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Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of thatmanphil
5/5  rDev +27.9%
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 natcor
4.81/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Best Pils in Germany!

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Photo of SimonBailey
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
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 rodriguez
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
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 beerinabottle
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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 bloberglawp
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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 Emarq
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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 Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Chaz
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Sixpoint
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jerryjeff
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
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 emerge077
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
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 F_riedrich
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beric
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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 drmeto
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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 hansgruber
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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 mr-jj
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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 steveh
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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 StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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 dcmchew
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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