Weihenstephaner Pilsner - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 470
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 57
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
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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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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. (241 characters)

Photo of DiUr
4.68/5  rDev +20%
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! (1,305 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden/orange color. A dense, two finger white head forms with excellent retention and lace.
S: The ultra clean lager yeast up front. Baked bread, doughy and biscuit like. Grassy hops. Beautifully and perfectly simple.
T: Like the nose, this is really simple, but incredible. Lager yeast, biscuit malts, lightly sweet, but finishes with dry grassy hops. Even a touch of bitterness.
M/O: A light body that is perfectly carbonated. Ultra smooth, but crisp and finishes dry. Perfectly clean as well. Downed in big gulps, and I already need more. So enjoyable.

Again, just beautifully simple. I love this, and it is a wonder that I don't drink it by the case. Sometimes you lose sight, and have to go back to some of the best simple beers available, which are often the best anywhere. (824 characters)

Photo of droomyster
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I've seen this beer sold in northern Virginia and I'm very glad I found it, as it is on of the very best pilsners I've ever had. I put this in the same class as Stoudt's pilsner and Victory Prima Pils. Pours a clear straw colored body with a bright white head that generously laces the glass. Very fresh, clean aromas here. Nothing icky to speak of, even after it warms. I get a lot of grassiness and sweeter notes of honey and cereal grains. On the palate this beer is very lively and electric. The aromas carry over perfectly to the front and mid-palate, where they are in perfect balance, before finishing on a refreshingly dry and almost tart. I enjoyed having it with an assortment of cheeses and berries. An excellent choice as the weather warms. (775 characters)

Photo of vancurly
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (807 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (1,030 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

This is an excellent German Pilsner.

Gold, it has a big white head soon thinning to thin, lasting foamy top.

Aroma is wonderful, bright herb, apple, bread.

Taste is nice juicy herb, grain, lemon-apple with lean bread and firm, zesty bitterness. (247 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious Pilsner! Great for a hot day after work. Crisp and refreshing. Light bodied and very drinkable. Very flavorful; malt backbone, fruity, citric and pear like, mild hops kick and semi dry finish. I can see myself drinking lots of these. (245 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of MOFALLINGLEAF
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

This has been quite a pilsner experience. I truly enjoyed this brew. One of my all time favorites for this genre.
LOOK : mostly clear with small head and very light retention.
SMELL: instantly you get bread, toasted yeast, and lime(almost unnoticeable)
TASTE: right of the bat apricots and sweet oranges, the malts are smooth and direct toward the back of your palate. after the palate settles you start to notice a little bite of hops, but it's not overbearing or unpleasant at all.
FEEL: semi-sweet and clear finish. (520 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant straw yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a short, bright white foam that was constantly reinforced by a stream of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The white foam barely faltered as it left sheets of sticky lacing on the glass. Lemon and earthy grass aromas up front, with biscuit malt deep beneath. Medium bodied with rich, aggressive carbonation and a lightly crisp finish. Biscuit malt and herbal hop flavors from beginning to end. Light peppery flavor ramps up through the middle to the end. Finishes crisply with biscuit malt and hop bitter aftertaste. Aroma, feel and flavors are all very delicate. A pleasant, refreshing, easy drinking lager. (682 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A less popular beverage produced by this brewery is their pilsner. I didn't imagine they made this style, but it came with my little taster's pack.

Appearance is a good example of the style. A good amount of bright white head, and a golden body with impacible clarity.

Aromas I detect are lemony zest, with a faint grassy character. Also a slight toasty biscuit fragrance is perceptable.

The taste is sharp and to the point. Zero amounts of skunkiness, which plagues some of the more popular German Pilsners. Lemony hops with a vivid malt character.

This brew is very clean and a beautiful example of the style. There is even a slight warming finish, which is odd with only a moderate ABV. This pils deserves your serious attention. (736 characters)

Photo of Wobbly
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%

Great example of how German and Czech style lagers, at their best, can compete with nearly any ale. Crisp and refreshing, yet complex in its malt-hop balance, this is a true classic. (182 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale see thru honeyish colour that has decent carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head with average lacing it has nice aromas of hubba bubba grape bubblegum filled noble,grassy hops a very pleasant aroma and the taste is as beautiful as the aroma it has a thin mouthfeel to be expected for the style that is perfectly balanced out with the crisp fresh tastes of noble hops with a soft bubblegum finish,i really like this beer and plan on making it a known face in my collection,in my eyes a well known breweries hidden jewel. (559 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rarely see this so when I did, thought I'd grab it up. Much high praise among Lager Lovers for this beer -- and I'm always game for a good Pils.

Typical 11.2 ounce Euro brown bottle with 5.1 ABV and suggested serving temp of 46° - 52° F. Coded bottling date translates to May 7, 2014; 7 months isn't terribly bad for a Pasteurized German beer -- and I know the store where I picked this up keeps the majority of their imports cold. &8 for a six-pack.

A -- Clear, pale straw color with a dense white head that holds up well.

S -- Mellow herbal hops, grainy malt, and mild DMS of the "fresh" character. Some light citrus character from hops peeking through.

T -- Light bready malt up front with a yeasty character similar to what I taste in Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr beers, though not as strong. Malts blend into spicy, herbal hops and the finish is more bready malts with a lingering herbal hoppiness in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is very soft to crisp dryness from hop bitterness. Body medium-light due to some lightly unattenuated malt that adds a robustness that balances out the herbal crispness.

O -- When I tasted the first bottle of this Pils it really reminded me of SN's Summerfest Pilsner (points to SN). The more you drink of the Weihen, the more you can taste the malt, hop, and yeast character differences between it and the SN Pils. This makes me wonder (again) about Pasteurization and also the use of U.S. 2 row. Overall, you can't go wrong with this Pilsner if you want to taste a good example. (1,533 characters)

Photo of jgurley
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely pale gold color poured into an oversize Pilsner glass. Medium to thin head left a lot of lacing. The smell is a nice cereal grain aroma with a touch of hop. Taste is refreshing and light, clean malty and a slight hop bitterness. Very clean and effervescent carbonation across the middle with pleasant hop bitterness on the back, which fades quickly. One of the most refreshing beers you will find. Excellent. (415 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of juju7
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, old school pils. These days I've been drinking more along the new world pils lines but this is a good reminder of how it's done. Laced very nicely. Nose is soft, subtle and floral. Really pleasant. Brilliantly flavourful without being overpowering or in your face. Like a hot chick walking down the street who knows she's hot but she doesn't acknowledge all the dudes staring at her. A really creamy mouthfeel with moderate bitterness, a long finish and the feeling that you've drunk a beer worth remembering. (520 characters)

Photo of Chickenshack
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Original Premium is the best lager I've ever had and I honestly don't expect to have a one any better. The Pilsner is good too; it has many of the same characteristics: clean and clear with remarkable depth for a light bodied beer, that perfect yeast breadiness, etc. The main difference I guess is in the hops which are a little more peppery. (347 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is straw golden and perfectly clear. Pours one finger worth of a fizzy white head. Aroma is subtle, but consists of a little floral hop spiciness and a sweet dry malt. Taste is along the same lines with mildly nutty pilsner malts upfront followed by a crisp spicy/herbal hop bite that follows to the finish. Neither the hop or malt really overtake each other, yet both are showcased very well and are very complimentary of each other. The feel is pretty dry, but there's enough malt to add some smoothness to the finish. Light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, and perfectly clean in the finish. Just a great beer all round with great flavor and balance, and the perfectly crisp/clean feel that you want from a pilsner. (744 characters)

Photo of nozza
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The brewery that claims to be the oldest in the world really know how to produce a pilsner!

The beer pours exactly how you would want a pilsner to, a brilliant white creamy head which laces very well and a pale straw colour.

Not a lot of aroma, a slight malty background.

The taste is almost perfectly balanced, both hops and malt flavours are present in perfect harmony and it has a light citrus finish.

Very light, very crisp but still with the creamy nature of the head. Low carbonation helps.

Overall this is fantastic! If you love your pilsners you will love this beer. I could easily see this as a session beer. (622 characters)

Photo of Davidstan
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. Drank a 6 month old out of brown bottle.
S-Tarty and zesty with grassy and very slight lemon, slight skunk as expected
T-Excellent taste of noble hop and grass following nose. Gets better the warmer it gets and half way thru no euro skunk at all. Fresher bottle would have been optimal but this is hard to find. (330 characters)

Photo of BeerNutta
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the Australian Beer Festival.

I was cautious about this beer at first due to the fact that it was a pilsner and I thought Weihenstephaner specialised in Witbiers. (Aparently I was dead wrong. 50% & is Helles and 20% Pils. Thanks to paterlodie for the info) However I was pleasently surprised.

Poured a light amber. Immediately you could smell the a fruity aroma of bananas. The taste was pretty much the same, a fruitty begining, followed by a mellow malt middle, with a slight hop finish. Damn refreshing.

Like all Weihenstephaner's it was lightly carbonated so you could fully appreciate the beer. Definitely a beer I'm going to look out for. (673 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saturday afternoon beer. This is the first time that I've seen Weihenstephaner Pilsner in the US. So, on to the beer:

Pours out the bottle like pale straw. In the flute, the color is closer to pale gold than straw, with a few strings and dots of lace which stick to the glass. At first, the nose is husky like many German lagers coming out of the bottle. Given time, the aroma airs out and becomes clean. Honeysuckle, fresh cut grass, sourdogh bread, that's more like it.

Pleasing, clean, and refreshing. Weihenstephaner Pilsner is simple, yet is tasty, putting out pleasant grassy notes and pleasnt hop bitterness, backed by a honeysuckle and biscuit base. The beer is light bodied with modest crispness and is a simple pleasure to drink. Another one among many excellent choices from Weihenstephaner. (805 characters)

Photo of 50wolves
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours pale clear with large head (I don't normally drink pilsner so this may be standard??) doesn't appear to be much carbonation. Head is frothy and white. Aroma - smells of wheat. Taste - not sure if I haven't had a beer for a along time but initial thoughts are that this is a fantastic beer, very mild tasting, refreshing easy beer to drink. Wheaty taste. Mouthfeel - some carbonation, not overwhelming, it complements the beer if anything. Overall - really liked this beer, one of the better cool fermented beers I have had. (543 characters)

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Weihenstephaner Pilsner from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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