König Pilsener | König-Brauerei GmbH

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König PilsenerKönig Pilsener
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
König-Brauerei GmbH
Germany | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
290
Ratings:
630
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
21.07%
 
 
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36
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Reviews by FatSean:
Photo of FatSean
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 5L mini-keg of this beer because it was $10.99 whlle the Heinekin mini-keg next to it was $19.99. By my calculations, that would be $0.78 for 12 oz assuming you really can get 5L of liquid out of there. That's BMC cost/volume territory! So, I was intrigued. Could it be any good?

Brought home and dispensed into a 20oz Otter Creek pint. I'm rating the initial pint here.

Poured a hazy yellow color. Plenty of head that left behind substantial lacing. Very carbonated. I always thought clarity was important to the pilsner style, and this one is quite hazy. It may have been due to opening the mini-keg within minutes of the car ride home, so I won't count that against the beer.

Smells sweet. Sweetness and biscuit. Perhaps a bit too sweet, but so far so good!

Taste is sweet and a bit syrupy. Finishes very clean, very little aftertaste. Just enough hops to put a period on each sip.

Mouthfeel is decent. The carbonation at the tap did not carry over to the glass. Seems the taste profile takes a fast track to the finish flavors.

Drinkability? Very much so. On a hot day you this beer's flaws might as well be nonexistant.

I was very pleasantly surprised to find this beer to be so good for so little. I'll have to have some people over to finish it off before it goes flat/stale in the fridge.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz euro style green bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Pale yellow with the slightest chill haze, tight bubbly white lace leaves a few rings around the glass.

Smell: Faint lemon in the aroma hinting towards floral.

Taste: Medium bodied with a crisp malty palate, slightly restrained bitterness ... more subtle and flavourful than bitter, yet still helps to balance quite well with a spicy bite. The hops become more evident in the finish as they linger with some residual sweet grain.

Notes: Forget Becks or the similar ... a fine pils to be had any time of the year. A treat for either the veteran micro drinker or a macro drinker. Goes down well yet very tasty at the same time.

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Photo of jesseejames
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden yellow clear out of the bottle. A nice white frothy head that leaves lacing in the glass. It smells wonderful with nice aroma of nuts and spices. It tastes great with a nice balance of hops bitterness to the malts. A full mouth with just a nice lingering hops note at the end. Overall a very nice pilsner type beer that will certainly be up in my list of this type of beer. One of the best of the pilsners.

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Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 7/28/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Awesome robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Large amount of dryness after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky/grainy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is an awesome German pilsner style. All around great robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - clear straw color with fluffy white head

Smell - grass, wheat, cracker, hint of black pepper

Taste - lemon zest, grassy flavor, wheat, cracker, malt, hint of black pepper

Mouthfeel - crisp, refreshing beer, light end of being medium bodied without being thin, medium carbonation, slightly sweet, hint of bitterness on the end to keep this balanced

Overall - this is an excellent pilsener, the best I've had thus far for consumption at home, I would suggest getting this in a can as this is probably the closest iteration to the true integrity of what this beer is supposed to taste like. Will make this a staple in my fridge

Price Point - $5.99/ 4pk 16.9 oz cans

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Photo of tubeboy
4.65/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic golden pilsner with about 1 finger of head that settles quickly with a nice lacing. A distinct aroma of grains with a slight hint of citrus. This is a very good tasting beer for the style. I taste perfectly malted grains. None of the skunk that I normally get with the mass market German or Dutch lagers. Probably the best of the German Pilsners I've tried. I really appreciate the creamy texture which is rare for a pilsner style. This is my new go to Pilsner. I wish that I'd found it sooner.

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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

mine was a litle skunked (damn green bottles),want to try it when its not.Heard good things about it,Iam not a real pilsner fan though.

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Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of yauri
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow color with a scant head and lace.

S: The smell of grains and a hint of grassiness
are there.

T: Very clean tasting without a real standout
single flavor, but a good hop residue left
behind.

M: Clean and crisp very light pilsner but not
what I would consider thin.

D: Very drinkable pils. refreshing and a good
easy drink.

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Photo of grubdunkman
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sponberg
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled: On tap. pint glass

Aroma: Clean maltiness with a bit of hoppy spiciness. Pale gold, the color of straw, with decent head retention. This is the beer Budeweiser wishes it could be - the combination of typically round, sweet decoction mash flavor combined with a nice firm bitterness and hoppiness that is near-perfect in balance. The lingering bitter-hop-malt-spiciness flavors at the back of your tongue after a long sip just screm "more!!" One of the best, if not the best, Pilsners I've yet tried. Good in bottle (if it hasn't been skunked), but better on tap.

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Photo of R_Kole
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Hrgomar
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain, grass, corn and a little bit of citrus.

The flavor is grain, corn and grassy hops. There is a low amount of bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in December shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow with a thick frothy white head that leaves some light lacing behind.

Smell: Grass, hay, bitter apple, spicy hops and some light metallic bitterness.

Taste: Nice rounded apple, pear and grass malt backbone, with a light spicy and metallic bitterness coming through.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body and dry finish.

Drinkability: More than solid example of a light, dry German Pils. While not as bitter as some (although still quite dry), it is very well balanced and I could see drinking a decent amount of this if available.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant straw gold under a 2” finely bubbled white foam cap.
S: Spicy hop aromas but somewhat muted.
T: Light spicy malts with a spicy hop accent on the finish. No apple and no fruity esters.
F: Clean, smooth and crisp with medium to medium light body, medium to medium high carbonation.
O: A refreshing, easy to drink German Pilsener.

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Photo of Chesterbrewing
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of chickenm
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale golden color with a nice white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of grassy hops with some malt. Taste is again grassy hops with a bready flavor and a bit of honey. Thin body with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall this is a pretty solid German Pilsner that is very drinkable. I'll definitely try this again next summer.

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Photo of Jimmy_Pete
4.71/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Crisp, clear, mouth feel.

Not overly carbonated.

Excellent permeation of pils flavor and good to last dreg.

Typically I find this beer on sale at the Piggly Wiggly, in 4 packs.

I consider an excellent pils like this a highly underated beer in a land flowing with mediocre to horrible lagers, and overpriced over ABV'd microbrews. This is the beer you need when you want a beer that goes right down the middle in excellent form.

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Photo of chinchill
2.85/5  rDev -24%

Pale clear golden color looks like a macro light bit tasting reveals some substance, especially worth the substantial herbal/Grassy hop load.
Near medium body.
A light but hop forward German pils.

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König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.
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