Flensburger Pilsener | Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-19-2002

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Photo of steveh
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ah, yes -- the infamous Flensburger Pils. Revered by some, despised by others. Never had it myself, so I took the opportunity when I saw 4-packs in one of the larger chains. For what it's worth, I enjoyed Flensburger Dunkel pretty well, let's see how the Pilsner stacks up.

Stubby, brown swing-top bottle, best by 09.06.17 on the back label. Poured into my short Becher.

L -- Clear gold with a thick white head that holds up well.

S -- Light, crackery malts with mild DMS and some faint citrus and herbal spiciness.

T -- Lightly sweet, bready malts up front that quickly give way to herbal and lightly bitter hops. A crackery graininess with yeast accents rounds out the finish, but the herbal bitterness carries prominently into the aftertaste. There's a touch of mineral, nearly bordering on astringent, that lingers through the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a light body.

O -- There's a lot of debate over this beer in the Germany forum and I'm not sure what argument the naysayers may be using against this beer (probably has more to do with marketing than overall quality of the beer), but to my Pilsner-loving palate this is a pretty solid example of the style -- even bottled, Pasteurized (more than likely), and exported.

An interesting comparison beer to the Flens Pils is the All Day IPA I tried last week: both beers are nearly the same ABV, yet the Flens has the right amount of malt to just balance the hoppiness and still let that character be king. All Day's lack of any malt body turns it into hop-water. All day? Yes, I'll have another Flensburger, please.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. "Flensburger Pilsner"
,33cl swing top brown glass bottle

Flensburger Pilsner is a solid version done in the north-German style. Crisp, clean, boldly bitter, and somewhat hoppy in both the aroma and flavor (grassy, herbal, and lightly spicy). The grainy malt comes across clearly, and it finishes dry, bitter, and hoppy. Medium-light in body and crisp with a standard carbonation level.

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Photo of toom
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Always drink it from the bottle - always served without a glass in Hamburg. Love it cold, refreshing, tasty, satisfying plop when you open the bottle. A favourite in St Pauli.

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Photo of opieo
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A sharp Pils. High biting hop but the hop bite is dry and doesn't linger. Crisp and clean. Refreshing. If you like sharp biting hop, come here. Basic pils.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold from 330ml flip-top brown bottle.

L) Pale yellow colour, very clear, light carbonation evident, thin bubbly film only.

S) Slightly damp hop odour. Other than that, not much.

T) Surprisingly deep malty flavour, and chunky bitterness, pleasantly balanced. Nutty flavours, the quality of ingredients is evident.

F) Easy drinker, lightish carbonation, no bitterness in the aftertaste.

O) Good North German pilsner, recommended but every one knows that already!

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Photo of OlaB
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: gives a clear straw yellow color when I pour from the classical bottle. Gives a small fingertip high top of head that disolves rapidly, some lacings on the glass.

S: bready malt, herbs,lemon peels and hops.

T&F: follows much as the nose,a sweet citric feel with malts in the background , the hops get noticeable in the middle and the finish.have a dry and bitter finish in the aftetaste. I would like more bite in it, but else I think it was a decent pilsner

O: a good and drinkable german pilsener. Sure is better pilsners out there , and this one was not extremly exiting, but all in all good and easy drinking.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.62/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

From Hipercor. In Teku glass. At dinner, with sausages sandwich with cheese and york ham. Clean, crisp and refreshing, but with more grassy bitterness than Id like. Nice smooth feeling foam

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Photo of drmeto
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

-pours a clear straw golden with a big,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-lemon,zesty,grassy,spicy,DMS,corn sweetness
-medium to high,lingering bitterniss
-dry finish, but not Jever-dry
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
Decent North German Pilsener.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml, swing-top bottle, a pleasant-seeming new Teutonic line of brews now available in Alberta. The brewery name does seem like something off of Futurama, FWIW.

This beer pours a clear, rather pale golden straw colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and yet chunky off-white head, which leaves some deeply layered sudsy lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, white saltine crackers, soft earthy yeast, a bit of pome fruitiness, and gritty leafy, weedy, and grassy hops. The taste is testy grainy and crackery cereal-inflected pale malt, one almost bereft of any sweetness, some still middling yeast, an ethereal sense of yeasty acridity, and the same zesty leafy, herbal, and grassy hops from aroma renown.

The carbonation is quite heady and engaging in its probing and forceful frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and sort of smooth, like a sidewalk that doesn't draw blood when you unceremoniously faceplant upon it. Things finish barely off-dry, the grainy pale malt, a late-arriving gasohol astringency, and some sturdy 'n peppy noble hops carrying the day.

Overall, not bad, but hardly among the pantheon of incredibly better renderings of the style from said middle European country - ok, ok, GERRRRRMANNNY! (thank you, Rammstein). Easy to drink, though, if you approach this one in the same vein as one might the Granville Island, Pyramid, or Leinenkugel (and not just because the latter sounds so very German) offerings of our brave new brewing world.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330 ml flip top bottle into a pilsener glass. This cute little bottle will be good for home brew. A moderate pour produces a billowy, slightly chunky head that seems pretty sticky. The beer is a pale golden with about average carbonation.

I get that minerally, sweet, and slightly floral aroma that I experience with Euro lagers and many English pale ales as well. There's also a sharp little tang that makes its presence felt in the overall flavor. The flavors are pretty subtle, but a perceived sweetness combines with some mineral and floral qualities to keep it more interesting than a typical American lager. The finish is accented by a fair amount of earthy and tonic-like bitterness that's not as apparent at first sip.

I thought this beer was reasonably priced at about 2-something for the bottle, which will have an afterlife holding my home brew. If this was even cheaper and came in cans, I would think of this as a go-to beer in the summer months.

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Photo of janubio
2.34/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden colour, with a good head that fades soon, leaving a good lace. Smell of grains and hops. Medium to light body, fizzy carbonation. Taste of grains, some bitterness. Dull averge beer, but easy to drink.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-look is golden not clear slightly unfiltered looking
- smells is very mellow some earth and hop tones, bread
- taste is very smooth and some hop bitterness towards the end but not as crisp as others in this style
- kinda flat almost has a skunked feel...
- overall a good pilsner better than most made but not a winner for me

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: brilliant straw gold under a 1” sudsy white foam collar that grips the glass leaving thin sheets of lace.
S: Bread, a slight earthiness.
T: light bread leading to a moderate earthy hop bitterness on the finish.
F: Medium light body and medium carbonation.
O: A decent beer but other than the cute bottle, nothing really stands out to distinguish it.

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Photo of raphe
4.63/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a bier it is hard for me to be objective about. It was considered a local brew when I lived in Hamburg and introduced me to real German beer. It's fresh, crisp and has a nice blend of hop and malt. It's best no colder than 45f. I'm always happy to find it in Idaho.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle from Beers of Europe website (£1.89):
This one was a very nice German pilsner, maybe not a definite classic but a good beer nonetheless and one well worth trying. With this being my first time trying it from a glass as apposed to from the bottle it was about as good as I remember. easy to drink and quite crisp at the end; a decent beer.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

33 cl flip-top bottle (bb 20.02.15). Clear straw color, big white head with good retention and lacing. Sweet malt, floral hops and pear on the nose. Clean grainy malty taste with pear followed by a dry grassy and herbal hop bitterness. Slightly bitter hoppy aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. Overall a decent pils, nothing exeptional but better than most industrial lagers.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden filtered with lots of carbonation, and 4 fingers of off white head.

Malty, bready, biscuit, Helles like.

Malty, bready, biscuit, Helles like again. A little bitter hops on the end.

Medium body, lots of carbonation.

Really well done, but more like a Munich Helles Lager to me. Drank for the second time August 1st, 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Got at Rimping Market.

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Photo of matjack85
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got this at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. $2.99 for a 330ml brown bottle with a ceramic flip top cap. There is a best before freshness date stamped on the bottom of the back label. Mine is marked 8/12/14, so it's still plenty fresh.

The beer poured a mostly clear pale gold color with a 2½-finger fluffy white head that lasted several minutes. There was also a fair amount of thick lacing left on the glass.

Rather weak nose. Just picking up a little grassy hops.

Stronger than anticipated hop presence here. It's a bit bitter, but there's plenty of bready malt and lemon twang to keep it balanced. The bitterness continues to linger in the aftertaste.

Light to medium body with moderate to medium carbonation.

This is a decent German pilsener.

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Photo of djura
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got it from Germany. Bottle 0,33l.

A - Light golden with thin white foam. Low carbonation.
S - Mostly citrus and some adjuncts. Really nothing to exited.
T/M - Drinkable,nice bitter aftertaste,lots of grains. Medium carbonation. Not so good aroma,it is more industrial lager then good Pilsener.

O - I am not satisfied to be honest. Really nothing special in this beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and just a hint of light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a couple of small patches of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready and cereal grain malts with light aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of cereal grain and bready malts followed by a light to moderate flavor of grassy hops. There is a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness are present in the finish.

O: I really enjoy the flavors and aromas of this German Pilsener - and it comes in a swing top which is a bonus (I just love that kind of bottle). Very easy to drink and sessionable.

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Photo of Premo88
4.45/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(01.04.15 best by date)

L: clear as water, light yellow, very pale with a thick marshmallow of a head, over 1 inch of pure white that sticks and laces and is making me tear up -- THIS is a beer! bubbles continue to cascade up through the column and keeps a thick skin on top ... so much foam. not a hint of amber.

S: grain ice cold; a hint of grass; opens up into some nice bready malt notes as it warms

T: perfect balance of sharp hop bite and sweet bready malt ... very green grassy spicy hops; lightly toasted barley -- really tastes good even when ice cold (taste is there before the nose opens up)

F: perhaps just a hair light, watery ... otherwise, fantastic -- plenty of carbonation and enough weight

O: those German purity laws rock! LOVE this brew, and while it's just a twinge over-priced, this brew is going into my permanent rotation. it's simply what beer should be about -- no gimmicks, nothing tricked up or blinged out, just water, barley, hops and yeast in perfect concert

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle 4,8% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best before: 10/05/2013
Consumed sometime in November and reviewed from notes.

Appearance: The appearance is fairly typical for a pilsner - a clear, pale golden body topped by a large white head. The head lasts quite well and leaves some nice lacing as it recedes.

Smell: The nose is quite simple, but clean and quite pleasant. Notes include: Pale grain, a light lemony note, some grass and a little sweetness.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavour is simple yet clean. The finish displays a solid bitterness and is lightly dry. Flavour notes include: Pale grainy malt, grassy hops and a hint of honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with a medium-high level of carbonation.

Overall: Flensburger Pilsener is a nothing mind blowing, but it is clean and refreshing and perfect for a hot summers day.

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Photo of FLima
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dense foam dissipates fairly quick. It smells grassy hops and malt secondarly. Medium carbonation with tiny bubbles. Pilsener true to its kind. Bitter taste well balanced. Not so dry finish enhances drinkability. Overall a good beer, reliable but with no thrills.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flensburger Pilsener has a thin, white head and a hazy, yellow appearance, with some lacing, streaming bubbles, and little brown flecks floating about. The aroma is of sweet, cracker, barley malt, and the taste is similar with some paper and a nice, fairly strong hop bitterness in the middle-to-end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Flensburger Pilsener finishes crisp, clean, easy drinking, and mostly dry. Overall, this is really nice.


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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of grassy hops as well as bready and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by grassy and grainy flavors and is accompanied by a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and a good amount of dryness.
O: The dryness in this pilsner makes it quite refreshing and really cleanses your palate.

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