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Weihenstephaner Pilsner | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Golden-yellow and bright, with 32 bitter units and quite hoppy compared to most of the other Pilsners our Weihenstephaner Pilsner comes up with a distinctive aroma of hops with a pleasant bitterness. This combination provides a balanced mix and guarantees great enjoyment. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-23-2005

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Photo of utopiajane
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Breaddy spicy floral nose to greet you from a perfect pour. bright good golden color. Thick creamy head. The cool herbal hop shows it's minty backing delicately. Hops spice is prominent on the palate and shows no fruity character just a soft herbal pungency. Soft bubble so lots of hearty flavor.. The bitterness is firm and steady and at first seems a bit soft for the style. You begin to notice a touch of sweetness, a bit of browned bread crust. Delightful! You do not glimpse the hops floral on this palate until the swallow. Before that it is all earth and softness . The malt lingers a bit longer in this one than in some.

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Photo of tigg924
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is clean grain, grass, and slight sugary sweetness. Amazing, sessionable beer. Love this beer and this would be a go to pils if I could find it more often. Just a really great classic beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours clear yellowish gold with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A bready and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of biscuit, grains, and subtle fruit. Malt scent of biscuit, grains, straw, and cracker along with lager yeast. Subtle fruit hints of apple and citrus. Some spicy hints of noble hops along with some grass. A pretty solid Pils aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and sweet malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, grains, and mild fruit. Upfront bready malt notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, and straw along with some lager yeast. Light fruit notes of apple, white grape, and citrus. Also some noble hop spice along with some grass. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A great classic German Pilsener. Good crisp biscuit malt flavor with subtle fruit and hop spice.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.25] Crystal clear beer with a hint of golden coloring. Forms a nice 1 finger of pillowy white head. The bottle lists the AVB (5.1%) and there is a date code that says it was made (12/02/15).

S: [3.50] More subtle than the nose. Has hints of grains, apples, slight lime/citrus taste, mild roasted malt flavor (all of this very nuanced).

T: [3.75] Similar to the nose with tones of grain, apples and caramel. All of the flavors are mellow and harmonious and nothing juts out.

M: [3.75] Light on the tongue but not watery. It just feels light and crisp with elevated carbonation. There is noticeable bitter on the finish.

O: [3.75] This is a nice Pilsner. Crisp and bright flavored. The beer looks great in a glass. This is a really good dock beer. This would also pair really well with a lot of food.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet honey and graham cracker malts. Bright floral hops. Somewhat minerally. I don't believe this is the freshest example given the amount of malt in the aroma, but still quite nice. Some light herbal notes. Clean lager ferment.

Pours clear golden yellow with a small white head. OK retention and lacing.

Rich crackery malts immediately give way to firm spicy bitterness from the hops. The nose might have been misleading on the age, a touch. Mineral notes as well. Some honey sweetness, but quite dry.

Medium light body with medium carbonation. Bright and snappy. Super crisp and clean. Bitterness is crisp and firm.

Crisp and clean. Subtle and nuanced malt and hop flavors.

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Photo of Phoneguy
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with a thin head that left very nice lacing on the glass. A sweetness in the aroma of the malt and a slightly grassy bouquet from the hops combined for a wonderful aroma. A mild biscuit flavor up front , the spiciness of noble hops , and a smooth mouth feel combine to make this beer a pleasure to drink. One of the best Pilsners I've tried, so far.

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Photo of zimm421
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Appears a perfectly clear straw yellow, with a bubbly white head. The nose is grainy, slightly sweet and full of noble hops. The taste is crisp pilsner malts, a touch of fruity sweetness, with the finish being a hint of citrus and spiciness. The mouthfeel is just how a pilsner should be, light and refreshing, but not thin. Overall, it's an excellent pilsner that I could go back to again and again.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a one finger white head that disappates fairly quickly. Aroma is classic pilsner with bready malt, noble hops, and just the slightest hint of spice. Taste follows with bready malt, a touch of malt sweetness, noble hops flavors, decent balanced bitterness, and delicate spice. Mouthfeel is great, with a snappy crispness that is just enough to keep the beer from feeling empty. Overall, this is a very good classic pilsner.

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Photo of acelin
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: It is certainly a touch darker than the average pilsner. If I had to guess, it is from a few decoctions in the mashing process. Great head retension.

Smell: Noble hops followed by pilsner malt.

Mouthfeel: Spot on. This is the perfect pilsner mouthfeel - light, just thick enough to give the great tastes something to hold on to.

Taste: Impressive. The color is equally matched by a stronger than usual taste. It's not that it's thicker per se, just better. It tastes better. Excellent Noble hop spiciness.

Overall: Best pils I've ever had.

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Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sunday afternoon...sunny day, Belgian Stew in the dutch oven, watching sports, and enjoying a world class pilsner. It doesn't get much better. This is incredible. Clear, clean, crisp, bready sweet, Floral hops, lightly bitter. This is an incredibly good beer.

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Photo of Premo88
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(1205 )
(14:56:58 printed on label)

L: clear yellow, very light, pushes up a small head of white foam, maybe 1/3-inch tall, but the head is sticky at the top; the clarity is amazing; very little activity in the glass; minimal lacing

S: sweet and fruity, apricot, peach ... maybe apple butter with the bready malt mixing in, but it's mainly fruit sweet

T: fruity, a little peach ... very much like Weihenstephan's Oktoberfest at first with the sweet bread malt flavor overpowering all else; the slightest pinch of hop bitterness on the back end; hop flavor is slightly grassy but equally earthy, so subtle it's hard to discern; as the palate adjusts, the hop bitterness shows up a bit more ... a little grassy; lemon

F: light, well-lagered crisp ... easy going down

O: I had hoped for a bit more hop presence, but a couple things stand out -- 1.) Weihenstephan doesn't do hops; 2.) Weihenstephan *does* do malt, and there's a lot of good malt here. It's quite fruity, almost an exact copy of the brewery's light and fruity Oktoberfest, but there is just a pinch of hop flavor and bitterness in there, not a ton and way less than my favorite pilseners have, but enough to tell the difference between this beer and that Oktoberfest. It's a very good beer; it's not a great pils.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything with this pilsner is as it should be. Great example of the style. Crisp and clean appearance, lightly bready and toasty pilsner malts, easy and refreshing feel. Really smooth. Awesome pils

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottling code is 8085, which, after research, translates to 02/18/15

Appearance - Poured into a tall pilsner glass to reveal a clear, pale golden brew with a white finger width head. Fair retention,

Smell - Cereal and honey sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Clean grain malt profile with light notes of honey sweetness. Hops are subdued, with just a touch of grass adding a light bitterness in the finish to this super clean brew.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate carbonation. Light, almost 'fluffy' texture, makiing it a stupid smooth drinker.

Overall - With over 8 months of age on it, I'm not surprised that the hops in this are mostly dead. I forgot the bottling code Weihenstephaner uses and mistook this for having been brewed in August. A fresher sample would definitely be welcomed, because it's pretty delicious even with the age on it.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden color with white head. Light bready malts and some earthy hops in the aroma. Very balanced taste. You get a bit of malt and also some hops but nothing stands out. Body is quite soft for a pilsener. Not really my style of beer.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from one of my favorite breweries. Hits on all points for the style. I can see myself going through quite a few of these in the summer months. Very crisp, clean and refreshing. Will definitely have this again.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is deep malt and a hint of spicy aroma hopping. Appearance is crystal clear straw with small off white head that dissipates quickly. Taste is honey malt forward, followed by a bit of smooth floral tangy hop bitterness. Palate is light and crisp. Overall an excellent beer, but needs more hop bitterness and floavor for the Pils style. Still a magnificent tasting beer.

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Photo of Chickenshack
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of gregb13
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - golden straw color with white head

Smell - grassy, lemon peel, cracker, bit of sulfur

Taste - cracker, bready malts, grass, herb, slight bready sweetness

Mouthfeel - crisp, clean, lighter end of medium bodied, breadyness upfront and in the middle, finish is slightly bitter, leaving you wanting another sip

Overall - very nice pilsner. Fans of the style won't be disappointed

Price Point - $10.99/6 pack 11.2 oz bottles

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Photo of Gajo74
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of jkrich
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. undated bottle (there was a code on the back label): very attractive, bright and golden hue with a sustained, foamy white head.

Mild aromas of noble hops were evident.

This is an excellent German pilsner. Unlike some of the astringent, very pale German pilsners, this one has a well-rounded mouth feel almost like a well-made Helles, only with the familiar pilsner hop presence. Nice bready and tangy flavors are complimented by a hint of lemony citrus. This "Bavarian style" (per back of label) pilsner has more body and lighter carbonation than normally found in pilsners in Germany and the USA.

I was very pleased to see this offering in the Florida panhandle. It is probably the most expensive six-pack of pilsner I have purchased, but it is worth it.

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Photo of oceanman907
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Bright crystal clear golden lager with a bright white head
S-Fresh sourdough bagels, sesame seeds, sea spray smell, fresh yeasty cakes
T- Somewhat sweet, very refreshing, bready, classic german flavor
M-Excelent carbonation and a pure light body
O- They've been brewing since 1040 and this beer does appear to be timeless. Definition of the classic german pilsner

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Photo of Pahn
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mini-review (need to rereview a classic like this sometime though)

Fruity hops. Beautiful aroma and a good feel. No particular note knocks my socks off, but it has that "whole beer refinement" that classic beers often achieve; every aspect makes sense together, and the experience is seamless and enjoyable. No off flavors, not heavy in the slightest, never gets any lagery sourness, just all fresh German hops and good grain.

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Photo of SWOhio-aquifer
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good lager/pilsner. Let's just say bottom fermented and with a low temp yeast. I don't have a lot to say about this one. I suspect it has been on the shelf for some time. Certainly a good beer but a legible dating system would be nice. Anyone know how to read the damn date on the back of the bottle? I need facts man, facts before I can review this beer proper.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Weihenstephaner Pilsner from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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