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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

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Photo of JOaikido
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml can. Best before 13-03-2008.

A- Clear golden yellow. White head. Some bubbles. A few particles floating in the beer. Head settles but leaves some lacing.

S- Floral and lemon hops. Mild but nice.

T- Nice balanced hops up front and lasting through to the finish. Faint lemon flash. Not a strong beer, but not bland either. One od the better pilsener/pale golden lagers I've had. Has a very good balance of pale (and somewhat neutral ) malt and light hops. has a fresh taste and feeling.

MF- Crisp. Not too watery. Good for the style.

D- Very easy drinking and well made lager. What the macros wish they were.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good German pils here,unexpected.Nice clear golden yellow with good size rocky white head and some decent lacing.Not much on the aroma though,fresh clean green grass,didn't get much else,had to get the nose right in the glass.Goes down creamy right off the bat,didn't expect that,quite a bit of bitterness to it,can taste a hint of metalic,some grains and lite smooth grass,powerful carbonation on this one,but none the less,still goes down rather well,very thirst quenching and would make a decent session beer.On a hot summer day,this would go over quite well,highly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Later tasting - original review was 10/20/07

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute

A - clear yellow straw color with a thick chunky foam head

S - noble hops up front with malt present, but in the background

T - noble hop flavor dominates with the soft simple sweet malt flavors, very clean lager character with no noticeable yeast esters or phenols

M - light body with moderately high carbonation

D - This is a fine example of a German pilsner. It's crisp, clean with an appropriate level of hops and the malt to support.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a lightly faded gold with abundant champagne-like carbonation and a sturdy head that leaves rings of lace after each sip. Great floral and earthy hop presence in the nose with a solid, sweetish malt backbone with just a touch of graininess. Flavor is bright and with a light maltiness. There is some crackery flavor from the malt with just a kiss of sweetness. Hops come very floral, and almost grape-y, and leave a nice lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and spritzy, but a lingering residual sweetness, makes this just the slightest bit sticky. Some peculiarities with the mouthfeel affect the drinkability slightly, but this is still a good session.

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Photo of decom
2.84/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a nice "pale-golden" yellow, nice head, that last fairly long.
Smell is nothing to write home about.
The taste is ok, but I kept wishing it was a tad more malty.
I found the mouthfeel to be quite disappointing. Way to watery.

For the price it cost, I wouldn't be buying this again.

It's like your typical german pilsener, but watered down, if you ask me.

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Photo of crwills
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 500mL can of this at the LCBO. Poured a really nice-looking pale golden colour with a HUGE fluffy head that stuck around (had to do a double pour). Mild metallic notes from the can to start off with, but they go away quickly. Restrained hop flavours balance well with a light but tasty (slightly sweet) malt character. Bit of a floral tone in the aroma.

A decent pilsner, for sure.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden straw color with a decent amount of chunky white head that fades quickly, but laces the glass. Smells slightly of yeast and noble hops. Smells like it might be bitter. Tastes like not much sweetness or malt flavor but a good amount of hop bitterness. Finishes clean. Mouthfeel is very creamy at first turning into tingly near the end. Not bad at all. Overall, it's very drinkable, not too unbalanced, finishes well.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold yellow, clear, bubbly with foamy head. Mouthfeel was thin and carbonated. Mostly a mild "skunk" hops in the nose, but little of that. A bit of bready malt at first taste, with a very mild hops "bite." Unfortunately, like so many German imports of this light-colored, lower hopped lager variety, there was a strange, underlying cardboard (metallic?) taste that, for me at least, undermined the sheer drinkability of the beer. Otherwise, this would be a very tasty one indeed. It wasn't bad and with German celebrities like Til Schweiger ("Driven," "King Arthur," etc.) offering their support of the product on the brewery's web page, you can't go wrong. Seriously, as popular German beers go, this is a good one.

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Photo of AlexLMS
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: very clear with a medium golden color. The head is white, moderate in size and well formed. Good retention with a nice lacing.
Aroma: agreeable hoppy and floral nose.
Taste: balanced toward the malt.
Mouthfeel: smooth, reasonable carbonation, low alcoholic strength, light body.
Finish: lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Pleasant and refreshing. Nothing spectacular but a fine German pilsener.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

400 ml serving in a Konig Pilsner branded Tulip, served at the lovely Stuttgarter Bar in Tenerife.

Appearance - Pale golden straw colour, 2 finger creamy head that quickly dissipates to a thin crown. Lively beading evident, not a lot of lacing.

Smell - lots of hops, some faint bready malt sweetness, maybe some grassy notes aswell, but hops dominate

Taste - a bit thin and watery for me, hops are apparent, but i didnt get a nice malty bread aftertaste like i want, it seemed to pale away into a watery insignificance.

Mouthfeel - highly carnbonated and refreshing as a pilsner should be, however, watery

Drinkability - i wouldnt say no to one i guess, but its not a standout pilsner, very much a run of the mill mass produced offering, still prefer it to carling though!

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Photo of aussielars
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw-coloured with a quick disappearing head. Very effervescent and lively.
Refreshing smell of grass, bready malt, and slight citrus. Very good hop balance, with a very nice bitter dry aftertaste.

Light mouthfeel and very easy to drink. I will be back for more of this one for sure.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hey nice, The mother-in-law shows up with a birthday 6pk of a beer I never tried. Now how can I get wifey to do that?

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pils glass. The liquid is light yellow with nice carbonation. The head is very nice, plane white, 2 fingers and a bit of lace.

The smell is good German Pils. No Question this should taste just fine.

The Taste follows all the way. This is nice and dry, slightly bitter, nice bready malt.

The mouthfeel is great. What a light and delicate brew. Almost like a beverage from across the Rhine. Very nice carbonation but light, airy and elegant, small velvety bubbles. What a treat.

The drinkability is great as I put 2 way in short order.
Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of stcules
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden, quite carbonated, with a white and creamy head.
In the smell, quite fresh, a good hop meets some malty hints. Clean.
In the taste, a dryness, very dry. Very drinkable, it left a clean mouth. Good hop, fresh and abundant.
A pils.
Good bitterness in the aftertaste too, grassy. Dry, for a great drinkability.
Not artisanal for sure, but well made.

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Photo of InDreams
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this in Munich during Oktoberfest @ Supermarket so I could try various German beers fresh and straight from the Fatherland.

A: Poured out of the 0.5 Litre Bottle into a Pilsner Glass. Two finger, fluffy white head with a lot of lacing. Pale golden hue with a good amount of carbonated bubbling within. Very fine beer to view.

S: Kinda hoppy, grassy a bit, pretty straightforward and clean. The term floral might apply too. Not overwhelming but very pleasant and true to style.

T: Wow, quite nice. Very, very smooth, with a bready maltiness and a good amount of floral, hoppiness with a bit of a bite at the backend. Not a bite from the carbonation mind you. Not very bitter at all, as you might expect from some other pilsners. Nice and tasty. I'm definitely a fan.

M: Oh so smooth, light bodied but not so much as an American-macro Pils. Carbonation makes itself felt, but the smoothness is dominant.

D: I could easily spend a session with this beer. It's very tasty, a great example of a German Pilsner, light and smooth. Yeah, it's a good one.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 355ml (12 fl.oz) thin bodied brown glass standard looking tall thin bodied brown glass bottle sealed with a white crown cap which has a colorful logo. White oval main label with a matching neck affair. “König Pilsener” in silver text. Complex freshness date of “BIT 05 L 5524 K”, but no strength listed.

Appearance: Pale golden body with a lime green effervescence when backlit. Bleached white head rises quickly but fades to a ¼” thick covering on the return. Splodgy lacing, but not much. Finely dissolved conditioning supports average looks.

Nose: Soft floral nose, sharp bitter hops and a metallic finish on the nasal passage. Staid but clean.

Taste: Clean start, crisp hops with a sodium infused metallic middle. Gentle powered potassium lines a mineralistic finish. Soft but crisp and starched with a white collar edge.

Mouthfeel: Average embolism, headache or brain tumor, who knows. But it slips between the two and often fails to be as exciting as either of the options.

Drinkability: Disappeared in no time, the metallic edge took at least a point away from the so-so Drinkability though. Nice enough effort despite the metallic edge.

Overall: Slack at times; clean, but stunningly average and attractive with its simplistic poise. Average though. (O-K)önig, so to speak.

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Photo of Mindsquall
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured from the can to a typical pilsener yellow with a head that reduced to a bit of chunk on the top. Smell is clean with lots of barley. Taste is quite hoppy, not excessive, just right. For the hop content, this brew is quite refreshing and easy to drink, a little bitter which gives it an edge, but overall. not bad at all.

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Photo of Derek
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at an Italian restaurant (Vi Vadi) in Munich. Not bad... for a pizza beer!

A: Clear yellow, HUGE fluffy white head, some retention, awesome lace.

S: Earthy & grassy hops. A little bready malt.

T: Earthy & grassy hops, fairly assertive bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation.

D: Good... though it is fairly hoppy, and I wasn't overly fond of these hop flavours.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No green bottle here. Color is a sparkling golden with plenty of carbonation. The foamy head is tall and thick. Retention is above average. Aroma is sweet and grainy with a mild herbal hop smell. Flavor is more of the same: sweet and grainy. Taste is less dry than most pils with a bit more of a sweet malt flavor. Herbal hop is there, but not as strong as expected. Anyway, this pils had some helles-like qualities that I really enjoyed. This is definently better that most of the German pilseners that make it to the states.

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Photo of RoBotGod
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This follows the textbook style of German brewing. The heavy milk like lace and sun tainted skunk smell is the first thing you get from it. It has somewhat of a cleaner taste then some of the other pilsners I’ve had. The beer follows the footsteps of all the others from the region but I get a little more yeast taste from it. The price is cheaper that the others as well. If I was looking for this style, I would probably pick this one up again.

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Photo of Andreji
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased it on a brief stop in Koeln at the local kaufhof, sipped on it on an RE between this city and Aachen.

The pour was nothing fantastic and the smell was also just average.

But the truly worthy trait was the taste. this lager rather surprised me to the point of giving it a high rating, because I found it exceptionally refreshing with a strong hoppy finish, not overwhelming however considerably strong felt. I was fascinated, well, however much a pilsener can do that to me, but still, this is a fairly good beer if I ever spot it as one of my choices (erm, if ever in germany soon).

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like German Pilsners, theyre the ultimate thirst quencher.

This one pours a very clear straw color with good head retention and impressive lace. Awesome tight packed lines of carbonation stream up the glass. The aroma is sufficiently bready with a very complex hop character. Noble hop sea air is there, but also a pronounced spicyness and earthyness. The taste is malty with toasted grain hints in the background. Hoppyness is well rounded with a lingering bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth and not as carbonated as most pilsners in cans.

Overall I can say my expectations were exceeded with this pils, maybe even better than Bitburger, my German Pils benchmark.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned sample. Medium gold in colour with high carbonation. Grainy malt aroma is dominant, with some very mild soapy notes on the back end. Malt dominated flavors as well, with some grassy noble hop contributions, and some mineral notes. Solid bitterness with a slightly drying white flour quality on the finish. Nothing special, but fairly satisfying, especially on a warm day. You could do much worse.

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Photo of Viggo
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden, big frothy white head forms that refuses to go, little bit of lace. Light sweet malt, some citrusy hops are present, honey. Taste is sweet and honeylike, little bit of citrus near the end, nice dry finish, little bitter. Light bodied, medium carbonation, very smooth, pretty tasty for a generic German pilsener

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Photo of pootz
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A yellow-gold colored German pils with a nice retentive white frothy cap...laces well. Aroma is malt pronouced and sweetish with light pine like aromas. Great malt delivery to the palate...bready but light sweetness is balanced well with pine-citrus hops but it is a mellow hop presense...not sharp like the Czech pils....finish is mild and bisquity with a light citrus twang...I like this smooth tastey pils and at this price, leave the domestic crap and cheaper commie pilsners on the shelf. This one delivers a great German malty taste in mellow balence with pine-citrus hopping for a pleasant, fresh taste.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer's really good in Germany. The sample I'm reviewing however, was not in Germany. Picked this up in a Moscow supermarket - fond old memories came flooding back. Purity law applies of course. Best before 10/26/05, I opened it on 12/10/04.

Pours a slightly darker than standard clear gold under a very disappointing 1/2 finger fizzy white head that faded way to fast for a pilsener and left no lace. The nose of mild sweet malt is OK, but could use a bit more hoppy spice. The mouth is solid: very prickly and slightly sticky. Taste has the requisite sweet barley opening, but the hoppy bitter follow-up is too subdued, even hard to find. There's some dryness in the finish, but malt is the predominant component. It's OK, but by no means great. Go to the lower Rhine and have one on tap.

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Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 690 ratings