Flensburger Pilsener | Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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Flensburger PilsenerFlensburger Pilsener

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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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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Minkybut
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice very pale brew. The head poured big white and fluffy. It also had great lacing qualities. The smell was kinda bready/yeasty. The taste was off to me. It was very bittier on the finish and grainy. I will not buy again.

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Photo of robrob
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice north german pils

Best by date 18 07 12 (its fresh)

I get a lot of grain/grass and a nice hop bite...I say grass...but it is what I might imagine hay to taste like...this sounds negative but it is not intended as such...it is a flavor I like... I really enjoy this. Pours clean and gold with a great thick head that refuses to drop.

Pouring it from a bottle about 2 hours from its home...

This is a nice beer but it is completely different the Flens I find back home in the well stocked beer store...if judging this beer stateside IMHO you are drinking a different beer altogether due to time and handling.

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Photo of Gregwa
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jonb5
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of elNopalero
2.19/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Dated 9.23.11, but whether that was a ‘bottled on’ or ‘drink by’ date I have no way of knowing. Curiosity pick. Impulse purchase. And I needed a 12 oz. flip-top.

This looks murky yet translucent light golden color with a generous amount of foam that dies down, leaving a thin crème atop the pour. (Not cloudy, but not clear either.) Suspicious.) I don’t pick up much hop aroma but I do get some sweet notes. It’s not a tasty beer. Harsh, with an unbalanced sweetness and an awful musty finish that coats the palate. This is the one to convince Reinheitsgebot enthusiasts that a five century old purity law does not guarantee good beer. One of the worst German beers I’ve had in recent memory.

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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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Photo of Newliverplease
4.65/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After trying hundred if not thousands of beers from all over the world, I have noticed that certain countries/regions do certain styles better than almost everyone else. In my opinion, the Germans do the pilseners best, and this is one of my favorite German pilseners.

Pours a lovely yellow with a thin white head with the smell of any and everything you would want from a pilsener. In taste, both hops and malt are extremely prevalent yet balanced and the carbonation is medium which compliments the balanced ingredients quite well. Mothfeel is maybe a bit too thick and smooth for a pils, but even though it is the beer's worst quality it is still quite good.

Been drinking this one for years and I still get excited when I get my hands on this one.

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Photo of atis
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from somewhere in Germany

Pours golden with large white head that slowly fades to thin layer. Aroma is spicy hops and bready malt.

Taste is malty, with presence of spicy and grassy hops that gradually increase their dominance towards the finish, dry herbal bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation.

An excellent companion on a hot spring day.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright pale sun with a gorgeous stiff creamy white head. Nose is grainy on the sour side, with very slight lemon hop. Cream cracker and tart melon malts with cutting grass and coriander leaf hops. Buzzing spice leave and drying linger. Light, dry, with some fullness of body.

Lean and sharp, good for summer. Maybe a bit too full in the mouth for a pils, but a steal at e11 for 6 500ml bottles. Above average.

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Photo of kojevergas
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 Everydayoff
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 330ml swing-top cap bottle into a mug within best before date indicate on back label.

Transparent golden yellow color with big white frothy head it well retain and leave nice lacing along the way down into thin film. Visible carbonation is medium.

Upfront by sweet malt then wholly dominate by floral / herbal-like hop with hint of grass and subdued grain.

Hop bitterness is the backbone. It is alluring a sip and stand since the initial stage until finish also linger as an aftertaste with modest sweet malt and slight grassy / grain flavor.

The body is light to medium with mild carbonated and rather clean finish.

Good drinkable and enjoyable also worth a try.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

33cl swing-top, best by 9/29/11.

After a hard, two-step pour, I was able to coax a great head out of this beer. Clumpy, eggshell white, with great retention. Color was the typical clear, yellowish gold.

Pretty average on the nose, with a lightly sulfuric and lager-like aroma. Some grassy hops.

Like most pilsners from the north of Germany, this beer has a big, nearly astringent bite to it, and the bitterness really lingers. However, "Flens" lacks the hop flavor of, say, a Jever. Underneath the bitterness it's quite grainy and husky. Not terrible, and rather refreshing, just not inspiring. The mouthfeel was smooth with amazingly fine carbonation.

Too bad they couldn't make a better tasting beer with Flensburg's awesome water, as the appearance and mouthfeel were top-notch. In the end, this is just another decent pils from northern Germany.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a BrewDog Cervoise glass. Best by 1 November 2011.

A: Clear golden body, with a plentiful white head which quickly collapses into a moderate covering. Quite pale, with small bubbles floating upward through the beer.

S: Burst from the bottle, but only softly emanates from the glass. A skunky scent, but pleasant, with lots of herbal hops and some sweeter, fruity smells.

T: Primarily sweet, with a bitterness on the end providing a clean, almost invisible, finish. The malty sweetness owns the first half of the taste, almost over-sweet; but met by pungent hops, very slightly spicy -- would that it were more so! All told, a fine pilsener, but nothing very special. I'm not a grand fan of pilsners, and this is no exception.

M: Clean, crisp, slightly bitter-dry. Very nice.

D: Quite drinkable, at first assessment. But then I find it more and more tiresome to consume the remainder of my beer. Final assessment -- drinkable, but not interesting. Only recommended if you like pilseners.

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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 yemenmocha
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another pleasant surprise in my mug tonight. This pils pours a very pale golden color with white head. Nose is clean with some herbal hops in there. Palate offers a nice dose of flavor though with herbal hops that bitter it up nicely, balanced with a gentle malt sweetness. Overall hop character makes this beer what it is. No skunk in the bottle either. Extremely drinkable.

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

Great beer in a swing-top bottle as well. Poured with a nice, large, foamy, frothy, fluffy, white head that lasts a while and lots of lace. Color is a clear yellow with some nice bubble trails. Aroma is bitter hop, malt, wet grain. Flavor is fresh beer, malt, hop with bitter dominating sweet and in a very good way. Great body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has some legs. Session beer.

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Photo of tpd975
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Zack.

A: Pours a clear yellow small fizzy head.

S: apple and pear with hints of dough.

T: Sweet fruits. Loads of apple with a hint of pear. Light yeasty bread, with a touch of honey.

M: light and zippy.

D: Not good not bad, somewhere in between.

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

A- clear light-golden with a medium-light head.

S- it's a bit chalky wit sour apples accompanied by a hint of floral hops.

T- light malts but really hopped up in terms of bitterness. The bitterness almost seems aggressive to the palate. Not much flavor comes through, a bit of sour apps and some yeasty bread notes. I do somehow like taste of the minerals, which are quite easy to detect.

M- the bitterness makes it refreshing on a hot day. but it is a little on the dry side for my tastes.

D- pretty drinkable, light in the belly indeed.

This is a beer they like to drink in northern deutschland, especially along the sea coasts- hence, the ship on the label. It is typical in deutscland that beers in the north are a bit more bitter, while beers become a sweeter further south.

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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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Flensburger Pilsener from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
3.52 out of 5 based on 273 ratings.
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