King Crispy
Deschutes Brewery

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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
German Pilsner
Ranked #354
Ranked #23,054
3.69 | pDev: 13.82%
Monday at 10:07 PM
Nov 14, 2019
Notes: This fine beer was crowned WINNER of Pilsner Fest-The Bitburger Challenger at North Portland German Beer Bar Prost!
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Rated: 3.75 by Birdlegs from Washington

Monday at 10:07 PM
Rated: 3.48 by rexdeopp from Texas

Feb 28, 2023
Rated: 3.81 by jbolger from Connecticut

Feb 24, 2023
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
IBU: 25
Clear, bright, medium light gold look. Light amount of light toasted hops, with a touch of herbal and floral hop aroma. A sharp and bitter bite, starts it off.
Feb 04, 2023
Rated: 3.93 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Jan 30, 2023
Rated: 3.47 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Jan 28, 2023
Rated: 3.92 by StArnoldFan from Texas

Dec 24, 2022
Rated: 1.66 by Charlie-A from Oregon

Dec 09, 2022
Rated: 3.43 by Wizzman from Massachusetts

Oct 20, 2022
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz can from a 4-pack purchased at the LCBO; dated Feb 18 2022 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a lightly fogged pale yellow colour, topped with one finger of foamy, soapy white head that recedes to a sudsy cap and collar within a few minutes; a narrow ribbon of stringy lace is also left behind. Subtle hints of lemon pith and floral, spicy hops on the nose, along with notes of grain and crackery malts.

Its flavours are along the same lines - grainy pilsner malt and crackery, bready sweetness throughout, joined by some modest noble hop notes towards the back end. Floral and a little spicy, with a touch of citrus pith that lingers before dissipating into a relatively dry aftertaste. Light in body, with crisp, assertive carbonation that adds some prickliness to this pilsner's smooth, satisfying mouthfeel. Very easy to knock back - this four pack would've been gone in a night or two if I hadn't saved a pair of cans to review.

Final Grade: 3.84, a B+. King Crispy is a proper pilsner: if you poured this into a glass and told me it was from Germany, I'd have no reason not to believe you. Whether or not that is enough to excite and/or interest you is another thing entirely. I love German-style lagers and drink them all the time - and this is a good one, but at $3 per can it's just too expensive (in this market) to be a realistic session option. On the other hand, if you simply enjoy pilsners and are looking for a new one to try, I'd absolutely recommend this. I'll most likely grab another four while I still have the chance.
Jul 22, 2022
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Reviewed by chezztone from Oregon

3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Gotta love the image on the can: a toaster with a mustache, wearing boots, gloves and a crown, carrying a torch, riding a bike. I guess he's King Crispy?
The beer is strange: warm and bready malt, European-style hop sharpness on the sides of the tongue, dry aftertaste. A lot going on in an inexpensive pilsner that's 4.8 percent ABV. I like it and recommend it.
Jul 08, 2022
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Reviewed by hreb from Washington

3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz can pkg on 04/21/22 and served in a pint glass. Nearly crystal clear, straw yellow, and forms a massive white head as I pour it. Not much in the way of aroma, but the taste is crispy, biscuity, with a fresh bitterness and very clean finish. Neither flavorful nor bland, just balanced and enjoyable. Great use of acidulated malt with noble hops. As a refreshing summer beer I think this is a great choice. But as a German style Pilsner it's just not that interesting.
Jul 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap in Tahoe. With Pilsner becoming a common style again with almost every brewery offering one, it’s sad that a brewery of this caliber puts out such a mediocre product.
Jun 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Jsteez from Utah

4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A solid interpretation of the German Pils style. It's got that drying effect and a nice bitterness in the backend. A slight sweetness up front, but it's not cloyingly sweet at all. Some herbal qualities, too. Great head retention. A nice color, yellowish. Easy drinker. These kinds of beers should be the most popular in America, imo. The hazy days beer trends are old news.
Jun 06, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by jakecattleco from California

May 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I just bought a 4pack at the LCBO in Ontario Canada Hmm I noticed it was a USA brewery Deschutes brewery Portland Oregon USA .
355ml cans at 4.8%.
Poured into glass with a 1 to 2 finger head leaving a lace as you drink it.
Very light low bitterness level very easy to drink and refreshing.
Smooth and crispy very enjoyable.
Overall an easy drinking German style Pils.
May 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nice looking head. Smell is light and bready; barnyard hay, bread dough, and cracker. Taste is floral hops, a bit of funk, and a nice cracker malt finish. Carbonation is high, finish is dry. The name is fitting. Simple and effective.
May 17, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by MobBarley from Oregon

Apr 17, 2022
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Almost clear pale yellow with a pure white head that swells and holds for a bit, slowly settling and leaving behind good lacing
Aroma: A bouquet of floral hops, soda crackers, pilsner malt, cut grass, and wafts of some honey-like sweetness
Taste: A little grass hits quickly before a barrage of floral hop notes dance onto the palate with flowering plum, daylily, and spirea amongst them. Pilsner malt and crackers duke it out for the position as the dominant malt flavor throughout and closes with a little honey and more floral hops
Mouthfeel: Light but full, extremely clean throughout, medium-high carbonation, and a crisp and clean finish
Overall: This is some delicious stuff. I liked this more than I thought I would and feel kind of guilty not giving these folks and their long-standing status of a high-quality brewery enough credit but this is damn tasty and well-made. Tons of floral hop presence and a great soda cracker/pilsner malt component along with the killer mouthfeel I expect in a good Pils. Recommended
Apr 14, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by shelby415 from Oregon

Apr 07, 2022
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
solid and classic, refreshing right from the can, about what i expected from these guys on this, and a nice add to their lineup, assuming its going to be a full time thing, they needed a lighter one with some flavor, and this is it, nice and crisp, low alcohol, and hoppy in a slightly american sense while also still being fully a pilsener, nice. its got a light but slightly european lager strain to it, the ferment is exceptionally clean and tidy and brisk, and it makes this dry and crushable, even though it is a little bit bitter, some light pine in there, but also grassy and noble, maybe slightly sticky, you dont usually see a dank pils, and this isnt that, but its moving in that direction, a neat twist in the absence of many other points of interest here. its cool that it won the pils fest because its stylistically excellent, and i could drink a dozen of these no problem, but its a little bit uninteresting, even if its objectively excellent and the texture is what makes it for me, so bright and refreshing. this will be a regular ripper for me all summer long i think!
Apr 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Spikester from Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear gold with three fingers of white head. Rings and splotches of lace as the levels drop.
Smell is cracker malt and grassy hops.
Taste is herbal grassy hops with cracker malt.
Mouthfeel is light with great carbonation. The finish is crisp dry and balanced.
Overall a great German Pilsner. Packaged on 2/03/22.

Mar 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Reidrover from Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12 oz can from a 6-pack , purchased from Safeway in West Salem OR.
Pours the traditional clear lighter gold coloured body, with a very nice large frothy , off white head.
Aroma grassy, honey and slight paper. A bit of a let down.
Taste similar..little noble hop..a bit of sourness.
Mouth feel is very average.
Not great
Mar 11, 2022
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