Weltenburger Pils - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 127
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-14-2003

Contract brewed by Brauerei Bischofshof
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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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 (547 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new arrival in Alberta, just in time for the hard stop that is the end of our summer...

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium straw colour, with two fingers of thick foamy white head, which renders some nice consistent hanging lace around the glass as it dissipates. Its smells of sweet white grain, lemon, and floral, soapy, grassy hops. The taste is crisp, crackery white malt, and herbal, grassy hops. The carbonation comes in a bit south of average, the body medium weight, solid, and quite smooth. It finishes clean, and fairly dry, the grassy, herbal hops in the forefront.

Pretty bang-on for the style - crisp, clean, and with a nice herbal bitterness. Prost! (671 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore.

Pours with almost no head, clear pale golden straw color.

Nose has light toasty malts and hints of straw, a light pilsner malts and bit of a lager like crisp aroma.

Taste has light toasty malts, light cracked straw, light juicy lager fruit, light creamy decoction malt flavor, little noble hop bitterness, and some crisp light clean lager flavors. Finishes dry and a bit crisp, light malts.

Mouth is a bit lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, about what I would expect from a night German pils, but a bit lighter overall. (582 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some would say just another green bottled Euro pils, but for me when poured into a nice conical shaped glass this Weltenburger product is one of the better overall German style pils I have acquainted with in awhile. Appears a vibrant bright grassy golden hue with a pale haze over it, bright white billowing head of course carbonatino is nice rises above the glass holds together well. The lacing is spread evenly with fine lace as the head dwindles down. Aroma mild skunky herbal characteristics but better yet fresh cut grass with mild citric notes flow the senses with pale biscuit malt components, the German Saaz are flowing and the malt with the soft water all form a crisp snappy aroma. Flavor flavor mild sweetness toasted crackers or fresh biscuit like, blended with rolling hops fresh cut grass, citrus peel, and some more skunk. Mouthfeel is crisp light to medium bodied range not watery in any way just a good drinking pils here, carbonation sturdy and hop burps follow. Drinkability why can't our big brewers do this mass production with hops. (1,056 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03/09/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a best by date printed on the back label. Poured into my Radeberger pils glass.

Appearance- Light golden in color. Virtually clear as can be. I read the tv screen no problem while looking through the beer. Looks very watery. Starts off with about a 1/2 inch head that quickly fades into nothing. Lacing is ultra light as well.

Smell- Has a nice pils hoppy nose. Smells more fruity than sweet. Not that mouse pellet nose you get from the heavy grain.

Taste- Very fruity with a mild grain backing. Also has a nice malty character. Seems like a touch of apricot in the taste. Hops are there and are mildly strong. Damn quenching.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, slightly creamy with a perfect carbonation level. Crisp as hell and slightly dry with a nice hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Sessionable quality here. Everything you look for in a good pils...could you a tad more hops, but that's pulling strings. Looks like nothing special, but it's the taste that matters. Will be getting some of these for the summer if they are still around. (1,116 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh half-liter bottle from the local store and poured into a stange, on to the beer:

Clear pale straw color with a soapy head that holds well describes the appearance of the beer. No skunkiness here, lots of hay in the aroma. Touches of hops and grain round off the rest of it. And the taste? Impressively smooth. Sweeter than I imagined, honeysuckle and a twist of hay make up the taste. Moderate hop bitterness balances it out as the honeysuckle is uplifted. The aftertaste has a pleasant touch of grass. Even with a few ounces left here, I still have some head on my beer.

Notes: Why can't all German imports be as fresh as my sample? (642 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Abe's. After pouring the beer, I had to give it a few minutes for the skunk (thanks green bottle) to dissipate. Basically there was a tasty lemony-herbal hop flavor over semi-dry bread grains. It's always nice to find a tasty German pils and this was a pleasure to drink. I'll have another. (312 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.87/5  rDev -24.9%
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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of aasher
2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-bees wax coloring with a brilliant clarity and a light effervesce. A creamy bone colored head dissipates quickly leaving a spotty lacing which was sparse on coverage.

S: Grainy nose, fresh barley, some wet hay and semi-dry lemons.

T: For flavor there was a good presence of lemony hops that wets the whistle against a strong grainy backbone. A bit of wet hay, grainy pils malts that was exceptionally clean in taste. Dry lemon pulp and a light dry hay finish rounds out a grainy pils that was very good of style.

M: Grainy and good feel, easy carbonation while leaving a grainy and semi-dry lemon pulp hopping behind.

D: Very clean flavor, grainy with a nice level of hops off the tongue that wets the whistle for more. The way a good pils should taste, case worthy, definite session material. (811 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A classic German Pils.

Very clear, light yellow hue, pours with a huge white head, great retention & lacing.

Strong Saaz aroma... very steelie and metallic, floral, with a bit of lemon zest. Hints of fresh sour dough bread.

The hops are upfront and linger as well. Bitterness is somewhat restrained. Floral hopping has a steelie mineral quality with a hint of lemon zest. Refreshing sour dough bread from the malt. No sulfur or diacetyl... very clean.

Light to moderate body has a slight acidity and a very crisp finish.

Very drinkable and an excellent example of the style. (579 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden, crystal-clear body with lots of apparent effervescence. Head is three fingers of frothy white foam. A great-looking Pils.

Smell: nice malt aroma with a little grain; this also has a great fruity quality. Pears, hay, a little apple; this is one swingin' Pilsner. It almost smells like a light tripel.

Taste: crisp, fruity, light, just a hint of floral hops and just on the nice side of bitter. Flavor profile tracks well with the aroma. This is a pretty darn tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a nice level of carbonation. A nice creaminess, especially for the style.

Drinkability: its lightness, combined with its very good flavor and aroma, make this one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. (784 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev -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. (551 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – The clear, light yellow body gave off a monster head. It was soft as grey goose down and clinged well to the inside of my German Pilsner glass.

Smell – This is nice. The Saaz hops are dead-on for the style and complement a soft, grainy backbone.

Taste – The noble hops are big on the tongue. The soft, generous grain and slightly sweet finish (like rock candy) rounds things out.

Mouthfeel – This Pils is of course light-bodied with some subtle, dainty carbonation. It is a little flatter than I normally like but overall a superior mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This is an easy-going Pils that is very close to the style as I have experienced it in Germany. (684 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (1,476 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the lightest colored beers I’ve seen outside of an actual wit. The body is a very light brassy color with a brilliant white head and exceptional clarity. I found the fragrance to be fresh and malty, gentle but pronounced. The body is light, buoyant, and effervescent and trails behind it some impressive lace. The taste emphasizes rudimentary malts with a simple bitter compliment. There was no yeast in the bottle.

The overall profile of this beer is one of humble dimensions that are ultimately satisfying and sincere. A nice middle ground between casual and elegant. (589 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is definately a good looking pilsner it pours a pale straw colour with really nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head with nice lacing,it has aromas of freshly cut grass,passionfruit and some lychee,it has a really nice mouthfeel for the style with tastes of passionfruit,lychee and a little citrus that finishes nicely,dry and crisp,such an easy drinking beer thats a good example of the style and could drink alot of. (431 characters)

Photo of argock
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 17oz brown bottle into a clear pilsner glass. No freshness date. Purchased from World Market for $3.99.

A: Pale straw yellow with health 1-2 finger head with decent retention and pretty impressive lacing up and down the glass.

S: Sharp noble hops aromas dominate with pale grain and sweet malt otherwise.

T: Smooth and enjoyable with hearty sweetish pale malt flavor early followed by noble hops crispness. Aftertaste is short and hoppy.

M: Creamy and yet active carbonation.

D: A good beer but not a very good value at that price. Other beers are as good (Jever Pils is one) that is as good but much cheaper. (627 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale yellow body is topped by a suitably large white head. Good retention and some rings of patchy lace. Aroma is restrained, with some light toasted malt and floral and fruity noble hops. Light medium body with lively carbonation. Very subtle taste is enjoyable and balanced. Toasty malt melds well with spicy and floral hop bitterness. Biscuity and grainy most of the way through with a mild spice-like hop edge. Extremely drinkable! (442 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass clear pale straw with a white and tall frothy head which lasted forever to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a light sulphur component and a light DMS. As it was first poured a grassy hop character emerged as the head was released. As the head fell back the hop took on a low spice quality.

The flavor was nicely bittered with a crisp malt character that quickly dried on the palate due to the bittering of the beer.

The finish was dry and crisp with a light grassy hop into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium and the carbonation was moderate. The beer was very highly drinkable and very smooth.

16.9 ounce bottle. Code dating 19.01.02 N. (700 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a half-liter bottle I bought by mail-order from beergeek.biz. Weltenburger isn't sold in Dallas.

Appearance: Crystal-clear golden straw color, with small head.

Aroma: Slightly flowery, but not much aroma.

Taste: Medium body, with higher than average carbonation; a good floral hoppiness is the predominant flavor. Finish is long and dry.

I like the emphasis on the hops in this beer; it makes for an above-average German pils, and a decent session beer. (475 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weltenburger Kloster Pils has a thick, foamy, frothy, white head, a mostly clear, sparkling, bubbly, golden appearance, with heavy lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of pungent, lemony, sweet grains, and the flavor is of those elements, with biscuit, grassy hops, and noticeable, yet mild, bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Weltenburger Kloster Pils finishes crisp and extremely drinkable.

RJT (419 characters)

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