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Krombacher PilsKrombacher Pils

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Krombacher Brauerei

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-11-2001

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Photo of Lemreway16
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

German beers consistently are in the top league of beer and this now international brew is one of the better examples. Full of flavour, refreshing and quality. As with any proper beer the difference in taste between bottled and canned is considerable and personally I only take the bottled version.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this German beer at the suggestion of the store owner. I explained to him that I prefer a more "Octoberfest" type of beer. (I do not care, much, for hops. Most beers today have WAY TOO MUCH hops for my taste) He thought this beer would be one I would like. He was right. There is no heaviness to this beer. It is easy on the taste, with a fair hops taste, but without the overpowering hops presence. The hops was bitter, but not too much.

A lot of beers I have tried that overdo the hops have a sour aftertaste. Not this one. It is hops bitterness with flavor, not with sour. I drink straight from the bottle, so I can not tell you whether the foam was laced, crocheted or otherwise. Who the hell cares any way? You are drinking the beer, not wearing it.

I can see drinking this beer on a hot summer day and reaching for another one. It has a balanced taste and a good flavor. It does not overpower your tongue with any "lemon" or "citrus" or "bread", my gosh guys, it is a beer, not a quiche. It has a good taste and I enjoyed drinking it, hops and all.

6/20/2016 - Georgia's ancient laws that allow local distributors to decide what they will sell you are insane. Can I get any Krombacher in GA?? Nope, the local distrib. has decided not to carry it. Thanks. But, I did get some in Illinois and carried it home (remember Coors Beer being brought to any home, east of the Miss. River, from Colorado in the 1970's - that is how old GA's stupid laws are) to enjoy. Yum. I noticed the flavor was more hoppy than I care for, but not too hoppy as not to like it. It has the hoppy (think warm beer that you left on the back porch for several hours last Saturday and then tried to drink it) taste, but NOT TOO MUCH (wake up USA crafters, you dont need 75 lb bags of hops in each 12 oz bottle). I enjoyed it very much!!!

Thanks Krombacher for brewing a great beer, hops and all, and brewing it as a beer should be brewed and not as the silly USA crafters think something should be brewed according to the most recent and emotional thoughts on beer. This is a good beer, with no "floral" or "spice" or any of that goofy crap. This is a great German beer with no apologies to me or anyone else for its taste. Yum!! GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Photo of El-Heffe
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have read the top rated pilsners in America. Rankings putting American craft brews as the best.
Simply absurd. For some reason, America cannot brew a decent true Pilsen.
This is world class. It sits on the tongue just right for a pilsner. Some golden midranged sweetness, subtle just right tang and some bitterness at the end with a hint of sour. But overall golden warmth of summertime, refreshing and clean. Great beer with food or as a session beer. I like to have one strong ipa, A belgian ale or a dunkel weiss and then switch to this for the rest of the night. Not too strong but gets the job done and not so sugary. Does not make you feel like crap the next day like drinking too many high calorie double ipa's

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great tall branded pilsner glass holds a 16 oz draft pour.
The straw colored body supports a 1/2 inch white head.
The odor and taste are a perfect balance of hop and malt with neither dominating.
medium carbonation gives a nice bite to the mouthfeel and makes for an active beer in this presentation.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a big tight head that stays around. Massive carbonation is streaming up with great vigour.

The aroma is a herbal hop smell typical of German pils. I detect mint and spring water in the smell.

The beer is highly drinkable. It tastes of noble hops and minerals with a mild but lingering bitter aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is like sparkling mineral water. Smooth but carbonated.

Overall, a mild but refined and delicious beer that would suffice as a standard example of a German pilsener. Very similar but not identical to Warsteiner and Bitburger.

My mark out of one hundred would be 87.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Valhalla.

1/2 liter in proper glassware. Clear body with a thick white head. Copious lacing. Bready aroma, lager yeast. Great flavor. Refreshing and quaffable. A delicious pilsner.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.17/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just picked this beer up at the downtown Spec's today and am hopeful that we will see some of the other offerings from this brewery. Let's give the Pils a shot here in "the States".

Appearance: Pours a very clear light golden color with a small 1/8" head of small white bubbles that didn't really stick around for all that long. Within about 40 seconds, the foam was a ring where the glass meets the beer, and is being maintained by quite a few bubbles rising. There is a little bit is wavy lacing left on the glass after drinking most of the beer.

Aroma: The initial aroma was nice for a Pilsner with malt being the predominant aspect with some sweet toasty notes, but the hos are definitely present here adding a clean floral complexity. In the very cold beer, there are no off aromas at all and it is getting more toasty as it sits.

Taste: The flavor is also very clean and malty with some hop presence in the initial part of the flavor profile adding some flowers and maybe a hint of grass, but the malt is in control of the rest of the beer. There are some bittering hops to balance the finish, but they don't control the finish. The overall mouthfeel is medium to light with plenty of carbonation for what this beer is. It is a tad watery on the palate, but it is just really clean.

Opinion: Well, I must say that I am enjoying this beer quite a bit. I personally like a Pilsner that is more like a Helles, so this one fits the bill nicely. That said, it is a bit light in the hop department for this style...but you expect that a bit since it is brewed more in the middle of the country than in the North where the beers are notably more hoppy. Either way, if you like Pilsners OR Helles, I would give this one a shot on a clean palate and I don't think that you will be disappointed.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served cold from 500ml brown bottle into straight pilsner mug.

L) Bright golden colour, clear, decent fluffy white head. Lots of small bubbles rising. Typical for the style, a good example.

S) Strong odour for a cold beer, strong bready malts.

T) Follows the odour, bready lager malt flavour dominates over hops. There is a bit of hop bitterness but quite light for a German pils.

F) Very easy drinking, no bitterness on the aftertaste, mild carbonation means no gassiness.

O) Very easy drinking pils, can't fault it and not expensive. Can't go wrong.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pils presents itself picture perfectly, lots of white head, and a nice golden and clean looking body. There is a lot of carbonation here, even after a moderate pour. This is how a pilsner should look.

This brew has only a slight fragrance. Not much in the way of malt, but a hint of slight lemon.

In the way of taste, this is a bit more than on par. It's actually a little bit more on the malty side than expected. Somewhat husky and mildly sweet, but nicely counter balanced with a hint of lemon.

This is about as refreshing as one can get in the lager family. Definitely totally balanced and is a swell session cervesa.

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Photo of Jerone
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color with lots of bubbles and a nice head that sticks around and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell is of fruit banana/apple, malt and some hops.

Taste is pretty good, some fruitiness to it, apple, and a bit of sweet malt and some hops to clean of the taste and give it a floral note. This is what I want a pilsner to taste like. Mouthfeel is light to medium with medium carbonation. Goes down easy and tasty.

A good pilsner, for some reason it's hard to find good ones anywhere.

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Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale yellow, big head, good lacing.

Smell: Floral, grassy.

Taste: Tasty balanced pilsner, though I get a fair amount of corny sweetness from it. Mild grassy hops.

Overall: I received this as a re-gift, my aunt received it from a German exchange student. The bottle had a best-before date of mid-August, so I was pleasantly surprised how good it tasted despite being out of date. Brown bottle and constant refrigeration probably helped. Anyway, this is a solid pilsner with a little more corn flavor than it probably should have, but that's ok with me.

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Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a beer mug. Large white head with excellent retention. Golden amber color with a strong smell and taste of hops. The aftertaste is delightfully bitter. I bought this bottle as part of a build your own six pack deal, and I'm glad I did. It is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a top German pilsner. Clear gold lies under a beautifully contoured white head that lingers all the way to the bottom leaving a veritable blanket of lace all along the side. The smell is a well-balanced mix of malt and flowery hops. The mouthfeel is just a tad tingly and dominated by malt. The taste starts as sweet barley, with a lovely flowery hop bitterness giving chase. The aftertaste is all hops. A fine product indeed.

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Photo of jhtipton
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked it up at the Home Plus in Busan Korea. Of course, compared to most Korean beers it stands tall. Color is a warm gold. Smell is somewhat hoppy and grainy. It gave a gentle lacing to the Rok Navy Club cocktail glass. Taste was somewhat grainy a little hoppy but average. Definitely a great beer for after a dry week and a good run/hike around the Orykdo coastal trails.
I could drink maybe one more.

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Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this beer in a hotel in Wolfenbuttel in Germany. They had it on tap and that is always the best thing to drink this German beer.

Poured in the glass you get a well balanced beer with a nice white head and a light yellow fluid.

You can smell the good hops and the citrus which comes along with it.

A very enjoyable and drinkable beer which can be drank all over Germany. It is a well known and commercial beer.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Drank in a Stein at Belfast NI Oktoberfest 2014

Appearance – A good amber golden colour with decent CO2 activity in the glass. This beer raised a great head that lasted well over the average 3-4 minute marker. There was also a lot of heavy lacing from this beer.
Smell – The nose in this beer was very much dominated by the malt profile. The hop aromas were somewhat lost as the beer was served in a Stein glass. There was some evidence of solvent in the aroma but it was not enough to be a problem for me personally.
Taste – The malt aromas from the nose were very noticeable in the flavour of this beer and the lost hops finally came through here. There was a decent amount of mild sweetness from the malt and a nice bitter finish from the hop. This beer was straight up and did what it set out to do and it did it very well.
Mouthfeel – The CO2 gave great tingle in this beer that had very nice body and amazing linger.
Overall – This beer is pretty damned good. The flavour profile is pretty much exactly what a Pilsner in this style should be. Of all the German Pils I have had the pleasure to drink this is one of the best.

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Photo of OlaB
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: straw yellow clear color, gives of a decent amouth of head that disolves quickly , good lacings on the glass.carbonation seems medium

S: yeast,malt, hops , some notes of spices and citrus, not overwhelming aroma on this beer

T&F:hopp bitterness and malt sweetness are good balanced on this pilsner, very crisp and easy drinkable I was more happy with the taste on his beer. I think the abv is good for a beer type like this

O: A good everyday beer, perfect to pop up a beer like this on a friday when arrive tired home from work.All inn all a good German Pilsner,Not extrordinary but it sure was good and enjoyable and easy drinkable

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Photo of absolutbc2001
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exactly what i needed. Never had this before but tasted exactly like i wanted it to. Good grassy taste. Looks like im drinking coors light. I thought this was amazing but i was in the mood for a no frills pils...

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Photo of breadwinner
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe I just got a fresher bottle or something, but I think this better this its rAvg, with a good bready pils malt character quite present. I'm sure there are scads of better examples in Germany, but as far as imports go, I thin you could do a lot worse than this.

Update: got an older bottle and the pils malt and hops had definitely fallen off some, but it didn't turn into anything undrinkable. Really just a toned down version of itself. Gonna leave the score for now, as I have a feeling fresh it could really be quite nice.

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Photo of mwrseeley
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nicely coloured light straw featuring an upward stream of bubbles that raced to the top to form a large pillowy head, which, along with the lace, was very pleasant and lasted the duration of my drink. Above average head and lace.

Smell: The aroma came across like a normal Pils. Thirty minutes after finishing this beer I could smell a mild but definite sweetness emanating from the empty bottle.

Taste: Rather bitter when served ice cold, but as it warmed the beer opened up and the dryness becomes less obvious. The aftertaste was strongly accented with hops.

Mouthfeel: Dry and like the taste, became better as the beer warmed slightly.

Drinkability: I would drink Krombacher Pils again. Beer drinkers in South Korea can't afford to be too particular and I am thinking about picking up a 5 litre keg, because this Pilsener certainly beats most of the other available options.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There are a lot of US craft breweries making pils (Firestone, Lagunitas, Oskar Blues, etc) and usually they end up tasting way too hoppy - almost a lager/ipa mashup beer and not a true Pilsner. The Krombacher is true to the style without over doing the hops. Taste is clean, bright, slightly bitter - almost pepper note in the finish. Good carbonation, balanced malt on the front. A great pilsner - a must try if you can get it.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this at a German restaurant in Niagara Falls, Ontario, having never seen it in my neck of the woods. Well wouldn't you know, I stumbled across it back home shortly after my visit. This turned out to be a more than decent pils and a very drinkable one at that.

Krombacher pours a standard yellow-golden color with a decent foam that lasts for about 2 minutes. The smell was almost all malt, with a nice sweet aroma in the nose. The standard pils mouthfeel was present with the expected amount of carbonation. The flavor matched my expectations from the aroma, with a nice malty flavor present with a good herbal hop presence to balance it out. Nothing complex, but enjoyable nonetheless. One can still taste the chewy malts and hop bitterness well into the aftertaste, and the beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

This brew was a decent surprise. A perfect beer to have with some German fare such as some jaegerschnitzel or some wursts.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Krombacher Pils has a very thick, white head and a clear, sparkling, yellow-golden appearance, with lots of splotchy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is slight, with some light bread and grassy sweetness. Taste is of pale barley malt, sweetness, and a mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, and Krombacher finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. Overall, this is a wonderful beer.


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Photo of DerBayer
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer with its typical clean hoppy bitterness upfront followed by a soft malty finish.

Looks like a sexy blonde as w3ell when poured that gives big head ;O) Just kidding but the drinkability of this served cold in a Pils glass on a warm summer night was immense!!!

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Photo of paterlodie
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB 10-11-05. Poors in as a pilsner should having a great and lasting white head and a golden beercollor. looking better to it I noticed lots of haze and that for a quality pilsner. Not the best presentation for a filtered one. Nose is good though, no off tastes noticeable and a good malty and hoppy crracter. Hops reminding me of Hersbrucker and a very malty palate for a pilsner. Some alcohol completing the nose that's fresh.
Taste is also fresh and has good but not that high dosed bitterness, that keeps hanging in my mouth. Further again good maltpalate but IMO litle too much for a Pils and the whole beer reminds me more of a Helles then a pilsner. Easy drinkable and a good sesionbeer for a heavy night of drinking but there are lots of more enjoyable pilseners that I would prefer to drink.

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