King Crispy
Deschutes Brewery

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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
German Pilsner
Ranked #227
Ranked #17,937
3.84 | pDev: 11.72%
Apr 03, 2024
Nov 14, 2019
This fine beer was crowned WINNER of Pilsner Fest-The Bitburger Challenger at North Portland German Beer Bar Prost!
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Reviewed by HoppyBastard from Nebraska

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "PKG On" date 8/21/23.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, pale gold color with one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of bubbles remained, medium carbonation, moderate lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread and sweet honey, lemon grass.

TASTE: initially sweet honey then white crackers and bread, finishes with a nice kiss of hops and some spice.

PALATE: light body and medium carbonation, it's crisp and clean.

OVERALL: this is a very nice German Pils, it's was not filtered as is traditional for the style but, I thought it was a beautiful beer that smelled and tasted great, I will definitely buy this again and will recommend to all my friends.
Apr 03, 2024
Rated: 4.31 by bump8628 from Oklahoma

Mar 24, 2024
Rated: 4.25 by shigg85 from Japan

Mar 13, 2024
Rated: 3.87 by Boone757 from Virginia

Mar 12, 2024
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Reviewed by atigerlife from Hawaii

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Was looking for a beer to go with sushi so figured I'd give this a try...

Pours a pale yellow. Slightly hazy. 2 finger creamy white head that has very good lasting time. Lots of carbonation rising. Off to a good start.

Aroma is sweet. honey. Bready with some light hops.

Taste is sweet (honey), grassy, hay, malt. Light flavor, overall.

Mouthfeel is cleansing. Med/light mouthfeel. Dry at the end. Nice.

Overall, very sessionable. Refreshing. Clean. Certainly was a good pick for the raw fish.
Feb 19, 2024
Rated: 4.3 by Anacross from Oregon

Jan 27, 2024
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Reviewed by ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Drank 12/29/23.
Pour is a clear moderately pale yellow with a dense chalk white cap of foam. Good retention. Excellent lacing.
Nose is a very powerful bready, dough, grassy, lightly spicy hop character
Taste follows the nose, big wave of bready cracker, honey, dough upfront supported by a pleasantly firm bitterness and a grassy hop character.
Delicious beer.
Dec 30, 2023
Rated: 3.8 by mistahmojoryan from Canada (SK)

Dec 18, 2023
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tap pour at the downtown Bend Public House.
Clear, pale gold colored body. Brief lasting white head. Leaves behind thin webs of lacing.
Aroma of toasted malts and floral/spicy hops.
Taste is somewhat sweet honey toasted malts and herbal/floral/spicy hops. Low bitterness but there is a distinct bite at the end.
Full bodied, with a balanced and full flavor spectrum. Good carbonation.
Well made, and presents a satisfactory taste experience. Sessionable.
Nov 02, 2023
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Rated by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
12 fl oz:

Oct 17, 2023
Rated: 4.84 by beercam from Colorado

Oct 09, 2023
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Rated by gefinley from California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap at brewpub.
Sep 24, 2023
Rated: 4.03 by emerge077 from Illinois

Sep 21, 2023
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Reviewed by argock from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Served on-tap in a pint glass at Timberwood Taphouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear honey-gold with half – finger foamy white head with good retention, and some thin lines of lacing.

S: Aroma is excellent with honey/grassy, Pilsner maltiness, freshly baked bread, and floral Noble hops. Clean with no esters evident.

T: Flavor is also on target with abundant honey, slightly sweet, but also bready Pilsner malt base with classic floral, herbal, hopping from Hallertauer Mittelfruh and Tettnang. No esters and bitterness is low-medium. Very refreshing and drinkable.

M: Style-appropriate light body with medium-high carbonation, and a very dry, crisp finish.

O: Definitely an all day type of easy, drinking German Pilsner, with moderate bitterness and clean, classic malt and hop flavors. Not just a run-of-the-mill Pilsner excellent job by Deschutes.
Aug 23, 2023
Rated: 3.51 by elphenor from Texas

Aug 19, 2023
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a twelve ounce aluminum can, this is a golden beer with a slight haze and a tall foamy head. The aroma has some grain and fresh hop notes. Balanced taste, some bready flavors, backed by some cracker flavors. Floral finish...the hops come out in the back-taste. It's a good beer.
Aug 13, 2023
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is one of my more favorite beers found at the supermarket this summer. $10/6 pack is a good price on this gem.

Pours golden with excellent clarity. Professional grade appearance up in here. I'm not talking about filters, botox and cake up from the neck up. 1/2" white head. Aroma ticks lager hops, saaz, its traditional, yet in American quantities. Its hoppy, but not proprietary juice box hoppy, its pilsner hoppy, and better for it.

The taste is a strong lager yeast, dry, sulphuric, paired with ample grain notes, hoppy Saaz lemongrass low humidity in a nice easy to drink lightweight mouth feel. Light hop spice combining with ample carbonation. This should probably be a staple in the softball cooler for that time of year. Crisp dry finish, this is a well done beer. Think of all the miles on that teen mom who is now in her forties. Reinvent the narrative all you want, but its your funeral +/- 364 days. Some of that stuff is for life, no cure. Why would 2 of 3 kids ditch her? Because she's a good person?
Jul 31, 2023
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Reviewed by kflorence from Texas

3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a can into a pint glass. Date on can: 06/20/23.

A light, clear golden color with minimal head and strong carbonation. A little bit of lacing that slides down the glass.

Aroma is spicy, bitter, floral hops with a hint of white wine, butter, pilsner malts and grass. No off notes. On point for a German pilsner, though I've never been extremely fond of the smell.

Taste follows the nose well. Pilsner malts hit first, grainy, bready, buttery, then it's hops the rest of the way. Quite spicy and pungent. Earthy. Lingering bitterness on the tongue after the swallow, mostly lemon rind.

Mouthfeel is light and zesty. Some might enjoy the zestiness but it's too carbonated for my taste. Finishes crisp and dry, fairly drinkable if not for the aggressive carbonation and bitterness.

Was excited to try a new brew from Deschutes, it's been awhile. The quality is there, but I don't think this one is for me. I'm quite picky about German pilsners in general since I don't particularly care for the hop profile and my stomach doesn't like the aggressive carbonation here. I can see the appeal, though. For a lower ABV brew it really packs a lot of flavor. Prost!

EDIT: drank the next one straight out of the can, which I believe has a better taste and mouthfeel. Somehow came off a bit less bitter and slightly less overly carbonated.
Jul 31, 2023
Rated: 3.6 by mkh012 from Colorado

Jul 08, 2023