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Weihenstephaner Pilsner - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
87
very good

364 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 38
Gots: 31 | 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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2/5  rDev -48.6%

spoonhawk, Apr 13, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.6%

craftbrew502, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
2.4/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden with steady carbonation feeding a nice fluffy head. Dissipates slowly to leave a nice sticky lacing film around the edge. Clear and transparent. A good looking pils.

Nose is very nutty with a fair amount of spicy hoppiness - saaz maybe. A bit of unwelcome yeast aroma but it's not overwhelming. Could use a bit more complexity, needs more hops maybe.

Taste is a bit weak and watery, again with a bit of an unwelcome sticky yeast. A few hops on the front palate. The finish is a bit dry and bitter which is good but the main palate is not tasty enough to impress. It's decent drinking but I'd expect more from Weihenstephaner. Could use more bittering hops and aroma hops, really. Just a bit flavourless and the yeast seeps through too much. Mouthfeel is fizzy and overcarbonated.

laituegonflable, Apr 01, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

pin, May 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

davidwhatshisnam, May 14, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Kyrojack, Feb 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Josh2222, May 21, 2012
Photo of Stavage
2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass, got a pretty nice big creamy white head on top of a pale straw liquid body. Head retention was ok, not much lacing.

Got a grainy straw scent. The spicy saaz hops smell is there, though it didn't hit me that strongly at first. There is a faint sulphuric smell in there which is a tad unpleasant to me.

Grainy malt flavours, a bit of sourness and a spicy sharp bitterness. I'm finding the bitterness dominates, and it is the bitterness of biting into an inedible fruit seed. If the hops character was a little more complex or the malt body a little fuller I probably would have found this far more enjoyable.

Light bodied as expected, carbonation is spot on. The taste is sharp and dry yet something is leaving a slimy film on my palate.

Overall my write up is probably a little harsh after being impressed by other Weihenstephan brews. This isn't a bad German pilsner but their are others which have impressed me far more. I might have enjoyed this more paired with a good steak, or maybe my palate just wasn't in the mood today. I'm willing to give it another go, but I'm not in any rush to do so.

Stavage, Jan 22, 2010
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2.88/5  rDev -26%
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.

CrazyDavros, Aug 30, 2009
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

brinch, Mar 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Noonan425, Jun 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

fccarv, Jul 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

hnandez, Sep 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

CincySpectre, Jun 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

ejimhof, May 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

akttr, Jul 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This reminded me of drinking beers at the Hoffbrau house....its Ok ..not like OMFG what a great beer...if you had a giant pretzel and had some hot big racked frau serving you a 2L stien you would be damnnn I like this!!! NOT bad...Not Great...satisfying OK...ehhh...I'll have anutha'

garve, Feb 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Gab4717, Sep 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

UncleJimbo, Feb 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

rjholcomb, Jun 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

marty717, Aug 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

JuliusCaesar, May 28, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear yet pale goldenrod color. Produced a nice foamy white head with great retention, some lacing.

(S)- A light biscuity yeast meets some soft earthy grains.

(T)- Quite bitter with heavy grain and yeast characters.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level meets a very bitter profile of earthy grains and yeast.

(O)- A bit disappointing for me. It fits the style fine, but almost too bitter and yeast driven even for me.

sweemzander, Jun 04, 2013
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3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, the BB date is 15 JUL 06.
A: served in a weissbier glass, the beer is very pale straw hued, with a spongey white head dissipating slowly; big round bubbles slowly ascend from the bottom of the glass.
S: dryish grassy as well as lemony hop aroma upfront covering a mild grainy note of malts; after serious swirling, a more assertive malty note of lightly toasted bread along with a deeper, Saaz like spicy and grassy hop aroma comes forward, and at the tail a faintly honey-drink kind of honeyish note is absolutely there. Overall the aroma is simplistic, balanced, and quite restrained.
T: slightly grainy, even corn-like, texture of malts upfront, with very dry and refreshingly sour lemony hop presence at the back of the palate, gradually leading to a dryish, slightly grassy and toasty aftertaste of malts and hops; a little bitterness at the back but the finish is rather short but very clean.
M: crisply clean and not too fizzy on the mouthfeel while the maltiness provides very soft texture consistently--just about right for a pilsner or any quality lager; but the texture is slightly overly light for the alc. strength, and so are the overall flavour and aroma, making this beer just too light to be memorable or delicious.
D: this brewery makes brilliant hefe-weizen but this beer is out of that league of brilliance. Despite its decent quality, it's just a standard German lager in need drier characters to mimick northern German lagers, or more aromatic and hoppier presence to compete with its Bohemian counterpart, or a maltier body to immitate the Bavarian Helles, as in itself nothing much stands out. (Or maybe it's just my bias in favour of Czech Pilsner that makes me think so~~)

wl0307, Nov 21, 2005
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3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Halcyondays, Nov 22, 2012
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Weihenstephaner Pilsner from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
87 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.