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 djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a >2cm head of medium-sized bubbles, white in color, producing a very dense-looking collection. This fades, over the course of the drink, to a 0.5cm ring around the glass and some islands of foam. The body is a pale golden color, transparent, with a single stream of continuous carbonation holding the perpetual head aloft.

Aroma is clean and distinct, giving odes to flowery hops and light, sweet malts.

Taste opens with fairly good balance between flowery and herbal hop flavors alongside pilsner malt sweetness and grain flavors. The malt components win out briefly, yielding light breadiness . Hops reclaim in the finish with a slight citrus rind twang leading to nice, comfortable bitterness in the back of the tongue. Lingering taste of faint malt and gentle bitterness.

Body is medium to medium light. Could use a bit more carbonation than what experienced, but still adequate. Finish is dry.

While drinking this and writing the review, I didn't even notice how quickly I had finished the beer. This is just a very crisp, clear German pilsener that showcases everything enjoyable about the style.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear gold with a medium white head, excellent retention, good lace.

S: Nice sourdough bready malt, very floral noble hopping.

T: As with the smell, a great mix of pils malt and floral hops, grassy.

M: Light-bodied, very crisp and easy drinking.

O: An excellent pils, I don't know why I don't drink it more often.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades semi quickly bit of lacing, crystal clear golden straw color.

Nose nice cracked straw, toasty malts, grainy, juicy amber malts, hint of noble floral grassy hops.

Taste is lighter than I expected but nice, cracked straw and toasty pilsner malts, bit of that earthy gritty grainy taste, then some light sweet amber malts, some nice floral grassy noble hops come late and add a bit of bitterness. dry finish with almost no lingering taste light bitterness lingering. Mostly crisp and clean finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall nice, a bit lighter than expected, nice malts, crisp and clean, finishes a bit too quick as well.

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Photo of chrisrhoppe
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
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 BexterK
2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A. Pours straw yellow. 1 inch head that doesn't last.

S. Clean, slightly grassy aroma.

T. Bite of mild hops, earthy/hay flavor.

M. Medium-high carbonation, zesty on the tongue.

Overall very light, clean and bland with a faint bitterness that fades quickly. I'm not a fan of light beer in general, but this was more subtle than any other light beer I've tried.

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Photo of Trambo
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle poured into a fluted pils glass.

A - Pours like a classic German Pils: Beautiful, towering off-white head 4 fingers high. Crystal clear, light to medium golden body with light carbonation. Head settles down to 1/2 a finger in a few minutes, leaving spotty lacing

S - Grassy, hay and typical pils smell, with perhaps a light hoppy floral note.

T - Standard pils, nothing jumps out here. Bready malt followed with a slightly underwhelming hops bite. Bitter aftertaste dissipates a few minutes afterward.

M - Watery with very little carbonation. Slightly boring feel in a swish & swallow.

Overall, not a bad representation of the breed, but nowhere near Best in Class. This pils would be good for a few bottles, but gets boring after while.

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Photo of Yagman3000
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appears dangerously light. I just held it up in front of my eyes and could watch the Mets game through it.

Smells and tastes alike: thin and starfish with a sweet that comes through the late middle and rests at the end.

mouthfeel is thin with a subtle pilsy dust at the end.

Overall on the lighter side and I wouldn't necessarily seek it out but am a little intrigued with the subtle sweet surprise. Interesting to have a fruit different than a wit orange of HW banana clove.

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Photo of robbrandes
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours remarkably clear from the bottle, very light straw color. dense, fine head that fades to a long-lasting thin-film.

smell is quite subtle, but some good nuances - well-rounded malt profile, slight fruitiness and just a hint of the european hop profile. taste is good, but honestly a bit of a let-down. a subtle pilsener is one thing, but EKU leaves you want a little bit more. the hops are almost non-existent and i found myself more interested with the fruity under-currents of the yeast and malt.

excellent mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

overall a very sessionable beer, but there's many better fish in the sea.

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Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow color with a huge white head into my glass. Lots of lacing and so forth.

Sweet with a good dose of buttery malt and grassy hops upfront. Smells like the style for sure.

Crisp, lightly buttered malt greets the tongue, followed by a decent hop bite.

Clean with just the right level of carbonation. Closer to the style than some examples I've had.

A decent, easy to enjoy pilsner for those who are fans of the style. Worth a try.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.8/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I really want to find a German pils that I like. I feel bad that they all taste the same to me and it's rather disappointing. This beer is clear yellow it's earthy and mild flavored. Fresh cut grass on the taste too. Not much hops on the nose. Not my favorite style.

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Photo of chaz01
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Beer of the month club, poured into a pilsner type glass.

A: Bright and clear out of the bottle, with your basic yellow straw beer color. An average size white foamy head, although I was expecting more.

S: Hay, grass, grains in the aroma with light floral notes.

T: Lots of grainy hay and grass flavor with a little touch of malt sweetness. Your basic pilsner type beer, but with a little bit of a grassy hop finish that lingers longer than normal.

M: Light bodied and medium to highly carbonated.

D: Light, refreshing, clean, crisp easy to drink although maybe a little bit boring. Would be refreshing on a hot summer day or perhaps paired with any hot, spicy dish.

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3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle to pokal. EKU has moved away from the classic white label as displayed on BA to a more contemporary design, which is pretty awful.

A: Pours with a 4 finger bright white, compact and foamy head. Excellent retention depositing some sticky sea foam lace as it slowly recedes. The body of the beer is light gold but very bright and could not be any clearer. As the beer continues to disappear from the glass, seemingly does the lace from drying out.

S: Very grainy with straw malts and a scent reminiscent to graham cracker. Beautiful balance between the malts and the grassiness of the noble hops.

T: Crisp flavors with moderate spicy hop bitterness.

M: Medium-light body and far from thin. Extremely crisp and refreshing. Medium-high carbonation.

D: Great palatability, excellent drinkability.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Beer of the Month brew... I need to politely tell my sister and brother-in-law not to get me this again...

First sip can't go by without a positive mention of the body and mouthfeel. Very very nice. The body is medium/full and very well-carbonated. It works quite well.

The flavor has some light sweetness-- it actually reminds me of the smell of sweet corn, but I'm sure that isn't an ingredient here... Right? Some noble hops come in too-- spicy and floral notes mainly. The taste follows suit; light sweetness up front, floral hops at the back, spicy hops a little further back, and a clean crisp finish.

The beer itself is a light, clear, pale gold color. White head of a thick creamy finger and some lacing... I like the color-- but the retention/lace is a bit of a downer.

My overall impression us that this is the best beer of the month club beer I've been sent... It is tasty. It is good enough that I will actually drink the rest of them, rather than give them away...

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Photo of nitro0292
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I will preface this review by saying that I am generally not a huge fan of pilseners, German or otherwise.

This brew came in my BOTM shipment, so lets give it a whirl....

A - Appearance is good, brilliant straw color, exceptional attenuation and a solid head with lacing.

S - Typical Pils smell (slight DMS) other than that, not too much going on, but not too rancid either (which is a problem for me with pilseners).

T - Light, crisp and refreshing. Not a lot of hops, or a lot of malt, which is good for me since I generally don't like extremely flavorful pilseners (with the exception of Victory Prima Pils). Nothing offensive, no DMS, no diacetyl.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation.

D - Again, I'm not a fan of the style so I generally don't want another. That said, this is one that I could have a few of if nothing of another style (or only BMC) were available.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz single. Very pale gold lager, tight white head.Good lace. Actually nice hoppy aroma..saaz hops but really bright and clear. Taste is more balanced than i imagined but the hops shine through at the end.. though rather balanced for a German Pils..it pulls it off. Actually a nice silky smooth palate( if thats possible) for the style. Overall i liked this one and found it drinkable.

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Photo of CHickman
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold in color with a fluffy 2 finger cloudy now white head that faded slowly; very good lacing that clings to the glass and left rings as it went down.

Smells of grass, hay, light sweet malt, yeast, faint floral hops, corn and a slight skunky odor; pretty mellow nose as the hops and grains controlled the nose, but gave way to some floral notes.

Tastes of sweet malt, grass, hay, light lemon, yeast, light floral hops, corn, herbs, toasted grains and a touch of caramel; the flavor was typical for a pils and was balanced enough to be enjoyable, yet a tad too basic as the hops didn't bring any spice punch.

Mouthfeel was smooth and watery; body was light and crisp, with light carbonation and a slight bitter finish. High drinkability, it goes down easy, but is just a little reserved to be exciting. Good session beer that could flow all night.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L, Germany, best by 2/11.

Pours with a nice, creamy head atop the standard light gold body. Great clarity, plus above-average retention and lacing.

Aroma has a bit of grassy hops, but is mainly muffled and grainy.

Flavor is dry and clean. Malts, though not sweet, seem to take over a bit. Bitterness is there, but the hop flavor needs to be elevated. Some spice and earthiness from the hops. Finish is woody and bready. Mouthfeel has smooth carbonation but lacked creaminess.

This is a solid pilsner, even if it's not very impressive. Easy to drink.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a larger fridge keg of this at my local BevMo. It was on sale and I decided to give it a try. It is a straightforward German Pilsner, with a hint of Lager taste. The beer is a beautiful golden color, has a strong aroma (which is sweet), leaves a slight aftertaste, and is easy to drink. Definitely worth a try, especially if you like St. Pauli or Steinlager.

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EKU Pils from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
3.59 out of 5 based on 316 ratings.
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