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Weihenstephaner Pilsner - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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133 Reviews
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Reviews: 133
Hads: 493
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 23.08%
Wants: 63
Gots: 94 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 133 | Hads: 493
Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Brought this out from my beer cellar whilst brewing beer with my neighbor.

Clean, crips, classic pilsner.

Love the beers from this brewery...just wish they had more experience


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Photo of Offa
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

This is an excellent German Pilsner.

Gold, it has a big white head soon thinning to thin, lasting foamy top.

Aroma is wonderful, bright herb, apple, bread.

Taste is nice juicy herb, grain, lemon-apple with lean bread and firm, zesty bitterness.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 pat61
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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 T100Mark
4/5  rDev +2.6%

11.2 ounce Euro bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Bright golden color. Amazing clarity. Fine white head. Great stickage. A very pretty beer to look at.

Smell - Grains. Orange rinds. Slightly sweet. Slightly herbal. Slightly sour. Nice.

Taste - Mild malt flavor. Citrusy. A touch of herbs. A bit of that Euro sour finish. Delicious.

Mouth - Fizzy yet buttery.

Overall - So this is what a Pilsner is supposed to taste like! This lager is the yardstick which other Pilsners should be compared to. It's a shame the Mega-American breweries choose not to make beers that taste like this.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%

Great example of how German and Czech style lagers, at their best, can compete with nearly any ale. Crisp and refreshing, yet complex in its malt-hop balance, this is a true classic.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good german pilsner. Pours a slightly cloudy, dark straw color with a foamy inch head that remains for a little bit before dissipating to just a bubbly layer. Some lacing left along the glass as you finish. Smell is malty with some direct yeast/bread notes. Very smooth and easy to drink. If you're in the mood for a german pils, hard to go wrong with this one - perfect amount of carbonation and nice dry finish.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased from the Copenhagen convenience store down the street from the hotel I'm staying at.

Served fairly cold into whatever glass I could find.

Appearance - clear golden color, a little on the pale side with a nice finger of head that subsides but leaves a nice soapy residue. Good level of carbonation. Good lacing streaks all around the side of the glass.

Smell - nice floral and grassy aroma. Some mild grainy notes, but everything works in cohesion brilliantly.

Taste - similar to the aroma, clean and crisp with mild grassy and grainy flavours. Very tasty and well constructed pils. Nice bitter taste throughout.

Mouthfeel - clean and crisp and nice dry finish. Moderate level of carbonation.

Overall - really fine German pils. These guys can't do anything wrong.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Rastal 0.2l pokal glass. Batch 5034.

Appearance: Clear gold color with a persistent thick white head. Lots of persistent thick strands of lacing.

Smell: Floral with some mild fruit like notes with a deep inhale. Not strongly aromatic.

Taste: Quick hit of crisp bitterness up front, then a cracker-like malt middle, and then a lingering noble hop finish. A hop forward pilsener.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and maybe a little oily on the teeth with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A full flavor pilsener, but perhaps just above average although high marks for appearance. However, it is a very drinkable beer. Like many German pilseners I've had, I feel this one is engineered to be drank in high quantities and go with a wide range of food, which in this case was pizza. I could easily have another one as everything together works well and it compliments/accents food, but doesn't get in the way.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Straw gold with a massive white head.

S: Stuffy Pilsner grainy smell. Some off smells as well.

T: Has a delicate light fruitiness with a bitter finish. Leaves a papery tasting breath of air in the mouth. I suppose it's reasonably bitter for a soft Pilsner. Not very effervescent.

O: Yawn.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a clear golden yellow, with nice, visible carbonation. A 2 inch head forms. Little spots of lacing down the glass.

Floral hop scents, with some biscuity malts, a little bit of black pepper.

The taste is similar. Just an awesome, flavorful, complex, easy drinking pilsner. A little bit malty sweetness, but mostly dry floral and slightly bitter hop flavor. Some great Noble hop taste in this one.

Light bodied, crisp, refreshing as hell and oh so drinkable.

This is one's a classic, always nice to step back from the crazy brews once in a while and respect something more subtle, but not any less complex.

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Photo of vkv822
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz : pilsner glass

Clear, golden yellow with a foamy white head.

Grassy, floral hops, well balanced with a crackery malt bonebone.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A very well done pilsner though I would love a chance to try a more fresh version of this.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass at Estelle's in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready and sweet pilsner malts lager yeast, and grassy hops.

Taste: Chewy bready and slightly sweet pilsner malts, lager yeast, some bitterness, and grassy notes.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, chewy, a little dry, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Such a refreshing beer as the weather gets warmer here in Boston. More please.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
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 plaid75
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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 safaricook
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

typical crystal clear golden
Smell of Pilsner malt, floral but also pine hop components, quite complex
taste is Pilsner malt not sweet or dry and very pleasant hoppy bitterness at the end. alcoholic undertone.
Thin lager body with some biting carbonation, making it refreshing. The noticeable resin note makes it very drinkable
A good almost great Southern German Pilsner with interesting hops. Carbonation is a bit too sharp for my taste.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pint, 0.9 ounce bottle (i'm sure that comes out to a round number in milliliters) poured at fridge temp (41 F) into a pint glass. Number printed on the label is 4172; do not know what it means in terms of best by or bottled on.

Pours a clear yellow with a medium bone white head with medium retention, medium amount of active carbonation. Smell is lagery without the negative lager yeast note that typically turns me off. Something a little lemony, but still yeasty about the aroma.

Taste is juicy, which is not a word that I would typically associate with pilsners. Something slightly honeyish about it, but still with a vague bitter bite, very slow aftertaste maintaining some of the sweetness. My favorite pilsner (which is in a narrow field for me) is Victory's, which is much, much bitterer than this. This is an interesting (and tasty) counterpoint.

Mouthfeel is light, effervescent, slight stickiness. Overall, I like it more than I thought I would.

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Photo of jgurley
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely pale gold color poured into an oversize Pilsner glass. Medium to thin head left a lot of lacing. The smell is a nice cereal grain aroma with a touch of hop. Taste is refreshing and light, clean malty and a slight hop bitterness. Very clean and effervescent carbonation across the middle with pleasant hop bitterness on the back, which fades quickly. One of the most refreshing beers you will find. Excellent.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Pours clear gold, active bubbles, 1/2 inch of white foam. Holds and slowly settles. Strong pils smell. Light hop spice. Light straw taste. Full German pils hop and perfectly carbonated. As tasty a pilsner as I have had. Perfect for the style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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 stephenjmoore
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A pale, crystal clear golden/straw colored body with a bubbly bone white head that settles quickly, but leaves a mess of lacing.

S- Grainy pilsner malts, grassy noble hops.

T- Crisp and clean flavor, with the pilsner malts coming through a lot, with some noble hop presence to balance out the flavor.

M- Crisp, with a body on the lighter side, medium carbonation. Just a hint of creaminess to it to make it not have as much of a bite.

O- A very nice pilsner. Easily one of the best import pilsner a I have had.

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Photo of soju6
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 zgren
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Beric
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Weihenstephaner Pilsner from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
87 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.