König Pilsener | König-Brauerei GmbH

very good
669 Ratings
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 ppvora
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured the bottle into a tall Pilsener glass. Light gold color with plenty of bubbles resulting in a finger of head that disappears quickly -- within 30 seconds. Beautiful and inviting light gold color beer.

Smell: Classic smell of a Pilsener. Beer like, with some smell of straw. Not complex.

Taste: Again, classic Pilsener taste. If you want to understand why when Pilsener were first introduced in Europe they caught on so rapidly, taste this beer. Not complex. A great example of what German Pilseners taste like. Not bitter, not hoppy. Refreshingly delightful.

Mouthfeel: Drink this beer quickly as exposure to air makes it a little bitter...almost flat. This is the only quality of this beer that surprised me a little. To counter it, drink while it is still very cold (assuming it was poured from a cold bottle or otherwise served cold).

Overall: The rock of Gibraltar of Pilsener beers. Smooth, tasty, classic Pilsener taste. Beautiful light gold color. Refreshing. Just drink it quickly...don't linger over it.

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Photo of deadliest
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 500ml can to a Konig boot

A: Soapy sudsy head about two fingers. White in color. Left some nice lacing as well. Straw appearance. This beer is almost definitive of what a good pils should look like.

S: Some spicy German hops backed with light crackery malts.

T: Spicy notes provided by the hops are very pleasing. A very slight lemon flavor is also attainable. Bready malts provide for a nice balance to the hops. There's just a touch of caramel malt character as well. Bitterness is mild and appropriate for the style. Very clean tasting and very drinkable.

M: Crisp and refreshing due to the dry finish and nice balance of the beer. It could be quiet easy to drink a few of these. Carbonation is also nicely done and cleans the palate nicely.

O: This was a great beer and very nice for the style. Perfect for the patio on a hot summer day. It had all of the qualities I enjoy in a good pils and it made for an enjoyable experience. I wish this beer was more easily obtainable.

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Photo of nhudson
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of yemenmocha
4.69/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best German Pils brought into the U.S., both on draft and when fresh in bottles. Pours straw/golden with virtually no haze into my 0.5L mug. Glorious carbonation and good size and retention of contrasting white head. Nose is clean, light, lemony, with a whiff of herbal elements. Palate has a great combination of rather clean malty flavors and delightful herbal hoppy flavors to balance things nicely. No skunk. Zero. Finish is more of the herbal hops. Incredibly easy drinking and a great example of the style as far as what we have for options here in the U.S.

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Photo of DoctorBrew
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of gory4d
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mechgt
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of nzerbe
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of prisdefer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of DavidBart
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yellow and clear with some rising bubbles, a white head and sparse lace.

Grassy and grainy with a faintly sweet smell.

Flavor is lightly sweet and well grainy, grassy, with a touch of bread and a light hops twang.

Body is very light, medium carbed, and quite easy to drink.

It's a very fine German pilsner.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2 11.2 oz. bottles,

A: Pours a clear dark gold with a soapy fizzy white head, some spotty lace.

S: Grainy pils malt aroma, some grassy noble hop.

T: Upfront it's malt driven, a nice flavour but nothing too substantial. Finishes with an outstanding herbal hop note that takes this beer to the next level.

M: Crisp, clean, some good biting carbonation, easy drinking.

O: A solid pilsner that certainly has its sweet spot in the finish. The price is right there with most other German imports, worth a pick up for fans of the style.

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Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice finger of head formed on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is a nice scent of grain with a touch of honey.
The taste is great. A mild bitterness throughout with a clean finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
This beer stands out in that it does not have the sticky sweet or metallic taste that accompanies too many pileners.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
3.76 out of 5 based on 669 ratings.
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