König Pilsener | König-Brauerei GmbH

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König PilsenerKönig Pilsener

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König-Brauerei GmbH

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Footed Pilsner glass. Straw color, crystal clear appearance. White froth, close & lasting head. Hints of honey, pale malt, grain, slight floral to the nose, as well as slight underlying sulphur. Crispy & malty upfront followed by clean bitterness. Light body. Moderate carbonation. Watery. Floral bitterness lingers & provides bitter finish. Dried, refreshing & easy drinkable. Nice spot of the German Pilsner style.

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4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pilsner glass

Appearance: pours light gold and crystal clear with a minimal head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Lightly roasted malt. Bread. Not much hop aroma. Slight floral notes, but nothing substantial.

Taste: crisp, clean and balanced. Malt notes up front. Light toasiness that comes through on the palate, followed by an immediate hop bitterness. Again, not a lot of hop flavor, but you get it to balance out the malt.

Mouthfeel: light and refreshing. Bitterness lingers on the tongue, but neither the hops nor the malt are overwhelming.

Overall: pretty much a perfect example of a German Pilsner: pale gold, moderately hopped, balanced, bready undertones, hop bitterness without a ton of hop aroma. Easy to drink and enjoy.

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3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color. There's a finger worth of white-colored head, and the retention isn't that great. Some lacing is left on the glass.

S: Unfortunately, I notice a bit of skunk - it's not Heineken bad, or even lightstruck Pilsner Urquell bad, but it overtakes the otherwise decent noble hopping. Malts are vaguely evident, along with a sulfury character (expected from the style). All in all, however, the nose isn't bad.

T: A wave of zesty bitterness hits immediately. Some malty sweetness helps to balance the grassy flavors. Dead simple, but immensely satisfying.

M: Full and creamy for a pilsner. This only slightly inhibits drinkability, and helps give it a richness missing from so many average examples. Carbonation is pretty vibrant.

O: This is a really nice, well hopped pilsner. I'd like it a lot more if it weren't quite so skunky and simplistic (even by pils standards). Still, a worthy offering.

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Photo of silverevo9
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First pour I wasn't so sure, head was not there. I realized then I had a terrible pour. The second pour into a pilsner glass was excellent. A beer needs a good head for aroma and presentation, this fit the bill nicely. Head is excellent, it charges the liguid forming from the head. Nice bright white head with pervasive lacing. Nice deep grainy notes on the nose. For a mass produced beer this is impressive. Quality is top notch, no cutting corners here. I find myself keeping my nose nailed to the glass. Aroma keeps you stationary. Good sign when I habitually keep doing that. The color rendition is beautiful, nice light straw color that doesn't deceive you. Very smooth with light carbonation.There is plenty of desirability here. This is another pilsner on the top.

Awesome beer!

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Photo of steveh
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Haven't been able to land this old favorite for a long time. Saw it and took advantage. Best by 02.14.2014 clearly marked on the label.

A -- Billowy, thick white head that holds up very well and leaves good lacing. Clear straw gold -- perfect Pils appearance.

S -- Spicy, herbal Noble Hops up front, mild DMS back. Very enticing.

T -- Good balance of bready, melanoidin malt and spicy hops up front, the hops take over the show afterward and into the finish. Herbal, grassy bitterness lingers through the aftertaste, even very light citrus.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft up front to crisp and near dry in the finish with a light to medium-light body.

O -- My German friends will call this a "macro" to them, but it's hardly fair to stand this up against any U.S. macro. This is a terrific, to-style Pilsner that doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Konig Pilsener
On tap @ Wirtshaus zum Nussbaum, Berlin, Germany. .31 L @ 2.80 €

A fine German Pilsner, very refined. Crystal clear, light straw-gold body beneath a massive head of white that offers excellent retention and lacing. The aroma offers a mild blend of straightforward Pilsner malt and soft, smooth noble hops. It's subtly floral with a hint of lemongrass in its mainly grassy character. Although the bitterness is there from the beginning, it doesn't really make itself known until midway, and then it bows out, simply stepping aside to make up the background of the finish. It's quite nicely rounded and polished to the point of being remarkably drinkable. Absolutely worth trying, particularly if you can find it on tap.

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4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Konig Pilsener was my introduction to the world of real Pilsner beers. I gathered with friends and enjoyed many wonderful nights at 50/50's in Erlangen Germany, where It always had Konig Pilsener on tap. It has a strong pilsener smell and bitter taste. There is a very nice head coming off the tap. Very Easy to drink. Good color. I've tried bottles a couple times and it is still good, but not the same. Enjoy.

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

Poured a nice good sized head. Strong lacing. Pale pils yellow. Smell is malty yet dry - grass, lemony hay. Mouthfeel is good. Taste: hops build up in the mouth to a lovely orange-peel marmalade citrusy fullness with smooth surrounding malts. I find myself just holding the beer in my mouth to savour that taste. Nice slightly bitter finish holds on to the citrus flavours.
This is a lovely pils.
I remember the first bottle I drank and being very suprised - I never liked the label, and, maybe for that reason, had presumed it was one of the cheaper not-so-good German beers.

Edit// been drinking this again - I still think it's a great beer and happily buy it when I can, but think I overrated it it in my initial enthusiasm (had it up @ 4.35)

Half litre brown long neck bottle / Stange glass

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Photo of roggia
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Beer with yellow liquid and a little foaming with short-lived.
Malt aroma and mouth a light beer with good carbonation.
Bitter in aftertaste. good drinkability
This is a beer that we can drink a lot in hot days. It´s a pilsen with bittering hops.
I liked it

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

What appears to be a best by date of 2/2014, so reasonable fresh and it tastes so.
Attractive, of course. Classic white head and golden body. Clear, but not brilliantly so.
Doughy malt aroma with soft yeasty character and very mild spice.
Taste is classic as well. Very nice balance between malt and a clear almost sharp hoppiness. Seems to have a rather dry finish, but that could just be the hopping too, as the hop flavors lay on the tongue for a nice finish. Nice mix of flavors.
Clean, of course and fine drinking body.
Really enjoyable and a classic sample

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Photo of scvance
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml can into a half stein.

Pours a brilliantly clear, very pale yellow color with a thin white head. Very high apparent carbonation. Aroma is very clean, with mild noble hop aroma and slight sulfur. Taste is very clean, hop bitterness right up front that lingers nicely, fading to a crisp, dry finish. High carbonation, very smooth. Overall this is a classic example of a German Pilsner. Hoppy, clean, crisp, and refreshing. Perfect summer beer. Will definitely have again.

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3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
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 +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of LampertLand
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of Beric
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -9.3%
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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Photo of Huffs
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
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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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of MaximalC
1.95/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a transparent straw color with perfect clarity, topped by only the faintest whisp of a white head. Aroma is mild and primarily skunky, with a very vague sweetness and hop essence. The flavor is similar to the nose--faint and unappealing. This tastes like beer in the most generic sense of the term. There's a mild honeyed malt flavor on the front end and some hop bitterness in the finish, but those are the closest things to defined flavors I can discern. The rest is just a wash of what I would normally associate with a "light" beer. Yet another Pilsner that leaves me scratching my head as to the merits of the style.

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3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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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König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
3.76 out of 5 based on 643 ratings.
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