König Pilsener | König-Brauerei GmbH

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König PilsenerKönig Pilsener

Brewed by:
König-Brauerei GmbH
Germany | website

Style: German Pilsener

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 ThaBobfather
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden bubbly color with at first frothy white head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Our smell is a bit of hop, shaded with a twinge of grainy malt.
So is this pilsener triple-hops brewed too? Because it's actually a pilsener and not Miller Lite. Very dry taste with a smooth drinkable body. Solid.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden Yellow hue.

Smell: Yeast, Bread, Hops

Taste: citrus bitters with a balanced refreshing bite that leaves mouth with a dark bready flavor.

Mouthfeel: Soft - medium makes this a lovely balance to enlighten the senses and cause salivation.

Drinkability: I wish this was the bud light people love. This should be the rock bottom standard for beer. This pilsener kicks ass and hopefully with america slowly turning to craft beer - the giants may someday make better beer too. Drink this beer when beer needs to be drank.

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Photo of 01121987
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

wow! you wont believe me but this canned lager is full of floaties! i have never seem ufos in any commercial lager! it definetly loses all points for. well not appearanceall points because it has a great lasting head. this must just be a fluke.
very nice clean aroma without any cattyness
very well balanced bitterness with only a trace of hops but thats ok for me.
very smooth mouthfeel despite extreme carbonation.
highy quaffable. great summer pils
great beer even with the weird flaky floaty things that arent supposed to be there!

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a straw-color with a single-finger head and lots of visible carbonation. The smell is floral hops with a tiny bit of citrus. The taste starts off with some sweet malt that gives way to some understated citrusy hops that last until the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly watery but the carbonation makes for a crisp beer. A tasty beer that goes down real easy, this is great beer for any occasion.

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Photo of droomyster
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a great head and nicely active carbonation. Lots of nice pilsener aromas that feel very natural: a raw honey sweetness with grassy and lemony hops. This beer is packed with all the tastes that its aromas promised and has a good crispness. I love it when it when a pilsener refuses to play it bland and instead is infused with character. This is a terrific beer, the whole of which is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of juju7
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pale yellow with a fluffy head that very quickly dissapates into nothing. Not much lacing to speak of either. A floral hoppy lift on the nose that suggest a pretty good pils and a good upfront palate. Unfortunately falls away a little at the back with not much finish to speak of. Subtle bitterness. Not the best pils going round by any means but not the worst either.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours golden color with thin white head that has little retention and scarce lacing.

S- Hoppy nose with some spice aromas coming through.

T- Sharp bitter pepper hops flavor with some mild malt in the finish.

M- Ok carbonation but a light body that was a bit watery. Weird aftertaste.

D- An ok brew that was just a little spicier than I was expecting. Mediocre overall.

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Photo of abents
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember drinking this when we traveled to germany, but I'm reviewing it now in a can in the US. I remember it much better when I was there, go figure.
Pours out a straw yellow color with a nice bright white head with nice lacing. Smells of spices, malt, and a floral tone. Taste is kind of spciy for a german pils, but very nice. NIce light malt background with a crisp light citrus hops. Kind of an off taste to it, but it's a nice clean beer. Very mild, easy to drink, plenty carbonation for a pils. Ok, but there's better.

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Photo of Cresant
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 16.9 oz. can into a pils glass. No date. The body was clear and pale golden. The tight, white head left some webby lacing.

Smell was spicy. Hay and lemon zest. Clean grains. Nice.

Taste was peppery. Earthy and grassy. Crisp hops. There was a nice balance of sweet malts and gentle bitterness.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with some prickly carbonation. Solid all-around.

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Photo of tlinner
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pissy macro-ish yellow. Head dissipates quickly. Smells very "crisp". Malty, floral, some hints of pear. Taste is similar, but much stronger. It's bready and floral and, like I said earlier, crisp. Slightly bitter finish; the fruitiness is more obvious on the aftertaste. This one strikes a balance between the relatively flat but refreshing lawn-mower beer, and a more advanced ale or lager. Very good!

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light pale with an average white head and light lacing. Smells of adjuncts and just a whiff of Saaz. First sip is extremely light with the malt dominating the light hops. Not much hop presence but then again...there is not much malt presence either. Spot on in style in every respect. Grab your lawnmower.

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Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a pale gold with a tight white head over swirling streams of carbonation. The head is fast-falling, leaving a small collar a scant lacework.
It's scented of graham crackers, lavender, lilac, hay, and dried herbs. It's a modest aroma, but a nice one.
In the mouth, the malt presents fairly softly. There is an initial hay and crackery dryness. It steps towards a pear-like fruitiness, but stops just short. A kiss of grain precede the soft-water lagered briskness. Hop bring it home with desiccated herbs, crushed flowers, and a small, talc-like minerality.
Light bodied with a steady, gentle CO2.
This is in all ways a solid pils...nearly great, even. There is enough delicate balance to make this almost endlessly drinkable. The price point ($12/12pack) doesn't hurt either.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 500-ml can into a tall pilsner glass.

Appearance - pours a gold colour with about a 1-inch head, diminishing to a little foam on the surface. Looks good.

Smell - gorgeous grassy and floral aroma. Corn-grainy vanilla, just luscious.

Taste - I notice the hop bitterness over all and the flavour seems a bit thin. Kind of a let down after the smell.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth but a little too noticeable on the front of the tongue.

Drinkability - I could down a couple of these but I'd rather look at and smell 'em.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow gold with a thin white head. Nose is a lot of cereal sweetness. Flavor is a mix of sweet tones and grain character. Smooth, but no vast complexities. It's straightforward, and that's it. Feel has a bit of a bite on the carbonation and the liquid is thinner as you'd expect. This is an easy drinking pilsner. Like I said, it's straightforward and that's that.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear, bright yellow in color, with a finger of snow-white froth that settles fairly quickly and leaves but a few webs of lacing on the glass.

Bright and piquant aroma, herbal and grassy in nature.

Light and effervescent in body and mouthfeel, with a backbone of slightly sweet, bready malt flavor, being dominated by mildly bitter, grass-like hops. Finishes very dry, with just a hint of sweetness and a nice dose of bitterness.

Nicely balanced and very drinkable, this is a perfect session beer and a great example of the dry, sharp German pilsener style.

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Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pils glass:

Pours a classic bubbly golden yellow with a thin, lasting white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is grainy, slight husk with a grassy/ mildly lemony backing. A touch metallic.

The taste is of sweet grain with a lemongrass undertone. Some iron and a sharp metallic notes. Finishes dry.

Light-bodied, appropriate carbonation level.

A nice enough "classsic" pils. The slight metallic sharpness was a detractor for me though. Still, a solid pils!

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Montréal, December 2006: Me and my German roommates from my hostel hit up a dépanneur, as they were thristy for more beer before we went clubbing that night. Of the limited selection there, this was the beer of choice among my German roommates. I didn't have it that night, and since then I have been wondering what it might have tasted like.

Which brings me to tonight, almost two years later. I found a single 12 ounce bottle at O'Shea's, and now I'm ready to find out. On to the beer:

A one and a half finger's thckness of head tops this golden straw colored beer. The aroma is grassy, hay-like. Pale malt sweetness. And there a bit of wet cardboard smell too.

Oooo, sour grain. The light and brush of crispness leaves this beer with a good feel, but I wish this beer weren't as sour. Here comes the hay flavor and what seems to be hop extract, but that sour grain flavor is starting to annoy me. Let's end this now....

Perhaps I got a less than ideal bottle, so maybe I'll come back to this and experience what this beer really wanted to do to my tastebuds.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good medium-bodied pilsener from brown bottle

A- Transparent golden-hay color with lots of bubbles and a 1-inch head that fades to a ring with little lacing

S- Smell is grainy pils malt and noble hops. Spot-on pilsener

T- Taste is like the smell but not as strong as I would like it to be in any aspect

M- Light body is good, but sharp carbonation reduces from experience

D- Like any good pilsener, a good session

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A drinkable and enjoyable beer im my view.
As a German Pilsener it fails a little in lacking some spicey bite , it really tatses like a Euro Pale Lager, however classifications are pedantic and dont bother me to any degree.
It is well blanced rounded in the mouth and refreshing.
A reasonable choice to quench a thirst

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Photo of chiefydawg
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear thin yellow. Low fizz, but a decent looking fluffy little white head. Later, thin strands of lace are still on the glass.

First whiff screams "European light beer skunk". Further sniffings actually catch some light maltiness and even some crisp apple and white pepper.

Sweeter than expected, this has some spine to it for its initial impression. Nota Bud for sure. Dry cereal, honey, and orange peel vie for attention here. More complex and balanced than many Euro pils. Still some skunk in there, but was likely lessened by the 08 date and the dark bottle. Bet it is splendid in Germany on tap.

Far more body than it looks, I'd say it's a shade above light bodied. Nice, soft mouthfeel. No conflict on the way in or down, I could make a nice session out of these. Bet it would be great with some light fish like Tilapia, and with about any mett/brat with kraut out there. Very nice surprise here. I had a crack or two lined up in my head, but got a humbling reminder of the book and its cover lesson.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow, with a decent creamy white head with above average retention and some lacing.

S: A lightly sweet grassy/floral aroma, some lemon peel and maybe a bit of grapefruit.

T: Crisp grapefruit flavor, with a bite of floral and grassy hops. Some sweet graininess as well. A clean, sharp taste. Well balanced.

M: Smooth and crisp, finishes a bit dry. Very tight carbonation.

D: This is a nice one overall. Not terribly complex, but nicely executed and well balanced.

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Photo of etherashe
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The color is light-yellow, head is impressive, Methuselan, leaving behind a pleasing, papery residue. The smell is slight and yeasty, on the sweet side.

The taste is heavy, hoppy and dominated by a heavy metallic flavor. Ick. The mouthfeel is overall metallic also, making the drinkablity dissapointing. Given the overall favorable reviews, I may try this beer again (to be fair), but certainly not from a can. The metallic taste is just too brutal to ignore, making it impossible to muck through and enjoy the flavors lingering underneath.

I will sample again in a few weeks.

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Photo of opwog
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now listening to: National - Mistaken For Strangers

This was a great surprise found at a German bar that my girfriend and I went for lunch last week. No specific notes, as I went in expecting to just be drinking Paulaners. But when one of the regulars recomended the Konig Pils to her, I ended up tasting and then enjoying one myself. Mushc more malt character than most Pils. perfect to wash down the curried bratwrust and spatzle!

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Photo of drpimento
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer. Has a very bitter, beery, hoppy nose. Pale gold color, nice white head with some lace. Good carbonation. Quite bitter flavor too. A bit thin though. In the finish it seems watery. Still, it's refreshing and nice that it's not sweet. Session beer

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Photo of WHROO
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is deep golden colour with a one finger head....little lacing. Average to good carbonation.
Smell: a little malty, & the ole pear aroma pops up again.
Taste: A little malty & citrusy...refreshing! Any sweetness is followed by a bitter kick that does linger
Mouthfeel: not to carbonated, nice & creamy...rolls over the tongue fairly well...the bitterness definately kicks in sooner than later & does linger way after the swallow.
Drinkability: not too bad overall...enough sweetness to combat the bitterness, but being not a huge fan of bitter, the heavier bitterness has kept the score down a little for me.
I must admit after seeing its overall score I did expect more than this delivered.

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