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Urpils | Karlsberg Brauerei

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Brewed by:
Karlsberg Brauerei

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 03-10-2005

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
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 rebel1771
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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 Rowold27
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of F_riedrich
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of crosbyms
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Absumaster
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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 TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +15%
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 fisherbray
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of PMP_DUFF
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of soju6
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Tomais
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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 paterlodie
4.6/5  rDev +30.3%
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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Photo of windowside
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bark
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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 spycow
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tmccaskey
4.39/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer brewed in my mom's hometown. I'm biased because I grew up drinking this stuff. Love it!

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
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 JacketIPA
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of sim0n17
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Exeter
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hazen
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of toscanoigor
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stevoj
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
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 IRONRakkasan
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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