König Pilsener | König-Brauerei GmbH

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König PilsenerKönig Pilsener

Brewed by:
König-Brauerei GmbH

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 Frankgabriel2383
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Cristoph
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of CNoj012
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a crystal clear pale straw color with a 3 finger, dense, foamy white head. Retention is excellent and there are some rings of lacing left around the glass.

Smell is grassy, floral, crackery malt and a touch of lemon.

Taste is similar. The floral and grassy hops come through in the beginning then there is a good amount of peppery spice on the finish.

Feel is crisp, but a bit too light with a dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a solid beer. $1 for a 16oz can so I couldn't pass it up. Very easy drinking and flavorful enough.

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Photo of mishi_d
2.14/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours clear, golden with lots of carbonation. A on-finger, bubbly white head.
S- Slight hops, grain, yeast.
T- Wonderful mix of yeast, German hop and slight fruit like lemongrass. This one does the German pilsner correctly.
F- Very balanced and good use if hops and all ingredients. Crisp and refreshing.
O- A wonderful rep of the style.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Joefool
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I recently tried two highly rated Pilsners, Brooklyn Pilsner and Prima Pils. I thought Brooklyn was the better beer but, unfortunately, I can't seem to find any around here (Buffalo NY). I was offered a taste of the König Pilsner at my local Beer Store, liked it, bought it, love it. I got a 15 pack of 500 ml cans for $15.99. Are you kidding me? Das ist güt, Meir Herr! It looks yellow, with tiny bubbles. I smells like tulips with just a hint of blackberries. It tastes light and yet so heavy...so heavy it's my brother. And finally it feels velvety with silky smoothness and very sleek like pumaskin pjs. There. I am a beer snob.

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ferz
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

To me, this is the most drinkable beer out there. It's my go to because I can get a 4-16oz pack for less than $6 tax included. For an import and such quality? It's unbeatable.

Usually poured in pilsner glass, look is golden in color, nice and bubbly, with good head. Smell is good as well but because it's a lighter beer I can't judge it too strong.

The taste and mouth feel is just superb. It's light, crisp, refined, refreshing. A really good balance of hops and malts. Not skunked or overly sweet as some other big name imports.

To me, it's the perfect summer beer. It's smooth, refined and sessionable. For the money and quality, it blows everything else out there.

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Photo of MNAle
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml can, so no light skunkiness. Good aroma typical of pilseners - pils malts, grassy hops, a touch of spice. Clear, bright gold with highly visible bubbles, white, bubbly head, receding quickly. The bright gold, nice level of carb bubbles topped by the white head is a great looking pils. The mouth feel is a bit thin, but that is expected. Initial taste is the spicy/grassy hops, balanced by malty sweetness, with a nice, clean bitter finish with just the right amount of bite. This is a wonderfully refreshing beer. A great pilsner.

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Photo of notascoolasyou
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jibrahim414
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL can from The Beer Store; canned July 16 2016 and served ice cold.

Pours bright, clear and effervescent, with a straw-yellow hue and one fat finger of soapy white froth placed atop. The head is reduced to a smooth, foamy cap and collar over the next couple of minutes, resulting in the deposition of a gratuitous, uninterrupted coat of lacing. Very attractive, visually speaking. Nothing out of the ordinary on the nose - it smells clean, with grainy pilsener malts, and faint suggestions of grassy hay and herbal hops.

A worthy pilsener. Clean, grainy pale malts and a light crackery sweetness are gradually overtaken by familiar continental hop flavours towards the finish. Quite grassy, with some herbal, leafy bitterness rounding out the flavour profile - it's straightforward for sure, but a proven winning combination, at least as far as my tastes are concerned. My only gripe with this one is the mouthfeel - the light body is fine, but the carbonation seems a little subdued, and doesn't quite possess that firm, crisp bite that I expect from a top-quality pilsener. Still, that's only a minor detraction - it's still very refreshing and undeniably sessionable.

Final Grade: 3.81, a B+. Is König Pilsener the best German-made pils I've ever had? Maybe, maybe not - but I'm pretty confident saying that it's at least in the top 5 - maybe not overall, but certainly of the German exports that are readily available in this market. Taking into consideration that this can is 9 months old, it's still drinking surprisingly well, without any obvious signs of staleness or oxidation. Great value, and a very safe selection that I'd happily recommend to any BA who professes to enjoy German pale lagers.

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Photo of Pens1967
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JOhn_Molson
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papaglide
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a 500ml can.

L- pale straw with 100's of tiny bubbles. Topped by a nice light foamy 1/4 inch head

S- upfront is a fresh grassiness backed a tiny hop spiciest. Look for it or else you'll miss it.

T- the first hit is a beautiful hop spice, with tiny malt sweetness in the background. Taste is super clean and not muddled. Finishes nice and dry

F- carbonation and a touch slickness,

O- Where do I start? Right from the start this beer is superior to any Pilsner that I've had before. The freshness, grassy yet spicy hop presence is oh so subtle. The sweetness is just the right amount. It is just so crisp and refreshing. The drinkability factor is huge! Hard to believe that this beer is what is "normally" available to people in Germany. We have our yellow, fizzy BMC crap, and they have this gem of a beer!! The US has a ways to go to catch up. This offering is light years ahead of what you'll find here. I highly recommend it. This could be a session beer to end all session beers!!

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Miket13
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevofficiel
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

König Pilsener from König-Brauerei bought a 4 can 500ml for 7,99$ here in Montreal.

Look: Clear blonde color. Lots of carbonation. Large bubbles.

Smell: Dirty hops.

Taste: Bitter hops. Very crips and clean flavor

Feel: The bitter is more present than the average pilsner. He does make the beer more flavorfull on the mouthful. Some people will like it and some don't. But for me it is a nice package. It doesn't go down that easily tho. It is definitely not a beer that you can session with it.

So overall would I recommend it? Hell yes, as a pilsner it is a nice package.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OlaB
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: gives a clear golden color. A nice top of creamy head when I pour. Some nice sticky lacings on the glass.

S: bread,grass,lemon,honey and herbal hops.

T&F: follows the nose for the most. Starts off grassy with some bready sweetness in the background. Gets some hints of honey and herbs in the middle and it finishes of with a slight hoppy bitterness,aftertaste is long and hood balanced . A classic german pilsner flavour. Crisp and clean mouthfeel, medium carbonated with a good bite.

O: a really good everyday pilsner that is easy drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a pilsner glass. Beer is clear, light gold. Nice looking and enticing.
Smells like grain, hay, and a little soapy? I love the smell.
Taste like grain, but good. A little yeasty, bready also. A slight bitterness at the end.
Feel is like any pilsner but just a touch heavier. Great.
Overall a great beer. I just bought it because I had not drank this beer. It will be in my rotation. Recommended!!

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Photo of MooseBoose
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1pt. 0.9 fl. Oz. Cans

Poured into a Polish Pils glass.

Crystal clear golden color. Pure white tower of white foam, slow dissipation, lots of lace.

A very herbal/peppery yeast and hop aroma. Buttery biscuit scented malt with a touch of honey. Very classic

Extremely crisp and clean flavor and feel. The herbal, dry-earthy and peppery tones impress the most. Excellent yeast and hop combo with a subtle bready malt finish. Balance is perfect. One of the "purest" and cleanest quoffs I can remember, I mean super-crushable! A perfect herbal/dry and crispy bite, very light body and a remarkably clean finish. You will not find a Pilsner like this brewed in America. Refined and classic.

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König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 687 ratings