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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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Photo of JeanDuteau
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A Brownish-Amber beer with a very good head and good lacing after drinking. This was the first Pilsner that I managed to get a decent amount of foam with. The smell was good with a sweet overtone and a little bread. The taste was a bit of a let-down as there wasn't much there. You could feel the beer down the middle of the palate and it hit all the sensors, but it just did not thrill me. Overall, an okay beer.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can from LCBO for $2.25 CDN poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Light golden color looks very clean and poured with 2 fingers of head and decent retention. While the head dis there it looks nice and creamy on top. Minimal bubbles rising to the top even just after the pour. Some lacing left in the glass.

Smell- Faint grainy smells, grassy as well. Faint hops are also there. Don't know if it was because the beer was from a can but almost a metallic scent as well.

Taste- Clean, crisp with some bitterness. Any hops and malts flavors imbued in this beer are very faint and barely detectable.

Mouthfeel - Nice and wet. Medium low carbonation that gives the beer a certain fullness. Nonetheless not thin, but not as full as other pilseners I've tasted.. Soft finish and minimal aftertaste is pleasant.

Overall - a good pilsener that is better than many, but wish there was a little more in the aroma department up front. Certainly a thirst quencher, but would prefer other pilseners in comparison to this one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 2/5/13. Best before 2/5/14.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is intensely skunky after the pour but it dissipates over time and gives way to some malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the initial blast of skunk is quite unpleasant.

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Photo of Douberd
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can, half a litre at home. Poured a golden yellow colour with a two finger head that soon went away, but stayed enough to protect the surface. Average bubbles rising to the top. Aroma is of malts and something I can't put my finger on, but quite pleasant. Taste is bitter and metallic. Medium bodied, leaves a dryness on your tongue. Average carbonation. Overall one step ahead of your average german pilseners.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big white head leaves a thin white layer of head/lacing covering the entire top of a clear golden colored pils.

Sour to lightly skunk aroma with some light bread like malts.

A light sourish taste than the aroma would have suggested, the taste also has some light grain malt with a light bitter hops kick that seems to be its saving grace.

A dry aftertaste with a slight bitter nip on this light bodied beer.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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 coldriver
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Schlitz74
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an above average beer for a Euro lager. It comes in a brown bottle as opposed to other Euro lagers than come in a green bottle. It has a typical Euro lager smell as soon as you pop the cap, it pours with a descent head, and leaves a good amount of lacing on a pilsner glass. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of biegaman
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm not so sure how much weight the Reinheitsgebot - Germany's Purity Law - still holds in an age of multinational-owned, large-scale and heavily industrialized breweries, but this lager certainly looks pure; Krombacher has a spotless clarity that not even a germaphobe could find fault in. Its golden-yellow body is glistening, its bubbles buoyant and its head thick as sour cream.

While it may look like the perfect Pilsner, however, its aroma strongly suggests that Krombacher - the beer self-proclaimed to be the "No.1 Premium Beer in Germany" - is not in fact the poster-boy for Pilsners as it may first appear. This lager not only lacks any trace of the distinctive Noble hops that distinguish the style, but it also harbors an unwanted corn syrup-like note.

Indeed, the palate is also marred by the cloyingly sweet and artificial taste of adjunct. This befouling corn-like flavour devastates whatever clean and authentic Pils malt was used (and any lightly grainy or Graham cracker-like taste it would have imparted). As result, the flavour is as unremarkable as it is unsatisfying; it offers nothing different from ubiquitous North American lagers.

Professional brewers may pick up on a few details I can't: it seems to me the attenuation is decent and the mouthfeel feels like it possesses that higher-sulfate water profile characteristic of the style. (These are more like hunches, mind you, as I lack strong knowledge of the technical aspects.) Still, nothing can ultimately overshadow the noticeable adjunct presence.

German brewers are not immune to concerns of cost, efficiency, and consistency - it's not uncommon for bigger commercial ones to do things their grandfathers would never be caught dead doing. By and large, however, they've maintained higher standards; Krombacher isn't a whole lot different from other mass-produced lagers in its price range - but it is a bit better.

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Photo of Beric
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Bottle, poured into footed pilsener glass
Served: 9 Jun 13

Appearance: Looks like a pils. Nice and golden-yellow with a big foamy white head that slowly collapses over the course of drinking it. Laces for a while when the head is still present. After the head dies down, so does the lacing. Looks great for a pilsener.

Smell: Smells 'beery' and boring. There's a hint of a hop smell, but you really need to search in order to find it. There seems to be some sort of smellable aroma from the noble hops.

Taste: Tastes bready and dry. There were some astringent tastes on the front end, but towards the middle of the glass, the stronger tastes seem to have mellowed out a bit. Maybe these tastes originated from the age (it was a few months past the "best by" date). The taste is not very complicated and the weird flavor and dryness does not leave the most positive impression.

Mouthfeel: Feels light(er) like a pils, but the medium carbonation really makes it spritzy. Refreshing, and invites subsequent sips, but mostly in order to counteract the dryness of the taste.

Overall: A decent pils, but by no means the best from Germany or the most representative of the style. Very easy drinking. Very cheap and widely available in Germany, which gives it a poor reputation in Germany as a 'Fernsehbier' (television-beer). I would not seek this one out.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
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.


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Photo of cabsandking
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color and a nice airy white head dissipating to a thin patchy cap. The nose was fair by standard with a floral hop aroma. Taste is bitter and dry off the bat, and an earthy, woodsy background. Carbonated well and crisp. The finish is dry and a little metallic like but further turns sweeter and crackerish. It coats well for an enjoyable mouth. Nice balance overall with just enough malt character to match the hops.

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Photo of Mesha
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Sarajevo, at a neighborhood grocery store. Pours clear golden color with a creamy head that leaves decent lacing. Smells slightly grassy with a touch of sour aroma. Moderate carbonation, some hop bitterness and decent presence of malty sweetness. Smooth and drinkable but not outstanding, nothing to distinguish this beer from other similar ones, just an average German pilsner.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer reminds me of tastier version of a Budweiser or PBR. It's very easy to drink and I do enjoy the light mouth-feel. The balance of hops and malt is appreciated.

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Photo of BigBry
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can.
Pours clear gold, with a foamy white head. Foam quickly settles to a floating film, thin rings of lace.
Aroma is mild, some grain and grass. Surprisingly, was getting skunk smell before the glass was finished.
Taste is much the same, with grain and a bit of vegetable. Low level of grassy hop flavor at the finish.
This beer has a moderate level of carbonation, crisp but almost fizzy. Light body, kind of a slick mouth feel.
Overall, slightly above average beer, but not a German pilsner I would visit again.

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Photo of drpimento
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Something weird going on here: This is the 3rd bottle/can in a row from the same store, all different brewers, that have been somewhat flat.This one poured with a large fluffy, foamy, thick, white head that lasts a while and some lace. Color is a clear yellow. Aroma is malt, hop, grain. Flavor is like nose and has a good bitter/sweet balance but again, the tang of carbonic acid is missing. Body itself is quite good but is hampered by the lame carbonation. Finish is like flavor and slowly tapers off in medium length. Really could have given this beer a much higher score, were it not for the bubbles which are crucial to a Pilsner of any type including the Germans. For some examples: appearance - the image of the clear yellow liquid with a couple little trails of bubbles rising to the top is a key part of its beauty; in aroma - it's that gas coming out of solution that carries some of those components to the nose. Need that gas, man.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, a classic lager start to the evening. I have also tried this in bottles. Classic German pilsener in the glass, a gold straw color with a smattering of white foam on top. Aroma was quite subdued, I do not possess the world's greatest olfactory sense but I can usually get more than this, especially from something on tap ... Faint cracker malts and musty hay-like noble hops on the nose, and more of the same on the palate. Fortunately I could taste more than I could smell, the aforementioned noble hops were prominent and fairly enjoyable, fresh grass and hay playing off some herbal notes like mild licorice and bitter watermelon rind. There is a grainy cracker-like malt backbone with hints of green grape fruitiness and a grain husk astringency. Aggressive carbonation along with a little metallic copper afterburn. Crisp and dry with less residual sweetness, DMS, and doughy character than most commercial Euro lagers. A decent noble hops showcase on tap (less fresh in the bottles I've sampled) and a pretty standard German pilsener for the purists, albeit one with a macro-brewed feel: Fizzy, harsh, and rather vapid.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
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 MarkoNm
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light golden color and a generous white frothy head with decent retention.
There's not much going on for the nose, just subtle malty and grainy aroma in the back.
The taste is gentle, sweet at the beginning, followed by nicely balanced body.
The finish is decently bitter (nice).
Smooth and easily drinkable. Enough taste.

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Photo of A380
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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 AlexLMS
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: bright with a golden colour. The head is white, moderate in size and well formed but may not resist very long. Little lacing.

Aroma: hoppy and grainy nose.

Taste: well balanced between the sweet malts and herbal hops. Biscuit notes.

Mouthfeel: smooth, good carbonation, low alcoholic strength (ABV 4,8%) and a light to medium body.

Finish: lingering sweet-bitter aftertaste.

Overall: nice, crisp and refreshing pilsen. Well balanced. I could happily have another one.

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Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass..
S: There are aromas of bready and grainy malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except the malty flavors are more bready and less grainy. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The malty base doesn’t make it feel light-bodied or watery.
O: There’s nothing overly special about this pilsener, but it’s quite easy to drink and would pair well with some German food.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another decent German pilsner, very drinkable but not exactly craftsmanship. Pours a slighly cloudy golden color and gives respectable, if not mindblowing head. Smell has a melange of citrus, hops, and cereals,. Interesting.
A round, thick flavor with nice hoppy bitterness that does what its suppossed to do. Mouthfeel is a little grainy but I didn't mind it like with some beers.
Not an exquisite beer but tasty and goes down the hatch quite easily. This is workmanlike, blue collar beer typical of the style.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured into a pint glass, this is a crystal clear pale straw colored beer with a dense, tall head, about 3/4ths of an inch.
S: Aroma is a bit disappointing. Putting my nose close to the class, I do get the appropriate pils malt aroma, with light noble hops.
T: Disappointing bitterness as well--fairly low, with little hop flavor. Malt is alright, but what's a German pils that just relies on malt?
M: average.

Disappointing pils. I've been in the mood for German pils lately, and I'd never tried this one before.

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Photo of boss302
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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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