Hopfenkönig | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Austria
schloss-eggenberg.at

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-19-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
147
Reviews:
73
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
15.56%
 
 
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3
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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
1.99/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Bright straw color with strong activity. Thick white 2 finger head lasting around 8 minutes with some good legs.

Faint aromas and flavors of grains, citrus, floral and herbal spices. Balanced sweet and sharp lemony taste with minimal hops and a metallic feel. Almost no smell.

Medium slick body with moderate carbonation. Faint and short finish ending with minimal floral and herbal feel.

Overall poorly crafted having bland watery flavors and no personality. Though refreshing and accessible, it should have more hops.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -42.4%

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of Arithmeticus
2.2/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured chilled in party cup (oops)

A: beautiful, creamy robust head; great lacing; clear light yellow
S: stinks; macroyuk; very intense
T: stale, weak-flavored pilsner; not sweet; few hops (a king of hops? really?); abrasive aftertaste

Pass. Much better pilsners are out there.

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Photo of Goldorak
2.29/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Offered to me by a friend...Green bottle...Oh well, here it goes...

Appearance: Apple juice yellow, but with a surprising amount of whipped cream head that surprised me.

Smell: Skunk-tacular! I did however whiff out a bit of cereal with residual Saaz. It would have been nicer from a can I bet.

Taste: Overly light and effervescent, a little grassy and aqueous, hop aftertaste that barely registered.

Nothing wrong with a fine pilsner, and this one wasn't the worse I've ever had, but I'll never go out of my way for this one.
Not enough body, not enough taste. Too bad, it looked nice enough...

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.38/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a lighter straw color with fantastic clarity. The head is a one finger white color with okay retention. Basically, it's everything you'd expect a decent pilsner to look like.

S: I was really wary when I first popped open the weird pulltab and whiffed a MASSIVE amount of skunk, but in the glass it's calmed down well. Lots of zesty noble hops with no real malt aroma. Weak in general, but not bad.

T: There's almost a green pepper flavor that really catches me off guard - yeah, it definitely tastes like bell pepper. Not really a good thing. There's a bit of grass and sweet malts on the finish, but that off flavor really throws everything off guard.

M: Well carbonated and nicely light - there's no mouthfeel problems keeping it from going down easy, just the flavors.

O: This...doesn't work. The pepper character kills what could have been a good pilsner. At the very least, it would pair decently with Mexican food.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.43/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A faint haze on a pale lemon yellow brew. Medium head. Tiny streaks of lacing.

S - A grainy light malt - nothing else really.

T - Bread - whole wheat bread. Aftertaste is a bland bitterness with a lingering weat bread flavor. It is a really cheap wheat bread flavor too.

M - Thin, smooth, a bit refreshing.

D - Okay, but not a lot of flavor overall. Too bready - really it is all a bready flavor. Not worth having.

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Photo of kpartsch
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of Beerman1977
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of ChrisKayler
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color pils with a nice foamy pure white head with good retention. Aroma is slightly skunky which is not surprising considering the fact that it came in a green bottle and the brewery is probably 4000km away. Taste is also skunky (but not enough to covered the whole taste) with a nice hops finish. This is probably ten time better when pick-up fresh at the brewery and It is just a shame that they export this in green bottle.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of MikeThumel
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of smakawhat
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had on tap at Domku restaurant poured into a simple tumbler.

A pale straw body giving to visible carbonation. No head was given off the pour so I can't say much about it or score it that high, but it does manage a very small collar throughout drinking.

This is immediately sweet smelling and dry. Muted cloved spices and perhaps a little veggie and corny.

Taste is just flat out strange. Dry spicey clove and extremely sweet and carbonated. This tastes corny sweet to me somehow with a real gaseous finish, I am not sure why I'd be shocked if this was made with corn adjuncts it probably is not. No hints of bread either, even a little yeasty.

I really don't care for this pilsner at all I'll never order it again, luckily there are better ones to have out there.

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Photo of Whatup14
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of kimcgolf
2.82/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Typical low grade pilsner, though I was actually expecting more form Castle Eggenberg. Poured to a light gold with a little skim of a white head and little lacing. Nose was faint and grainy, mouthfeel flat, and the flavor followed the nose. To top it off was a short stale finish.

Pass on this one.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I grabbed a bottle of this at Chevy Chase yesterday.

Clear light yellow with a dense, white head that recedes to a disk leaving a ton of lace, this looks great. The nose is decent. A light pilsner malt character is present, but this is mostly hops, grassy, mildly lemony and moderately skunked. The malt is the cleaner, more refined German variety, rather than the more complex undermodified Bohemian pilsner malt that is typically of Czech heritage. While mildly skunky, it is in a way that is almost acceptable.

On the palate, however, there's a lot more skunk without much bitterness or malt character. Mild lemony hop flavor is present, and there is a very light malt character, maybe some water crackers (that is to say, not much). The most prominent flavor is skunk. Drying on the finish with a light bitterness and some of Pepe le Pew's love juice, this is rather disappointing.

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Photo of stevoj
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
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

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Photo of beerdrifter
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Ammersino Feine Getränke in Vienna, Austria. Clear straw colored pour with two finger peaky white head with great lacing. Very grassy and musty nose with a hint of hoppiness and lemon. The taste is much the same with somewhat overpowering grassiness. There's a decent bitter hop bite with a bit of lemony sweetness. The grassiness mellows a bit at the finish, but it's still lingering in the background. Clean, crisp, dry, and bitter finish. Drinkability suffers from the grassy aftertaste. Had high hopes for this one but it let me down...

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Photo of Jimmys
2.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330mL bottle into my hardywood tulip.

A: very clear, very bright golden body. bright white bubbly head. retention is good while the lacing is not so much.

S: so used to american versions of german pils makes this one seem tame. aroma is hoppy, but much more minor than american interpretations. white bread. a little bit of skunk.

T: at first you can taste a slight skunkyness, but it really doesnt last long. a little bit of cornyness, reminds me a little of a corn tortilla chip. bready even, saltine crackers. finish is very dry.

M: vibrant carbonation on a light body.

D: once you get past the light-struck, it is still a pretty average german pils. i think the coolest thing is the cap with the pull-off ring.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a restaurant in Geneve. I drank about 4 of these out of a sense of loyalty to a European co-worker who kept ordering them, but they just tasted like every-day Euro-lager to me. Not skunked per se, but even so not exceptional in any way at all.

Served in the correct glassware, clear yellow pilsner appearance. Balanced yet weak flavor, I drank it like water (which it was not far from).

I do not recommend this, there is just not enough flavor to keep you interested.

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Photo of paulozanello
2.99/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light yellow color with a thin white fizzy head with moderate retention.

Smell is mainly of cereal grain and bread combined with hop skunk with minor fruity notes.

Taste starts bready and grainy but with no residual sugar/ sweetness. Hops soon dominate mainly with the skunk bitterness. Not the most bitter german pilsener in the world but it has a decent amount of it. It finishes extremely dry with a light skunky aftertaste.

Body is light and mouthfeel is dry and astringent. Carbonation is high and sparkly.

Well crafted pilsener but a little too skunky for my taste. This could be due to transportation / storage (it came from Austria to Brazil), the green glass bottle or maybe they were just aiming for it.

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Photo of mwckiltedsavage
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Flavius
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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Hopfenkönig from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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