Würzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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86
very good

87 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 185
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 21
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Würzburger Hofbräu AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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Photo of utopiajane
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and golden with fat and sumptuous head of foam that is slow to fall. Perfect bubbles can be observed as you wait. The unique character in the pils is in it's deep breadiness. The malt is dry, crisp and not too sweet. The nose brings you white bread, a demure touch of floral hop. On the palate the malt is doughy and smooth but also crisp. Moderate carbonation brings it across the palate delightfully. The hops are cool and herbal. They finish the beer with a touch of sweetness to compliment the dapper malt. Good rich grain, a bit husky. The bitter is steadfast and a bit more than moderate The carbonation refreshes the palate and lets the bitter linger while all that bread is brought to the swallow. A surpising moment of richness, then a light lemon crisp hop to finish it dry and with a slight astringent bite. Very sophisticated.


For me this is a pils that stands far above the rest in a style where excellence is expected. This one has earned my highest recommendation. (1,009 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%

Had this from bottle with enjoy by date of 05/2015 (drinking it in Oct 2014). Very nice German Pilsner with lots of sweet bread flavorings. Light on the hops. Very easy to drink and sessionable. Highly recommend. (216 characters)

Photo of Reegze79
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Had this one on tap at a pub in Newburyport. Pours a hazy straw color, the head and carbonation a bit less than I have seen on other German premium pils. A bit light in the body department and the taste started with a a faint maltiness and transitioned to a dry, crisp finish. Very refreshing beer but a half-notch below some of the German and Czech legends. (359 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 9/2013.

Pours a hazy super light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, white grape juice, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with white grape juice and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (534 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint bright yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall pillowy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of bready malts with moderate aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of bready malts. That is followed by light flavors of grassy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink, enjoyable, and a great representation of the style. Definitely one to grab again - pairs great with food. (938 characters)

Photo of Geiseman
4.93/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After months of nothing but Belgian Dubbles & Triples it was time to go back to something with a bite. My go to Czech Pilsner is Krusovice and my German mainstays are Bitbuger and Paulaner Pils.
While being in a rut of awsome beer is not much much of a rut, I forced myself to find something new (to me).
Würzburger Hofbräu was mentioned in something I was reading, so off the the beer store I go.

Color is light golden with a slight haze.
The initial sensation is light and subtel, then flavor quickly builds in your mouth.
Like the front the finish is light, which means I am ready for another sip.
Fantastic drinkable pilsner that is super clean with a light bite
Perfect on it's own or serve with a savory meal (718 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, straw-hued body with a frothy, but soon receding, white head.

Smell: Doughy, grainy scent of pils malt, a little yeast, and some noted grassy tones. It's a pils!

Taste: As with the nose, pilsner malt with touches of fresh dough, cracked grains, and a little basic sweetness. Thin vein of lemon with some herbaceously grassy hops. Amply bitter. Dry, crispish finish yielding both refreshment and a quenched thirst.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation, nearingly crisp.

Overall: A sure-footed, solid pils. (612 characters)

Photo of adjunctjonez
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sourced at local draft haus where freshness is assured. Saw this one buried under a mountain of hoppy high abv IPAs down at the bottom of the board/offerings. I am a big fan of lagers and pilsners and had not tried this one. Pours a cloudy golden color with large white pillowy head that slowly falls. Smells of light roasted barley, some floral and yeast scent and hops. Taste is classic pilsner with aggressive bitter follow through. Leaves very nice lacing on glass. A most excellent example of the style. (508 characters)

Photo of Thads324
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow. Pillowy white head with big popping bubbles on the outside. Dissipates very slowly. No lacing
Aroma is sweet and grainy. A bit of light toast and hay. No discernible hop presence.
Taste starts out light and watery. A toasted grain flavor with some grass hops. Floral hops with a bit of white bread flavor as well. Finish is curt and sweet with a taste like buttered crackers.
Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. Light body. Smooth with a crisp finish.

A very nice pilsner that outshines all the American ones I've had. While the style is still basic pils, it's tasty, easy to drink and doesn't have the woody grossness or watery body of American pilsners. The lower carbonation makes it a breeze to drink and allows the quality to shine through. (768 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down and left a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of bready malts in the nose along with hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of bready malt flavors along with a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, clean and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is also a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This is a very good representation of the style and delivers a nice crisp flavor. I would definitely have this beer again. (739 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner style glass. Best before September 2012.

A very foamy and shampoo like bright white head is made, falls fairly quickly. Body color is a very straw hay yellow, crystal clear, but with nice rising carbonation and some stuck cola bubbles on the side but not too many.

Nose is a bready toasty white bread like malt. Very clean smelling, a little dry. Very solid, nothing too obviously hoppy either.

The vast majority of the taste and flavor seems to be on the finish. Slight dense mild malt and faint lemon finish comes off, after taste hits with a very dry white baked bread action. Slight interesting acid sense to this also, kind of interesting.

Overall pretty tasty, but not feeling that drawn to it or highly desiring another sometime soon. (789 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz brown bottle. Pours pale golden with white, long lasting, foamy head. Aroma is of bready malt, and some floral hops. The body is light and crisp. Taste is floral, earthy hops, some unpleasant vegetables and bready malt. Long, earthy finish. Forgettable brew. (266 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a stemmed pilsner, the beer is a an extremely bright, vibrant, crystal clear, yellow gold color with a slow, steady stream of carbonation and a frothy, foamy, clingy white head. Aromas are clean and subtle, with a slight toasted grain backbone and a hint of floral highlights. Flavors are very toasty, with a biscuit and grain backbone giving rise to a floral hops bitterness that cleans the palate, leaving an almost nonexistent aftertaste. Very smooth, dry body with a sparse lacing left along the glass. Some of the roasting and bitter flavors carry through to a crisp, slightly drying finish. Clean, smooth beer with crisp transitions and a nice finish. Fantastic German Pils. (708 characters)

Photo of rjplumer
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a soft yellow haze with a one finger head that fades quick. Mild classic Pilsner aroma. Faint yeast notes too.Clean start with mild bitterness in the middle with a clean finish. Refreshing and enjoyable. Nice if your looking for something simple and enjoyable. (266 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass

appearance - clear straw colored beverage with fluffy white head

smell - citrus, grass, hay, lemon peel

taste - grassy flavor upfront, herbal essence, hop bitterness, slightest of citrus aftertaste (lemon zest)

mouthfeel - watery mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, somewhat bitter on the finish

overall - this was an average pilsener that I was glad to have tried, taste doesn't justify the price on this one though, try other entrants of this style that are cheaper, better tasting and easier to obtain. That said, I'd would like to try this again either on tap or fresh from the source as there is no telling how long this was in transit/sitting on a shelf.

price point - $3 for a single ($10.99/6pk) (778 characters)

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

Appearance- Hazy yellow, nice and interesting. Hard to see through it. Plenty of lacing.

Smell- Smells like a summer field, sweet hay, some flowery lemons. Not the deepest nose but it wasn't skunky and it is a great smell for the style.

Taste- Grains, a lot of grains. I got a lot of honey from the taste of this thing as well as a great noble hop at the end.

Mouthfeel- A pleasure, heavy for a pilsner, a pleasant surprise.

Overall- Good beer, loved it because it is very different to other pilsners. Great high end pilsner. (532 characters)

Photo of philosobeer
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm giving this one a very good review.

Got half a liter on tap at Resi's Bierstube.

Straw colored. White foam head. Lace clings down the mug.

The hops are the highlight here. German variety of hops, certainly, in the noble family. They come out on the nose, and remain on the palate. Herbal and slightly spicy, a nice zing to them, giving a sense of real crispness.

The body is light, carbonation is high. Mouthfeel is pretty much on in this one.

Extremely quenching and refreshing after a German meal. (508 characters)

Photo of Yagman3000
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz. bottle that was part of a gift beer of the month club shipment provided by my cousin.

Appears a decent buttery lemon yellow and has enough depth to it that seeing through it isn't happening. Pleasingly on the heavier side of a pilsner.

Smells of wet hay with a tiny whiff of citrusy lemon. I'd hoped for a deeper nose.

Tastes a bit buttery with a grainy background. A little of that lemon comes through here.

Pleasing. Lays on the lips and slowly makes it's way down. Heavier in mouthfeel than the typical Pilsener.

Overall a good beer. I don't usually drink lighter beers anymore but this was on the higher end of pilseners. (656 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a transparent hay color with some nice bubbles to the body. There is a thin white head and tight lacing. The aroma is sharp and a little bit vegetable like. There is a grassy bitterness to the flavor. The mouthfeel thin with some bite. This beer is refreshing on hot humid Wurzburg day. (293 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a nice on the side of yellow green mild cloudy. Tight bubbles of creamy white. Nose of lemon grassy apple and hay. A german yeast and munich. Palate is a fruit lemon with a grassy bitter and mild pepper dry. Not a harsh carbonation, subtle... but a cold pour. Not a husky grain but a gentle graininess. Making quite an easy drink. Nice subtle german notes but not overloaded. Great session. (390 characters)

Photo of ant5431
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from bottle with a 05/11 best buy date.
Was quite surprised by this beer I picked up as a single in a mix a six from Nikkis Liq. Store.
Poured a hazy light gold/straw color, nice white head that lasted for a while.
Has a nice light hoppy/ breadish smell.
A very crisp fresh slighty bitter taste nice light mouth feel.
Wasnt really sure what to expect but this beer beat expectations very nice Pils. style beer.
Will buy it again if I come across it! (479 characters)

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass
A - Light golden straw color, 1+ finger head faded quickly to a thin layer 3
S - Hops, bready florals with yeast and grassy notes 3.5
T - More pronounced taste than most other pilsners, bready start to bitterness on the floral hop finish, mild citrus, a very good example of the style 4
M - An overall light brew, moderate carbonation 3.5
O - Very drinkable 4 (384 characters)

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

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Bubbly straw gold in the glass, highly effervescent and rather cloudy. A dense, sticky head caps the body and leaves sheets of lacing behind.

Grassy, zesty noble hops are prominent on the nose. Citrusy, a bit herbal with a slight lemon peel quality. Mildly malty, there's a whiff of lager yeast and crackery pils malt beneath the hops.

Hop forward but incredibly well balanced on the palate, it opens with lemony, grassy hop flavors backed by a dry and bready pils malt foundation. The finish is bitter, herbal, somewhat yeasty. Dry from front to back, and boldly hopped. Easily one of the better pilsners I've had in recent memory. (666 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/18/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a flute glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light but bready malts, lager yeast and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mild sweetness comes in along with a touch of citrus. The hops presence is good for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a long time. (797 characters)

Photo of aluskungs
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear and brilliant straw color with a medium sized frothy head and a thin lacing. Brilliant clear and crisp beer. The aroma of grains and herbal hops. Some light malt and vegetables, grassy. The taste is sweet but has a mild spice character with herbal and citrus hints. I tasted grains as well with a good touch of hops, lemony. The feel was smooth with a really good balance. Medium carbonation and and a light body. Mouth feel is light bodied and spot on for the style. Finished dry and crisp. Moderately creamy for the style. Lightly fizzy. Very nice example of a German Pils. (581 characters)

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