Wernesgruner - Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG

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Reviews: 160
Hads: 290
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG visit their website

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 nukem5
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden color with a 1/2 inch of foam. Clings nicely to glass walls.

S: A bit grainy and cereal with a citrus front.

T: Hoppy bite with a bitter grain aftertaste I typically taste in German Beer, almost skunky .

M: Light and refreshing lots of carbonation giving a fresh taste with each sip.

D: Somewhat drinkable used to love this taste along with Becks and Hienie but tastes have changed not bad though just not me. (436 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +24.8%
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. (1,487 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
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 (252 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
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 (349 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A mainstay of mine for years, don't know how I managed to go so long without reviewing it. Here goes!

Poured into a rounded pilsner glass. About two inches of thick-bubbled head, which receded into a thin, patchy ring. Pockets of lacing dot the top of the glass. Huge, sporadic bubbles of carbonation as well. light golden in colour.

Nose is honey, floral hops, bread, pilsner malt. Typical for the style.

A refreshing pils, nothing to write home about, but certainly worthy. Tastes are balanced, with bread, floral hops, honey, then a slightly bitter hop/mineral finish. Clean and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is a bit flat - it seems to have lost some of the zip from the initial pour. Medium bodied for a pils.

Probably one of the best Euro pilsners for your buck (at least in Ontario, where cans of this run you around 2 bucks a pop). A solid brew, easy to drink, crisp, refreshing. (889 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of prosper
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can. Has some haze and some very unappealing 'floaties' that look sort of like dust particles.

Smells of hallertau hops - sort of lemony, and light grainy malt.

Taste is bang on the 'german pils' profile - sweet grainy pilsner malt, with a bit of earthy/lemony german hops, and a distinct bitter balance.

Mouthfeel is good too - light body, crisp, dry finish.

Thin body, crisp and clean, with a palate-cleansing bitterness. A good german-style dry pils. (473 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of youngleo
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (499 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (320 characters)

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.9/5  rDev +44.5%
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! (1,167 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (380 characters)

Photo of Jips
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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). (629 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of BBP
4/5  rDev +18%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of patra7
2.81/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (764 characters)

Photo of cratez
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (778 characters)

Photo of kjyost
2.84/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (855 characters)

Photo of lstokes
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (469 characters)

Photo of revdrkevind
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,520 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (326 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of ruckus232
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (501 characters)

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