King Pilsner | King Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
King Brewery
Ontario, Canada
kingbrewery.ca

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An authentic Czech-style Pils Lager brewed with only 100% imported Bohemian malts, Saaz hops and a true strain of Czech yeast.

King Pilsner is bright golden coloured, full-bodied beer with a refreshing taste. It delivers a soft texture, complimented by the proper balance of malt and Saaz hops. Its flavour begins with a pleasing malty taste, imparts a dry bitter tang, and finishes very cleanly. Consumers are quoted saying “there is not a beer in Canada that tastes like King Pilsner”, and “this beer tastes like the true Pilsners in Europe”.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-06-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
99
Reviews:
56
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.46%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
2
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0
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of pootz
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly clouded pale gold...fair white frothy cap..good lacing, medium carbonation...promising nose..musty sweet malt tones over a floral hop presense. Medium malt body ( probably a very nice blend of german light malts) that is slightly over powered by the tart citrus/herbal bittering hops in the front side...leaves a clean finish with a lingering metal taste puching trough that tel-tale Pilsner malt "biscuit" taste...this is a hop heads pilsner that is a domestic attempt at Pilsner Urquell...but the front side delivery is a tad too unbalanced for me.

Still probably the only Ontario Pilsner that approaches authentic Plzen taste profile.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light gold color with a tightly packed ivory head that quckly dissipates to form a foamy ring. Lots chunky patches of lace are left on the glass. The carbonation is quite active and the bubble are like pin pricks (a good sign I hear). The aroma is of grassy saaz hops, a grainyness and crackers. The taste is quite a lot hoppier that Urquell or Bitburger. Pine, eucalyptus, and saaz sea air hop flavors are very prominent. The malt background is very grainy with huskyness. The hops impart a fantastic bitterness that coats the mouth. The finish is very bitter. The mouthfeel is quite full bodied. Light carbonation seems to accentuate the hoppiness. This is one kick ass Pilsner thats full of raw hop flavors. My new favorite of the style.

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Photo of mick303
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an attractive light golden colour, good initial head with light lacing and retention.

S - typical notes of dry grassy hop notes, clean pils malt, dry hay notes, light lemon.

T - grassy, floral, more clean malt, slightly biscuity and also a touch sour, light bodied with floral note coming out, then some light orange and apple. Drying out on the finish, crisp with lingering light bitterness and grassy hop notes.

M - light, full carbonation, moderate malt coating body, satisfying with a good crispness.

A very to style interpretation, nothing especially stands out, it is clean with grassy and hay notes, easy and refreshing, but otherwise I don't think the hop notes are outstanding. A good pilsner but not an outstanding beer overall. Tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear gold with an impressively solid head + lacing.

S - Soft, floral hops. Some grassiness and a honey.Spicy.

T - Light maltiness and a hint of lemon comes through early. Grainy with a solid bitter aftertaste.

M/D - Light, smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An excellent Czech style pilsener. Truly reminiscent of beers enjoyed years ago in Plzn...

Beautiful clear and bright golden colour, with a pleasant mouth feel despite the low effervescence. Aroma is crisp and hoppy and lovely: pure Saaz. So is the taste, with the grains and breadiness of the Czech yeast melding seamlessly into the dry, crisp finish. Bitter, clean, hoppy and delightfully “Czech”.

Well done, King Brewery!

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Photo of Cycle69
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of DaveBar
2.74/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at The Beer Store for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone fast. Medium clear gold color

S- Not a lot here. Some malt. Touch sour

T- Not so great. Has an aftertaste that just bites at you. Malty

M- Unusual to say the least. Dry yet creamy yet not so great.

O- Don't care of this one. Glad I tried it and will not buy it again though.

Food Pairing

This ok beer would do well with........ nachos. The way you like 'em I like ground beef, green onion, cheese, sour cream, corn and salsa.

Enjoy

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle picked up at a Toronto LCBO. The brewery's logo looks like a hybrid Lion/Cthulhu creature from dread R'lyeh...

Poured into a pilsner glass. Golden in colour, with about an inch of fluffy head. A good thick ring survives along with some flecks of lacing.

The nose is quite pleasant, and is among the best examples of a pilsner nose I've come across outside of Europe. Freshly-baked bread with honey, floral hops and citrus come across wonderfully.

The taste is not too far off the nose - big malt, honey, citrus and floral notes, with a lovely crisp finish. This beer is remarkably easy to quaff, with thin, but tart cream soda-like carbonation and a thin, but not watery texture.

This is a terrific Czech pilsner, among the best I've seen in North America. Full of flavor, and a delight to drink. Shame that this beer isn't more readily available outside of the Toronto area. Shame!

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from the rapidly disappearing six-pack, bought from the LCBO.

Pours a crystal clear light to medium golden with a hint of copper, a couple fingers of head build and then leave small patches of lacing down the glass.

Nose reveals a bold biscuity malt, a hint of soapy lemon and a dash of lovely Saaz hops.

This is a top-notch pils. Clean biscuity malt that is perhaps a level heftier than many in the style, a hint of soapy lemon, a slight spiciness, a slight floral sweetness, a very balanced and yet sharp grassy bitterness, dry clean finish, clean crisp carbonation. My only wish would be to raise the bitterness a notch to Prima Pils levels but in all honesty, it's probably not necessary.

This is incredibly drinkable, very clean and flavorful. I love me a good pilsner and this is one of the best out there.

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3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of headlessparrot
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not really a big fan of the pilsner style, and so I was looking more forward to trying King's Dark Lager than I was their pils. That said, when it came down to it, I'd heard enough good things that I bit the bullet anyway. Most of the pilsners that I do really enjoy are European, and King has been described as a very accurate interpretation of a European pils - so here goes nothing.

There's nothing spectacular about the pour or appearance, but that's because we're all so used to hazy, yellow-ish beers. This one pours nicely, though, a s lightly darker yellow (hazy straw-apple-juice?), and is topped by a nice, vibrant two fingers of head with decent retention and gobs of lacing. Carbonation isn't too visibly intense. This looks better than most light-coloured beers, but doesn't get my engine revved quite like a stout. Still, for the style, it's more-than-respectable.

Nose is nice. From the moment I started the pour I was getting big whiffs of Saaz hops and dried, biscuity malt, with maybe even a touch of indistinct fruit. A closer inspect reveals an assortment of grassy, rural-type notes - grass, hay, a faint spiciness, again just touches of that fruit. Oddly, though, every couple minutes, the smell just dies for me and I have to swirl and take huge sniffs to pick up anything. Flowers. Dry grain. Again, the pils isn't really my style, but quite respectable, and comparable with many European varieties that I've enjoyed in the past.

Taste is more of the same. Starts off malty and a little sweet; as it sits on your tongue, the bitterness and hop character grows, asserting itself with hints of grass, hay, and flowers. Seems to be quite a back-and-forth between the malt and hops, though the bitterness ultimately wins out. Some citrus notes, finishing bitter with a mingling bready maltiness and grassy, citrus-y hops. As it warms, however, the beer becomes somewhat less palatable (and in this respect, I have to go against BA wisdom, if only for this particular brew). Not bad, all in all, and a good try at the style that shows respect for the originals.

Mouthfeel is a touch overcarbonated, even though it doesn't appear to be based on looking at the glass. The body, however, feels quite good - substantial without being too heavy. I'm not so sure about drinkability, though: this is bitter enough (without a sweet counterpoint) that I'd be done (or craving some water) after only a couple.

That said, it's certainly worth a try. And my mixed-feelings are perhaps more reflective of how I feel about pilsners in general than about King Pilsner in particular. A good interpretation of the style, however I grade it, and worth a try.

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Photo of Andy_Luft
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ZorPrime
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Received from liamt07 in a recent trade (September 2010).

The beer is pale yellow color, almost golden. Nice white foamy head. The head is similar to a cloud. The aroma's intensity is medium. Cereal and malts. The taste is malty with a nice bitter finnish. A little bit thin in the mouth, feels almost like water. Very refreshing and well balanced. Quite easy to drink too. A nice beer on its own. I like it. Cheers Liam!

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Photo of TheHammer
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Barley even a finger of head on the pour and it did not retain at all and barely produced any lace. The body has slow, steady carbonation and a golden bronze colour that has a small degree of haze to it that doesn't quite fit the style.

Smell: An undertone of sweet bread dough and malt backs up a nice floral and grassy hop bouquet. There also a slight citrus note between orange and lemon that I'm picking up on.

Taste: Starts mild as a doughy taste with a slight touch of malt is accented by a slight spicy hop note, it builds up slightly more but not too much as the beer has a very clean and crisp taste to it as it rounds itself off with a second, slightly strong spicy hit of grassy and floral hops.

Mouthfeel: The beer is clean and crisp throughout the entire experience, but that being said there is a odd big lack of carbonation making the beer has a undesirable flat texture to it. The transitioning is great, and the mild hop aftertaste doesn't cling very much.

Drinkability: This might seem like an odd comment, but drinking this beer leaves me with a crispier sensation then eating a salad. It's pretty much as far as you can push light bodied towards medium and it settles exceptionally well.

Final Thoughts: All the beers I've tried from King have been excellent, and while this is probably the weakest link, it's still one of the best Pilsner's in Canada. If they fix the carbonation, and I'd say it is probably the best. I honestly feel bad that King doesn't appear as successful or widely distributed then it currently is. This one steps up to the plate where it really matters and I could drink this all day as a stand alone drinker or with spicy food because of it's cleansing crispness. Thumbs Up

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Photo of kevinlater
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can into nonic pint. a 4-digit code near the top of the can reads "3281" and i have no idea what this means

a: transparent pale yellow with two fingers of off-white head. typical pils

s: not a lot going on here. sweet grassy malts, touches of apple, and that's about it. it's good though

t: dough-y, bready malts. grassy and slightly floral. shy apple and lemon notes. a more-than-mild-but-less-than-moderate bitterness dries it all out. clean and very tasty

m: light mouthfeel with an appropriate medium-ish carbonation

o: a flavour-packed pilsener that goes down really easily. the nose is a bit lacking but that won't stop me from having this a lot more in the future

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Photo of fortyfield
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MeisterBurger
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden with a decentish amount of head.

Smells of noble hops, floral and...yeah. I reckon it smells like it should. Saaz, saaz and more saaz with just a hint of saaz.

Tastes of floral and bitter hops with just enough malt presence to make it work. The hop bitterness is a tad on the metallic side. It's a really good pilsener...but where it stands up to its peers is mostly in its freshness. It lacks the skunkiness that so many others have. A very authentic example of the style.

Mouthfeel is light-ish and crisp.

This is a wonderful beer to drink on a hot day.

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King Pilsner from King Brewery
3.84 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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