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Weltenburger Pils - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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83 Reviews
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Reviews: 83
Hads: 127
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-14-2003

Contract brewed by Brauerei Bischofshof
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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 127
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean, pale yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, small skunk and standard European pilsner. In the taste, a small skunk, dry malt, and a grittiness. A small bie and a light bodied mouthfeel, with a light, dry standard European lager. Standard, nothing exciting, its just OK.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.82/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured beer into a tumbler at 50 degrees. Beer was very pale with a big foamy head that was nice and white. High carbonation. Beer smelled a little sour but did not taste so. Thick mouthfeel bready tasting but kinda watery. Bland describes this beer pretty well. Decent but nothing great ans because of this I will not but again.

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Photo of aasher
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one pours a lightly cloudy tinged bright gold in color with a bright one finger head. It smells of pilsner malts and like butter. What is it with me and finding beers with a diacetyl issue. At least with this one it isn't overpowering, it's just noticeably there. Perhaps this bottle is too old to feature any hops. The flavor is of sweet and salty pale malts. The butter comes through just enough but it doesn't ruin this one. It drinks pretty smoothly and is what I'd call medium in body, and isn't as light as most pilsners. This one is just ok in my opinion.

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Photo of corby112
2.87/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copped this on a recent beer run in Dirty Jers.

Pours and extremely pale, almost clear golden yellow color with a three finger soapy, pillowy white head that has good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Very earthy aroma with lots of soily floral hops, grass, straw and faint light fruit. The nose is dominated by the grassy, dirty notes but there is some faint apple and pear as well as some substantial pilsner malt.

Thin bodied with a flavor profile that is very similar to the aroma. Slghtly watered down with a decent pilsner malt backbone that adds a bit to the mouthfeel. Slightly dry and very earthy with hints of dirt and soil which are countered by subtle notes of crisp light fruit and a decent hop bite. Subtle bitterness with hints of grass, straw and apple. This beer was a bit better than I expected based on appearance and aroma but it was still a bit pedestrian. Decent but probably not something that I would seek out again.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute. The color is pale yellow, the head white and full, though not dense.

It smells like a grainy lager. It tastes much the same with subtle hints of banana. There is not much to the mouthfeel, it is light and dry.

Not a smashing pils but not a really bad one either.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, served into a footed German Pilsner Glass

Smell, Nice hops up front, touch of a musty scent, but overall hoppy and clean

Taste, Big malt flavors hit first, followed by an earthy hop flavor very close behind. Bold hop flavors, not just for the style, but on a whole. Very clean, finishes with little aftertaste, invites you to take another sip.

Overall, I'm glad I picked up this bottle, at $2.99 a bottle, the price alone almost made me keep walking. IMO, this beer is nothing grand, just a great example of the style. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another bottle.

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Photo of berley31
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured with a large, frothy white head that diminished slowly to 1/2-finger size or so. Body is bright yellow and mostly clear, with a slight haziness to it. A very good-looking pilsener.

S: Aroma, however, is pretty fluent with cooked corn. A slight bitterness lingers.

T: Despite how attractive it looks, this is a pretty basic pilsener in terms of flavor. Cooked corn again. Crisp, slightly dry finish.

M: Light-to-medium bodied with a slightly creamy texture, and average-to-soft carbonation.

D: Easy to get down at first, but the corn becomes a little sickening by the time you're through. I don't think I'd rush to get it again.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a hazy, pale, golden colour with a nice foamy head on top.

Some light caramel notes are present in the aroma. There is a nice crisp kind of grainy smell going on in the background too.

The flavour is kind of mild. Grainy up front and slightly sweet with some fruity/toffee notes coming through. Nice hops come through in the background.

Overall, this isn't doing much for me. It's an okay beer, but quite forgettable

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. green bottle into a mug.
A: Clearish light yellow. 1.5 inches of foamy white head. Tons of carbonation visible. The head receded fairly slowly and left wonderful sticky lacing all the way down the glass.
S: Bready and citrusy up front. Subtler notes of earthy yeast and lemon. Smells like a beery loaf of lemon bread.
T: Light bitterness at first, followed by a lemon/citrus flavor in the middle. Finish is bready and yeasty. Overall not that much going on.
M: Bitter feel in the beginning that gives way to more creamy but bubbly finish. Mild lingering harshness in the throat and mouth.
D: Fine, but not great.
Overall, a beer that looks and smells better than it tastes. The taste is not offensive, but just rather bland. I could have a couple of these, but I wouldn't really want to.

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Photo of theopholis
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: My bottle actually says "Weltenburger Kloster Pils", but with the exception of the "Kloster", it looks like the same stuff. Maybe they just changed their label.

Poured into a properly-sized Pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pours a pale straw, with a very impressive white head. Just the slightest bit cloudy. Very impressive head retention with a lot of very sticky lace.

Aroma- Nice mix of a faintly malty, light, fruity nose. Just a touch of sourness coming in from the hops, but a lot more sweet than sour. The sour-mash is just a hint behind the malt sweetness.

Taste: About what you would expect from a German Pils. Hint of malty sweetness, with the normal blend of bittering hops. Still, there is an odd taste towards the end that lingers. Not unpleasant, but unexpected. If it weren't for the brown bottle, I'd suspect this was just the tiniest bit light-struck. I'm also drinking this at almost room temperature, so that could certainly have something to do with it.

Mouthfeel- The body isn't as light as you might expect, but I'm not that experienced with German Pilsners. Carbonation level is very nice, and brings out that odd taste I spoke of before. Again, not at all unpleasant, just unexpected.

Drinkability- Quite drinkable, but a bit unbalanced, but still quite pleasant and sessionable. This would be a good gate-way beer form macro-lager drinkers.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weltenburg- Pilsner

A- Light clear yellow with a small flat head.
S- Hay?straw with a twist of lemon.
T- Light sweet lemon, fresh sweet corn, light touch of sunflower seed, and fresh cut grass.
M- Light and slightly watery with a sweet front crispness. earthy grassy hpo finish.

Overall- Very light very sweet. A decent summer sipper nothing more.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear straw coloured body, with two fingers of glowing white head which hangs around for the duration, nice lacing.

S - Mild grassy hops, salty malt and citrus.

T - Follows the nose with a touch more intensity, a pretty typical German pils character of dry cracker malt, some lemon and grassy hops.

M - Thin body, high carbonation. Refreshing.

O - Crisp and clean, lacking a little in character but it's an easy drinking warm weather guzzler and it does that well.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours golden with a firm white head, good lacing and retention.

S: Noble hopping, grassy, with some sourdough type malt.

T: Malt is fairly prominent in this pilsner, very bready and grainy. The hops lend a nice balance, very traditional. A good flavour, but I'm not going wild.

M: Crisp, smooth, medium-bodied, creamy.

D: Solid pils, nice to see it on-tap, because you never know how long those bottles on the shelves have been sitting around for.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from World of Beer.

Poured clear pale color with a large white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sweet citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium grassy bitter flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.

Good German Pils

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Photo of rastaman
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice one. Buttery malts, with some drying, herbal, grassy hops at the end. Nice dry, crisp finish, well balanced, and pleasant to drink. Some unwelcomed fizz at the end, but not enough to ditrsact me from this subtle , but tasty pils, very enjoyable little brew.

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Photo of sethcroisant
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a straw yellow. nice head with excellent retention

S- spicy hops and a little salt. cracker-like malt

T- light malt up front with some spiciness from the hops following directly after. salt adds some twang that enhances the hops. crackery grain in the end. is "crackery" a word? TOO LATE

O- nicely done by weltenburger. interesting brew

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Photo of JBogan
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle, only a thin film of a head which left in a minute, nary any lacing either.

Smelled of hops and grains with a mild butter scent to it which I didn't care for.

Tasted much better than it smelled, and no sign of the butter I detected in the scent. A slight floral taste in there as well.

Good mouthfeel with a medium body and nice amount of carbonation to give it a nice crisp finish.

All in all this was a pleasant surprise and something I'd consider picking up again when looking for a pils. This would make a good session beer.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: frothy white head, straw yellow body.

s: mild hay, sweet malt.

t: Grainy malt, hay, mild hops, and a touch of strawberry in the finish.

m: lower carbonation than pilsners. light watery mouthfeel.

d: A refreshing pils, but aren't they all? Super light and easy-drinking. Lacks the depth of flavor and complexity I like in a pilsner, but you can tell it is of high quality.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a tall 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a clear pale gold with a tall tight foamy white head with impressive retention.

Light spicy grassy hops on the nose with faint grains in the background.

The flavour starts out clean, grainy malt finishing with light spicy hops, though not as clean in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, however the brisk carbonation makes up for that, providing a crisp texture throughout.

It may be an issue from transport that this Pils loses its lustre around the finish rather than remaining clean the whole way. Other than that its worth checking out.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light clear gold....champagne bubbles...foamy head that laces beautifully in my yard -sale- circa -1960s- pilsner glass ( thanks, Aunt Flo ! ).
Smells of nutty , doughy malt....hops there, but not assertive.
Tastes pretty light..good....malty, with some bitter citrusy hop...an almost nutty finish ...bitter aftertaste. Beer is much more subtle than what I'm used to drinking..but I am enjoying this, especially as it warms up a bit. Mouthfeel is light; the carbonation is high.
This would be a pretty good summer beer. Worth a try..

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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A great looking pils, with a fluffy white head that sits atop the clear golden liquid; both retention and lacing were good

Smell: Bready, with a vague noble hop character

Taste: Bready, up front, with a developing faintly grassy character that progresses through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Probably great on the home shores but by the time it gets here, who knows how long it has been around; lacks the hoppy bitterness I would like to have seen; still, a decent example of the style

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Spot on for the style, clear bright yellow in color with a full half inch of sticky white head.

S - Somewhat skunky with an herbal hop note and some cracker like malts.

T - Not really loving this something about it tastes off, skunked off. It's like a cracker like sour dough taste mid palate. Finish is great with some herbal hops.

M - Can't bash the mouthfeel it's light, somewhat refreshing, and crisp.

Overall I guess I like my Pilsners more malt forward with less skunked lager or pilsner yeast. Still not bad for the $1.75 I paid for it.

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Photo of davidchollar
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is the 3rd weltenburger offering i've tried, i haven't been disappointed yet, and i'm really looking forward to the doppelbock. the label shows this pils as having a 4.7% abv.

Pours a ghostly pale, almost colorless transparent straw. a big, thick and foamy head refuses to die away completely. smell is subtle and pleasant, familiar. similar to other german piseners i've tried, i can probably identify the same hops. perhaps noble hops according to the style description (i'm still a newb and have yet to even approach the technical aspects of beer, but i'm thinking about it.)

i would say this has a good mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation. taste is straight forward and bitter. very hoppy, but with a noticeable malt presence bringing a nice balance. it's a nice familiar taste, not really impressive, but i like it.

*interesting note - my wife took one sip and said, taste like japanese beer. i told her it's because most of the non-japanese beers we have are ales, and that this is a lager like japanese macros. but then i thought about it some more and realized there is more to it than that, (the hop variety?) and she was quite right. many, many japanese beers taste a lot like this, and so unfortunately this gets a lower score from me, as i find the style somewhat boring.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A 1 Pint 9 fl.oz brown glass bottle with a very colorful, Germanic looking label depicting a picture of old buildings set in a green valley. Advertised as the oldest Monastery Brewery in the world (Since 1050). Labeled as “Weltenburger Kloster Pils”.

Appearance: The “Classic” Pilsener look. Pale straw golden color & totally lucid. The head that forms is an imposing expansive white mass of froth. The head slowly settles over time to a tight collared head. It really does look the part.

Smell: Nose is of grainy pilsener malt, fresh baked bread and English muffins. Hops and a feint spiciness are evident.

Taste: Introduction is crisp and extremely clean. Hoppy well-defined lines, which are never overwhelming, but neither are they back row - but they are just where they should be. Nice light malt aspects balance the fresh Hops to perfection. Occasionally has a very slight metallic aspect, but it is extremely feint.

Mouthfeel: An athletic Pilsener, that is very energetic in the mouth. Nice wholesome mouthfeel that complements the overall clean tastes.

Overall: Brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot of 1516. So often Pilseners are pale shadow imitations of what they should, or could, be. But this is a very refreshing clean crisp erudite Pilsener. Whilst it is not the very best Pils that I have ever tasted, it is certainly of a higher than usual standard; overall it is a solid, quality example, of the style. Recommended.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nicely into pilsner glass,nice yelow color really nice head with good carbonation.Smelled a little minerally with a little bit of dough in the background.Hops were evident,very crisp and clean pils the way one ought to be.Very easy going down,Iam glad I found it.Good traditional pils from Germany.

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Weltenburger Pils from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
85 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.