Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Pils
Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu

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German Pilsner
Ranked #79
Ranked #16,928
3.93 | pDev: 14.5%
Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu
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Photo of thatmanphil
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice clear straw color that pours easily. Notes of fresh cut grass, hops, and pear. Perfectly balanced pils that is light, crisp, and full flavor. You will be hard pressed to find a better one anywhere in the world. My absolute favourite pilsener.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap in a ceramic krug. Bready malts and a slight honey note on the aroma. Taste follows, balanced, malty with bread crust at first and slightly hoppy on the finish. Medium, soft body crisp carbonation. Decent but not one of the best in its style.

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Photo of Chaz
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant (excellent clarity) pale golden-straw in color, topped with a billowing off-white head. Very good head retention lacing on the sides of the glass.

Nose is very lightly grassy, with a pleasant grainy (fresh malted barley) character dominating. Lighter hop character, lightly sharp/tangy. "Soft" is my overall impression. A bit bready...

Sweet-tangy/sharp hop twang on the first sip, with an excellent balance of bitterness coming up just after the midpoint of the palate and lingering towards the finish. BAM! This one nails the style.

Hops profile is -as suggested by the nose-- a bit soft, but is excellent for what it is, and especially as this beer is only a few months old. In another few months that delicate balance of sharp/bitter/tangy hop character versus the bready malts and excellent grain character will be lost!

A lighter sweetness asserts itself as the drink progresses, but it never becomes cloying or burdensome. Very good drinkability overall, and very good for the style, also.

I could drink this beer all-day long. If only...

Final thought: "Fresh Pils! What's not to love?"

Well, I don't love the fact that I can't get this one at my local package store (imagine if you will, my sad panda face, folks). On the other hand I am happy enough that someone in Illinois had the presence of mind to bring this particular (very good to exceptional) example of German Pils into the upper midwest. It is absolutely worth seeking out if you enjoy the style.

Now comes the real trick: Keeping it fresh and in-stock for everyone to try! :)

Standard, brown .500 L export bottle -- Packaged in July (one year best-by code) 2015.

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Photo of drmeto
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-pours a straw-golden with a big,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-grassy,floral,honey,lemons,spices (Pepper)
Follows the nose completely
-light-medium body,medium-high carbonation
Best Pils i've had so far.Even beats the Rothaus Tannenzäpfle

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Photo of snaotheus
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a shaker pint. Date on the bottle is 23.10.2015. Traveled here from Germany in a suitcase.

Pours clear yellow with little head and lots of carbonation. Smell is mildly sweet with a fresh cut grass theme. A little lemon.

Taste is mildly sweet, a little yeasty, crisp finish, more of that grass.

Mouthfeel is extremely effervescent. Overall, not a bad pilsner.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times on my travels to southern Germany.

Pours a clear gold with a large foamy head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is noble hops and lots of them. Grassy and herbal aromas abound. Taste is a crisp malt taste balance by the floral hops. A touch of citrus adds to the refreshing flavor. Finish is lingering and bitter with a grassy hop aftertaste. Body is medium with good carbonation and a nice refreshing mouthfeel. Overall, one of my favorite pilsners.

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Photo of bnes09
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Delicate malt backbone with an aggressive hop presence. Leaves, weeds, and herbs upfront turns to spicy garlic in the finish. Fresh hop flavor, yet stale tasting at the same time. I believe this bottle may be old, however. Still a solid German pilsener.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Beautifully German and nearly ideal for its style, the bright and refreshing lager puts on a brilliant pilsner malt display that's balanced perfectly with those floral Bavarian hops.

Its brilliant golden appearance is crystal clear and streaming with a tangle of carbonation. With its fledgling head dissolving back into the glass, the beer takes on champagne appearances. But its high floral aromas spring to life with honey, potpourri, and an herbal bouquet that translates to a flowery grain sweetness.

Its fullish body is mostly of malt but lightly of cereal, giving the middle palate a creamy softness with husken bite. With the floral character dissipating, a fruity tandem rises with apple and lemon, equipped with mellow sulfur scrubbing effects.

With sweetness fading in finish in order to favor a crisp and refreshing taste, the hop bitterness grows into a spicy, pleasantly grassy and herbacious blend. Its quick aftertate returns to a bitter floralness.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

One of the best and most memorable beers I've ever had. A beer with a very refreshing finish and a lovely floral aftertaste that made me want more after every sip. A perfect choice for a hot day and not only.

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Photo of rodriguez
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The best German Pils I ever tried. The taste is really fine and balanced. Good foam, wonderful colour. I usually enjoy it in a long and thin glass in order to catch the best of the hops aroma. Nothing else to say about this fantastic beer apart that I recommend it to quench your thirst with pleasure.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden, rich foamy head, nice retention.
Bitter grass, pilsener malts, spiciness and clear noble hops in the smell.
Taste has a nice sweet-bitter balance, with white bread and some fruitiness (bit of lemon too), followed by tasty herbal and dry floral notes, spicy and getting bitter bit by bit. Great hops in the finish, quite a bitter pilsener actually. Quite dry also.
Light body, quite fizzy, easy to drink. Great spicy herb aftertaste.
If you're looking for a nice extra-hopped (with German hops) pilsener, this fits nicely. I personally found it a bit.. unbalanced.

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Photo of emerge077
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Acme for this one!
Served in a tall fluted mug at Resi's Bierstube (happy 50th to Resi's).
Review transcribed from written notes.

Pours a bright straw gold color, brilliantly clear with rapidly rising carbonation. Compact head of white foam that leaves behind concentric rings of drippy lacing down the sides of the glass. Good surface coverage.

Clean aroma, noticeable grassiness of noble hops. Label says "100% Naturhopfen" which sounds good to me. Guessing that means no extract or hop oils.

Right off the bat it has a strong grassy hop presence, and lingers into the dry bitter finish. Surprisingly fresh and clean, fairly well hopped for a German Pils. Body is light, crisp, and leaves no trace behind. Subtle pils malt is briefly crackery, but the grassy noble hops dominate. Very drinkable.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: "L2331301 15:09" (bottled 2013-08-21?)
Glass: Ayinger pils glass

Alpirsbacher's pilsner is a crisp version of the style, perhaps appealing for warmer days, but I thought the overall beer was a bit pale in comparison to Weihenstephaner or Tannenzapfle's versions. The hop flavors were a bit muted, with the malt character being the same. Light, crisp, and easily enjoyable in pub culture, but not necessarily a perfect recipe for my tastes. I like this brewery, but I'll stick to their helles lager instead.

Pours a 2cm tall head of white colored foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, somewhat soapy-looking. Retention is average, the foam falling to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island atop the beer's body in around one minute. Lacing is excellent, weblike patterns cling to all sides of the glass. Body is a bright golden yellow color, with light bringing out pale orange-yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, moderate in number, low in activity.

Aroma of spicy and dried grass and herb hop characters, with slightly grainy and bread-like and malts in the background. Not as prominent in others of the style I'm more partial to.

Overall flavor impression is of medium-low intensity floral, dried-grass, and lemon zest-like hops with a fairly unassuming, sweet pils malt base.
Front of palate tastes fairly bland pilsner malt sweetness with a hint of floral and dried grass-like flavors from hops. Mid-palate of moderate hop bitterness with dried lemon peel, dried grasses and flowers, with a bit of pilsner malt sweetness noticeable in the back. Back of palate detects moderate hop bitterness with spicy, dried grass and herbal hop characters; malt presence heavily reduced to nonexistent. Aftertaste of moderate hop bitterness, spicy and dried flower characters, little residual malt flavor.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation that is medium in intensity, leading to a smooth (1/2) and foamy (1/2) mouthfeel that's good for the beer and the style. Closes very dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate.

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Photo of steveh
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New label for me, can't remember trying this on either side of the Atlantic.

A -- Good clear straw color with a dense and creamy white head that holds up well.

S -- Spicy, grassy hops up front with bready malt back.

T -- Bready malts with a rather sweet, creamy flavor (not mouthfeel), some light graininess and spicy hops in the finish. Spicy hops and a very mild citrus character in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a crisp finish and light body.

O -- A very good example of the style that I'll look for in the future.

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Photo of SimonBailey
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's a top, top German pilsner that lends itself toa serious and delightful session. I can only say that I enjoyed every single drop. A serious rival for my fave German pilsners, Kloster Scheyern and Warsteiner. It seriously kicks ar$e. Enjoy cold and repeat as necessary!

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Photo of Beric
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: July 2012

I'm just going by memory on this one, so the review will be significantly less involved than my others.

Appearance: I had this one from the bottle, so I can't really speak too much to the appearance. The branding is good, though, and I especially like the little fat monk with the Krug of beer on the cap that I saved.

Smell and Taste: I'm combining these categories because of going off of memory and because I had it from the bottle. This beer is certainly one of the hoppier German pilseners available, and I would consider it right up there in overall taste with the Rothaus offering also local to the Black Forest area (where Alpirsbacher is brewed). Definitely one of the best beers I had in Germany in terms of overall taste- it was light, crispy, and biscuity like a pils, but had a much more assertive hop presence than other widely available German pilseners in the area.

Mouthfeel: Life and smooth and bubbly, just what you would want from a German pils.

Overall: One of the best beers I had during study abroad, and easily the second best German pilsener I've had to date (taking first prize is the Rothaus Tannenzäpfle).

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Photo of beerman_60
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When you taste this beer, on tap, at the brewery tasting room in Alpirsbach you begin to know what it's all about. I stayed at the brewery guesthouse (called Hotel Loewen-Post) on September 14, 2012. If you are there by 2pm-ish, they run a brewery tour at 2.30 most days.

I'd had a bottle the day before at a small restaurant in Karlsruhe, but this was the real deal.

Bright, clear, pale straw in the glass - not so big on the 'hop-explosion' (aroma hops) so only a 3.5 here. Taste was very nice, good underlying 'aromatic acid' bitterness typical of Tettnang or Saaz.

I drank 3 x 330ml glasses in about 30 mins and yep, could have had many more. I cannot put it up there with the Farny, Anker or Floetzinger Pils, but it's really on the way.

If you are in Alpirsbach, I recommend the brewery tour. We all think we know everything about beer, but we don't - and the tour was full of little snippets of beer history that made you think back, add 1 + 1, and finally make the links. Of course, the tour is totally in German, so not for the faint-hearted, so brush up and get on it.

Hotel Loewen-Post is not only the brewery Gasthof (75 Euro for double room with breakfast - 5 star accomodation too) but also one of the finest restaurants in the Schwarzwald, totally awesome.
(The breakfast was probably the best of any during the 21 days of my trip)

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White gold with a snowy pitted loose head that rims and trails. Baguette crust, nettle leaf and coriander seed nose.
Doughy malts with a touch of perfume quickly overwhelmed by parsley and nettle bitterness.
A touch of pear at the end, a metallic finish and astringent powdery linger. Light, crisp, lean, lively, a touch of oil.

Whoa – serious bitterness. One of the hoppier pilsners I’ve had, German or Czech. Uses fresh hops (“100% Natur-hopfen”) rather than extract as many German brewers do, and I have to think it makes a difference. Not entirely pleasant, but does what it sets out to do.

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Photo of stevoj
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours with a thick, fluffy head and clear golden color. Aroma and taste are on the light side, with some up front hop bitterness. taste fades quickly....decent but not great pilsener

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Bottle, best before 4th Sept 2012, poured into the correct Pilsner glass twice. Bright, clear and light golden in colour, a quickly thinning white head sat on top: looked your normal refreshing pilsner/lager/helles.

The smell was your typical ‘no show’ smell so many beers of this style seem to have. Hints of far away hops and dried grass, almost hay like.

The taste was very dry, crisp and mildly of hops, a sprinkling of malt might have been added during the brewing process but it doesn’t come across greatly in the flavour of the beer.

This is a summer Pilsner; it lacks depth and strength of character for a winter night, but I’d have enjoyed it a lot more if I’d been sat in the sun, beer in the shade and having a cold meat platter with my feet up.

Scored objectively and fairly (IMHO).

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Photo of jerryjeff
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light grassiness from hops, with a slight floral scent with some nuttiness in there. Inviting and light, not meant to be overpowering.

Light on the palette but not watery, slight twinges of bitterness on finish. Low to medium carbonation which is good here as helps to not overshadow.

Light straw, poured 1/2 liter bottle to slight head with large bubbles in a pilsener glass which quickly dissipated.

Very good on the palette, mouthfeel contributes in this case and there's a slight residual sweetness. Grassy and nutty taste from the hops with slight residual bitterness.

Very drinkable, meant to be a session beer.

Really great beer. Like a bit more in the hops and maybe a better head retention for appearance, but a very good German Pils.

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Photo of Emarq
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at my hotel in Stuttgart.

Pours to a tight white foam. Crystal clear in the glass.

Aroma is full of noble hop spiciness with just a tinge of malt sweetness.

Flavor is hop forward vs the malt. Bitter yet refreshing.

Easy to drink and had the perfect level of carbonation.

The head sticks around for the duration.

One of the better pils that I have had in germany.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw yellow, intense head and solid lacing. Aroma of fresh hay, german malted barley and nothing out of place. Flavor is a typical german pils: crisp malt backbone, firm but no overwhelming hop presence. Just a very balanced beer you could drink all day on a hot summer one like today. Subtle tasting beer, delicious beer.

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Photo of stcules
1.83/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Golden yellow, low carbonation, white average foam appearance. Decent.
The smell is a decent hop, not too much, but quite long. Average, decent, without points.
In the taste: malt, but also some acidic notes. Hop again, but a little stale, and not toopleasant.
Quite dry taste, it seems, but it ends with a useless sweetness.

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