König Pilsener | König-Brauerei GmbH

BA SCORE
85
very good
655 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
Ratings:
655
Reviews:
302
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
14.1%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
108
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 655 |  Reviews: 302
Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light straw color, crystal clear, with a one-finger thick white head. Basic pilsener aroma: light grain, somewhat biscuit-like; earthy hop aroma. Taste is light, clean with a honey and grain character and a light bitterness at the finish.

A decent, slightly above average pilsener, but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of McStagger
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale straw with insane clarity. Aggressive pour leads to two finger bleached white head. Decent retention. Nice lacing. Moderate carbonation.

S: Toasted grain, grass, touch of citrus. Very clean smelling. Good malt bill.

T: Toasted cracker malts with grassy notes transition into spicy lemon hops with an awesome floral presence. Crisp, dry finish with just the right amount of hop presence. Very balanced.

M: Good levels of carbonation, but mouthfeel is too light for my taste.

O: Disappointed in this brew. Definitely not a bad pilsner, just runs on the light side of what I enjoy.

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Photo of camhack
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of BierStein711
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into shaker pint

Three finger off-white head, massive carbonation.

Smells: Grassy hops, and malt

Taste: Grass, herbal smells, and malty warmth. Bitter finish to boot!

Mouthfeel: Thin, but not as thin as BL platinum.

Overall, I think I would only have this at a party where pilsners were served.

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Photo of OriolesFan1008
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of Jason1124
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of tubeboy
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic golden pilsner with about 1 finger of head that settles quickly with a nice lacing. A distinct aroma of grains with a slight hint of citrus. This is a very good tasting beer for the style. I taste perfectly malted grains. None of the skunk that I normally get with the mass market German or Dutch lagers. Probably the best of the German Pilsners I've tried. I really appreciate the creamy texture which is rare for a pilsner style. This is my new go to Pilsner. I wish that I'd found it sooner.

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Photo of FriedGold2112
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of beaulabauve
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rale
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near pure-white frothy head. Leaves plenty of stringy lace. The broth is straw colored and crystal clear.

More grainy than malty with very little hop aroma. Still, it's attractive.

Much stronger hop presence. This still starts off with a grainy flavor, but it is very fresh. The swallow is well balanced while the aftertaste is a long lasting floral hop flavor. The body is quite full for the style.

Outside of the smell, this is a world class pils.

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Photo of BigJaws
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Brad007
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw gold/yellow with a one-finger head into my glass. Some bubbles.

Crisp with grainy buttery malt and a kiss of hops. Just as a pils should be.

Somewhat sweeter than I expected upfront. Finishes clean at the back but has a cider-y finish. There's a good amount of hop bitterness to counter that.

Buttery, crisp malt with that sweet edge, muted by just the right amount of bitterness. Great mouthfeel or what?

Very authentic. Not the greatest but certainly up there!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 7/21/12.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1/2 inch fizzy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grass, and some grape-like fruity aromas. Taste is of grain, grape juice, grape jelly, and a grassy and herbal finish. There is a very mild bitterness that sits right on top of the tongue after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pilsener that is very easy to drink.

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Photo of beagle75
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of UncleWesticles
5/5  rDev +33%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of flagmantho
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a clear body and a nice effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy white foam. Decent.

Smell: light malty aroma with a light graininess. Some noble hops are discernable. Plain but free of flaws.

Taste: nice noble hop flavor on top of a grainy malt with a nice, balanced sweetness. Bitterness is low but works well for the style. Actually a damn fine Pilsner.

Mouthfeel: light body with an effervescent carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: tasty and very refreshing; a real, authentic Pilsner. Extremely quaffable, I'd be glad to have this again.

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

Best by 21DEC12

Pours a toasted straw with loose, white foam and lots of bubbles in the glass (dirty glass?). Anywho, the effect is pretty. Smells of sweet grain and a hint of noble hops. Classic and pleasant. Lovely pils with good grain and sweet corn hints followed with a bit of bitter subtlety. Thin with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. Good beer.

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Photo of jdt
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crystal clear, straw yellow into my Great Divide glass. Two fingers of bright white head that fades rapidly and leaves barely any lacing.

S- Slighty sweet and bready. Decently fruity German yeastiness. Nothing over the top, but you can tell it's going to be refreshing. Very mild on the hops.

T- Very crisp and light with a really nice fresh cut grass hop and yeastiness. An excellent and refreshing brew that can be enjoyed anytime. I can imagine pairing this with some fresh Brats and spicy mustard!

M- Crisp, fresh and grassy. Leaves your mouth clean and dry. Wish it had just a touch more carbonation.

O- Although not a huge fan of German Lagers, this is really nice and well put together! Really looking forward to working out in the yard this spring with a few dozen of these!

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Photo of vencad
4/5  rDev +6.4%

König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
3.76 out of 5 based on 655 ratings.
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