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Weihenstephaner Pilsner - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
87
very good

324 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 32
Gots: 20 | 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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flagmantho

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 03:09:06 | More by flagmantho
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

08-04-2012 20:24:53 | More by trevorpost
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a footed pilsner glass.

A: Straw yellow with perfect clarity. Rocky white head boasts great retention. Lacing is very patchy and clumpy.

S: Sweet pilsner malt, biscuit, dough, and grain. Grassy and lightly herbal with hints of citrus zest, specifically spritzy lemon and lime leaf. Par for the course on the nose.

T: Biscuit and grain are interrupted by hop tastes of lime leaf and lemon peel with a grassy and slightly herbal backing. Grape leaves too. Fleeting hint of sulfur. Dough and bread fight through the hops and make it to the forefront for a moment. Dry finish with tastes of cracker malt and mildly oily and citrusy hops.

M: Light in body, moderate carbonation with a seltzery feel. Slightly creamy.

O: Not the best in the Weihenstaphan lineup, but not bad. Feels a little undercarbonated.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 03:42:13 | More by ryan1788a5
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 00:25:14 | More by jlindros
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 21:02:57 | More by mdfb79
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cjac

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-21-2012 23:17:54 | More by cjac
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akttr

Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.7%

07-21-2012 03:45:19 | More by akttr
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RTHKI

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-20-2012 01:41:24 | More by RTHKI
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emerge077

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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 its 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...

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 01:13:27 | More by emerge077
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, pale straw. Huge bubbly white head. Fades slowly with good retention, leaves just a spiderweb of lacing behind.

S: Mild bready malt with grass. A bit of skunkiness if I'm honest.

T: More light bready malt, like biscuits. Grass and a touch of pepper. That skunkiness is mostly gone but there's just a hint in the lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Not bad for 5.1%

O: Pretty plain but it's drinkable at least. Has an odd sort of almost-skunkiness that I can't quite place my finger. It's not actually skunked, there's some quality that's similar.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 04:15:20 | More by Dope
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fccarv

Brazil

3/5  rDev -22.7%

07-13-2012 20:01:33 | More by fccarv
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 01:43:48 | More by superspak
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draheim

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle (code 4172) into a weizen glass, in the absence of a proper pilsner glass. Appearance is crystal-clear pale gold with beautiful effervescent carbonation rising from the bottom and a big fluffy bright white head capping the glass. Looks exactly like it should.

Aroma is light, delicate, fruity. Pears, apples, a hint of fresh-cut grass. Subtle and delicious.

Taste is slightly grainy, light, crisp. Wish this tasted more like it smells, but there's less of the pear and apple on the palate. Just a hint of fruit.

Mouthfeel is light, refreshing, and drinkable. Finishes clean and dry. Pretty much what one would expect.

Overall this was a good beer for a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 22:53:09 | More by draheim
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RES

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-03-2012 20:51:07 | More by RES
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 02:25:27 | More by smakawhat
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socon67

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pilsner glass, this beer is slightly cloudy with a straw yellow color. the foam is a clingy white that sinks quickly and sticks to the glass in patches of lacing.

S - Scents of pilsner malt and a classic smell of noble german hops.

T - Raspy flavor of hops and a crisp flavor. In all ways this is a traditional example of the style.

M - Light feel, raspy bite at then end, and crispness is great for a hot day. Slight carbonation.

O - Love the hefeweisen from these guys and this is another good example of a traditional style.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 00:40:11 | More by socon67
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KSather

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

06-20-2012 01:33:31 | More by KSather
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prototypic

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pilnser is a very pale straw or yellow color. It’s very clear. Backlighting gives it more of a yellow look. It’s topped with a bubbly white head. It rises to about a finger in height. Retention was on the shorter side. It didn’t stick around long at all. Lacing is spotty and light. For the style, it looks alright.

The nose is a bit weak and really needs more strength. It’s just above average as a result. It’s a bit grainy and earthy throughout. There’s a light, sweet malty scent. It definitely has the classic pilsner malt scent going – smells a bit cracker-ish. There are some light, grassy hop notes. Smells like noble hops to me. Alcohol is buried. Overall, it’s alright. More strength would help.

The flavor is good. It kicks off with a crackery malt flavor. It’s a little sweet. Strong earthy and grainy flavors follow. They permeate throughout each sip. Hops really add quite a bit to the flavor. They’re definitely noble and have a very grassy flavor to them. But, they add a jolt to the flavor and a slight bitter bite. I like it. Alcohol is definitely not noticeable. It’s masked completely. Finishes dry with a mix of cracker-ish and grassy flavors. It’s good stuff. Simple and straight forward, but good.

The body is definitely light. Carbonation seems active. It has a nice, crisp bite to it. But it’s very smooth and easy drinking. I could handle a few of these over an evening. It’s pretty enjoyable, especially on a warmer day like this.

There have been quite a few fantastic beers bearing the name “Weihenstephaner” over the years. Pilsner isn’t quite fantastic, but it is pretty darn good. It’s a classic German Pilsner that features all the hallmarks of the style. If you’re in the market for a good German Pilsner, don’t overlook this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 02:32:10 | More by prototypic
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Gmann

New York

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale straw color with a big frothy pure white head that left some webby lacing as it settled.

The aroma is of a dry cracker malt and a good dose of grassy noble hops. Nice spicy aroma from the hops. Some sulfur notes gives the brew a heineken type aroma.

The malt is light and dry. There is some softness to the malt but not much. The hops are quite grassy and peppery. Some sulfur notes but not nearly as much as in the nose. Pretty spot on for the style.

The feel is light and dry with prickly carbonation. Again, spot on for the style.

A really nice pils; dry and grassy. Some light grain and sulfur notes but other than that really spot on.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 20:09:39 | More by Gmann
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Wally1912

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

06-13-2012 22:37:23 | More by Wally1912
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ricchezza

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Extremely clear pale yellow with bright white head

Pungent straw, grain aroma.

Instant bitterness; not of hops but rather it’s a husky, grain bitter. Very crisp on the palate with a super clean finish.
For all I know this is a straight pils mash, lautered, boiled and force carbonated. The hops and yeast are sitting way in the back for this show. As the glass warms over time I sense the hops step in but only faintly, just enough to enhance the pils malt even further.

No off flavors and super clean tasting. Great pilsner beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 14:05:02 | More by ricchezza
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pale golden And clear with nice head and retention. Good carbonation

S- A very nice combination of noble hops malts and bready notes.

T- A very malty and bready pilsner but has a crisp and hoppy finish. Very tasty.

M- nice full bodied and carbonated on toungue.

O- Avery fine pilsner in every regard. Highly recommend for lager and pilsner lovers.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 00:07:13 | More by bubseymour
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-09-2012 00:18:41 | More by jbertsch
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drleomarvin


4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-02-2012 16:36:51 | More by drleomarvin
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Josh2222


2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

05-21-2012 13:49:27 | More by Josh2222
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