Zee German Pils
Karbach Brewing Co.

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German Pilsner
Ranked #47
Ranked #15,847
3.9 | pDev: 12.05%
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
Very Good
Zee German PilsZee German Pils
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 90
Photo of gvickery
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a Pilsner, smells like one, but the taste is a little off. It’s ok but not in any way like a German Pilsner. First, there’s way too much of a malt profile and second there is a lack of German hop flavor. It’s got a pretty strong bittering hop flavor but it is not distinct. I agree with others, this tastes more like a blonde ale. Disappointing

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Faint hop fragrance and a nice pale, amber color. Overall a balanced flavor with a tart hoppiness. There is a mild and creamy maltiness that flirts with the light resonious body. This is my favorite Karbach brew so far. Really an interesting pilsner. Light enough to breeze through, but tasty to boot

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Photo of PhilsPils
2.51/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Nice straw color is clear and bright. Looks like a pils. Unfortunately, I find little that is German-tasting in this beer. The whole idea of inventing lager beers was to make a cleaner, less yeasty tasting beer. This beer is overpowered by bready, yeasty flavors and has very little of the floral hops advertised on the can. Could actually pass for a blonde ale as easily as a pils. And it ain't cheap so it will be my last Zee.

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Photo of Quorocker
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the best USA Pilseners I've had.Always prefer the bGermans but they taste different once they've been shipped over here.This beer is only a seasonal though which I don't understand.Maybe they don't realize how good it is and perhaps not the most popular of their brands

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Photo of california_republic
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours clear light golden with a generous amount of head. The clarity is very apparent, it's easy to see that it's clear even if your glass is foggy. Looks like a nice clean beer.

Smell: Generous amount of hops for a lager, citrus and floral smell accompanied by the breadiness of the malt. Has a bit of a wheaty, spicy smell too. Pleasant but not very strong (and I'm using a wine glass).

Taste: Bready, toasty, and substantial, well deserving of the title of liquid bread. Despite not using any west coast hops, there is quite a bit of a sour, citrusy, grapefruit-rind like flavor too. There's a very noticeable sweetness along with slight caramel that rounds it out before the a rather sharp bitterness hits you in the end. Strong flowery taste lingers after being swallowed.

Feel: Substantial feeling combined with the bread taste makes me almost want to chew this beer. But while it has a bit of texture, it's not sticky or thick at all, and finishes very clean and crisp. I think it could use a little less bitterness as is the case with a lot of Karbach offerings.

Conclusion: To be honest, I think that the pilsner style is hard to screw up (or maybe I haven't had very many). This pils has a good amount of hoppy and malty flavor and a clean finish, and there's not much you need beyond that. It could be a little more aromatic or have a stronger finish (related to being more aromatic), and it could be a little less bitter. But overall it's solid and will likely appeal to many palates without disappointing.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is good. Typical pilsner aroma. Grainy and bready. Bready taste with slight spicy hoppiness. Clean finish and light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a decently carbonated and slightly murky straw color with a two finger head that dissipates slowly and leaves a small ring of lacing. Aroma of bread of spicy hops. Taste follows the nose with a solid bread-ey malt, spicy hops, and super subtle citrus. Medium-light body and medium carbonation with a clean finish.
Solid pils that that is refreshing and easy to drink. It definitely follows the style and isn't too watered down. More hops wouldn't have hurt, but it was a stable 6er I would buy again.

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Photo of cultclassic89
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Solid, standard Pils look.

S: Crackery malt with floral, spicy hops. Solid for style.

T: Very much the same as the nose.

F: Solid, standard pils feel.

O: Very solid Pils from Karbach. Too the style well, but I enjoy Czech pils more. I wish this had a bit more American influence in the way of hops. Some nice citrus notes would do this wonders.

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Photo of RicTexas
2.41/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Another krappy Karbach. As much as I want to support a local brewer, they never fail to underwhelm. This entry is the latest of a long line of flavorless brews. I grew up on pilseners, a fine pilsener is a thing of beauty. However, this pils is downright ugly. Advice to Karbach, next time, don't be so stingy with the hops.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Goode Company Seafood (Houston, TX), served in a shaker pint. Clear, pale straw yellow with a dense white head. Light biscuit malt and grassy hop aroma. Taste follows with light malt body, and spicy hops - more flavorful than bitter. Finishes clean and crisp with effervescent carbonation. Balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear golden color that has a rich and lofty white head that settles at a moderate rate leaving a light and complex lacing down the glass.

The nose is a nice malty base that has hints of peppery hops and and faint hint of apples and fructose.

The flavor is a greatly hopped and classic pilsner that is the classic German style combined with the boldness that is the spirit of Texas. Like the nose there is a fold malty foundation that has some complex peppery hops riding on top then notes of fruit, nutmeg and lemon peel.

The mouthfeel is proper to the style and is not too watery or overly cloying for the style with a nice finish and a mild fading aftertaste.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer and is a great post hard work beer. The flavor is extremely satisfying. I really like this beer and will be drinking a lot more of it.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Floral notes, light bread, and some grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes crisp and clean, very nice finish.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super solid. This is what German Pilsners should taste like. Good balance of malt and hops while not being too heavy. If mass produced pilsners could get closer to this, I would be ok with drinking more of this style.

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Photo of HOPSnHASH
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I normally steer toward Ales such as Pale Ale and IPA, however, I've recently begun to branch out into lager style beers and this Karbach German Pilsener is by far one of the best tasting pilseners I've ever had Domestic or Imported.

L - Straw colored, super effervescent, totally transparent
S - Smells very similar to most other Pilsener beers
T - bready malt up front, somewhat peppery taste in the middle to back, and finishes relatively dry for a pilsener
F - Mouthfeel is great, not your typical watery mouth feel you would find in your American Adjunct Lagers (PBR/BMC)
O - As said above, I much prefer hoppy ales but in an effort to branch out I have to give this an unbiased rating and say it is the best pilsener I've had to date.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I crack the tab on the cold can of pils and pour into a pint glass, at an angle of course. A dense, foamy head appears and erupts over the edge. I quickly sip the overflowing head, trying to mitigate the spill. I am greeted with a bready taste, herbal, grainy aroma and a clean dry finish. Before I notice, half the contents of the glass are gone. I don't think I've tasted a Pilsner like this before. This has something extra, a je ne sais quoi. I like it a lot.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin but lasting head, light gold color. Aroma is grainy, grassy and spicy. Flavor is clean, crisp, mild and balanced. A very low key but tasty little pils.

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Photo of Premo88
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into pilsener
(canned on 1/19/16)

L: crystal clear yellow, pushes up a thick marshmellowy white head of foam, about 1-inch tall that sticks nicely; lots of activity in the glass, keeps a thick white collar and most of a skin; beautiful brew; some lacing ... the foam that sticks and laces is big clumpy clouds, very cool

S: sour grain, corn ... as it warms, a slight floral note pops up; just a hint of bread malt

T: grain ... big sweet grain flavor up front, immediately a cracker-malt flavor takes over with a ton of sweetness ... has a bitter-hop bite mostly earthy, maybe a bit of black pepper; some sour grain but the sweet cracker-malt aftertaste allows appears right on time

F: fantastic ... light and crisp, easy-drinking, just enough weight to keep it from being watery

O: this one is growing on me more and more as I work through the six-pack, and I liked it fine to begin with; it came off a bit too much like Karbach's Love Street kolsch at first, but the more I drink it, the more the sweet cracker-malt hits home, and the earthy/spicy hop bite is nice, a great balancing agent; it's a good beer, good enough that I'll likely rummage through another sixer or maybe one of them 12-packs

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Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Bright, clear gold with a large, airy head.
S: Very nice aroma of light malt, sweet, and a big German hop scent, floral and lightly earthy. Top notch!
T: Initial taste is a light bitterness--not on the high end of the style, but quite present, with a nice malt underpinning, hardly grainy at all. Hop flavor is quite big, even if the bitterness is not, making for a very quaffable beer. Finish is dry.
M: Light bodied, of course, good carbonation levels.
O: This is probably the best single beer I've had from Karbach, which really gets the pils style dead on. Very drinkable!

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Photo of puck1225
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just saw this at the grocery store - had to try! Poured a beautiful yellow from a can. Thin head but great lacing. Nice floral smell. Crisp bready, spicy taste. Light and refreshing. Nice pils!

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Photo of champ103
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brilliantly clear straw/yellow color. A dense white head forms and rises to two fingers. The foam sticks around as a cap throughout with lace all the way down the glass.
S: Floral, grassy, spicy hops are soft, but up front. Some biscuit malt rounds everything out. With the European hops this has a fantastic balance.
T: Like the nose, spicy and floral hops are up front and great. An almost peppery like character, with a big biscuit and cereal grainy/cracker malt flavor lingering. Light bitterness that fits the style. Everything is very soft and I love it. Reminds me of Weihenstephaner Pilsner.
M/O: A light body that is perfectly effervescent. So crisp, ultra clean and supper dry. Something I enjoy drinking more and more of with each gulp. Best enjoyed in bulk and large gulps. Incredible.

Maybe a shade below Live Oak Pils, but that is a tall order. A fantastic Pilsener, and will be a staple in my fridge. This helps fill the void since Houston won't be getting any Live Oak cans for a while. Really well done and highly recommended.

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Zee German Pils from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 90 ratings