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Berliner Pilsner | Berliner Kindl-Schultheiss-Brauerei GmbH

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Brewed by:
Berliner Kindl-Schultheiss-Brauerei GmbH
Germany
schultheiss.de

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,580
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
99
pDev:
18.24%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
38
Trade:
0
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Photo of Stignacious
3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bylerteck
2.99/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of osheamatth
3.76/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.69/5  rDev +16%
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 a bit better than the European macros à la Heineken or Stella, but not as good as the upper tier German or Czech examples. 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.

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Photo of Macamah
4.02/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TwiggyCZ
2.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AletSuko
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FriedichVonostrowo
3.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | 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 this when I visited both sides of Berlin and it was called Schultheiss Pilsner in the early 1970's but I had left Canada disliking beer/ale and only learned to enjoy it in Germany. I don't really recall much about the draught then so they must have been pleasant.

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Photo of JPNesker
3.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jlindros
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Beersnake1
3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Spike
3.17/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Better than the bog-standard European Pale lagers but not a standout German pilsner. Rich mouthfeel, dry finish and muted carbonation are all strong points. Otherwise, is pretty much standard fare.

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Photo of AlinD27
4.95/5  rDev +55.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Robertas
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bmaggot
3.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reagan1984
4.16/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metalspice
3.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Wer34truh
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bitburger
3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Malt_Man
3.87/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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Photo of tottel
2.05/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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Berliner Pilsner from Berliner Kindl-Schultheiss-Brauerei GmbH
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 99 ratings