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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Krombacher Brauerei
Germany
krombacher.de

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-11-2001

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161
Ratings:
533
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
29.71%
 
 
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Reviews: 161 | Ratings: 533
Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear yellow-gold colour with a moderate short-lived head settling to a ring. Gives some lace early on.

Sharp grainy nose on a malt background. Fizzy bite, bitter hops, some malt. No really well pronounced flavours or aromas. Dry and hoppy. Your average Euro pils, good with a sandwich or sausage.

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Photo of FLima
3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow golden color. Poured a 2 finger head with good consistency and medium retention, leaving laces in the glass.
Expected light aroma of grassy hops and notes of malt.
Malty flavor with a medium hopness that rapidly dries your mouth. Hints of earth and minerals. Aftertaste is dry and bitter.
Body is light, just a bit watery with medium carbonation.
Not a bad beer, depends to what you compared it, still lacks personality (maybe a general flaw of most pilsners, off-course partially you have to attain to the proposed style).

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Everydayoff
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours 330ml slim can into a pint glass by freshness date.

This is a good looking beer with light pale yellow in color and thick foamy head that well retain itself also left some decent laces, visible carbonation is high. Smell is like typical German’s Pils with bready malt and spicy floral hop in nose yet a bit herbal. Bread/grain malt also dwells in its taste with moderate bitterness from hop to balance. Overall, it is decent and goes down well easy.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color, large foamy head. Aroma is grainy and slightly sweet, A medium bodied pilsner. Crisp and refreshing. Light malt and hops. Nice balance. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full round and smooth. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice pilsner.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a well carbonated light yellow. Aroma was actually kinda lemony wheat.

Very light taste, more of the lemony character, mouthfeel extremely faint, almost no malt character, the yeast was nice and neutral. A pretty neutral beer overall, the price is a little much from when I first got turned on to these back in Milwaukee at Koppa's and The Annex. I think the draft version had less bitterness to it. Halfway down it would recede into a smoother, creamier experience.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.06/5  rDev -10%
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 Daredevil
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

this runs under "Premium" in the shop where I bought it, but my best guess is, this being the same brew ... quite surprising quality for a canned lager (to start with), there is everything you would expect from this type of beer: a nice foam, a hoppy smell, a balanced taste (between hops and malt) and unfortunately also a sour aftertaste ...

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
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 plaid75
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light noble hop and soft grain malt.

The taste consisted of a slightly sweet malt and mildly spicy hop.

The mouthfeel was a bit thick for a pils, which detracted from the experience.

Overall an average pils. Nothing too exciting here. Easy enough to drink however.

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Photo of emerge077
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
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 peensteen
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright golden colour, one finger of sticky white head, dense with lots of lace. Smell is grainy and biscuity, light floral hop and grassy and earthy notes, a touch metallic as well. Taste is of cracker like malt, some grassy-lemony hops, grainy, more of the metallic character detected in the nose, long malty aftertaste. Medium carbonation, crisp medium body. While not wholly satisfying it was still an OK drink but that being said it is most likely one and done for me.

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Photo of EMV
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
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 joemcgrath27
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - bright straw golden, fairly tall white head after an aggressive pour, retained fairly well
S - fairly strong aroma of adjunct, grassy, some metallic
T - similar to the nose although the grassy hops are a little more prominent
M - light, crisp, clean, and medium dry finish
O - its on the mark in terms of ease of drinking and feel, but it is just a little lacing in the flavour department, I get the feeling this is a 'get it down your gullet' type of mass consumed brew in Germany, not bad but an average pils

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Photo of kjyost
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
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 spinrsx
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for 2.10$

Appearance - Clear golden yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, breads/grains, herbal notes, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and corn mixed with some peppery/herbal notes. There is also a bit of an apple juice sweetness. It ends with a grainy slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - While it is very drinkable I was hoping for a little more of a refreshing taste/flavour. It had a grainy/herbal bitterness to it that seemed to take away from the crispness. Still a decent beer, just not something I'd buy again.

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Photo of Suds
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a ½ liter can, this brew is light and golden. The head is puffy, white, and nicely soapy. There's a respectable lace. The beer presents a perfumy, hoppy smell that's backed with a little pale malt. Not bad, actually. There's a bit of a bread and dough flavor that comes out in the taste. Unfortunately, there's a bit of a metallic quality that shows up in the mid-taste. The finish is subtle and soft. Medium to light in mouthfeel, with a smooth quality. This is a respectable and nicely drinkable brew.

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Photo of Slynger
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, clear, gold with a modest, fuzzy off-white foam lid.

Light musty earthy hops and sweetish, lemon and pale grain.

Tastes very similar. Some sweet grainy base, lightly lemony-metallic, and skunkish noble, lightly spicy hops. Light, crisp, smooth.

Not bad, not good.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - 500ml can poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a golden straw colour with 3 fingers of bright white, foamy head which appears to have a good deal of retention. There appears to be a great deal of carbonation. Pretty enough, even for a pilsner.

Smell - Cereal and grains, with some light grassy notes.

Taste - Bread-y tasting. Cereal and grains from the nose are present here as well. Light malt notes linger towards the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light, very high carbonation. Makes for a crisp finish.

Overall - 3.25/5 Nothing particularly stand out-ish about this pils. Not bad by any means, but it doesn't stand out either. As compared to other German pils it may be on the lighter side.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a lager glass. Slightly dark golden, with about a 1/2 inch of head. Left a fairly substantial ring, some lacing.

Nose is typical pilsner - bitter hops, light malts. Nothing distinguishable.

A surprisingly malty pilsner, with notes of honey. Finishes with leafy hop bitterness, but not nearly as much as I'd expected. Almost pushing into blonde territory.

Lower carbonation, slightly creamy. Smooth.

Not bad, very knock-backable. Nothing special, however, and not one I'll actively seek out again.

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Photo of decimator
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
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 WankelEngine
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from an 11.2oz can into a glass

A: Pours a lovely golden color with light haze. There is a solid cap of foam on top interspersed with medium sized bubbles. Moderate curtains of lace.

S: Smells of grain and light caramel. Some moderately potent noble hops give the aroma a good, crisp character.

T: Grains are prominent again, and provide most of the body for the beer. A little bit of toffee sweetens the deal up a bit before being cut back by a decent dose of noble style hops and a slight flavor of alcohol. Finish is fairly long for the style (which is still fairly brief) and consists mostly of a lingering floral hops and light malt.

M: Fairly thin, bordering on watery. Carbonation is medium-low but foamy and effervescent, which combats the watery-ness.

O: Nothing special. Easy drinking enough and better than BMC, but not a remarkable in anyway.

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Photo of david18
3.17/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's Upper West Side. Not my favorite pilsner, and I typically enjoy german pilsners better than others.

Appearance was a light gold/straw. Very fluffy head that did stick around for a while.

Aroma was a little light. Some hops, a little light biscuit but overall not much there.

Flavor was perfectly fine, just not out of this world. Tasted like a pilsner but not as much bite on the tongue that I usually like from a German Pilsner.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - This one is almost clear with only the slightest hint of a haze, and the color is a dull light-yellow-bronze. The head is about two solid fingers of white crispy foam, and a good amount of fluffy lace is left on the glass.

S - Fresh biscuits and crackers. This isn't as "saltine" smelling as others of the style, but it still has that cracker note... just minus the salt. I detect what reminds me of freshly baked warm white bread like the Amish make.

T - Like the nose, this is a lot like warm white bread and dinner rolls. This is less hoppy than some other German pilseners, and the overall flavor is more malty and a tad fruity. There are little hints of apricot on the back end, but the fruit is only barely noticeable.

M - Light bodied, crisply carbonated, and clean with a fluffy feeling left in the mouth after swallowing. that fluff only serves to increase the general "loaf of airy white bread" like Sunbeam sliced bread that I'm getting here.

D - Extremely quaffable and easy drinking. Lacks the complexity of some of the better examples of the style, but its still a pleasing beer to slake a thirst after a workout (as I'm doing just now). Not bad, but slightly forgettable. This is one of those beers that I'll probably pick up again without realizing that I've already tried it... then I'll get home and check BA and be slightly aggravated that I didn't recall ever having it. (That happens a lot with German beers since all of the bottles have the same shape and many of the labels lack the cartoony or artistic imagination of Belgian or American breweries).

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
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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