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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Photo of StoutHunter
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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 chinchill
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
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 damndirtyape
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
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 puboflyons
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
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 KonigObHops
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of WellRested518
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden yellow. Clear with plentiful buoyant bubbles. Nose is doughy but has soft herbs on it and some sweetness. Grainy but soft with a very forward herbal. A balance that is pristine to the palate. So much flavor but nothing sharp. Lively but not overdone. Finishes a touch sweeter for the german style and with less bitterness overall than some other german pilsners. A touch thin.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grape jelly, white grape juice, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with white grape juice, grape jelly, earth, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Bright but dark and shimmering brass yellow, with crystal clear clarity. Fine and just the right amount of plentiful carbonation, perhaps a little less than I anticipated, tracking it's way to a thick but soupy bleach white three finger head. Cup and island slight retention, like a weak meringue, and nice creamy lacing on the edges. Great looking pilsner.

Classic German aroma it seems with a touch of candy like sweet. Muted and solid bread white dough, a nice touch of spiced hop herbality, and an almost cotton candy sweetness hiding in the back.

Palate takes a bit of a turn by seeing a bit dialed down. Very light bodied, almost like a very light Helles, with neutral and very subtle tones. Muted crispness but also doesn't seem to carry much bready density that seems like is hinted on the nose. Clean, yet particularly interesting sweet malt finish and a bit of muted hop profile.

It's decent and very easy drinking, but also feels very dumbed down. While good and pleasurable I'd probably prefer a different brand or maker, but she will work fine.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A pretty pils. Pours with a finger and a half of crisp white head which settled in but was present while drinking. Golden straw yellow color with a clean, transparent body. Active carbonation is very bright, like it should be.

Smell: Straw and buttery yeast jump out first. Plenty of grassy hops on the body with some slight tropical fruits notes as well. Bread and dough kind of bring the front full circle and ride this one out.

Taste: Lots of grass and straw hops on the front. The body evens out with bread and some bright semi-sweet yeast notes. Some nuttiness rides through and lingers on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Clean hop profile, nutty and bready malts are welcome on the body.

Overall: A very well executed german pils. Great easy drinker that you can easily obtain at a reasonable value. Give it a try.

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Photo of Premo88
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: yellow, crystal clear, 1/2-inch white foam head that looks like it's sticking; lots of bubbles rising up in the column ... not the most I've ever seen, but enough to form a good white collar and a decent little skin of foam on the top

S: corn, grain, sour grain, sour corn ... easily the weakest link of this brew -- if you try hard enough, you can smell some bread malt, but it's mostly sour grain

T: English pale ale fruity ... it's super sweet and shows no hop-profile at all at first -- it's a bread-malt bomb that comes off very English pale ale-like; then the hops show up, real green/grassy with only the slightest bitterness all in the most subtle form ... the hops give more flavor than bitterness ... it's not a "bite"; get some earth/black pepper hop tastes late

F: a tad soft for the style ... there's a lot of bubbles in the column and I'm tasting/feeling the carbonation, yet it's just a hair watery and kind of slick ... could be me

O: that fruity start is kind of wild for the style ... it's so sweet it truly comes off like an English pale ale at first; that sweet fruity twist is cool, and overall it's a tasty, drinkable brew, but it's just a hair above average. i'd use this beer for "gateway" purposes because it's so sweet to start off with that even non-beer drinkers might enjoy it

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Photo of silverking
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- It pours a crystal clear pale golden straw with a fluffy, pure white head. Good head retention, excellent lacing. There are below streams of bubbles rising in the glass.

S- It smells somewhat sweet, lots of biscuity malt, and it has an ascertive grassy hop aroma. The whole thing comes together very well.

T- crisp and clean. Light malt highlighted by a somewhat spicy hop profile.

M- light, refreshing, clean. Perfect for a hot day, or any day for that matter.

O- this is a really good pilsener, highly recommended.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.68/5  rDev +30.4%
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 DoubleJ
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kulmbacher has been good to me. I hope it remains so. This is a beer which has stared me down at bottle shops for years, and now am finally getting around to trying. 330 ml of pilsner during an unusually warm January. On to the beer:

The beer is pale golden with visible bubbles rising from bottom to top. The head is soapy looking and an inch thick. Not only is the head retention good, the lacing provides several thick rings. It smells okay, grainy with a vague sweet malt, woody, and lightly herbal.

The flavor comes together just as my head was casting doubt based on the aroma. Tastes a little clean with grassy, woody, and raw grain flavors. It has a soft body with gentle crispness and even a touch of creaminess. True, another German pilsner, but it's certainly better than the Warsteiner's of the world.

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Photo of Robert_Ray
2.24/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had greatly anticipated the opening of this bottle. Had heard some nice comments about it, but as soon as I opened it, I smelled skunk. Same as Heineken. Guess I am not a German Pilsner kind of Guy. Maybe it was not fair since I had just finished a bottle of Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale that was excellent at 92 points! I just don't like the skunky in a beer. I will not buy again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

EKU Pils has a thin, white head, with big and quickly dissipating bubbles, a mostly clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, slightly-turned barley malt (the beer might be old), tangy hops, and cracker. Taste is of the same, with light hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and EKU Pils finishes crisp, refreshing, and mild. Overall, this is a good beer, and I think it’s interesting enough to try.


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Photo of Buttermaker
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
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 Ford
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Wow... upon pouring.. what a superb looking beer... beautiful, clear color.. perfect bubbles rising up... just looks super enticing.

Whoa... the smell... strong for a Pilsner in my opinion...and it doesn't smell very enticing.

The taste... better than average... but not that great.. I've had lots of Pilsners brewed in the USA that I like a lot better.... Saint Arnold and Live Oak being a couple made here in Texas.

Glad I tried this.. it came with my beer of the month club.... but I won't be looking for it again.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, moderate retention on a clear, light yellow body. Suddsy lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma includes a light hoppy note, some pilsner malt, maybe some lemon peel. Taste is light, refreshing, mild bitterness, slight sweetness on the back end. The taste can only be described as a light pilsner taste and clearly authentic. Tasty.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

If this "EKU" pils is the c lassic German pilsner, then what's the deal with Kulmbacher's Edelherb? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises honey-dripped biscuit, light grass, and a kiss of flower petal. The taste holds notes of old biscuit, dank greens, iceberg lettuce, and a general sense that the world just isn't quite right, that the Matrix may, in fact, be real, and it's having a hard time coding the flavor of beer. Man, this stuff just jumped off a cliff and destroyed itself upon the rocks at the base (but the eyes are still open and trying to process the horror it just experienced). The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly oily feel. Overall, this is the second time I've had this beer, and both times have been incredibly disappointing. And I made sure this stuff was pretty fresh, too, so it's not like I've been sitting on a bottle for years or anything. I've just gotta say it: This is a fairly crappy pils. *sigh*

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Photo of ccrida
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence is clear gold with a small white collar leaving scattered lace.

Smell is mild cereals, a touch sweet.

Taste is very clean, sweetish pils, with a floral hop note and fairly decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, slippery.

Drinkability is good, a fine pils, clean, nice flavor but balanced and restrained.

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Photo of pburland23
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer sitting around my fridge for a while and I can't even remember when I got it. Figured I'd give it a chance. Probably not the best circumstances for a review but I probably won't have this beer again, so here goes.

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into my Hoegaarden half pint glass.

Appearance: Pretty pedestrian looking pour. Very, very clear. Pale straw colored with about a finger of bright white head. Head retreated quickly and left no lacing behind.

Smell: Grassy with some floral hops. Bready malts as well. Again, fairly run-of-the-mill.

Taste: Light and lemony. Grassy with mild hops bitterness. The taste is a little lacking in terms of other German pilsners that I've had. Not bad, but nothing too exciting.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied and incredibly drinkable. Carbonation is spot on and the beer is sessionable at 5.0%.

Overall: With all the great pilsners available in the US, I wouldn't go to this one again. Doesn't measure up to Prima Pils and others.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a ¼-finger high bright white head that died down leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a web of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of bready malts in the nose. No hops are detectable.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts and a bit of sweetness along with a slight amount of bitterness. There are some hints of spicy hops in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and relatively clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and quite sessionable. It would seem to make a good pairing with food because the taste isn’t that strong.

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