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Wernesgruner - Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: SaunaKing on 02-19-2003)
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5/5  rDev +49.7%

donquixote, Dec 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +49.7%

BillCain, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.9/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; just what a pilsner should be, in proper straw yellow and quality white beer foam.

smell; less mineral and metallic notes than other pilsners, really noticable hops but not over the top or balance lacking. Superior to say the least!

taste; Hop bitterness is more powerful than other German Pils of high quality but it's a spicy bitterness not a citrus bitterness, balances perfect when it hits the mouth and doesn't hide the malts....perfect! Aftertaste is strong of hops in a pleasant way, the good people at Wernesgrüner could teach the American micro-breweries a good lesson on making a hoppy beer without going too far and destroying its other flavors and drinkability.

mouthfeel; Perfect on the palate with a complex burn and bite, then changes character to go down smooth.

drinkability; My only complaint is that after a few, I would rather switch to something of lower quality as not to disrespect this beer.

Sorry for taking a shot at American micro-brews and I'm sure many hopheads will disagree but this beer is at a level of hop usage they simply cannot comprehend, without a doubt, my all time favorite beer in the world and only 1 Euro!

Sachsenfreude, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of AnalogReigns
4.55/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Perhaps it's production/quality improvements due to its ownership by Bitberger, but Wernesgrüner now tastes BETTER in my opinion, than it did back in 2009, when I reviewed it last.

A VERY nice example of a north German Pilsner and STILL at a ridiculously low price (I think it's gone up to $6.99 at Aldi).

Given that SAM ADAMS is now at $8.99 a six pack (sorry, it ain't worth that!) and typical German pilsners cost more like $10 or $11, this is definitely one of THE best buys around.

IF you appreciate fine, refined...German style Pilsner, you will love this. IF you don't--and many craft-brew aficionados have a hop-scarred palate--you only have your own taste to blame.

(Interestingly, if you look on a map, Wernesgruen, Germany is closer to Pilsen, Czech, than is Prague. Imagine that!)
One of the great beer-bargains still out there. As of '09 this eastern German brewed beer is available at Aldi for 5.99 a six pack... about as cheap as Michelob!

Pours nicely with a typically German big frothy head, and settles down giving decent lacing on the glass. Smells like grass and clean malt...very pleasant, and typical of good pilsners. Taste is gentle and malty at first, with a very clean quite hoppy aftertaste--the way pilsners ought to be.

Mouthfeel is decent, but not heavy--quite unlike an ale--but not watery either.

This is a very drinkable beer, and, next to Bitberger about my favorite normal German pils. Lammsbrau (organic) German pilsner is the best I've had--but this is a close 3rd. And at a dollar a bottle, you can't beat it.

AnalogReigns, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Kloug
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Kloug, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Helvectis
4.49/5  rDev +34.4%
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.

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.

Fresh cut grass, slight floral scent, maybe some hints of citrus and malt.

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.

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

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.

Helvectis, May 29, 2013
Photo of vitesse
4.33/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from brown 12 oz. bottle.
comes out a nice straw gold color with great clarity and a small fluffy head that retains pretty well. smells of musty saaz or hallertau hops. very very earthy aroma. taste is very light with good hoppiness....very similar to czech pilsners like urquell. very little body, but the hops make this beer extremely drinkable. this is a very nice pils, imho. i could drink gallons of the stuff.

vitesse, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

NeroFiddled, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
4.22/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a step above most pils in a can as it actually finishes fresh and crisp with a real bitterness to the beer. Pale yellow colour with a very white head. The nose is noble hops and the taste is very dry for the style. I need to have a bunch of these in the fridge this winter to counterpoint the heavy sweetish winter beers that I usually drink

canucklehead, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of ernie
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Classic beer from Saxony, rather hoppy, with pleasant bitterness and a bit tart aftertaste. Well-pronounced malts, a small yeasty note. Pale, sometimes greenish color. Very appetizing aroma. Excellent aperitif but not a thirst-quencher - after a second pint your tongue feels too bitter. Recommended!

ernie, Jun 08, 2006
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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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 10, 2008
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Riverared, Jun 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Beerislivingproof, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Antilochus
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL can.

Colour is light gold, lively champagne bubbles. Appropriate amount of head. Very nice!

Sharpish floral nose. Breadiness is apparent. Something a little off here though. Complex... there is something here that I can't put a name to. Aromatic vegetables? As it warms hopefully I will be able to tell.

Medium mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Sweet and smooth malty palate moving towards bitter in the finish. Abrupt finish. I don't mind this and I think it is probably appropriate.

Highly drinkable and sessionable, wonderful example of the style.

Antilochus, Feb 02, 2008
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

shanny1981, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Camilo, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of funkengruven
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this more out of curiousity than anything else, figured I would give yet another German Pils a try. Overall I would say that I was mildly impressed. Most German beers are impressive this way for the simple fact that they are simple, clean and get right to the point. This is no exception. Put simply it looks, smells and tastes good. like most Pilseners. Mouthfeel is typical and drinkability is good. This is a nice refreshing beer to be enjoyed pretty well any time.

funkengruven, Nov 23, 2005
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Brac13, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

strangebrew321, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of BBP
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A clear light yellow. Sufficient head which remains for the length of the drink.

S- Picked up grains first and then zesty hops. Slight malt.

T- Very good balance of sweetness and hops. Light but has bite at the same time. The aftertaste has a bit of skunk though, but far less than I've tasted from most German imports. Pretty good tasting initially, but the taste disappeared for me quite soon, and the aftertaste wasn't thrilling.

M- Creamy on the tongue. Good balance of carbonation and crispness.

D- No complaints with the exception of wishing the taste lasted longer. There are much worse flaws. I would pick it up again.

BBP, Aug 20, 2010
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

ncstephen, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

sim0n17, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear straw with a white and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was crisp with a light aroma hop which was slightly spicy and just every so slightly grassy. The aroma intensified as the beer warmed and contained a very slight sweetness.

The flavor was crisp and dry with a substantial bittering component and a hop flavor that was lightly spicy and slightly grassy. The malt flavor was low but present and complemented the hop presence.

The finish was dry with a lasting hop bittering into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium. A nice pils, nothing outstanding, but a good solid pils. For the price paid, this one should be a staple.

12 ounce bottle. $4.49 a six at Aldi. Freshness dating was in code L1855.

GCBrewingCo, Oct 07, 2005
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

stevoj, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

herrburgess, Jun 11, 2013
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Wernesgruner from Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG
77 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.