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Weihenstephaner Pilsner - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
88
very good

390 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 47
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of Dope
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of fccarv
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of RES
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of socon67
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of KSather
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Wally1912
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ricchezza
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of bubseymour
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of jbertsch
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of drleomarvin
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Josh2222
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of avaldivia
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of horshack7
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a clear golden with a head that is bright white only about an inch tall.

Aroma: Bicuity, light grain notes, twinge of butteriness with a touch of lemon peel.

Taste: Buttery texutre with only a twinge of crispness on the palate. Lemon, bready, bits of grain with wisp of malty sweetness.

Notes: Solid top to bottom very tasty. Cheers.

Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into the World Cup 2010 Weihenstephaner Weizen glass with a clear light golden body. Frothy white head forms and retains well. A small ring remains after all things clear leaving only spotty lace.

S- A fresh cracked malted grain note comes off the top with light fruit, caramel and spicy/floral hops.

T- Light caramel malt, fresh cracked grains, yeast bread and hops. Spicy, floral, herbal and slight citrus notes are taken on from the hops. More fruit flavor here with notes of apple and grapes.

MF- Body has a light overall consistency with a creamy silky feel. A clean bitterness is left on the palate.

A nice balanced pilsner flavor with good fruit and hop notes. Weihenstephaner seems like the Sierra Nevada of Germany.

Photo of xnapshot
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brinch
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of no8
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color that clears up as the head settles. White foam, good size and stick. Nose is grassy with a good dose of lemongrass hopping. Munich malt mingles with the pale. Flavor is fairly assertive for style and there is a decent finish of malt and hops -that is, actual beer ingredients. Other pilsners take note: this is a German pils with some attitude. Nice citric note in the middle for complexity raises my score a hair. 

Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Weihenstephaner Pilsner from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
88 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.