EKU Pils | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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EKU PilsEKU Pils

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-10-2002

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.93/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of woodychandler
4.68/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a 5L mini-keg at State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland during a Veterans Day run and when I was invited to a Super Bowl party, I thought that it might be just the occasion to break it out. Boy, was I right! People marveled at it and they really liked the beer for being usually non-discerning about their beers.

From the CAN: "Total quality since 1872"; "With integrated tap/pull handle!"; "Best before: See top of [CAN]; "Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops, hops extract"; "Keep cool"; "Brewed by Kulmbacher Brauerei Aktien-Gesellschaft 95326 Kulmbach Bavaria, Germany, Niemcy"; "Brewed according to the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot [German Purity Law of 1516]".

Yes, it is a CAN as it is not pressurized and pours via gravity. I would get a quick finger of soapy, bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a button-bright golden-yellow (SRM = 4 to 5) and Midas, Croesus and Mammon suddenly crashed our party, desirous of a sip. It smelled great, like strong honey underlain by a pleasant grassiness. It was most definitely a German Pilsner! Czech Pilsners would be the opposite - grassy underlain by honey. My mouth was watering in anticipation. Mouthfeel was kind of light and thin, but that is to be expected in the style. The taste was very honey-like and I was reminded of the air freshener in my Ex-Old Lady's car. She is an apiarist and keeps honeycombs in the back of her vehicle, giving it a really honeyed scent. It was on the finish that I again tasted Noble (grassy) hops, giving the beer as semi-sweetness. This was a great example of the style, plus I got to turn some other people on to it as a result of its medium. You CAN believe that I am going to be looking into procuring more mini-kegs in the future!

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Bright and clear in the glass, golden-hued with a thick frothy head. Nice spicy hop aroma, quite fragrant and fresh, a bit grassy. Crackery pale malt resides right beside the hops, and the yeast profile is clean, showing only a hint of sulfur. It's crisp and dry on the tongue, more hoppy than malty, with a robust spicy/herbal/green/grassy hop character. There's a touch of dry maltiness around the mid-palate, reminiscent of a sweet baguette. Finishing with a firm, punchy and lingering bitterness, this is especially dry and bitter for a German pils.

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Photo of tykechandler
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of putnam
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chewy with stony dry flavors. Pure, seasoned green hop flavors.
Finely integrated mousse collaborates with impressions of sweet cream and cracked, mashed raw grain...then bare, iron bitterness emerges to lock down the finish. Dusty yellow resin powder lingers.
What fruit is in this beer is transparent. Aromas of seasoned hops rise triumphantly on the finish.

Tasted blind again on 6.11.04 with Czechvar and Urquell. Stylistically, EKU is identical to Czechvar only more lively. Urquell continues to demonstrate its Bohemian typicity at the very highest level of quality (something I have to prove again and again to my skeptic-self)

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

EKU Pils
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Style: German Pilsener
mini keg > pint glass for Ofest party 9/6/2009

Appearance was very clear/golden straw color, noticeable carbonation with a good 2 finger head.

Smell included a noticeable hop profile for a Pils.

Tastes as it smells on a solid malt/munich malt base.

Mouthfeel is high carbonation with medium body for a Pils.

Drinkability was a 4.5! This was an awesome surprise. I bought it as a German Pils mini keg for our 2009 Ofest party. World Mkt had them on sale for $14.99. It was a a great comparison for homebrew tasting!

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Photo of inebrius
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Distinct aroma of mall pretzels and lemonade from a tin. Sturdy malt backs a nice and long steely hop finish and makes for a quality, even brew. Excellent German Pils! Well carbonated, yet smooth and refreshing and drainable. The definition of a session beer. You'll be tasting hops for hours.

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Photo of Buttermaker
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one came with my first beer of the month club delivery. (The club, www.beermonthclub.com, was a gift. It's expensive and I'm not sure I would buy myself a membership but I was pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness and diversity of the offerings.) It's a nearly perfect example of a German pils. This is the beer you want to crack open after mowing the lawn on hot summer day. Clean and refreshing (at 5.0% ABV!) without being watered down and tasteless. Great pils flavor that never becomes too bitter. (Some pils start to taste like dishwater after the 3rd or 4th one.) A classic.

Recommended Music Pairing - Uncle Tupelo - Still Feel Gone

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Photo of stirgy
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear and pale yellow in color. Decent carbonation with a very lively head of white foam. The aroma gives off some pungently sweet graininess and a hoppy citrus. Sweet and light in flavor with a soft hop bite. This is a very clean pilsner with a lemony crisp character and a nice smoothness. A first rate pilsner.

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Photo of chrisrhoppe
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a beautiful 2 finger head and nice compact cappuccino like foam which leaves great lacing. Smells malty with a hint of hay and loads of fresh earthy yet juicy hop aromas. The is sharp with piney hops that stick to the top of the tongue but get carried though out the pallet by the silky smooth malt. Slightly dry finish with the hop flavors lingering just asking for some more company, and really, how could you not take another sip?

Overall this is a showcase pilsner and a great example of it’s style, I put it right up there with Victory Prima Pils.

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Photo of drjamyma
4.31/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Keep in mind I'm not judging whether or not it fits the perfect Pilsner mold, just whether or not I liked it. And damn, I liked it. Keep in mind I was 5 beers deep when I had this. (also keep in mind I'm built like shaq)

This beer was served cold, perfect finger and a half head held on through the entire drink. The only thing distorting my vision through the drink was the glass itself. It was just a beautiful straw looking beer.

The taste was lightly floral, not thick, but not watery at all. A slight skunky taste as well, which was very nice.

After two disappointing casked porters, this really hit the mark.

Edit: Picked up a six pack of it and was very disappointed. Was quite plain in bottle form. No skunky taste at all which was ironic.

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Photo of monk2021
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow, dense and creamy snowwhite head. Lots of thick chunky lacing. Smells of lightly sour plae malt and some underlying noble (Saaz?) hops.

Taste is much the same, lightly sour pale malt but a more strident presence of noble hops. Actually, nicely balanced, tilting more toward the hops. More so as it warms. If you like noble hops this beers for you. Hops give a cleaness to the beer, light a crisp. Hop dominant in finish and aftertaste. Nice pils here! Lovely for the Georgia heat.

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Photo of TonyT013
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of mwar
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Bookseeb
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance has a light straw color with a fluffy white head. Smell of sweet light malt and hop, maybe even a bit biscuity. Taste is lightly sweet, grainy with some breadiness and lightly hopped. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and finishes clean. An excellent drinker, one I'd love to try on tap in Germany.

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Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeftyBWS
4.24/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. No date on the label.
A: Light golden in color, with hints of orange. One inch of foamy off-white head. Thin lacing.
S: Fruity and malty, a pleasing mixture. Somewhat sweet and somewhat hoppy. Notes of breadiness, and maybe grapefruit?
T: Clean and smooth. The hops are a little on the mellow side, with no harsh bite. They lead the way into a more toasty, bready mid- to aftertaste. Malty finish.
M: Crisp and refreshing. Unassuming at first, but the aftertaste brings a yeasty feeling of fullness, mixed with some carbonation, yet it all remains quite creamy.
D: Quite good. Went great with my meal of pasta and chicken. This makes a great, drinkable session beer, and a perfect meal companion.
Overall, one of the better-tasting pilseners I've had. This beer has a very smooth, creamy feel to it, accompanied by a taste that combines hops and malts without letting one or the other get too out of hand. Highly recommended if you're looking for a pilsener.

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Photo of nms1987
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I started off thinking this thing wasn't quite worth the money (over 10 bucks for a six pack at Total Wine in Durham) but the more a drank it the more I thought... maybe it is.

Clear yellow-gold in color with a nose typical of a Pils. Noble hop aroma.

Nicely balanced taste. Good, slightly sweet maltiness that is more than offset by lovely zesty hops. The taste really lingers in the mouth.
Easy drinking yet complex

God I love pils.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

from the same store in beijing as my previous few reviews

500ml can

clear, light golden color, decent head fades slowly to wispy layer and ring. decent lacing.

grassy, herbal noble hop aroma, touch of sulfur, background of malts and yeast.

clean, but sufficiently flavorful, similar to aroma. a good, moderate but solid bitterness lasts into aftertaste.

not too watery, crisp carbonation. smooth finish.

decent drinking, and a great example of the style

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Photo of marburg
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Household cleaner levels of astringency. Aromas of pilsner malt in big burlap bags still on the palate. Kissed with a lemon. And those barely-sweet cookies one might eat with coffee or tea.

Fascinating finish. Leaves a very noticeable immediate hop bitterness, but you can suck the aftertaste out of the crevaces in your mouth for minutes and minutes after you're done with this beer to a puckering, bitter end...or is it the end?

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Photo of tavernjef
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Untarnished pale lemon yellow with steady bubbles rising within. Soft, firm, white head about a finger high rests atop for a stint before slipping into the realm of a heavy skim and collar always present. Thin stringy lacing with a few thicker patches stick across the glass.

Aroma is mild yet fairly active with a paled lemon grass tint spiked with a high ended grassyness, floured breads(sourdoughy), and a breeze of herbs behind it.

Taste is firm and smooth with a nice stand of lightly bready malts dashed with partially drying flour hints and lemon spritzed. Nice herbal grassyness takes every other area inbetween and begins to surge more leafyness and a zippier/peppered Saaz hop profile as the glass empties.

Feel is smooth and soft with a firm holding carbonation and zippy little bready, lemon twisted tang. The Saaz hops are quite evident the whole way through and become more active and lengthy as it goes adding a light herbal dryness to some of the softer bread tones underneath.

One very nice Pils. I'm actually quite taken with it and will venture the opportunity to grab this from the shelf more often when in the mood for a good Pilsner.

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Photo of cokes
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glistening pale gold with a pure white head of freshly fallen snow. Large enough to shovel.
Lemon juice, iron and sourdough aroma.
A lightly toasted bagel beginning shifts into a midsection of saltine cracker dryness. Lingers on the vague maltiness for a moment before the salted, lemon peel hops enter, carrying faint impressions of prairie grass and herbs.
Dry and quenching. Quaffable but not forgettable.
A pristine pils

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