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Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium PilsKulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils
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
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
231
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
17.46%
 
 
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12
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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 231
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 kirkpjr
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tucher pilsner glass.

A: Pours a golden champagneish color with 2 fingers of head. Lacing starts as the head slowly dissipates.

S: I really don't know how to describe that "pilsener" smell. Crisp, clean, and sharp sweet scent. White grapes maybe?

T: Tastes just as the smell described. Crisp and refreshing. Clean finish. Very nice example of a pilsener. Would be great on a hot summer day.

M: Very carbopnated and crisp. No real alcohol presence.

D: Got this in the beer of the month shipment. Would love more for summer days. Real easy and smooth drinker.

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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 OneDropSoup
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a BotM club shipment.

Poured into a pilsner: a transparent pale yellow, almost greenish. 3 fingers of head drops to a thin layer & leaves lacing. A few streams of big bubbles. Color's a little bit unappealing, but I like the carbonation.

Smells of dryish malt, like bread crust. A crisp hop bitterness, some musty smell. Semi-sweet white grape juice.

The aromatics carry through into the taste with slightly strong malt up front & some flinty & peppery notes in the finish. Sweetness builds with warming.

Mouthfeel's good, nice carbonation, nice snap & the end, light & refreshing body.

Well done, easy drinking. I can't say there's enough here to keep me entertained & wanting to come back for more than one, though. I guess it grow on me as it went -- I kept having to go back & increase my original ratings.

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Photo of ZAP
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Light golden color..nice pillowy white head

S-Not real assertive...was hoping for more of a noble hop aroma...more grainy than anything,..not much for hops at all on the aroma.

T-Much better than the aroma...nice crisp malt flavors..breads and crackers...grainy...hops lend a floral characteristic to the taste and a zesty peppery dry kick to the finish.

M-Clean, crisp, perfect carbonation...

D-Wow..just drank two bottles of this way too quick....great session beer...I like the taste a lot but wish the aroma had a little more to it.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a rack of local beers during a recent trip to Berlin and this was one of them. Clear light yellow pour with quickly fading head and decent lacing. Typical German pilsner nose with a fairly strong hop presence. The taste is also pretty typical with a hint of toast, grass, and slightly metalic. It has a unique bitter herbal aftertaste that makes it quite interesting. Nice crisp dry finish. Decent session beer.

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Photo of roddwolff
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pilsener just before christmas;

A: Once poured in my glass "Bayern Pilsener", has a bright golden color, lots of bubbles, the foamy head looks like a snowflake, very nice lacing;

S: Very clean, sweet malt, with herbal and grass hops;

T: Smoked and biscuity malt, and grass hops;

M: Clean, slightly salty, mild bitterness and light body;

D: Very easy to drink, very good pislener.

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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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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 tempest
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA for $5 a pint. Appears a clear, brilliant gold with a white head. The aroma is a little muted, but the lightly toasted grains shine through.The flavor is classic German Pilsner with hard, hard mineral water that tastes like it came from a well. There's just a mild herbal hop note in the background in this otherwise crisp and bready beer. Try this beer if you dig the style and love German brewing water.

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Photo of meatyard
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a clear, well-carbonated, medium-yellow with a 1-finger, white head that leaves some decent lacing.
Smell is grainy and some lemon character.
The Taste is more graininess, still some of the lemon and finishes with just the slightest bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light but just right.
It's a tasty & drinkable pils. It's good, not the best but easy to find lesser pils out there. Hard to knock this one.

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Photo of prototypic
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a very clear, light straw color. There's nothing particularly special about the color. But, the head is a very impressive foamy white monster that's about three fingers tall. It never completely dissipates and left a sticky web of lace behind. Not bad.

It's a little weak on the nose. Grainy and grassy notes are prominent. It doesn't smell vegetal in any way, which is a very good thing. Hops are noted and are mostly floral and earthy. They're not very strong, but I'm pleased just to report their presence. There's just enough malt to give it a slightly sweet smell. A little more strength might reveal some finer nuances, but it's just not here.

This is a pretty damn tasty Pilsner. Grain and grass flavors start things off nicely. A touch of malt sweetness is noted. The hops are the best aspect of the flavor. They're mostly floral, but there's some spice variety here. Citrus lemon and orange flavors are a little buried, but they're definitely here. It finishes spicy and a little dry. It's pretty straight forward and uncomplicated, but is impressive nonetheless. I like it.

The body is medium and is nearly smooth. Carbonation is active and crisp. The hop spiciness tends to convulate the feel a little toward the end. It's tough to tell just how smooth it really is. Drinkability is above average. I like the flavor pretty well and it's easy drinking. I can't say there's enough here to captivate me for more than one bottle. But, it's far from bad.

Premium Pils is a nice German Pilsner. I wasn't expecting it to be great and it's not. But, it is probably more impressive than I expected. It could use a little work on the nose. More punch is needed there. It's a minor problem, but it's the most notable. Otherwise, it's not too bad and is a nice take on the style overall. It's definitely worth picking up if you bump into it.

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Photo of michaelgrant1983
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Easy drinking pils. I wanted something good and easy to drink for the spring and this brew hit the mark. Pours like a normal bavarian style pilsner, got no real smell off of it, and very smooth on the taste and palate. Great beer if not a little pricy.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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 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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a huge fan of pils, but this is one delicious beer. Poured a light golden body that had minimal head but left some lace patches. Had a heavy smell of doughy malts and some spring like hops (not just dry, alkie smell from lesser pils). Almost medium-bodied and tasty, it had a dryness and yet passed over the tongue smooth. Robust malty flavors along with some light hopiness is how I describe the taste. A quality pils that I could go for again.

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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 cswhitehorse
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Edelherb Pils poured a clear straw color with a 3 finger foam head and some nice pancake batter foam head with different sized bubbles packing it in. The lacing was really sticky.

The aroma was spicy with a grain dominating. The taste was much of the same, a spicy grainy one. It was semi citrusy in the mouth and i got a malty after taste on the tongue. I found this one to be a solid German PIlsenser and would recommend it to all.

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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 JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up at the coop over the weekend for about $2.. poured into my small weizen glass..

Rocky 2 finger head.. brew is crystal clear straw gold.

Aroma is pale malts and a pronounced spicy/floral hop nose.. very clean throughout.

Nice bitterness balances the grain perfectly.. husky pils malts and floral hops.. lite body and abundant carbonation.. very nice. Drinkability is fantastic.. pricey for a 12oz but damn near perfect.

I love a well made German Pilsner and this is great.

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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 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 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 Gmann
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a nice sudsy pure white head. The aroma is of cracker malt and a peppery grassy hop, typical Pils. The taste is primarily of the spicy grassy hops, which gives it a slight metallic twang. There is also a light honey cracker malt to round out the flavor. The feel is light but not watery with moderate carbonation, finishes slightly bitter from the hops. The flavor might not be as spicy/grassy as other German Pils but this has great balance and is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw with a large head and great retention and lacing.

S: Nice earthy and slightly metallic hops notes with a bit of bread.

T: Grains, earthy hops, and some cracker notes.

M: Slightly syrupy, but clean and bitter.

D: Easy to drink and true to style not great but a good drinking pils.

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