Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium PilsKulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils

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Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of thomasdidymus55
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

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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 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 diemilio
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of carlborch
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of BigGold
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

First had poured from 11.2-oz. bottle, stamped "2517191," into tumbler. Edelherb is a fairly standard German pilsener. Sessionable with German(-like) food.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Straw golden color with a fizzy white head and nice lacing

S: Some corn, malt and grain some skunky hops.

T: Light malt, a grainy corny taste some skunky hops.

F: Light and Crisp, with fairly high carbonation.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into lager glass.
Pours clear golden with nice white head, good retention.
Smell - malty, sulphuric notes, honey hues, noble grassy hops.
Taste - clean malty, peppery ang grassy hops.
Light body and medium carbonation.

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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 Oleg85
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled July 2015.
L: Pours clear golden with a lot of small rising bubbles. Thick white head 3 fingers tall.
S: Slight sweet smell with a bit of hops.
T: Tastes also sweet. I found some malts tasting like dough or bread. Slight bitternes.
F: Very light bodied, watery, good carbonation.
O: This is not what i like in beers. It fits company drinking but do not worth it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

it seems the czech style pils is a lot more in vogue among american breweries these days, and has really jumped out in from of the german ones in popularity and availability, so its nice to see a tasty german one on tap. count on jakes in littleton for tasty beers not available real widely. super clear in color, brightly carbonated, sunny yellow in color with a tall and lasting pure white head easily an inch high. it smells and tastes a lot more fresh than a lot of these usually do, maybe thats a keg next to a green bottle thing, but this lacks any oxidation, skunk, or staleness that has steered me away from a lot of the imported lighter beers. i was very surprised by how hoppy this seems to be as well, a leafy bitter vegetal thing going on, short of floral but quite alive. i do not recall quite this level of hops in other german examples of the style, but it makes this unique in its class. its also really smooth with a little more body than others, despite its low abv, just a genuinely satisfying beer by all counts. these are the kind of lagers i like to drink, and id love to see more of this stuff around. close enough to the norms to be old worldy and traditional, but distinct enough to stand out from the crowd. i need this one by the gallon.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty classic pils - arguably premium, even. Pretty perfect choice for a beer on what could end up the hottest day of the year.

A - 330ml to a pint glass. Standard translucent dark golden-yella beer. White head starts at a couple fingers, ends as a thick ring, leaves some decent lace splotches.

S - Big on grains with a lil bit of skunk. Bread crust, bit o herbal hop, some light fruity apple tones. Pretty standard, nothing too remarkable but pretty clean with decent strength.

T - More satisfying here with a definite lemon/spicy Noble hop presence coming through. Light but noticeable hoppage. Solid bread/grains. No skunk here either.

M - Pretty decent feel, smooth and non-watery. Kinda big foamy carbonation but it's kept in check. In true pils form, all-too-easy drinking.

O - Overall it's a nice no-frills pils. Not super clean/fresh, not going for hoppy. Kind of a middle of the road beer, not something I'd particularly reach for but nice to have around.

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Photo of drmeto
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear straw-golden with a medium-big,foamy, white head
-high carbonation visible
-sweet malt,lemon zest,grass,spices
-elevated bitterniss for a Pilsner
-dry finish
-medium carbonation,light-medium body
-feels slightly creamy
-Great Pilsner

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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 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 Beric
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap at Bier Stube in Moline, IL
Served: 1 Jan 2014

Appearance: Pours a straw colored yellow with a minimal half-finger head. If this was in a bigger glass, I'm sure the head would be more substantial. The head is creamy white and leaves some lacing. Looks pretty good.

Smell: Classic 'beer' smell with a touch of biscuit and herbal bitterness.

Taste: Grassy and grainy, with a baguette bitterness. Minimal hop flavor, but mild hop bitterness. Pretty solid for a traditional German pils.

Feel: Lively and effervescent.

Overall: A good example of the style that won't blow you away but shouldn't leave you underwhelmed either.

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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 Samp01
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow with a small lasting white head. Aroma and taste is of sweet grains, light citrus, hay with some light malt and barley, and mild bitterness. A medium body, crisp with moderate carbonation. Overall a good drinking and refreshing brew.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +5.8%

11.2oz bottle poured into a pils glass
A: Light yellow, tons of carbonation and a lingering 1.5-finger head
S: Complex with a plethora of grains, cereal and grass
T: The flavors match the aromas but aren't quite as complex
M: Light-bodied, crisp with pleasant carbonation
O: Crisp and clean, it's pushing 80 and humid outside and this really hits the spot

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Pilsner malts, typical lager skunk, grassy hops, and a little sweetness.

Taste: Pilsner malts, toasted grains, grassy hops, mild bitterness, and a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, light bodied, a little dry, and medium carbonation.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, white grape juice, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and quite refreshing.

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Photo of popery
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours bright, gold and crystal clear. Medium-sized white head. Surprisingly good head retention with some decent lacing. The aroma is clean and sweet with fresh barley. Just a little bit of mustiness, possibly from the travel distance/time. It has a simple sugary, doughy flavor. There's a touch of herbal, grassy, spicy hops. It's all very gentle, though. A touch of cider. The taste is similar, though the hops come through more. Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. The hops have a spicy, grassy bitterness to them. It fades pretty quickly. Finishes pretty dry. Very easy to drink. Gently effervescent mouthfeel. Quite light. It's not a dramatic beer, but it's solid enough.

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Photo of jonb5
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Pale colour, small head which didn't hang around long, minimal lacing.

S: Hallertau hop, fruity, grassy.

T: Lots of bitterness as title would suggest, notes of bread and grass. Balanced but uncomplex.

M: Crisp, light body, well carbonated, coarse.

O: A decent enough Pils, I think it might be hard to drink more than 2 or 3 because of the bitterness.

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