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Weltenburger Pils - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | 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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Photo of numenor1
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and golden color, nice head. Smells very, fresh hops and light malts. Very clean and crisp tasting. Excellent balance, very fresh hops balance and dry out the toasted malts. Well bittered through the finish. I'd like the body to be a touch lighter, but imminently drinkable.

Excellent pils, though perhaps not as interesting as it could be. That said, far better than some of the over the top american versions i've had.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pure white, large, fluffy head composed of tiny bubbles that give a presentation of a very pillowy top. Several minutes pass before the foam has left some good lacing along the sides of the glass and has descended to thin film atop the beer. The body itself is the color of golden hay and is transparent with a fair amount of visible carbonation.
The aroma is crisp and clear, though a bit faint, displaying pilsener malt and floral hops with minor traces of yeast and a lemon-citrus. Taste is clean, bearing strong marks of fresh malt and a bit of yeastiness with hints of lemon and a fair amount of bitterness from the hops. The aftertaste is largely of malt and bears some biscuit flavor as well.
The palate detects a fair amount of carbonation, quite suitable and not overly intense, resonating well with the moderate thickness of the body.
Finish is clean and dry, nicely rounding out this quality German pilsener. Refreshing and highly drinkable, one to revisit when possible.

Photo of styrene
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a properly-sized Carlsberg mug.

Appearance: Sort of hard to tell, as the mug is gray stoneware. As it poured out of the bottle, though, this beer had a very pale yellow hue, almost american macro-like. Nice head retention and clinging lace.

Smell: Plesant, light, fruity aroma. Not a whole lot going on, but I don't expect more from a pils.

Taste: First thing I notice is a strange, sharp bite. I'm not sure if it's just over-zealous carbonation or something weird about the hops. Once the bite fades, though, there's not much left, just a bready malt flavor that lingers on the palate. None of this is necessarily unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: I guess that the 'bite' kinda plays into the mouthfeel portion of this review.

Drinkability: Almost like a soda, this brew is rather refreshing. While it's possibly a bit unbalanced, it would make a perfectly acceptable session beer. It's also certainly several steps up from a macro-lager and would be appropriate wherever a macro might be appropriate.

Photo of davidchollar
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of Hautacam
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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..

Photo of HochFliegen
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with a nice thick and frothy head. Plenty of carbonation to keep it alive and well.
Floral and spicy in scent.
Zesty and hoppy. Kinda rough with the hops but is a nice offset to the citrus zest. Nice flavor profile with a good tingle from the carbonation.

Photo of JanM
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to make a special order for Weltenburger Pilz at my local Swedish Systembolaget. Luckily I live in the far south which is the only part of the country where it's available. I wasn't disappointed. The brew has a nice clear, light yellow color and pours with great foam. It smells very pilsnery with a hint of dish-cloth acid, citrus and herbs. The taste is spicy and bitter with some malt in the background. It's a great thirst quencher after a hot day at work (during the day it will most likely put you to sleep). It works good even if it's ice cold. WP can't match a Czech pilz like Démon but I'm glad I got a whole case of it.

Photo of mobyfann
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid an inflated 1.50EUR +.08EUR deposit for 330mL at Regensburg central train station...

*Reviewed on 17.07.2005

Golden base on the pour, a thick head white develops, a wonderful lacing on the glass, and the head retention lasts all 40 minutes. It smells of unique but not so strong hops.

Very mellow taste a good blend of hops with the yellow fruits of banana and lemon. Aftertaste was refreshing. The beer was cremey in the palette due to the head, but maybe a bit too creamy. This is definitely a beer I wouldn't mind having all night, but even after the first one, I probably wouldn't have a second and switch to another.

Final Thought: Another fine pils from this part of Europe, not a big surprise here.

Photo of surfmeister
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprized...
Firm, white head with good staying power, clear dark yellow in color, great lacing down the sides of the glass, spicey hop nose coupled with a subtle sweetness, flavor was right on mark, well balanced, not overly hoppped which is fine with me, great quaffer I look forward to enjoying in the future

Photo of Naerhu
4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy golden beer with a thin white head. Active carbonation.
Herbacious hops galore with luscious yet crisp malt aroma.
Minerally, like a czech pilsner, but a bigger richer malt profile than common in a czech. Lemony with a fresh snap.
Long lasting complex malt flavor and good bitterness on the finish.
It has been awhile since I have had a pils that made me sit up and take notice as this one has.

Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of necoadam
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a great Pils. Poured out a clear yellowish color with a nice amount of carbonation. Seemed like a fresh bottle here. Nice malt aromas combined with some spicy hops. A little bit of a grainy aroma is there as well. This one has a nice crisp taste to it. Quite clean as well. A good balanced brew as well. It's got those nice sharp hops in there combined with some subtle malts that balance out the brew nicely. Quite creamy and smooth and goes down fairly quick. Glad I stumbled on this brand. Seems to be a hard to fine brew, but luckly my local store has a huge amount of these. A good brew.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 500ml brown bottle with a depiction of a monastery on the label and a statement attesting to it's being the oldest monastic brewery in the world, dating back to 1050 A.D. No freshness date was provided.
On the pour, it had a slightly hazy straw-yellow color and a large foamy white head that had nice retention but left miniscule lace. The nose of this pilsener had a fruity sweet aroma, some grainy malt notes and a mild herbal hoppiness like lemon peels. The taste was sweet up front and akin to hay or grains. There was a zesty citric bite like that of lemons and the finish had a nice solid hops bitterness. The feel was medium-bodied, crisp and clean, with a dry finish.
This was a near-perfect choice for yesterday, a day of record heat here in SoCal. Quite tasty and with a good feel, it was very drinkable. One of the more enjoyable pilseners I've had in a while.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice Pilsener style that stays a bit light on Saaz hops. The clear golden body is capped by a nice white head that recedes slowly and laces with great gusto - nice tight and spotty lace. A fine malt nose with light hop notes. Flavor that starts with bitterness and ends the same, though failry dry at the end. Clean and crisp finish with a nice light feel. Great drinkability from a nice Pils.

Photo of rastaman
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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
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