Krombacher Pils
Krombacher Brauerei

Krombacher PilsKrombacher Pils
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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #609
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
78
Ranked #45,537
Avg:
3.42 | pDev: 16.37%
Reviews:
190
Ratings:
636
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Krombacher Brauerei
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
78
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Krombacher PilsKrombacher Pils
Notes: Krombacher, situated in the beautiful hills of Westfalia, draws upon the local mountain spring water, soft and low in minerals, ideal for brewing a Pilsner style beer. Taste: a wonderful balance of hops and malt with a distinct crispness on the finish.

24 IBU
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Photo of spcrain
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It’s ok. A good bear for dinner but a little to cream soda like flavor (vanilla) for me. Warm is worse, prefer a little cold. Light bear ABV content. It’s ok.

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Photo of Nass
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I agree with this beer being dry. I'm tasting a lemon note that is rather distinguishable with this style along with a white cracker note. The carbonation could look more lively & the head seems considerably flat for the style. This is not one of the better German Pilsners that I've had the pleasure of drinking but it's not terrible either. Cheers! C

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Photo of schavuytje
2.2/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

on the terrace of Café Extrablatt
are there still beers on the menu that I have not yet tasted; 1 piece
very dry and yet a soft, chapped malt feeling, not the first choice to do

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Photo of FBarber
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, effervescent golden color. Thin velvety white head looks weak initially but displays excellent retention of what it pours with.

Aroma has notes of toasted bready malts, a slight nuttiness, light grassy hops, a hint of light honey-like sweetness.

Taste follows the nose with that toasted bready malt backbone with a nice melanoidin character. Ever so slight hint of honey with some grassy hops. As the beer warms the hops do show through a bit more with an increased grassy bitterness.

Feel is light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Neutral finish.

Overall this one definitely sticks out as somewhat different than the usual Bavarian examples to its toasted nutty character.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Normal look from this brew. Has that saz or noble hops nose of a euro pale ale. Taste follows through as a tamer mineral type flavored pils. Good on point feel with good carbonation on this brew.

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Photo of willcull78
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It is a very good pilsner. The amber look is fine. The head is minimal. It was also somewhat flavorful and crisp; however, it was not exceptional. While it is a good summer-sessions brew to have I may not go out of my way to get some more when there are so many other options available; however, it is worth an adventure at least once, if not twice.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Out and about, asked if this one is good, I said solid. Went back to look what I had written and discovered, I hadn't had it? Awkward. Guess I forgot to record, so I had it again on tap! Solid still applies, pours pretty and effervescent gold with a big white and fluffy head. Smell is the spot that is tougher, with grassy and herbal hops, pilsner malt, all good, but then macro euro corn aftersmell that is hard to ignore. Taste is more refined however, with the cracker like malts, crisp grains, and some floral and grassy notes at the end, very classical tasting. Feel is crisp, bubbly, and stereotypical for a pilsner. Soild

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Photo of Tucquan
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2019-04-14 in Bolingbrook, IL from a 16.9oz can with a best by of 2019-08-24

A - Clear straw gold with a 1-finger white head and moderate lace

S - Mild grain and noble hops

T - A bready Pils with noble hops and mildish bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Very tasty. Want this again.

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Photo of MerryTapster
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Honestly for me this beer is very underated. The look is a typcial pilsner. Golden, nice longer lasting head. The smell is the downfall of this one. Unlike other Pilsners this lacks the biscuity, grainy, sliighlty hopping nose that I crave in a pilsner. Taste is on point as far as a german pilsner goes. It actually might be closer to a Czech Pilsner on a hoppiness scale. Feel is nice and refeshing. Crisp, malty with a dryish finish.

I will say that I am biased to the draft version of this beer. For me the draft is a completely different beer than the packaged version and tastes much better.

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Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass; bottled on 11/5/2018, best before 11/5/2019. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. A bit of fruity/skunky aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice aromas with good balance of pale malts and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of pale malts and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with no fruity/yeasty notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Slight lingering resins. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a delicious German pilsner. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malts and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish, not overly bitter. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Perfectly balanced between clean pils malts and earthy noble hops. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and perfect example of the style.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500mL can, canned 11-05-18, best by 11-05-19. Served in a glass mug.

Appearance: Clear gold with a persistent sudsy head, Lots of persistent lacing.

Smell: Light noble hop aroma, clean and very much like a pilsner.

Taste: Clean pilsner malt with some noble hops for bittering balance. Otherwise pretty simple.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side, otherwise crisp with good carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A ho-hom pilsner. Not bad, but not great either. A bit boring, but hits the style well.

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Photo of elnachooo
2.18/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

No huele mal y su apariencia no es mala pero todo termina cuando se le da el primer sorbo a la cerveza. De cuerpo ligero, es una cerveza de una calidad bastante baja. Hay miles mejores por el mismo precio.

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Photo of Mysticmage
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed as a draft in a restaurant. Pours golden clear with fair collar. Weak nose here of typical hops and barley. Very clean taste here with minimal aftertaste. Refreshing just not too comlpex.

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Photo of jkblr
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330mL bottled 4/30/18 bb 4/30/19 poured into a pilsner glass at fridge temp 4.8% ABV. The beer pours bright light straw yellow with off white head.
The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves some lacing. The aroma is mild with mostly yeast and a touch of hay. The taste is straight forward pils malt with a gentle touch of floral & grassy hops on the end. The mouthfeel is soft, thin bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, good. Nothing exceptional here just a clean drinking pils at a nice price point.

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Photo of abarquerov
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Nice yellowish golden with creamy head.
S - Citrus, hops
T - Leans towards hoppy bitterness and citrus notes, some malty sweetness.
F - Enough body to not feel watery, still easily drinkable.
O - Overall, though not my favorite, still a nice German Pilsener.

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Photo of OldBrewer
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L - poured from a 500 ml can, light yellow, very clear. 2 inch thick froth that only reduced to 1 inch after 4 minutes. Continued to hold head for duration of drink. Lots of lacing.
S - very delicate nose - bready malt, could barely detect some hops
T - light body, very dry, a little on the bitter side
F - light body, highly carbonated
O - a little too dry and bitter, not much body, excellent head, not my favorite German Pilsner

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Photo of Bzed91
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tried this at a german restaurant last week. Krombacher was the only beer on tap and the Pilsner was the best out of them all. I never like any other pilsners at all.. ever.. probably because i havent have an actual one like this. German beer is amazing. End of story....but how do I get this to Vancouver!? The only places i could find were on the East coast. I need this.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a nice light golden color with a nice pilsner style head. Lacing as you drink the beer. A bit of bready malt and a touch of hops in the nose. The mouth enjoys a nice crisp taste.

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Photo of babaracas
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a half liter can dated Oct 17. Pours a clear gold with huge, dense, rocky white head, leaves a mess of lace down the glass. Looks great! Smell: bready, honey grahams, a little white grape, mildly floral. Taste: flavors are alright but the watered down feel really drags it down... white bread, spicy and mildly peppery, fleeting lemon and grapeskin pops in the finish. Extra light bodied.

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Photo of TBDave
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a great taste. Light and crisp, with more flavor than other major German Pils brands like Becks and St Pauli Girl. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

The first beer that I ever was drunk on during my German exchange when I was 14...so of highly sentimental value.

Great foamy head for a pilsner, usual colour, aroma is complex and well cultured.

Taste is surprisingly good, in comparison to most pilsners. It has a courageous kick, and a very intertwined malt and hops flavour. Great. I love the malty bitterness that kicks in after the initial sip. Not as flowery as a Czech pilsner, and crisper, drier and more natural/pleasant tasting malt than a Polish one...and generally more smooth.

Brings back memories

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Photo of monkist
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really that much to comment. A bit watered-down version of the German Pilsner, therefore a bit easier to drink but leaves a bit weird, sour aftertaste and you keep looking for a decent body. I gave it a good 3, thinking that I might have overrated it...

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Photo of Gmann
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale straw color with a slight honey hue. The head is white and wispy and leaves some spotty lacing.

The aroma is clean and grassy. Some cracker malt notes.

The taste is crisp, crackery with grassy and peppery hops. Nice Pils flavor.

The feel is light and crisp. Lightly dry and bitter. Very drinkable.

Very nice Pils. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Makeitadouble
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Krombacher Kellerbier - This is an Amber beer that is very reminiscent of a wheat beer. Hazy , grainy and semi sweet this beer is a nice smooth german go to . do to how filling it was I could only have about two before I started feeling full and sluggish. its a very Basic beer. At 5.1% ABV

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Photo of bankboy66
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy yellow with one finger head into a Pilsner glass. Subtle malt smell. Taste is also not overpowering either malts. A little on the watery side but there is still flavor here. A proper German pils that is very drinkable.

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Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 636 ratings