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Weihenstephaner Pilsner - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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133 Reviews
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Reviews: 133
Hads: 494
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: 494
Photo of ToriBug13
3.94/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of IronLover
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant straw yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a short, bright white foam that was constantly reinforced by a stream of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The white foam barely faltered as it left sheets of sticky lacing on the glass. Lemon and earthy grass aromas up front, with biscuit malt deep beneath. Medium bodied with rich, aggressive carbonation and a lightly crisp finish. Biscuit malt and herbal hop flavors from beginning to end. Light peppery flavor ramps up through the middle to the end. Finishes crisply with biscuit malt and hop bitter aftertaste. Aroma, feel and flavors are all very delicate. A pleasant, refreshing, easy drinking lager.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pilsner glass. The beer fit the glass perfectly with a gentle pour. About 2-3 fingers of bubbly white head fluffed up and dissipated slowly, forming a lasting layer that left spotty lacing at the top, and more consistent lacing where the glass narrows. The beer is a golden straw colored, and very clear. Hard to tell if there is any haze, as it is summer and the moisture in the air condenses quickly on the cold glass. The carbonation is plentiful, and seems to form large bubbles. It paints a pretty picture.

S - Very mild. It smells like a pilsner, but I'm new to the style and don't know exactly what I'm smelling.

T - It's a great confluence of subtleties. There is a little sweet, and a little bitter, but overall I'm tasting mostly biscuit-like flavors. It is very consistent and very nice.

M - I think this is where the bulk of my enjoyment came. The carbonation visible in my glass lead me to think that I would feel it. Nope. Wonderful medium-bodied softness. On the finish the flavor lingered, but did not stick. It wasn't a one of those long goodbyes, but more like a "wow, what a pleasant stay". There was a slight tingle on my tongue that mirrored the subtlety of the flavor.

O - My second beer from Weihenstephaner and I can't wait for the third. This beer is significantly greater than the sum of its parts and I think reviewing each alone does this beer a disservice. Enjoy on a warm summer day, as I did.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale, golden body with medium sized head; fairly long lasting with good lacing

Aroma: hoppy, citrus notes

Taste: malty, tart, bitter, and refreshing; Not bad for a pilsner (not my favorites style)

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Completely clear, straw in color, with a big white fluffy head and lots of big-bubble visible carbonation.

S: Light pilsner malt, moderate lager yeast, and some mild sulfur.

T: Smooth light bready pilsner malt, lager yeast with its esters, and a light bit of noble hops.

M: Light body, bubbly mouthfeel, essentially no alcohol presence, and good carbonation sensation.

O: Still a style I struggle with sometimes, but this was pretty darn good. The sulfurous aromas and flavors that accompany so many pilseners (and acceptable for style) I find somewhat off-putting, but it's fairly mild here, and seems more integrated into the other aspects. Certainly recommended for someone looking for a good Pilsener.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with 2 fingers of bubbly white head that last for a couple of minutes before settling down to a cap

S: Fruity with notes of bready malts and grassy hops. Pretty simple

T: Starts off with some lightly bitter hops that provide grass and floral notes. Goes into bready malts and then more of the light bitterness into the finish

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid German pils with some nice noble hop character that provides a light bitterness. Easy to drink and flavorful enough to be quaffable. A little simple, but that's nothing too serious

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Photo of sweemzander
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear yet pale goldenrod color. Produced a nice foamy white head with great retention, some lacing.

(S)- A light biscuity yeast meets some soft earthy grains.

(T)- Quite bitter with heavy grain and yeast characters.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level meets a very bitter profile of earthy grains and yeast.

(O)- A bit disappointing for me. It fits the style fine, but almost too bitter and yeast driven even for me.

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Birlliant pale gold in color with absolute clarity, this pils develops a pure white head one finger tall and fluffy with some heavy density to it. As it recedes, it leaves a tattered sheet of creamy lacing behind.
The nose is all flowery, herbal and grassy hops. Crackery dry malts balance. It's gently sweet as more floral notes make their way out. I like how American brewers have improved this style, giving it more, but it has a classic sense to it.
There's actually a pithy nature to the bitterness, something I didn't expect. It remains flowery and grassy, a touch herbal, with dryness from malts edging out the sweetness that was founf in the nose. The bitterness ends up raw, leafy and green while lingering lightly in the finish. While the pilsner has been improved, this is a good one.
Light-bodied with a crisp bite, it remains lively and is pretty clean overall as well. It goes into a dry finish that's still smooth.

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Photo of droomyster
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I've seen this beer sold in northern Virginia and I'm very glad I found it, as it is on of the very best pilsners I've ever had. I put this in the same class as Stoudt's pilsner and Victory Prima Pils. Pours a clear straw colored body with a bright white head that generously laces the glass. Very fresh, clean aromas here. Nothing icky to speak of, even after it warms. I get a lot of grassiness and sweeter notes of honey and cereal grains. On the palate this beer is very lively and electric. The aromas carry over perfectly to the front and mid-palate, where they are in perfect balance, before finishing on a refreshingly dry and almost tart. I enjoyed having it with an assortment of cheeses and berries. An excellent choice as the weather warms.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, pours pale golden in color topped with a frothy white head, unbelievable clarity, good head retention, and some lacing is left at the top of the glass. Grassy aroma, pilsener malt, noble hop, fresh. Tastes are sharp & crisp, grassy, biscuity pilsener malt. Exceptionally smooth and finishes clean. World-class German Pilsener.

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Photo of Dan4130
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am a great fan of Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier so I decided to get a single of their Pils. The taste is sort of reminiscent of that beer at first sample. It is a solid beer, in my mind not the definitive Pilsner, but solid beer none the less. I am glad I only got a single as it was not that interesting to keep my interest.

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Photo of popery
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was pretty excited to find a bottle from Weihenstephaner that's new to me, and it's even better that this is quite a nice pilsner. It pours pale yellow, a bright hay color. Quite clear. A big white head puffed up immediately and held its shape a good few inches over the top of the glass. Lots of bubbles sticking to the walls of the glass and such. Aroma is a mix of very fresh grain with some bright spicy hops. The hops are a bit milder than I'd like, but their aroma is nice. Pleasant, lightly tart flavor from the lager yeast. Malt is light and sweet. Taste has more of that light, yeasty tartness. Pretty crisp. There's some more of that quality pilsner malt sweetness, but the beer is fairly dry, particularly in the finish. Hops are spicy, grassy and floral. Mouthfeel is mildly tart and very clean. Weihenstephaner definitely shows off their technical skill with this beer. It just nails the classic pilsner flavors. It's tasty and extremely easy to drink. There's no off flavors to be found. This beer is pretty much what I wish macro lagers tasted like.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good ol' Weihenstephaner. Never been a "big fan" of pilsners, but perhaps it's just because I haven't had the right one yet. And also because the bulk of my pilsner experience is American Light Lager macro stuff. Anyway - this one pours a light straw color, almost like apple juice but maybe even a bit lighter. Nice clarity throughout, with a foamy and cloud-like white head that puffs up big and leaves some chunky lace, even upon first settling.

The aroma is certainly crisp, and it's got that pure, lager yeast aroma to it. Very "clean" and pure on the nostrils. Lemon and herbal zest is plentiful, maybe even some lemongrass? The hops have light grassy notes alongside a solid, mildly citric character. The malt also gives off a very clean and pure aroma - bready, with a very faint sweetness. There's an ever so slight metallic character in the aroma as well, but it's not nearly enough to be off-putting. Even upon warming, this one keeps its nice aromatic profile - it gets slightly more citrusy and the grassy tones take a back seat.

Weihen Pils hits the tongue feeling very crisp, something I've come to expect with the style. Up front, there's a light fruit melody - lemon zest, apple, mild citrus. A good under-body built with toasted cereal grains and light bread from the malt. Again - I can't stress enough how clean, pure, and refreshing this beer really is. The hops join in with a slightly floral and grassy tone, inducing a mild bitterness from about halfway through, right into the finish. Picking up some more earthy notes in the finish, especially as this warms up a little. Thin body, maybe more on the thicker-side of thin, lots of carbonation, crispy and dry in the finish.

So this is how a pilsner is supposed to taste, huh? This beer was pretty damn good - but that's typically to be expected from Weihenstephan. So clean, raw, pure, and nearly perfect within its element. This would be great to pound while outside on a hot, summer day. Easy to drink and easy to come around to - a benchmark for the style.

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Photo of garve
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This reminded me of drinking beers at the Hoffbrau house....its Ok ..not like OMFG what a great beer...if you had a giant pretzel and had some hot big racked frau serving you a 2L stien you would be damnnn I like this!!! NOT bad...Not Great...satisfying OK...ehhh...I'll have anutha'

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 500ml bottle
Glass: Pilsner glass
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif., on Jan. 5, 2013
Price: $3.49
Misc.: Part of the bottle reads “Brewed under the purity law, of 1516.”

Poured a pale, yellow, clear color with three fingers of frothy white head. Surprised at the high amount of head. Nice, healthy layer of white lacing on the sides. Good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a big dose of honey up front, reminding me a bit of Honeycomb cereal. Grassy and hay. Some caramel as well.

Tasted similar to the nose. Got honey, corn, grass, hay and nickel, which reminded me of blood in my mouth. Still got that Honeycomb cereal taste. Nice sweet aftertaste.

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish.

That’s 2-for-2 for me on Weihenstephaner’s. Just a good pilsner.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a medium straw color with great clarity. The head is a two finger white color with nice retention. The head retains more strongly away from the glass, creating a 'floater'...usually a sign of a hoppy beer. Intrigued!

S: Very well hopped, which I always like. Tons of grassy, zesty noble hops overpower - in a good way - the pale malts.

T: Light malt sweetness gives way to pure grassy hop goodness. Simple, but it works here. The only real complaint I have is that the finish isn't quite as balanced as I like. As such, it's a bit less drinkable than it could be. Having said that, it grows on me.

M: The carbonation grants this a coarse, tingly sensation on the palate. It's not entirely bone dry on the finish, either. If anything, it's more a pils to savor, rather than one to chug.

O: I feel that pilsners - when they're done well - provide a great example of simple refreshment in lieu of water. This is one I feel that stacks up nicely. It strikes a middle ground between the intensity of Prima Pils and the delicacy of Pilsner Urquell.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saturday afternoon beer. This is the first time that I've seen Weihenstephaner Pilsner in the US. So, on to the beer:

Pours out the bottle like pale straw. In the flute, the color is closer to pale gold than straw, with a few strings and dots of lace which stick to the glass. At first, the nose is husky like many German lagers coming out of the bottle. Given time, the aroma airs out and becomes clean. Honeysuckle, fresh cut grass, sourdogh bread, that's more like it.

Pleasing, clean, and refreshing. Weihenstephaner Pilsner is simple, yet is tasty, putting out pleasant grassy notes and pleasnt hop bitterness, backed by a honeysuckle and biscuit base. The beer is light bodied with modest crispness and is a simple pleasure to drink. Another one among many excellent choices from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Vec2267
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - crystal clear, pale yellow, minimal white head, light lacing

S - grassy hops, bready malts

T - like the nose, grain, grass, pepper, lemon, hop bitterness creates a dry finish

M - very bright and crisp

O - a solid pilsner but nothing outstanding

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

33 cL bottle,

A: Pours a clear gold with a small white head, some thick lace. Good head retention.

S: Bready pils malt, definite German malt smell. Grassy, floral noble hops.

T: Pretty similar to the nose. Clear hoppy flavour with a nice semi-bitter finish. Pils malt is solid, some husky grain character though which I wasn't too excited about, nothing to go crazy for.

M: Crisp, biting carbonation in the finish. Creamy at times. Refreshing clean finish for the style. I really like the hop character at the end.

O: A solid pils and what I can find from the Internets, it's fairly fresh. First time I've seen it in the Southland. Worth a pickup, but the regular Helles lager from these guys is the superior brew.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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