König Pilsener | König-Brauerei GmbH

König PilsenerKönig Pilsener
BA SCORE
3.78/5
671 Ratings
König PilsenerKönig Pilsener
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
König-Brauerei GmbH
Germany
koenig.de

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
Ranking:
#17,188
Reviews:
305
Ratings:
671
pDev:
14.29%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
115
Trade:
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml can (1 pint 9 fl oz.) with best by date of 02/02/2014 printed on the bottom of the can. My first encounter with this beer and this brewery; acquired at the local Binny's as part of a mixed six pack. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields just over a finger of fluffy bone white head on top of a clear transparent gold colored body with some bubbles slowly floating topside and some yeast sediment floating around.

S - Smell is nice: cooked grains, corn / corn husk, earthy lemongrass, malts, and some yeast presence. Smell fades quickly and leaves us with some sweetness & wet cardboard smell.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisply carbonated body, strong malt presence, cooked corn / grains, and even some dirty herbal hop presence in there somewhere, but it isn't exactly pleasing. The twiggy hop presence kind of throws everything off balance, for me. More about the dirty bitterness than it is about the sweet grains. Decent carbonation, but not a lot of flavor happening.

M - Feel is dry, with a little bit of sugary graininess sticking to the palate.

Overall, glad to have tried it, but it's not a beer I would have again. More full bodied and earthy than a lot of American pilsners I've tried, which might be what some are looking for, but I guess it wasn't for me.

König Pilsener ---3/5.

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Photo of bkrebs
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

7/25/13
From a 500mL can with a 2.20.14 code on the bottom.

A medium low spicy, floral noble hop aroma balanced with a light pilsner malt graininess is first to hit my nose. It has a subdued hop aroma compared to some other pilsners. No flaws to speak of.

Brilliantly clear gold color with a full, white head that fades to a persistent, though delicate ring.

It has a medium low spicy noble hop flavor supported by cracker like pilsner malt. The firm bitterness in the finish is enhanced by the dryness and light body of the beer. It has less hop flavor than some other plisners. The finish is crisp and clean with lingering bitterness taking center stage.

Overall, this beer is pretty much what I expect from a pilsner, though I would prefer more hop aroma and flavor. It's worth a try, but there are other pilsners out there that I would drink first.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of LampertLand
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Konig Pilsner @ 4.9% , served from a 500 ml can purchased for $2

A-pour is a pale gold from can to glass with medium size white head leaving a frothy lace along the pilsner glass

S-more classic German hops , malt & barley

T-although it has that German crispness to it , it's also a tad watery

MF-low carbonation , weak medium body

Ov-ok beer , maybe a one and done

prost LampertLand

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Serving: 16oz can poured into footed pilsener
Served: 16 June 2013

Appearance: When pouring, it looks very light yellow-gold as it's coming out of the can (honestly not very appealing), but when you look at it in the glass, the beer just seems to come to life. Great carbonation bubbling from the bottom into a nice, frothy 2.5 finger head that dies down at a reasonable rate as one drinks the beer. Great clarity, to style.

Smell: Smells clean and fresh, malty with a kiss of hops. Inviting.

Taste: Like the smell, this one is immensely clean and balanced. You can taste the crisp, light malt backbone, and then after swallowing, you can taste the bitterness from the hops. Not much flavor enhancement from the hops, but you can certainly tell they're bittering the beer. I would have liked to see more a more assertive flavor from the hops, though keeping within the general pilsener style.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated, to style.

Overall: This is a great German pilsener- one that takes malts and hops and balances them nicely. Much better than other 'pilsener' style beers out there, and certainly a nice beer when one is searching for something a little less insane in the malt/hop department.

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Photo of Chaz
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden-straw in color, topped with a shock-white head of average duration. Clarity here is as close to brilliant as you can get, hence my higher-than-average score.

Nose is redolent of sweetgrass and honeyish notes, along with a lighter bready, yeasty character and just enough of a whiff* of the bittering hops to remind me that this is a Pilsner.

I gave it a minute or so (and -don't worry!- I'm indoors, in my closet, with the shades pulled in the bedroom and only the illumination of my antique phosphorescent alarm clock, so no skunking is occurring) to warm up and there's more of the bready notes. Wunderbar!

Lightly-sweet, bready/biscuity (although those are two different characteristics, actually), and a bitter, almost brisk character giving way to a bittersweet character near the finish. The long-term, lingering effect is quite "dry". That's dry as in finish and character, not the diatetic "Dry Beer"-kinda dry. Darn, now here's a beer for sipping in the hop gardens of Upper Bavaria or the hip-hop gardens of America's dry and dusty urban cityscape.

In terms of body and mouthfeel, this is a lighter-bodied, VERY easy-drinking beer style, and König Pilsener nails it. For a "cheap, watery German Pilsner" that is really just a shadow of better iterations of the style, this is a brand that can't be beat!

Overall this is a very good beer for the price and general availability, and ought to keep the Bitburger-swillers on both sides of the pond quite happy as it's a mellower brew overall, even if it is a titch more expensive (but let's be honest, these are both very affordable beers in the overall scheme of things.)

*This can is fresh enough (B.B.D.: 11/13-2013), so either my memory of this beer's excellent Hop-forward quality is off (and I had mistakenly-remember Krombacher for this!) or the recipe or hop regimen used has been mellowed, or maybe the hops were just flacid-in-the-Alpha-acids in this batch. Who really knows? Jever this is not at any rate, and it's still a slightly better than average beer for its style. NOW, go getcha some!

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Huffs
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A refreshing German Beer. Poured to a classic golden straw hue with perfect clarity. Head developed to a frothy white which laced and lasted. Aroma was of hop, malt and grass. Taste was of malt with hints of hop and grain. Nice full mouthfeel with a clean aftertaste.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 671 ratings
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