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Walter's Premium Pilsener Beer - Northwoods Brewpub and Grill

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Walter's Premium Pilsener BeerWalter's Premium Pilsener Beer

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BA SCORE
67
poor

15 Ratings
THE BROS
53
awful

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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 2.34
pDev: 35.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Northwoods Brewpub and Grill visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Chaz on 06-28-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by emerge077:
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emerge077

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single from Woodmans. Pale straw gold color, creamy white foam that has a creamy texture. Concentric rings of lace in the glass, lasting skim on the surface.

Sweet apple and plum aroma, soft and pleasant, sort of estery.

Clean and a little dry in the aftertase, mildly sweet at first. Seems to lose a little carbonation toward the end of the glass. Fruity flavor dominates with a little bit of basic malt flavor in the middle. Not especially dry or bitter like a traditional pils, but its not bad. The retro label is probably the best thing about it.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 00:48:50 | More by emerge077
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CraftPro

Minnesota

2.18/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Walter's comeback has proven that "The Beer that is Beer" is, in fact, "The Beer that is Highly Inconsistent." When fresh and brewed strictly according to the original recipe, I'd put this pilsner against any in the world, including Pilsner Urquell, and it would handily win. Many Wisconsin beer drinkers lamented the demise of Walter's in the early 1990s and wondered how it was possible that a vastly inferior beer from a neighboring county (Leinenkugel's) had the contrasting good fortune to be bought up by Miller and survive. But the good news is Walter's is back!

The problem, however, is that Walter's has an exceedingly short shelf life and expired product can lead to a horrendous drinking experience. I do seem to recall the original Walter's Beer had the same challenge of expiring quickly, but it was undoubtedly less of a concern in the late 1980s and early 1990s as Walter's didn't sit long on most shelves as it became increasingly hard to find.

In order for the Northwoods Bew Pub to have success with this classic recipe, they will need to strictly monitor sales and ensure that unsold inventory passing a certain (short!) expiration date is immediately bought back. Otherwise, the beer quickly morphs into a "franken-beverage" that has an overpowering fruity tone and other unsavory flavors. I had this experience myself recently and would imagine that many of the reviewers of this beer were also drinking expired product. It's a shame because fresh Walter's is truly a tremendous beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 00:14:34 | More by CraftPro
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Fluffmeister

Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -57.3%

11-25-2013 23:48:24 | More by Fluffmeister
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FFATS

Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -57.3%

10-30-2013 08:47:02 | More by FFATS
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heytomcat

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev +6.8%

08-13-2013 20:23:42 | More by heytomcat
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

2.7/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

This pours a clear, golden yellow color with a slight, off-white head. There is a slight grain aroma but nothing too strong. The taste is very strong with raw grains. It’s fairly chalky and has a slight bitter finish. It also has a thin texture for very easy drinking. It’s not terrible, but it’s also not very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 20:35:23 | More by Lemke10
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Joel12

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev +6.8%

04-07-2013 04:09:49 | More by Joel12
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MikeAAL

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +87.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

I picked this up for $4.99 for a 6 pack. Definately worth it.

It pours a yellow, gold. Very cloudy. A little darker than an American Ajunct Lager. It has a small white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells fruity.

It has a very fruity taste, which I like. I can taste apples and plums, and a little hops.

Thick, full bodied beer. Low carbonation. Clean, dry finish.

Walter's is a good beer. It tastes good and I only live 25-30 miles from the brewery.

Serving type: can

03-05-2013 23:20:09 | More by MikeAAL
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ruckus232

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev +17.5%

03-03-2013 19:00:14 | More by ruckus232
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pebbs

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-29-2012 02:39:52 | More by pebbs
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NEDmiller

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev +6.8%

04-18-2012 00:57:59 | More by NEDmiller
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

1.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Very clouded dirty amber in color with absolutely no head or lacing at all. This is supposed to be a pilsener?

S. Really fruity. Lots of varieties / colors of apple smell and a faint strangely sour/saison-like yeasty odor. No hops detectable. This is supposed to be a pilsener?

T. Rather musty muddled grainy flavor with fruity esters and oddball tangy and sweet / sour patches. We must repeat : *This* is supposed to be a pilsener?

M. Strangely greasy and thin in texture, hyper over carbonated yet it *still* manages to not have a head. Seriously... who is Walter and why did he think that this -thing- was a pilsener?

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 22:03:59 | More by WastingFreetime
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Hazy yellow, bubbly

SMELL: Yeast, browned apples, medicinal, grainy, astringent

TASTE: Yeast on yeast, grainy, thin, wet, apple skin, chalk

Brewer should change their yeast out, there is no shame in a light filtering either. I am sure this would have been a decent beer with both changes.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 01:33:13 | More by Jason
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crossovert

Illinois

1.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Saw the old school label and "Preium Pilsener" and it was cheap so i bought it.

12 oz can.

It pours a hazy golden color with a big white head, more like a zwickl pils than a "premium pils".

The smell is fruity, unlike a normal pils. Reading other reviews I agree it smells like a slightly awkward hefeweizen.

The flavor is pretty crappy. It has a harsh grain flavor with some tanginess. This would be bad even for a homebrewed beer.

Serving type: can

08-09-2011 21:50:28 | More by crossovert
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Chaz

Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-cloudy pale white-yellow, and has just a touch of off-white lacing. Very-fine suspended yeast is visible...

Rather full of esters for a Pils. Hmmm

Taste? Estery, fruity, and semi-sweet. No hop presence, but fairly spicy in a different way. Yeasty . . .

Now, this would not make for an altogether-bad Hefewiezen, but why would anyone would package a Hefe in a bottle which is labeled and branded a Pilsener is beyond me. Perhaps I just purchased a mis-labeled bottle? I'll give this brand another try when I see it again, and will look to try some of their wheat/pale wheat ales in order to determine what it is that I enjoyed -- if this is Floppin' Crappie it ain't half-bad...

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 16:02:25 | More by Chaz
Walter's Premium Pilsener Beer from Northwoods Brewpub and Grill
67 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.