Brewed by König Brauerei (Bitburger)
Style: Pilsener
Duisburg, Germany


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RATINGS: 742   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7909) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2011 500ml can. A very good pilsener, very smooth mouthfeel and excellent taste of fresh lemony, springy hops, Der Koenig der Biere? Maybe not, but it beats the shit out of Budweiser. ____________________________ 12 oz bottle, I’ve also had this from a can and it was pretty good. It pours a deep gold with a nice big white head. One of the better smelling pilseners, this is the definition of a balanced traditional pilsener in the nose. It is one of the more flavorful pilseners, it is nicely balanced, not the best flavor, but good. It’s a great pilsener, maybe better out of the can too which is rare. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-12-2010 01:27:16

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wiosna (267) - - DEC 20, 2014
0,5l tölkki Axelin häissä. Kirkas pissankeltainen. Tuoksussa mallasta, festaribajamajoja. Tuoksuu basic lagerilta. Festariolut. Maussa geneeristä mallasta, ei juuri muuta. Liian kevyt.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kavu (2437) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 20, 2014
0,5l can @ a friend’s wedding. Pours pale golden with a medium head. Aroma is stale grassy malts. Flavor is sweet grassy malts with notes of hops in the finish. Drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hackobock (1725) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2014
Can at home. Clear light golden with a large white head. Aroma is wort, light sulphuric and floral. Taste is sweet wort with a light metallic and sharp bittern finish with with some sweet grainy notes. Light body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
smogunner (3) - BRAZIL - DEC 13, 2014 does not count
Excelente cerveja. Pilsner de verdade. Cerveja clara, com amargor equilibrado. Se sente o malte presente.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ruigo (1257) - PORTUGAL - DEC 8, 2014
50cl bottle. Clear golden colour with a thin white lacing. Malt, grassy and floral hops and citrus in the aroma. Average carbonation and light watery body. Taste is light with some bitterness. Overall, a refreshing beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fdomig (411) - München, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2014
500ml bottle. Aroma is bread, malt. Appearance is yellow with a white foam. Taste is astringent bitter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
HammerTroll (590) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 26, 2014
Clear yellow, small to medium sized head. Thin body, watery texture. Medium to heavy sweetness. Lively carbonation. Gross.
(Lidl 0,5l can)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dirtyrat (44) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Typical train station fare. Nothing especially memorable or worth mentioning.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thirstyrabbit (1157) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle. Pale yellow body, tall white head. Aroma has herbal Pilsener hops. Sweet malty taste with crisp hops. Clean and refreshing, a good example of the style. Could be less watery though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1248) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2014
There was a time when I couldn’t stand pilsners. I could really differentiate between authentic, classically-brewed beers and modern American macro adjunct lagers. Now that I’ve honed my palate over the years I can definitely taste the difference and I find I’m really enjoying Old World styles brewed by Old World breweries and König Pilsener is a good example of that. It’s a no frills/by-the-book German pilsner and while it may not set the world on fire, it’s still a solid, drinkable and enjoyable beer.

I poured a 500ml can into a footed pilsner glass. It had an expiration date of 5/14/15 and cost $2.49 ($0.15 per ounce).

Appearance: Crystal clear body with a pale gold hue, nearly white. Carbonation visible, but not spastic. Pours to a large, white, frothy head which retains well but does not lace the glass (odd).

Smell: Strong pilsner malt aroma with subtle spicy hops. Overall a fairly generic lager aroma.

Taste: A lot of people may think pilsners are bland, but there’s actually a lot going on if you really pay attention. At first impression I get notes of pilsner malt, tea, spicy Noble hops and a light mineral character as well. The light malt dominates the palette (not surprisingly) and imparts a light lemonpeel flavor as well. A touch of earthy character reminiscent of tea, though that could be from the Noble hops. There’s a cracker taste to be found here as well, and it really bridges the gap between the malty front and the spicy, dry bitter finish. It’s quite tasty and satisfying if savored.

Drinkability: Before there was Bud Light (and others of its ilk), there were German pilsners (and others of its ilk). This is definitely a refreshing, quaffable, sessionable beer. The mouthfeel is, of course, light and crisp with consistent carbonation. There’s a slightly watery character to this brew that’s not quite as prominent as in others of the style, but it’s not all that detrimental. König Pilsener finishes smooth and clean and at only 4.9% ABV it’s quite tempting to session.

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