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Karlsquell Edel-Pils

Brewed by Martens
Style: Pilsener
Bocholt, Belgium


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 2.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.16   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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Formerly brewed by Ottweiler/Karlsberg, Germany; since 2001 brewed by Martens, Belgium.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Alengrin (3148) - BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2015 Next to Hopvil, the Aldi supermarkets also sell this 5% ABV lager now, but it is apparently an alias of Karlsquell Edel-Pils, under which name they previously sold. Very cheap lager from a 33 cl (’Belgian export’), red can with a bold eagle depicted on it, no idea why. Rather thin but quite stable, very pale greyish white, nicely lacing head over a very pale, cristal clear beer with slight greenish hue and a steady stream of bubbles rising up. Very, very weak aroma, which nevertheless reveals that this one is doubtlessly less ’pure’ than Hopvil; malt extracts are almost certainly there, and I suspect corn too. I do not get much else: something very vaguely sourish (sourdough - perhaps the use of wheat extract?), wet newspaper, grass, iron, but all very, very faint; I guess you’d have to let this warm up to room temperature to get more aroma, but this is probably not a good idea in this case (or in the case of nearly all pale lagers, as a matter of fact). The taste is strangely a bit less neutral than Hopvil’s, but that does not mean ’better’: there is that dull corn sweetishness, present in so many cheap lagers from around the world, fading away towards the end, with almost no discernible hop bitterness for balance; there is a ’microscopic’ trace of grassy hops somewhere in the finish, but otherwise this beer finishes primarily watery, with the same powdery ’starch effect’ I experienced in Hopvil. Mouthfeel is thin and a little bit metallic, slightly oily, with strong carbonation, though less so than in Hopvil. Clearly the lesser of the two in terms of concept and ingredients, but still drinkable for what it is.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Renobob (1167) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 24, 2014
Bue en canette de 33cl le soir de mon 33ème anniversaire. Pas chouette quoi...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
freretoc (1106) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 16, 2014
Bue dans un garage dans un village paumé, pour l’anniversaire de Renobob, rien que l’endroit où on l’a bu exprime la caratère de cette bière triste et loin de tute vie !

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Wim (3092) - Weelde, BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2014
ath home can gold blond coloured sparkling body with a white head a herby hop aroma a herby hop bitter sweet taste with a bitter finish

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Camons (7523) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2014
Can @ Hotel Adagio, Caen, France. Pours dark yellow with a white head. Aroma of malt grain, grass, little metalnotes. Flavor is malt, grain, little sweet, little hay. Medium body, average carbonation. 050814

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
miquelcrush (1739) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 25, 2014
Bona cervesa, bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kevnic2008 (9586) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - MAY 16, 2014
Can. Pours clear golden . Aroma is malty. Taste is a bit watery, little hoppy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
ruigo (1512) - PORTUGAL - APR 19, 2014
Shared with some friends. Pours a clear pale yellow colour with a white head. Aroma is hay and malty. Average carbonation and light watery body. Taste is light bitter and light sweet. Overall, a bearable beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
ectuohy27 (741) - ESTONIA - NOV 9, 2013
This is the Aldi Belgium store-brand beer, not the other product of the same name with a different color can/country of origin/ABV. Like any other PL elsewhere on earth, except for a softer landing (sweeter, sugary finish, less notably watery texture.) Drinkable compared to PLs, certainly not compared to Belgian beers though!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
thanatosti (1131) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2013
Vacation 2013 @ Virton, Belgium. 33 cl. can @ the bungalow.

Straw yellow with a white head. Sweet grainy aroma and taste. Hollow and flat.

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