Wernesgruner - Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
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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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 BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellowish amber with abundant, though lazily rising, bubbles. The bright white head has some substance to it and looks good during its slow motion collapse. Broken sheet of thin, soapy lace end up on the glass. A good look overall.

The nose is pils hoppy with a bit more depth than is usual. It's spicy and floral and maybe even a trifle citrus fruity. I doubt that I will ever love this style or will ever like noble hops as much as their American counterparts, but the aroma emanating from my glass is well above average.

No real surprises on the palate. There's a wee nudge of sweetness at the start, followed by a mildly biting hoppiness and notes of lime and sweet hay. I don't know why I taste lime more than lemon, I just do. Clean, dry finish. Although the beer is a shade more complex than most pilseners, it doesn't have that 'certain something' that would make me love it. The body is light and the mouthfeel is lively.

Wernesgruner doesn't make me feel like shouting the chorus from "Deutschland Uber Alles" from the rooftops, but it is a drinkable pilsener that was enjoyable while it lasted. I doubt that I'll seek it out again, but then very few beers of this style are accorded that honor.

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 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 zeff80
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a pale, straw yellow color. The very bubbly beer had a three-finger, fizzy white head that left sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled floral with grains and a light caramel scent.

T - Good sweet caramel and grain flavor with a mild spice bitterness from the hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp but very light bodied. It finished clean and dry.

O - This was surprisingly good a $6 for a six pack. Worked great on a warm day while grilling.

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 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 kojevergas
2.27/5  rDev -32%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle into Guinness pint glass in North Berlin, Germany. Bottle acquired in REWE stores, Berlin. Reviewed live.

A: Half finger thin embarrassingly bad head. No cream. Abysmal retention - maybe six seconds? Transparent clear yellow head. Bleh. Very unappealing.

Sm: Cream and some pleasant barley. A pretty light scent. It's difficult to detect individual notes with me broken nose.

T: Cream and barley. That's it. Even the finish is uninspired and pretty crap. I wanted a better beer. It's quite simple and brewed without care for anything besides profit margins. A sadly disappointing beer. Unbalanced and garbage.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but there is a sharp coarseness to tame the smoothness that feels artificial, unwelcome, and contradictory to the style. Very poorly executed.

Dr: Why did I buy this? The ABV isn't high enough for the beer to even be considered a crap beer. It's just downright not worth it. The price is especially low, but still doesn't justify the poor quality. This is one for ye lads to avoid like the fecking hiv. (Too far?)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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 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).

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a ubbly clear yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Nice fresh hops, some corn and grains

T: Pretty simple. Hops, floral notes are light and some corn

M: Some crispness but pretty plain and simple

D: Average pilsener

Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pallid, lemony yellow that at first struck me as being rather light even for a notoriously light-coloured style. As I look at it now, however, the beer really isn't lacking much in means of glitz or gloss - and it is impeccably clear - it just looks anemically thin, that's all. Speaking of feebleness its head, promising though it was at first, has already waned down to nothing more than a soapy, loosely tied string of scattered, far dispersed bubbles.

The aroma makes it quite apparent that this is a malt-focused pilsner. And, given the absence of any adjunct-attributed unpleasantness, I should have no problem with that. Overlooking the hint of cider, this aroma bears a faint resemblance to gin and tonic. It's not a smell that get's me excited but it's not something I mind having to smell either. Meh, the Germans never really cared much about aroma anyhow.

Although I have my doubts about whether this really is brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot, I will concede that it's pretty malty - and a clean, natural maltiness at that. A light grainy flavour is accompanied only by a subtle taste of apple. With the absence of hops the taste is plainly one-dimensional. A little earthy hop pungency would have been appreciated but is surprisingly not needed; this maltiness is quite appreciable on its own.

And despite no hop presence in either aroma or taste, there certainly is a good dose of bitterness in the mouthfeel. They call this beer the "pils legend" supposedly because it remained intensely bitter during the communist period. I'd call it such because it (more impressively) remains intensely bitter even despite the onslaught of mass-production and a major corporate takeover by the brewing giant Bitburger Braugruppe GmbH.

Another aspect of the mouthfeel I particularly like is its tonic-water like quality. That drying, prickly, mineral-rich texture is especially well suited to a pilsner; it not only makes the beer quenching and quaffable, it also gives it a little bit of distinguishing character, especially for a style that offers little room for such a thing. It must also be noted that the body is unexpectedly malty (read: filling, ample) for a macro-produced pilsner.

Wernesgrüner (or Wernesgruener, the correct way to spell it if you aren't using the ü) was a surprisingly refreshing treat on this sunny summer afternoon. I was expecting this to be yet another bastardized macro-lager; fortunately that wasn't the case. The fact that Wernesgrüner Brauerei has been around for over 560 years has to tell you something; the fact that they still make a good quality product tells you something even more important.

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 Duff27
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pale golden color with a big frothy two-fingered white head that retains for a few minutes. Leaves subtle lacing as well. Appearance is the best thing about this beer.

S- Biscuity, bready, and like a farm.

T- Tastes like it smells...straw, with a hint of lemon perhaps.

M- Mouthfeel isn't at all bad if you can separate it from the taste. Medium to thinning with noticeable carbonation sting.

D/O- Well if you're a fan of it, I'd suppose these would go down pretty easily. Overall, not a bad German-style Pils. Thanks again Jerdmier.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours light golden with a large thick creamy white head. Slow dissipation leaves lots of lacings.

S: Pure malt with some faint grain. Bitter hops. Not much else - but why mess with the basics?

T: Pure malt with bitter hops - they don't try to make this into something it's not - a basic but still nice German Pilsener.

M: Aftertaste is medium long with nice bitterness. Body is medium as well as carbonation.

D: Nice, balanced German Pilsener.

Photo of Viggo
2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden yellow, big fluffy white head, decent lacing. Smell is sweet, kind of a grainy malt smell, honey, little bit of discernible hops. Taste is very sweet, not very pleasant, it tastes almost skunked except its in a can. Honey sweetness, almost cloying, no hops to be found. Smooth carbonation, light mouthfeel, and not pleasant.

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

According to the ALDI website, this beer is licensed to be sold in the USA @ ALDI locations only.

An ok one finger head that recedes to a half island like film of foam. The color is a clear and briwght golden hay with some light copper hues. The aroma is strong with wet, cut grassy hops. The malts give just a little milled grain nuance to the aroma. The taste is full of those grassy German hops, but the water gives a little gypsum like mineral quality to the kilned barley. The gypsm also gives a crisp and dry feel to the palate. Your standard German pilsner that easy to drink and enjoy en masse. Or while working around the house.

Photo of spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can

Appearance - The beer pours a clear pale gold colour with a very large frothy white head. There is almost no carbonation showing and there is some really nice lacing. There head stuck around for a pretty long time before it finally dissipated.

Smell - breads/grains, slight pilsner skunk, hops and barley

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a decent mouth feel, there is a lot more carbonation on the tongue that the appearance lead on. It comes across as slightly watery but still very flavorful. The most noticeable flavour is breads/grains and a fresh grassiness. There is also a light apple juice sweetness and some mild hop bitterness. The beer finishes with a lightly bitter and refreshing aftertaste.

Drink - One of the better euro beers out there. It is very refreshing and highly sessionable - especially during the summer months.

Photo of tbeckett
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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 mynie
3.87/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aldi’s is the grocery store where the poor people go and even though I’m poor it’s got too much of a stigma attached to it for me ever stop there. It’s filled with flies, even in the winter, and it always smells like rotting tomatoes mixed with the earthen body odor of a child in early puberty or a full-grown Bosnian man with an open shirt.

I realized yesterday afternoon that I thought I was better than Aldi’s—despite my penury and shoddy appearance I keep up some semblance of middle classness (such as my affinity for expensive cheese and my lack of a Git-R-Done T-shirt or tattoo) and have always felt that Aldi’s was somehow beneath me. That’s where the immigrants shop. People who have actually at one point in their lives been denied gas station service because of their lack of shoes. It says right on the door that you need to wear them.

The road was packed with freshman eager to drive two hours home and tell mommy and daddy how school went and break the bad news to Suzy Creamcheese down the block that I know we said we’d love each other forever but I met some skank last week and, well… we can still be friends. I was in the turning lane and a young man in old Subaru didn’t check his blind spot and nearly merged into me. I laid on the horn and he skidded back into his lane, which was by that time filled with another freshman. It was loud and frightening and I somehow found myself in the Aldi’s parking lot afterwards, in need of alcohol. I thought about class and status and Velben and got angry at myself for falling into such a trap and marched boldly inside the store.

And boy was I in luck! Turns out that Aldi’s has been selling beer and wine for over a year and I was too good to notice. And what’s this? It’s beer I’d never heard of, and at such cheap prices even if it was crap it would be worth a try. I bought a sixer of a German Pils called Wernesgruner.

Nice bottle and a very nice head but an unfortunate dull white color like Bud. Decent, still. (Points added later due to great lacing and a head that refuses to die).

Heavy malts and rich fruity esters. Like Bitburger, more than anything. Rich and very nice.

A rush of harsh malt followed by organic pilsner grain that finishes on a decent node of smooth euro pils grain. A wonderful bitter grain aftertaste, too.

I gotta admit, when I saw this on sale for 3.49 a sixer at Aldi's, I only bought it for novelty. I am surprised that it's decent, let alone good!

Photo of tpd975
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear gold color with an impressive head which dies rather quickly.

S - Very little smell here. The is some hoppy citrus and a light yeasty aroma noted.

T: A nice traditional Pils. There is a decent amount of bitterness but nothing too out of this world. The citrus of the hops comes thru, and is balance nicely by the malt.. I have to agree with a previous reviewer who noticed a slight taste of metal. The taste is not overpowering, but is present.

M - It has a good deal of carbonation. Overall pretty smooth and refreshing.

D - It’s drinkable but not one I would purchase over and over.

Overall: This one was purchased by one of my family members for me to try while on vacation. It is a nice refreshing brew that goes down nice and tastes pretty good. I would drink again.

Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
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

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.

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