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Würzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 20
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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German Pilsener |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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Photo of erz316
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at zum Schneider, served into appropriate .5ml mug; Aug 19, 09.

A - A pale medium straw, with a big 3 finger head, bright white in colour. good golden body, head retains for a very long time.

S - almost clean, save a slight malty and minimal hop character.

T - a very hoppy beer despite the misleadings in the nose. the slightly bitter hops beat out the delicious sweet malts by a small margin. quite a nice altogether bitter taste. the finish is mainly hoppy with a strong malt backing. the aftertaste is bitter hops and a slight malt presence.

MF&D - good carbonation with a pretty light body.

Photo of crossovert
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pokal from a brown 11.2 ounce glass. Due Date is August of 09 so I am drinking it just then. It has a nice, large, foamy white head. The beer is really clean and clear, lots of carbonation. Straw yellow in color. The lacing on this one is a bit weird, it leaves a lot of little spots.

Nice spicy noble hops on the nose, still smells fresh.

This is a noble pilsener. The perfect balance of hops and malt, the hops lingerer on the tongue with some spice. There is a good lemon flavor as well. The malt is slightly more subdued but rounds out the hops beautifully with some sweet notes.

Overall this rivals any pils out there and might just have taken the pils crown for me. It just has some wonderful hops going in it, that smooth mouthfeel we all love, and the infinite drinkablity brewers dream of selling.

Had it again while staying in Bamberg with some friends. It was even better.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale hazy yellow with a slight soapy head and virtually no lacing.

Aroma is a surprising amount of caramel malt, along with apple, a touch of earthy spice and alcohol.

Taste is malty caramel and toffee up front. Herbal and earthy, along with mild vague spice. Finish has a slight sour apple quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Quite chewy for a pilsner.

Overall a very tasty German Pilsner. Surprisingly malty and full flavored. Definitely worth a try.

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

Poured a yellow/orange with a faint soap ring off white head.

The smell is light with a bit of sweetness.

The flavor has a muted toasty grain quality with just a hint of light citrus and a bit of biscuit.

The mouthfeel is light with mild carbonation and a long dry finish.

An easy drinking solid german pils.

Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at Wolff's Beer Garden in North Albany, 7-15-09.

A: Served in a mug. Body is clear golden yellow with a small but foamy white head that settled to leave some lace.

S: Smelled of spicy herbal hops, grass, and grainy malt. A nice, straightforward pilsner nose.

T: Good pilsner flavors: foundation of light grainy malt with spicy, herbal hops providing a nice bite at the finish. A bit of lemon is also evident at the back end, along with a grassy dryness that lingers.

M: Moderate carbonation. Light in heft. Nice crisp drying finish.

D: This a great quaffing pilsner for the summer. It's balanced yet interesting enough to want to come back to again and again. Highly drinkable.

Photo of jhammel01
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from brown bottle (not green like in the pic) into my tall Pilsner glass. Pours golden straw yellow that looks very carbonated and retains a great fluffy head.

Smells of yeast and very muted hops. Perhaps a bit of lemon zest?

Tastes great! Grassy, yeast, malt notes, slight lemony bite that finishes clean and crisp. As it warms, the more the bittering hops show themselves.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied that feels almost milky (in a way). Very satisfying!

This is my 1st authentic German Pilsner and though I'm more used to american hoppy pilsners, This is just awesome!

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 Lexluthor33
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and of yellow color with a medium sized frothy head and a thin lacing. A good looking beer.
The aroma of grains and herbal hops.
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.
The feel was smooth with a really good balance. Medium carbonation and and a light body.

Notes: I just finished a Bavik and now I had this and after comparing I have to say this is a lot better. A really good summer beer that refreshed me and did not bore me.

Photo of nicnut45
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Poured from a bottle to pilsner glass. About 2 1/2 fingers worth of pure white head settles into a fine mist. Perfectly clear with a yellow tint.

Aroma- Pilsner is a smell all its own and this has that great clean floral like smell inviting you to take a sip.

Taste-Earthy straw like taste. Very clean,crisp,and just a bit of unpleasent bitterness. Maybe a bit more malt to compete with the hops would be nice.

Mouthfeel-Snappy and crisp. Average carbonation.

drinkability-Very smooth easy drinking and tasty. Not too complex. Good beer to have while watching the game.

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 yelterdow
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first trip to "Wine Country" in Bergenfield yielded this, a German Pilsner that I've never seen before. At $1.99, this 11.2 oz. bottle is worth the gamble. Served in a traditional pilsener glass at a few degrees above fridge temperature, and paired with German sausages with sauerkraut.

Appearance- This beer pours a hazy yellow-green... it's an interesting hue that I don't recall seeing before, it's almost the color of a tripel without the body. Loads of mini-bubbles launch from the bottom, and the cakey three-finger snow white head remains substantial for many minutes... leaving behind gobs of sticky lacing in the glass.

Smell- A peppery twang greets the nose, showcasing just a mild hop character. Overall the aroma is surprisingly mellow, not offering up anything more than that and some hay-like grassiness.

Taste- Again, the spicy, white pepper notes come through initally and dominate the flavor profile. Some straw and mowed grass are there as well, leading to a bone dry finish that leaves the mouth puckering.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The texture is active, alive, and quite nice for the style... the carbonation is so tight and rolling that is throws the spotlight on the zippy bitterness which defines this beer. Overall, a middle-of-the-road pils that wouldn't warrant my visiting this again.

Photo of deanhead
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in an authentic one liter dimpled glass at Wolff's Biergarten in Albany.

This beer was a brilliant straw color, clear and nice head which disapted rather qucikly.
Aroma was slightly malty, with a tinge of flowers.

Brilliant clear and crisp beer. Taste was malty with a sharp hop bitterness. A hint of sweetness. Slight honey notes

Mouthfeel is light bodied and spot on for the style. Finished dry and crisp.

This has got to be one of the most drinkable beers I have ever enjoyed. It tastes like I'll have another.

Photo of cedricwarner
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The rocky head gives off more malty nose than a north German Pils and more grassy floral hops than a Helles.

The flavor is spectacularly balanced between the sweet bread-like malt and spicy hops that finish with that lingering noble hop bitterness.

Just what a south German Pils should be. I like Rothaus Tannenzäpfle a touch more, but Würzburger Hofbräu is still an outstanding Pilsner, and more readily available here in the states.

Photo of droomyster
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light gold with a small, bone white head. Smell is remarkably similar to Pilsner Urquel: aromas of grassy hops, lemon citrus, a honey on a warm bagel. Taste-wise, this is one of the best pilsners I've ever had. It's chalk-full of flavors: a wonderful honeycomb sweetness balanced by zesty, lemony hops in such a way that that the interplay between bitter and sweet carries into the finish and makes you stare at the beer in wonder. I must have tried several dozen craft pilsners from several different countries by now, but this one takes the take. A top-notch beer.

Photo of KyleMWood
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great pilsner!!!

Appearance - cloudy, light to medium golden in color, with light, 1/4 inch white head

Smell - sweet, floral notes

Taste - nice, crisp pilsner, not overly hopped, nice balance

Drinkability - nice balance, definitely would drink again, and could go through half a dozen or more pints in a session, no problem

Try this beer if you can find it.

Photo of nick76
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma has hay and grains with floral and grassy hops. The appearance is pale gold with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bit of the latex flavor that many euro pils seem to have. The palate is thin but well carbonated. Overall it's pretty typical for the style which is good if you happen to like this style.

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 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 roblowther
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Ratskeller in Wurzburg. I'm probably going to up its ratings a half point just for that. It is a deep gold with microscopic bubbles and a thick rocky head. Absolutely gorgeous. The smell is apricots and grass, but it has a metallic note that really knocks me off my game. The taste is surprisingly malty for a pilsner and very, very good. It has a spiced aftertaste and lingering notes of hops that makes me want more. It has a good body and very nice carbonation. I will drink this all day long. If I'm at the biergarten or on the square, you're not moving me until they shut the place down.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.2/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

11.2 oz. green bottle > Pilsner glass

This is a totally clear yellow-gold color with only mild carboantion for this style. Looks a bit too mellow....the crown rises low and falls quick as a lacy-white sheeth.

Aroma's of: Gentle Bavarian yeast, sour...nut metallic(uh oh) Stale corn and fresh husks with a a cesar salad scent in the hops.

This has a thin, flat malt flavor that struggles to achieve crispy wheat...more like canned corn and stale bread! Metallic, sour yeast runs wild all over the place....nowhere to hide! There's a green peppers flavor to the hops, finishing with a white rice flavor.

Light, nearly crisp at first but a bit to lifeless to be refreshing. Not a great bottle.

Photo of rebel1771
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a fluffy white head that fades quicky.

Aroma of herbal hops jump out along with the faint note of cooked veggies.

Very easy pils to drink. The hops are a little overpowered by the malts but nothing serious.

Good brew.

Photo of sleazo
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_pours a clear straw with a soapy white head. Lacing is a strong sut here as is the slow but steady stream of bubbles. This what a pils should look like

S_grassy noble hops and a wierd sort of funk almost like a wet golden retriever

T_totally geared towards the hops. Strong grassy/medicinal hop presence overshadows the light cereal grains. Slight residual sweetness is a nice compliment. Slight skunkiness as well. Not enough to truly distract.

M_moderately creamy for the style. Lightly fizzy.

D_Very nice example of a German Pils. Strong dose of those central European hops shine through in this one.

Photo of reddomino
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purs a clear yellow with a nice, foamy head. Gives off a nice citrusy aroma. Tastes lightly of malt and citrus with a good hop bite common amongst Bavarian pilsners. Mouthfeel is light with a level of carbonation to be expected form this style.

This is a classic example of a Bavarian pilsner. Pairs very well with bratwurst and sauerkraut.

Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a fan of Pils as I like more complex beers, but this beer I find fantastic. Here's why.

When poured it responds with some furious carbonation (nothing bad) which is actually a little entertaining to watch. It creates a prominant white resiliant head which leaves behind lots of lacing and caps the beautiful blonde color of this beer.

The only thing I can recall at the moment about the smell is that it had a very hoppy and almost biscuity nature to it in my opinion.

The smell is accompanied by a bitter and tart taste which lingers in the mouth for a quick minute. The mouthfeel is active due to the carbonation.

This is a great, clean, satisfying and refreshing pilsner. This is the type of beer i'd buy for a family member or friend at a bar.

Photo of Minkybut
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a really pretty blonde beer with a white head. The beer also had good lacong qualities. The beer stunk to me and smelled skunky. The taste was bready with tomatoes and bitter tasting. It was nor refreshing and in fact dried my mouth out. I will not buy again.

Würzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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