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Weihenstephaner Pilsner - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
87
very good

312 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 30
Gots: 17 | 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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soju6

Missouri

3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a nice head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, malt sweetness and fresh grain.

T: Taste of malt sweetness, bit of citrus and fresh grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Enjoyable beer for the style.

O: Nothing wrong with a good German Pilsner once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 16:07:04 | More by soju6
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Gab4717

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.5%

09-20-2013 01:06:52 | More by Gab4717
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hnandez

California

3/5  rDev -22.5%

09-13-2013 14:36:15 | More by hnandez
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DubbelTap

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-13-2013 01:49:36 | More by DubbelTap
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-13-2013 01:37:23 | More by Resuin
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-03-2013 15:36:54 | More by DrunkinYogi
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sansho

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

08-31-2013 04:24:09 | More by sansho
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-24-2013 23:15:24 | More by OregonGrown7
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 03:55:57 | More by lacqueredmouse
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JohnNasso

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-22-2013 23:07:42 | More by JohnNasso
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vpoxon

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-20-2013 22:39:53 | More by vpoxon
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harsley

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-19-2013 14:06:31 | More by harsley
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

08-14-2013 02:58:22 | More by EBeckett3
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rabbitguy

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-12-2013 20:37:10 | More by rabbitguy
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zgren

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pale yellow-gold with an inch head. Tiny bubbles populate the glass quickly.

S - Honey, Wheat, Bread, malt.

T - Very pleasant sweet citrus taste that feels as if it were cleaning everything bad in your mouth away before going down leaving a nice lingering sweet honey after taste to savor before your next drink.

M - Light body, Crisp, above average carbonation.

O - Very refreshing and easy to drink a lot of. Another winner from Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 19:09:06 | More by zgren
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Beric

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12oz bottle into footed pilsner
Served: 5 Aug 2013

Appearance: A crystal clear, rich golden color with a one finger frothy white head that collapsed into a light sheen of bubbles. Good carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good lacing.

Smell: Very clean and unadulterated. Smells a bit bready with the light roasted malts. Faint hop presence in the nose, but nothing too assertive.

Taste: Fantastically balanced. The lightly roasted malts are complimented masterfully with the bitter noble hops. The hop presence in this one is nothing like an APA or IPA- they are there but they don't lend themselves to intense flavors, rather, they are very strong in their bittering quality. The bitter hops and biscuity malt really makes this a fantastic example of how flavorful a balanced pils can be. This beer finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation gives the beer a nice body without being too watery or too spritzy.

Overall: This is a great beer, and one that I would gladly have again. While the pilsner style doesn't get a lot of love on this site, this is one of the best examples of a German pilsner. Weihenstephaner makes a name for themselves being one of the best overall breweries in the world, and they come through again with this one.

Other: This pils is different from ones from other German regions. North German pilsners taste a bit earthy, I find. Southwest German pilsners use much more assertive flavoring hops. This one, a Bavarian pils, tastes a bit more like a Czech one too me, probably due to its proximity and overall historic influence in the previously German-speaking areas of the Czech Republic where the pilsner style was invented.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 00:24:15 | More by Beric
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KELPAK

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-03-2013 19:19:32 | More by KELPAK
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-03-2013 18:18:28 | More by schopenhauerale
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rooster1970

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-03-2013 00:23:36 | More by rooster1970
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-01-2013 13:44:59 | More by Cynic-ale
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RCLOHR267

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-01-2013 04:20:35 | More by RCLOHR267
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Bromine

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-23-2013 10:48:38 | More by Bromine
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Nutwood

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

07-22-2013 11:58:29 | More by Nutwood
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outsider

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-20-2013 01:22:02 | More by outsider
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ToriBug13

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Pilsner

A- Clear and straw colored. Tiny champagne-like bubbles indicate great carbonation. Head was nice and fluffy, but sadly vanished quickly leaving delicate lacing in its wake.

S- Not bad for a pilsner. Light malt, wheaty. Just a hint of sugar on my nose. Not overtly alcoholic in smell, which says to me balance.

T- Very balanced indeed! Crisper and cleaner than the nose let on with the sugar scent. The malt is very well done, a perfect example of the style. Just a hint of pine. It’s obvious Noble hops were used in this baby, and the light earthy pine is very nicely blended in this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 16:09:58 | More by ToriBug13
Weihenstephaner Pilsner from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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