Hopfenkönig
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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From:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
 
Austria
Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #462
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
81
Ranked #27,595
Avg:
3.55 | pDev: 14.08%
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
111
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 11, 2022
Added:
Oct 19, 2003
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  22
SCORE
81
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Rated: 3.58 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Oct 11, 2022
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
Canned 2022/04/03
Pours a frothy foamy thick 1 finger head with good retention, messy lacing, semi hazy med golden tan color

Nose is not good, some cooked vegetables DMS like, tomato sauce, some herbal earthy hops, corn and cereal grain under that

Taste is a bit better but still has some DMS cooked vegetables, with pilsner malt bready doughy straw and corn, earthy herbal mild catty hops, some sulfite notes probably hard water, med to lighter bitterness, a little soft lager like but not clean, mild crisp bitterness and spicy hop bitterness on the finish

Mouth is med bod, med carb

Overall poor for a pilsner from Germany, not sure if it got messed up on the way and overheated or fermented in the can and got DMS, or boil wasn't strong enough, but not that good
Jul 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.6 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Jul 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by chossboss from Oregon

Jun 25, 2022
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Reviewed by jkrich from Florida

4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 16.9 undated can (not a green bottle as shown above): very pale and slightly hazy with a quickly receding white head of foam; not really what I expected for a pilsner.

Surprisingly peppery and spicy for the style, there are citrus and noble hop notes. Again, a little surprising for the style.

If I could sum up this pilsner, I would describe it as highly hopped Helles. The familiar flavors of vanilla and lemon are present and a sharp and refreshing bitterness on the palate. The label states this is an "Authentic Austrian Pilsner." I wish there were more Austrian pilsners available in the US if this is so. Very thirst quenching and quaffable for a hot Florida evening.
Jun 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Mar 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Archbrau from Florida

Mar 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.29 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Jan 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.11 by DKHNOVA from District of Columbia

Nov 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by ajdemma from New York

Oct 17, 2021
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Reviewed by kflorence from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a golden, copper in color with a finger of froth which subsides to a thin layer of lacing which also lines the edges of the glass as you drink. This brew has a very rich aroma which is predominantly sweet. Bread, earthiness, honey, grass and melon. For some reason it reminds me of a farm. Taste follows the aroma well. Butter toffee and corn with floral, lemony hops that have a bit of spice on the swallow. Finishes clean and dry with a lingering maltiness. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with zesty carbonation and a bit of chewiness. Very drinkable.

This is a very interesting pilsner, I'm not sure I've ever had one like it. The malts and body are reminiscent of several euro lagers I've had on my travels, perhaps closest to some I had in Prague, but as a pilsner it is decidedly different. The hops are somehow showcased and subtle at the same time and it's not as grassy or dry as I'm used to. Overall, I really like the flavor profile here and the drinkability, I would happily seek this out again when in the mood for a good pilsner. This is my first beer from Schloss Eggenberg, color me impressed. Cheers!
Oct 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.31 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Sep 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
(500 ml can, L/130821; purchased last single off shelf at Total Wine earlier today... poured into my tall 'Bier Furs Leben' Tonewood lager glass)

L: mildly-hazy, sunny-gold liquid; tight, creamy, ever-inflating mousse foam - foam of my dreams... cottony tufts collecting; crusty, splotchy lace... I'm a foam fool, what can I say?

S: outdoorsy car interior, bubblegum (Euro pale!), floral-tinged dried apricot... once the foam has set, the 'hoppy' aromas express, noble and inviting

T: malty, bready; pretzel crust-like lightly toasted accent to the grain... the hops take over a few sips in, a touch peppery spicy in the finish, but overall floral-herbal with that spicy edge humming

F: foam bursts upon first sip, airy, with the bitterness gently singeing the tongue on the tail of it... near pillowy-plush body, with that tongue tip ping and afterburn warmth... drinks like acidic fog; without contour or tangible texture

O: possibly have seen six-packs/singles of this in bottles here and there over the last decade+???... this was a fortunate buy, I must say... a hoppy Euro pale and Pils mush-up, mmm nice!... I know what I mean... Hopfen? I'm buying! (1823)
Sep 13, 2021
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg "Hopfenkönig"
500ml can coded "L/130821 18:11". Sampled on 2 September 2021
$3.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: The hops king, huh? Well let's see about that. Coming out of Austria I doubt it. It looks good though. It's got a surprisingly hazy golden body beneath a full head of densely creamy white foam. The aroma isn't that hoppy, and I'm not really surprised. It smells like a Pilsner with maybe some unusual hop in it. The malt is clear, and it's mildly herbal and floral. The taste follows, but fuller of course. The malt is sweetish, grainy, and cereal-like. Unusual. It doesn't seem to be just Pilsner malt. Is this an adjunct beer? Anyway, the hops remain the same but stronger, herbal and lightly floral. It's balanced by a median bitterness, and it finishes mostly dry, herbal, and grassy. It lingers for a suprising half minute or so. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp-then-smooth. So, despite the fact that this is certainly not the "hopfenkönig" of beers it is really quite nice.
Sep 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.68 by BeerBeast from Florida

Aug 31, 2021
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- The bottle is unusually pale green. The beer appears very pale and the lable is almost completely white. There'll be no surprise if this beer turns out to be almost albino in colour...
Pull-ring cap (handy)... as it's happens it's golden in colour, clear and pours with a quite lively rising CO2 but no more than a patch of bubbles on the surface.
S- Quite bright, dry, possibly hoppy-dry.
T- It is notably dry, certainly hoppy (trad) but that seems to combine with solid CO2 on the palate to amplfy it's impact.
F- It's very clean on the palate, dry and with a low malt presence.
O- Not quite austere but notably dry and light on malty reward for the palate. Would be suited to a scorchio hot summers day but we've had less of those this year in London than I can recall for decades... I can finish it but it's not doing anywhere near enough for me to buy it again.
Review2029/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! ---> Ingredients include hops and hops extract... hmmm...
330ml bottle BB: 01-2022 Bought from The Grog Shop, Jericho, Oxford.
Aug 26, 2021
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
500mL can, served in a pilsner glass. Date stamp L/130122 21:10.

Appearance: Mostly clear dark straw-gold color, with a thin persistent white head and some sheets of persistent lacing.

Smell: Lightly floral with a bit of a sweet malt aroma.

Taste: Surprisingly sweet - quite malty. Light hop bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, good carbonation, but not as crisp/dry at the finish as one would expect.

Overall / Drinkability: This is one of the sweeter pilsners I've had, but maybe not a surprise from this brewery known for it's high ABV eisbocks. Tasty, easily drinkable, but not what I was looking for in a pilsner. A very different take on the style.
Aug 22, 2021
 
Rated: 3.78 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Aug 16, 2021
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
From the bottom of the can: "L/130821 20:17"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a pale straw gold color with just a slight amount of haze. The head is large and fluffy with a puffy cloud-like surface that has a few smooth craters. It has very good retention.

Aroma: There is a light cereal grain aroma. It smells a bit like Honey Nut Cheerios. There is also a medium-light and slightly spicy hop aroma. There is a very light lily flower scent.

Taste: Caramel comes through at first and it seems to persist all the way across the palate without much change between each sip. There is a bit of very faint herbal character that comes through like overcooked bay leaf. It mostly tastes like watered down caramel water. The caramel flavor also tastes a bit syrupy which is odd. After a while a light bit of alcohol flavor starts to show.

Mouthfeel: It is lighter bodied but it has a slight chewy character to it, giving slightly more texture while keeping the body light. It is easy to drink. Carbonation is medium-low. There is a light bitterness to the beer.

Overall: While there is a hop bitterness to the beer and a decent hop aroma, the flavor feels a bit at odds with the somewhat bland caramel sweetness. It has the components of what would normally make a well balanced beer but they don't match up just right. There is a syrupy sweet caramel flavor and a bitter, burnt, bay leaf hop character that combine and somehow still feel watered down. Although it might seem like there are a lot of bad qualities to the beer, it has a nice aroma and it looks very good in the glass. It is also very drinkable. I probably wouldn't buy it again as an import, but I would give it another shot if I could drink it in Austria.
Jun 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

May 13, 2021
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
poured from the pint can, a wonderful format for this. austrian beer just has its own vibe and energy, so decidedly not german, the distinctiveness is subtle but apparent, and this is really cool beer. oddly darker in color and somewhat maltier than anticipated, but light to drink, pale copper tones with a super active two inches of white head. it smells like biscuit malt and noble hops, lightly grassy, bitter, and clean, not as lager yeast forward as its german peers, somewhat minimal on the ferment, leaving a little more room for the grain in the flavor, so a different sort of balance. there is a big earthiness to this and a mineral profile to the water it seems, somewhat protein rich too maybe, a little fuller feeling than others in this style, but dry at the end and carbonated so well that its a ripper still, even if its a little more round, it remains quenching, although short of actually being crisp. the hops seems traditional, the refinement high, and the overall enjoyment factor here is up there. super affordable too for an import. i like the boldness of taste, the excited and unique texture for what it is, and will be back for more of this. unique beer in a traditional style is hard to do, but its been done here.
Apr 23, 2021
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Reviewed by HopHunterCL from Ohio

3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear golden color. Two fingers of white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of biscuit and faint grassy hops. Tastes like bready malt with an herbal slightly bitter finish. Good German Pilsner. I feel like it would have been better a little fresher.
Mar 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.05 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Feb 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.09 by AAG from New York

Feb 06, 2021
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of bready pilsner malt, grassy hops and a hint of lemon. Flavor is bready and biscuity pilsner malt, grassy Noble hops, mild lemon citrus and a hint of honey in the finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A straightforward, traditional tasting German style pilsner. The hops a bit subdued, but have the classic Noble hop varieties character. Malt is pleasant with a nice semi-sweet honey note in the finish with lingering grassy hops. Nothing stands out, but a satisfactory European pilsner. This brewery does some interesting bocks, but this is somewhat pedestrian.
Jan 19, 2021
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Reviewed by gvickery from Texas

4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
500ml can from Total Wine.

Look: Very light yellow straw gold. Fluffy white head. Super head retention.
Smell: Mineral water, light grain, a little bread. Not a lot of aroma.
Taste: Solid Pilsner malt with a soft bite of Nobel hops on the backend. Not as hoppy as Bitburger. Very crushable.
Overall: For what it is, it’s excellent.
Jan 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.46 by MacStinson from Michigan

Jan 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.89 by Gregwa from Massachusetts

Dec 18, 2020
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Rated by Nass from Florida

3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
The pour is straw yellow with a high flow of carbonation. The taste is barley with some mild floral notes. Cheers! B-
Dec 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.13 by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

Oct 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Sep 04, 2020
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Reviewed by oberon from North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours into a pilsner a bright lighter golden with a full two finger bone white head atop that leaves two nice broken rings of lace behind as it settles.Slightly chalky with a mineral element up front in the nose,a whiff of sharpness lingers behind it.Light in the mouth with a mellow carbonation,glides down insanely easy.Not a flavor packed beer,more delicate in nature,lightly toasted bread and chalk notes with a light sharp crispness into the finish.This beer is beyond food friendly and so easy going down,I think slightly underrated.Just my opinion.
Aug 21, 2020
 
Rated: 3.5 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Aug 08, 2020
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a clear golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has malt and floral hints
The taste follows the nose with malt and floral flavors
A light bodied well carbonated crisp beer
A good Pilsner
Aug 02, 2020
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From the can, it pours a lovely clear yellow golden color with a large long lasting white head. In the nose, Fresh herbal scent in the nose. The mouth gets anice pilsner bitter flavor that lingers a bit. Nice bier!
Jul 26, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jul 23, 2020
 
Rated: 3.79 by Dave1999 from North Carolina

Jul 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Jul 18, 2020
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