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Weihenstephaner Pilsner - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
87
very good

371 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 40
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-23-2005)
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Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Birlliant pale gold in color with absolute clarity, this pils develops a pure white head one finger tall and fluffy with some heavy density to it. As it recedes, it leaves a tattered sheet of creamy lacing behind.
The nose is all flowery, herbal and grassy hops. Crackery dry malts balance. It's gently sweet as more floral notes make their way out. I like how American brewers have improved this style, giving it more, but it has a classic sense to it.
There's actually a pithy nature to the bitterness, something I didn't expect. It remains flowery and grassy, a touch herbal, with dryness from malts edging out the sweetness that was founf in the nose. The bitterness ends up raw, leafy and green while lingering lightly in the finish. While the pilsner has been improved, this is a good one.
Light-bodied with a crisp bite, it remains lively and is pretty clean overall as well. It goes into a dry finish that's still smooth.

Brenden, May 19, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good ol' Weihenstephaner. Never been a "big fan" of pilsners, but perhaps it's just because I haven't had the right one yet. And also because the bulk of my pilsner experience is American Light Lager macro stuff. Anyway - this one pours a light straw color, almost like apple juice but maybe even a bit lighter. Nice clarity throughout, with a foamy and cloud-like white head that puffs up big and leaves some chunky lace, even upon first settling.

The aroma is certainly crisp, and it's got that pure, lager yeast aroma to it. Very "clean" and pure on the nostrils. Lemon and herbal zest is plentiful, maybe even some lemongrass? The hops have light grassy notes alongside a solid, mildly citric character. The malt also gives off a very clean and pure aroma - bready, with a very faint sweetness. There's an ever so slight metallic character in the aroma as well, but it's not nearly enough to be off-putting. Even upon warming, this one keeps its nice aromatic profile - it gets slightly more citrusy and the grassy tones take a back seat.

Weihen Pils hits the tongue feeling very crisp, something I've come to expect with the style. Up front, there's a light fruit melody - lemon zest, apple, mild citrus. A good under-body built with toasted cereal grains and light bread from the malt. Again - I can't stress enough how clean, pure, and refreshing this beer really is. The hops join in with a slightly floral and grassy tone, inducing a mild bitterness from about halfway through, right into the finish. Picking up some more earthy notes in the finish, especially as this warms up a little. Thin body, maybe more on the thicker-side of thin, lots of carbonation, crispy and dry in the finish.

So this is how a pilsner is supposed to taste, huh? This beer was pretty damn good - but that's typically to be expected from Weihenstephan. So clean, raw, pure, and nearly perfect within its element. This would be great to pound while outside on a hot, summer day. Easy to drink and easy to come around to - a benchmark for the style.

tectactoe, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +9%

tykechandler, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of BogAl
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

BogAl, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

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

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

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some malt sweetness quickly follows. The hops presence is a bit subdued but is standard for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is definitely one of the better beers in the style.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of joe12pk
4/5  rDev +2.6%

joe12pk, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of hutley58
5/5  rDev +28.2%

hutley58, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

kjkinsey, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Smileitsfreetobehappy, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of aking32753
4.25/5  rDev +9%

aking32753, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of MonkeyBread
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

MonkeyBread, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of hogfish3
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

hogfish3, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of Hannis2424
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Hannis2424, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of DeanCHS1980
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

DeanCHS1980, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Jeff_Benson
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jeff_Benson, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

TheNightwatchman, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Nose: honey, hint of spice, perfume
Pours brilliant straw gold with a firm, 2" bone white foam cap.
Grainy malt palate with a slight sweetness, a hint of fruit, light bitter touch on the finish.
Medium light body and medium high carbonation.

pat61, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

zeff80, Sep 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Texasfan549, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of probert
4.25/5  rDev +9%

probert, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of gelasin
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

gelasin, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

SD-Alefan, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of T100Mark
4/5  rDev +2.6%

11.2 ounce Euro bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Bright golden color. Amazing clarity. Fine white head. Great stickage. A very pretty beer to look at.

Smell - Grains. Orange rinds. Slightly sweet. Slightly herbal. Slightly sour. Nice.

Taste - Mild malt flavor. Citrusy. A touch of herbs. A bit of that Euro sour finish. Delicious.

Mouth - Fizzy yet buttery.

Overall - So this is what a Pilsner is supposed to taste like! This lager is the yardstick which other Pilsners should be compared to. It's a shame the Mega-American breweries choose not to make beers that taste like this.

T100Mark, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of JoeMans
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

JoeMans, Sep 02, 2014
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Weihenstephaner Pilsner from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
87 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.