Fürstenberg Premium Pilsener
Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Brauerei KG

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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #677
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
77
Ranked #46,864
Avg:
3.32 | pDev: 13.25%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
102
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SCORE
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Bronwyn in Boston, MA.

This one pours a clear pale yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like sweet malt, crackery malt, light grassy hops, and lemon.

This is a bit too sweet for the style, unfortunately, and doesn't quite have the crispness I really crave out of the style. It's pretty subdued as well, with only a slight touch of bitterness. I didn't hate it, but I'm certainly not going to seek it out again.

This is light bodied, a bit slick, with a typical level of carbonation. It's pretty drinkable.

There are numerous better German pilsners out there. This wasn't too too bad, but it certainly had some flaws.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Jul 29, 2019
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3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A pleasure to find a new brewer after a long day of touring Munich on foot. Furstenberg's Premium is refreshing and a bit above average.
Looks are decent, a head of large bubbles and a color that is a deeper pale than typically pils are.
Smells are mostly malt and not that much. Hops finally come through in the Taste which is balanced. Finishes semi-dry and a bit thin. But the bubbles do their job.

My first and probably only from Furstenberg (since they don't seem to distribute except regionally and I don't see myself coming back to Bavaria for a while since this was my first time in 65 years.) Furstenber's website did not have a readily accessible English button, so they get only a cursory review. A 13th Century brewer, they market their beer as a part of cultural events... which seemed to be mostly rock concerts. But, whatever. They are in a small town near Zurich, so barely Bavaria anyway.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, May 01, 2019
Photo of TrojanRB
2.99/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very pale, straw gold. A little head that settles on top. Lazy bubbles.

Nose is very subdued...not much of anything. Faint grain.

Taste is similar....low profile, light malt, slightly peppery.

Crisp, middle of the road carbonation. Easy drinking. No big flaws but nothing stands out either.

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TrojanRB from California, Sep 30, 2018
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3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very pale, clear, reasonable sized head which faded quickly.

S: Noble hop aroma, hints of starch.

T: A typical bittersweet German style Pilsner, finished with a hint of starch.

M: Crisp texture, decent carbonation.

O: A typical mass produced German Pilsener, well made and drinkable.

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jonb5 from United Kingdom (England), Oct 21, 2017
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3.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light yellow.

Smell is very soft and almost subdued, mostly doughy malt and some sweetness.

Taste is slighty sweet, with some bready maltiness backed up by a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium and soft, well carbonated.

Overall, a decent pilsner. Just a bit too laid back and a bit boring.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Jul 12, 2017
Photo of OlaB
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a a pale yellow color, very small top of head that disolves almost immediately. Aroma is lightly sweet and grainy with some bread notes and some spicy and herbal hops. Flavour is similar with a dry and spicy finish and a good lenght in the aftertaste,a little to unbalanced with the bitterness. This beer is medium carbonated with a medium body. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean but a little flat all in all. Overall this is a standard german pilsner, not bad or anything out of the ordinary. Decent enough and enjoyable in the sun.

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OlaB from Norway, Jul 01, 2017
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.63/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Furstenberg Premium Pilsener has a thick, white head, a mostly clear, bubbly, golden appearance, fairly heavy glass lacing, and noticeable fine white sediment, thoughout. Aroma is of zesty hops and cracker, and the flavor is of cracker, spicy & bitter hops, and some bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium, and Furstenberg Premium Pilsener finishes crsip and clean. RJT

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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana, May 11, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to give a clear yellow body with an inch of lively white head that quickly fades to nothing. The aroma is grassy, a bit spicy, and somewhat crackery with the rest being dominated by cereal malts. The taste is sharp with hoppiness balanced by a good cereal maltiness, going down smoothly with a bubbly carbonation. Really nice pilsener, I would return to it if it were regularly accessible in my area.

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D-HopSupreme from Newfoundland (Canada), Dec 26, 2016
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2.51/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

500ml brown bottle

From the appearance, this beer has a very pale yellow color which does not invite to drink it, however it has a good structure with a nice two-finger head (the problem is that the head goes very quickly). The smell is not very intense without special nuances and the taste is bitter and an aftertaste of alcohol remains in the mouth. In the mouth is not very carbonic and it is quite soft. It is an interesting option if you are looking for a fresh beer.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Pours a clear Pale Golden Colour with a 1/2 finger white head that fades into thin patches. Visible carbonation bubbles coat the glass. No lacing.

S- Bready Pale Malt and fresh cut grass. Quite pleasant.

T- Same as the aroma but with a slight skunkiness. Not off-putting at all, just not ideal.

M- Moderate Carbonation and Light body.

O- A Solid German Pilsener that offers a great look into how a Pilsener can taste without the use of Adjuncts (I'm looking at you BMC)...

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PorterPro125 from New Brunswick (Canada), Jan 01, 2016
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3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright pale straw color with a high amount of activity. Slightly frothy white 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with a good amount of legs.

Aromas of faint metal, sweet grains, and noble spices. Flavors of sweet malts, lemon, herbal spices. Slightly grassy and bready with a nice sharpness.

Slick light to medium body with prickly carbonation. Light finish that lingers a little, ending with a grassy noble spicy feel and faint citrus.

Overall average in quality. A little faint but still enjoyable. Decent flavors with good balance. Slightly flat with passable freshness.

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TheBierdimpfe from Quebec (Canada), Oct 14, 2015
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3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2014-11-13
500ml can poured into a nonic pint. Date on the bottom is 07/2015. Imported by German colleagues. Fridge temp.

Pours crystal clear golden with a medium sized, unattractively coarse white head that fades quickly into clots. Medium carbonation. Smell is lager funk, yeasty bread, slight lemon, and a tiny bit of nice, spicy hoppy characteristic.

Taste is dominantly bitter, appropriately crisp. Strong lager funk, maybe slight skunk, but I really appreciate the bitter crispness of this. Nice, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light, a little coarse, kind of airy. Overall, not bad.

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snaotheus from Washington, Nov 14, 2014
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3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can picked up at TBS; best before March 2015. Served well-chilled.

Pours a clear straw-yellow colour, with two fingers of billowing, sparkling white head seated atop. It leaves a series of successive lace rings around the perimeter of the glass as it slowly recedes into a lumpy cap and collar. The aroma consists of bready, crackery pilsner malt and some grassy, somewhat spicy noble hops. It's a nice, clean bouquet.

This is a fairly straightforward pils that I have no strong feelings toward, in either direction. Pale grainy malts and some cracker/biscuity sweetness dominate at first, with a tamed hoppy finish that is mostly grassy with a touch of spice. Dry finish, with a touch of noble hop bitterness that doesn't remain on the palate for long. Light-bodied, with fairly assertive carbonation that provides an appropriate bite for this type of lager. Very sessionable; I have no serious complaints about this one.

Final Grade: 3.42, a passable B-. Fürstenberg Premium Pilsener is a fairly good pale lager, but compared to some of its more accessible imported competitors, it falls a little flat. I'd probably buy this again, but it's not available locally so I can't see it happening any time soon. A middle-of-the-road German lager that I can enjoy, and worth a try if you're an enthusiast, but you wouldn't be missing out on much by skipping it, either.

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thehyperduck from Ontario (Canada), Jun 25, 2014
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3.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Catch up rating. Pours pale gold with a an airy short-lived head. The aroma is grass and some crackers. The taste is a pleasant mix of herbal, earthy noble hops and doughy pale malts. The bitterness is moderate but lasts a long while in the finish. The mouthfeel is light and prickly with carbonation, a little too much fizz here.This is a nice pilsner. Nothing particularly striking, but good balance and a competent hop profile. Worth trying.

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stevoj from Idaho, Dec 15, 2011
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3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light straw color with nice half inch frothy head. Smell is sweet and somewhat fruity. Tastes is a little watery, but has a bitterness that lingers on the tongue with is very pleasant. I enjoyed this beer alot and would definitely pick this up again, but unfortunately I picked this up on a trip to Ontario, and have never since this in the states.

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DrainBamage from Michigan, Jun 02, 2011
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3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500ml can. From Quebec "Biere de la Foret Noire". Best before 08/11.

It pours a clear, pale gold, a very light shade of it, with a sterile-looking foamy white head that leaves only a few bits of lacing.

The smell is suber grainy. Grain, grain, grain, and more grain. There is a little bit of hop twang but not much. For a German Pils, it is pretty cheap smelling.

The flavor is a lot better. It is smooth and bready with a balanced level of hops that even provide a small kick of bitterness in the finish. It is a light, cheap, easy drinker of a pils. But it is still tasty.

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crossovert from Illinois, Feb 22, 2011
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3.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pale yellow color, fully translucent. Pure white fizzy head. Not much volume at all, not much retention and no lacing at all.

S: Biscuit malts are dominant. Some white bread in this. Corn syrup. Light citrus and herbal hops.

T: Biscuit malts and white bread mostly. Corn syrup, makes me think there might be some adjuncts in this. Light herbal and citrus-y hops. Light taste. More malt and more hops would have helped.

M: Light body with medium to high carbonation. Fits well.

D: As with most beers with lighter taste and lower ABV, this could be drank all day.

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flipper2gv from Quebec (Canada), Feb 01, 2011
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3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can

Appearance - The beer pours a clear pale yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, lemon, hops, a grassiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it tastes very clean and crisp. I can taste lots of breads/grains, light hops, and lemon juice/zest. There is also some grassy notes. It finishes with a slightly bitter citrus and hop aftertaste.

Drink - Not a bad example of the style.. it won't knock your socks off but it is definitely a refreshing tasting beer. I could drink a few of these on a nice summer day for sure. Worth a try.

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spinrsx from Ontario (Canada), Jan 17, 2011
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2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1/2 liter can....no freshness code Pours a pale gold with a smallish white cap, modest lacing, heavy carbonation. Aroma is faint...leafy-grassy light whisp of citrus and biscuit malt. Thin and spritzy...light on malts, slightly bitter and dry with a clean finish

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pootz from Ontario (Canada), Apr 20, 2010
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3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- The beer pours a pale gold color with shortlived medium head

S- Muted smell of hops over malts.

T- Moderate pilsner maltiness and hops with moderate bitterness that lingers.

M- thick mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation

D- Good pilsner

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jhall00 from Georgia, Feb 07, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold color with a wispy shortlived head. The aroma is of fresh mown lawn and some crackery malt. The taste is a pleasant mix of herbal, earthy noble hops and doughy pale malts. The bitterness is moderate but lasts a long while in the finish. The mouthfeel is light and prickly with carbonation, a little too much fizz here.

This is a nice pilsner. Nothing particularly striking, but good balance and a competent hop profile. Worth trying.

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CAMRAhardliner from Ontario (Canada), Oct 23, 2009
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3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours into a Stiegl glass a very pale straw hue, with continuous rising bubbles, and one finger of soapy white head, which leaves decent curtained lace. It smells of white biscuit grain, and grassy Euro-hops. The taste is crisp white grain, more grassy hops, with a whiff of detergent. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight and a little oily, and it finishes dry, some earthy, weedy hops lingering.

Not a bad pilsener, but at north of 9 bucks for a 500ml can, even in a pub, this is a bit too dear to order again, around here, at least.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Oct 18, 2009
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3.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Haystack yellow with an energetic group of bubbles that unremittingly shoot their way up to the surface. Complexion is clean, clarity is good - so far so great. Last on the checklist: a pillowy white head. Or nearly one; this capping isn't ideal but, overlooking a few thin spots, it suffices. Fürstenberg scores well on the pilsner appearance test.

Premium Pilsner is suppose to be "pleasantly hoppy". I think the brewery needs a proof-reader for their write-ups; this is (un)pleasantly (un)hoppy. Bread, crackers and a tinge of corn don't come close to the zesty, earthy, pungent and floral hoppiness that is typical of great pilsners. It's clean enough but a pilsner not reeking of hops is not a pilsner at all.

That said, it does taste a little like them. Only a little, mind you, but significantly more than most large-scale German lagers that make their way over the pond. Still, crackers and white bread dominate and green, spicy cones are basically an afterthought. The beer is rather lean, a little more maltiness would have likely made up for that fact.

I notice the can doesn't mention anything about the German purity law. Curious. The shelf life is alarming. There is some taste of adjuncts, less noted than in most imports but definitely more noted than in most pilsners. Again, hop bitterness is missed. Is this refreshing and quaffable? Sure. But colder temperatures definitely work in its favor.

The brewery insists: "this is how one of the best beers in the world should taste!" What to say to that? One of? What about the others? At least in so far as pilsners go this isn't too far from what the world's best should taste like... but it's not exactly that close either. I insist: "this is what one of the world's most run-of-the-mill beers should taste like!"

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biegaman from Ontario (Canada), Oct 05, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a classic German pilsener. I enjoyed a couple of these at a bar in Dusseldorf, Germany. Nice clear golden color with a medium head with moderate retention and lacing. The nose is mild and malty. The mouthfeel is nice, well carbonated with a fluidity that makes it good for warm weather drinking. Smooth draught, with a nice clean finish with just about the right amount of hop you expect from a pilsener. Very drinkable, and a good session beer.

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jushoppy2beer from Tennessee, Jun 10, 2009
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3.72/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

pours with an excellent white creamy head that stays around for a bit.
pale straw colored with very high carbonation. more than i like but not excessive for style.
saaz hops dominate the aroma and flavor. refreshing.
medium light body with good bitterness level.
great summer beer but not my favorite pils.
overall a good beer. exactly what i was expecting from it!

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01121987 from Quebec (Canada), Mar 31, 2009
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Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 102 ratings