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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
Brewed by:
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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Photo of youngleo
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured to a very white two fingered head. Brew itself was a very light yellow in color. Head hung around a long time. Had some decent lacing. Smelled very light. Almost no smell going on. Just a straw smell and very light sweetness. Had a light sweetness taste to it. Almost like apples. Again very light taste. Had a slight bitter aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was about right. Not a lot of alcohol. You could make this a session beer with no problem. Ill buy again.

youngleo, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a pale straw-yellow colour with very a finger of white head that takes a long time to dissipate. Small lacing around the glass. Hops come through in the smell with some bready malts. Very clean flavour, some small bitterness. Nice carbonation level. Quite a refreshing beer. I could easily put a few of these back.

kwjd, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.9/5  rDev +46.7%

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 hardy008
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%

Clear light gold with a 2 finger white head with good retention. The aroma has hops, sweet malt, and a bit of green apple and lemon.

Tastes just like it smells. Hops, sweet malt, green apple, and lemon. A nice mix of hop bitterness and sweetness from the malt.

Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, smooth, and easy to drink. Nicely carbonated. A nice example of a German Pilsener.

hardy008, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Jips
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Yah Aldi beer!

Bottle into pint glass, 2 inch fluffy bubbly head and light beer color. Ya know, the color of pee when you are a little dehydrated.

Feel: a bit carbonated and just above the viscosity of water

Smell: light hops light malt just a bit sweet

Taste: Those, alright hop bite and sure a little carmel taste too

After: light sticky sweet and just the kiss o' the hops

Really entertaining to see a constant stream of bubbles go from the top to bottom of my glass. Can't beat the price or convenience (Aldi's are all over IL) but this is spectacularly average. (I like Noble Pils better, sometimes it is cheaper too).

Jips, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Brent
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

Brent, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of BBP
4/5  rDev +19.8%

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
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

Evil_Pidde, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of patra7
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%

I had a special import bottle, bought from a beer cellar and enjoyed at home.

Appearance: Gold / light amber color, large white head (quite impressive), that recedes fairly quickly.

Smell: Hmmm... Not much there, except for some standard lager light maltiness. Slightly metallic.

Taste - Mouthfeel: Surprisingly, things start to get a bit more interesting. Very low carbonation - I can hardly see or feel fizzy bubbles after a while- but I wouldn't call it flat. Rather smooth, with a very small touch of bitterness midway and then a hint of earthy, grassy taste with a dry finish. Perhaps a peppery / grainy feel as well. Medium body.

Drinkability: I would like it a bit more bitter and carbonated to call it a pils but it somehow redeemed itself at the end.

patra7, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of cratez
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%

500ml can from the LCBO. Wernesgruner was mentioned on Bar Towel as one of the better canned lagers at the 'BO, so I opted to give it a whirl. Here she goes!

A: pale straw yellow, thin ring of white head, webbed lacing on the Becker glass. Carbonated bubbles in the body.
S & T: cream, barley, sour dough bread, cereal, sweetish grainy malts, light floral grassiness, water, Euro hopping with a lasting, mild bitterness. Faintest hint of lemon on the nose. Very similar to the Peroni I tasted last night.
M: crisp, thinner than medium, hop spiciness mid-palate, a little oily, dry graininess (almost wheat-like), German hop aftertaste.
D: a passable drinker, not the best pilsner but it possesses nearly all of the traits that I expect from the style. This warrants a sample.

cratez, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of kjyost
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%

Sitting in a motel room in Wawa, ON and needed a beer for the football game. This was in singles so I grabbed a couple as nothing else was close to craft-like (except SteamWhistle, but I didn't need 12 beers). Can stamped 'DAT 12/10'. Poured into a plastic water glass as I had nothing else...

The beer pours a ridiculous white head that is tall, thick and beautfiul atop a clean pale gold beer. Laces beautifully, and lasted as a cap for much much longer than expected. The aroma of the beer is decent for a pilsner, with some spicy hop aroma and a bit of vegetal is there too...

The flavour is mediocre. A bit of spicy bitterness which is battling a vegetal flavour. The body is a little thin and too watery. A light unpleasant aftertaste lingers. Carbonation is lower than expected (especially for such a thick head). Drinkable, though not fantastic.

kjyost, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of lstokes
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%

Average German pilsner. It came to me very clear, with a bubbly top half and a two-finger but fast-fading head.

The smell had a touch of soap to it, as did the taste. It starts sweet before going a bit hoppy, but the hops are pretty soft--this isn't a beer with a memorable taste. The mouthfeel is also on the watery side, although the carbonation stayed nice and lively throughout, keeping it drinkable.

I suppose I might drink it again? But probably not by choice.

lstokes, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of revdrkevind
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%

I'd managed to make it through college without ever really getting my "beer-legs", and on breaking out Wernesgruner Pilsner was my first serious attempt at developing a taste of the stuff (on account of being dead cheap), so it has a special place in my heart.

s- Bottle, only available through ALDI stores in the US, apparently.

a- Pale straw, maybe with just the slightest green tinge. Decent head fizzes away and leaves little or no lacing.

s- Definitely smells like a pils, which is great, but there's a little bit too much sour in there that makes me thing something's gone wrong.

t- There's a good flavor in there, with great hops and veggies just like a great Pilsner. I tend to find that great wave of flavor is overriden by an aftertaste bordering that borders on what I imagine a baby diaper's smell would taste like. The hops are so green and grassy they feel a little rotten, although not to the point of undrinkability.

m- Again, there's a great and refreshing mouthfeel in there that's perfect for a pilsner, but my mouth is too busy cringing from the aftertaste to appreciate it. The refreshing does really win out in the end, though.

d- I don't know what it is, but try as I might to put this beer down, I just can't stop drinking it. I would later learn this was the beginning of a love of pure German pils. Just as I keep thinking the aftertaste is awful and I'll never have another drink, I'm washing it away with another swig. If you have an ALDI's in your area, you should give this one a try.

revdrkevind, May 21, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%

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

jsh420, May 17, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

scruffwhor, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of ruckus232
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Clear yellow color with a foamy white head that stays around for a good amount of time but leaves little lacing

Smell: Almost a rice and popcorn like grain smell that also includes a little bit of a sweetness as well.

Taste: It begins with a little bit of a corn sweetness that finishes slightly bitter but that leaves quickly. The aftertaste is somewhat of that rice/popcorn taste. A little odd, not bad but because of the aftertaste, not great.

ruckus232, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of leakyfaucet12
1.45/5  rDev -56.6%

12 oz bottle bought at aldi for 5.99 a six pack

a- light gold w/ good retaining head

s- smell very very light, cant really smell anuything

t- light very light

m- carbonated water

d- high i guess

ok so I do not understand why a beer like this could have a worthy. I would drink any major marketing beer over something like this. When I bought it I was not expecting it to be good. But this is the beer that people who drink coors would turn away from. Just because it is german and has a hard to pronounce name does not deem this beer worthy. Arguably the worst beer I have ever had.

leakyfaucet12, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%

A: Clear, golden light yellow with a nice thick white head. Moderate lacing.

S: Sweet malty grain, honey, and mild floral hops.

T&M: Crisp, medium bodied beer with a mild hop bitter and fine carbonation.

Great beer for the price. Figured I'd try a 6-pack from the local Aldi.

cdizinno, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Vixie
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a nice clear yellow with a nice white head that slowly dissipates. I liked the look of this one, made me anxious to taste it.

Smell is sweet and fruity, quite a bit of lemon, followed by a bit of a fresh mown grass smell.

Definitely a hoppy beer, but more a floral spicey hop than a bitter one. Has a bit of a bite at the end, and a touch of bitterness.

Feel is fairly good for having such a light color. The solid hops taste and the carbonation help make it fairly solid.

Not a bad beer, but since I am not a huge fan of hoppy beers, subtracted a little for that. Still, as far as a high hops beer goes, I liked this one, and would rate it among the better high hops beers I've had.

Vixie, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%

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.

Yoonisaykul, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of BillyBoysPie
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%

On tap at Franken in Berlin. Great bar. A must visit.

Typical pale golden of the German Pilsener with a two inch white head. Lots and lots of lacing.

Bitter and hoppy, a little to stern for a typical pilsener. In the style, but not as good as it could get.

Mostly clean hop flavors with a little bit of the clean malt on the beginning. No interesting flavors in addition to the classic Hallertau hop used.

Refreshing mouthfeel, light and crisp.

A fair version of Pilsener - but try something else first.

BillyBoysPie, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of darklordlager
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%

Pours a light golden colour, with a bright white head that sprouts up and recedes back down almost immediately.

A little bit of lemon. Light malt, creamed corn.

Twangy, light malt, corn. Apple cider. Same as the smell for the most part.

M-Highly carbonated.

darklordlager, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

biboergosum, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

Brenden, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

IronDjinn, Nov 29, 2009
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