Weihenstephaner Pilsner - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.09/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2013 18:15:53 | More by tectactoe
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5/5 rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
On draught at the Tip Tap Room in Boston.
The definition of what a pilsner should be from the worlds oldest brewery.
Taste is crisp, refreshing and complex all at the same time.
What really makes this beer world class is the almost unbelievable creamy mouthfeel that it manages to produce with this style of beer.
Serving type: on-tap
03-06-2014 03:10:15 | More by Steve-Atlantic
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
typical crystal clear golden
Smell of Pilsner malt, floral but also pine hop components, quite complex
taste is Pilsner malt not sweet or dry and very pleasant hoppy bitterness at the end. alcoholic undertone.
Thin lager body with some biting carbonation, making it refreshing. The noticeable resin note makes it very drinkable
A good almost great Southern German Pilsner with interesting hops. Carbonation is a bit too sharp for my taste.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2014 16:06:43 | More by safaricook
4.04/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
1 pint, 0.9 ounce bottle (i'm sure that comes out to a round number in milliliters) poured at fridge temp (41 F) into a pint glass. Number printed on the label is 4172; do not know what it means in terms of best by or bottled on.
Pours a clear yellow with a medium bone white head with medium retention, medium amount of active carbonation. Smell is lagery without the negative lager yeast note that typically turns me off. Something a little lemony, but still yeasty about the aroma.
Taste is juicy, which is not a word that I would typically associate with pilsners. Something slightly honeyish about it, but still with a vague bitter bite, very slow aftertaste maintaining some of the sweetness. My favorite pilsner (which is in a narrow field for me) is Victory's, which is much, much bitterer than this. This is an interesting (and tasty) counterpoint.
Mouthfeel is light, effervescent, slight stickiness. Overall, I like it more than I thought I would.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2014 22:06:31 | More by snaotheus
Weihenstephaner Pilsner from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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