König Pilsener | König-Brauerei GmbH

BA SCORE
85
very good
658 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:
658
Reviews:
303
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
14.1%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
108
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Rivarol
4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of direwolf00
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of utopiajane
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright gold and with a fat creamy head of white foam that lasted well. nose is breaddy malt. Soft baked bread with a golden crust. Soft cool herbal is like perfume to the nose and is strong but never dominates. No fruity esters form yest, no diacetyl, faint dms. Taste is firm malt. Breaddy and baked goldne. The hop is like a soft flower petal on the palate. Softness and then the cool sweet herbal. Clean bitterness finishes the beer and lingers sgtrong but it also doe snot overtake the finish or the flavor. All the malt stays firm until the end round. Aftertaste is like a hint of lemon. Classic, outstanding. Flawless. Mouthfeel is firm, swift. Carbonation is perfect bubble. No real bite but lots of texture.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesMN
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 5/13/15, best before 5/13/16. Very thorough can dating on this one.

Appearance: Very clear light golden/straw color with some very tiny suspended particles. Frothy white head that has decent stability.

Aroma: Hay and cider-sweetness. Not really much there, quite clean though.

Taste: Really good level of noble hop bitterness that hits the palate right away. The grain has a slightly sweet flavor. Some slight metallic off-flavors are detectable, but this is quite good for having left the canning line almost a year ago. Finish is on the smoother side of the style with a a gentle sweetness that fades quickly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Although it looks a bit tepid, it's quite effervescent and the feel is light without being watery. Good drinkability and obviously session territory.

Final Thoughts: Any pilsener from Germany is going to be held to a higher standard. König Pilsener has definitely met that standard. This is just an impressive beer, especially considering the distance it's traveled and it's shelf-life. Would I drink it again? Yes, any self respecting BA knows a great fizzy yellow beer when they try it.

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Photo of CodeBlack7
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rangerred
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PatrickCT
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moysauce
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent example of what a pilsener should be.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear pale gold with a white head. No lacing. Smells sweet and bright with the scents of grain and hops. The taste is toasted grain with a tiny bit of tartness that gives way to a pleasant but slight bitterness and hop flavor. This is a really tasty pilsener.

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Photo of Hrgomar
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a straw yellow, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grassy hops, lemon, and husky grain.

This is a simple but satisfying Pilsner. It went well with pizza. There's a definite bitterness, a pretty big hop bite, with a kind of corny grain flavor, and some lemony hop flavors as well, along with grass.

This is light bodied, crisp and clean, with a normal level of carbonation.

Pretty solid stuff here.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 500 ml. can with an expiration date of 05-13-2016. Sampled on February 4, 2016.

Pale yellow pour with lively carbonation leading up to a big white, foamy head. Looks like it poured out of a tap in a pub.

Clean, toasted grain and breaded malt aroma. Grassy hop note.

The body is light and refreshing as a Pilsener should be.

Clean, crisp and sweet toasted grainy malt flavors with a dry balanced finish. Just a topnotch Pilsener.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

1/2 liter can with 5/23/16 and 5/23/15 on the bottom (possibly drink by and born on dates)

pale, clear golden yellow with a fluffy white, 1-2 finger head

very mild on the nose, husky with a hint of grassy hops

the flavor is muted grain, a faint nuttiness that soon vanishes, and a slowly building finish of citrus rind bitterness.

mouthfeel is crisp without being too extremely watery at first, but watery is still a fair descriptor. ends rather dry, thankfully, and toward the end tends toward metallic.

a minimalist beer, to be sure. spare and classically refreshing, although I do get the feeling something is missing. a tiny bit more malt flavor and a touch of creaminess would be nice. and if the nuttiness could have been more pronounced, would have been beautiful. there is nothing offensive here, and in a simple thumbs up or thumbs down review, this is a thumbs up.

while this was not past the presumed enjoy by date, I would be interested in obtaining a fresher example.

3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3-3.25, 3.5-4

update: finding this one benefits a lot from a hard pour of the first 1/2 of the can, raising a 3 finger head. really smooths out the mouthfeel and helps deliver the flavors. (also improves appearance on way down.)

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Photo of Sandon
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of jamesroses
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

33cl bottle

Appearance: clear golden, builds one finger head of medium bubbles. Good lacing and medium carbonation.

Smell: light sweet malts, hoppy, a bit floral, slightly jasmine smell.

Taste: grassy, lightly malty and pretty hoppy, strong flavor. The aftertaste is really nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, strong flavour, medium to light body.

Overall: after reading some reviews I was expecting a great, great beer, but found a good one, with a better aroma and aftertaste than others of it's style. The somewhat light body was a bit dissapointing, anyway, all in all, a good beer.

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Photo of monk2021
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohanM
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great easy drinkable pils

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Photo of GSS
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerWithMike
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sampled two days ago on 12/5/15. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle and bottled on: "11/14/2014". Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage .25L "KIRN PILS" tulip glass.

Brew pours a clear golden yellow in color with close to a 1-finger foamy white head. Sticky lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of grains and malts for the most part. More going on with the taste as there is also some spice (white pepper?) with some grassy hops that finishes with a long lasting bitterness. Bit more than I like for sure. Medium+-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, not a big fan of this one.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great pils.

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König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
3.76 out of 5 based on 658 ratings.
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