Karlsberg Brauerei

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German Pilsner
Ranked #489
Ranked #40,572
3.52 | pDev: 13.64%
Karlsberg Brauerei
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 34
Photo of jdurey
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a fan of Pilsners but this is one of the better ones. Very drinkable and sessionable. Bitterness adds to the enjoyment. Perfect for a summer night. Bested only by the offering from Weihenstephaner. Recommend pouring into a boot glass if available.

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Photo of aleigator
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a bigger, stable white head.

Smells of garden herbs, caramel and some white bread dough.

Has a soft, liggt mouthfeel with a nice effervescent finish to it.

Tastes of bitter, dried lemon, together with dried weed and a caramel note. Turns lighter then, with a noteable mineralic burst, toning down the uprising malts effectivly, leaving the flavor‘s focus heavily on the hops. Finishes still pretty dry with more toffee malts cutting through.

Very straight forward, well working Pils with a fantastic bitterness to it, defining the beer‘s taste from the beginning till the end.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear straw color with moderate activity. Thick foamy and frothy white 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with decent legs and swirl effect. Flavors of cabbage, minerals, sweet grains, lemon, and floral hops. Slick full body with crispy carbonation. Light strength finish of grains and veggies, a bit flowery with some metallic notes. Light skunky feel with lots of sharp lager yeast. Probably too much minerals, a little unbalanced yet I tend to like the feeling in this one. High freshness and still nicely flavorful for a Pils. Overall very good quality craft.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the tap, it poured a nice golden color with a sturdy, thick, large head. Hoppy bitterness in the nose. The flavor is somewhat bitter in the mouth. Enjoyable while eating a schnitzel!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml can - haven't seen this brewery 'round here since the Costco 'Advent' calendar of a few years past now.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with two zaftig fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some sudsy tree-top lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of grainy and doughy pale malt, muddled citrus esters, sour aged lemon, a not so subtle gasohol astringency, and very plain earthy, leafy, and grassy noble hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, some free-range generic cereals, still hard to pin down pome and citrus fruity notes, fading estery petrol, and more understated leafy, weedy, and dead grassy hoppiness.

The bubbles are average in their gentle and non-offensive frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and more or less smooth, with a strange airy creaminess evolving as things warm up out of la frigo. It finishes off-dry, the lingering pale malt, near-dead gasoline, and still mixed grassy green hops landing as such.

Overall, a pretty plain and hard to really get into version of the style - there's nothing really going on here to make me sit up and take notice. Easy to drink, I suppose, on a summer's waning evening, but as noted, Imma gonna forget about this one all too soon, I guarantee it.

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Photo of Tomais
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours and looks like a typical pils. Average head which dissappears. Lacing in the glass.
Smell - not great for me.
Taste, pils bitter but balanced by quite sweet malt taste.
Nice aftertaste like old-fashioned orange marmalade with thick-cut peel in it - I also get this if I savour the beer a moment before swallowing.

I find it very drinkable.
(It's the best beer in my local supermarket, so I get it fairly often - still enjoying it 15 months after original review.)

500ml bottle. B.B. '01.13'

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Photo of stevoj
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Sampled this on tap from the brewery truck at an event, and it was much better than I expected. The head was thick and fluffy, and the taste was right on for a German pilsener. Just enough flavor, but nothing lingered on the palate afterwards. As it was a hot day, it was refreshing. Nothing remarkable. but easily drinkable.

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Photo of sim0n17
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I give the overall 4.5 because for this style it is quite nice. It's more of an Herbische Frische type "spicey" Pilsner. It has a very hoppy, dry finish that you'll either love or hate. Mouthfeel is okay, but it looks and tastes good. Very clean looking and clean tasting - refreshing. It's better than Jever in my opinion.

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Photo of stcules
2.35/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clean, yellow color, some greenish edges. Not a great foam, and quickly disappearing.
Malty base in the smell, with a not too fresh hop.
At the taste definitely bitter, again with not too fresh hop.
But at least it is a pils.
Hoppy aftertaste, bitterness, but nothing to remember.

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Photo of soju6
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a golden yellow with a white head and good carbonation.
smell is that of grain and citrus. Taste is crisp with a fine bitterness. It has a medium body with a clean finish. Quite refreshing and better than I expected. A nice regional pilsner from outside of Frankfurt.

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Photo of Angrygerman
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 5 liter mini-keg. It's dark straw to pale gold in color with a huge white head. It smells of light malt with more hop aroma than the normal German beer. It drinks really easy with a mild hop bitterness backed up by some nice malt touches.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bright golden beer with an initial big head that settles into a lacing head of 1/2 inch.

Smell is malty and grainy and has some sulfur notes. Also some spent grains smell that seems to be working wonderfully well with the malt. A light hoppy smell is in the back.

Taste is again strong malty with lagermalt characteristics. Grainy and husky with the spent grain taste coming around the corner again. Still this sounds worse than it is. Bitterness is just at the right level and balances the beer. A good beer!

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Photo of IdentityAles
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle hand delivered from Germany served in a pint glass @ about 40 F

Nose: Mostly floral hop aroma with some grapefruit coming out, some grainyness, and some acidic qualities

Appearance: Brilliant yellow in color, minimum but lasting bright white head

Flavor: Good crisp hops up front (floral, orange), some acidity, followed by a good base of grainy maltyness, and a pleasant bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, crisp, palate cleansing, but the excessive carbonation bite is a bit much, it literally attacked my gums.

Overall: Good aroma and flavor of a true pils, but the carbonation threw me off in the end.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a picture perfect presentation. The head is very tight with lots of ultra white foam and a golden clear body.

Aromas I detect are that of lemon and herbal fragrances.

The taste is also a bit herbal, with some straw like qualities.

This brew tastes great, and makes for a favorable session brew. Great with flamkuchen or pizza, to fish or burgers. If you find yourself in the Pfalz region of Germany, pick this brew up!

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Photo of rebel1771
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden straw color with a big fluffy white head.

Aroma consists of hay, cooked grains and a bit of corn.

The flavor is very clean and crisp. A light bready malt flavor fades very quickly to dry finish.

There is nothing special about this brew, it's decent but that's all.

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Photo of bark
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is straw yellow; the foam slowly sinks down to a white uneven finger thick head, leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is fresh with lots of malt; notes of hay, chalk and white bread. There are some traces of chalk, butter and yeast - hardly any bitter flavours at all.

The taste is fresh and bitter as it should be. Mild buttery notes, some bread flavours. The bitterness grows slowly together with a somewhat chemical touch. The aftertaste is at first bitter, but it fades leaving room for some grassy buttery notes.

The carbonation is average – medium strong with medium sized bubbles. The liquid is a little bit thick – strange for a Pilsener.

An OK mixure of the Czech and German pilsener styles. Could be a bit cleaner.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before 06-05. Poors in with beautifull thick and well lasting snowwhite foam and a pale and cristal clear golden beercolor. Nose is very hoppy and litle yeastestery; just what you want for a pils. Taste is like a perfect pils should taste; dry, clean and bitter. Just litle maltyness and no off tastes noticeable. Mouthfeel is great too escpecially if you like hops and dry taste. Drinkabillity is that I would love to have a cellar full of this one but would be drunk every night.

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