November 20th, 2006 by Andy
It’s no secret that some German beers and I don’t get along. My rather negative review of the Hofbräu Original from Hofbräu München made me public enemy #1 to a good many German beer lovers. I’m here to proclaim, however, that I’ve imbibed a winner tonight and feel compelled to sing the praises of the Kulmbacher Brewery’s EKU Pilsner and thus regain my favor among the world’s elite beer lovers.
The EKU pours crisp with a nice white head and bubbly essence. It’s a light gold hue and well filtered, leaving it amazingly clear, like a mountain lake. The nose is well done with smooth malts and light hops– it’s an all Pilsner nose that imbues a smooth confidence that is both inviting and pleasantly refreshing.
The taste is equally smooth with hints of hops and sweet malts. One can only describe it as pure Pilsner Paradise. In fact, this is probably one of the smoothest Pilsners I’ve had in quite a long time. The bottle’s text uses the term “flawless balance”– how true, I couldn’t agree more, nor have said it better. The finish is excellent, leaving a slight carbonation tingling in the mouth that invites another sip.
This is a superbly smooth beer, perfect for a warm summers evening dining outside. Amazingly enough, when the average beer drinker thinks of a smooth, crisp beer and warm weather, they probably think of something like a Corona– it’s too bad they haven’t had the pleasure of drinking an EKU. The difference in taste is truly shocking.