Weihenstephaner Pilsner - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
88
very good

462 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 55
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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Photo of laituegonflable
2.44/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

Photo of Stavage
2.86/5  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.

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 garve
3/5  rDev -23.7%
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'

Photo of sweemzander
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of wl0307
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
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~~)

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.

Photo of Omer_faruck
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Looks good, can't smell feels good.

Photo of doktorhops
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I thought I had run out of Weihenstephaner's to review but lo and behold "Pilsner" presents itself in my local with a presence that says "Trinken sie mich Dok! Ich bin gutes bier!", and I guess I couldn't resist it's odd pun-loving lederhosen wearing German charms.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass (the perfect combo!).

A: Pale straw coloured body. Cloudy too (interesting look for a Pilsner). There is a 1 inch white head from the hard pour I did that sticks around for the beer swilling action.

S: Cut grass and fresh hay aromas lay the base for what I suspect is a fine brew. There are also classic yeast sour dough aromas with a smidgen of honey in the back notes.

T: Typical German Pilsner here - all sour bread and bitter hop notes with a beefy grain base. Nothing spectacular and to be honest the Czechs really have the style nailed (they did invent it after all), and German Pilsners to me are really an afterthought when all the Weissbier grains are spent, so who can expect too much from Weihenstephaner when their Weissbiers are already the best? If only the hop variety was a bit more interesting they might be on to something.

M: Similar vein to their Weissbiers; creamy texture with a mid to low carbonation.

D: Meh, Weihenstephaner, meh. I'm marginally disappointed in the world's oldest brewery as their Weissbiers are so damn good and this is so damn average. Maybe I expect too much, maybe not, try it for yourself and see. To me this brew is like a filler beer so they can say "We have a Hefe, a Dunkel, a Krystal, a Heavy, AND a Pilsner"... ??? If you're as good a brewery as Weihenstephaner you may as well attempt to make the best f**ken Pilsner that was ever made, don't settle for 304th best [rant over].

Food match: Would go well with seafood (calamari, crayfish, Atlantic trout or salmon) or grilled beef cuts (rump, t-bone or eye fillets are good)... or if you can't decide "surf and turf" it. Vegetarian option would be pan-fried portobello mushrooms with a mesclun vinaigrette salad.

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 brendan13
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a 500ml stein with an inch of white head on top of a fairly light yellow beer. Lots of small carbonation bubbles racing to the top. Some sporadic patchy lacing.
S - Some slightly sweet grain & grassy hop notes.
T - Similar to the smell, the hops are a bit more noticeable in the taste - grassy & herbal.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Fairly dry finish.
D - A pretty decent pilsener. Tasty & sessionable.

Photo of Macca
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This pours a light golden colour with a good two fingers of head which drops to a minimal covering.

The nose is of grain and grassy notes.

Ok palate, again the grain/ grassy thing.

Medium bodied with a crisp finish.

An ok pils but not as good as I would expect from this lot.

Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice gold with a frothy white head. Quite effervescent. Looks just the way a German Pilsner should.

S- Light citrus hops. Possibly a touch of grain. Not a whole lot going on.

T- Very clean and well balanced. A little on the meh side though. Mainly its a slight sweetness which falls into a small hop bitterness. Decent.

M- Best aspect of the beer. This one has a great body with some big, but pleasant carbonation which compliments the light palate perfectly.

O- It's a good beer. There is nothing exceptional about it but it's worth a try.

Photo of Dan4130
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am a great fan of Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier so I decided to get a single of their Pils. The taste is sort of reminiscent of that beer at first sample. It is a solid beer, in my mind not the definitive Pilsner, but solid beer none the less. I am glad I only got a single as it was not that interesting to keep my interest.

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

A - Pale and bubbly. A finger of soft, fluffy head. Nice lacing follows.

S - Very subdued in the nose. Grassy, herbal hops.

T - Crisp at the top, lemons and white wine. Clean hops balance with a very light malt presence.

M - Light and highly carbonated. Typical of the syle.

O - Pleasant and drinkable. Nothing wrong with this lager. Well-crafted as you'd expect from the Weihenstaphan brewery.

Photo of hefevice
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Sparkling clear pale gold, not much head and what there was didn't stick around (although I am suspicious of my glass). Sweet malty, cookie dough aroma with very subtle flowers from the hops. Taste starts with the sweet malt, then finishes lightly dry and bitter. Not being a big hop head I find it much better balanced in this respect than the few other Pilsner styles tried so far. Light slightly watery mouthfeel. Very crisp and refreshing.

Photo of stcules
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yellow to greenish. White head, average compactness, with thin bubbles.
Quite decent smell, fresh hop, and a malty background.
A better taste, fresh, clean. Average hopping. Pleasant, drinkable.
Fresh aftertaste, with good hop, herbal, hay-like, and white flowers.
Good pils.

Drink from the tap in Berlin presents the thiny thiny, compact and persistent.
The peculiar characteristic of this beer is the balance and cleaning. Pleasant, elegant and drinkable remarkable way. The votes have been revised accordingly.

Photo of dgilks
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks are pretty much spot on for a pils. Straw coloured, good clarity, big, billowing white head with good retention. Could be slightly clearer.

Classic pils aroma. Pils malt, light but noticeable spicy noble hops and some sulphur. Good though the sulphur is possibly a touch high.

Some light malt sweetness plays with moderate bitterness at first. Some low level flowery hop character comes through as well. It doesn't have the crispness expected of the style and the finish could be slightly drier. This batch may be a touch underattenuated for the style.

Just under medium body with lower than average carbonation. I may have accidentally knocked too much carbonation out with my pour but I was fairly gentle. This is a bit disappointing.

Clean and refreshing, this beer has all the hallmarks of a classic pils in terms of flavour and aroma. Unfortunately, it lacks the crisp dryness that makes a pils great.

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 AdamBear
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-light golden with a nice white head

S-fresh hoppy grains. Smells quite good. Strong scent.

T-comes in with a very bitter taste of grassy grains. Some honey. The flavors are faint. The bitterness is strong. The after-taste is slightly off with some hint of plastic.

M-high carbonation with a bitter dry finish

O-this isn't terrible, but besides the bitterness it has an adjunct quality to it. Definitely one of the hoppiest planets I've ever had. I recommend others to at least give this a try.

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 IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale, golden body with medium sized head; fairly long lasting with good lacing

Aroma: hoppy, citrus notes

Taste: malty, tart, bitter, and refreshing; Not bad for a pilsner (not my favorites style)

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a light effervescence and a big 2-finger head of frothy white foam. A nice lace is left on the glass as it dissipates.

Smell: grainy malt aroma with a hint of noble hops. Pretty decent.

Taste: more of that grainy malt flavor with a big strike of hops right at the front, dissipating toward the end. Bitterness is low. Actually not too bad.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation which results in a refreshing prickliness. It works for this beer.

Overall: perhaps not the best Pilsner I've had, but it is certainly drinkable.

Photo of karait95
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow color very translucent with a white big head on top very well formed with small bubbles that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a lot of traces on the glass, the carbonation is constant and forms a permanent layer on top of the beer, the looking is good for the style.

S: Is not to intense, but you can sense the barley malts and some hops not to strong but also present.

T: Mainly barley flavor is present on the mouth, also some hops are part of the tasting and some faint sugar like.

M: It is a refreshing tasting but in general a little too bitter, at some point it is balanced with some bittersweetness, the ending is good a little dry on the back.

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Weihenstephaner Pilsner from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
88 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.