König Pilsener | König-Brauerei GmbH

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König PilsenerKönig Pilsener

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König-Brauerei GmbH

Style: German Pilsner

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 LittleCreature
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two fingers of foamy white head over a straw to gold body that looks highly carbonated with great clarity.

Smell - 4.0
A lovely subtle aroma of honey, toffee and grassy hops.

Taste - 4.0
I reckon this is just about as good as it gets for a German pilsener. Sweet pale malt and toffee in the start, hoppy bitterness is moderate to high with a grassy flavour. Slightly dry finish with nice lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Moderately weighted with low to moderate carbonation. Becomes slightly syrupy as it warms.

Overall - 4.0
Brilliant session beer choice, I could drink this all night. Who would have thought that this $13 a 6-pack , twist-top beer would be the best pilsener I have drunk?! This will now be a frequent buy for me, and I will be recommending it to many of my pilsener loving friends.

Re-Review: Either I massively overrated this beer to begin with, or it's just not the beer it used to be. A decent pilsener, but nothing too special.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml can
I tried this beer on October 18, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a very pale gold colour with a large foamy white head which quickly disappeared. The aroma was a combination of citrusy hops with some grainy backup. The mouthfeel was this, slightly watery, with ample carbonation. The flavour was slighty hoppy and a little bitter.

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Photo of JEdmund
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big foaming head; bright yellow and completely transparent; low to moderate carbonation bubbles rising; some lacing left

Small on aroma, but detecting some lemon, grass, fruit, and sweet malt

Taste & Mouthfeel
Initial impressions are skunky and metallic tasting; mouthfeel is decent, with a low-to-medium body, but not very carbonated; pretty crisp and refreshing, but leaves a little unwanted metallic aftertaste; improves as it warms and less metallic flavor is noticeable

Not too bad. It's light and refreshing, yet still has some flavor and character.

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Photo of diamondc
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a 12 oz single for 89 cents at the local liquor mart. Cheaper than bottled water fercrissakes. Said "BIT 07" on the back, so I'm thinking less than a year old.

Appearance was perfectly golden, a nice frothy head with some lacing. A steady column of bubbles from the bottom of my mug. Just what a pilsener should look like.

The smell was of grass and earthiness .. right away I picked up those classic Saaz hop aromas. A little bit of citrus comes out with a few swirls.

The taste was that grass/earthiness of the Saaz, with a sweetness coming at the end from the malt. Nothing too fancy here. Towards the end, the bitterness from the hops came out. Very well-balanced.

I had this really cold and it's already hot here in Texas, so it went down in less than five minutes. Drinkability is off the charts and I'm getting a case tomorrow. A great everyday drinking beer ...

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice, pale gold with a frothy two finger white head that has pretty good retention and leaves a very nice lace. Lots of visible particles on close inspection and a ton of carbonation bubbles.

S: grainy-grassy hops and a sweet malts - standard, but well pronounced, nice.

T: very smooth malty flavour with subtle hoppy bitterness in the background - grassy, bready, slightly sweet and atouhc of spice on the finish.

M: light and very crisp, very nicely carbonated and a smooth, dry finish.

D: this is a great german pils. Nothing fancy, just solid, well brought-out flavours and a clean, crisp taste making this beer very refreshing. Very, very easy to drink...I wish I had a few more right now.

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

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pilsner malt scent along with some light breadlike notes. It's dry with some German hop character. The taste is decent. It has a very dry pilsner malt flavor that goes down quick and easy and finishes clean with some light hop bitterness. It's a basic recipe with little malt complexity, but it works. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid German pils. It's nothing fancy, yet well brewed; a good drinker.

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

500 ml can. Pale yellow colour, with a big foamy head that holds long enough, and leaves some rings of lace. Smell is floral, hops, a bit of lemon. Medium body, in the mouth is dry, bitter, a bit of lemon too. Refreshing. Though I'm not fond of cans, this is a very good pilsener, maybe it lacks of some more aroma, or maybe is just the can thing, but it's a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Floydster
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle also purchased from Edelweiss Deli in Tehachapi on Christmas Eve for $2.00, split tonight with my dad

Poured into my Firestone pint glass with a golden yellow color, a small 1/4 inch soapy white head that settled pretty quickly, not much retention or lacing in this one

Smell was a little funky, pretty skunky with lots of hoppiness, strong lemon aromas, and a couple different kinds of malt

Taste was sharp and thirst quenching but not much flavor to it, a little watered down, the hops are pretty weak and you taste mostly bready accents and lager-like yeast, balanced overall because there was not much malt either, no sweetness at all, some citrus came to the surface once it had warmed but nothing to boast about, average taste overall that is fairly one dimensional

Body was nothing special but the carbonation was nice and it had a very crisp taste that would be very nice on a hot summer day, taste lasted a fair amount of time as well, not flat like other pilseners

Could probably drink a six pack of this based on its lightness and low ABV, not filling and the taste does not get too old, goes down extremely easy and is very smooth

First beer I have tried from this brewer also, had never heard of this one before either, probably would not drink again but not bad for a European pilsener

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Photo of argock
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in clear pint glass

A: Clear golden color with white foamy head that is scant and short-lived. Lively carbonation.

S: Floral hops with soft malt contribution.

T: Typical clean pilsner flavor with a little more hoppy bitterness in the finish than a typical German pilsner. Sharp malts but understated.

M: Crisp and clean with medium body. More of a Saaz hops aftertaste than I expected.

D: Serviceable but not substantially different than one of the usual Euro pilsners.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very clear, golden pilsner with a thin head.

Smell is malty with some husky and green/vegetable whiffs. The hops smell like they are extract.

Taste is medium bitter and hoppy with a raw hop extract edge. The malt is still a bit green, but when I drank my way through it started to disappear. Body was OK and drinkability was good. Quite a refreshing beer, but not a high flyer. An average German pilsner.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with "BIT 06" on the back. It pours a lightly-pale gold, with medium carbonation and an inch of white head. Smells biscuity, a bit buttery, with skunky and spicy hops in the background. Toasted and buttery malts form the base of the flavor, and on top of this are grassy, spicy, almost piney hops that impart a medium, but almost distracting bitterness. The body is medium, with equal carbonation and finish, and is quite dry on the palate. Overall, a well-crafted, quite refreshing, easily-sessionable brew, but the bitterness is a tad higher than I'm used to for they style. That aside, I really love these European pilsners - it's what plain-old beer should taste like.

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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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