EKU Pils | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-10-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
182
Ratings:
301
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
17.78%
 
 
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Reviews: 182 | Ratings: 301
Photo of HighCarbDiet
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: I'm not a big fan of pilseners, but I've had other good stuff from EKU, so I gave this one a try. It didn't impress me as much as their other products.

The appearance seems about right on for a pilsener, but doesn't look overly inviting. Very clear, very light, okay head.

Like the appearance, the smell is also light. Crisp and clean, good and grainy, but nothing too special.

To my palate, the hops had a slight bitterness, but not enough flavor or aroma. I was hoping for something for "uplifting."

Very refreshing, nice for the Tucson summer. No off-flavors or anything disagreeable, but not enough to make me want another.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer promised a lot, but didn't deliver. Very clear golden yellow when served. It had a slight perfumey aroma which intrigued, but when I tried to follow it up when drinking, well, it was missing. My notes say: not much taste. The mouthfeel was good, low-medium, with a nice soft crispness. It was just...not a lot of taste at all. Would try to have again, see if I get a serving with some taste next time ;-)

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I rarely will purchase something in bulk for a first-time try but I'd done it before with Kulmbacher's Kapuziner Gold hefe so I figured, why not with the EKU Pils. So I ended up with a 5L keg can and have tapped it into my waiting pilsner glass all weekend.
The color was clear gold with a soapy white head that slowly receded whilst depositing chunky lace along the glass walls. The nose had a soft, malty aroma that vied for attention with some floral and, to a lesser degree, spicy hops notes.
The taste began with a grainy, hayfield-infused malt flavor. This was slowly moved aside in favor of a moderately spicy hoppiness that lingered through the finish. The feel was slightly creamy due to the abundant carbonation, light shading toward medium-bodied, and sporting a crisp, dry finish.
I felt this was one of the more highly hopped pilsners I've had in the past. Still, the grassy malt seemed to be the prevalent flavor here. I've been drinking this for a day or so now and it's proving to be a worthy session beer.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 5L keg can, into a pint glass. The color is golden, with an uneven foaming head. The smell is mostly malt with just a bit of noble hoppiness to it. The taste is dominated by the hoppiness (which seems just a tad off). Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, I think I could have a couple.

An average pilsner from the EKU people. On the hoppy side of pilsners, and hopefully the keg can's a bit old so that this one will be even better next time. Though it doesn't stand up with its big brother eisbocks, I'd probably have another one in the hot summertime.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pilsner is ugly in a very weak sort of way.
It arrived a thin looking light golden hue with a moderate crown. The carbonation seems very weak.
Aroma has a very slight yeasty scent to it.
The body is medium/light.
The taste is very nice starting with a short malty graininess then quickly switching to a citrus like bitter.
I could quaff this gem all night long....a session beer for sure.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pale, clear golden with a thin to non-existing head.

S: Thin, malty smells with some fruity sweetness. No hop aroma to speak of.

T: Weak tasting with a sort of malty sweetness towards the end. This beer advertises "Perfect Balance" on the label, but utterly fails to deliver.

M: Light in body with a nice crisp feel to it. Zero aftertaste. CO2 and ETOH are in good levels.

D&N: Refreshing, easy to drink because it doesn't demand anything at all to grab your attention. This beer would be perfect picnic fodder.

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Photo of WesWes
2.77/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is decent. It has a nice slightly malty scent with a bit of dry skunky aroma. The taste is average. It has a crisp, bitter flavor with a dry, yet weak finish. It has no malt character, but does reveal some bitter hops. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with a boat load of carbonation. This is a hard drinker. I don't care for the taste at all. It has a nasty stale aftertaste. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of RickS95
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a medium-priced average looking beer. It has a light color and produces a nice head.

It feels very clean and crisp in the mouth and has just a hint of bitter. This beer goes very well with a late night salty snack.

The first bottle I had won't be the last.

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Photo of jsolack
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Clear and golden straw color. Mild head.

Smell:
Light smell with hints of hay. Slightly sweet.

Taste:
Very nice, smooth flavor... tastes very refreshing. Bitterness is minimal.

Mouthfeel:
Crisp and dry. Cleans the palate well. Fits well with the style.

Drinkability:
A nice smooth refrshing beer. Flavor is good and beer feels crisp in the mouth.

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Photo of pezoids
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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 crookedhalo
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Nice straw pilsener colored with a fluffy white head. Bready and malty aromas with a good amount of hops present. Beautifully crisp and flavorful. One of the better pilseners I've tasted. Drinkability is through the roof on this one. I think I've found a staple for myself. (and I thought Victory's Prima Pils was good...)

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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised at the lower ratings this received to this point on the web site. This had a beatiful crystal clear gold color with a fluffy white head that lasted. The aroma was mostly hops with less malt. The flavor was malty with a sharp bitter bite. The mouthfeel was smooth, and a slight crispness developed while swallowing. The bitterness lingered well into the aftertaste.

This beer had a body with some depth for a pils, not weak at all. Very tasty and extremely drinkable. Several of these can be easily consumed without getting bored.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a clean white head settling over clear light golden-yellowish liquid. The nose is soft and light maltiness with a pinch of delicate flowery hoppiness. The taste is a tad salty at first, then a clean sparse malt flavor shows up followed by quite adequate (read: nice and bitter!) hoppiness, nicely balanced! Finishes light, dry and extremely drinkable, makes for one great hot weather session lager.

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Photo of ADR
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely transparent bright gold color, white marginal head with some sticky large bubbles. Downward falling string lacing. Good aroma, grape skins, hop, some honey laden with pollen. Malt is straightforward but ample, lightly sweet and maple in impression. Nice carbonation, sprightly but not overdone. The hops shine, peppery and crisp and excellent in the attenuation department. Nutty bittering in the aftertaste as well, good finish. This is one of the hoppier Pilsners I've had -- if it would keep I'd stock it for those occasions when you want a crisply bitter drinkable beer without the giant North American hop characteristics.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright white head held out for a minute and then faded to a film, leaving a ring of lace as it went. Clear, light gold colored beer. Smells like a crisp and fresh beer. Almost no flavor, like a light macro. I can't pick out a damn thing in the taste, although it is pleasant. Not much in the taste department, but atleast it's clean. Light body, but not watery.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear straw tinted golden witha nice bubbly white head leaves very nice webbed lacing in full patches. Aroma: Some lemongrass sweetness, grainy, with Hallertau hops present to balance the sweetness a very nice crisply balanced brew so far. Taste: Pleasantly hoppy distinct European hops with a biscuit malt character, much more flavor than I was expecting simple but very tasty. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body with a very smooth natural carbonation everything an American light lager will never accomplish. Drinkability: Very refreshing and easy to consume, definitely a session brew meant to be drank a few at a sitting.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent golden hue with a large foamy head that quickly dissipates. An astringent aroma with a hint of citrus and hop essence. Tastes like a standard pilsner at first, but the aftertaste is really something. Dry, lightly tart, lemony, faintly hoppy, just overall very busy. I liked this from the first sip and it's growing on me even more. Damn, I wish I'd bought more than one.

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Photo of marburg
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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 putnam
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
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 Globetrotter
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at a German Bierstube in Moscow. It came out (in a Helles glass) clear gold with a 2.5 finger contoured head that stuck around a while and left very nice lace most of the way down the glass. The nose was very mild, almost imperceptible. The mouth was prickly and light. My tastebuds were pleased by the nice balance between the malty start and the hoppy finish. The aftertaste is crisp bitter, with an amazing extra hoppy kick in the car 15 minutes after I finished the glass. This is a good session beer and a fine example of the style, albeit on the mild side.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light and pale golden. Looks more like grape juice than a pilsner. Clarity is fine. Small bubbly white head leaves sparse lace. Nice pils maltiness on the nose spattered with floral and spicy hop notes. Soft malt tones mix with some bitter hoppiness and peppery spice notes. All in all, this combo of flavors strikes me as pretty average. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated.Body about medium. Not too bad. Not too good.

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Photo of clvand0
2.28/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer is fairly crappy and generic. It pours a boring yellow color with little head and no lacing. The aroma is skunky with possibly a hint of malts. The flavor is much like the aroma, being a skunky bland pilsner. I really didn't care much for it, but luckily it was pretty cheap.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 5 liter keg can.

This pils poured a clear golden color with white foam that left lace. The carbonation action was good. The smell was malt and biscuit - a nice persistent aroma. The taste was malty and biscuity with some floral hops and mild bitter hops. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp and relatively clean. The body and carbonation feel were medium. This was a good german pils.

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Photo of Stopper
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big, crisp, white head on a crystal yellow base. Aroma is immediately of spicy hoppiness. Initial flavor is milder than expected from the spicy aroma -- is pretty light in body with some decent malt body. A generous (for the style) hop bitterness is clearly evident, unlike in its descendant american pilsners, finishing with just a touch of spicy flavor. Extremely refreshing and light, and easy to gulp, while still holding a lot of interesting flavor.

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Photo of Loki
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a 12oz bottle.

Poured a clear yellow with a great pillowy head full of bubbles and wonderful lacing.

Aromas of pils malt, tobacco, hay, grass, and floral notes.

Tasted of malt, grass, and hay with a bitter hop bite finish that balances nicely. Very smooth and easy drinking. Light body and medium carbonation.

Revisited this beer and while a great pilsner, not quite what I had rated it the first time. 12/22/03

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EKU Pils from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
82 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.
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