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Wolters Pilsener Premium - Hofbrauhaus Wolters GmbH

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hofbrauhaus Wolters GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cnozzy on 12-25-2009)
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one at Miss Kitty's Grape Escape wine bar in Galena IL. Transcribed from my cocktail napkin notes...

A - Pale flaxen gold with a small but tight white cap. Poor retention, little lace.

S - White bread, hints of saltine (but less than others of the style), and soft biscuit notes. Rounder and less acrid (hoppy?) than other G-pils.

T - Similar to the nose. White bread, crackers, a little bit of salt.

M - LIght bodied, medium carbonation, pretty even keeled.

D - Not bad, just extremely boring. This would be better classified under "Euro pale lager" or something rather than a spicy, hopy, crisp and salty German pils.

pmcadamis, Jan 28, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

Not half bad, unfortunately that means this beer lands in the middle of the pack and it is a pretty big pack these days. Flavors did not come off as fresh, very cooked as many green bottled imports can be. This beer seems to have lost something on the way here. As with their Fest-Bier we’d bet that from the source is substantially better … perhaps a night and day difference.

STYLE: German Pilsner
ABV: 4.9%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Golden straw hue, great clarity, sufficient head

SMELL: Herbal, grassy, faint lemongrass, bready, cooked breakfast cereal

TASTE: Very smooth, nice crisp snap, modest hop bitterness, herbal, mineral, creamed corn, bready, leafy, quick dry finish

BeerAdvocate, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of BeerIsland
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'mnot sure where I picked this up; likely Krugel's in W-B. I like this pils; very workmanlike and extremely clean. It's an extremely bright gold in the glass but I don't think the head stuckaround long enough. The Wolters is not an aggressively flavored beer but who wants one all the time? Good job and an interesting new item for me.

BeerIsland, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear, light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is not good at all. As can be expected from green-bottled pilseners, this beer is skunked.

The flavor is actually better. I don't get much, if any skunk in the flavor. What I do get is some corn and grain notes. Even though it is not skunked, the flavor is not very good.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.73/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Still in the case when I bought these Wolters biers, so I hope the green bottle effect doesn't kill this experience. This is mass produced German beer, pours a fizzy yellow strar color with a bright white head, speckled lacing. Aroma stale cereal malts with mineral water tones with a touch of honey, hops are really faint in the nose. Flavor a bit of stale cardboard offness, semi sweet cereal grains, faint hop watery approach. This is a pale comparison of a good German pils. Mouthfeel is watery carbonation is a bit much, pretty offensive. Drinkability overall is poor, I won't be back for this one anytime soon.

WVbeergeek, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of JMS1512
3/5  rDev -9.4%

JMS1512, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. green bottle

A nearly clear, golden color with a very standard 2" high head and dissipates in moderate fashion with pretty decent lace.

big yeast up-front with spicey green veggies, meaty, slight onions, sour notes, gentle malt, bready sweetness with spicey-herbalhops.

A very clean , light and crisp-jazzy feel with excellent yeast flavor's, very hearty, spicey-herbal, sour veggies, jazzzy hops add depth with a clean and gentle malt.

This one is a bit of a nice surprise since exported green bottled beer is rarely high quality.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.66/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden-amber with a rich, thick white head. Lace is spotty, though.

Aroma is strong and grainy, bordering on skunky. Not bad, still.

Taste is smooth, even creamy somehow. Nicely refreshing lager here, not reflecting any of the "skunkiness" that seemed present in the aroma. Just a highly-enjoyable, drinkable German pils that's well worthy.

secondtooth, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although my nose was initially disappointed by the soft waft of skunkiness, Wolters Pils satisfied in the end.

The appearance was good, displaying a crystal clear deep golden body beneath a frothy head of bright white. The head retention could have been better, but it did leave sheets of spotty lace behind.

The flavor was soft and very well balanced, displaying grassy and gently floral hop flavors over a softly sweet maltiness. It's moderate carbonation level accentuated the malt, leaving it almost creamy across the palate despite its medium-light body; although it didn't help with head retention, so there's the trade-off.

Just enough character leaves it charming and tasty, but also quite quaffable. Remarkably drinkable!

NeroFiddled, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
2.81/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured one finger of head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is grain and barnyard.
The taste is mildly bitter with a honey sweet ending.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
The taste is too sweet and not bitter enough. Not the greatest pilsener.

Fatehunter, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Hockey_Fan
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Hockey_Fan, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts, just a touch of skunkiness. Taste is malts, slightly sweet, some grains, a touch of bitterness at the finish. Refreshing and easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a good session beer.

tone77, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale maize pour in the glass with a sparkling clarity reveals a medium effervesce. The head is off white, about a finger in height, foamy and frumpy, but fails to stick and lace lacking visual appeal.

S: Some skunkiness upon first uncapping. Dry pilsner grains and dried corn kennels. Some faint barley grains and dried noble flowers are vague and leave little incentive leading into the flavor.

T: The flavor faired much better then anticipated considering the green packaging and slight skunky nature upon first open. Grainy and sweet with some green flowery hops redeem this somewhat with a decent balance in the end. Fairly clean overall, no off flavors like first experienced on the nose while a nice dry graininess can be had in the way of a soft lingering fade.

M: The mouthful is light bodied, very slick texture wise and softly carbonated.

D: Drank much better then expected. Wouldn't rush out for a six pack but this certainly wasn't to hard to put down and was a fair rate of consumption overall.

beerthulhu, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Monsone for the hookup! Prost sir...

Into a small mug it pours a bright copper gold, a thin layer of creamy white foam rests on top and sticks around the edges. The lacing adheres in sheets on the sides of the glass, looking very frothy and hearty.

Aroma is a little bland, bran flakes and wet paper, some hint of noble hops.

Flavors of wet grain, bland pilsner malt, more grainy cereal and slight perceptible oxidation. Bartender mentioned this was a new arrival, and showed up two weeks ago. Don't think the green glass is doing the beer any favors. Thin bodied with a somewhat dry and quenching finish. Pedestrian German lager, good for warm weather, but look elsewhere for a Pils with flavor.

"Imported by Iron Horse Beverage, Mellville, NY"

emerge077, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of DeathShot
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

DeathShot, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Hopmodium
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Hopmodium, May 25, 2012
Photo of matjack85
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this single, green 11.2oz bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.39. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear pale gold color and made a 1-finger white head that lasted about a minute and a half but left no lacing whatsoever.

There was some initial green bottle skunkiness upon opening, but after that I picked up some sweet honey-like aroma along with some faint noble hops.

The taste was on the sweet side for a pilsener. Other than that it was OK, but unremarkable.

Thin, but not that watery of a mouthfeel. Clean and crisp.

If they could reduce the sweetness a little this would be a really good pilsener.

matjack85, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Schaumburger pilsner glass. Pours a clear, medium golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with spotty lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt and light grassy hops with the light but distinct eau d'skunk butt. Flavor is sweet biscuit and bready malt, a hint of wheat and light grassy hops. Hop finish is very muted. Fortunately no skunking flavors in the taste. Light to medium bodied. A mild, slightly sweet pilsner that hits all the right notes for style, but is average. Another brewery that chooses some odd "look" over aroma and taste by choosing green bottles. Baffling.

LiquidAmber, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of dbaker61
2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL can. Brew date: Feb. 14, 2011, with a Best By date of Mar. 14, 2012. This can listed the ABV as 5.1%.

Appearance: Deep golden yellow color. Two fingers of dense foam, which died down to a thin cover in about a minute. Left incomplete rings of lacing with tiny bits of foam dispersed around the glass between the rings. Very clear with profuse bubbles.

Smell: Sweet and grassy. A little cereal.

Taste: Metallic and bitter. Not a rich mellow bitterness I would associate with a German Pilsener, sharper and less complex. None of the malty sweetness that was in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Finished very dry with just a touch of bitterness.

Overall: An okay pilsener. There are many better examples. The can may be contributing to the metallic and overbearing bitter character. I'd like to try it in the bottle.

dbaker61, Jul 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

OregonGrown7, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface that faded away into delicate lacing.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready hops in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of bready malts and has some hints of grain. There is a light amount of accompanying bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are hints of dryness towards the finish.
O: This is a well-balanced beer—it has enough malts to create enough body in the mouthfeel and a good amount of hops to mask any sweetness and give it a little bite. I would have no problem drinking a few of these back to back.

metter98, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of obywan59
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a crystal clear light-golden color with a 2 finger white head.

The aroma is of herbal hops and toasted grain with some doughy bread as well.

Lightly sweet upfront, followed by grassy, lemony-tart hops and a faint bitterness.

Light-bodied. Crisp and biting.

A decent light offering. It would make a good session brew.

obywan59, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with some sort of dating stamp of L1120 17 12 that I cannot decipher. Pour is typical of a German pilsener, with a short attention span from the white head. Little bit of lace is left behind.

Nose is sweet, honeyed grains with a touch of grassy hops.

Taste is pretty pleasant with both the grainy malts and the lightly bitter hops making an appearance. It is certainly not the best example of the style, falls pretty squarely in the middle - tasty, but nothing to write home about. Well priced at 5.99 per six-pack, at least a couple bucks cheaper than the 'premium' German brands. It's a shame the freshness code is so hard to figure out, this would make a nice, tasty budget pilsner when drank fresh.

twiggamortis420, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

The smell featured a doughy grain, musty hop and light sweetness.

The taste consisted of a relatively sweet malt and moderate noble hopbdpice. I wonder if this beer was brewed according to the Pirity Law, as I detect some adjunct sweetness.

The mouthfeel was round for the style.

Overall a decent pils.

plaid75, May 30, 2010
Photo of biggred1
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden with thin off-white cap. Grassy, hay and mild noble hop notes. Typical German Pils fare, soft and sweet dough and cracker flavors with mild noble hop bittering. This beer could be good with more concentration of flavor. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Easy drinking but nothing special here, at least it wasn't skunky from the green bottle.

biggred1, Nov 11, 2010
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Wolters Pilsener Premium from Hofbrauhaus Wolters GmbH
77 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.