Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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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:
113
Ratings:
239
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.9%
 
 
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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 239
Photo of JCBears
2.16/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: 12 oz non-typical bottle with a serve by date. A lightly tarnished golden color. Pours nice, no fizz or real head to speak of.

Smell: A but stale smelling but hints of the hops are present as with most pills. Actually not very pleasant.

Taste: Some what of a hard backbone of hops and slightly dry. Can get a hint of the malt but not much. Dry and not very appealing

Mouthfeel: Slight and not very stiff. Weak almost.

Overall: Not what I expected from all the advertisements. I would not even recommend this for a "I-just-mowed-the-lawn" beer. It was weak, not great tasting and some what of a disappointment

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Photo of armock
2.56/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a clear golden color with a big white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet grainy malt very mild hops

T - Not good with a bad grainy malt disappointing

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - This beer just tastes bad it looks and smells decent but holly crap its bad I don't think I'll be finishing the rest of this one buy at your own risk

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased in a mixed sixer from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO.

11.2 bottle poured vigorously yields an ample white head over a clear light amber body. Head fades quickly into a thin ring. No lacing.

Smell is floral hops, metallic hops and pine hops over a light cracker malt base. Typical pilsner. This smell reminds me why I'm not crazy about this style.

Taste is spot on to the smell, with evident bitterness. Crisp and bitey. This taste also reminds me why pilsner is not my favorite style.

Mouthfeel is, I suppose, what it should be for a pilsner, but it's a bit thin.

Drinkability is good for the style, but then, I'll never buy this again.

Simply too one-dimensional for my palate. Give me something more complex and flavorful.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a 5L mini keg as part of a closeout dead from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $5.99.

Pours a clear copper color with a light, fluffy head. Scent is mild with grassy grains with yeasty earth tones. Taste is rather unusual at first but after a few sips I found the taste more to my liking. At first because of the grains it has an almost sour taste to it, but after a few sips you find a mellow citrus taste to it. An okay texture and volume to it, but a little too thin for my liking. A decent pilsner from Germany, but I prefer my American made pilsners instead.

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Photo of stevoj
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Toom Getrankmarkt. Another decent German pilsener, nothing special, but nothing bad either. Had this at a German soccer stadium, about the norm for the style.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

5L keg at our Septoberfest party. This beer pours a pale yellow color with a medium thick and frothy white head that diminishes slowly. Spotty lacing. Aroma of mild hops and grainy malt. Light-bodied with a bready malt and hops flavor. Not a whole lot else going on aside from touches of spice. The finish is clean and earthy with a short-lived malt aftertaste. Average-ish.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Imperial Pint glass.

Pours a clear golden with orange hues and a couple fingers of white bubbly head that remains a layer atop the glass that appears almost milky and consistent. The aroma is grassy hops and is accompanied by some yeast and nutty malt. The flavor is sweet, bready malt upfront with some nice earthy hop accents and finishes with a soft bitterness. Its light bodied and very effervescent and a touch watery. Its an okay beer but lacks many body and malt characterstics that I find desirable for my sessionable, drinkable brews.

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Photo of dsprainman
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, So I've had this pils in the 5L mini-keg two time without doing a review, but today I snagged a 11.2oz bottle to give it another test.
A- Yellow color without being "straw", almost no head, partially due to my pour, but this also is much less fluffy than the 5L mini-keg yields.
S- One of my nostrils is clogged due to allergies, but I can tell that there is a dominant bready flavor. Slight bit of malt, nothing outstanding.
T- Yeah, bready. Nice Pils, was better out of the Mini-keg.
M- Perfect plis mouthfeel. Just the right balance of crisp and soft. Seriously cant be beaten.
O- Great pils, but must imagine it is best on tap and not out of bottles. Worth springing for a 5L minikeg if it's available and you have a few buddies around.

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

Bought this beer in a German supermarket a fewe weeks ago. Kulmbacher is sold in a nice 0,5 liter bottle which gives the beer a bit extra attention.

Poured the beer in one of my Dutch beerglasses the beer shows a nice white head with very little carbonation.

The beer is as it should be for a German premium pilsener; a nice drinkable and fresh beer.

The smell is a to be expexted, there are light citruswaves and the hop is far away. The mouthfeel is normal, no negative tastes.

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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 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 MoreThanWine
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 3" white head. Clear straw yellow color. Smell is corn, grain, and malt. Taste is a step up from typical BMC pils but not an extreme standout. I have a high regard for this brewery, I think generally they're priced nice for an import, and none of the beers are bad, but this would have to be one of the more ordinary of their offerings.

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Photo of PorterLover83
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a faint straw gold with slight lacing appearing. Sort of sweet smell with faint corn and very light malt. Lighter mouth feel and pretty pleasant to the tastebuds. Light crisp malt with a pinch of hops bitterness. Pretty drinkable in my opinion. Got this out of a sampler pack. Would get again if I found it.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden color with some fizzy head that fades quickly and doesn't leave lacing either. Smells a little grainy & grassy. Hops are a little too mild, and in general it doesn't leave much on the palate to be savored. It is quite smooth, though, and it is a fine session beer for hipster and/or craft-oriented bar.

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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 Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A darkish golden beer with a head that settles after a couple of minutes.

Smell is hoppy with light vegetable notes. Below that there is a nice (lager) malty smell, fresh.

Taste is hoppy and pretty bitter, a good German style bitterness. The malt is light and adds a light straw twist. The yeast adds a little sulfur, characteristic for a German pilsner. A very fresh beer.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: .5 liter brown bottle, 09.10.07 (sampled 07.10.07, just in time!).

Aroma: Light pilsner nose, spicy hops on a cracker malt base.

Appearance: Painfully clear yellow glass holds a thin white head that gives mild lacing.

Flavor: Malt base supports the spicy peppery (Saaz?) hops with a little mineral water quality. Classic pils profile, but a little bitter for my tastes.

Mouthfeel: Light body, moderate carbonation.

Overall Impression: Bitter pils to take. Good for the style, just not a style I love.

Big thanks to Max for hand carrying this back from Europe!

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Photo of Reidrover
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Typical looking German pils , pale yellow with a nice sized pure white frothy head. Slightly hoppy spicy aroma along with some bready maltiness. Malty taste to begin, semi-sweet, slight metallic, then a nice enough hop bite at the end.Ok on the palate. Nothing really to this one, a average very drinkable clean German pils.

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

Pourd a light golden yellow, with a medium amount of white foam and some lace on the side of the glass. A strong smell of hops filled the nose. The flavor was of a hoppy, strong bitterness that left a puckery feel in the mouth. Even with a nice hoppy flavor, the strong dry bitterness on the palate was not to my liking. Overall, to much dry bitterness, but the flavor was just O.K.!

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured crystal clear, golden, with a short-lived white head that left some spotty lacing.

While the light malt dominate the hops in the aroma, the reverse is true of the flavor, with the hops more prominent even in mid-taste.

M: medium+ carbonation; medium body.

O: no flaws but nothing stands out either.

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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 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 Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Sharply clear light golden color, with a small, persistent white head, and slight streams of fine, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Lightly spicy noble hops overlay a cracker malt base.

Taste: Aggressive noble hop presence at the opening of the taste, followed by a notable and clearly defined cracker malt presence. The finish is clean, but drawn out by a lingering herbal hop presence,

Mouth feel: Typical body with mild carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A fairly nondescript example, certainly well-crafted, but a bit understated and bland.

Many thanks to Max for hand carrying this beer from Germany.

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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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