesting? No.

Mar 11, 2013
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Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 107 ratings