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Flensburger Pilsener | Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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Flensburger PilsenerFlensburger Pilsener
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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259
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
15.1%
 
 
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Photo of rtepiak
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is golden and clear and looks as it should. the head dissipates quickly leaving very little lace. nose is somewhat mild hay grassy and a bit of malt apple. palate has a nice bitter refreshing grass but not much malt to substantiate that quality. i have had more well balanced pilsners.

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Photo of lstokes
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, you have to love the bottle.

The smell was really musty and not sufficiently hoppy, and the taste is also curiously flat, the malts are good and sweet and nutty, but the hops don't pop like you want them to, there's a strange tinge of iron, and the carbonation is also lacking, which makes it a little bit boring. Not my favorite pilsner, but not bad either.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pop-top bottle. #2 bier review in Germany. The "plop" the website advertises is heard as soon as the cap is popped, nice acitve carbonation in the bottle.
Poured into a Pils Glas, extremly light pale color, light straw, head is really the calling card in the appearence. Light, fluffy even so-light-tan color head, leaving delicate lacing. As the head eventually settels, light bubbles slowly rising through the glass.
Smells like a solid German Pils. Light malts, the high mineral content in the water definatley adds a disctinct note of bitterness. The light hoppiness provides the lightest not of citrus, the ends abruptly with a bite of bitter hop spiciness.
Taste is pleasantly more complex than anticipated. Toasted malt nuttiness upfront, some sweetness akin to light fruitiness, the finish is clean and the light nuttiness is left lingering on the palate. After several sips, a bit of spiciness is left in your throat, that definatly makes another sip follow quickly.
Drinkability is good, sip after sip is light, refreshing, nothing out of the box, just a good standard German Pils. Here in Germany, i miss my Victory Prima Pils, but this is good. German beer is a study in standards, and achieving maximum flavor from the malt profile, with a heavy reliance on hops as a bittering agent. I would pair this with maybe a delicate shrimp/seafood dish, vorspeisen with breads, maybe even a nutty-flavored humms spread would complemet the nutty malt flavor.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden, clear, brass color underneath a quick two finger head of bright white cotton to a nice film. Very nice bubbling. The aroma is a lightly toasted and faintly fruity malt and strong grassy hops aroma. Flat pilsner malt with a little tinny hint on wet grass. This pilsner doesn't have the right, crisp pop I like in a good pilsner. Feels flat on the tongue. Not a ad drinking beer, but good use some more crispness and flavor.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with plenty of carbonation and fizz. Smell is slightly malty - german malts are prevalent. Taste has a slightly earthy grassy taste which is backed by the German malt. There is a slight metallic aftertaste. Overall, a decent pilsner but there are better ones out there.

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

Flensburger Pilsener poured a very pale gold with a large head and nice lacing. The smell was loaded hops. The taste was super dry, maybe the driest pils I have ever had. Loads of fresh hops. Mouthfeel was nice and the the drinkability was good as well. This was a very nice pils. I enjoyed it a great deal. Very crisp.

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Photo of gford217
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow with a soapy white head that recedes quickly to a bubbly ring and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is very sweet, mostly with light roasted malts and hints of other grains.

The taste had a quick initial sweetness from the pale malts, but then an overwhelming skunky bitterness takes over and leaves a pretty unpleasant taste in the mouth through the finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with less carbonation that I was expecting.

This is an average pilsener that isn't too offensive but doesn't offer much to differentiate itself from other beers of the style.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the packaging, nice fliptop bottle and good looking label. Pours a medium yellow color with a billowing white fluffy head. Fades pretty slowly and leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Great looking brewski.

Smell is of lightly kilned malt and sweet graininess. Maybe a little bit of earthy hops, but not too much.

Taste is pretty basic, with light, grainy malts and a fair amount of grassy hop bitterness shouldering the majority of the load. Tastes pretty decent, but would probably taste much better fresh on tap at the brauerei. Has a bit of a dull feel to it and the hops dont taste quite perfect. But for $1.59, this is a good buy and well worth trying.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is my third beer Flensburger, I enjoyed it after humiliating to caifanes in sudden strike. In the appearance theres a brilliant golden color, thin head of foam that look like cotton; the smell is citrus, some essences of orange and plum; in the taste, first is sweet malt with an earth hoppy end, very tasty; the mouthfeel is bitter and sweet, with a ligneous of wood, very refreshing, body and medium gasification; in the drinkability is the best flensburger than I have tested, good to enjoy with food or alone.

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Photo of confer
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful pilsenser pale yellow with a two finger fluffy white head. The head lingered nicely and left a thin layer of foam after several minutes.
The smell is sweet and bready.
I really like the taste, a slight bitter start with a mellow smooth finish.
This is a delicious easy-drinking beer. This bottle from my regular trading buddy and I would consider picking up a case in the future.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this cause the bottle was foxy as all hell. Clear golden color with a big rocky white head. Leaves a lot of lacing. Smells "noble." Tastes creamy with a noble hop finish that gives it a nice dry finish. Enjoyed this one. Should try their other beers.

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

A flip top bottle poured into a pint glass. Pale golden in color with a white foamy head. Very grainy in the aroma with very little hop presence. Very mild and watery in taste with medium carbonation. Light biscuity malt is also present. It does have a crisp and smoooth finish. Nothing great to talk about here. Just an average german pilsener.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a clear straw color with a fluffy white head that sticks well. Smells of grainy pilsner malts and grassy noble hops. Overall sweet character. Taste is quite the same, though the sweetness is all but gone and the hop presence is much more noticeable, with a decently bitter finish. Medium bodied with somewhat low carbonation.

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Photo of rkinsella
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok...love the bottle. Great sound when you flip the top. Pours a perfectly clear golden yellow. Very nice color. White pillowy head that sticks around. Lacing was fairly good too.

Not as carbonated as I expected. Would have liked to see those classic German Pilsner bubbles.

Smell was very good. Grainy, floral hops...and a little something else that I just can't put my finger on...vanilla? sweet corn?
whatever it was, it was very appealing.

Taste was fairly dry, smooth, balanced, and the hop kick was at the very very end. Slight lingering orange peel bitterness. Hops were not very aggressive, but that was actually a positive with this beer. Easy going taste.

Mouthfeel was medium body with slightly lower carbonation.

Very drinkable and refreshing. This beer would appeal to people who aren't crazy about very hoppy Pilsners. Worth a try.

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Photo of aeminter
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Excellent straw gold with a nice thick foamy white head and amazing lacing.

The aroma is slightly sweet and floral without overpowering the hop scent.

Yep, you can definitely taste the noble hops. There is a thin sweetness in the finish, and there seems to be a slight mineral water quality...curious.

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Photo of WickedSluggy
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz flip-top bottle

Colden color with very light foam

Light aroma and bouquet very little to the nose

Taste is grassy and grainy with some bitterness and slight astringency.

Mouthfeel is light and unremarkable.

This is a pleasant sessionable beer

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Photo of nms1987
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow-gold color, nice foamy head

Fruity aroma, fruity taste.
A different kind of hoppiness than many German Pilseners I've had.

I'm glad I had it, and it'd be great in the right situation, but I don't know if its something I'd seek out again.

Badass swingtop bottle too.

Not worth what I paid for it though.

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Photo of kwakwhore
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The only beer in a restaurant in Beaufort NC that sounded remotely interesting. Golden straw color poured from a 12oz swing cap bottle. Some hops in the aroma and a tiny bit of skunkiness.
Nice flavor, mild malt and hops balance out decently well. I would have expected more hops from a German pilsner, but nonetheless it was pleasant to drink.
This went down quickly and easily. I could easily see downing a couple of these on a warm day.
Not a bad beer. I would drink this again, especially if I were looking for a good thirst quencher.

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Photo of etherashe
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is translucent lemon. 3/4 inch head that dissolves rather quickly. An overall visual feel of lightness. The smell is of alcohol and spindly hops.

Taste: immediate, though subtle, mixture of grains and hops, tapering off smoothly and ending in the distant hint of bitterness, resembling the memory of a pensive kölsch. Moderate but short-lived carbonation on the tongue, smooth to the throat.

Refreshing and drinkable, calling me to revist again. Not a spectacular beer, but very nice.

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Photo of wl0307
2.61/5  rDev -25.6%
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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Photo of seanyfo
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl flip top bottle served into a 30cl frankenheim altbier glass.

A- Dull golden straw colour, 3 finger tight creamy head, moderate to mimimal lacing, good beading.

S- Bitter hops, some grain, a sweet maltiness.

T- A subtle malt sweetness quickly trancends to a dry hop bitterness although its all quite lifeless with a bland finish

M- Lively carbonation, moderate body

D- An average pilsner, the hop bitterness is dry, typical of a northern German pilsner. Its refreshing although bog standard and rather boring.

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of beerindulger
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer was given to me by a friend and I see why! When poured had hardly any carbonation with no head at all. Smell was good but not very strong. Taste was wheaty or bread like but didn't last long hardly any taste at all. Nothing in the mouthfeel department. I'm wondering if the alcohol content has anything to do with this? In all it was a good smooth beer with no bite but just to smooth and weak for me!

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Photo of stcules
1.68/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

It is very clean, with a golden yellow color. White head, not too beautiful, and quickly falling down.
The smell is bitter, with hint of malt. Nothing of.
Worse taste. Too heavy, cloying.
Unpleasant, yes. And overall, no pils character.
Not to resample.

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Photo of JBogan
2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very anemic looking gold with plentiful bubbles along the sides of the glass and an almost creamy looking one finger head which retained well. Minimal lacing. Other than the head, not a very appealing looking start.

Smelled almost a little skunked at first, but later the hops made their presence known.Kind of weak, not an impressive smelling beer.

Somewhat better tasting than smell. The first sip had almost that skunky taste, however the following sips seemed to improve with each try. Some maltiness in there, and even a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel was decent, if a bit thin. Nice carbonation to tickle the tongue.

Overall this was a somewhat drinkable beer. Not anywhere near the best Pils I've ever had, but not the worst either. Worth a try if you see it, but after one you'll probably want to move onto something more memorable.

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