Hopfenkönig
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #563
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
81
Ranked #45,610
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 14.33%
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
184
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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
 
Austria
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  21
SCORE
81
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teromous from Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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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HopHunterCL from Ohio

3.49/5  rDev -2%
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
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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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gvickery from Texas

4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
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
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oberon from North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
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
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VABA from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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
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LagerHound from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a glass, poured from a 500 mL can stamped PROD 16.03.2020, which makes it fairly fresh for an import. This is super solid, complex enough with good balance of malt and classic Pils hoppiness, nice citrus and grassy notes, a tad sweet but offset by the properly bitter, longish hop finish. Pretty much what I was hoping this would taste like. Fine carbonation which lingers long. Why is it so hard for US brewers to nail this style so well? Well priced classic Austrian pils. I’ll be buying more, especially at this middling price point (9 bucks a 4 pack).

Jul 15, 2020
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elNopalero from California

3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a crystalline clear in color. Slightly grassy, with a hint of faded, musty hops. A little muddled, with a sweetish finish. I feel like imported pilsners are at a disadvantage. Certainly, this one might have benefited with an earlier sample.

May 27, 2020
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MUTINY from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle into a small tulip pint.

A: Pours a vibrant light gold with 1" loose head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Retention is poor, but the lacing is better than expected.

S: Off-sweet bready and biscuity notes really dominate. There's a hint of hops somewhere in there.

T: Opens with grassy hop bitterness that quickly pivots to big, sweetish bready malt notes all over the mid palate which get a boost from some surprisingly fresh and bright citrus that offsets the malt well. Finishes close to where it started, only sweeter - biscuit and lingering grassy notes bring the sip to it's logical conclusion.

M: Crisp and substantial without being heavy, married to fairly high carb. It's a good fit, just big enough to fully support everything on the palate without being either too flimsy or too dense.

O: It's a really solid, classic take on the style. Very drinkable, slightly sweet, totally refreshing. The hop character works well here in a support role, punctuating only where needed and never being overbearing. What it lacks in depth it makes up for in it's thoughtful balance of flavor.

Jul 02, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive pour from this old world pilsner. White head and thick lace and a pleasant nose with a buttered biscuit and lemon citrus note combo. Delicate in texture with a sharp bitterness matching a broad crystal malt assault. There is a yeasty earthiness in the aftertaste that you seem to get more with European brewers that I enjoy. This is more or less exactly what I was hoping it would be.

Jun 16, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a pint glass. Crystal clear golden color with a medium white head. Nice staying power and lacing. Not much aroma, with faint grassy/floral notes and white bread. Clean Pils taste with white bread malt and floral bitterness that was a bit more restrained for the style. Clean and relatively dry finish. Overall a nice beer.

May 25, 2019
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at a pub. Clear yellow liquid in a shaker pint. Little foam, no lacing. Aromas of biscuit bready malt and herbal grassy hops. Flavors of cracker grain lemon and a peppery finish.

Mar 07, 2019
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Malt_Man from England

3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cold from green 330ml bottle into pilsner glass.

L) Pale yellow, clear, lots of small bubbles rising. Thin white bubbly film.

S) A bit weird, not hoppy, a bit of a musty honey-ish odour.

T) Actually ok. Light in flavour, for sure but light lager flavour and light hop presence. No real bitterness.

F) Light and pleasantly carbonated. No aftertastes.

O) Ok light lager, no problems with this one.

Oct 28, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mild malts, grains. Taste is light, some grains, malts, floral notes. Feels light in the mouth and overall nothing offensive here, but this beer is kind of bland and boring. A mediocre brew.

Mar 06, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottlepicked up in DC. Purchased based strictly on reputation, had hoped for better, but all together a pedestrian pilsener, lots of cereal notes, could have been more crisp

Dec 24, 2015
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sokol_1993 from California

3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: cloudy greenish-yellow. Little head that dissipates quickly.
Smell: Malty, biscuit-like smell.
Taste: Not too malty like the smell. Hoppiness is the dominant taste, but not the floral hoppiness of IPA but only the bitterness. Some citrus taste, but not much.
Feel: Light body. after the bitterness subsides, some maltiness and a little orange taste rest on the tongue.
Overall: An okay brew, hybrid between the hop and the malt, but the same hybrid-ness makes it great in none.

Nov 21, 2015
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Edmond-Bird from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle at Del Ray Cafe in Alexandria, VA. Small head that receded after a minute or so. Nice pale yellow color with noticeable carbonation. Easy to drink and refreshing on a hot summer day. I taste a bit of lemon-like sourness and a subtle, zesty hop finish.

There is a good amount of flavor in this beer. It is much more distinguishable and complex than other American versions of this style I've tasted. This brewery has been around a long time for good reason.

May 30, 2015
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EmperorBevis from England

3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled
Relabelled & repackaged as Helles
but it's pilsner qualities affirm right beer
had worse I guess had better though
especially Munich helles :/

Sep 04, 2014
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BlackHaddock from England

3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On 28th Nov 13 I had a little Lager/Pilsner session: this 330ml green, rip-top bottle was my third one.

Pale golden in colour it showed bright, clean and clear: the snow white head even stayed and gave some lacing on my 'La Chouffe' tulip that I'd poured it into, very un-lager/pilsner like.

Both the nose and taste were leaning towards a sweet feel and grainy. The hop content gave it a crisp texture and added a bite to the brew.

I thought this was OK, a lot better than the two different Beck's offerings I'd had before anyway.

Nov 29, 2013
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MNishCT77 from District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, unknown bottling data and poured into my FFF glass, drank 11/16/13 over a half-hour.

A: 2/3 - straw yellow coloration, solid clarity (can read or see through), received with little head with very subtle glass lacing; moderate carbonation; no alcohol legs

S: 7/12 - classic German pilsner flavors...lemon zest, spice, lager yeast...there it is and not much else that I can detect

T: 14/20 - classic German pils flavors hit - mild noble hop aroma, lager yeast; settles into a moderate biscuity/bready character in the middle of the mouth and resolves quickly with little-to-no aftertatste, no alcohol detectable in the taste

M: 3/5 - light-bodied and high carbonation, little alcohol presence in the body

O: 6/10 - bleh, bland German pilsner; don't see the appeal

TOTAL = 32/50

Nov 16, 2013
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wl0307 from England

3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 500ml can, BB 11/2013, served moderately chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

Appearance: pours a very pale straw colour, coming with a very tight and thick white foamy head which lasts particularly well, sitting on top of lively flows of tiny bubbles.
Smell: lightly astringent plastic/dusty notes precede faint lemony acidity, sweet-floral hops and clean grainy malts. Very text-book like. A few good swirls give rise to a faintly apple-ish aroma in support of the lemony acidity.
Taste: clean on the palate, only mildly carbonated, the foretaste is neutral, followed by mild grainy malts and a mildly floral hint of hops, while the random touches of restrained acidity suit a well-lagered pilsner just well, leaving behind restrained but still noticeable bitterness and a sufficiently dry palate. Again, text-book like.
Mouthfeel & Overall: the mouthfeel remains refreshing without being really fizzy, the body is medium-minus for its 5.1%abv. alc. content, all in all this is a dull but decently crafted take on the beer style… if only it could be drier and more bitter…

Jun 30, 2013
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FLima from Brazil

3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color with a two finger head that has a short to medium retention but that leaves good laces.
Predominant strong aroma of Saaz hops.
Sweet biscuit malty taste, again with a good deal of Saaz hops, strong on grassy and floral notes. Dry and not as bitter as you would expect, its relatively massive hops are likely low on alpha acids.
Light body with a perfect carbonation.
I really like this pilsner. One of a few that I can easily identify on a blind test. Not boring as usual. I think this is usually underrated. Love the predominant Saaz that goes well with its malty base, while still keeping a high drinkability.

May 30, 2013
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djura from Serbia

3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got it in Romania.

A - Light orange,fizzy white foam,lasting couple of minutes. Medium carbonation.
S - High pleasant citrus notes with some sweet malt.
T/M - Medium bitterness,lemon aroma,crisp,drinkable. Maybe a bit watery.

O - Average Pils,drink it cold.

Mar 29, 2013
Hopfenkönig from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 184 ratings