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Wernesgruner - Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG

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Reviews: 160
Hads: 292
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SaunaKing on 02-19-2003

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6-pack of bottles at ALDI grocery store. Smelled a little skunky when I opened the bottle. Poured into regular pint glass, a clear, light golden color. Taste is pleasant with mild finish, not to dry. Not the greatest German beer I've had by far but is very drinkable. (280 characters)

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.32/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bitter, hoppy, almost like an ale. Super foamy head, a minute after opening the bottle the foam came up to the top, just short of spilling over. Light, easy to drink. Smells nothing special. For 6-7 dollars at my local Aldi for a 6-pack I'm not surprised or disappointed. (271 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Pours a very white and bubbly head. Clear golden color looks like a macro brew commercial. Has slight lacing.
S- Not much going on, however its a German pilsner an smells accordingly.
T- Wow, nice suprise. Great tasting German pilsner. A nice hop bite with your German funk and keeps lingering. Very crisp, with some biscuit mid taste.
F- Wow. Crisp and refreshing. This would be a great beer to keep on hand to clense the palate. This would be a great lawnmower beer.
O- This blew my mind for a beer my wife found at Aldi's. Aldi is a German company, and they had other beer pretty cheap that I'm going to have to try...that is insane! (653 characters)

Photo of El-Heffe
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i believe this beer gets underrated. Granted it is not the best example of a German pils, but because it is easy to find at my local Aldi, only 6.00 a six pack, it makes it a go to beer for me. Pours clear golden color with a slight head, some lacing. It has an initial bite and slight bitterness on the back of tongue. But, it gets smoother the more you drink. (dont they all) Also, because it is not a high alcohol content, makes a decent session beer. Paired with a grilled smithfield pork sirloin, some spaetlze or some potato gnocchi and a spinach and tomato salad very nice. Good served ice cold on a hot day. (I know some people say germans drink beer "warm" this is absolutely false, they just dont chill beer as cold as americans. Brits drink beer a bit warmer.) Wernesgruner is nice beer for the price. (812 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and a hint of pale golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering about 75% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet bready malts and some light aromas of cereal malts. There is also a light aroma of floral + spicy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet bready and cereal grain malts. That is followed by a light flavor of floral + spicy hops which imparts a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and fairly enjoyable though not outstanding. Pairs well with just about any food. (896 characters)

Photo of spaceranger
3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've seen beer in Aldi before. My wife likes certain products they market so I'm in there the other day with her and look......they sell German beer.
I'd never heard of the brand even though they also produce Bittburger, which is VERY popular there.
Ok, so $6, what the heck.
This beer is surprisingly good, which I sort of did not expect. Not too heavy - which makes it drinkable without the bloat - and it's pretty hoppy and has a semi-dry floral finish.
In short - it's brewed by Germans (they know some stuff), by one of the best brewers in Germany (that can't be a bad thing), it's very refreshing (especially on a warm summer day) and it's priced to go easy on the wallet.

Not too shabby. (695 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance - Pours a finger of bright white head, body is a translucent lite gold, and leaves very light webbed lacing.

Smell - Light breadiness, lightly roasted grains, light corn, and very slight grassiness.

Taste - Much like the nose, there is light roasted malt, some soaked grains and corn, a nice bitter crust flavor, some prominent minerals, and grassy hops into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, medium carb is smooth and provides some scrub that accentuates the bitter and grassy hop flavors. Some of bitterness carries long into the finish and gets a bit metallic.

Overall - An okay pils, but gets borderline adjunct flavors. Got this really cheap at Aldi so I thought I'd give this one a try. Would make better mower beer. (752 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:
Pours crystal clear watery straw color with a surprisingly big white head that eventually settles to a fat film and then a middling one. Decent retention; barely any lacing.

S:
Funky (in the sense of 'weird') and grassy. Oats, green apple, grass. Meh.

T:
Level, smooth drinking. Cereals, stanky European hops, bit of acetaldehyde (I feel), 'mineraliness'.

M:
Light bodied with ample carbonation and a quick dry finish. Very easy drinking. Fine for what it is.

O:
Okay 'cheap' beer.
Drinks easy and quenches your thirst. It is by no means anything special, pretty, or delicious, but it is good after working in the sun. Not the best, mot the worst. Your best option is probably getting it real cold and drinking it from the can with a coozy if you've got one. (767 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pilsner a clear dull light to medium golden with a pretty well defined white head that left a few broken chunks of lace as it settled pretty quickly.Sweeter aromas with a mild crispness,more like a sweet cereal aroma more than anything.The sweet cereal grain notes are what you get mainly on the palate with just a light drying leafy hop note in the finish.Eh, pretty average but it goes well with food and is pretty drinkable in an average kind of way. (467 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2-oz bottle into Pilsner glass

A - very pale yellow (like a white wine), crystal-clear body; several fingers of pure white foam; small amount of visible carbonation

S - grass, grains, slight note of spice

T - grains, grassy hops, hop spice, slight floral notes; pretty dry, especially into the finish

M - light body with a slight stickiness, moderate carbonation, fairly dry, refreshing

O - a run-of-the-mill pils (421 characters)

Photo of kcr357
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is amazing in its ability to be neither great, nor bad. It's middle of the road, to the extreme. Imagine German Bud Light. Except with more mild/bitter hops, maybe saaz? Better dollar for dollar than BMC. apparently abv is 4.9, but seems lower as I just finished a sixxer and am not too buzzed. (304 characters)

Photo of jjpadd
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Just tried this because it was available at Aldis on my grocery run and I had never tried it. Initially refreshing, nice and light. The aftertaste is a bit strange, almost soapy. I think the appearance was perfectly fine. Poured into a glass the head was light and foamy, not dense. Nothing to write home about but perfectly acceptable. (336 characters)

Photo of JoeyBrewster
2.38/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Purchased from Aldi's for 5.99 for a six pack of 11.2 oz brown bottles. After tax the price comes out to a total of $6.41, or $1.07 per bottle. Best-by-date on back of bottle. Imported from Germany.

Appearance is pale yellow, almost clear, with a foamy head 1 finger thick when poured into a weizen-shaped McDonald's glass. Head disappears rather quickly. The color is an extremely light gold, as if somebody spilled a few ounces of beer into a full glass of water.

Smell is practically nonexistent at first, but after some intense huffing, I could detect notes of grass and grains, not much else.

Taste is okay. Slight bread and apple notes, not much else I can detect. No skunk flavor, though, that's always a plus.

Mouthfeel is light, with little carbonation.

Overall, a tolerable and drinkable beer, mediocre in every imaginable category. However, just because it's imported from Germany, and just because it's got a cool German name, and just because it's relatively cheap, doesn't mean it's an excellent beer. This is a beer that you should always accept if offered one, but not a beer you should actively seek out, there's better beers to be found.

For the price, much better brews can be bought from any grocery store. (1,232 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can from LCBo for $2.05 CDN. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pale gold color with a tremendous 3 fingers of white frothy head. Some bubbles are present. The head lingers for a bit and retains its creamy and frothy appearance until it finally dissipates.

Smell - Light grassy and grainy notes. Not a whole lot else, but exactly what you hope for with beers in the style.

Taste - Clean, crisp, slightly sweet and quite floral tasting. Just enough bite and bitterness from the hops here to make it well balanced. Not a lot else going on but again these flavor combination is pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and a bit watery but quite refreshing. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall - A good pils. But wish it was a little heavier bodied. Still one of the better ones out there. (795 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A - Poured light golden with one finger of soapy white head. Medium carbonation and bright. Minimal spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Skunk, lemon, sweet malt, herbal hop, honey.

T - Crackery malt, skunk, hops, grass, noble hops, herbal, lemon.

M - Strong carbonation, light body, and a light dryness with some noble hop.

O/D - Not a bad version of the style. Herbal hop note was pleasant. Easy drinking. A subtle but enjoyable Pils with typical flavours that I could have a few of. (513 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked up this brew at Aldi's a great new neighborhood food store that has prices that blow the other supermarkets into the weeds, let's give it a whirl. Poppingthe top I get a nice full bottle with a malty and barley malt smell. No adjuncts here. On the pour into my SAPP I get a clear lightly golden color with a thick foamy two finger head. On the taste this brew is delightfully crisp and clean with a nice sharp hoppiness that is semi bitter right along side a sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel is thin but that is the norm for this style so no down-grade. Very refreshing and a great brew for a hot summer day. I would buy again. (628 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wernesgruner Pils @ 4.9% , served from a 500 ml can purchased for $2.15

A-pour is a pale gold from the can to glass with medium size white head leaving a frothy lace along the pilsner glass

S-German hops , malt & barley

T-watery , not even crisp tasting , so blah tasting

MF-low/mild carbonation , weak body

Ov-one & done

prost LampertLand (345 characters)

Photo of Helvectis
4.46/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml Can into a Wernesgruner German beer mug.

[A]:
It appears a very nice clear yellow/golden straw colour with some thin white head on top. The effervescence is quite apparent after the pour.

[S]:
Fresh cut grass, slight floral scent, maybe some hints of citrus and malt.

[T]:
Very crisp tasting, hops come through the most for me up front, also some sweet honey taste with some malt in the background, ends on a lemon-citrus note. Extremely well balanced.

[M]:
Definitely a clean and crisp mouth feel, lot's of carbonation as well, but not too much. Very refreshing.

[O]:
This is a really great German Pils, especially for the price (8.99$ Canadian for a 4 Can Pack). It is pretty similar to Bitburger, but I would say the difference being that Wernesgruner is more hops oriented and Bitburger is more malt oriented. I think the thing that impresses me most with this beer is how well balanced it is. Definitely a great session brew, especially in the summer time as it's very refreshing but also full of flavour. (1,037 characters)

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 500ml can, poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance - Pours a very pale straw colour. The filtered beer shows some serious carbonation. There is a surprisingly frothy white head that leaves behind a mild amount of lacing.

Smell - Not much of a nose on this one. Whats there is grainy and grassy, with a slightly off-putting metallic smell.

Taste - Grainy for certain, and sort of 'doughy'. There's also an un-pilsner like hop kick towards the finish.

Mouthfeel - Pretty high carbonation, not unusual for the style. Leaves a crisp, lingering finish.

Overal - 3/5. Sidenote: Yes, it's far from the best pilsner, but at least where I'm from (Ontario) it's one of the best for the price (currently $2.05 for a 500ml can - not shabby at all). (757 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served from a can

A: Very pale with a thin one finger head. Some, but very minimal, lacing.

S: Not much to the aroma. Some doughy malts and dank smelling hops.

T: Once again doughy bready malts with a nice balanced hop bitterness. Fairly neutral in the finish

M: Crisp and clean which is good for a pilsner. Rather thin body to it.

O: It was slightly above average for me. I wouldn't buy it again but it was okay. Nothing stunning or me. Fairly dull in my opinion. (469 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Clear, pale gold color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Grain, straw, and a touch of honey.

Taste- Bready malt flavor with some hop bitterness and a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, very crisp, and well carbonated.

Overall- Not bad but it reminds me of a typical beer from the "big" brewers. (383 characters)

Photo of ghisty
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance:
poured into normal pint glass.yellow. pale. starts with good head, large bubbles that kinda explode and make the head dissipate. nice carb. carb fades after about a third.

smell:
oak. a straw and hay mix. a bit sharp. maybe a hint of melon. orange peel.
something almost like fresh cut grass. a bit ripe smelling. hence lower points

taste:
not a dry pils. which is a little odd for the style. its grainey. with a bit of citrus.
not overly foamy or bitter or dry. but slight amounts of both. it has a strange finish,
i find it somewhat enjoyable. not a fave. but better than some attempts at pils.
somewhat bitter aftertaste, slight metallic.

mouthfeel:
nothing like a pilsner should be. far from dry. far from clean. finish lasts a bit too long for its flavour range. has a long lasting note of metal. (but i did just weld for 6 hours) so everything has a slight note of metal. haha.

overall:
its decent. on the low end of pilsner, nothing id really look for, but ive had alot worse beer.this is a pretty basic beer , but its slightly similar to some better quality imports, which makes it slightly endearing, and its not costy at all, a good solution for a few cheap ass tallcans. if you dont mind a few odd off hints, this beer might be for you, as for me, not exactly my fave. but its better than some. (1,321 characters)

Photo of FLima
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured little foam. Pale yellow color.
Aroma of grassy hops, though very faint, with some malt sweetness. Medium carbonation.
In its flavor predominated the malt and its sweetness, followed by grassy hops again and a bitter and mildly dry aftertaste.
Although it had over 7 months to expiration date, there was some metallic hint present, a little oxidized off flavor. (368 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I rated this beer previously with no review.* Since I remember liking it and wanting to give it another try -- and finding a crazy fresh batch (best by 05/04/2016), I'll give it time for a review.

A -- Clear, yellow-gold with a thick, fluffy white head that holds up well.

S -- Good malts, DMS, and spicy hops. Very good to-style.

T -- Heavier malts than the usual German Pils -- reminiscent of Czech Pils. Great bready and sweet maltiness with a terrific balance of herbal and bitter hops that linger through the finish and aftertaste. There's even a mild touch of diacetyl in the aftertaste, making it even more Bohemian-like.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and slick with a light-medium body.

O -- Let alone being very good in a price-to-quality standpoint, this beer (freshness caveat strongly stressed) is a great Pilsner example -- being a sort of hybrid between a German and Czech Pilsner. Since the brewery is very close to the Czech border, the influence is clearly plausible. Highly recommended if you find fresh stock.

*3.75 on 9/24/2012 (1,052 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml. can, canned 13.07.2012, best before 13.07.2013.

Appearance: Bright gold body with a stark white head. Retention isn't bad with some rings.

Smell: Cereal a bit, graininess, touch of honey and mild fruit.

Taste: Bit of salt-like minerals, earthy as well, some mild hops and a hint of pineapple.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, lively, good bitterness though maybe a tad too mineral-like?

Overall: Some nice flavors, nothing complicated though body holds its own. (472 characters)

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Wernesgruner from Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG
78 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.