König Pilsener | König-Brauerei GmbH

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König PilsenerKönig Pilsener

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König-Brauerei GmbH

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.61/5  rDev -30.8%
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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Photo of pkalix
3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

had this many times at Old World on draught and it was always very good. this bottle just aint right!

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MoreBeer4me
3/5  rDev -20.4%
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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Photo of Jbbdrinker
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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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Photo of benbowski
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BJB13
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of lastmango
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of MacAuthur
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smooth taste, great Germany beer

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Photo of FriedichVonostrowo
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 properly poured draught of this nectar is something to savour and in Duisburg, they do pour it right! Perfect to slake the thirst of working in the steel mills at Thyssen.

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Photo of PNW253beer
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the better German Pils

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Photo of jbehlar
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of wl2bill
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Photo of Alexc11
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of Tstromer
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Noelito76
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Schlitz74
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of Anacross
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful and smooth beer. Medium bodied, balanced hops and fermentation, refreshing and inviting. Little to no aftertaste. Simple but well made and something to have always at hand. I vividly recommend this beer.

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Photo of kootenays88
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AAG
3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of TigerSoul
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love reading some reviews of pilsners, lagers and other forlorn styles amidst all of the hop-hammers, Imperial-this's and double- and triple-that's. They are almost considered "guilty pleasures". I've complained before on this forum about how we've lost all subtlety when it comes to beer. In my view, nothing beats an honest to goodness, well made pilsner, and Konig is one of the best out there. Lovely light straw color in the glass (a classic pilsner one, of course), clean taste, with nothing to get in the way of the simplicity of the ingredients. Nice finish as well, with none of the 'stickiness' I detect from some pilsners. Great on tap as well.

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Photo of 54V4G3
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TaunusKnudsen
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Act25
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've got to admit I like Pilsner, as the beer my Dad raved about after being in the occupation forces, but so long as it's decent quality, it's tough to tease the clear, mass pilsners apart. liked this one the deeper I got into it.
a) Mine is crystal clear, pale yellow that above a champagne bubble stream, pumps a good head that rings and lastingly laces a wine glass.
s) Too faint. Germanic hops, lemony, grassy, grainy/crackery/ biscuity.
t) lemon candy drop with sudsy cleansing hops. Lemony clean with a cracker malt flavor; with the mid palate lemon, grass, and bright floral hops.
f) Super light, right, nicely carbonated and clear, clean finish. Sharp. Sessionable.

As bros wrote: " Forget Becks ... a fine pils to be had any time of the year. "

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