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Fürstenberg Premium Pilsener | Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Brauerei KG

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Brewed by:
Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Brauerei KG
Germany
fuerstenberg.de

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 09-09-2003

BEER STATS
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38
Ratings:
79
Avg:
3.29
pDev:
18.54%
 
 
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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.36/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a pale yellow color pils with a big bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of grassy malt is pleasant but a bit weak overall. Taste of semi-sweet malt with low hops level makes this beer rather boring. I’m not even sure if this is a pilsner by name only as it tends to taste and smells like a pale lager to me.

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Photo of Graham5161986
2.4/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a pale golden colour with bubbly two finger head that dissipates to a quarter inch foam, leaving little lace; plenty of carbonation bubbles. However, particles are noticeable under closer inspection.

S: typical pilsener: crisp, clean, grassy hopped, slightly sweet aroma

T: nice crisp hoppy bitterness hits first, however, it dies of quickly leaving a metallic aftertaste

M: light, thin, watery texture. Decent carbonation but weak finish

D: This was quite a disappointment. It has the crispness of a good pilsener, but the flavour drops off far too quickly and the mouthfeel leaves much to be desired. It’s an easy beer to drink and I could certainly put down a few of them – however, I would much sooner move on to something else.

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Photo of Mani2084
2.51/5  rDev -23.7%
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 PatandDavid
2.56/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on the plane flying over to Germany, didn't have it on the way back. Very clear yellow when poured, it did have a creamy white head that lasted through-out the whole beer. It had a grainy aroma, perhaps also essence of hop extracts? Taste wasn't great, I detected a metallic note that I'll atribute to the can. Basically this beer was sweet and yellow. Did leave sheet lacing in my plastic cup however.

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Photo of stcules
2.56/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The color is a good full golden. Hat of white foam.
The smell is very light, just some graasy notes. Background maltiness, noticeable.
Average taste. The right bitterness (well, maybe a little less than the right amount, but there is, and also not bad).
But, after all, not too interesting. Average.
Too neutral and banal.

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Photo of gestalt162
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear gold color, with a 1 finger width snow white head that gradually fades into obscurity. No lacing to note. Average Pilsener fare.

Smell: Light scent of sweet barley malt with a moderate hoppy smell, I'm thinking noble/dry hops. Not too much else to it.

Taste: Just like the smell- a moderate amount of malt slightly dominated by dry hops and bitterness. For a pilsener you can certainly do much better

Mouthfeel: Extremely light, almost watery. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: It goes down easy enough, but there's not much reason to drink it. Flavor is weak for a style with a fiery hop character. Better pilseners are easily available in the German and American markets. I'd liken this lager to the Keystone of German Pils.

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Photo of vanrassel
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a totally unremarkable beer, bordering on one I would avoid.

It poured with a thin white head sitting atop a dull gold body. The smell was mostly malty, with a hint of spicy hops coming through. The taste followed that lead, starting with bread-like malt and getting a bit spicy. The finish was verging on unpleasant, though: a powdery, yeasty aftertaste that didn't exactly have me craving more. Couple that with a thin, watery mouthfeel and the overall result is a beer that isn't worth revisiting when there are so many better out there.

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Photo of TerryW
2.91/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good enough looking beer, big white chunky head, clear golden colour.

Gentle aroma, slightly hoppy, grassy, but not something to draw you in. Nicely carbonated, gently bitter up front. Not distinctively hoppy or malty.

An average pilsner, not offensive in any way, so drinkable enough.

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Photo of pootz
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
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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Photo of rodenbach99
2.97/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

canette de 500ml.

bière extrêmement claire avec un léger voile de mousse mince et blanche. nez sur fond d'aluminium, de malt, frais, en bouche tout est frais, pas d'amertume, léger goût malté, de mon souvenir cette bière était meilleure il y a 10 ans. (peut-être en bouteille?)

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3/5  rDev -8.8%
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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Photo of allergictomacros
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear light gold, with a thick, steady head of white foam.

S - Nose is sharp, herbal/grassy hops.

T/M - Light and crisp, with a straightforward hop and moderately long finish. Fairly sweet with a hint of astringency.

D - Pretty much a light, easy drinking pils. Nothing too special going on here.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.04/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Photo of BDTyre
3.06/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average, hum drum pilsener. Nice golden, clear colour, but a fairly bland, overly malty smell. Hop presence, but not very strong, not distinctly Saaz.

Undistinct taste. Mellow hops, sweet malts. Not a true, crisp pilsener taste.

Drinkable, and pleasant on the tongue, but so unremarkable, why bother?

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Photo of Shadman
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Funky Euro can with the brewery’s coat of arms over the gothic lettering “Furstenberg”. Apparently, this is beer from the black forest…ok then.

Very pale looking, fluffy white head that took it’s time receding into a white cap. Loads of sticky web-like lacing.

Some faint hop and a hint of cooked veggies for aroma here.

Fairly sharp hop at the front end. No real malt until a 3 count and then some slightly bready, sweet malt is noted. The finish is quite dry. Hop taste tends to linger.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the astringent side…but still fairly smooth due to moderate carbonation.

Not bad, but nothing to scream about either

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.17/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Let me first say that the bottle I tried did not look like the picture shown at the time I am doing this review but the name is accurate. This is a bottle from the mini-bar in my room in Munich.

0.33L bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A = Clear light golden liquid. Small white head, medium lacing. Retains foam cover on surface.

S = Light hay field notes, earthy hops, floral undertones. Good refreshing standard pils smells.

T = Malty dough tastes with relatively sharp bitterness, sharp cheese notes, with floral overlay. Decent taste, but a little cloying after a while. Long bitter finish.

M = Light bodied, good mouthcoating, good frothy carbonation with slight bite on tongue.

D = Not a great beer but one that could be quaffed easily for bar drinking.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a blue 500 ml can, name in white psuedo-gothic font up one side of it, 4.8% abv, best before date stamped onto bottom (12/2004). An extremely crystal clear pilsener, straw gold in hue, big foamy white head upon pour which eventually recedes to a thin cap and leaves ivy-like lacing along the sides of the glass. Crisp metallic grain on the nose, as well as floral/herbal hops. Flavour is crisp and no-nonsense, dry grain at first, followed by a metallic nickel flavour in the middle, finishing with an astringent hoppiness. Mouthfeel is so crisp and dry it nearly makes me pucker with thirst, I could really use one of those Carib lagers I reviewed before this one right about now. It still possesses a full body however, and is an easy drinker, but I'm having problems getting over the parching texture of the finish. This is one pilsener that will definitely dry up all your saliva, which in the end might be a major benefit to all of you serious droolers out there, especially on a first date.

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Photo of biegaman
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of stevoj
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden colour with a thick head that laces the glass nicely.

Sweet smelling, grainy, like a typical pilsener.

An average tasting pils, grassy, sweet not a bad beer.

Overall a typical pilsener that is easy to drink and very refreshing!

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Photo of jhall00
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of canadianbarman
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

--came in a blue 500 ml can with the freshness date stamped on bottom.
--Poured a light golden in color with not much of a head or lacing. Average amount of bubbling was present.
--It smelled like not much, maybe a little bit of floral.
This was one of the better German Lagers I have had the chance of trying. For the most part it was average but in the end I did enjoy drinking this one and would do so again.
Thx

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.42/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of spinrsx
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of tjd25
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale golden body. The head disappears very quickly. Hops in the smell with sweetness too and maybe hints of caramel. A nice but slight malty caramel aspect in the taste. The sweetness is quickly overwhelmed by the herbal hoppiness that is really powerful. The hoppy finish was more interesting than in other German pilsners I’ve had. A decent beer.

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