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Weihenstephaner Pilsner - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 480
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 23.02%
Wants: 61
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-23-2005

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.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some herbal and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and very easy to drink.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright and dense white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grassy hops in the nose. As the beer begins to warm up, some notes of bready malts become evident.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except the malts are more prominent and also include notes of grain. There is a light amount of bitterness, which particularly lingers through the finish.
M: It feels a little more than light-bodied and very clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a very solid pilsener beer that delivers a nice amount of bitterness (it really stands out given the light-bodied nature of this beer) and is easy to drink. This is a perfect choice to open up your palate with before a meal.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pure and regal, the taste of Pilsner rarely gets better. Showcasing the pilsner malt in all its simplistic glory and then floral and spicy balance to round out its taste ensures high drinkability and refreshment from start to finish.

The lager captivates the eye with its bright golden hue that displays a steady streaming dance of carbonation that float to the top and create a cottony white head. Long in its retention and trailing with broken concentric lace, this Pilsner is very pleasing to the sight.

With its cracker-like malts and its floral bouquet, its aromas are a blend of honeysuckle and fresh baking bread. Soft apple and lemon peels lead into a crisp and tangy scent. The light earthiness of straw stems from lightly kilned barley and leafy hops. It leaves a delicate pepper note to ponder as that first sip comes rapidly.

Supple sweetness and breadiness drift onto the early palate with a notion of powdered sugar and grain. But as the early sweetness gives way to a delicate sulfur taste, the beer crispens considerably as apple, lemon and white grape decorate the middle. Its clean and malty-dry finish balances with the spicy noble hop type of bitterness, equipped with peppercorn, mint and a hint of vanilla.

Its light and dry body is given a short lift with its expressive carbonation. But as the bubbles wisp away, the sweetness dissolves and the ale's gentle warmth and hop spices leave the mouth refreshed, clean and crisp.

Hard pressed to find a more authentic and more satisfying lager, Weihenstephaner seems unable to make anything short of stellar!

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Back label reads "6102"

Pale straw gold, high clarity, with an ample layer of white foam across the surface. A sticky collar of lace remains around the edges after a few sips. Retention is good and lasts for the duration of the glass.

A bready, grassy, and lightly sweet aroma, light and airy with some herbal noble hop traces.

Lightly bitter with some grassy herbals and mild lemon zest. Light to medium boded, crisp with a crackery bone dry finish. Clean and refreshing, very quenching and drinkable. Overall it is virtually seamless, a textbook German pils that holds interest and above all is highly drinkable. Now if the only the German bars in town would put this on draft...

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass at Fountainhead.

Having been shut out of this beer due to the awesome distribution network outside of Cook County, I was glad to see it on tap. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger-and-a-half of white foam. The nose comprises grass, light biscuit, light wheat, sweet flowers, and a kiss of coriander. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a sort of stream-water character that goes very nicely with everything else. This is what a pilsner tastes like, son! The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a damn solid pils, no surprise considering the source.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

suprised I haven't reviewed this yet, and a hot humid summer day is perfect for it.

Pours a crystal clear lemonade pilsner colored beer with a pasty white slight fluffy almost 1 finger head that fades at a slow pace with nice sticky lacing.

Nose is pretty much what I expected, nice German pils. Nice toasty straw malts, hay, slight sweet like pilsner malts with a toasty aroma, and light crisp lager fruits, all with the faintest hint of grassy hops.

Taste starts with more malts, slight softer decoction like malt complexity but not a lot, with slight creamy hay, toasted straw, and plenty of lightly sweet pilsner malt flavors. There are also faint crisp lager flavors but not strong. The biggest thing is probably the hops, quite bitter for a pilsner, lots of grassy, earthy, and slight spicy hops all come on strong with s fair amount of bitterness. The finish gets even more bitter with even a hint of pine, earthy and spicy with light grassy hops, fairly dry, fairly crisp, light lingering straw flavors on the finish, and quite earthy between the hops and malt flavors.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall fairly good, starts off really well but gets a little too much overall on the flavor, a little too bitter, but full of flavor and drinkable, a little more crisp and clean on the finish would have made it a bit better, but otherwise a pretty good beer, and I wouldn't expect less from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some malt sweetness quickly follows. The hops presence is a bit subdued but is standard for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is definitely one of the better beers in the style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yellow gold color. Crystal clear. Lasting rim bubbles on the modest head. It does leave good blanket/spotty lace.

Mild smell of raw grain and light noble hop.

Clean but grainy initial sip. The swallow starts off lightly bitter but the aftertaste lingers a long time. Good body for the style, neutral carbonation.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into pilsener glass, bottled on 4/24/2012. Pours almost crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a nice amount of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of apple, pear, bready grain, grass, floral, and herbal spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength; very pleasant. Taste of pear, apple, bready grain, pepper, floral, grass, herbal spiciness, and slight sulfur as it warms. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apple, pear, pepper, bread, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance, with good complexity and fullness of flavor. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Extremely easy to drink as expected. Overall this is an all around excellent pilsner. Great flavor balance and smoothness; with a nice crisp and flavorful finish. Weihenstephaner just knows how to nail a classic German style.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/27/12 notes. Saw this on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC so tried it, always down to try a new Weihenstephaner beer I haven't had before.

a - Pours a clear bright yellow color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, Belgian yeast, lemon, citrus, wheat, and some spice. Nice nose.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, lemon, grains, wheat, bready malts, and floral hops. Some very light bitterness in the taste. A little better than the nose for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is smooth and very easy to drink.

o - Overall another good beer from Weihenstephaner. Not my favorite style, but a good example of it and a very nice, easy drinking summer beer. Highly recommended if you're looking for a pilsner.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.3l serving in pilsner glass at the brewery in Freising.

Light yellow gold with a sizable white head.
The head is durable and leaves loads of sticky lacing

Both the aroma and flavor are far more hoppy than malty, and the beer leaves a long lasting flavor of (Noble?) hops.

Light body but not watery. Medium+ carbonation.

O: a fine, light feeling, light colored, but quite flavorful pilsner.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense bright white head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts along with grassy hops.

T: The flavors of this beer start out with some bready malts and just a hint of honey-like sweetness followed by the grassy hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers through the finish.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Very easy to drink and sessionable - enjoyable because of the moderate bitterness combined with the lighter body and bready malts.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's at Alexandria.

Pours a very clear golden hue with a thick, solid and majestic head of pure white. Lacing forms in pleasant streaks and bumps down the glass. Carbonation fine and refined. It looks excellent: everything a good pilsner should.

Clean, leafy hop character, slightly herbal, slightly medicinal, with a scheming sweetness underneath. Grainy characters come through when swirled, becoming more and more prominent as it warms slightly. Faint citrus comes across too, in a sweet-dry character like lemonade powder.

Palate is clean, crisp and extremely pleasant. Light metallic hop presence on the entry, which develops into a clean crisp vector through the centre, always connected to the grain German malt basis. Finish is clean, with a clinging proper pilsner bitterness: distinguishing it beautifully from the more mundane forms of pale lagers. Crispness on the back makes it light and drinkable, extremely sessionable and refreshing.

Feel is light and crisp with a zestiness, but not an overt effervescence. Love it.

Overall, this is a shit-hot beer. So well crafted, plenty of character, but drinkable and refreshing as hell. If I ever feel myself doubting the greatness that can be exhibited by a pale lager, I'll revisit this one right here. Superb stuff.

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Photo of wl0307
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
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~~)

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Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.

Poured a clear straw hue with a two finger frothy white head.

There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a soft pale sweetness and a faint metallic hop.

The taste offered an even slight sweetness with a balancing grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the rounder side of the style.

Overall a tasty classic pils.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Yuengling pils flute, Weihenstephaner Pilsner is clear pale gold with a white, fluffy head leaving foamy lace.

Smell is bready grain and herbal hops, mild.

Taste is clean and classic. A firm, earthy, bitter hop snap over the mildly bready cereals.

Mouthfeel is dry and very light body.

Drinkability is pretty high, this is a text book session pils. A bit more bittering than usual gives it a nice earthy backbone, but it's otherwise rather simple.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, pours pale golden in color topped with a frothy white head, unbelievable clarity, good head retention, and some lacing is left at the top of the glass. Grassy aroma, pilsener malt, noble hop, fresh. Tastes are sharp & crisp, grassy, biscuity pilsener malt. Exceptionally smooth and finishes clean. World-class German Pilsener.

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4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Weihenstephaner Pilsner from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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