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Krombacher Pils | Krombacher Brauerei

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Brewed by:
Krombacher Brauerei
Germany | website

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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pDev:
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Photo of bwood06
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I approached this beer on a very hot day that found me wanting a very light beer to cool off a bit, so when I saw this on the menu I had to get it. This German Pilsener features a very bright, white head that is frothy in appearance and dissipates nice and slowly to a whispy lacing. The beer itself is straw in color, bordering on light golden, and clear with moderate carbonation readily visible in the form of small bubbles rising quickly toward the surface. 4/5 The aroma is very simple but appealing with notes of buttered white bread, black pepper, lemon, cracker, and a very clean smelling ho profile. Definitely typical of the german pilsener style here. The aroma is not overly strong but the notes listed above are easily noticeable. 3.5/5 On the tongue, a very light caramel sweetness comes out right away but the beer quickly transitions away from this in favor of a grainy sweetness along with buttered white bread and cracker really coming out. This graininess also quickly goes away with the hops taking over the remainder of the flavor profile. Peppery spiciness, lemon, and grass all form a significant hop bill that is very clean and refreshing. There is some bitterness but not a crazy amount, with just a bit lingering upon swallowing. 3.75/5 Very light and crisp mouthfeel that features a light carbonation burn up front that goes away rather quickly. Almost a bit watery at times unfortunately. Moderate dryness with a bit of dryness lingering after swallowing. 3.25/5 Simple and flavorful, this beer is very refreshing. Hop forward and somewhat dry, typical of the german pilsener style. This one fits the bill nicely on hot days. 3.5/5

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
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 JohnCassillo
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought this was a pretty good German pilsner. Pours a bright yellow with a decent foam head. Aroma was a subtle citrus, while taste balanced hops and malt characteristics quite well. Nothing overwhelming in terms of flavor or character. Just a well-executed pils that you could easily drink while still getting a rewarding experience.

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Photo of OlaB
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
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 GrumpyGas
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
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 Tone
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of wheat, strong pale malt, hint of sweet malt, Euro yeast, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, strong Euro yeast, hint of hops, hint of wheat, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, a pretty standard pils.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazy yellow body with light head. The scent is sharp in some noble hop and boozy-malt character. The taste is very crisp from the hops, and provides a nice delicate finish, but nothing like other German pilseners can achieve. Pretty good, I like it.

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Photo of drmeto
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

L:
-pours a clear golden with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-heavy on honey,lemon,spicy,grassy
T:
-Follows the nose with a clean finish
-no bitterniss whatsoever
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-light body
O:
Pleasant Malt base, but way too mild for a Pilsener.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours (from 500mL can) an ever-so-slightly chill-hazed transparent gold, capped with decent (albeit quick receding head) that leaves lots of lacing.

Smell is classic pils: herbal, slightly spicy, bready, doughy, yeasty, biscuit/cracker. Slight vegetal funk. Taste is much the same: initial decent fruitiness, then rather crisp, clean--slight bittering hops, vegetal, herbal. Faint peppery spice and lots of bready, doughy pale malt. Good low-moderate carbonation, nice body. Slightly drying, yeasty finish.

This is kind of a standard-bearer pilsner for me: it's not setting the world on fire, but it's a nice demonstration of the style: crisp, clean, really refreshing and likeable--subtle, and yet (when you pay attention) there's a decent amount going on. Krombacher makes the only non-alcoholic beer I can stomach; it's not surprising that when they're given free reign, the results are even better.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Mild yellow pour with lots of clarity yields a white head with a grip of carbonation to boot. Aroma was mild grains.

Taste was decent noble hops, high carbonation on the mouthfeel, watery and mild overall. Go for the grains if you want this one. Let it open up a little if the high carbonation is too obnoxious and you want a milder experience.

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Photo of absolutbc2001
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
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 matuto
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle (exp. 06/05/2016, bottled 06/05/2015), in a pilsner glass. Golden color. Lots of white and dense foam, with medium retention. Sweet, but has a little bitterness on aftertaste. Some grassy hops on nose, that get weaker on taste. Light body. Not very crispy. I got some feel of soap on mouth at a moment, so that I wouldn't have another of this.

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Photo of SCproUA
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bier ist nicht sehr angenehm, mittelmäßig. Nichts Besonderes ist nicht zu sehen. Der Geruch nicht machen viel Eindruck. In herkömmlichen Farb Pils. Probieren Sie gewöhnliche, steht nichts aus.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (think 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) and 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 DaveBar
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.20 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that lasts for 4-5mins before film out. Rather light gold colour and filtered clear

S- Not much here at all

T- Not bad. Has a green bite to it. Pretty much a North American mass produced brew with a European hop flavor to it. Nothing to write home about.

M- Just like a North American mass produced brew.

O- Good but not great. Will not buy again but I'm not saying it's bad or anything. Just average

Food Pairing

This ok brew went ok with............ Pretty much anything you would pair a Bud with. Kind of disappointing really.

Enjoy

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold pour (4) with tight fluffy two fingers of white head; good lace and clarity. Slight corn (DMS) nose and spicy floral hops; biscuit with honey aromas too. Bitter hop/mineral/lite grainy semi sweet malt underneath flavors; dry bitter finish. Light mouthfeel and light, dry body. Overall, bitter mineral/sulfur long lasting linger that challenges the floral hop presence.

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Photo of aleigator
2.92/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a sun yellow color, with a very stable, one finger broad head.

Smells of rich wheat, together with a whiff of leafy hops and biscuity, distinct malts. Actually pleasant on the nose, the archtype of a german industrial Pils.

Has a high carbonation, still creating a smooth mouthfeel, due to well pronounced wheat and malts.

Tastes of a wheat infused maltiness, soon accompanied by leafy hops, which then get washed away by evolved, more distinct and sweeter malts. Finishes with a pleasant, white bread maltiness, which got a toffee note to it, among wheat and the bubbly carbonation.

Nothing wrong with this beer, very typical for what you can expect from an industrial Pils, with a remarkable, creamy mouthfeel. Its features also the typical hop shortage in these beer, replaced by sugary sweetness, which makes me usually seeking out for smaller brewing operations in Germany.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a big foam head. Grassy nose. Malt aroma throughout. Light bodied and crisp. Malt taste with a decent amount of hops. Slightly lemony finish. Overall a decent middle of the road German Pilsner .

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Photo of Furlinator
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This smells like corn and dirt. There is some slightly sweet corn in the taste as well. Medium texture. A fairly standard pilsner but, overall, a solid effort.

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Photo of El-Heffe
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
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 Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +24.2%
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 TheBierdimpfe
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear pale straw color with moderate activity. White 1 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with good legs.

Faint citrus smell. Flavors of sweet grains, corn, lemon, banana, honey, vegetal, herbal spices. Well balanced sweet taste with a nice sharp crispy feel. Grassy and slightly syrupy.

Medium body with prickly carbonation. Faint finish of medium length, ending with a slightly bitter and skunky noble spices.

Overall a decent craft with nice flavors, but a little faint, and some good freshness.

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Photo of EMV
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had on tap in Berlin, poured into a beer stein.

L: Poured a clear light golden color with thick white head.

S: Grains and vegetable. Minimal hops.

T/F: Light malt sweetness and vegetable taste. Faint skunk. Bitter finish. Very carbonated and a bit fizzy.

O: One of the few beers I had in Germany that I really didn't care for. When it comes to Pilseners stick with the Czechs.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Publican in Chicago. Pours brilliant straw gold under a 1” white foam cap. Malty with a spicy hop nose. Light malts lead the attack with a spicy bitter hop finish. Creamy, clean and crisp with medium light gody and medium high carbonation. A good but not great German Pilsener.

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Photo of Lemreway16
4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
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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