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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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3.39
pDev:
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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.17/5  rDev +23%
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 DoktorZee
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap in a big Krombacher mug.

A - classic Pils appearance: clear straw color with a fluffy head that melts away leaving some streaky lacing.

S - fresh straw hops with a bready malt backing

T - crisp but quite dilute; light initial hops touch, grassy with the slightest citrus hint backed my minimal bready malt

M - very light with moderately sharp carbonation; crisp and refreshing

D - super sessionable - seems more likely to get you hydrated rather than drunk

Decent, but not great. Not the most solid Pils i've had unfortunately.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw amber with faint red tinges throughout & topped by a foamy white, two-fingers width head that has nice retention along with leaving some light lacing on the glass.

Not the strongest on the nose but a pleasant pilsener aroma to it none the less. There is a sweet grassy hops and corn aroma along with a little grain and lager like malts.

Sweet tasting beer that the nose hints at, there is some corn and grassy hops in there too. It tastes pretty straight forward but it is nice, crisp and has some good floral notes too.

Pretty smooth with a light to medium body and a nice crisp, refreshing finish which is also mildly bitter feel to it.

It isn't the most complex beer I have ever had but still one that I enjoyed and it is one that I would have again.

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Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
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 coldriver
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle born on 8/24/2011 poured into Sam Adams glass. Nice two finger tightly bubbled head, pours light straw colored with good lacing. Aroma is bready malt. Taste some subtle spicy hops but overall a bit underwhelming, a little metallic and sour. Nice crisp mouthfeel, but smooth - would make a decent session beer. Always been a big fan of German Pilseners and this one's a decent selection but nothing that really stands out.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served a golden body with noted clarity and topped with an inch of soft, white foam.

Smell: Pils malt, lightly grainy, and with the usual noble hops yielding floral, herbaceously spicy notes and a far-off hint of deviled eggs.

Taste: Grainy-flavored Pilsner maltiness with a low level of supporting sweetness. Floral, spicy noble hops with a mild bitterness. A little tickle of sulfur. Closes out dry, slightly crisp and with a continued grainy, (light) sulfur taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A very basic, simple, standard pils. It gets the job done but doesn't have that lil' extra something magical to keep me coming Krombach for more.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My Cuz married a German bird and he and his hottie are Krombacher fans so I bought some for them on their recent visit. This is a typical German Style Pils. The color is golden clear with good carbonation that provides a thin white head that appears to be lacing. Grain and barley power the aroma on this beer...not much else. The taste is a standard German pils with a kick of wheat/barley/grain. Mouthfeel is good, on the lighter side which makes for a good session. Overall...its a good German pils.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear and golden/straw color, single finger head, decent amount of lace

S: Not much on the nose. Earthy and floral notes.

T: Pale grain and malt, sweet and mildly spicy german hops. more earthy and slight wood notes.

M: high carbonation and light body.

O: This a good representative of a german pilsner. Not bad.

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Photo of emerge077
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Narrow 11.2 oz. "energy drink" sized can.
From the bottom of the can... Produced: 15-04-11, BBD: 15-04-12
So this can is roughly 5 months old.

Picked this up thinking it was Kulmbacher Pils, oops.

Billowing white foam, creamy textured, long lasting. The head leaves behind plenty of lacing in it's wake. Color is a dull brassy gold, there is visible micro sediment suspended in the beer.

Smells like wet barley, grass, and crackers.

Tastes a little swilly and metallic. Wet and bready with some pilsner malt and vague residual bitterness in the back after a bigger swig. Clean enough, somewhat crisp and quenching in hot weather. Pretty utilitarian, though you could do plenty worse.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice pour, good golden clarity, plenty of white head and head retains fairly well. Nose is very light, with a whiff of herbal hops, some skunk, and grain. Palate is cereal grain sweet, light and almost adjuncty, with a semi-brisk balance from the hops. Some hops linger on the finish too, but then the cereal grain just won't go away even on the aftertaste.

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Photo of Jerone
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
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 KDawg
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice light straw color with a good head on it. Very fragrant nose with lots of grains, malty tones and some straw tones as well. Medium bodied that is more grainy on the palate than on the nose. Very good feel that is very smooth as well. This is an excellent session pilsner that scratches the itch perfectly

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Photo of crossovert
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle in germany. It pours a clear gold witha large, foamy white head that leaves a lot of lacing. The smell is almost skunky with a must to it, then some grain, fruit, noble hops, and metal. The taste is rather refreshing though, it is malty with a kick of noble hops that tickles the tounge. It is super light and drinkable. For a mass produced beer it isn’t bad.

11.2 oz bottle in the Us: not as good but it is freshly imported and isn't too bad.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 03.05.11 - which means either March 5 or May 3, depending if it is in US or Euro notation - in any case it is fairly fresh.

A - Pours a clear golden hue, and is capped with a chunky, frothy head; lacing ensues somewhat surprisingly.

S - The nose is mild, slightly sweet, and flowery. Mineral and earthy notes are barely perceived.

T - Very pale grain is showcased, and the taste has a decent amount of herbal and earthy hoppiness, in addition to the aforementioned floral notes. The sweetness which was found in the nose is not carried over into the palate.

M - The feel is light and refreshing.

O - Its very easy drinking; a good German Pils.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden appearance with thick white head that slowly settles down, so far so good. Smell is grassy with a hint of malt, grain and hops.

Taste is mainly maltiness and grass. Picked up citrus, bread and hops as well. Smooth and crisp overall. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a lingering maltiness.

This is a simple and clean Pilsner overall which makes very refreshing. No outstanding features, but sometimes simpleness is good; worth a try.

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Photo of marty21
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It’s a clear golden with one finger worth of fluffy white head. The head lasts the entire time and left lots of lacing all over the mug.

S: Light bready aroma with some hops and a faint spiciness at times.

T: Bready malt with the hops providing a little crisp pop on the tongue.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.

O: I enjoyed this beer at Gathaus Gutenberger with a giant plate of great German food. It wasn’t anything special but it did the job. I would gladly have another glass of this there.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks golden brown, with a creamy head. Modest carbonation.

Smell dominated by yeast, with hints of grassy hops.
Taste is actually quite herby. After a few minutes, the drink is left with malt and yeast.
Light to medium bodied. The aftertaste is bitter, but mostly sweet. It lingers quite long though.
It's drinkable enough.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Huge billowing white rocky head with great retention.

Smell - Spicy. Wheaty. Slightly musky.

Taste - Bitter; a bit like cardboard.

Mouthfeel - Nothing noteworthy. Neither watery nor bodied.

Drinkability - Decent for the style. Nothing to write home about.

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Photo of scott451
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour into a pilsner glass produced two fingers of bubbly white head on a well carbonated clear gold. Good lacing. The head diminished to a cap but sticks around.

Grassy grain smells. Lightly flavored sweet malts with a very mild spicy hop finish. Lacks the metallic notes that some pilsners have.

Light body and good carbonation. Very drinkable. Although abit tin in the flavour department it is a worthy pils with no major flaws.

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Photo of ticklechicken
2.34/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - golden with a big foamy head that dissipated quickly with some lacing
Smell - initial spiciness with the pour, which settles into a yeast scent
Taste - yeast, spice, and a little malt with a bitter aftertaste
Mouthfeel - thin and well carbonated
Drinkability - Unfortunately I poured this before it had enough time to chill properly, so this might have affected my experience. I'm a mere Acolyte and this is my first Pilsner review, and I have to say I think this isn't the beer style for me. The bite of the bitterness really isn't to my liking, but that said, you live and learn.

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Photo of kjyost
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tall Kromberg glass.

A: A great looking beer. Pale and crystal clear with a thick fluffy white head that left substantial lacing through the entire 30 min drink...

S: Grain and very light vegetal aroma with no discernible hop character.

T: Grain, with a light bitterness but once again no substantial hop flavours. A touch better than a BMC lager, but really, nothing to make me excited by this beer.

M: Crisp, clean finish. No aftertaste.

D: When your appearance is the best thing by far, and you are a product to be consumed, that is not a good sign.

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Photo of decimator
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear gold with a 3cm white foamy. The head reduced to a 0.5cm foamy cap that lasted a while. Good amount of lacing is produced.

S - Grassy at first with a backing of light malts and light citrus notes.

T - Mild sweetness, very light tang, and a mild bitter finish.

M - Good carbonation. Crisp finish. Some slipperiness.

D - A bit light in flavour, even for a Pilsner, but still a decent one to drink.

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Photo of boss302
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Krombacher Pilsner 4.8% 0.5L can

A This tasting was directly from the can, so I can't comment on it's color. Last time was on tap an was a deep golden and clear. The head was thick on initial pour and faded toward the end. 3.5

S A mild malty aroma, slight hop aroma, but not much of anything else. 3

T Malty, a little old tasting. There is some hop flavor. A little astringent in the end. More malt than anything. 3.5

M This is a medium body beer, thick on the tongue. Carbonation was good. 4

D Good beer, better cold than warm and one of the better German Pilsners I've had in Germany. There is either a lack of good Pilsners, or I had a particularly difficult time finding them. Having tried several nasty examples, I was quite happy to find the Krombaacher. 3.5

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Photo of A380
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice straw yellow color with a tiny hint of cloudiness. The head does disappear kinda quick but it does stick around for little bit. like a minute or so. Smells like a typical German Pilsener, tastes like a typical german pilsener but overall it does go down fairly easily. Not too over carbonated and has an o.k. lingering aftertaste ( which is not too bad ) but at the same time its not the greatest. Hint of spicy hops? not sure on that one. Everyone i know says this beer is super.. Its just not doin' it for me. Its good, not super. But I think its clean, light, crisp taste would go very well on a hot day!

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Photo of dasenebler
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L, Germany

Nice clear gold color, darker than most old yellers. Short-lived foamy head, but surprisingly good lacing.

Aroma is of lightly skunky noble hops. Slightly sulfuric and nothing special.

Flavor is nice, with a solid malt backbone. There's a big bready component here that you don't get with many German pilsners. It's almost like a Czech without the elevated hop flavor. Borders on cereal-grainy, but remains pretty pleasant. Mouthfeel was well-carbonated and smooth.

After revisiting Krombacher, I've come to realize that it competes nicely with my beloved König, with a more satisfying maltiness to boot.

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Krombacher Pils from Krombacher Brauerei
78 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.
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