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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Photo of Derek
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at an Italian restaurant (Vi Vadi) in Munich. Not bad... for a pizza beer!

A: Clear yellow, HUGE fluffy white head, some retention, awesome lace.

S: Earthy & grassy hops. A little bready malt.

T: Earthy & grassy hops, fairly assertive bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation.

D: Good... though it is fairly hoppy, and I wasn't overly fond of these hop flavours.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No green bottle here. Color is a sparkling golden with plenty of carbonation. The foamy head is tall and thick. Retention is above average. Aroma is sweet and grainy with a mild herbal hop smell. Flavor is more of the same: sweet and grainy. Taste is less dry than most pils with a bit more of a sweet malt flavor. Herbal hop is there, but not as strong as expected. Anyway, this pils had some helles-like qualities that I really enjoyed. This is definently better that most of the German pilseners that make it to the states.

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Photo of RoBotGod
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This follows the textbook style of German brewing. The heavy milk like lace and sun tainted skunk smell is the first thing you get from it. It has somewhat of a cleaner taste then some of the other pilsners I’ve had. The beer follows the footsteps of all the others from the region but I get a little more yeast taste from it. The price is cheaper that the others as well. If I was looking for this style, I would probably pick this one up again.

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Photo of Andreji
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased it on a brief stop in Koeln at the local kaufhof, sipped on it on an RE between this city and Aachen.

The pour was nothing fantastic and the smell was also just average.

But the truly worthy trait was the taste. this lager rather surprised me to the point of giving it a high rating, because I found it exceptionally refreshing with a strong hoppy finish, not overwhelming however considerably strong felt. I was fascinated, well, however much a pilsener can do that to me, but still, this is a fairly good beer if I ever spot it as one of my choices (erm, if ever in germany soon).

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like German Pilsners, theyre the ultimate thirst quencher.

This one pours a very clear straw color with good head retention and impressive lace. Awesome tight packed lines of carbonation stream up the glass. The aroma is sufficiently bready with a very complex hop character. Noble hop sea air is there, but also a pronounced spicyness and earthyness. The taste is malty with toasted grain hints in the background. Hoppyness is well rounded with a lingering bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth and not as carbonated as most pilsners in cans.

Overall I can say my expectations were exceeded with this pils, maybe even better than Bitburger, my German Pils benchmark.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned sample. Medium gold in colour with high carbonation. Grainy malt aroma is dominant, with some very mild soapy notes on the back end. Malt dominated flavors as well, with some grassy noble hop contributions, and some mineral notes. Solid bitterness with a slightly drying white flour quality on the finish. Nothing special, but fairly satisfying, especially on a warm day. You could do much worse.

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Photo of Viggo
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden, big frothy white head forms that refuses to go, little bit of lace. Light sweet malt, some citrusy hops are present, honey. Taste is sweet and honeylike, little bit of citrus near the end, nice dry finish, little bitter. Light bodied, medium carbonation, very smooth, pretty tasty for a generic German pilsener

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Photo of pootz
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A yellow-gold colored German pils with a nice retentive white frothy cap...laces well. Aroma is malt pronouced and sweetish with light pine like aromas. Great malt delivery to the palate...bready but light sweetness is balanced well with pine-citrus hops but it is a mellow hop presense...not sharp like the Czech pils....finish is mild and bisquity with a light citrus twang...I like this smooth tastey pils and at this price, leave the domestic crap and cheaper commie pilsners on the shelf. This one delivers a great German malty taste in mellow balence with pine-citrus hopping for a pleasant, fresh taste.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer's really good in Germany. The sample I'm reviewing however, was not in Germany. Picked this up in a Moscow supermarket - fond old memories came flooding back. Purity law applies of course. Best before 10/26/05, I opened it on 12/10/04.

Pours a slightly darker than standard clear gold under a very disappointing 1/2 finger fizzy white head that faded way to fast for a pilsener and left no lace. The nose of mild sweet malt is OK, but could use a bit more hoppy spice. The mouth is solid: very prickly and slightly sticky. Taste has the requisite sweet barley opening, but the hoppy bitter follow-up is too subdued, even hard to find. There's some dryness in the finish, but malt is the predominant component. It's OK, but by no means great. Go to the lower Rhine and have one on tap.

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Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite as crisp as some, but overall a good example of the style. Clean light malt flavors with some grape-soda-like notes in the background. Overall, the beer's character is bright, with light hopping slapping a dash of bitterness at the end. Quite smooth and classy.

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Photo of sid
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid northern style German pilsner. Pours a nice fluffy head lacing to midway through the glass. Light golden colour with mild carbonation.Both malt and hops are present in this brew. Finishes off with a quick bitterness. Defines a German pilener very well. My favourite Pilsener, can always be found in the fridge or on the dinner table.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Konig Brauerei Pilsener was packaged in an American style brown longneck bottle. The pour showed a golden body that was mostly clear or pehaps just a bit hazy. The head, what there was of it, was white and it settled into a thin layer that left some pretty nice sticky lace. Lots of malt nose with a hint of fruity hops. Constant flows of carbonation bubbles help give this beer a crisp mouthfeel, though the feel is also a bit thin. Plenty of hop bitterness makes the malt seem less sweet than it probably is. A good strong Pilsener beer that is fairly true to the style.

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Photo of Morris729
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a modest sized white head that fades into a thin and sticky lace. Nose is sweet malts and grains with a bit of citrusy hops. Light in body and very crisp and refreshing. Taste is also sweet malts and grains with some bready biscuity notes followed by some bitter hops and a bit of lemon leaving a dry finish. A very nice pilsner that I will always gladly make room for in my fridge.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml can is available for $1.95 at B.C. liquor stores and this
might be the best value in a lager available. This beer is clean and fresh
with light floral notes much like Pilsner Urquell. I find it much
more enjoyable than some of its more famous and trendy
German counterparts. I will continue to drink this beer whenever
a light lager is desired. Long live the 500ml beer can revolution.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking brew, medium golden and very clear, carbonation that never stops and a thick crown which leaps up the glass like a range of mountains. Slight yeasty aroma and definetly hop heavy..medium body and very pleasing to the palate...
Highly recomended

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium golden color and quite hazy with lots of suspended matter, appearance resembles a flashlight beam in a very dusty room. The head is white and rather small with very little carbonation and good lace.

Aroma: Consists of sweet maltiness and lemon with only the barest hint of skunk.

Taste: Begins with slightly sweet; bready malt and a surprising sting of carbonation, gives way to a spicy hop bitterness that dominates to the somewhat dry finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, with slight, stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An interesting variation on the familiar Pilsener style. Praiseworthy as well for being bottled in brown glass, rather than the ubiquitous green glass.

Presentation: Packaged in a brown glass Euro-style long neck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick head. Very good nose too with the hops being super fresh and awakening. Pours quite golden, nice hops in the flavor. Excellent beer that has the hops and malt decently balanced. The mouthfeel is very smooth and ligh with a delicate texture. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of SaunaKing
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I saw that this was one of the most favorable reviewed pilsners and then to my delight it was on sale at the lcbo so i decided to try it out.

Love the smell, nothing better than popping a can and holding it to your nose and inhaling that sweet, sweet beer aroma.

The colour is nice, similar to most pilsners - the golden colour but slightly darker, with a hint of amber. A thin, light head and nice aroma.

I thought it was a nice fresh tasting smooth beer. It had only a slight bitter taste and nice sharp finsih. The smoothness is the strongest characteristic of this brew.

The finish combined with the smoothness makes it a very drinkable beer which is great if you are going to slam a bunch of them. Another solid session beer from the German Pilseners.

A nice, solid pilsner. One of my favorite styles and this is def. one of my go-tos.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my favorite pilsner! Has a distinctive, refreshing taste. Very fresh and extremely easy to drink (avoid the brown bottle version with the twist-off cap, however. It was stale and skunky. Stick with the original green bottles). In a style filled with so many taste-a-like beers, this one stands out.

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Photo of aracauna
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice fairly thick fluffy head. Straw body. Clean and fresh aroma with a whiff of typical pilsener hops. Flavor is light peppery hops. Fairly dry although I thought I might have detected esters.

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Photo of John
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the bar in our hotel in Reilingen, Germany...and a fine German pils it is. Served in dedicated glassware, it looks like your standard pilsner, but that's where the similarity ends. Fresh tasting and crisp with a reserved hop profile. Light enough to accompany a meal, flavorful enough on its own. Ein Prosit!

American (macro) yellow beer brewers should take note.

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Photo of sponberg
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Jason
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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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