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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Globetrotter on 06-06-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
248
Reviews:
116
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.87%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A drinkable crisp drink. Floral hops. A touch of creamy head. Nice subtle bitterness to it. Smooth, with spice on tongue. Malty finish, went well with dinner. Light to Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation, Good summer beer, good German pils. A good find.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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 StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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 kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down and left some lacing on the surface and a ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of sweet bready malts are present in the nose; as the beer warms up some smells of grainy malts also become apparent.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bready malts with a slight amount of bitterness, except that no grainy malts are noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has nice flavors of bready malts but seems like it could use a little more hops.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
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 oberon
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to my pilsner glass a dull golden with a nice big,fluffy white head with a nice bead.Aromas of toasted grain a touch of iron with an odd and interesting teaf leaf-like aroma thats subtle but noticable.This is one dry ass pilsner and very crisp, a light spicey/peppery bite hits in the finish very firm dry bready malt backbone stands up to the very dry,spicy finish.Damn fine pilsner my father in law from Hanover,Germany loved it as did I.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall bright white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of sweet bready malts and just a hint of floral hops.

T: The flavor of this beer is rather mild with the primary flavor being that of bready malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness from the floral hops.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a very easy to drink, enjoyable, and sessionable pilsener. A little light on the hops for this style.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of dcmchew
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well worn reused European 0.33L bottle - $2.09 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with a sudsy, snow white head.

Smell: Simple nose, smelling of grainy Pils malt, suggesting cracker dough a bit, and zesty Continental hops.

Taste: Lightly maltiness yielding crackery hints and a firm graininess. Spicy, grassy noble hops with sufficient bitterness. The very faintest hint of lemon. Quickly drying on the back-half. Crisp mouthfeel with a lingering graininess.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus, prickling carbonation.

Drinkability: Just throw it back. A quick, easy-going pils, and, though I'd perfer just a hair more maltiness, it does make for a light, refreshing beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw-gold color and crystal clear. Good head for the style that leaves ring lace after each sip.

Smells slightly sour with a definitive floral hop kick.

The flavor was drier than the smell suggests. Crisp pale malt with no graininess up front. Solid hop presence without being overly peppery. The body is predictable in a good way.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer sunshine gold with almost colorless edges. Small, slow moving bubbles can be seen plinking into the underside of a wonderful looking crown of ivory colored foam that is both creamy and sticky. In the end, an attractive array of finely tatted lace makes its way to the glass.

The nose is relatively clean, with a moderate muskiness lending character. Cereal grains are at least as apparent as hops, which is a little disappointing to this hophead. Maybe using the word 'Premium' in the name won't be the kiss of death (as it usually is).

At some point in the recent past, Edelherb Premium Pils won several pilsener taste tests in Germany; at least one of them blinded. I can't say that it's the best example of the style that I've ever had, but it's definitely a classic, well-brewed version.

Untoasted, cracker-like malt holds down the bottom end fairly convincingly. The resulting light sweetness is countered by a surprising (and pleasing) amount of noble hop flavor and bitterness that is both spicy and (slightly) lemon zesty. A crisp, clean finish rounds off each mouthful in fine fashion.

The body/mouthfeel holds up its end of the bargain. It's a wee bit larger than medium for the style and has an ideal amount of bubbles that lend energy without tipping over into fizziness. Sessionability is up there.

Although it can't touch Kapuziner Weissbier as Kulmbacher Brauerei's finest beer, Edelherb Premium Pils is a keeper; especially if you're a fan of the style. On further reflection, I can't think of too many German pilsners (that are actually from Germany) that have it beat.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of woodychandler
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
3.79 out of 5 based on 248 ratings.
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