Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils
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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #76
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,320
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 12.24%
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
286
From:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  14
Gots
  29
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: Our Edelherb is the first Kulmbacher Pils and is brewed according to the original recipe. In memory of the brewing family.
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Light to medium gold in color with steady cascading bubbles and bright white creamy foam resting on top.

S - Citrus, lemon, earthiness, all with some crackery aroma.

T - Some graham cracker honey malt sweetness underneath with nice earthy, herbally citrus and straw.

M - Big medium body with prickly carbonation.

O - The balance between hops and malt is perfect in this beer.

Jun 23, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear straw like gold, two finger head that leaves a lacing and constant half finger head throughout, good head retention on this one. Smell is a weak smell of cut grass, hard to gather, taste is bitter, and dry. Feel is ever so slightly sticky. This used to be one of my favourites but now not so sure. A tiny bit on the dry side for my palate but strangely the taste gets wetter as you go along. Not as refreshing as others but a high quality pils.

Jun 22, 2020
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SHolzi43

4.71/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: clear golden and very good clarity
Smell: roasted grain
Taste: absolutely balanced taste. Unlike some other Pilsner it is very smooth, balanced in bitterness and has a robust malty flavor. Even women like it.
Feel: Very refreshing even in summer time.
Overall: My favorite beer - just can't get it all the time

Apr 19, 2020
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edward_boumil from New York

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What I like most about this pils is it’s body and sweetness.

Unlike most German pils, which tend to have a more crackery and honey type malt thing going on, this one inclined a bit more toward toasted grain. Get toast, brown sugar, and then the more typical honey and graham notes in there as well. Also the faintest touches of fruit in there as well.

Hops are good, have that characteristic herbal and floral note. Just wish the were the slightest bit more present.

As for the mouthfeel, damn good. Has a slightly more robust flavor than your standard pils, but doesn’t seem to sacrifice on the body, still remarkably smooth, light and refreshing.

Honestly just a well crafted pils all around. The price point for an import is a tad steep, but I think it’s worth it if you’re looking for a refreshing beer that won’t disapoint

Mar 06, 2020
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance
Straw blonde. Excellent clarity. Moderate carbonation. Creamy white head.

Nose
Cracker, doughy bread, grass, and spice.

Taste
Cracker, doughy bread, and a touch of biscuit. Lightly herbal and grassy with a snap of floral spice.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, clean, dry, and moderately bitter.

Overall
Crisp, dry, and refreshing.

Jul 22, 2019
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aleigator from Germany

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, pale golden color with a medium sized, froth head.

Smells of herbal, fresh cut grass, slightly sugared bread dough and dried lime zest.

This is very light bodied and quite refreshing, due to the beer‘s higher, slightly metallic carbonation and its dryness during the finish.

Tastes bready, while sweet malts bring a dry leaf note to the table, accompanied by an initial aqueous softness. This balanced first impression gets more vivid, once the beer‘s carbonation sparkles up, offering more bready malts and a dry, almost peppermint like, herbal peak. Finishes light and crisp, with a light cracker note and well pronounced dry hops among gently balancing toffee to bready malts.

This has a fantastic balance to it, making the beer drink almost too easy, if it wasn‘t for its herbal, leafy hop dryness. A real treat for traditional Pils lovers, looking for a crisp and light refreshment.

Jul 15, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely translucent, straw gold with a fluffy, 1.5 inch bright white head that gradually dissipates into a solid slick. Thick bands of lacing are revealed as the brew recedes. Nose is clean with some grassy notes. Taste follows nose with the addition of some cereal malt sweetness. Hops presence is somewhat minimal. Mouthfeel is lighting body with a soft, easy, even carbonation. All and all, a decent German Pils; however, needs more of a noble hops bite and a crisper carbonation.

Jun 17, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a completely clear bright gold color. Thin two finger white velvety head dissipates leaving a thin layer of foam on top of the beer. Sticky white lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma has notes of sweet bready malts, and some light grassy hops.

Taste has notes of bready malts, some light lemon grass and grassy notes. Touch of spicy bitterness on the finish. Very malts with that sweet bread note playing prominently up front. Lightly sweet.

Feel is somewhat chewy yet medium to light bodied. Easy drinking. Mild carbonation, but pretty crisp.

Overall its very nice German pilsner.

Mar 05, 2019
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Market of Choice.

A clear golden orange with a dense white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is grainy and mildly sweet with a noticeable hop character. Earthy, minty, mildly lemony, this is solid. What this beer does have is a unique roundness to the nose, soft, supple, deep, not unlike an open fermented beer. The palate opens with a grainy sweetness with honey, mildly kettle caramelized grain, a bready melanoidin note. This is followed by a form bitterness , earthy and minty. The mouthfeel is spectacular. Soft, creamy, full yet light, this is just brilliant.

Mar 03, 2019
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Anacross from Washington

4.89/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear golden and bright liquid. White fluffy foam hangs on graciously.
Smell and taste have toasted malts and grains, fresh hops with a delicious dry finish.
Very rich flavor, with perfect balance in everything. A superb beer for sure.

Dec 29, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with excellent clarity. There’s a fingernail of off white on top. I smell grassy German hops and light, crackery malt. I’m tasting a kiss a grassy German hops and light malt. The mouth is very light and crisp.

Nov 15, 2018
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moose1980 from Germany

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was about three months from bottling date, but still smelled and tasted fresh. Pours clear, light golden with a dense, long-lasting white head. Aroma is all Pilsner malt and light, grassy hops. Taste is the same; only a lightly cracker-malt character to support the grassy/spicy hops, which themselves aren't overpowering. Crisp finish. Nice German Pils.

Mar 17, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A bit fruity/yeasty aromas, but not overwhelming. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.9%, Overall this is a delicious German pilsner. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink; with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Never aggressively bitter, nice malt body for the ABV. Nothing but clean Pils malt and balancing noble hops. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Feb 10, 2018
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spoony from Colorado

3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml bottle (smudged code on the label) to a stang.

A-The beer looks the part: it is clear and light golden in color with a two finger head of white foam. The head is pillowy and dense, and retention is good. A fat cap of foam hangs around on the beer the entire time I'm drinking. Carbonation is active too.

S-A little whiff of sulfur greets my nose as I inhale. I also pick up dried grass and hay, a bit of bread crust, and some grain. It is pretty simple and quite dry.

T-The taste tracks the smell closely. I don't get that sulfur note, but a dry mixture of bread crust, cereal grain, and cracker flavors compete with the hay-like hops for my attention. There is just the slightest hint of lemongrass. Finish is dry.

M-The body is light and carbonation is effervescent on the palate. It drinks easily and appropriately for the style.

O-This is a decent, well-made beer, but it lacks pop and uniqueness. I say that even comparing to other old-world examples and taking hoppy pils out of the mix. I would drink this beer if it were around and cheap, but I don't need to go out of my way to find it or drink more of it.

Sep 24, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Refreshing. But not particularly interesting either. I suspect "one and done." But a good summer beer you might try.
Looks are a bit paler than I like, although decent lace.
Smells are mostly malt; but I was expecting some regional herbs from Edel.
Got mostly malt in the Taste and the mild hop bitterness in each sip was appreciated.
Felt refreshing. Carbonation bringing that home, but it also got smoother as the bottle disappeared.
Decent with a light summer meal.

Jul 03, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$ 2.64 (Including tax)/11.2 oz bottle ($ 0.236/oz) at The Lager Mill, Frankenmuth, MI.
Standard euro export 330mL bottle marked 2624172 stored at 42 degrees. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – grassy and grainy.
Head large (Maximum six cm, aggressive pour), white, dense creamy froth, average retention, diminishing to an irregular ten to eighteen mm frothy ring and a frothy partial layer fed by the effervescence.
Lacing – partial rings of thick froth.
Body – golden, clear, effervescent.
Flavor – lightly grassy with a little hop bitterness and just a hint of malt. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – light, watery, lively carbonation.

A very good pils, something I no longer consider an oxymoron.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.5.

Jun 16, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very heavy, thick brown bottle. I appreciate good glass.

The beer itself pours dark gold with a minimal head and decent fizz. The aroma is that of a rather fresh-seeming Munich pils: grassy and floral with some light, spicy hops.

Tastes like a classic example of the style, but that classic-ness is made all the more conspicuous by the fact that it's so fresh-seeming. I don't know if I just lucked upon an especially recent shipment, or maybe if the heavy-duty glass does some good work in lessening the effects of time. The recipe is simple: grass, hay, flowers, hops, and then a dry finish with zero esters. It's just done very well.

Overall, this lacks the "oomph" factor found in my favorite versions of the style, but it was nonetheless a very enjoyable and well-made beer.

May 17, 2017
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thomasdidymus55 from Michigan

3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look...honey Golden, clear
Smell..Natural, nothing jumping out at the nose.
Taste..Quite pleasant... Smooth with not much happening.
Feel..Nicely carbonated..Light
Overall...I don't think it was worth the price at 16.89 a sixpk. Had better pilsners than this.

Mar 24, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My second birthday beer is yet another bottle, but I am excited to try this one. I am more of a fan of the hoppier Czech Pilseners, but a German Pils will do. It also gets me one more step closer to the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

From the bottle (translated from German): "Brewed according to the Bavarian purity of 1516."; "Our Edelherb is the first Kulmbacher Pils and is brewed according to the original recipe. In memory of the brewer's family. [undersigned] D Reichel"; "With noble aromas. Brewed according to the original recipe. Quality is no accident. Over 40 ongoing checks ensure that our noble heritage is always the most demanding. [undersigned] R. Wallace Head of Quality Assurance".

I Pop!ped the cap and began a moderate pour, but it was rich in carbonation & quickly formed a finger of dense, foamy, bone-white head with great retention, forcing me to back off. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5) with NE-quality clarity and I girded myself for the arrival of the Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus. They surprised me with a modest entrance, carrying a cake with candles & some balloons for me! They even allowed me to drink first before starting in, in earnest. Nose was more metallic than I am used to, but it still had a bready quality. Mouthfeel was medium, but very carbonated. The taste did not really follow the nose as I did not sense anything off about it. Instead, the taste had the honey-drizzled biscuitiness that is the hallmark of the style. Finish was clean, crisp & dry. A very refreshing drink on an unseasonably warm day in late-Febrewary.

Feb 25, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice German Pils. Completely clear and golden, with a tall white head. The aroma is floral...with a little spice and grass. The taste is moderately dry, spicy, and with a firm bitterness. The body is medium/full. Clean finish to a straightforward beer.

Jan 13, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; code 27501517.
A: Pours a crystal clear, golden color with a one half inch, white limited retention and spotty lacing.
S: Aromas of grains, dark bread crust, and pepper predominate.
T: Dry. Flavors of grasses and apple with a very light bitterness contributing to a clean finish.
M: Light bodied with light effervescence. Drinks very smooth.
O: A delicious, moderately complex Pilsner. Really enjoyed it more the second time.

Dec 29, 2016
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured with nice frothy head that dissipated to thin veil. Very pale yellow color. Mild nose, cracked malt and grassy. Delicate mouthfeel, well-balanced with nice graininess and right balance of bitterness in finish.

Sep 12, 2016
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can't figure out this date. Tastes very good. Good hop aromatics, subtle. Flavor is clean, very clean. Good bitterness. Assertive without cloying. Very refreshing and a fine Pilsner.

Aug 19, 2016
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diemilio from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

OK beer; pretty standard pilsner. Very drinkable, good carbonation with good hoppy bite at the end. However, not very exciting. Very good for food paring, but not so much as a standalone beer.

Jul 28, 2016
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carlborch from Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 11.2 fl oz bottle marked 2551181 it pours a brilliant, light gold, and produces a 2-inch white pillowy head that eventually settles in at 0.5 inch. Carbonation appears to be quite well developed. Sweet malt dominates the nose with a backbone of hop aromas. The body is medium-light. It is quite sweet on the palate without much bitter hops albeit some hop flavors. The malt is there as well, but appears singular. That is, I do not find this to be a multi-layered, complex beer. The carbonation is pleasant, yet modest. Nice Belgian lace is produced. There is a slight bitter herb note to the finish, which lingers a bit. This pilsner reminds me of Ringnes Brigg.

Jul 17, 2016
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