Krombacher Pils | Krombacher Brauerei

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Brewed by:
Krombacher Brauerei
Germany
krombacher.de

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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162
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Avg:
3.4
pDev:
16.18%
 
 
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Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 541
Photo of Viciousknishs
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- pours a bright straw color with two fingers of bone white head. Pretty good retention with a smudge of lacing showing as well.

S- dry cracker like malt aromas with just a kiss of sweetness. Spicy herbal hops and an earthy characteristic on the finish.

T- grainy cracker like malt hit the palate at first. Zesty floral hops with some herbal and earthy notes are there mid palate. Finishes clean with a bit of a off putting steeliness and some lingering malt sugars.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel with a light body. Very high carb that gives a soda like consistency. Not a fan of the mouthfeel.

D- decent drinkability.

Overall not the best pils but decent.

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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 MaximalC
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours transparent amber in color with an ample white head. Aroma is mild and peculiar. If forced to attempt a description, I would venture to say that it is vegetally spicy (should such a thing exist). It reminds me of a scratch 'n' sniff sticker from an old Star Wars children's book that had long been lost to my memory. If I recall correctly, this particular sticker was supposed to smell like "fungus". This isn't quite as pungent, but it definitely bears some similarity...

With my outrageously esoteric description of the aroma out of the way, it's on to the taste. The flavor is definitely superior to the nose, though I can't say that I can describe exactly what I'm tasting. The mildly spicy hop flavor is definitely noticeable, but it's pretty well balanced by the malt. I must confess I lack the prowess to properly describe the malt flavor; the best I can do is to say that the malt comes through as slightly juicy near the finish, but that would not be a fair description in general. This is rather unique tasting to me.

The carbonation is quite lively and lends a mouthfeel that compliments the flavor nicely and really holds the whole thing together. I'm a devout detractor of Pilsners, but I must give this one credit for bringing something different to the table and keeping me interested. Krombacher has fuller flavor and substance than I'm used to experiencing in this style, so I will certainly credit them for that. This hardly has made me a Pilsner man, but if obligated to have one, I wouldn't mind having this.

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Photo of fisherman34
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold in colour with lots of carbonation. Aromas begin with sulfur, then eventually reveal some honey malt and grassy hop notes. Some grassy and spicy hop flavor notes are there, along with some more light malt notes on the back end. Its got a bitter soapy finish too, which isn't as clean as I'd like. Slightly below average for the style.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Luigi
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a massive rocky white head. The retention is great, as it stays at least one finger high with plenty of lacing.

The dominate aroma is baked bread with a floral hop.

The taste is about the same as it is very clean and finishes dry. Grassy hops, soft bread grains, with a refreshing dry finish.

This German pilsnener can be compared to many premium lagers out of Germany. To me it was nothing new, but what keeps this lager legitimate, is the authenticity of the style. Very refreshing for the summer months.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this at a German restaurant in Niagara Falls, Ontario, having never seen it in my neck of the woods. Well wouldn't you know, I stumbled across it back home shortly after my visit. This turned out to be a more than decent pils and a very drinkable one at that.

Krombacher pours a standard yellow-golden color with a decent foam that lasts for about 2 minutes. The smell was almost all malt, with a nice sweet aroma in the nose. The standard pils mouthfeel was present with the expected amount of carbonation. The flavor matched my expectations from the aroma, with a nice malty flavor present with a good herbal hop presence to balance it out. Nothing complex, but enjoyable nonetheless. One can still taste the chewy malts and hop bitterness well into the aftertaste, and the beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

This brew was a decent surprise. A perfect beer to have with some German fare such as some jaegerschnitzel or some wursts.

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Photo of lstokes
2.89/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The yeast in the nose completely overwhelmed any hops, which made me wonder if the beer was skunked, but it tasted normal, and another beer I got from a different store today had the same weird over-yeastieness going on. So that's not cool.

The beer looks just fine, though, with a short-lived head and decent lacing. The taste is hoppier than the nose led me to believe, but it's still very grainy and yeasty for the style. The mouthfeel is light, almost watery, and although it's drinkable, it's definitely not a must-drink. It was much better for washing down my curry tonight than it was on its own.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ML can poured into a pilsner glass. Decent looking pils. Golden straw colour, big fluffy head, lots of carbonation, very refreshing looking indeed.

Smell is very bready and malty, nice hint of aroma hops hidden in there, nothing much complex, slight veggie smell, but not skunky or unpleasant, very much just a refreshing pilsner aroma. Taste is very pleasant, very malty and a slight nuttiness in the back. Low bitterness, but enough to keep it interesting. Mouthfeel isn't as bitey as I'd like, but it's a mild complaint. This is a slightly above average pils, thirstquenching and highly drinkable. Not the best ever, but good.

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Photo of allboutbierge
2.6/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

When I opened the bottle I immediately thought 'damn, my first skunked beer in Germany'. Luckily, that was not the case. Nevertheless it made me very reluctant to take that first sip. When I did I was relieved that it was still 'good'. Color is pale and has the color of urine the morning after a hard night's drinking. Not something that makes you go yum. Taste is drinkable. Its nothing great nothing bad--a perfect 3. Herby flavors are there along with a dominate but lightly bitter hop profile. Mouthfeel is comparable to memories of American macro-lagers and not of any German Pils ive had before.

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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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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 Malt_Man
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
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 DerBayer
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer with its typical clean hoppy bitterness upfront followed by a soft malty finish.

Looks like a sexy blonde as w3ell when poured that gives big head ;O) Just kidding but the drinkability of this served cold in a Pils glass on a warm summer night was immense!!!

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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 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 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 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 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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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 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 scott451
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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 BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Drank in a Stein at Belfast NI Oktoberfest 2014

Appearance – A good amber golden colour with decent CO2 activity in the glass. This beer raised a great head that lasted well over the average 3-4 minute marker. There was also a lot of heavy lacing from this beer.
Smell – The nose in this beer was very much dominated by the malt profile. The hop aromas were somewhat lost as the beer was served in a Stein glass. There was some evidence of solvent in the aroma but it was not enough to be a problem for me personally.
Taste – The malt aromas from the nose were very noticeable in the flavour of this beer and the lost hops finally came through here. There was a decent amount of mild sweetness from the malt and a nice bitter finish from the hop. This beer was straight up and did what it set out to do and it did it very well.
Mouthfeel – The CO2 gave great tingle in this beer that had very nice body and amazing linger.
Overall – This beer is pretty damned good. The flavour profile is pretty much exactly what a Pilsner in this style should be. Of all the German Pils I have had the pleasure to drink this is one of the best.

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Photo of marty21
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
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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