König Pilsener | König-Brauerei GmbH

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3.78/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
König-Brauerei GmbH
Germany
koenig.de

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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#20,428
Reviews:
309
Ratings:
687
pDev:
14.02%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There's a lot to be said for being older and wiser - whilst the 'older' part isn't so great the 'wiser' part is most helpful. German Pilsener is a great example of being older and wiser; when I first started drinking them I mistaking found myself comparing them to their Czech brethren, and I was wondering why the Germans were so shit at making Pilsener (spelled by the Czechs as "Pilsner" by the way). Turns out they weren't trying to make Pilsener for the Czech palate, they were making it for the German palate, which prefers a more bread yeast taste, less bitter hops and a dry finish, much like their Helles Lagers. There you go, I'm older and wiser now.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a stein.

A: This one is a lively pour - nearly a 3 inch white head which just as excitedly fizzes down to a meagre lacing. Body is a clear pale goldenrod.

S: Aroma is distinctly German right down to the soured yeast, vegetable matter, lemon zest and biscuit malt base. A little bit more vegetal in the aroma than I like but nothing to make me run for the porcelain.

T: Sour yeast and citrus lemon hits the taste straight off. Light malts then lead to a bitter (for a German beer at least) hop finish, typical German dryness is strangely absent. The flavour is however dominated by the yeast and citrus pairing. Not bad, refreshing in the least.

M: Bit watery, light to mid bodied with flat carbonation, although that could be because of the excitable pour.

D: Overall not bad, decent enough as a refreshing summer Lager. The biggest bonus is the price: $10 for a six pack? That is as cheap as the much cheaper tasting Oettinger! So a better brew than the price dictates, and one I will certainly try again as summer is upon us.

Food match: For some reason, perhaps the lemon taste in this brew, seafood really feels the best option.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Light golden pour with an active white foam. Small bubbles of carbonation move about the glass.

S - Smells of light grain and a bit of musty yeast. Not much else here.

T - Flavors of wheat and some lemon citrus are noted. Finish seems to have more of the funky yeast flavor.

M - A crisp, dry beer that has a bit of grit and leaves a raspy feel in the mouth. Balance on it is fine. The best quality on this is in its simplicity to deliver nice flavor and be easy drinking.

O - I've had better imported pilseners but this is worthy to try again. In the warmer weather this could really hit the spot.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Konig Pilsner has a thick, soapy, white head, and a somewhat hazy yellow straw appearance, with lots of little white floating particles visible throughout the beer. A few streaming bubbles are seen, and a good amount of lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is faint, but one can detect some lightly-roasted malt. Taste is of sweet biscuit, lightly-roasted malt, sweetness, and it closes with an outstanding, grassy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Konig Pilsener finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. This not a perfect beer, but it is not far from it. I insist that you try it!

RJT

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Bottle of 500 ml, bought at a gas station in Germany. ABV is 4,9%. Ingredients are water, barley malt and hops. Poured into a footed pilsner glass.

Light golden yellow colour, with average activity in the glass and a white, soapy head of two fingers, with very good retention.
Hoppy aroma, with bread notes.
Taste is sweet at first, then the hops are coming to balance it and introduce a long lasting bitterness, as soon as the stale bread taste goes away.
Creamy body and perfect amount of carbonation.
Overall a really nice pilsener.

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It pours a clear, yellowish amber color with a foamy white head. The aroma has that classic pilsner scent. The texture is decent with an ok flavor. This is a fairly weaker in taste than most German Pilsners. The use of malts and hops are very difficult to find in the flavor, as there seems to be more of a raw grainy taste. Drinks smooth and easy, however there are better German made pilsners on the market.

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Slight haze, straw color. Lots of bubbles rising up. Fairly nice frothy head. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Spicy, grassy, peppery aroma, along with some sweet pale malts.

Spicy noble hops up front along with sweet pale malts. Grassy, wheaty, slight caramel, lemony, touch of black pepper. Crisp, refreshing and dry finish.

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