Würzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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86
very good

183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 20
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 183 | Reviews: 87
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Aroma grainy malt, cardboard, soapy, bready, grassy/floral hops. Taste crackers, black pepper, grassy, grainy malt, slight bitter finish.

Photo of largadeer
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner a lighter straw color with a fluffy blooming white head that left multiple rings of lace as it settled pretty quickly.Aromas of bread dough and light floral hops,a tinge of mineral/iron came thru as well.Lighter and almost delicate on the palate,light honey sweetness with that bread dough element are the dominant flavors,a leafy hop note becomes more present as I drink more.A pretty darn good pilsner,more delicate than most American versions,a nice quaffer on a seriously hot day.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz green long neck bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Straw yellow in colour with a wonderful Brussels style lace.

Smell: Spicy mix of European noble hops the are a bit herbal and lemony. Grain is in the back ground.

Taste: Moderately bodied with an exceptionally smooth and crisp mouth feel. Slightly assertive spicy bitterness leaves a tingling bitter trail with herbal and lemony notes. Light yet fresh grain hits the palate with a mild husky astringency which seems to dry this beer up in the finish.

Notes: Its all you want in a typical German Pilsner, I’d choose this one any day over the mass marketed beers of the same style . Good drinking all around.

Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a refreshing pale malt scent with some hops and a breadlike aroma. It has a crisp scent and a fruity yeast finish. The taste is decent. It has a pale malt flavor with a dry breadlike finish. It goes down easy and has a bit of yeast fruitiness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent pilsner. It has above average aroma and flavor; a good drinker.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours golden, with a long-lasting rocky white head, bubbles keep streaming from the bottom of the mug.

S: Spicy Saaz hops, true to style.

T: Strong noble hop bitterness, sourdough bread. Off-dry maltiness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and crisp.

D: A very solid example of a German pils, better than a lot of the stuff that's out there.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My recovery pilsner from the mimic of a pilsner called Cintra. On to the beer:

Straw color, lightly hazed in the body....looks like it has a glowing affect to it. Frothy head on top leaves lots of good lacing. There is sour lemon and hay in the aroma. The taste is similar to the aroma. You get a little bit of the sour lemon and some of the hay flavors. A bit of lemongrass too. Light bodied and smooth in the mouth.

It's a solid, lighter tasting pilsner. Worth trying.

Photo of tempest
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a half liter at Zum Schneider in the East Village. It's a brilliant clear yellow with a tall white head.

This is a classic German pils, dry, hoppy, and with a distinct mineral taste and aroma. You can really taste the hard German water that shapes this beer. The malts are a dry bread and biscuit blend while the hops are peppery with a touch of earth. All in all a very tasty a drinkable beer. It went great with my sausage platter.

Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was happy to see a 6 pack of this at State Line today... all the more so as they were holding a German beer fest discount.

The beer pours a somewhat light gold color, but with Wurzburger's tell-tale impressive cascading carbonation action, along with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose on this beer is just a thing of pilsner beauty. There is a lovely aroma of cracked pepper, fresh bread dough and light honey. In combination, there's almost something of an almond/cherry aroma to this beer. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose pretty closely, though the flavor profile is a bit lighter than I was expecting given the aroma profile on the nose. Still, this is a deliciuos, easy to appreciate German pils. Mouthfeel is lightly bitter, with the light sweetness quickly giving way to a dry, hoppy finish. Drinkability is quite good, with the alcohol barely noticeable in this crisp, refreshing, delicious beer.

Couple of thoughts... I was fortunate to try this beer on draft at Max's just the other night, and qualitatively the difference between bottle and draft is pretty apparent (IMHO). The draft version is richer, rounder (the bottle version is a bit thin, even for the style and abv.), and just altogether more enjoyable in my opinion. Nevertheless, this is still a very fine beer, and would be a HUGE step up from the typical "lawnmower" swill most Americans associate with this style of beer. Should have bought that second 6 pack at State Line....

Note: Currently drinking bottle number 3 from the 6 pack, and this bottle just kicks ass. Head retention is comparable to the tap version, and there's a soft creamy mouthfeel that is astonishing and unexpected given the previous bottles. So I'll upgrade my score, based on this just exceptional bottle. Just be advised that there is some bottle variation in this great German pils. Still good though...

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a a sharp noble hop spice and a bready malt.

The taste was upfront leafy noble hop with a complementary grainy malt. Nice lingering bitterness.

The mouthfeel was clean and a bit lighter than average for the style.

Overall a nice standard pils Tasty and highly drinkable.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cloudy, lemon-straw color capped off by a foamy white head.

S: some light malt and vegetables.

T: The flavor starts out with a light tartness of lemons backed by a decent grain bill that gives this some body. Overall the flavor was clean with some spicy herbal hopping and citrus notes. Leaves a nice sour malt and hop coating on the tongue.

M: moderate for a pils with a soft carbonation. Felt pretty nice.

D: Average drinkability, just not as crips or refreshing as one hopes per style.

Photo of DrJay
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 mL brown bottle. Best before 2011/02.
Crystal clear and light gold with a quickly dissipating, rocky white head. Streaky lacing clung to the glass and a modest collar stuck around for a while. Crackery malt aroma, spicy and herbal hops. Bitterness was mild up front, but grew in the finish along with lemony citrus hop flavour. Crackers to start, then a bit of spice in the finish. Moderately light flavour overall. Light bodied with average carbonation, somewhat dry and nearly crisp. This is pretty refreshing. Nothing over the top, just some clean malts and noble hops.

Photo of Gusler
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a luminous gold with a generous bright white creamy head that lingers long, after its final demise; the lace forms a velum like sheet, to circumnavigate the glass. Nose has a soapy malt sweetness, citrus like in its crispness, pleasant to sniff. Start is modestly sweet, light bitter bite at the back, top is light to medium in feel. Finish has a sparkling acidity, the hops delectable in their spicy bite, quite dry aftertaste, and a fine drinking beer that would definitely make a nice session beer.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a pale yellow color and a slightly cloudy consistency. there was a half inch of foamy head and good lacing.

S: A big malty smell, with a trace of hoppiness.

T: Tasted of a lot of malt, hops in the finish and a slight grassy quality. Well balanced and understated.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a very dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: If you're into pilseners, this would be a good beer to check out. Very drinkable.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the few tragic instances in my beer drinking career involved this beer. At Max's German Beer Fest in 2009, this is the first beer that caught my eye, and for some reason, I decided to end the session with this beer. Sadly, by the time I'd decided to end my session, this beer had already kicked. This time round, I feel fortunate for finding this still on tap on day 3 of the fest, and made sure I started with this, and a whole "pint" instead of an 8oz "sample"

Pouring a very light straw yellow with excellent clarity and a dense white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a great looking pils. The nose is fantastic. Crisp and robustly hoppy with a ton of grass, hay and some lemon with a touch of earth . Just perfect, the malt character is barely noticeable, just a little cracker-like. The palate opens very hoppy with a fantastic blend of noble hops, exquisitely balanced in flavor with the grass and hay being most noticeable, with the lemon following through. The earthy character leads into the mid-palate, one that's very very crisp and slight mineral-like character. Drying and hoppy on the finish, the flavors that linger are fantastic. A touch over-carbonated for my palate (I seem to find this to be the case with a few beers I've had at Max's), this is fantastic stuff. I would have loved to drink a liter of this, but I had to get back to work. Fabulous stuff, very highly recommended, and a rare, rare treat. One of the best pilsners I've had, arguably my favorite from Germany.

Photo of stcules
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow, without any bubble. Beautiful hat of foam, white. Laces.
In the smell delicate herbal hop, hay.
The taste is bitter, very bitter, again with herbal hop.
The aftertaste too is well hopped, bitter, quite long in the mouth. Right dryiness.
Not too much to say, but ok. Bitter, dry, clean.

Photo of RoyalT
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a light, hazy yellow in color with a huge, fluffy, white head.

Smell – The light noble hops and grain were smothered by skunk. Too bad, because otherwise it probably would have had a nice aroma.

Taste – The hops here are good. They are light and easy but get stepped on by the heavy-handed grain. The grain isn’t bad, it’s just too heavy for the style. The finish though is nice with a bit of sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is good and light just as it should be.

Drinkability – This is a bit grainy for the style but a nice effort nevertheless.

Photo of mynie
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at Eagle River Liquors in Fulton, Illinois.

Excellent pour! Dark, hazy champagne gold with a large and remarkably retentive rocky white head.

Smells a little dull, big grain, strong fruit esters, and only a little bit of hops.

Tastes as it smells. Maybe a bit old, but as there's no dating system on the bottle I can't say for sure. Tastes like big, huge fruit--plums, apricots--against light, flowerly pilsener grain. The hops are faint but there, especially present as it warms. Slightly above average.

Drinkable. If I can try a fresher bottle, I will.

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Würzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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