The bottle of Krombacher Pils states that it’s the No. 1 premium beer in Germany, so is it the German version of Carling…?
The Pils a crystal clear golden straw colour, it was a much deeper colour than I was expecting. The head started out as a huge rocky white tower that almost cascaded over the edge of the glass, but it dropped fairly fast though and ended up as a patchy covering. It smelt sort of as I expected, with fresh grassy notes, under that though, there was a sweet maltiness.
It was quite full in the mouth, with lots of sweetness. There was a bitter prickle that cut in about a third of the way through and rode the sweetness into the after taste. However, the bitterness wasn’t enough to counteract the sweetness and it left a nasty cereal tinged flavour lingering. As I got further down the glass, the lingering flavour changed and had a distinct ash tray quality about it.
If I’m being honest, I thought this beer was pretty horrific, it was just far too sweet for my tastes. After a long hot day in the sun with the kids, I needed a nice cold and refreshing pils, this totally missed the mark…
The Dark poured an almost black, but when held up to a light revealed itself as a really dark brown, with reddish tints. A large tan head was easily formed and while it nearly spilled out of the glass like the Pils, it dropped to a ring round the inside of the glass pretty quickly. There wasn’t a lot on the nose to start with, after it had been sitting for a while though, some roasted, malty notes revealed themselves.
The body was relatively full, but it felt a touch watery. It was like it started out full bodied, but then got thinner as it sat in the mouth, which felt a bit odd. The main flavours were malty, roasted notes, but while they weren’t overly subtle, they weren’t exactly in your face either. There also appeared to be a prickle that appeared and rode into the aftertaste, but it wasn’t much.
I didn’t think this was as bad as the Pils, but I was disappointed none the less, as it was just a bit meh.