König Pilsener
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Pilsner - German
Ranked #109
Ranked #27,497
3.81 | pDev: 13.91%
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mnrider from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ML White Can - Best Before 2021/9/16

A: Bright clear and golden yellow. A little on the pale side. Extreme carbonation. One finger of white fluffy head. Nice layer of retention with some sticky lacing.

S: Sweet and floral. Typical Pilsner. Dry and crisp to the nose.

T/M: Dry. Hops. Floral is light. Slight bitterness. Grains. Sweet and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly dry. Light bodied.

O: A classic German Pilsner. Has all the typical qualities you want. Nice and refreshing. Easy to drink. Could use some better hop flavoring.


Jun 08, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a classic pilsner pale yellow with a tall white head that grows in the glass.
S: Smells rich of yeast, bready, floral hops.
T: Follows the nose, nice balance between sweet gain malts & hoppy bitterness, skunky on the tail-end.
F: Light-bodied, high carbonation, smooth, crisp, crushable...
O: A rather bitchin' pilsner, certainly will purchase again.

May 16, 2021
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Laschet's Inn, served in a half liter mug.

Bright gold with a dense layer of creamy foam and spotty lacing, visible carb trails.

Aroma is crackery and herbal, grassy noble hops and honeyed malt.

Taste is lightly malty with a moderate noble hop bitterness, crisp and effervescent feel. Crackers, honey, herbal hops.

Feel is light, crisp, and dry, very easy drinking. Overall this is fresh and excellent, a solid example of a German Pils.

May 15, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold appearance with a medium size white head and little lacing. Grassy, straw-like aroma. Biscuity taste, crisp and clean, with a respectable hop profile. Medium-to-light bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation, leading to a short lived finish.

Dec 18, 2020
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elnachooo from Spain

1.75/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Cerveza de color dorado con un mínimo cordón espumoso que se evapora rápidamente. Ligera y de carbonatación media. Aromas débiles a cereales y herbáceos. En boca es acuosa, plana y olvidable.

Oct 22, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has slight malt and floral hints
The taste follows the nose with slight malt and floral flavors
A light bodied very well carbonated crisp beer
A good Pilsner

Jul 12, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darkish yellow colour, one finger head, ready aroma soft malts, smooth spicy hops, medium bitterness. Very balanced nd smooth with enough hop bitterness to keep you interested. A classic smooth pilsner and one to recommend to those wanting try try a classic in the style..

Jul 01, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

somehow i have missed this one in the past, but will do my best not to miss it again in the future, a really fine import can here, crackling dry, enlivening with the carbonation, and with all the classic flavors in a really sort of toned down and drinkable vibe, i could seriously drink 20 of these, maybe 50 with a gun to my head, and this was an awesome accompaniment to some spicy panang curry. more and more lately i am liking authentic old world beers but that are blast worthy, and this is that. golden and clear and light, holds its head, almost pours overly foamy but settles back to appropriate, smells and tastes like german pils malt and traditional lager yeast, maybe unremarkable except for its cleanness and light mineral profile, like the water this is made with has character that comes through, making it somewhat distinct even if the rest of the ingredients and the recipe are common. very light on the hops, faint bittering, seemingly more fresh than others that come over, maybe the cans help with that. snappy and clean, best when coldest but warms up better than its peers, and really stands out to me as an awfully good pale lager for summer. the palate is so clean on the swallow i taste it new again each pull, no complaints at all here, could drink these by the dozen, wish i could even, a quintessential example of the style on the lighter side of this category. keep them coming!

Jun 18, 2020
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laquebrada from California

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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: Pleasant but subtle woody hop aroma
Taste: Malty up front, smooth, some 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.

May 30, 2020
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ncvillain from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

May 15, 2020
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TexasVodnik from Texas

4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Jan 17, 2020
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
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.


Dec 09, 2019
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Nov 10, 2019
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Oct 30, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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)

Oct 01, 2019
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retry4z from California

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Sep 29, 2019
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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Sep 13, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Aug 25, 2019
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schavuytje from Netherlands

2.08/5  rDev -45.4%
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

Jul 26, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +10%
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.

Jun 30, 2019
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Ronbo56 from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Apr 17, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Feb 22, 2019
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yuriyt from New York

4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Feb 08, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Jan 05, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

2.61/5  rDev -31.5%
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…

Nov 14, 2018
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