König Pilsener
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German Pilsner
Ranked #95
Ranked #25,830
3.8 | pDev: 13.95%
König-Brauerei GmbH
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Photo of laquebrada
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from .5L can to 20 oz. Pilsner glass, canned 11/19 [6 months old, purchased yesterday]
Look: Crystal clear, gold color, very few carbonation bubbles, white head dissipates to a thin layer.
Smell: Not much aroma
Taste: Malty up front, smooth, not much hop bite in the finish, could use more.
Feel: Lacks the expected carbonation level, but otherwise very nice, not too thin.
Overall: Need a fresher sample for a fair evaluation, but highly quaffable, and a classic style example.

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Photo of ncvillain
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L=Very light gold and very clear. I think when an American says "beer" this is the color they think of.
S=Some bready aromas, but also a hint of that hop bitterness to come.
T=This is my favorite part of beer, the drinking. And that's my favorite part of this beer. Konig Pils seems to straddle the line between German Pils and Bohemian Pils. This is not the best beer you'll ever drink, not even the best pils you'll ever drink, but when I finish the glass, I always want another. Just about the perfect amount of bitterness to the finish as well.
F=Another really enjoyable part of the Konig Pils, again, almost straddling the line between the harder water German pils, and the creamy mouthfeel of a Pilsner Urquell, and maybe just leaning toward the creamy mouthfeel of the Pilsner Urquell. Delicious.
Overall=Quaffable. Just a classic. In my mind there was a time when you didn't make beer if you weren't going to try and make it this good. Again, this isn't the gold medal of beers, but maybe its the gold medal of the everyday pils. Just outstanding for an above average beer. Pray that none of the giants every get a hold of this brewery. This is a beer we all deserve after a long summer Saturday in the yard.

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ncvillain from North Carolina, May 15, 2020
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4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the perfect for the Friday after work. Light pilsener with a good buzz. Comes in a pack of four cans as one serving. Lightly sweet and bitter.
Highly recommend.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Can
Canned: Apr-18-2019 (Consumed Dec-5)

Crystal clear brass with a nice-sized cap of lasting white foam, some lacing. Smell and flavor wise it is thoroughly in the middle. Lightly grainy, subdued earthy hops. There is an almost corny middle sweetness that doesn't begin to compare to North American pilsners but which makes this one feel a little less crisp and refreshing. The feel is par for the course. Pretty dry, effervescent, refreshing. This is a decent European pils, that falls sort of some of its brethren buy which is still better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.


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TheDoctor from Quebec (Canada), Dec 09, 2019
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3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured the expected bright, clean, clear yellow that typifies the style, and had an ich of white head that OK retention and light lacing.

The aroma has solid base grains and gentle floral hops.

Same on the tongue, with a touch spiciness on the back.

The body is smooth and crisp, with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability is very nice, easy and enjoyable.

Overall, a nice example of the style. try it if you see it.

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beertunes from Montenegro, Nov 10, 2019
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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle. It has a bright, clear, golden body with visible carbonation. Thick white head with good retention and lacing.

The aroma has grainy malts with grassy notes.

The taste is light, but crisp. Pale malts and hoppy bitterness with floral notes. The aftertaste has a light, lingering bitterness to it.

A solid pilsner.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(500 ml can, best by 2020.05.28; purchased cold single at Monde... split poured between fluted goblet similar to icon on their site, and the remainder of the can into a 14 oz mug)

L: polished-clear, pale gold liquid; tall, cratered, off-white sponge of foam, disintegrates quick into crusty collar... thought it would lace a lot more, hmm

S: super doughy, dense malty burst; mild floral spice, perhaps even a subtle spicy citrus, dash of almost cinnamon-esque phenol... phenol, hop spice, dense malt - a lil different than the average German pils; intensity fair

T: more spice, doughy swell in the middle, crackery underbelly, long peppery spice carrying out the finish, humming through its rather dry aftertaste... pungent herbal bitterness builds along the way, enhancing the sense of dryness

F: soft, silky body, with a slow, plush finish; delicate zip and sting from the bitterness and lively carbonation... again, as in how its taste is tailored, remarkable, undercutting dryness

O: a bit of an outlier in its expression and modest richness of malt and biting bitter balance... certainly interesting; not my favorite, flavor-wise, but something I'm very much looking forward to trying again (1534)

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Oct 01, 2019
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4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Light-golden color, white frothy head with medium persistence, and brilliant clarity.

Medium-low, grainy-sweet malt aroma with a light honey-like character and medium floral and spicy hops. Lowe levels of oxidation detected as papery aroma. Mineral background aroma.

Moderate grainy-sweet malt character supports the medium-high hop bitterness. Medium spicy-floral hop flavor with a clean fermentation character. Dry finish with lingering hop bitterness. Balance decisively towards the hops. However, there are also hints of a metallic off-flavor and a lack of hop complexity.

Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Slight alcohol shows through as a pleasant warmth. No astringency. Crisp sensation with slight puckering on the tongue, but not a fault for the style. The light astringency seems to be due to minerality.

Overall, an excellent hop-forward example with a well-supported malt base. A classic example of the style. Has a hint of oxidation on the nose, which could be remedied by avoiding splashing the beer post-fermentation.

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retry4z from California, Sep 29, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml can, about 3 and a half months old based on born on and expiration dates stamped at bottom of can.

Whenever I find this fresh, it's a no brainer pickup. It's like a creamier Bitburger. Ridiculous retention. Clear, crisp and refreshing. German pils 4 lyfe.

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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia, Sep 13, 2019
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3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the expired can, it pours a lovely clear golden color with a large white head that lasts. Some lacing. In the nose, it is malty. In the mouth, it is sharp from the carbonation, a bit of hops and a base of malt. Nice!

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Photo of schavuytje
2.08/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

on the terrace of Kaffee Fleck in der Mayerschen Buchhandlung

a clinically clear light golden premium lager; dry with vanilla Vanilla flavor, get in the mood for something that is nice to drink

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schavuytje from Netherlands, Jul 26, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear straw color. Quite effervescent. Thick frothy white head collapses steadily leaving a thin partial layer of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma is rather bland initially when cold, but as the beer warms up, boy does this aroma blossom. Initially you get some light notes of sweet bread, DMS, and some grassy hops. As it warms the bready notes really come out with the spicy hops and its quite lovely.

Taste has notes of lightly sweet cracker malts with some grassy hops. A touch of spiciness come through from the noble hops. As it warms you do get more of the bready melanoidin character although its still somewhat subtle.

Feel is light, crisp, refreshing and easy drinking. Not overly carbonated.

Overall this one surprised me - I wasn't expecting much, but it really stood out. Excellent bready malty backbone. This will definitely be a regular moving forward.

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FBarber from Illinois, Jun 30, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Big head on pour, settles quickly. Attractive color.
S - Expected fuller flavors, but nicely balanced.
T - Drinks light, slightly bitter
F - Nicely carbonated, could drink all day

I buy this in 4 x 500ml cans at a very attractive price relative to other pilsners. I don't like it as much as Warsteiner or even Victory Prima but it's a great value.

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Ronbo56 from New Jersey, Apr 17, 2019
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3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as part of BJCP training. 5D German Pils. Best before 2019/4/10

Pours big pillowy dense white head with great attenuation and lacing, would be very clear golden pale color but with mild floaties

Nose medium grainy sweet malt aroma, toasted pilsner malt, a little cracker like, fair grassy floral noble hops, clean lager and no DMS so far, touch of minerality maybe sulfate

Taste starts with medium-low hop bitterness, hops bring more floral slight grassy noble hops, moderate to fuller malty-sweet toasted pilsner malts, a little doughy toasted cracker, clean fermentation, then it gets quite bitter on the back end, hops turn quite spicy with a little crisp bitterness with mild sulfate note, dry finish and crisp, lingering bitterness

Mouth is med-light body, lower carbonation somehow that takes away from the entire experience a bit

Overall not bad, mostly to style, a bit boring and not the best example although much of that may be due to the lack of carbonation somehow.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Feb 22, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can. Super bright yellow with decent head. Smells of sweet grain. Strong bitterness that lingers. Medium light body. Nice hop character for an import. Glad it's readily available and pretty cheap.

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yuriyt from New York, Feb 08, 2019
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3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Poured out a crystal clear, golden color with a large, pillowy, white head of foam. It smelled of hay, grasses and toasted caramel. Grassy with a bitter bite and sweet toasted caramel.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Jan 05, 2019
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2.61/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades quite quickly to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strongest of a cracker malt smell mixed with other aromas of grain and grass as well as a little bit of cereal malt.
Taste – The taste begins with a very cereal and grainy taste with a decent showing of grass, pine, and herb. These tastes stay strong as the taste advances with other flavors of cardboard and paper as well as a bit of metal come to the tongue. In the end, one is left with an off, and quite unpleasant, taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the style the feel is right and does help to make it more drinkable.
Overall – Now normally I like a good German pils, as they normally know this style very well… but this one does not cut it for me. Its flavors are off big time, with too much off cardboard/paper flavor and not enough crisp malt and light hop. As this particular drink comes from a can dated “best by” 06-12-2019, I know it’s off flavors are not due to this particular bottle/can being stale. This is one of few German pils that I am not a big fan of…

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Darkmagus82 from Virginia, Nov 14, 2018
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3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this at $4.99 for a 4-pack so picked it up. Its okay, not great. A touch on the bitter side for a pilsner but not too bad. I likely wouldn't buy this again although you never know as sometimes beers that don't pass the snuff test first time around wind up being good. I'll revisit this as I have 3 cans left and will evaluate further in the weeks ahead.

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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey, Oct 13, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber with a decent head. There is a nice floral aroma. Low, but crisp carbination pairs well with the brew's hoppy bitterness. Light body, but very flavorful, including a creamy malt note. There is a resinous hop taste that lingers on the tongue.

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3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Almost three inches of stark white foam covers a crystal clear, bright golden body. The head lays down to one half inch of shaving cream leaving clumps of lace on the sides of the glass. A lively pour that retains a nice fluffy cap for the duration.

The nose is subdued, mostly grainy malt with a hint of light floral hops and a sweeter note approaching white grape. Taste is not unexpected, malty, a little sudsy with a nice medium floral/herbal bitterness througnout that softens a little at the semi-dry finish. Body is to the heavy side of light and a little chewy with medium carbonation.

Not the Holy Grail of Pils but very good, easy drinking.

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BJB13 from Maryland, Aug 25, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a crystal clear amber with a 3 finger white soapy head. Moderate lacing. Grassy aroma with a hint of malt. Clean taste with light malt and hops. Light - moderate body and carbonation. Overall, a well balanced and drinkable pilsener.

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lastmango from Pennsylvania, Aug 21, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The king of kings!! My mom's family is from Duisburg/Hamborn and this was one of my favourite beers in Germany! Without a doubt, one of the finest Pilsners in Germany, a classic German Pilsner! A properly poured draught of this nectar is something to savour and in Duisburg, they do pour it right! Perfect to slake the thirst after working in the steel mills/coal mine at Thyssen.
A "World Class German Pilsner"!

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4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As an imported pilsener, one of the best for the money. As a German pilsener, the best I have had to date. A simple great tasting beer that is perfect in style.

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wl2bill from Wisconsin, Jul 23, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale, gold colour with heavy lace that dissipates quick enough. Straw and malt make up most of the aroma as far as I can detect. I think the Biiter/hop tones while not over bearing is somewhat on the high end - especially if you're no used to pilsners. The hoppy taste is accompanied good carbonation. An overall crisp and good tasting pilsener. Updated: I had bought a 4-pack and just completed my second session. This one was less bitter than my first experience. I don't know why but there you go. Still good though.

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Alexc11 from Quebec (Canada), Jul 22, 2018
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a typical pilsner color with a white soapy one finger head into a footed pilsner glass. there is some lacing left on the glass. This is a very easy drinking and inoffensive beer, with a little hop bitterness in the finish.. A very well done beer that I would definitely recommend.

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Schlitz74 from Illinois, Jun 04, 2018
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