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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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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Exeter
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of windowside
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 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 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 spycow
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crosbyms
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Rowold27
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of PMP_DUFF
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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 fisherbray
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of JacketIPA
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of ThirstyBird
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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 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 stcules
2.35/5  rDev -33.4%
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 -3.7%
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 Angrygerman
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
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 +9.1%
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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