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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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3.4
pDev:
29.71%
 
 
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Photo of stoutman
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a light and grainy aroma that hints at caramel. Pours a light sparkling golden. The huge fluffy white head has excellent lacing and is everlasting with a full 2 inches remaining at the bottom of my pilsener flute. The sweet flavor has no acidity and finishes mildly bitter. The light watery palate is lively and finishes clean. Probably better on tap, since I did detect the typical aluminum flash of stagnicity in the aftertaste.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
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 mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with canned on date 04/30/2014, and best by 04/30/2015 printed on the bottom of the can. Acquired this oddity as part of a mixed six pack from the local Binny's, my first encounter with any beer from this brewery.

Poured into a miniature Victorian carriage adorned pint glass.

A - It pours a nice bright golden yellow; lightly cloudy with some big sediment floating in the glass to my surprise. Three big fluffy fingers of thick white head that stays for a while and leaves behind good fluffy lacing.

S - The aroma is simple, yet pleasant. Sweet honey, bread, and malt. Grainy & husky.

T - The taste follows the nose - grainy, wheaty, corny, husky. Light bready / honey sweetness.

M - The feel is crisp, grainy, & clean. Lightly malty / papery / husky on the finish. Solid carbonation; very easy drinking.

Overall, a prime example of the style. Simple, yet refined. Definitely a german pilsner I wouldn't mind slamming all day during the heat of summer.

Krombacher Pils -----4/5.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Krombacher Pils

Good appearance with a crystal clear golden body and a creamy white head that holds well. Very nice lacing.

The aroma is nice with a distinct noble character, and lots of herbs. The malt is pleasant, displaying notes of dried straw.

As is often the case, the flavor follows the aroma. It's solidly bitter; and quite herbaceous and grassy. Despite its very bitter and dry nature, it remains balanced.

As a German Pilsner it's right on. Quite nice.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
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 semihobo
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle dated 27.04.08.

Vigorous pour yields two fingers of snowy head. Lots of bubbles rising. A thin, clear yellow. Great lacing down the sides of the glass even toward the second pour of the bottle.

Smell is grassy and skunky sweet. Herbal quality to the hoppiness as well. Aroma erupted the second I popped the cap.

I expected a funky taste from the smell, but it is quite clean. A small taste profile in general, few off-notes, just grassy hops with very balanced malt providing grainy flavor and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, gentle, rich. The bubbles tickle the tongue... perfectly moderated carbonation.

Very enjoyable, I wouldn't mind drinking this again, and $1.89 for a 17 oz single wasn't that pricey. It's on the sweeter side vs. sharp hops, if that bothers you then find another pils.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
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 tjsdomer2
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Good foam. Typical straw yellow in color. Crisp bubbles.

Smell: More typical pilsner notes. Musty, German hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Similar to smell; lots of musty German hops. Heavier on the malt versus the hops. I definitely would have like a better balance. Mouthfeel has excellent bite and definitely a hoppy spritzy-ness.

Overall Drinkability: Pretty middle of the road pilsner, especially for a European one.

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Photo of PiratePete
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a white head with a beautiful golden colour. Not much nose but that seems alright to me. In the mouth there is a taste of malt and an aftertaste of hops that lasts after it goes down. I like that - its nice to be reminded you just had a swallow of a decent beer. I love that aftertaste. Krombacher Pils is one of those beers that one needs to come back to after trying different brews - it brings you back to basics!

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
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 sierratwohearted
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

draft pint at local tavern. straw-yellow in color. 2 fingers of head, good lacing all the way down. decent german pils, nothing special. drinks easy. could have a few of these. grass/husk aroma. earthy hop notes. decent balance and drinkable.

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Photo of rangerred
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a footed pilsener out of a 330ml bottle.

Pours a clear medium gold with a hefty one finger white head. Average head retention but nice streaks of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is mostly of floral noble hops along with a little bit of cracker from the malt sneaking through. It is fairly weak overall, however.

The flavor is much more impressive with the aroma with a lot of bread and cracker malt flavor propped up nicely by noble hops. There is a moderate, crisp bitterness that is quite drying leaving just a slight stickyness on the lips.

Overall, a well-made German pils but it doesn't necessarily stick out among the many others out there. Worth picking up for something different.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Axnjxn
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into a snifter.

beautiful golden color pour with a great 2 finger head. smell is extremely crisp and malty and refreshing...nice! taste though not so much. a bit bland. noble hops are a bit muted. just average all.around , though drinkable for sure. light body with mild carbonation.

overall an average pils. not bad.

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Photo of GentleKnight1
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at local coop grocery in a 500 ml can. Prompted by the label that differs from pictured and which said No.1 Premium Beer Brand in Germany, although the Since 1803 part says they are a relative newcomer over here. Conjures visions of Oktoberfest in Munich. One finger head dissipates to moderate lacing. Taste is typically pilsner with moderate carbonation. A light beer but not watery. Might be good on a picnic on a hot summer day, but it's cloudy and only 68 F here today. Makes me wish for my old standby Berghoff Lager from Chicago.

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Photo of pootz
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: This is a storied pils that has been imported by the beer store for some time but I have put off tasting until I see a fresh lot make the shelves. This sample was less than 3 weeks from racking.

Pored a golden pils in the flute with a puffy white 2 finger cap. Good cap retention and lacing.

Aroma is pleasant with German biscuit malts over herbaceous noble hops.

Sandy mouth feel a tad peppery on the palate. Big biscuit dough malt is balanced well with spalter and perle hopping, goes dry in the clean sharp finish...light bready aftertaste.

Very pleasant, full flavoured approachable Pilsner. One of the better export German pils.

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Photo of godlessape
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been lucking into some great German and Austrian beer specials at my local liquor store recently and couldn't resist picking up a 12 pack of this brew.

Appearance: Has an almost brassy wet wheat dark straw body to it with a creamy white head that sinks down to just a light skim yet never gives up.

Smell: Very slight grainy, bready aroma that you have to try hard to detect until you get half way down the glass and then you can pick up on some great malt notes.

Taste/mouthfeel: First comes the faint German malty flavor you expect from such a beer, just briefly at that, then comes the hop sizzle along with the high carbonation that comes across like you just stepped down on the distortion pedal on an electric guitar. Very crisp and satisfying finish.

Overall: A perfect summer beer. I"ll be picking up a lot more of this stuff.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White dramatic head with lively long lace and gold body.

Extremely reserved aroma.

Rich malt, bit of a sharp twang, long trailing hop bitterness. With this much bitterness, I am very surprised I did not detect more hops on the nose.

The is a light beer where the hops grab you tongue and does the hula. This is a bright and nice beer.

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Photo of steveh
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Continuing my re-acquaintance with light Lagers, particularly Pilsners, one that I can't recall ever sampling in the past. From the central to northwest part of Germany, not my usual Bavarian choice.

Label states No. 1 Premium Pils in Germany. Really? Even above Bitburger? Great thing on the label is a bottling *and* best-by date; the best-by being one year from bottling, or 08-23-12.

A -- Clear, golden color with a creamy, dense, slow-settling white head. About as perfect as you can get for a Pils.

S -- Mild DMS, spicy hops, and crackery/grainy malts. Pretty thin, but far from offensive.

T -- Flavor starts with crackery malts and quickly blends to mellow, spicy hops. Finish is dry and hop bitter with a touch of the same bitterness and citrus character in then aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp to dry with a light body.

O -- This is a well-done, clean and crisp German Pils with nothing outstanding, yet absolutely refreshing and satisfying -- and highly sessionable at 4.8. I may have to get more for the coming summer weekends at $13 a 12 pack.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
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 KDawg
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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 etherashe
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall, I really like this beer. It's not fabulous, or a revelation. But it's a very decent Pils.

The pale yellow color was neither impressive nor disappointing. The head was short-lived: composed mostly of large delicate bubbles, which disappeared quickly. The smell was of nice, tacit, yeasty goodness.

The taste was very smooth, with hints of hops cutting slightly through the grain. The mouthfeel was clean and easy, with the slight bite of carbonation being replaced by a tart, hoppy fall-off.

The drinkability was excellent.

There is nothing specatacular about this beer, but it is done well, and is definitely sessionable. I will happily drink this again.

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Photo of inebrius
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from a 5 liter mini-keg. Classic German Pils taste, well-balanced sweet pale malts and Noble hops. I have to believe the mini-keg served this beer well as it was smoother than most German-style pilsners I've had and had no hint of sulfur or skunk. Would be interesting to compare to the bottled version.

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Photo of Jree261
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-Clear golden/straw yellow with a white foam that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell-Honey and grass notes. Not too much going on.

Taste-Honey flavor in the front that lasts the majority of the palate until it gives way to light yeasty characteristics.

Mouthfeel-Light and easy like a classic pils.

Overall-Easy drinking German pils. Nothing that will blow your socks off but something that you can drink multiple times without thinking or worrying about much.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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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