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Wernesgruner | Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG

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Brewed by:
Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG
Germany | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SaunaKing on 02-19-2003

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Reviews: 170 | Ratings: 323
Photo of Grundle20
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Crystal clear and golden in color make up the general look of the beer. There is a nice frothy head which is slow to fall and leaves clumpy lacing behind.

Smell:
The scent is sweet and bready. It would have been nice to get some hops in there but a very solid smell overall for a lager.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Just a touch of caramel malts in the front which transition smoothly in to a dry grain character mid drink. There's a smooth bitterness from beginning to end. There's some underlying earthy notes probably from the hops which seems to compliment the overall taste well. The finish is a little bready but there's little undesirable aftertaste to note.

Drinkability:
It's just a tad too "foody" for all out drinkability but aside from that it's rather refreshing and full flavored. A lager doing its job.

Bottom Line:
One of 4 beers I was shocked to find at ALDI's of all places. This one is certainly the best of the bunch. A fine lager in my opinion.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can. Dated 15/12/2007 (best before?) and 15/12/2006 (canned?) on the bottom of the can.

A- Very clear, very pale golden yellow. Big fluffy white head. Some bubbliness, but not great.

S- Pleasant floral hops and a bit of grassyness. Not much else.

T- A little watery. Pleasant delicate floral hops. Not much in terms of malt flavours though there is a touch of sweetness. No off flavours, but what it does have is too weak.

MF- Somewhat watery, but not too bad for style. Leaves mouth a little pasty.

D- Easy drinking summer beer. Too bland but still pleasant. Drinkability diminished by blah mouthfeel.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear straw w/ a solid 1 inch head. Looks a bit loose though. Lots of continuous bubbling.

S - Smells like a pils alright, with an extra sweet malt.

T - Mild in flavour. Nothing special here. Decent hoppiness.

M - Decent carbonation - lively, and light bodied.

D - Easy drinking. Nothing I can spot as being wrong about this, but not exciting either.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Wernesgruner was a light golden color with good clarity. The large white head was a little rocky and had good retention, leaving some thick lace on the side of my glass. It smelled of noble hops and was fairly malty with some earthy aromas. The taste was noble hops over a malt base with a dry bitter finish. It was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was above average. It's a decent pilsener and worth a try.

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Photo of Quej
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a crystal clear pale gold with a lot of head which dissipates rather quickly. Has an odd pattern of foam resting on the top, looking slightly suspicious.

S - Very little smell whatsoever. The main smell is of hoppiness, and scents of metal. A slight bit of citrus. It smells like a decent light beer.

T - A fairly strong taste of hops. A good amount of bitterness, but once again not many hidden secrets here. Reminiscent of hoppy, fizzy water. A little bit of sourness and citrus are also evident. It has some subtle wheatiness. Flavour disappears rather quickly leaving no aftertaste. Flavours of metal emerge, as though sucking on pocket change (probably from the can, even though I'm not drinking directly from it).

M - It has a good deal of carbonation in the mouth. It is very smooth and pleasant at a cold temperature.

D - Drinkable. The subtle flavours it has are not offensive and the lightness and lack of aftertaste make it easy to go through a few. Very refreshing when cold. Becomes more 'tinny' as it warms.

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Photo of StargherKing
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up because it was cheap and looked interesting. Pours an extremely light, clear yellow. Fair amount of carbonation, comparable to a Sprite or 7up. Thick, bright white head which dissipated over a few minutes. Smell is astringent, very hoppy, with a little sweetness and alcohol. Taste is very bitter, with a hint of sweetness, overall a strong astringent flavor, with some hops as well. Mouthfeel is very watery, with some carbonation. Drinkability I suspect will vary wildly from person to person. I could certainly see this being an easy beer to pound back for some, but not for me. Overall, it's not an offensive beer, but it's not something I plan to seek out in the future.

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Photo of MillRat
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Typical yallerwasser with a light white head that fades quickly

S: More hops than I expected, and a good noble hop aroma, too.

T: A crisp pils with clean medium malt body and hop bitterness running somewhere between Becks and PG. Fades quicker than most pils.

M: Rather thin, on the lighter side of appropriate for the style.

D: A very quaffable lawnmower beer for the hop tolerant.

As mentioned before in this post, 75 cents a bottle ain't bad for this. It's not a classic, it's not an astounding fringe nutcase, but it would be an excellent fridge filler when you have the macro drinkers over and don't want to see them dump out the great ones and you don't want to have to exorcize your fridge from the macro-beer demons.

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Photo of Conrad
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good old fashioned value priced run-of-the-mill, German macro that offends no one and pleases most.
Pours a clear, straw, golden yellow with a nice head that didn't last long, but left good lacing.
The smell is hard to sort out. Hops up front, with faint floral grassy notes. The malts are minimal.
Taste is very mild. There are good hops bitters with a proper beer flavour. This would be a good training beer for newcomers who don't want to assault their taste buds with intense or complex flavours.
Mouthfeel is thin, with a light body, considering the 4.9% abv. There is good carbonation and it has a smooth dry finish.
So overall: A very good cheap summer pils, but it does not rate up there with the classics.

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.72/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The apperance right away left me confused. Is this really a German Pilsner, or some mass produced light beer instead? Light yellow. Smell of very weak hops.

Taste is an improvement, malty but very overcarbonated and with a light body. Hops are definatly bland. Kind of refreshing but a bit dull.

Very much a lame duck when it comes to German Pilseners. It's cheap yes, but so are better beers.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of ernie
4.1/5  rDev +22%
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!

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with best before date of 1-17-07.

Palest yellow with a large pure white froth and bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Head has a nice rockiness and staying power - lace and all!

Metallic note was troubling in the nose, but was only present at the first whiff. Malt is subdued but the hops are there with a strong grassy note. Grape like fruitiness shows in time.

Light bodied with plentiful carbonation. Solid malt center has notes of white grapes, contrasted by grassy noble hops with a touch of lemon in the finish. Long biscuity finish.

I am completely impressed by this beer. An astonishing value with a ton of character for the price.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.43/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Photo of jlh8643
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has no date on it. Poured into a Pils glass. A very good egg shell white head sits on top of a pale straw yellow body. The head has good staying power leaving lace down the sides of the glass. A vast stream of bubbles race up to the top. Sweet malt with just a hint of floral hops in the nose. Sweet grainy malt predominately with barely a noticible hop bitterness. A very thin body that is rather bland. Almost no aftertaste and finishes very dry. If you are looking for a cheap beer this sure beats BMC and would be a good start for someone wanting to explore something different w/o going outside the lines of the big three.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lighter than most beers i've seen, this one pours out into my glass a bright, refractive gold. I was amazed by the lace sticking to the glass, even better than the Westmalle I consumed prior to this.

For some reason the nose of this beer reminds me of when I used to think that Beck's was the penultimate German beer. Harsh, grassy hops above a slightly plastic grain characteristic. Suggestions of buttered corn. I suspect the German purity law is in effect here but no way to know.

The taste hits with an initial formless goo of buttery sweetness which just barely gets balanced by a sharp, significant hop taste. Long dry finish which gets more refreshing by the sip. Everyone enjoyed my comparison of this to 'non-bad Heineken'.

Slightly slick mouthfeel reinforces the sweetness which teeters on the edge of cloying. Drying hops make it work and give great burps. Hella better than BMC...and will continue to get my $4.49 when I need a cheap, relatively satisfying beer.

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Photo of JISurfer
2.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

FROTHY HEAD! That's pretty much the highlight of this one. The smell was semi-skunk, mixed with malt and hops, just like any Euro lager. I've had better Pilsners though. The taste was similar to the smell, but not so much on the skunk. It was mostly a very malty taste, with a hop finish, as well as some very faint citrus fruits. Overall a disappointment. Just chalk it up as another beer review.

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Photo of funkengruven
4/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of brewQ
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a rocky white head and lots of lace patches. The light aroma is evenly malt and spicey noble hops. The taste is hoppier than most German Pilsners. lots of fresh grass clippings and sea air, with a nice balancing bready malt. The mouthfeel is light and rather high in carbonation. The finish is richly hoppy and longish.

This is an unexpectedly taster Pilsner. Ill try it again for sure.

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Photo of mwrseeley
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is Friday night and I just got home from work. Time to unwind with some Charlie Parker and a new, untried beer.

Lots have been said about this beer (and many others) by people with more finely-tuned senses than I possess. I will simply add that I enjoyed my drink (being the end of the week might have had an influence) and it satisfied my thirst and my personal requirements for a beer.

Good stuff.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of Barraclou
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: It got a quite pale straw colour for a beer and not too much head. At least, you don't spill half of your pint before you can drink it.

Smell: The aroma is very fruity.

Taste: This beer is very hoppy. Lots of rich fruity flavours with a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It depends. Sometime it was rich and creamy, sometimes the carbonation was burning my tongue (typical of a cheaper beer). Instable mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Usually, Pils is not really my favorite style, but this one is not that bad (especially for its price - cheaper than domestic beers). For someone on a budget, it worths a try.

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Photo of mynie
3.87/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

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Photo of fisherman34
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned sample. Light gold in colour with lots of carbonation. Fairly rich malty aroma from this one with some milder grassy hop notes. Very crisp mouthfeel, with flavor notes of light malt, clean grassy hops, and a very slight touch of citrus. Very satisfying indeed. A good example of the classic German pilsner style.

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Photo of Viggo
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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