Würzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 191
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 21.41%
Wants: 21
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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 aluskungs
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of bigrzman
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this out from a 12oz bottle in to a glass. It is a medium straw color with a 1/2 inch head. Moderately bubbly and glowing. Smells of floral hops up front with grains and grass in the back, very potent overall. Very floral and herbal, hops dominate with a clean grain and grass taste in the back with some fruit esters. Mouthfeel is drying like a fine champagne and carbonation is tingly to the tongue. Overall drinkability is high as it goes down pleasantly. Overall this is a great German Pilsner if not one of the best. I had it in Wurzburg on tap before but I did not rate it at the time.

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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...

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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.

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Photo of trbergman
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Straw-gold with vigorous carbonation and one inch of pillowy white head.

S - Bready with a hint of lemon and grassy/spicy noble hop aroma.

T - Tastes somewhat watered-down, but still has a nice breadiness along with spicy, grassy, floral hop flavor and a bracing hop bitterness. Finishes dry.

M - Light body, spritzy, but a bit thin.

D - Very thirst-quenching and a nice German pils. I'd drink another one for sure.

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Photo of DrRosenscrotum
2.51/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle this "pilsner style" beer had about a one inch head with color ranging from clearish yellow to a darker haze of yellow towards the top. Good amount of carbonation as well. Instant aroma was not plesant to say the least, reminded me of an old wet shoe. Taste and mouthfeel were bitter with a hard bite. I was not overjoyed with this beer, but I would like to revisit it again for a second opinion.

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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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very very macro/light beer pale yellow. Fizzy white head, minimal retention, no lacing. The fact that the head stayed just a bit kept this out of 2.5 range.

Light malt scents, some grass and sweet grain. Aroma is strog enough to be pleasant.

Nice sweet grass taste, with light malt and a very very clean, pronounced bitter hop finish. This is summer beer at its best. Lacks a bit in character, but very tasty. Wished there was a bit more definition in the hop phase. Malt is very good, and the crisp clean edge is spot on.

Light bodied, and medium carbonation. Hits on all points here. good job.

Ovrall, easy drinking but a bit too mild and simple to make this excellent. I know simplicity is sometimes a very good thing, but this is very middle of the road. Good solid pils.

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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.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 3/18/10.

A - Clear light golden, moderately carbonated body with one-finger bone white cap of bubbles that trailed off into a thin, patchy veil leaving some spotty lace around the glass.

S - Classic pils notes with grassy hops, biscuity malt and a citrus character suggesting lemon zest. Some vinous notes are also apparent, hinting at white grapes.

T - Citrus hop oils are abundant with a hint of grassy notes, but otherwise quite lemon-like in flavor. Malt character imparts a biscuity quality with toasted grains emerging in the backend. Nice crisp, hoppy bite in the finish, the way a pils should end.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a crisp hop bite and fair amount of lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - This is just a really solid straight-up German style pilsner that you have to have fresh on tap versus out of a green bottle that's been sitting on the shelves for a few months.

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Photo of Natural510
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle; best-by date 09/2010

Pours a pale straw color with pillow of soft, cotton-like head. A few random bubbles rise lazily to the top of the glass.

Subtle, breaded scent of grain with a definitive noble hop twang.

Sweet & fruity malt blends with a spicy hop. Elements of white pepper, lemon & grape. Yeast & hops blend well, leaving a dry, tart finish.

Crisp, dry, full of flavor. This German pilsner is a winner.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear gold with almost no head but ridiculous lacing. Never seen a beer with no head that had this much lacing. Confusing, but not bad.

S: The aroma of this brew reminds me a bit of Stella Artois. European hops with some mild floral and citrus notes. Kind of run of the mill.

T: Decent pils. Light, crisp and slightly hoppy. Mild grass and floral accents. The pilsner isn't my favorite style, but a interesting change of pace from what I normally drink.

M: Crisp and light, smooth and somewhat dry. Very easy drinking brew. Real good carbonation.

D: A quaffable pils, for sure. If I'm looking for a light and refreshing brew that will quench my thirst, this is one to consider.

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

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color. The head is a solid inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. This beer looks like a Witbier, not a Pilsener. Still it looks nice though. The aroma is a balance of biscuity malt, and spicy noble hops. The taste is slightly more hoppy than the aroma, but is still well balanced overall. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice Pilsener that I could easily enjoy again.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Würzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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