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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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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-11-2001

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Photo of Furlinator
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This smells like corn and dirt. There is some slightly sweet corn in the taste as well. Medium texture. A fairly standard pilsner but, overall, a solid effort.

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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 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 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 crossovert
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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 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 Globetrotter
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a top German pilsner. Clear gold lies under a beautifully contoured white head that lingers all the way to the bottom leaving a veritable blanket of lace all along the side. The smell is a well-balanced mix of malt and flowery hops. The mouthfeel is just a tad tingly and dominated by malt. The taste starts as sweet barley, with a lovely flowery hop bitterness giving chase. The aftertaste is all hops. A fine product indeed.

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Photo of Drew966
2.4/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Krombacher Pils pours a pale yellow with a fluffy white head from a brown 500 ml bottle. The aroma is very mild, a hint of hops maybe. Malt dominates the flavor at first, followed by a metallic hop taste. More malty than hoppy. I'd pass and try something else.

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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 Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
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 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 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 CAMRAhardliner
1.92/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer looks good. A deep gold, its pretty dark for an international pilsner. The head is pure white and lasts the whole glass. Thick patches of lace stick to the glass.

Now for the bad...

The aroma is grainy and sweeter than a usual mass market pilsner. Theres also a sickly fruity accent. The taste is too sweet for the style with the same weird fruit/estery off flavor and some cooked veggies. Some hop flowers show in the middle but get lost in the weirdness. The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation and a saccarine feel coating my mouth. The finish is conspicuously lacking in bitterness.

This beer is not very tastey. Not enough hops, even for an international pilsner, also some funky off flavors. Just a notch or two above undrinkable.

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Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this beer in a hotel in Wolfenbuttel in Germany. They had it on tap and that is always the best thing to drink this German beer.

Poured in the glass you get a well balanced beer with a nice white head and a light yellow fluid.

You can smell the good hops and the citrus which comes along with it.

A very enjoyable and drinkable beer which can be drank all over Germany. It is a well known and commercial beer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fair pils from Germany. Pours out to a medium golden color with a big head of fluffy white foam. Lots of lace. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of sour maltiness and some floral hops. Taste is suprisingly fresh and light; flavors of medium bodied malts cross over to a white bread note, with hints of floral hops lingering in the background. Not bad. Mouthfeel was crisp and enjoyable. Drinkability is north of average. This would make for a good light evening beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB 10-11-05. Poors in as a pilsner should having a great and lasting white head and a golden beercollor. looking better to it I noticed lots of haze and that for a quality pilsner. Not the best presentation for a filtered one. Nose is good though, no off tastes noticeable and a good malty and hoppy crracter. Hops reminding me of Hersbrucker and a very malty palate for a pilsner. Some alcohol completing the nose that's fresh.
Taste is also fresh and has good but not that high dosed bitterness, that keeps hanging in my mouth. Further again good maltpalate but IMO litle too much for a Pils and the whole beer reminds me more of a Helles then a pilsner. Easy drinkable and a good sesionbeer for a heavy night of drinking but there are lots of more enjoyable pilseners that I would prefer to drink.

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2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle. Footed Pilsner glass. Golden color, clear appearance, headed by white close crown. Slight honey & citric aromas & slight sulfur notes. Grainy & pale malty upfront followed by earthy bitterness. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Watery texture. Clean, slight harsh, bitterness & light metallic hues in the middle resolves in a long bitter finish. Refreshing & very easy drinkability.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.17/5  rDev +22.6%
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 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 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 TheSarge
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pils presents itself picture perfectly, lots of white head, and a nice golden and clean looking body. There is a lot of carbonation here, even after a moderate pour. This is how a pilsner should look.

This brew has only a slight fragrance. Not much in the way of malt, but a hint of slight lemon.

In the way of taste, this is a bit more than on par. It's actually a little bit more on the malty side than expected. Somewhat husky and mildly sweet, but nicely counter balanced with a hint of lemon.

This is about as refreshing as one can get in the lager family. Definitely totally balanced and is a swell session cervesa.

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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 chinabeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bought in beijing

clear golden straw, some head that soon fades to ring and a few wisps. lacing is splotchy but sparse.

aroma has the prerequisite noble hops up front, and is otherwise clean. the malt is toasty, and there is some breadiness, but they're pretty faint and in the background.

flavor is about right for a pils, but seems to cut off and become dull for a moment somewhere in the middle. there's still a decent bitterness to be had into the aftertaste, but something is a bit blunted.

the feel manages to be smooth without being totally watered down, with a carbonation that is sharp at first but backs off quickly.

nothing to write home about, but more than acceptable.

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Photo of drmeto
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

-pours a clear golden with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-heavy on honey,lemon,spicy,grassy
-Follows the nose with a clean finish
-no bitterniss whatsoever
-medium to high carbonation
-light body
Pleasant Malt base, but way too mild for a Pilsener.

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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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Krombacher Pils from Krombacher Brauerei
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