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
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.