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Weihenstephaner Pilsner - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
87
very good

349 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 35
Gots: 26 | 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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tmt71883

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-22-2012 21:26:21 | More by tmt71883
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev 0%

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.

11-19-2012 00:18:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Patriot19


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-10-2012 04:07:00 | More by Patriot19
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RhodyNative

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-09-2012 21:35:30 | More by RhodyNative
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

10-29-2012 19:48:31 | More by dbrauneis
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Powerstroker90

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-28-2012 01:20:27 | More by Powerstroker90
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ryanpj

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-23-2012 02:08:54 | More by ryanpj
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

10-19-2012 00:51:05 | More by metter98
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

10-16-2012 15:56:59 | More by TMoney2591
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kahjdfh

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-16-2012 02:55:49 | More by kahjdfh
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +3.1%

09-24-2012 17:36:24 | More by HamGlade10
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours light gold with a big white head. Some lace, good retention.

Some mineral and hop notes, some grassy sweetness, light malt.

Nice crisp brew, with light malt, good firm herbal bitterness, some grassy notes, clean finish. Fantastic.

Lighter bodied, nice carbonation.

Great German pils. Malt and bitterness balance wonderfully. More than solid and very worthy.

09-21-2012 23:16:48 | More by OtherShoe2
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

09-18-2012 00:45:43 | More by AdamBear
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16%

09-12-2012 16:57:36 | More by yossarian14
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RobTown

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.1%

09-09-2012 16:35:35 | More by RobTown
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Siopisophy

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +28.9%

09-09-2012 07:03:33 | More by Siopisophy
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

From: John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA
Date: "7112" stamped on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Pours a >2cm head of white foam that's composed of small bubbles and appears densely packed into a thick mass, quite frothy. Retention is about average, the head dissipating in a minute or two to a thick cap atop the body, but leaving a few substantial clumps of lacing. Body is a clear, pale, golden yellow color, with actively visible carbonation streaming from the bottom to the top, along the center and sides of the glass.

Aroma of noble hops, lemon citrus, lemongrass, flowering herbs, and a slight hint of ditchweed. The hops are, at this point, far surpassing any pilsner malt I can detect. Very fresh smelling, overall.

Taste is, Front of palate picks up noble hop bitterness and flavor, lemon citrus, and lemongrass. Mid-palate notes more pilsner malt and graininess (with associated sweetness) alongside lemon rind and lemongrass notes. Back of palate is where pilsner malt and graininess dominates over the hops, though these are still present. Aftertaste is of faint pilsner malt with stronger overtones of noble hops and lemon derivatives.

Body is medium-light to light in weight, with lively, yet not prickly carbonation. The resultant mouthfeel is crisp and fast-flowing. Finish is dry.

09-04-2012 05:05:32 | More by falloutsnow
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ccrida

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

09-02-2012 05:52:50 | More by ccrida
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.48/5  rDev +15.5%

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a pilsener glass- pours a clear light yellow color with two fingers of white foamy head. Great retention, beautiful lacing. Just a little anemic looking.

Smell is perfectly appropriate- definitely a little bready quality to the nose, some yeast, some noble hops. Very well balanced.

Taste is fantastic- light, slightly bready malts up front, followed soon after by crisp noble hops towards the mid palate to finish slightly dry.

Extremely refreshing. Very light body, moderately carbonated, moderately dry, great long finish. This is a wonderful pilsener- nothing fancy about it, just great, drinkable beer.

08-29-2012 00:15:28 | More by Hopdaemon39
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hosehead83

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear yellow gold in color, with a voluminous head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Pilsner malt, bread
Taste-Cracker,bready pilsner malt, crisp noble hop prescence, rather dry finish. Classic German Pilsner.

08-27-2012 18:13:33 | More by hosehead83
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loupap

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

08-24-2012 02:06:37 | More by loupap
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

.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.

08-23-2012 22:52:52 | More by chinchill
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daledeee

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

A 16 oz bottle.

Pours a very light gold and is quite clear. Large white head.

Nose is grainy and lemon.

Taste is a good dose of hops and lemon with a nice malt to finish it out. Definitely a little more than our macros offer.

Carbonation is pretty bubbly. The finish is pretty malty. Overall well done.

08-20-2012 00:28:36 | More by daledeee
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

08-18-2012 18:39:59 | More by Infamous7100
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marty717

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.7%

08-16-2012 17:28:24 | More by marty717
Weihenstephaner Pilsner from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
87 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.