EKU Pils
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Pilsner - German
Ranked #437
Ranked #27,710
3.57 | pDev: 13.73%
Aug 17, 2021
Dec 10, 2002
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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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3.83 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Aug 17, 2021
3.68 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Aug 12, 2021
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3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by beergoot from Colorado

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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4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Steve555 from Wales

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
3.85 by robotic_being from Florida on Jun 22, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Peach63 from New York

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
3.58 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts on Feb 22, 2020
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3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

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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4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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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3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
by Nass from Florida

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
3.81 by kjkinsey from Texas on Oct 30, 2019
3.43 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Sep 23, 2019
4.02 by edzo22 from Massachusetts on Sep 21, 2019
3.91 by Manta200 from Kentucky on Sep 15, 2019
3.75 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on Sep 15, 2019
3.25 by Gregwa from Massachusetts on Aug 18, 2019
3.75 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Jul 16, 2019
3.75 by paulish from New York on Jul 06, 2019
3.52 by DarrellK from Florida on May 14, 2019
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3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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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3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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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3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by HoppyBastard from Nebraska

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
3.5 by jbehlar from Mississippi on Jan 22, 2019
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2.07/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25
by G-Style from New York

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
3.82 by weareallfalafel from Virginia on Sep 08, 2018
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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by keithmurray from Connecticut

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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4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

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
2.46 by Chilmer from Iowa on May 23, 2018
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3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by DrMullet from Florida

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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3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

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
3.67 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Jan 18, 2018
3.56 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Dec 30, 2017
3.74 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Nov 17, 2017
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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by schoolboy from Ohio

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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3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by VoxRationis from New York

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
3.61 by SmellsofMahagony from Texas on Jul 17, 2017
3.4 by jeschaefer from Texas on Jul 05, 2017
3.5 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Jun 28, 2017
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2.41/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
by poisoneddwarf from Idaho

12 oz bottle. Faint aroma of skunk and corn. Tastes a little watery. Nothing very remarkable here.

Jun 07, 2017
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