Weihenstephaner Pilsner - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
88
very good

464 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 56
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-23-2005

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 464 | Reviews: 134
Reviews by Halcyondays:
Photo of Halcyondays
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

33 cL bottle,

A: Pours a clear gold with a small white head, some thick lace. Good head retention.

S: Bready pils malt, definite German malt smell. Grassy, floral noble hops.

T: Pretty similar to the nose. Clear hoppy flavour with a nice semi-bitter finish. Pils malt is solid, some husky grain character though which I wasn't too excited about, nothing to go crazy for.

M: Crisp, biting carbonation in the finish. Creamy at times. Refreshing clean finish for the style. I really like the hop character at the end.

O: A solid pils and what I can find from the Internets, it's fairly fresh. First time I've seen it in the Southland. Worth a pickup, but the regular Helles lager from these guys is the superior brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +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.

Photo of vancurly
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to this, after the joys of the weissen....

Poured into a competitor's (Schneider-Weiss) 500ml glass....

Big white fluffy head, leaving a long lace. Yellow/straw in colour, with some bubbling. Clear.

Hop heaven. That aroma is straight out of my brew pot. Saaz & pale malts. Unbelievable. Don't think I've had a pilsener with that sort of nose. Subtle DMS. After a while in the glass, the hop subsides, and the Munich characters become more evident. After that, some straw-like aromas.

Hops and malt fill the mouth. This beer ain't shy. The flavour balance is excellent. Some subtle candy-ish malt notes, and floral perfumes. I get a very, very late aftertaste of lime.

Bitterness is balanced, and the beer finishes very crisply.

Excellent stuff. Excellent brewery.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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.

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Possibly the best pilsner ever!

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.3l serving in pilsner glass at the brewery in Freising.

Light yellow gold with a sizable white head.
The head is durable and leaves loads of sticky lacing

Both the aroma and flavor are far more hoppy than malty, and the beer leaves a long lasting flavor of (Noble?) hops.

Light body but not watery. Medium+ carbonation.

O: a fine, light feeling, light colored, but quite flavorful pilsner.

Photo of gregb13
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As with most of Weihenstephaner's beers, this one is a benchmark for the style. Hard to fault it in any way.

Smell/taste - light fruit, apple, white grape, freshly reaped grain, some bitterness, lemon zest.

Goes down so fast, you'll hardly notice its departure.

Buy it and appreciate.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Typical looking bubbling pilsner. Thin head. White lacing. Tastes like barley. Like eating barley. Tastes like a Michelob Lager for some reason. Or an Amstel Heavy.

Photo of DiUr
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly golden pale yellow which is so clear that you can actually read trough the glass. Head is two fingers and it leaves beautiful lacing.

Smooth bready malts are predominant in the nose at first, but the herbal hops and citrics blend so well as you smell it that you can´t help but put a smile of pure joy. This has to be a standard for the style. Bread crumbs and biscuits, the floral hops and lemon coming on naked but still discreet, with even a hint of Eau de Cologne at the end. Beautiful.

The taste is so delicious that i had no time for complexities as it went down. One of those flavours on par with the aroma, with maybe a bit of a sharper character to it. Grains and sweet malts with hops and a hint of lemon. The flavour adds a metallic character to the aroma. Smooth and tender like an angel, but also sharp like a razor blade. Love this beer.

I guess ligth to medium body. Crispy and sharp with a solid malty backbone. A very long dry finish which holds a creamy touch in the back of the palate. A light thirst quencher that you can still sip as Cognac, as good as it is.

This has to be one of my favourites all around, and in my opinion almost on par with the Hefe from this brewery and the best Pilsner i ever tasted, with Konig a not so far second. I really love it!

Photo of socon67
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pilsner glass, this beer is slightly cloudy with a straw yellow color. the foam is a clingy white that sinks quickly and sticks to the glass in patches of lacing.

S - Scents of pilsner malt and a classic smell of noble german hops.

T - Raspy flavor of hops and a crisp flavor. In all ways this is a traditional example of the style.

M - Light feel, raspy bite at then end, and crispness is great for a hot day. Slight carbonation.

O - Love the hefeweisen from these guys and this is another good example of a traditional style.

Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pilnser is a very pale straw or yellow color. It’s very clear. Backlighting gives it more of a yellow look. It’s topped with a bubbly white head. It rises to about a finger in height. Retention was on the shorter side. It didn’t stick around long at all. Lacing is spotty and light. For the style, it looks alright.

The nose is a bit weak and really needs more strength. It’s just above average as a result. It’s a bit grainy and earthy throughout. There’s a light, sweet malty scent. It definitely has the classic pilsner malt scent going – smells a bit cracker-ish. There are some light, grassy hop notes. Smells like noble hops to me. Alcohol is buried. Overall, it’s alright. More strength would help.

The flavor is good. It kicks off with a crackery malt flavor. It’s a little sweet. Strong earthy and grainy flavors follow. They permeate throughout each sip. Hops really add quite a bit to the flavor. They’re definitely noble and have a very grassy flavor to them. But, they add a jolt to the flavor and a slight bitter bite. I like it. Alcohol is definitely not noticeable. It’s masked completely. Finishes dry with a mix of cracker-ish and grassy flavors. It’s good stuff. Simple and straight forward, but good.

The body is definitely light. Carbonation seems active. It has a nice, crisp bite to it. But it’s very smooth and easy drinking. I could handle a few of these over an evening. It’s pretty enjoyable, especially on a warmer day like this.

There have been quite a few fantastic beers bearing the name “Weihenstephaner” over the years. Pilsner isn’t quite fantastic, but it is pretty darn good. It’s a classic German Pilsner that features all the hallmarks of the style. If you’re in the market for a good German Pilsner, don’t overlook this one.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a pilsener glass- pours a clear light yellow color with two fingers of white foamy head. Great retention, beautiful lacing. Just a little anemic looking.

Smell is perfectly appropriate- definitely a little bready quality to the nose, some yeast, some noble hops. Very well balanced.

Taste is fantastic- light, slightly bready malts up front, followed soon after by crisp noble hops towards the mid palate to finish slightly dry.

Extremely refreshing. Very light body, moderately carbonated, moderately dry, great long finish. This is a wonderful pilsener- nothing fancy about it, just great, drinkable beer.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Specialty Beer Cellar. Served in a Weihenstephaner hefe glass.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow. Medium white head and some nice lacing.

Smell - Kinda soapy. Herbal hops. Pilsner malt. Buttery?

Taste - Bready malts. Immediately hoppy. Grassy and herbal hops. A bit of a bite, too. Has a little bit of buttery flavor again. Just a hint.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Kinda crisp. Well carbonated.

Overall - I'm not sold on the very slight buttery flavor, but otherwise it's good.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours to a pale golden strawlike hue. Crystal clear with a huge billowing head. A beauty.
S: hints of biscuits and breads but accompanied by a bit of lemon or citrus notes.
T: the brew does well to follow the nose here. Starts with a bit of matly sweetness at the front but does well to blend toward the middle to back with some bitterness. Pretty good.
M: decently carbonated slightly slick and creamy. Doesn't finish as dry as most pilsners. A bitterness lingers in the after taste, but not annoyingly so.
O: A nice crisp and refreshing beer and worth a pick up. Perhaps expected a bit more out of it due to it being a Weihenstephaner product, but it will stand up to most pilsners out there.

Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale straw color with a big frothy pure white head that left some webby lacing as it settled.

The aroma is of a dry cracker malt and a good dose of grassy noble hops. Nice spicy aroma from the hops. Some sulfur notes gives the brew a heineken type aroma.

The malt is light and dry. There is some softness to the malt but not much. The hops are quite grassy and peppery. Some sulfur notes but not nearly as much as in the nose. Pretty spot on for the style.

The feel is light and dry with prickly carbonation. Again, spot on for the style.

A really nice pils; dry and grassy. Some light grain and sulfur notes but other than that really spot on.

Photo of KTCamm
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Pours clear gold, active bubbles, 1/2 inch of white foam. Holds and slowly settles. Strong pils smell. Light hop spice. Light straw taste. Full German pils hop and perfectly carbonated. As tasty a pilsner as I have had. Perfect for the style.

Photo of goochpunch
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold straw with a thin head. Smells of bready malt, light grain, herbal hops, and clean yeast. Tastes very clean and extremely malty. Refreshing bitter finish. Tea-like and herbal hops. Mild mouthfeel and moderate body. Solid pils.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.87/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear pale gold pour, with a small head.
Grainy and biscuity malt aroma, with some off-putting cardboard notes, but with next to no hops.
Exactly the same flavours, with a harsh unpleasant bitterness.
Carbonation too high, too watery.
Not enjoyable, but at least it wasn't the usual euro skunky lager.

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Back label reads "6102"

Pale straw gold, high clarity, with an ample layer of white foam across the surface. A sticky collar of lace remains around the edges after a few sips. Retention is good and lasts for the duration of the glass.

A bready, grassy, and lightly sweet aroma, light and airy with some herbal noble hop traces.

Lightly bitter with some grassy herbals and mild lemon zest. Light to medium boded, crisp with a crackery bone dry finish. Clean and refreshing, very quenching and drinkable. Overall it is virtually seamless, a textbook German pils that holds interest and above all is highly drinkable. Now if the only the German bars in town would put this on draft...

Photo of steelheadangler
4.81/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer in Germany and just loved it.

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

An absolutely crystal fourteen carat gold body, flowing with at first small cola and then pin head rising bubbles. Foamy, soapy head with lots of retention and a big cap, it just wont quit, you can make an ice cream top on this brew. It looks fabulous, even manages some soapy scattered lacing.

Great dry malt and dense bread action. Smells like a true beer. Faint sweetness and some grass like floral hop. It smells very inviting.

Taste at first in the palate seems down played, but the body comes with a thick dense malt and slight honey without a lot of sweetness or syrup. Finish hits with a floral and honey density with an almost creamy moutfeel. Dry baked white bread with honey on the aftertaste. Not that crisp but I prefer this density.

This is a wonderful dense pilsner and I like it's balance of sweetness, hop and dense malt. I rarely ever see this beer here, and I wish it would show up more often, it's fantastic, it might even be my favorite from the brewery.

Photo of Vec2267
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - crystal clear, pale yellow, minimal white head, light lacing

S - grassy hops, bready malts

T - like the nose, grain, grass, pepper, lemon, hop bitterness creates a dry finish

M - very bright and crisp

O - a solid pilsner but nothing outstanding

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a clear golden yellow, with nice, visible carbonation. A 2 inch head forms. Little spots of lacing down the glass.

Floral hop scents, with some biscuity malts, a little bit of black pepper.

The taste is similar. Just an awesome, flavorful, complex, easy drinking pilsner. A little bit malty sweetness, but mostly dry floral and slightly bitter hop flavor. Some great Noble hop taste in this one.

Light bodied, crisp, refreshing as hell and oh so drinkable.

This is one's a classic, always nice to step back from the crazy brews once in a while and respect something more subtle, but not any less complex.

Photo of Kulrak
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a decent amount of foamy white head that sticks around for a while, but eventually fades to a thin layer. Smells slightly of noble hops with some floral aroma there as well. The taste is clean, with some slightly malty sweetness there, but there's a lot of noble hop flavor and enough bitterness to finish a little bitter. Mouthfeel is light and creamy, very nice. Overall, it's a very drinkable pilsener, wouldn't hesitate to get it again.

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Weihenstephaner Pilsner from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
88 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.