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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 khargro2
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schoolboy
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeschaefer
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zekenyce
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of poisoneddwarf
2.41/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

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

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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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 I3eer
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mig100
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BobbyOlson
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giggy
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of smithj4
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chinchill
2.77/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This Pils is only slightly above average.
Its blonde looks and malty smells also like a pils. Maltiness balanced by hops that linger. Soft mouth.

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Photo of Jacobus79
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of damndirtyape
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Kiro
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puboflyons
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of zotzot
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

They may excel in Pila
But is excelling in mediocrity

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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EKU Pils from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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