Black Forest Pils | Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Brauerei KG

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Average: 3.85 | pDev: 9.09%

Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 37

#115 ranked German Pilsner | 4.80% ABV

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Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Brauerei KG
Germany
fuerstenberg.de

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 37
Photo of WunderLlama
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Von Fass ( on tap) at Der Biergarten in Atlanta in a .5 liter stange glass

Clear golden yellow , few bubbles of carbonation , thin white ring, few lacings

Aroma of malts , grassiness

Taste is malts , grassiness, hint of citrus ,

Dry finish , light sudsing , light mouthfeel

Nice beer

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Photo of FLima
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with a thin head.
Aroma with notes of grainy malt, mild spicy and herbal hops and a bit of dough.
Flavor with notes of spicy and herbal hop, mild crackers and grainy malts. Dry aftertaste with a growing medium bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Well-balanced and pleasant German Pils. Rather simple, but very crisp.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into glass. Best by date stamped on label is by the end of '12/2018', so a little past prime.
Clear, pale gold colored body. Half a finger of white head settles back to scattered islands and ring, all fed by rising bubbles. Left behind lacing slides back down into body or dissipates on the glass.
Aroma of biscuit and cracker malts, and earthy, floral hops.
Taste of biscuit and cracker malts, while the hops present earthy qualities with a little bitter zing at the end. Malts trail off in the aftertaste.
Medium, clean mouth feel. Good carbonation.
As described on the label, this is a crisp and refreshing pils lager. Good balance overall.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and cracker malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of cracker hops along with underlying hints of grassy and floral hops, the latter of which mostly serve to add a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought this beer would be really malty from its smell but there is a nice amount of bitterness in the taste to help balance things off.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 12/2018. Pours crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with amazing retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toast biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big cracker, white bread dough, lightly toast biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toast biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with no fruity/yeasty notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly creamy balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is an outstanding German pilsner! All around awesome robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish, not aggressive. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Very clean and nicely rich Pils malt showcase, with nice noble hop presence/balance. A highly enjoyable offering, and impressive style example.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a two finger white head that dissipates to a thick cap with thick lacing. Aroma of lightly bready malt, grassy hops, a hint of lemon citrus and a little skunk (despite brown bottle). Flavor is grainy, lightly biscuit malt, grassy noble hops, nice mellow biscuit finish with lingering dry grassy hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nicely made German pilsner. The surprise light skunkiness in the aroma was not present at all in the taste, which had an above average smooth grainess to the malt and classic contiental hops. Well made and enjoyable. One of the better traditional pils I've had.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorge
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always on the lookout for something new (to me, anyway) from Germany, this one caught my eye at Beltway Total Wine in Baltimore. Hazy straw yellow in the glass, with a beautiful foamy head; hint of biscuity malt in the nose, followed by a clean (faint) scent of hops that perfectly introduced the initial flavor at first sip. Clean, crisp and free from any skunk or off-tastes, this one was extremely refreshing. Lighter (4.8%) ABV, subtle carbonation, and flavor combined to make one very refreshing beer I'll seek out again. This time of year it's always about Munich and Bavaria. But this was a good change of pace. Let's hear it for Baden-Württemberg!

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Photo of dnmyrick
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is EXACTLY what a German Pilsner should taste like. Very solid, but not fancy. Just a straightforward by the book example of the style. It is also subject to the German Purity Law.

6-pack bought at Apollo Liquor in Rochester, MN. Poured from an 11.2 fl oz. brown long neck bottle into a 12 oz. lager glass with an etched bottom to allow for better aeration.

Look: Very clear straw yellow
Smell: A little "skunky", but not in a bad "on the shelf too long" way. It's just a common trait of the style. Some malt with a bit of sourdough bread smell because of the yeast used. It smells exactly like I expect a German Pils to smell.
Taste: Bittersweet malt and sourdough, with a very nice hop bitterness. Truly crisp and refreshing!
Feel: Well-carbonated but not too much so. Well-balanced. Light on the tongue and in the belly.
Overall: A textbook representation of the style. A really good summer "light" beer! I strongly recommend this beer!

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a single serve into a pils glass

Pours a fine pale-straw-gold with a nice rocky head and good retention. Nice columns of bubbles percolate up through a crystal-clear brew. Nice looking pils.

The nose is grainy and crackery with a hint of floral hops in the background. A slight metallic smell keeps this from being top notch in the aroma department.

The hop dryness is more pronounced on the palate and is a welcome counterpoint to the grainy malts. The metallic aroma manifests in just a hint of the same on the tongue.

The beer is light, crisp, and dry at the finish, and very drinkable.

Overall, a nice surprise of a pils.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 12/18.Pours into a pilsner a pale light golden with a large fluffy two finger bone white head that leave multiple 'globs' of lace as it settles,a nice bead,very spritzy.Slightly metallic and grainy in the nose,lightly toasted with a minimum hop profile.Quite a dry,and toasted palate with a slight tinge of quinine,somewhat grainy feeling and immensely drinkable.A delicate pilsner that I could drink a whole lot of,nice to find this German little gem of a pilsner.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: brilliant straw gold permeated by streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a 1" white foam collar

S: has a rich floral hop aroma joined by light crackery malt

T: A rich, crackery malt start leads to a pleasant drying bitter finish with a dose of floral hops

F: body is medium light and the carbonation is medium.

O: a flavorful, refreshing, very drinkable German Pils

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Photo of mynie
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sixers were on sale at a very reasonable price in Towson, Maryland. It advertises itself as being a hoppier German pils, and the packaging takes great pains to inform the buyer that, actually, pale pilseners can be hoppy (undoing years of weird disinformation from American craft brewers and retailers)

Stein pour. Filtered and very fizzy yellow with a voluminous bright white head.

Smells great. Bright nodes of hay and sunshine with thick, bready yeast and moderate hops. The hop profile is more aggressive than your average German pils but still nowhere near as dry or bitter as a proper Czech pils.

Tastes, again, great. Robust grain up front, with pleasant bursts of grass and hay, moving into a bready sweet middle that's balanced near-perfectly by a relatively hefty dose of bohemian hops. This is a rather straightforward beer, but it's wonderfully composed and should easily satisfy the contemporary taste of American craft drinkers. Frankly, I'd say it's up there with Tannenzapfle, but for barely half the price.

Seriously, if you don't like this beer, then you don't like beer. You like the particular weird fruit-milkshake flavors being crapped out by 90% of new American brewers. It's fine if you like that, no judgements, but don't call yourself a beer fan.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

929 for a six pack of 11.2 ounce bottles. 31 IBU. 4.8% ABV. Best before 12 of 2018
Pours out to a brilliantly clear payle straw golden forming a rocky whitehead with very good retention and very nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate, around 2.5 carbs or so. The nose is very nice. Fresh mown hay and grassy Noble hops. No off aromas. Very clean fermentation. The mouth feel it is crisp and light bodied, easy to drink and very refreshing. The taste is a recap of the aroma with a delicate pilsner malt character and medium firm spicy bitterness. The finish is crisp and clean.

A very nice German pills, slightly more bitter than most German Pilsners. Nicely done, I would buy this again if I didn't have access to bitburger. Recommended.

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Photo of Chaz
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale-straw/golden in color, with excellent clarity. Shock-white head, and good lacing on the glass.

Classic pilsner aroma on the nose, with both some light, biscuit malt notes and just a touch of hop sharpness.

Very light and brisk on the fist sip, and also fairly dry for the style. I can definitely appreciate the dryness after the last lagerbier I enjoyed was just a bit too sweet (even for a 'bigger' style). Altogether, it's light, crisp, dry . . . and a nicely lasting bitterness overall.

A very approachable beer at 4.8% ABV, and quite drinkable overall.

Altogether it's a distinctive and flavorful pils, and at least average (maybe a bit more than average?) for the style. This was a reasonably fresh bottle (Best By Date: 12/2018.)

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a thick white frothy head that recedes quickly an leaves minimal lacing. The aroma is bready and European noble hops. The flavor follows the nose with spicy hops and bready malt. Nice feel, a decent German Pilsner. Nothing fancy, just a tasty beer.

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