Hopfenkönig | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 145
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 dedrinker
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is pours a light straw color, but it is a little hazy for the style. A touch of murkiness is quite unbecoming of a Germanic pilsner, but this is Austria, so whatever. The aroma is of hay and a hint of sulphur. The flavor is light malts, clean, a touch of dry, minty hop, and then more light malt and minty hop on the finish. Quite drinkable, but so is Stella. I would prefer this over that of course, but once again, timtim... my hope, my last heir, my pupil; all over the map with contradictory descriptions and ratings. How can you get your point across when you don't even know what you are trying to say?

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Photo of timtim
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

top notch as far as what is available in the states. head retention and lace weren't all that, but the nose and taste were great for the style. nice and floral, funky hops as well as a great pils malt thing going on. body was fuller than expected and not too dry, but still light and crisp. easy to drink and food friendly. not my style but really refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of doboy
4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a nice Austrian Pils, a good example of the Pils style.. Nice tase and mouthfeel. Smooth drinkability. Nice straw color with good carbonation, nice lacy head which remained to the last drop. This bottle was out of VA. Hope I can get it in NC.

Thanks for the beer, Matt!

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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 cypressbob
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into a pint glass

Pours with a yellowy body, lots of little bubbles. Patchy egg white head with fair retention. Lots of patchy lacing all up and down the glass

Smell, grainy malt, grassy hops, smooth lager yeast character. Little bit musty, skunky to some degree, some citric acid zest

Taste, crisp and crunchy malty body with a fair whack of grassy hops, crisp on the palette. Some lemon zestiness

Solid, but a little bit dull

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Photo of blackie
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

revisiting an old favorite from my days in Triangle, VA...picked up at The Caboose in Ashland, where the shopkeep informed me it had arrived only a month ago so it's definitely not skunked.

a: Pours a low, perfectly white head that partially recedes. The beer is a bright golden color. Moderate lacing is left behind on the glass.

s: Smells damn good. "Skunky" in a good way, perfectly to style and integrated well with the noble hops and biscuity pilsner malts. Aromas of clean malt sweetness.

m: Carbonation on the low side of the high range, and pretty smooth considering. The body is light without being thin.

t: Certainly a well done pilsner flavor. The stylistically required skunk takes a backseat to grassy noble hops and a clean, crisp malt flavor. Light to moderate sweetness level, perfectly balanced. A very pleasing bitterness level graces the finish.

d: I could certainly drink a gross of these on a hot day. If anything, I've underrated this one as a whole.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a crystal clear light golden colour... white head poured big, thick, foamy and meringue like then faded slowly to light layer.... no real carbonation... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Light biscuity malts, peppery hops, spicy fruits (light lemons, apricots, apples), sea saltiness, freshly cut grass notes, some creaminess, light honey sweetness, floral notes...

Taste - Nice light spicy / peppery hops, quite sweet fruits (apricots, faint oranges, lemons), honey, light vanilla notes, quite sweet malts, some bready notes, definite light sea saltiness...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with just a little bite... Light body... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A pretty good clean crisp Pils... nothing mind blowing but certainly worth a try...

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Photo of Atlas1
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Leiman Berg Brau pilsner glass. Sparkles golden with high carbonation and a big two-finger head. Looks like a glass of champagne with all the bubbles. Could THIS be the champagne of beers? Plus, I like the brewery label. Simple. Classy. Smells malty and clean. Very slight fruit scent. Strawberries with a musty date aroma. Taste is clean and tart. Fruity with a nice pang of hops in the finish. Very tangy aftertaste. A very refreshing beer. A mild, thin mouthfeel, but an entirely drinkable beer all around. A great example of a very good German pils.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold bullion body with big bubbles and a sturdy but small and fizzy white head. Decent retention.

Smell: When I first cracked the bottle, I immediately caught a whiff of skunk, but fortunately the skunk scent is - surprisingly - much less noticeable in the glass. Not so fortunately, hardly anything is noticeable about this beer - everything is very weak. Light skunk, some soapy-spicy hops, underdeveloped grainy Pilsener malts.

Taste: Light and dry, very well attenuated like a good pils ought to be - but that's basically it. Not much flavor, vaguely sweet malts with a slight spicy-floral hop bite, but not as much as there should be. Tangy hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing and clean but not too abrasively fizzy. Well done, good for the flavor and the style.

Drinkability: For all its faults, this beer goes down easy, but it just needs a little bit more character to rank among the best Pilseners. I mean, Kirin brews Pilseners with more flavor than this (and they're significantly cheaper, at least around here).

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL green bottle with no freshness date - served in a pilsner glass. It pours medium to light gold with medium carbonation leading up to a finger of white head that doesn't leave much lacing. The smell is pleasant, with skunky and spicy hops, grass/hay, dank mary jane, and a bit of sweet malt. The flavor follows this closely, adding a medium bitterness on top of a light to medium, smooth body. It is a little drying with light carbonation and leaves a medium finish. Overall a delicious, quite drinkable German pilsner that needs a wider distribution area.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a tall pils glass. The liquid is a nice clear pale yellow, with nice carbonation. I nice big 2 finger head lasts well and fade to minimal lace.

The smell is faint but yields a hopy aroma with a dry fruity tone.

The taste is nice and crisp some nice light summery malt and a very nice dry hopy finish

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, not as much body as I like but it hits all the senses well.

Drinkability is very good, It washes down very easy, with no complaints. Prosit MK

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light, crystal-clear golden color with a foamy white head that leaves behind a sticky, sprawling lace. The aroma features a definite sulfur note but also an overall delicate grassiness. As for the palate, a soft, buttery grain flavor is complemented nicely by a mellow yet crisp hop bite. A graininess dominates the finish but is punctuated with hop bitterness. A slightly lighter than medium-bodied mouthfeel with a brief but sharp carbonation tang.

A mild favorite for me; not too hard to find, reasonably priced, well balanced and very drinkable. On top of all that it’s light enough to drink all day long with little trouble and tasty enough to keep you interested. Furthermore, I’ve had a lot of success turning Heineken drinkers onto better beer with this one. Recommended.

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Photo of Conrad
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Price: $2.70 Cdn. (incl tax, deposit)
This is my choice as the epitome of the standard European pils-lager.
A: Poured into a proper German pils glass. Nice and clear, light bright yellow with a fine foamy white head that dissipated quickly. Fine lacing.
S: Very dry hoppiness. Some floral notes.
T: Big on the sharp bitters. No malt at all. It's all hops. Not much in flavour, but still tasted good. (does that make sense?)
M: Smooth, with decent effervescence that doesn't stay long on the tongue, but still gives a long finish.
D: Good. I think a cold one would be good on a hot day.

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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 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 Globetrotter
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found in a Moscow grocery store, the brown half liter bottle has a tapered neck covered in white foil and a white and gold label featuring pretty much just the name. No ingredient information. Best before 10/06, I opened it on 3/3/06.

Pours a clear pale gold under a two finger white head with nice body and stickiness, and good retention. Some spots of lace linger, but not much. The nose is classic German pils - malt as sweet and cornbread and floral spice hops adding an edge. The mouth is light and very prickly, leaving avery little residual in the mouth. Classic pils taste, perhaps a touch weak on the opening malt, stronger on the crisp spicey hops. The bitterness is mild and fades quickly, then comes back way after the finish. The warmer the beer, the more aggressive the hops. Nice, smooth and very drinkable - a fine product..

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Photo of bark
3.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The colour is pale straw yellow, the large white head quickly falls down into a white lid.

The very dry smell is very hoppy with some bitter and malty notes. I noticed flavours like mint, yeast and a hint of ammoniac.

The taste is full-bodied with a dry hoppyness. There’s much more of rich and fruity malt than I had expected, on the other hand I had anticipated a more powerful bitterness. There is a thick bread-like taste of those malts that I think is very German, but I am not a big fan of it.
The aftertaste is malty and a bit roasted with some honey-like sweetness and aroma hops, but almost no bitterness at all.

The carbonation is fine with some microscopic bubbles. The large amount of malt gives this beer an almost thick mouth feel.

I found this brew well crafted and all that, but it just isn’t the beer for me.

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Photo of Barraclou
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz green bottle, 5.1%ABV

Appearance: Golden apple juice yellow. Not much head.

Smell: A very strong bread or cereal smell. A little trace of some skunky hops.

Taste: So easy to drink. I guess that I can drink it for hours and hours.

Mouthfeel: So exciting and creamy. Very smooth. I love it.

Drinkability: I had a bad feeling when I thought to the pilsners for years. I guess that's I associated too much Labatt Blue to the pilsners and make me avoiding them, but Eggenberg is changing my mind about them. Recommended.

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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 altctrlsdelete
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: I don't drink yellow beer very often.

Started out my evening with one of these, as one of my friends who prefers a sharp pils to just about anything else has had very positive things to say about this beer. And I'm trying to branch out.

Overall, this was drinkable, and had a surprisingly noticable Saaz hop flavoring to it. At the same time, the sourness left on the palate reminded me of why I don't venture into Euro-lager/pils land too often. But, I still enjoyed this beer, and would have it again if I was feeling pilsy.

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Photo of Hefe
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 3/26/04 from 11.2 fl oz. bottle.

Appearance: Crystalline amber/gold with a pale white head that quickly dissapates.

Smell: Light malt with just a touch of funk.

Taste: Sweetly malty on the open, with a touch of citrus and spice with a very clean fresh finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth

Drinkability: Emminently drinkable, pretty close to an ideal session beer.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The quintessential pilsner color on exit from the bottle a bright translucent gold with a crown of bright white foam, the lace upon depletion of said head is a fine sheet. Prototypal malt dominated nose, quite sharp and fresh, pleasing to the eye and nose this beer, sweet start that has a middling feel to the palate at the top. Finish is stern in its acidity, hops are representative for the pilsner style, pleasant and noticeable spiciness, very dry aftertaste and a quite good drinking pils, and that’s a mouthful coming from me.

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