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Wernesgruner - Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG

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240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

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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01121987

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A light straw colored typical appearance bursting with carbonation, but still not enough to maintain a lasting head.

aroma of saaz and a touch of skunk, typical.

the flavor is better than the aroma with just enough sweetness keep from being too dry.

nice dry finish but a again, the aroma is a little catty

very drinkable and i will probably try it again.

overall a good beer but too typical to be remembered.

Serving type: can

04-02-2009 03:47:13 | More by 01121987
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wahhmaster

Virginia

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

Poured from a 0.5l bottle into a 0.5l branded Krušovice pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear and translucent. Kind of pale or straw-colored. It has a fizzy head that dissipates almost instantly and leaves almost no discernable lacing.

Smell: Kind of muted. Definite hop characteristics with bready or grassy afternotes.

Taste: Bitter up front with kind of a sour aftertaste. Tastes like a middle-of-the-road pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin and watery with a bit too much carbonation to be that pleasant.

Drinkability: Overall not a bad beer, but not really that great either. There are definitely better pilsners out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 10:42:33 | More by wahhmaster
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flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very light yellow color with strong soapy like head that doesn't last much long.

S: Some herbal hops comes out first. Then there is some malt sweetness. And that's it, very straightforward.

T: Again, herbal hops comes out. Grassy/flowery taste to it, kinda neat. Malt is good just sweet enough. But, there is a strange metallic aftertaste that isn't very pleasant.

M: Actually very good. Nice crisp feel with a good creamy characteristics. Not watery at all, which surprises me.

D: Good again. Low abv, taste is good and not too weak, feels good. The only thing slowing it down is the damn metallic aftertaste.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-20-2009 01:58:19 | More by flipper2gv
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 500-ml can into a draught glass.

Appearance - poured a light yellow straw colour. Not much head retention, quickly down to surface bubbles.

Smell - corn, veggies and plenty of hops.

Taste - more veggies and a herbal-hop flavour that places the emphasis on bitterness - not well balanced.

Mouthfeel - nothing offensive, average carbonation that balances the bitters.

Drinkability - lots of better options, I'm not put off by this but won't seek it out.

Serving type: can

02-16-2009 23:20:34 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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gmfessen

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Like others, I picked this up for $5.99 at Aldi's. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a perfecly clear, straw-golden color with a thick, lusterous white head that leaves nice trakcs of lacing about the glass. The smell is a combo of a neutral grain malt and slightly grassy, spicy hops. The flavor has a slight sweet, fruity flavor with a mildly skunked taste that I've come to expect from most Euro lagers. A decently balanced beer that finishes slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is light to watery and the carbonation is on the thin side. Overall, a drinkable beer. Since it is economical, it is probably worth the price and just as good or better than BMC stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 22:13:50 | More by gmfessen
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AnalogReigns

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

UPDATE:
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!)
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 19:48:01 | More by AnalogReigns
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nightcrawler

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I, too, found this at an Aldi Foods and picked it up on a lark.

The color was a thin tan, but decent lacing with the small head. The smell was exactly like the other pils I had before it. The taste was not as bad as I expected with plenty of "Pils" flavor, but maybe a bit too fruity with the hops on the end.

This beer is a better pils than many of the American micro-brewed versions of German pilseners I have tried. Very drinkable, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 00:44:57 | More by nightcrawler
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etherashe

Germany

3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is wraithy-yellow. Small, splindly head which dissipates quickly. The smell is pensively sweet with sour hops.

The taste is a lesson in Pils beauty: milky-soft sweetness balanced perfectly with hops. A really lovely, dualistic flavor combination.

The mouthfeels is excellent and drinkability is tremendous. If I preferred the Pils style, this would definitely be one of my regulars.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 11:51:02 | More by etherashe
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Bobo77

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

When shopping at Aldi Supermarkets my expectations are typically low. Well I mean they do have some good cheese there and whatnot. Well anyhow they have 6 pack bottles of this beer for a decent price. My initial impression a few years ago was that this would be a nasty knock off of Heineken or other Pale Euro-Lagers (since they actually have a nasty knock off of Corona. Yuck!) I was pleasantly surprised.

The beer pours a very pale color, much like Bud or Bud Light, though there is much more head and lots of sticky lacing that runs down the glass.

But then the nose reveals a grassy yet hoppified aroma not found in cheap American macros. The reason, well this isn't actually a macro...it is a real German Pilsner. And the smell proves it.

The taste runs from mild cardboard to just dry hops, biscuity, breadcrusty with a little bit of DMS (but not too much) thrown in there. Since this is cheap I am comparing it to PBR, Stag, and Busch and it easily blows all of them out of the water. Extremely drinkable and very much session worthy.

When you are broke like I was last month, give this one a try, it isn't Westmalle by any stretch but it sure as Hell isn't Heineken either.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 17:42:11 | More by Bobo77
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 19:25:33 | More by WVbeergeek
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden witha good sized white creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Very little carbonation rising.

Aroma is grassy, grainy and sweet.

Taste is also quite sweet. Light bitterness at the end. Grassy. Quite light flavor. Was hoping for more malt backbone.

Mouthfeel was lifeless.

Overall, it is certainly drinkable and even sessionable. But, not a beer I will seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2008 03:34:41 | More by atigerlife
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Contagion

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It comes in the standard 12 oz brown bottle. The label is a golden color and is set at an angle. There is the company logo off centered at the top. The neck as a gold foil label on it also with the name of the beer.

There is a pale yellow color to it. It's clear with no cloudiness to it at all. The carbonation bubbles that float gently to the top can clearly be seen. The stark white head is thick and made up of tiny bubbles. After a while the head fades to just a film on the top of the glass. There is no lacing on the glass at all.

To the nose it has a slight aroma of spicy hops and sweet grass. There is also a touch of grass that can be detected. As the beer warms up you get a more noticeable and enticing aroma. On the tongue it is slightly sweet. A combination of that starts with mild malts is followed by spicy hops. Like most pilsners the flavor is mild and unobtrusive. Just like the scent as the beer warms it tends to open up the flavors making them more noticeable.

This is a light bodied beer with a mild carbonation to it. It's very easy to drink. This is a good anytime beer or something that you could eat with a meal. The flavor would enhance the flavors of the food without being completely overpowered by the flavor of the meal.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 01:03:20 | More by Contagion
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: can

08-04-2008 22:18:24 | More by Ralphus
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Clockwork420

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(OMG THIS WAS EXPIRED WHEN I REVIEWED THIS!!! I CAME BACK TO ADD THIS LITTLE BIT OF INFO. This beer was this good. EVEN when it was expired. I must re-review it.) I wont change the score either.

My dad got a smaller "Pony" keg of this brew. It sat for one entire day in the fridge. Then we opened it. I filled a glass stein and thats how I begin here. I put CASK cause I didnt know what was proper here. (Theres no Keg selection there lol)

A- Meh goldish hay color. Nothing special. Light bubbling. Small head after a wait. Hardly none after 10 minutes.

S- Again nothing special standing out. Smelled like malt. Slightly sweet to the snooter. Reminded me very quickly of Warsteiner.

T- Smoooth. Easy to drink. No hiccups. Again reminded me of Warsteiner. I could drink this any day of the week. Tart at the end of drink.

M- Thin and lightly carbonated. No hiccups present though. Which tends to make this score high.

D- Like I said. I could drink this all the time. Its way better than alot of beers I have had. Although I dont have a ton of EXP with Pilsner. It does remind me alot of the Warstiener premium verum.

Keg was $15.99 a keg. Could make 4 people happy I suppose. I suggest you Try the warsteiner also if you like this one. Very similar. I also say since this was from a keg. I would re-review this one. Because there are many Different things going on here with the overall grade. Carbs could be more from a bottle. Or the taste might differ with a less metallic taste. So I gave this one a fairly good grade knowing theres room for improvement in the lower areas.

I would drink this one again.
:)

Serving type: cask

05-28-2008 07:36:16 | More by Clockwork420
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A golden beer with a nice head that settles into a small foamy head. Easy-going carbonation.

Smell is pilsner-like, but more in a non-German like way. The yeast seems to leave out the sulfur and is quite clean. There are some nice, but subtile, hop smells, a bit resinous and skunky.

Taste is light and malty, again with lagermalt character. The yeast is clean and adds only a taste which I would call bottom fermented taste. The typical sulfur is not in here. The hops whiffs that I picked up in the smell are translated poorly into the taste. The beer has hoppy taste, but is somewhat overruled by the light biscuity taste of the malt. Drinkability is good. I like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 18:25:46 | More by Absumaster
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml can
4.9% ABV

I tried this beer on February 11, 2008 after purchasing from the local LCBO outlet. The beer pours a clear yellow-gold with a thin white head. The aroma is very grainy and not appealing at all. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. The flavour is a combination of malt and grain.

Serving type: can

05-13-2008 05:42:28 | More by cyrenaica
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

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

bought in beijing, same store as EKU

clear, pale golden color, decent head soon fades to wispy layer. lacing is somewhat sparse, and only sticks around for a minute or so.

mildly fragrant noble hops, with some overcooked grain tones however, approaching DMS and also skunk, but only ever so slightly.

flavor is cleaner, with some toasted malts, bread, and spicy hops that provide a decently crisp bitterness. nothing spectacular, but nothing to detract either.

feel is somewhat smooth, not too watery. lively carbonation.

overall actually not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 14:14:21 | More by tai4ji2x
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biggred1

Indiana

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

A-Pale clear yellow,decent looking bone white head.Leaves little lace.

S-Mineral and cereal grains mild whiff of citrus hop.

T-Nice pils taste,a little citrusy on the back of the tongue.Mild astringency.

M-Medium slick mouthfeel.

D-Easy to drink,a good session beer for the money.There are better examples of the style out there but this stuff is hard to beat at five bucks a sixpack.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 22:00:00 | More by biggred1
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Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

02-02-2008 19:57:41 | More by Antilochus
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mualphapiper

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale gold with a prominent head that fades quickly without much lace. Light random of champagne bubbles. I might like to see a richer color and a stronger head, and the bubbles might be in true "trails."

S - Instant impression of floral hops followed by some distinct clover honey.

T - Bitter hops, a little honey, with some walnuts. Some bitter celery and a recognizable taste of fresh bread dough at the back of the tongue. A distinct nutty finish, almost exactly like oolong tea.

M - Light, as one would expect from a Pilsner. It has a certain "sudsy" feel, which I was less excited about. Above average, but not phenomenal.

D - Would I have another? Yes!

Overall impression: considering the price, this is a serious buy! There's better German beer out there, but if you're on a budget, hit this stuff at $4-5 a six rather than the cheaper American "Pilsner" attempts.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 02:02:37 | More by mualphapiper
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pale gold, rocky 3 finger head, lacing is good, lively beading

S some vanilla, wax, a little cabbagey, lots of hops, some sweet biscuit malt

T- lot a lot of taste, a little too sweet in the aftertaste, but the crisp bitterness does come through eventually, still a little cabbagey

M- medium carbonation, clean and fresh, crisp

D definitely better pils out there. not a fan of the cabbage but still a nice hoppy crispness. Gimme some rothaus pils!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 21:57:50 | More by seanyfo
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danielocean03

Indiana

3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a thin-walled tall mug, bright and crystal clear straw yellow with a full fizzy finger of foam that slowly fell to lighter lace. Aroma is skunky hops and light sweet grainy malt, just like a german pils should. Taste is well balanced between grassy hops and earthen maltiness, finishes with a light and clean aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, light to medium bodied with low to medium levels of carbonation. Drinkability is great, nicely balanced and easy to drink, tasty and refreshing example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 21:14:12 | More by danielocean03
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear liquid, clarity similar to apple juice but with a distinct lime green hue - seriously. One finger off-white head, some retention and lacing. Low, lazy carbonation surpizingly lasted throughout tasting. Has a bready smell, yeast, dampness, feintly floral. Dry and bitter pilsener taste,finishes quickly and a bit abrupt. Medium body with some hops and a balance, finishing more with malt in the aftertaste. Overall, not a bad tasting pilsener but with a bit too snappy a finish. I can't say I didn't enjoy this beer but I doubt I'll run off and bring some more home, nothing about it makes me want to have another right now.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 04:27:59 | More by ThatWineGuy
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tpd975

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 03:02:51 | More by tpd975
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- Very light yellow with a 1/2" white head. Lots of carbonation. It left some decent lacing.

S- Pretty clean scent. I mostly picked up floral hop notes.

T- A little toward the light end of the style. Pretty balanced between the sweeter malts and the hops.

M- Smooth, but bubbly carbonation.

D- It's a pretty decent beer. It tasted best at its coldest on a hot day. At the price, I can see buying it again when the beer budget is being streched or feel like something lighter.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 01:47:53 | More by GRPunk
Wernesgruner from Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG
77 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.