Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Pils | Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu

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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 beerinabottle
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of F_riedrich
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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 +8.7%
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 Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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 snaotheus
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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 +0.5%
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 bmaggot
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 bnes09
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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 Genx
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%

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 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 sclitch
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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 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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Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of hansgruber
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Murphious
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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 falloutsnow
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
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 pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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