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 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 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 MuenchenerKindl
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured for a 12 oz bottle to a tall Kulmbacher .4L glass, the liquid is yellow-gold with ok carbonation. The head is small and white and leaves very little lace.

The smell is rich and bready like a pizza crust. The hops give it a slight earthy and fruity aroma.

The taste is very good spot on for the style, lots of white bread and a good clean cutting hop.

The mouthfeel is good. A very nice body, close to medium but the carbonation is a bit off. Not flat just to as much as I would look for.

The drinkability is very good a tasty quaff to go with lunch. Prosit. MK

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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 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 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 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 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 Bitterbill
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of a mixed 6Pack at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins Colorado.

It pours from 11.2oz bottle a clear straw gold with a large head of foam that shrinks to a fine layer after a few minutes and there's some lacing.

The smell has that nice Pilsner nose to it. Nice mix of hops and malt with the hops being more prevelant.

The taste is very tasty and refreshing. I get some hops up front that are kind of bitter and that's followed by some earthy malt character and a bit of grain. It's very smooth but the flavour is strong enough to keep my interest. It finishes crisp and dry and leaves a pleasant bitterish aftertaste. I like this one and I could easily drink a bottle or 3 on a nice hot summer day like today. I wish I bought more. :^( Stilll, there's always next time, I hope. Solid, tasty example of the style that is worth seeking out, imho.

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

Poured a tall, fine, bright white head that was fed by a swarm of large bubbles from the transparent straw colored beer below. After a few sips there were strands of lace clinging to the walls of the glass. Delicate grassy hop aroma with hints of turpentine and a pinch of sweetness from the Pils malt. The aromas carry over into the flavor where the hops provide a solid bitter bite. Finishes with a light grainy sweetness and fleeting grassy hop flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier then I was expecting, but not beyond the style. I expected another boring mass produced Pils, but I was pleased to find a nicely done bottle of beer.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale pilsner yellow color, good foamy white head, not much lacing or retained head for that matter.

The aroma is okay, skunky light malts, maybe a hint of adjunct grain, lagery yeast.

This is not my primary style by any means, but I like the flavor; it's understated without being just weak. Very crisp, pale malts and grassy characteristics. Could use a beefier malt back, but the hops are very prominent.

Good mouthfeel, not too much carbonation to kill off all the flavors. Finish comes through with lemongrass and the pale malts.

Solid pilsner, eminently drinkable. Not a bad German brew.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden, crystal clear with a big fluffy head with decent lacing. The aroma is classic pilsner- clean, crisp, and with bitter floral hops. The flavor is more of the same. Good but soft bitterness, lots of floral hops and clean flavors with a medium to light body to match. A perfectly correct pilsner, and quite refreshing

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

11.2 oz (330 mL) amber bottle.

This pils poured a clear, pale yellow color with creamy, fluffy, white foam that clung to the glass. The smell was bready and biscuity malt with light floral hops -- a very nice aroma. The taste was surprisingly rich for such a pale colored pils with good bready malt flavor balanced with light hoppiness. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-light body and good carbonation. The light hoppiness lingered into the finish and aftertaste. Though on the thin side, this was a very nice, and enjoyable German pils.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and golden with a decent white head, some retention, and sparse lace. Aroma is full of bready, grainy malt with a little tea, spice, and mild floral hop. Refreshing as expected. Taste is malty, lightly sweet, quite dry, and floral and spicey. A nice mild bitterness is apparent too. Mouthfeel has a good amount of crispness along with some grainy grittiness mixed into the smooth. Mmmm drinkable.

Great pils. One I would like more of.

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

Pours a cloudless straw yellow with an initially thick, creamy white head that leaves some frothy lacing behind as it fades. Smells of flowery noble hops over light grainy malts - delicate and clean. Bitter German hoppiness controls the flavor while sweet malts quietly blend in as does a soft nutty touch. I wouldn't say its especially crisp but it is somewhat drying and suprisingly well rounded. The bitterness lingers for a while.

This is a fine pilsner...seems very authentic. Clean, dry Hallertauer flavor has a nice balance to it - good mouthfeel, and outstanding drinkability. Makes me want to drink more lagers...in fact, I think I will.

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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 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 neonbrown82
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is not one of my favorite German Pilsners. Pours to a very clear light yellow color with a massive carbonation and a decent head that retains throughout the glass. Lacing is decent, though spotty.

The smell is a bit grassy and sweet. Even a little bit skunky. The taste is decent. Very light. Could use a bit more hops flavor. Bitterness is there, but very light.

The body is one of the better aspects of this beer. Nicely carbonated, good balance between sweet and bitter. Crisp, but not too clean (has some interesting nutty, fruity notes that linger on the palate). Could be more drinkable if it were fresher. I have no way of knowing how old this is (the code on the back reads 1513303).

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid light imported lager. Pours out to a lighter yellow color with a small head of foam that quickly dissipated. Traces of lacing inside the glass. Aromas of fresh malt and hops, with a touch of sweet citrus odors. Flavor is fuller than most; lots of malts and hops, with a sweet grain backbone. Mouthfeel is quite dense for such a low alcohol beer. Nice. Good drinkability. A sixer of this would be fine for the summer months. Recommended.

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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 acrawf6
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a light yellow color. White head about 2 inches big flowed up but was very bubbly and went down.

Smell was nice. Deep malty aroma. Sugary sweetness too.

taste is nice. Malty with a hoppy finish. Just a bit of spice to it.

Mouthfeel is full. nice. heavy on the palate. I thought a little low on the carbonation, but not bad.

Overall the i would say this is a quite drinkable beer. Nothing to hoot and holler about, but is one that you can rely on when you are not looking for anything special.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 5L mini-keg into a pils glass. Clear yellow color, abundant carbonation, and a frothy bright white head and copious lacing.
Clean aroma of sweet malt and pungent herbal hops counterpoint. Nice sweet grain flavor up front which morphed into an herbal spiciness. Hops flavors resonate on the tongue long after each pull is gone. Faint tinge of metal lurking in the finish but not something that was a real problem. Crisp, light-bodied feel.
This German pils was a great quaffer; it went down smoothly and was very refreshing on a warm late-fall day. A worthy brew to bring to a tail-gate party. Recommended.

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Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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