Wernesgruner - Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wernesgruner Pils Legende is Wernesgruner Brewery's of Germany's only export. My can, found in Ontario Canada, came from the LCBO and was marked for expiration in May of 2009.

It poured a lightly golden lager with a substantial head.. at least three fingers. The head recedes after a minute or two and provides a little bit of lacing for the rest of the drink. Scent wise it's decent.. lightly floral, grassy.. nothing out of the ordinary but not objectionable either.

The taste is a nice blend of malty sweetness and a prolonged bitter hoppy finish, typical of many euro lagers. Mouthfeel is good and given that I'd like to have another - drinkability rates quite good as well.

While it's not legendary as the label leads you to believe.. it's not bad either and something I'd have no problems drinking again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of ValpoExpo
4.39/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome German pilsner, try one!

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a pale yellow color with a white head. The aroma is basic pils with some grassy hops along with some grain and bready malt.

The flavor is grain, grass, pilsener malt and a low amount of bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A mainstay of mine for years, don't know how I managed to go so long without reviewing it. Here goes!

Poured into a rounded pilsner glass. About two inches of thick-bubbled head, which receded into a thin, patchy ring. Pockets of lacing dot the top of the glass. Huge, sporadic bubbles of carbonation as well. light golden in colour.

Nose is honey, floral hops, bread, pilsner malt. Typical for the style.

A refreshing pils, nothing to write home about, but certainly worthy. Tastes are balanced, with bread, floral hops, honey, then a slightly bitter hop/mineral finish. Clean and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is a bit flat - it seems to have lost some of the zip from the initial pour. Medium bodied for a pils.

Probably one of the best Euro pilsners for your buck (at least in Ontario, where cans of this run you around 2 bucks a pop). A solid brew, easy to drink, crisp, refreshing.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While shopping for some groceries at Aldi, I noticed the Steubenville, Ohio just got in their wine and beer selection. In addition to this nice German pils they had a green bottled Dutch lager that wasn't Heine, and a clear bottled Latin American lager that wasn't Corona. Back to the best bet of the three options, Wernesgruner label claiming to be one of the oldest brewery? 1436!!! I guess Weihenstephaner is the oldest continually operating brewery...this one has an old school label gold foil neck reminiscient of an old pilsner urquell.

Thank god a brown bottle, poured into my vintage Schlitz trumpet style pilsner glass. I've got a set of four Hamm's, PBR, and Miller High Life to round out the group. Pours a lightly hazed pale golden straw hue with a bright white cloudy head that rises above the rim of my glass, fine even intricate lacing left behind with each sip. Effervescent tiny bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass.

Aromatics offer up zesty citric tones with a lemongrass character, mild sweetness touch of 2 row husks. Mild sweetness brings a mild biscuit or light toasted cracker edge to the party. Very mild mineral or metallic edge can be seen and thanks to those brown bottles very little skunk going on among the beautiful noble hop presence. Definitely a well crafted fresh version of a German pils, best by date on the packaging and the bottles is 3/18/09.

Flavor is great nothing that blew away my expectations but it's rock solid for a German pils, comparable to fresh Weihentephaner pils or Kulmbacher, or Weltenburger. Definitely a nice price and a great grab on a non beer focused trip to the store. Solid noble hop bitterness is blended perfectly by light toasted malts bringing cereal biscuit malt sweetness into the picture, but a light dry clean finish is present in every sip. Assertive noble hops bringout lemongrass, and citrus fruits excellent combonation for any lager/session beer enthusiast.

Mouthfeel is light but effervescently carbonated, very lively tickles the throat leaves very mild hop oils on the palate. After each sip it goes from a crisp sweetness with the biscuit malt to a dry noble hop finish, and mineral content has a lot to do with this experience as well.

Drinkability is probably the highlight of this fine deutsch brau. 3 to 4 from a sixer is effortless, and you'll probably fight to finish a sixer if you bring this to a party. Solid session lager in all it's glory, for an affordable price. Don't get me wrong I love local micros those are my passion, but if I can get a well put together import for under a 8 bucks a six than I'm pretty much sold especially when standard Sam Adams are going for 9 a sixer right now and Sam Smith's are 9.95 a 4 pack in my area.

Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light golden color with an initially thick but loose two-finger head, which fades fairly quickly after it forms. It does leave just a little lacing thinly in spots. The nose is fresh grass with a light hops aroma, making for a very raw smell. Malt adds just a bit of sweetness and a biscuity note. It is pretty light. The palate delivers just what I expect and has a little bit of a stronger presence and a firmer backbone. Biscuity malt comes out stronger through the finish with fresh bread notes balancing the grassy flavor and light hops bitterness, which slowly begin to emerge and leave a gentle minty / grassy buzz on the tongue.
If anything, this one is crisp and has a very clean feel to it. The body is light to medium and a moderate carbonation works well in this one.

Photo of brewQ
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like this brew is getting lots of Can sales in Canada, based on prior reviews.

My bottles come from that Beer Mecca, Aldi's supermarkets, at $4.49 US a six pack. Gotta try it.

The package looks nice, as does the carrier- although the wrapper allows bottles to fall out in the trunk of my car. The beer itself, pale color, quite clear with a highly charged head.

No skunk- always my first concern in a Pilsner. the brown bottle was a good call. Some delicate floral notes.

Body is balanced, refreshing, at least no adjunct sweetness apparent.

Finish offers a hint of hops. This is a well buit brew at a good value. I'll pick it up with Aldi's stock ups and satisfy many drinkers without spending a fortune.

Date code L236 seems to tell me it was bottled in Sep05 and I got it mid-November. Not bad.

Photo of Pete0714
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at aldi after seeing some fair reviews. Tried it once a while ago before becoming a BA, thought it was decent then, and time for another try.

Poured into a pint glass straw colored with a decent finger white head that dissipated a bit but retained well. The scent was light grassy with some citrus. I detected a taste of hoppiness with lemon that match well with the smell, maybe even a little pepperiness. mouthfeel was clean and crisp, no surprises or disappointments. Overall a slightly above average pilsner, not bad for the buy.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-litre can, plenty of reference to the German Purity Law, Beer Edition...

This beer pours a crystal clear pale straw colour, with two fingers of thin puffy, foamy white head, which shows decent retention, taking its time to fall away. It smells of sweet white cracker grain, and muted floral hops. The taste is more of the same - a nice balance of sweet grain and floral, weedy, slightly bitter hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and a bit oily, and it finishes fairly dry and crisp.

Overall, a decent representation of a German Pilsener veritable, if only a bit on the sweet side.

Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold, almost yellow and clear, but with impressive white head of fine bubbles.
Lace is spotty, but definitely something going on...

Nose says sweet German malts.

Flavor is slightly skunky, but mellow. I get the sweet malts, clean barley, and some slight hops to the finish. Very easygoing, and reminiscent of a Heineken, but fresher and cleaner, somehow.

Not a bad beer at all, just not a world-class beer.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amazing foam. Thick and white like cotton. Pours wonderfully in a pilsener glass, not as much in a regular one. Carbonation is better in the pilsener glass. Lacing is also very good.

Smell: Strong lemon. Only a vague hint of hops. Floral notes in the background as well. Refreshing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Just lemon initially with peppery hops vaguely in the background. Mouthfeel has nice thickness, but maybe a bit too much of it for this style. Great crispness when cold.

Drinkability: A good pilsener.

Overall: See drinkability.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wernesgruner pours a crystal clear, deep straw-gold body beneath a bright white head of foam. It rises up majestically at first to a full three fingers, and then settles slowly to two, and then one, and then just a thin, wispy, but solid surface covering. The lacing is better than average, leaving behind some solid sheets of lace that resemble mountains rising from the surface of the beer with each sip (or gulp).

The aroma is mainly of a malt that's straightforward pils, backed by grassy and floral hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp. There's a touch of dextrins to it, and it's remarkably smooth.

The flavor delivers the firm maltiness that the nose suggests accompanied by herbal and grassy hops with minor touches of floral and spicy notes. The bitterness punches right through it in typical German fashion, and stirs everything up before bringing it to a dry and spicy conclusion. As it warms it becomes softer with the malt becoming richer, and the bitterness cutting through less. In fact, it becomes almost buttery - not to suggest an actual buttery flavor so much (although there is a minor hint) as an oily feeling on the palate. The herbal, grassy and spicy hop character remains, and it becomes even more balanced.

For fans of German pilsners, this should not be missed. It has a unique character that's charming and interesting. It could be more rounded and balanced, yes, but that would be to take away some of its uniqueness. Worth seeking out.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.84/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Wernesgruner is a bit sharp as compared to other Germen Pils. What I mean by sharp, it has a rougher grainy edge. This beer pours a crystal clear pale straw colour, with two fingers of thin puffy, foamy white head, which yields a nice lace. It smells of grain, and muted floral hops. The taste is sharp burst of grain with bitter hops. The mouthfeel is light in body with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a tough Pils.

Photo of DESTRO
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

never had it and it was $3.99 a 6er. why not? pours out a light golden, vibrant carbonation and a nice fluffy white head. smells of lightly sweet malt and grains with some nice hops, maybe a little straw? flavorwise...alot like the nose. lightly sweet, raw tasting...nice spicy hops...tingly bubbles in the mouth, crisp, maybe a touch thin but still very refreshing. i like this stuff. damn refreshing and at that price, one hell of a bargain. im hyped.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500 ml can

A-Beautiful thick white head over a very clear pale gold. Head sticks around until the last sip and then sits at the bottom of the glass. Nice bubbles looks like an upside down snowglobe. Very good thick lacing in long horizontal patches around the glass.
S- Sweet grain, Hops, Apple juice.
T- Same as smell but apple juice is very discreet. Hops have a peculiar dry bitterness that I can't quite explain. There's no "oiliness" at all.
M- Full. Crisp. High carbonation.
D- High drinkablity. I've already had 4 liters of this in an afternoon.

Great beer. And one of the cheapest ones on sale here.

Photo of oracle
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a typical light yellow/gold with big 2 inch frothy head. The head lasted a bit longer than a typical pilsner, which was nice. No evidence of lacing

Smell was bad, very bad. This bottle may have been sitting around too long or something, but this beer was seriously skunked. From what I could tell (beyond the skunkiness), this beer would have a nice mild hop aroma too it.

Taste was not bad but definately nothing to write home about. Light and crisp. Not my preferred style, but drinkable.

A touch too much carbonation made it difficult to do anything but sip this beer, which is not how I prefer to drink a pilsner.

Overall, I would like to try it on tap to see if it gets any better, but I'm not going to spend my hard earned money on any more bottles.

Photo of jsh420
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours bright clear golden yellow with a 1/2 finger head that left no lacing

smells like a pils should light cereal grains and grassy lemon hops

taste was slight let down - plenty of light grains but the grassy lemon hops were a tad bit sour

mouthfeel - light crisp clean

drinkability - good price good flavor easy drinking

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.43/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a light golden color pils with a small bubbly white head with minimal retention. Aroma of faint grassy malt is a bit deceiving. Taste is weaker then expected with some grassy/floral malt which were enjoyable but totally lack crispy hops which could have made this beer interesting. A bit deceiving since I made sure to pick up a can in order to ensure freshness which totally seem to be lacking here.

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.32/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

Photo of timtheenchanta
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden yellow color with a large bleach white head that hangs around for a few minutes. Lacing dances down the glass.

Malty pils smell with very little hop balance. There's a moldy grass/hay smell that is almost like bad grains? There are some slight off flavors in the nose that make me want to leave the pint glass on the table for someone else to drink.

Thin malt backbone followed by a weak somewhat unpleasant hoppiness.

Thin beer that's easy enough to pound but not one I'll find again.

Photo of tatterdash
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a generous white head that laces quit well, especially for a pilsener. Aroma is primarily hops, and a bit of a sour yeast smell. Taste was hops and was pleasantly crisp on the finish, but was bit too carbonated for me. It is drinkable, but as far as pilseners go there are many other things that I would prefer.

Photo of Brent
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The ALDI grocery store chain carries this beer, along with Heineken and Corona look-alikes. This was a quite pleasant German Pils, Bittburger immediately came to mind. Clean, crisp malt flavors, with a touch of sweet grain balanced by some astringency. Finish was firm with the barest lingering hops bitterness.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 500 ml gold can. Pours out a clear straw colour with a tall fluffy white head with good retention. Thin swathes of lacing.

Clean grainy metallic nose with a faint hint of grassy hops.

Flavour is also clean, light bready malt up front, mostly metallic grains, a bit of spicy, grassy hops on the finish. Gets grainy in the aftertaste.

Slick mouthfeel, medium-bodied, nice mild zip of carbonation on the finish. Clean, dry, finish and aftertaste.

A decent German Pilsener for what it is, quenching, and definitely in the running for a session beer. Perhaps the most noticable flaw is how grainy it gets in the aftertaste as it warms, but its nothing major.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 330cl bottle, this is a cheap supermarket beer in the UK.

Good for what it is, a mid-range coloured pilsner, not sweet or too dry, just a non-smelling, average tasting pils.

No great depth or flavours, just a bog standard lager/pils.

Good for a Bar-B-Que when loads of half-friends are coming (you know, the wifes relatives and that sort).

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