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 largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
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 JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I made the rounds tonight while the wife had some work to take care of... stopped in at Brewforia... I had to buy something :-) This took $2.79 off the $25 bill :-P

The Label on this one is now different .... it now shows dark blue dusk with a fortress and spotlights .... the EKU is big block red.

Pours very nice... 1" rocky white head... crystal clear straw golden... Great lacing.

Grainy maltiness... spicy/grassy hoppiness... a bit of sulfur that goes away thankfully.

crisp.. not as bitter as many German pils (especially American takes) ... lite cereal maltiness throughout... the bitterness also trails through well... some grassy hops show midway and move on to the finish.

Body is lite/medium with a good everpresent small bubble carbonation.

This tastes surprisingly fresh... dry and a bit sulfury in the burps.. but really I am pretty happy despite the price tag.


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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a perfectly clear, yellow body with a medium-sized, frothy, white head.

Smell: Moderate degree of sweet-scented graininess on the nose coupled with notes of noble hops and just a whisper of DMS.

Taste: Subtly grainy Pilsner malts with a modest touch of imparted sweetness. The maltiness is balanced well by spicy noble hops that also yield a slight, grassy herbaceousness. Rather small, fleeting traces of DMS. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It's another hot, muggy, stinky in all the wrong places kind of day in Georgia and it's not even summertime yet and as much I enjoy a full-bodied, hearty stout, I was definitely looking for something lighter and more refreshing to satisfy. While it's not the punchiest pils on the block (this could be an issue of freshness, sadly there a no apparent dating codes on the bottle), it did fare well with me when it came to being refreshing and easily drinkable.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

EKU Pils pours a nice golden color, with little head that doesn't stick around for too long. The beer looks very average. The taste is stronger than I was expecting. A little bitter even. Aftertaste lingers a little. Overall, this is a good pilsener, but probably not the best beer I've ever had.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, light caramelized malts, some honey and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of light malts, caramel and honey that are quickly followed by bready flavors of lager yeast and grain. There's a mild hops presence that bring some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a solid beer to drink for a while but there are better beers in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of qazelisc
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass

a - straw/gold color, white head, nice lacing

s- sweet malts, honey, grassy hops

t - malty/bready and grassy hops, slightly bitter aftertaste

m - light to medium body, smooth and well rounded, medium carbonation

d - a nice easy drinking smooth, well-lagered and slightly bitter German pilsner

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

Clear and pale yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells mostly of toasted grain, pilsner malt and biscuit. Hop scent is confined to just a grassy scent.

Starts out very dry with a slight grassy aftertaste. Taste doesn't really change that much as you drink it, just dry mild lager. Hop bitterness is on the low side of medium, no bite.

Mouthfeel is light.

An OK beer but not one I will likely buy again because I like more hop bite in my Pilsners.

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Photo of jsh420
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours bright golden yellow with a 1+ finger that leaves some spotted lacing

smells of cereal grains and light grassy hops

taste cereal grains and grassy somewhat spicey hops but its missing the the lemon citrus zest

mouthfeel is light crisp smooth and creamy

drinkability - very easy drinking - if you want session beer you want pils

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Photo of colts9016
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pokal glass at 35 degrees.

Appearance: A good one finger white frothy heat that has okay retention. The body of the beer is a pale straw color. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant.

Nose: A light biscuit grainy aroma with a light bouquet of flowers and citrus zest. In the background of the beer is some yeasty notes.

Taste: A light grainy flavor with a zippy zest of floral esters light pine, and citrus zest.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is crisp, edgy, and zippy. The body of the beer is carbonated and the finish is medium. This beer has a nice pilsner flavor with a zesty body. I like it very much.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with slight orange tint, totally clear with a stark white head that retains well for the style and leaves nice enough lacing.

Nose is full of lagery grain, typical grassy pilsner hop profile and a little bit of old lager sweetness.

Taste follows with some old lager like sweetness in the malt profile, almost an oktoberfest like malt dominance. There is still some hoppiness alive here, but its not prominent by any means. What there is is some minimal grassiness. The finish is fairly crisp, but nothing to remark at.

Mouthfeel is what you would expect. High carbontion and crisp thin viscosity.

Drinkability is pretty solid, but i'd imagine it would be considerably better if it were a bit more fresh.

Overall a decent representation of the style, but im pretty sure this bottle has some unwarranted age on it that has caused it to become something slightly less desireable. Still a good session beer and one i could drink a couple of with ease. A nice pils.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EKU Pils poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Appears a light gold in color, tightly formed bone white head.

Aroma is lightly yeasty, some euro hops are also present.

Very light in flavor all in all. A cracker like malt/yeast adds to a thin bodied beer. Euro hops are there adding an earthy bitterness. Lightly grainy and sweet.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and has a semi-dry finish.

Overall this is an easy drinking German Pilsner that really fits the bill.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
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 OtherShoe2
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw yellow. Very clear, some bubbles, and a one-finger white foamy head. Some lacing, but not alot.

Scents of sweet grain and fresh grass. Maybe a little hop leaf, but that could be the grassiness as well.

Light crisp malt and light grain, some raw grass sweetness, light hop bite towards the end. Clean, crisp, refreshing.

Light and well carbonated. This was an easy drinker. I could hit this all day in the summer -- just knock em back in front of the grill. Not super complex, but it is what it is supposed to be. I dug this one.

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

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

From a 12oz. bottle.

A - Pours a pale straw clear, clean yellow with nice 1 in. head that seems frothy and recedes slowly leaving some sticky lace behind. Big slow bubbles of carbonation rise from the bottom.

S - Citrusy hints are immediate some grassy and husky hints are there as well. Earth tones are present as well and some spices.

T - Grainy malt is ever so present to start with a nice clean feel. Slight sweetness. Nice hop bitterness and floral character at the back end. I've had more complex tasting Pils but this is still good.

M - Carbonation is on the higher side of medium but not too bad. Well balanced.

D - Refreshing and light very drinkable.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - very clear straw/yellow. Solid head, lingers and laces. Nice looking beer

S - smells floral and clean, I was excited to taste after the smell

T - lacking in taste, watery and not much there. a little hop bitterness, but just an underwhelming experience

M - thin

D - could certainly drink a lot due to the light quality, but nothing noteworthy

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

Poured from an 11.2 ounce brown bottle into a pint glass.

Clear yellow body is topped by a sizeable white head. Carbonation is a little on the lighter side. Decent flowery hop taste and a nice amount of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery.

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Photo of drjamyma
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
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 bimish
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a thin, fizzy, 2-finger head that disispates quickly. Light, straw color.

S - Piney, resiny, hop aroma predominant. Light, crisp malt aroma, as would be expected from the style.

T - Again, light crisp malt flavor. Bold, resiny, grassy hop flavor. Hop flavor is predominant, true to the style.

M - Very light and smooth. Highly carbonated, fizzy texture.

D - Good to average pilsner.

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Photo of wchesak
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In tall pils glass

A- 2 inches of white head and nice light straw color

S- spicy hops balanced with bready malt

T- moves just like most pils, malt to bitter hops that linger on the tongue, nice and peppery

M- nicely carbonated, smooth, crisp, adding up to what is great about pils

D- would love to have with a multitude of bbq food and on a warm day

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Photo of ZAP
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold colored...decent clarity...aroma is grassy graininess andsome herbal hops..flavor seems to lack a sturdy malt backing....bitter hops (too bitter) lead the way, then some lemon zest and then some light grassy graininess...body is on the thin side of medium...highly carbonated...finishes a little acidic

Smells pretty good but lacks top qualities once I start drinking it.

Not horrible but there are many better.

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

A - Two fingers of creamy, white foam on top of a clear, golden body. As the head settles, it leaves a nice, thick layer of lace on the glass.

S - Nice aroma of pils malt with hints of graham crackers and honey, as well as light, spicy German hops.

T - Sweet malt along with earthy, spicy hop flavors. Notes of bread and honey. The hops slowly take over in the finish, presenting a musty, earthy character and light, smooth bitterness.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable and a great example of the style. The hop aroma could be a bit stronger, and I have had other pilsners with a richer malt complexity. One of the best German Pilsners I have come across in the US.

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Photo of nms1987
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
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 olmatty
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- High, bright-white, bubbly head with moderate retention and a very bright, clear yellow beer

Smell- Light malts and hops, not much of either

Taste- Clean, light pale malts up front and moderate, fresh vegetable hop hit which fades to a dry finish. Simple and unadulterated by adjunts flavors. What Pils should taste like and probably what Bud would taste like without adjuncts.

Mouthfeel- Crisp carbonation, somewhat watery

Drinkability- So refreshing, great beer on a hot day. Gone quickly and another would be welcome. I'd love to taste this recipe as an Imperial pilsner, that would be amazing.

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

Pours a perfectly clear gold with a billowing white head. The foam reduces to a small, solid cap with great lacing. Strong aromas of grassy, grainy pilsener malts hit the nose; nice, light sweetness without much hop presence. This grainy malt character is dominant in the taste as well, though slightly floral hops come forward. Nice peppery, dry finish. Light-medium body. Overall, a very refreshing, well-crafted lager

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a typical straw color into the pils glass. The essential snow-white head is thick-looking, dense, and leaves appreaciable lacing. Some modest beading from underneath does the beer well.

Aroma - slightly sweet grain, a touch soapy, straight up pils.

Taste - a standard grainy start. The hops begin a touch citrusy then develop a dry, crackling bitterness after the swallow. A very clean finish; the hops continue to resonate as things wind down.

Mouthfeel - starts crisply and well-carbonated, ends dry and in need of a fresh taste; as it should be.

Drinkability - a little out of place for me in the dead of winter, but this would stand up well to some ribs, pulled pork, or chili.

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EKU Pils from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
3.59 out of 5 based on 315 ratings.
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