Flensburger Pilsener | Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
Germany
flens.de

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-19-2002

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Ratings:
273
Reviews:
118
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
14.77%
 
 
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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 118
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the best German Pilsners I think that I've ever had. The beer pours out as a nice golden yellow color with a decent fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer has a subtle grassy aroma that is just faint enough for me to really enjoy this brew. The taste of the beer is a little earthy but had a sharp hop bite to it that really impressed me. The mouthfeel is smooth and had just enough carbonation. Overall very nice brew.

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev 0%
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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2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Chimay goblet in low altitude Galway Ireland.

A: One finger head of no cream and mild thickness. Clear dark yellow.

Sm: Clean barley. That's it.

T: Hint of cream open to clean barley body with a bit of hops, but nothing too complex or bold. Another failed German pilsener. Go learn from the Czechs, lads. Built alright for the style, and balanced well, but it isn't difficult to balance so few notes.

Mf: Too smooth for a pilsener. Ought to be quite coarse and scratchy. Very wet, but not unpleasantly so.

Dr: Easily downed, but not horribly worth the cost, especially by Irish standards.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its been awhile since I had a German pilsner so I grabbed one to have after work tonight.Poured a dull lighter straw color with a large blooming white head that left multiple sheets on the pilsner glass as it settled slowly,toasty and bready aromas with a tinge of iron with not much hop presence just a passing whif of leaf.Flavors are toasted and crisp but lacks enough hop character to really round out the flavors well its is pretty refreshing though.It goes down easy and isnt to light but after one I would likely get bored with it.

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3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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 dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow with amber leanings. Intermittent superfine bubbles race up to a fantastic looking head the color of newspaper that is incredibly rumpledbumpy on its superior surface. It's also nicely tacky as evidenced by the impressive display of cheese grater lace that finds its way to the glass. If I remember correctly, this brewery's hefe weizen looked good as well.

The nose is just okay and certainly doesn't rise to the level of the appearance. It's decently hoppy, but is more musty than musky. I like the latter and don't care for the former. The beer hasn't yet reached its 'best by' date and I'm positive that it isn't oxidized. Still though, it smells papery to me. Maybe that newpaper comparison was prescient.

I've had dozens of German pilseners it seems and feel fairly confident in putting Flensburger's version squarely in the middle of the pack. It's much closer to its 'best by' date than it is to its bottling date, so some of what I'm tasting can probably be chalked up to age. How much though I couldn't say. I would love to drink some of these European beers at the source one of these days.

There's a sturdy pils malt base that provides a fair amount of sweetness and that just begs to be festooned with a generous amount of noble hops. The hop flavor is moderately grassy-spicy--as nobles are wont to be--but lacks the pungency necessary to thrill my taste buds. There's enough bitterness on hand to meet and exceed the malty sweetness; a necessary quality in a pils and one that impels me to bump the taste score a half-notch.

The body is certainly big enough for the style (medium in general terms), but feels even bigger due to the dearth of carbonation. That lack of energy, along with the lack of hop zippiness, contributes to the failure of this beer to engage its drinker in any profound way. Sometimes I wonder about the effectiveness of these swing-tops in terms of carbonation retention. I love to hear a rifle crack on opening, but didn't get one here.

Flensburger Brauerei has provided me with so-so beer (Gold), very good beer (Weizen), and now something that fits comfortably between those bookends. Again, I get the sense that Pilsener was a better beer, though probably not a great beer, when fresh. The brewery has been kind enough to provide us with dating, so take advantage of that fact when contemplating a purchase.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple of random offerings that I decided to crack open, this one pours into the glass a nice golden hay color with a huge head of nearly three inches that never seems to let itself go down coating the sides with some nice lacing and tons of carbonation. Aroma is light grains, bready notes, hints of l;ight clove maybe and a touch of some earthy grass notes. Nothing crazy but it does the job. Very light and clean flavor, crisp, refreshing nothing out the ordinary in any way. Was easy to throw down with a clean and refreshing aftertaste, overall not bad at all could easily but down two or three.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a white head. The aroma is biscuit and pilsner malt with some light fruit and yeast. The flavor is pilsner malt with some hop bitterness and some spicy hop flavor. You also get some honey. High carbonation and thin-medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flip top 330ml brown bottle.

Very pale, even for a German pilsner, burst out the bottle with a pop and produced a fine head, which sadly dissappeared as soon as I put my lips to the glass (a Veltins pilsner .2 glass).

No smell to talk of really. Like all pilsners, I drank it cold and very little aroma comes across.

Dry, crisp and thirst quenching.

A dry hoppy aftertaste which lingers at the back of your throat for while.

Not the best German pilsner I have had out of a bottle, but a long way from the worst.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pale golden with an enormous white creamy long-lasting head. Some lacings.

S: Dry bready malt. Bitter hops.

T: Sweet bready malt. Balanced bitter hops with some citric notes. An apple-feel to it.

M: Aftertaste lasts for a really long time - both sweet and bitter. Body is medium dry and carbonation is balanced.

D: A nice German Pilsener. They don't mess with the basics - bitter hops and malt!

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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 wl0307
2.61/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml swing-top bottle. BB 14/06/09, served chilled in a pilsner glass. I'm recording here only what I've observed as totally different from my previous encounters with this beer.

--On the nose, an intrusive smell of melted sugar plus more sweet-corn and even Yum-like grainy-starch seem to prevail, making the nose overall slightly too sweet that is off-balance for any lager to be called a pilsner.
--The flavour echoes the aroma: the foretaste gives a strong taste of grainy malts, but not like the kind one would normally expect from a clean and crisp Helles, let alone Pilsener - it's more like the sweet grainy edge of adjuncts! I have a feeling that something has gone wrong with this batch/bottle. True, in time, the deepening wave of increasingly dry and lightly herbal bitterness still manifests. But in the finish, the sweet edge of grainy malts still lingers, rendering an unpleasant, syrupy aftertaste more like a macro, super-strong lager.
--I seriously think there's something wrong with this batch, but I've written down here the "anomalies" (I hope) all the same.

* Tasting Date: 27/07/07

Courtesy of my flatmate's sister, this bottle is hand-carried from Greifswald, NE Germany. Coming in a swing-top brown bottle, BB 04/01/2008, served chilled in a weizen glass.
4 A: straw hued, a very thick and tightly-spongey white head slowly settles (like a moderately-aerated capuccino froth), leaving dirty bits of lacing all over the place; constantly lively in carbonation.
4 S: dusty and lemony citrus aroma prevails upfront, while the usual suspects of a quality lager, i.e. doughy sourness, is assertive, mixed quite well with the floral aromatic hoppyness. Overall, the nose is freshingly hoppy on top of a solid body of juicy+grainy malts.
3.5 T: a dryish-grainy (yet nearly plastic) palate of well-lagered maltiness is ensued by a wave of hop bitterness cutting deep down... The aftertaste has lots of bitterness to linger and turns increasingly dry, seemingly on a par with that of Jever Pils, but the hop profile tastes a bit thin here. The lightly toasted and grainy malts play the second fiddle and show their aromas in the remote finish, while a mild tinge of sourness staunchly fights at the back, in a losing battle to squeeze a little space from the consistently bitter palate.
3.5 M&3.5 D: quite clean on the palate, moderately carbonated, and the body is also quite solid, albeit in need of a fuller touch of "real hops"--the beer label says it's brewed w/ hop extracts! Come to think of this fact (that it's a purely hop-extract product), this lager is not too bad at all; IMO, this is a reasonably aromatic and enjoyably bitter German Pilsner that could benefit from an either crispier palate or a fuller hop profile. "Proest" to my flatmate's sister!

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