EKU Pils
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #454
Ranked #43,895
3.62 | pDev: 13.81%
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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Notes: Pale and light is our classic, dry-finished EKU Pils with traditionally balanced hoppy aroma. The enjoyment of EKU Pils starts already in the pour and ends with the right glass. To unfold its fine hoppy aroma and form a nice head, EKU Pils is poured quickly in 2 to 3 minutes and served in a slender, tall, upwards tapering »chalice«. Often referred to also as a »little beer«, EKU Pils is enjoyed as an aperitif, in-between, or as the crowning finale before heading home. Bavarians call it a »Pfiff«.*

*The Germans call EKU Pils as a »Pfiff«, which means »whistle«. A »Pfiff« is a small quantity, in current use generally 200 milliliters.
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beergoot from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, bright gold body; excellent carbonation; thick and velvety white head. Intriguing aroma, like some kind of herbal sweetbread; honey. The taste has a mildly sweet, pear-like sweetness to it with a light hop bitterness; light honey. Nearly medium feel in body; sweet character in the feel; dry overall but with a slight juiciness.

I like this beer in many ways, yet it also seems a bit thick and overly sweet for a German pilsner. The looks and smell are the highlights. A fine beer just short of being great.

Nov 25, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid one finger head throughout. Yellow tinged with green body. Smell of hay and yeast. Taste is a sharp initial bitterness of noble hop that quickly subsides leaving a lasting slight bitter dryness. Body is thin and watery. (Not a bad thing. This is a drink not a meal!). Slight lemony aftertaste comes through right at the end. This is very solid stuff and very balanced. Could drink 5 in one go.

Jun 30, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a 1 inch white head. Heavy lacing.

Aroma is Malty, bready, yeasty, slight floral.

Taste is malty, bready, tangy, a bit spicy.

Light bodied, lively carbonation. dry finish.

One of the best pilsners I've had. The Germans know how to do it!

May 30, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades fast leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a grainy smell mixed with aromas of some light fruit smells as well as a touch of hay.
Taste – The taste begins with a caramel sweet and grainy bread taste that is mixed with some flavors of a light herbal hop. As the taste advances the caramel becomes slightly more pronounced and is joined by a very light harvest fruit taste. At the end a little bit of hay joins the flavor profile and with a slight increase in the herb one is left with a sweeter pils taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the style and the tastes the feel is good and makes for an easy drinker.
Overall – A nice easy drinking and refreshing pils with a good level of flavor.

Jan 12, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a golden yellow color, clear and inviting, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like grassy hops, a light malt sweetness, flowers, and light lemon.

This is basically exactly what you'd expect for the style. It's got a light hoppiness, maybe not quite as much of a bite as I'd want, with a lightly sweet malty and bready sweetness. It's simple, but that's what you want for the style.

This is light bodied, crisp, and very clean, with no off-flavors. It's very drinkable.

This isn't the absolute best imported German pils, but it's still worth a try and a great pour.

Nov 09, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I like the classy bottle label artwork, great use of color. The pour is straw colored but the carbonation is not a bubbly as I expected it to be. There is no date on the bottle just a long number code on the back of the bottle label. The taste is faintly floral, bready, malty, sweet, grainy, minor caramel note, with a semi dry finish. It's a decent German Pilsner but I like the Ayinger better. Cheers! B-

Nov 08, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The downside of moving out of Milwaukee was not having a Polish deli across the street that carried all kinds of Euro lagers. This was a beer that was always available, but these days out in the West, just don't come across it all that often.

Pours a light yellow, slightly feint, 1/2" white head on the top. Aroma is all dat grain and noble hops. The yeast is middle of the road strength. Its a nice cumulative aroma indicative of the sum of its parts.

Taste is a spritzy, light lemon, barley and yeast vibe. Dry. Reminds me of Grain Belt but with a much more prevalent yeast presence. Mouth feel keeps its prickly highly carbonated edge throughout the process. Pilsen malt for levity win. Its a kick up from an American AAL for the more discerning drinker. At the same time, its very conventional. Not a bad beer to keep around for sunny day drinking schemes in between all those hoppy and sour offerings. Only downside is they are usually only sold in singles and I think you're paying for a lot of importation costs on this one.

Apr 15, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a classic german pilsener here thats far better than its ratings. definitely coming to me a little less than fully fresh, but a beer thats quality is evident, and i am surprised it doesnt get more love here. the clarity is immaculate, the shade of golden quite light, and the head high and lasting, pure white, looks right on. the aroma and flavor here have just a touch of staleness to the malt, which is not uncommon in the imported lagers, its not oxidation from mishandling or age, but like a dusty sort of thing to the grain, along with a classic german pils malt crackery dryness and the light bitterness of the noble hops, simple beer really, with an emphasis on the water profile, which is loaded with slate type minerals and a light metallic almost iron rich sort of character, sets up the bready german yeast very well. not particularly complex, but the balance is there and i found this clean, dry, and refreshing, especially when ice cold. maybe not the best example of the style we have access to stateside, but a more than worthy bottle of pils that seems right for drinking just about anytime of day or year, and you cant beat the price!

Apr 15, 2019
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, light golden color with less than one-finger white head that quickly dissipated until a ring of small bubbles remained around the rim of glass, there is very little lacing on the glass, lighter carbonation.

SMELL: sweet brown sugar, crackers and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet brown sugar, crackers and a light hop kiss on the finish.

PALATE: light body and lightly carbonated.

OVERALL: this beer was a little flat and did not stand out in any way, there are better German Pilsener beers to be had so will not seek this one out again.

Mar 09, 2019
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G-Style from New York

2.07/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

This beer has a very pungent aroma. Smells and tastes like a traditional old world german pils. A grassy, mild malt flavor with a bitter aftertaste. This one isn't my bag, but most old style, somewhat skunky, german pils aren't. There really is only a handful of them and this one falls into that category.

Nov 10, 2018
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keithmurray from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear gold color with white head

Smell - grains, grass, lemon rind, bread

Taste - grains, grass, bread, lemon rind, hint of black pepper

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium plus carbonation, crisp, clean and refreshing, hop bite upfront.

Overall - pretty good pilsener

Jun 09, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought at Liquor Shed. Date? Figure this out. 27143413.

Pours a clear straw gold, good head of foam, great lacing.

Smells of noble hops, little bit spicy, some cracker malt.

Love the hops in this. Dryish gives it a very nice level of crispness. Cracker malt balances the hops but still allows them to shine. It gives me that overall German Pils drinking experience.

Low end of medium bodied, zesty carbonation.


Jun 01, 2018
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DrMullet from Florida

3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with frothy head and persistent lacing.
Smell is grassy sweet, bready malt.
Taste is grassy with a mildly bitter finish.
Crisp and clean.

Apr 08, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The freshness of the bottle that I purchased was dubious so I'm guessing that this beer tasted better when enjoyed closer to its origin. But even when not fresh this drinks very nicely. Nice bready background with some cracker and only the slightest of bitterness toward the end. Some floral notes but very subtle overall. Mild carbonation and a fairly easy to drink and pair with any food.

Jan 27, 2018
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the skunkiness of German beer gone bad. This is yet another of those (almost) intentionally skunked up brews. And its even in a brown bottle.

It pours dirty yellow with nice bubbles and a finishing hops aroma. The taste is a funky dry taste that is not at all difficult to swallow. Easy to guzzle, though funky.

I can't really recommend this as for some reason the German imported ones of these are usually a bit stale tasting.

Oct 14, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; serial number, but no readable production data.
A: Pours a straw to very light golden color with a half inch, white head initially, clearing to a rim, and some lacing.
S: Aromas of corn and bread predominantly. Maybe a little mushroom and spice.
T: Dry. Very light malt with slightly less light bitterness and a slightly bitter aftertaste.
M: Light bodied with light carbonation. A bit creamy.
O: I thought it tasted more like a Czech than German Pilsner. Drinkable and refreshing, though a bit bitter for my personal taste.

Sep 20, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Kulmbacher's EKU Pils last week for $2.59 at The Lager Mill. I've never had this beer before and a Pils sounds pretty good today, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a 11.2 ounce brown bottle into a pilsner glass.

A= The label looks nice, the design has a little bit of classic look to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a pretty clear golden color that took on more of a yellow color when held to the light and it had almost two fingers worth of slightly bubbly and creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a little bit of herbal hop aroma being the first to show up and that goes into some fruity yeast aromas with a little bit of stone fruits coming through. Up next comes the malts which impart some bready, grainy, pale malt, doughy and bread crust like aromas. This beer has a nice aroma, but it's just a little on the sweet side and it's a little fruitier than I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the herbal hops showing up and imparting all the aspects that they did in the aroma and that goes into yeast which still imparts a little fruitiness and a slight estery aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they show up a little more with the sweet malts seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's hardly any bitterness with some more sweetness taking it's place and it had a malty, herbal hop and sweet aftertaste. This is a decent Pils, but it's just a little too sweet and slightly too fruity for the style.

M- Not the smoothest, crisp, slightly creamy, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was smoother.

Overall I thought this beer was decent and I thought it was pretty close to being and average example of the style, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't really what I was looking for in this style and it had some aspects that made it rough around the edges. This beer doesn't have the best drinkability, one is enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a good looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is the sweetness and the drinkability, those aspects could use some work. I don't think I would buy this beer again and I can't say I would recommend it. All in all I didn't hate this beer, but I didn't love it either and I think it would be better if it had less sweetness and a cleaner taste. It's not a favorite beer from this brewery and it's an average example of the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little work.

Apr 21, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

2.77/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the Pour Taproom in Greenville, SC.

Appearance: very light and pale golden body with a decent white head with some lacing.

Aroma: weird. Stronger than expected. Unusual and hard to describe but a bit dank.

Flavor: mild but bolder than the watery appearance suggests. Hop dominated with some caramel.

Feel: light body with medium carbonation.

Overall: distinctive.

Dec 31, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

EKU Pils is Just average, but enjoyable with the right food.
Its blonde looks and malty smells are like a typical pils. Maltiness balanced by hops that do not linger. Soft mouth, except for persistent carbonation.

While I calculate that a German pils goes best with sandwiches and pick-nick food , I went outside my comfort zone and had this bottle with an Indian dal (lentil soup). Because of its low hops, EKU put out the fire.

Dec 24, 2016
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Date stamp code 2551181.

Appearance: Bright gold. Initial 1/4" white head died down to a persistent thin white head across the top. Plenty of lacing in sheets, strands, and fine islands. Nice carbonation coming up through the beer at all times. Good looking beer.

Smell: Bready, herbal, floral.

Taste: Crisp, cracker-like malt, with a woody herbal leafy finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, not at all fizzy. A bit chewy.

Overall / Drinkability: An easily drinkable pilsner. Good looking beer, nice aroma, and interesting flavor. I think I could easily drink a half liter of this without thinking about it.

Dec 05, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 11.2% bottle stamped 2551181. Sampled on August 24, 2016.

It pours your basic looking pale and straw yellow color with bubbly carbonation leading up to a modest white foamy head that fades.

A fine toasted biscuit and bread sweetness along with cut grass for the aroma. Smells clean.

Light and refreshing body.

Like the aroma there is a notable flavor of toasted bread and biscuit and a modest grassy hop finish. Balanced as much as a Pilsener should be. Clean, crisp ending. Decent but nothing that jumps out of the crowd.

Aug 24, 2016
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KonigObHops from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was psyched to see this beer in our local specialty store because I first had this beer at the Kulmbach Beer festival about 8 years ago while traveling in Germany.

The beer pours a very light and hazy golden color with a fluffy bright white head.

The aroma is little more than a faint earthy smell.

The taste is pretty sweet for a Pilsner. It has a strong suggestion of noble hops in the beginning, with breadiness in the middle. The beer finishes without too much of anything.

The mouthfeel is crisp in the beginning and finishes a bit chalky.

Overall, this beer is a bit sweeter than your typical Pilsner, but it is crisp and refreshing. Personally, I am not a huge fan of pilsners because they tend to be pretty predictable so the slight variation in this one was a welcome surprise.

May 19, 2016
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stella77artois from New York

3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid Pils. Little light on flavor, but there are some hints of yeastiness, noble hops and slight bitterness. Great feeling on the palate, as well. Certainly a great choice for lager lovers.

May 06, 2016
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chrishiker1409 from New York

3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Gold, poured with very little head which quickly dissipated.

S: A little bready. Not much aroma.

T: Nice bready taste. Crisp clean finish.

F: Light bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: Not bad. Easy drinking.

Dec 20, 2015
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WellRested518 from New York

3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Eku Pils is a faint -golden yellow with about a finger of frothy white head. Great clarity. The beer smells of white-bread, white grape juice, and some earthy rye-like spice. Taste wise it's basically the same with a touch of toffee which seems quite sweet for a pilsner. A slight amount of lace shows on the drink down. In the mouth it seems thin, yet lively enough to make it crisp against the mild touch of earthy hops.

Sep 30, 2015
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