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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany
kulmbacher.de

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Globetrotter on 06-06-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
231
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
17.46%
 
 
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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 231
Photo of santoslhalper
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours a golden, straw color with a huge fomay white head. Leaves sheets of lacing. The carbonation is huge, but it moves so slowly it looks the beer is dusty.

Smell: Smell's crisp, clean, and fresh, with huge clove and fruit hints. A great smelling pilsener.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Tastes indcreibly complex for a pilsener. The most interesting tasting pils I've had to date, without sacrficing any crispness. Fruits and cloves and almost pepper are tasted. Feels smooth and crisp in the mouth.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a classic beer. I was lucky enough to find this, and I will hunt it down again. A challengly complex beer that may be harsh to the young palate. But to me, this beer is just about perfect. I'm gonna go kill the keg by myself (just kidding.. but I wish I could). Superb brew.

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Photo of malty
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 0.3L HB tumbler. As brilliantly clear as a beer can get; pale golden yellow with a creamy, loose 1 1/2" head. Sparse visible uprising carbonation. Thick white rings of heavenly lace all the way down.

A few swirls of my tasting glass presents an ultra clean pale malted barley scent with a slightly sugary and faintly sour note. A lemony citrus rind rings true with an ever-so tempting CLEAN nose.

The flavors of this lager are very unique I must say. Very soft and faintly sweet clean malty goodness along with a cracker dry and clean hop counterpart. There's an unorthodox depth to this beer in that the flavors are clean, crisp and a bit muted right out of the gate. It's only after a couple seconds that the fullness of these delicate flavors emerge and blossom. There's no bite or edge to this beer at all. The quality really shines.

Mouthfeel is just as unique. The carbonation level seems to be a bit low at first. After a second or two, the ultra-fine bubbles awaken the dry and crisp flavorful finish. Soft and airy mouthfeel with a clean body that just a bit right of light bodied.

Drinkability is excellent. I'm sooo bummed I only have 1 longneck bottle - now it's gone. Session beer to the fullest. Food friendly too.

Overall a lager that I fell head-over-heels for. Such a soft and delicate beer with no sharp edges or bitter quirks at all. Quality, quality, quality reigns unrivaled in this German jewel. I want more now!!!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kulmbacher Edelherb has a thick, fluffy, off-white head and a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, with minimal lacing. The aroma is full, bready, and sweet. Taste is of sweet, white bread, and cracker, and it has a pleasant hop bitterness across the mid and back sip. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Kulmbacher Edelherb finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, delightful, and highly drinkable. If there are flaws with this, I’m unaware of them.

RJT

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Photo of Jimmys
4.46/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a beautiful white head that lasts and laces well. Color is light yellow-gold. Aroma is fresh pilsner malt and grassy, floral hops. Flavor is a nice balance of light, sweet malts and soft hop flavor and bitterness. Very easy to quaff. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side but refreshing. Outstanding beer I will buy again.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a German standard brown half-liter bottle with foil around the neck and a silver and white label featuring the brewery's coat of arms. Purity law applies. Best before 1/14/05, I opened it on 6/5/04.

Pours a crystal clear gold under a two finger snow white head with lots of bubbles. The head settles slowly, leaving good lacing. There's a full good strong malt and crisp hops nose that doesn't wait for you to sniff it, but rather reaches out to you from quite a distance. The mouth is very prickly and fairly light. The taste opens with good sweet barley serving as an appropriate complement to a strong pilsner hoppy bite. The hops linger long after the liquid is gone, even making a wonderful resurgence of bitterness some 30 seconds later. This is a crisp thirst-quencher that simultaneously inspires even greater thirst. Good summer session beer.

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Photo of putnam
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have long been missing the aged 5-liter mini kegs of this beer that were closed-out by our local wholesaler in 2003. That was such a nutty, viscous study in light lager. I've never encountered anything quite like it.

This is like a young, vervy sporty version of that.

The tannins are more gripping, though they still conspire in an illusion of raw nutty wholesomeness. Pale yellow clear liquid. Bready moistness defines the texture -- an acheivement for a light lager I believe. Lagerbier is about balance of freshness-causing lemony lemoniness. Make no mistake: this is mega-brewed beer. Fabulous, mega, dirty nutshells, baked lemon peels, dry sugars. Wow. Nothing like it.

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Photo of Spikester
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a two fingered long lasting white head. Plentiful lacings all the way down the glass.
Other than a hint of skunk upon opening the bottle the aroma was floral hops and a whiff of citrus.
Taste is lemon citrus, grassy, some breadiness, and a smooth bitter dry finish from the hops. Not overly sweet.
Mouthfeel is just right for the style.
Drinkability is exceptional if you don't mind the $1.99 per 11.2 ounce bottle. Very nice smooth Pils.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - very clear light golden straw color with a decent head that settles into a chunky lacing

S - sweet honey-like malt with some grain-like character with a touch of hops

T - initially malty with a nice strong noble hop flavor and finish; decoction-like quality typical of a traditional German brauerei

M - light-medium body, moderate to high carbonation

D - This is a really good German pils and defines the style really well; it rivals some of my favorites in the German pils style

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle
Appearance is pale yellow with nice full head. The head falls slowly away to form a mottled skim coat.
Smell is bready malt flavors - the smell is delicate.
Taste is as it smells. The taste really is forward and there is a touch of hops at the finish.
Light/Medium body. A little oily and very slippery smooth. Nice carbonation level with fine bubbles.
Great drinking pils. Probably the best one I've had. I'm glad that I grabbed this one for my mix a six at Town Wine and Spirits!

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised to find this at the infamous "Stateline." (What a selection!) Light amber color, rich head that disappated quickly, very mild hop smell and crisp, clean taste. Easily one of my favorite German pilseners. Excellent balance of rich malt flavor. Perhaps I can find a whole case.

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Photo of yen157
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured straw yellow with a big (vigorous pour), fine, whit head. A little minty in the nose. Pils malt lingers in the background. Light bready malt and slightly peppery, herbaceous hops. This is one gorgeous beer. Mouthfeel is damn perfect for a pils. I wish it was a little bit cheaper of a six pack, though.

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Photo of schusterbauer
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

rich golden liquid, aggressively poured, forms a huge white head that leaves significant lacing. smell is heavily of warm stale bread crust, with hints of lilac and noble hops. taste is rich with lemon zest and cream, buttered toast, spicy hops, floral accents -- a very complex pilsner. refined mouthfeel, but also curiously creamy, as if there is lactose involved.
delicious and highly drinkable.
drinkability has a 4.0 right now, because i wonder if the complexity of the beer would prevent it from being consumed in large quantities on a summer day. i plan on testing this.

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Photo of ejimhof
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light color but what makes a pilsener is the type of hops. This beer has the right hops just not as much as some other pilseners. Taste is a reminder of what American Macros should be shooting for. Very easy to drink with no noticeable aftertaste so drinking a few of these should not be a problem. In the summer I forget about porters and stouts and try as many different lagers and pilseners as I can find. This is one of the better ones.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, pale straw yellow with a nice soapy head and good retention. A wonderful display of Kulmbach lace.

Smell: Clean, bready, cracker like yeast. Some Saaz hops are noticed.

Taste: Crisp, refreshing and light on the palate. Pale malt flavor, faint biscuit, spicy hop and clean lager finish. Pilsnerriffic.

Mouthfeel: Light, good sting of carbonation, spicy and drying hop lingers into the finish.

Overall: Very high drinkability, nice, mellow flavors with an assertive hop character. What else can you ask for in a pilsner? I wish that this were in my market, and if it weren't so obscure to the average drinker, it could be quite popular.

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Photo of plaid75
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a robust cereal grain with an equally strong noble hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront earthy noble hop spice with a solid and delicious doughy grain background.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness and creamy.

Overall a well balanced, earthy, spicy pils. Excellent.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils brewed by Kulmbacher Brauerei AG, with an ABV 4.90% This brew pours nice amber color, with a nice white head. It has the look of most Pilsener brews on market. Not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils, is rich with malts, grains , and hops. The smell is nice and inviting. Now for the the taste, it is bold with flavors. I like the taste of this brew. You pick up on the hops and malts , in this brew. There is nothing overpowering about Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils , it has a nice balance to it. The mouthfeel of this brew is rich, full bodied, and clean. This is a nice smooth drinking brew. Overall I'm giving Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of crossovert
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle of "malt liqour".

Pours with a bright white quickly dissipating head that looks like soapy bubbles, not good for a pils. On the other side, the color of the beer is spot on.

This one is maltier on the nose than most with herbal, medicinal hops.

The mouthfeel is the most noticeable thing of this brew, it is significantly fuller than most pilseners, and I like it. The taste of this one is also classic pilsener, the hops come out more in the taste though they are perfectly balanced with the malt.

The drinkability is up there, this is a classic German made pils.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was served on tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light clear amber, with a half inch head, and little spots of lacing down the glass.

Smells quite fresh and pilsner-y- classic bready malts and grassy hops. Simple but satisfying.

Like most pilsners, this isn't going to super bold, but there's just a lot of great flavor here anyway. Killer grassy hop character, tiny bit floral, and bready, crackery malts. Slightly grainy, but not much.

This is light bodied, with a clean, crisp, and delightful mouthfeel. The carbonation level is normal, and the drinkability is incredibly high.

One of the better classic Pilsners that I've had, this one should be rated higher.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw yellow gold, decent beginning head that shrinks to a thin film, a bit of lacing, decent. The aroma is pretty straightforward, good grainy malt base with some noble hops. The taste similarly has nothing to hide, similarly grainy, doughy malt with fair hop balance, a nice full envelope. The mouth is pretty full, good carbonation, in all a very drinkable pils.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pale straw color with a big ole rocky head that I had to almost chew through.

Aroma is the slightest bit skunky, but overall a really good light sweet and crisp malt.

FLoral and powdery hop profile with the slightest metallic twang. It's a really nice sweet wheat type taste in there too. Incredibly crisp and refreshing. My pilsener glass was emplty before I kenw it! God I love a pils when it's done right. Nice spingy carbonation and a really great finish and aftertaste with some mild saltiness to it.
Yum!

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my favorite part of the post-holiday has to be walking into giant eagle and seeing an abundance of 5L german mini kegs!

A- comes out forcefully once tapped, so the head is big and rocky and white as snow. awfully wrinkly as it settles and bridges of lace are clinging to the sides of the glass as it slowly and reluctantly settles down. super ultra crazy clear golden body. i can see the wrinkles in my fingers through it. this seriously looks as good as any pils i've ever seen and if i remember correctly, my toppers are veltins and noble pils.

S- floral somewhat fruity apple and grape skin hops with a grassy earthy edge. almost smoky in a sort of way, or rather steamy, as if green things were being heated, think fresh grass and herbs on the fire. lemony kinda, with a mild citric twang. white bread and cracker malt hold things together.

T- a bit cardboardy in the taste from the malt, but the hops are bright and floral and fruity and the taste of white grape and green apple hits me immediately with a bit of pear. not overly bitter, the hops have more complex flavor than bitterness. grassy fruity and earthy, apple, cucumber, dill, maybe something like spinach?? with a bit of citrus. i don't think i've ever used spinach as a comparison but it really fits here. finishes with a great balance and mild bitterness.

MF- wholesome feel for a pils, but still light and bubbly enough to fit the style admirably. a little sweeter than most and not so dry, but the feel compels me to reach for the glass again and again.

D- this one is a solid B++ and i'm glad i have another 4.5 liters to go. something makes me wanna break out my 36oz spaten oktoberfest mug and tear this bitch up. i will not have a problem emptying this baby keg.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12pz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Bright golden color with perfect clarity. Huge Rocky white head retains with the best of them. Clumpy and foamy lacing.

S: Sweet Pilsner malt, dough, toasty grain. Green grass, grape leaves, and spicy herbs.

T: Sweet pilsner malt And a good dose of toasty grain. Some match strike sulfur. Sharp peppery and herbal hop bitterness. Grass clippings. Clean. Mild lemon zest. Earthy/herbal and bitter hop finish.

M: Light in body with softer malt textures. Crisply carbonated.

O: A very good German Pilsner. Hits all the marks for the style. The hop bitterness is ample and at the stronger end of the spectrum for the style. Crisp, clean, drinkable, nice.

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Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good, but not outstanding, German pilsner.

Bright, pale gold, it has a very big white head slowly shrinking to a thick foamy top. It leaves a little weak, foamy lace.

Aroma is a lot of bread, herbs, hay, hints of apple and mineral. It is clean and aromatic, a good German pilsner aroma.

Tatset is srong, fresh, full-bodied grain with a lot of herb , hints of green grass and bread. It starts balanced, leaning faintly to the sweet side, but finishes just slightly bitter with a lightler herbal bitterness that lingers after the finish with grainy sweetness and hint of lemon pulp.

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Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
3.78 out of 5 based on 231 ratings.
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