Weltenburger Pils | Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Weltenburger PilsWeltenburger Pils

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Contract brewed by Brauerei Bischofshof

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-14-2003

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Ratings: 137 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of Rayek
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brass color has good, but not great clarity. Active carbonation. Dense off-white head is somewhat small, but has great retention. Leaves nice lace.

S: Cloves predominate, followed by coriander, pepper, lemon and a hint of grass.

T: Complex for a Pils. Spicy clove and pepper bitterness dominates. Malt is dry and yeasty. Finishes with a lingering bitterness that has shades of tart apple.

M: Medium light body is a touch too fizzy.

D: Nice Pils that I'd never come across before. Worth a return visit.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 24 oz. brown bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into a pilsner glass.

Apperance: Pours a crystal clear straw yellow color, lots of carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head fromed about 1 finger thick, and had nice retention.

Aroma: Floral hops and some grains.

Taste: Well balanced. Grainy malts and floral hops blend very nicely. The finish is hoppy, slightly bitter, with the grains in the background.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. It hides the 4.9% ABV quite well so be careful. The carbonation was lively, which fit.

Overall: An excellent German pils, perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at the Suppenkuche in San Francisco. Served in a marked .5 liter hefty pils glass.

The beer is gold with a slight chill haze. Bone white head and awesome lacing. Nice looker here!

It has a fresh aroma of spice (pepper), flowers and grains.

The taste is moderately bitter with more spice and floral notes. Grainy and fruity finish adds a delightful touch of sourness.

The mouth is crisp and inviting. This is so easy to drink.

It went very well with my Jagerschnitzel.

If your ever in SF check out this friendly and funky take on a German Beer Hall!

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Photo of MichaelGreene
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my chilled dimpled mug. Nice little head that stuck around for the whole drink, lacing the sides of the cup.

Poured out yellow, with a green tint when held to the light. Translucent.

Initial smell was of honey and yellow dry grass in the summer.

Tasted surprisingly good, I was expecting a little more of a bitter flavor, but it was pretty mellow. A nice flowery taste, really mild.

Very carbonated, which I like a lot. Real light.

Probably wont buy this again, but I would drink it if someone had it around.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale straw yellowy, ugh. With a surprisingly appetizing fluffy white head that leaves clumps of foam lace.

Sweet light and Pils malts mix with whiffs of heavy carbonation, slight grassy and floral hop impression.

Slightly sweet and grainy biscuity malt with light floral hop bittering. Subtle.

Smooth and almost creamy moderate carbonation make this light bodied Pils extremely drinkable.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh half-liter bottle from the local store and poured into a stange, on to the beer:

Clear pale straw color with a soapy head that holds well describes the appearance of the beer. No skunkiness here, lots of hay in the aroma. Touches of hops and grain round off the rest of it. And the taste? Impressively smooth. Sweeter than I imagined, honeysuckle and a twist of hay make up the taste. Moderate hop bitterness balances it out as the honeysuckle is uplifted. The aftertaste has a pleasant touch of grass. Even with a few ounces left here, I still have some head on my beer.

Notes: Why can't all German imports be as fresh as my sample?

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Photo of GClarkage
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03/09/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a best by date printed on the back label. Poured into my Radeberger pils glass.

Appearance- Light golden in color. Virtually clear as can be. I read the tv screen no problem while looking through the beer. Looks very watery. Starts off with about a 1/2 inch head that quickly fades into nothing. Lacing is ultra light as well.

Smell- Has a nice pils hoppy nose. Smells more fruity than sweet. Not that mouse pellet nose you get from the heavy grain.

Taste- Very fruity with a mild grain backing. Also has a nice malty character. Seems like a touch of apricot in the taste. Hops are there and are mildly strong. Damn quenching.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, slightly creamy with a perfect carbonation level. Crisp as hell and slightly dry with a nice hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Sessionable quality here. Everything you look for in a good pils...could you a tad more hops, but that's pulling strings. Looks like nothing special, but it's the taste that matters. Will be getting some of these for the summer if they are still around.

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Photo of foles
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Collected a couple of these from the international beer shop in West Leederville, Perth. Was quite impressed with the classic pils that I encountered. Very crisp, malty backbone, and fresh finish which is what I was looking for. The beer presented itself perfectly when poured into my pils glass, which a snow white head of perfect thickness. There was a certain skunk present in the mouthfeel that I couldnt pinpoint, but overall I really enjoyed this one and will grab it again if the price is right!

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Photo of JBogan
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle, only a thin film of a head which left in a minute, nary any lacing either.

Smelled of hops and grains with a mild butter scent to it which I didn't care for.

Tasted much better than it smelled, and no sign of the butter I detected in the scent. A slight floral taste in there as well.

Good mouthfeel with a medium body and nice amount of carbonation to give it a nice crisp finish.

All in all this was a pleasant surprise and something I'd consider picking up again when looking for a pils. This would make a good session beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some would say just another green bottled Euro pils, but for me when poured into a nice conical shaped glass this Weltenburger product is one of the better overall German style pils I have acquainted with in awhile. Appears a vibrant bright grassy golden hue with a pale haze over it, bright white billowing head of course carbonatino is nice rises above the glass holds together well. The lacing is spread evenly with fine lace as the head dwindles down. Aroma mild skunky herbal characteristics but better yet fresh cut grass with mild citric notes flow the senses with pale biscuit malt components, the German Saaz are flowing and the malt with the soft water all form a crisp snappy aroma. Flavor flavor mild sweetness toasted crackers or fresh biscuit like, blended with rolling hops fresh cut grass, citrus peel, and some more skunk. Mouthfeel is crisp light to medium bodied range not watery in any way just a good drinking pils here, carbonation sturdy and hop burps follow. Drinkability why can't our big brewers do this mass production with hops.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. green bottle into a mug.
A: Clearish light yellow. 1.5 inches of foamy white head. Tons of carbonation visible. The head receded fairly slowly and left wonderful sticky lacing all the way down the glass.
S: Bready and citrusy up front. Subtler notes of earthy yeast and lemon. Smells like a beery loaf of lemon bread.
T: Light bitterness at first, followed by a lemon/citrus flavor in the middle. Finish is bready and yeasty. Overall not that much going on.
M: Bitter feel in the beginning that gives way to more creamy but bubbly finish. Mild lingering harshness in the throat and mouth.
D: Fine, but not great.
Overall, a beer that looks and smells better than it tastes. The taste is not offensive, but just rather bland. I could have a couple of these, but I wouldn't really want to.

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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed at Mr Dunderbaks Tampa.

More than a lawnmower beer, the aroma is chock full with Munich malts and subtle German hops. The color is quite pale, straw .
Well carbonated with a lacy well retained head , typical mouth-feel of Warstiener and Bittburger. However this is where the similarity ends.
Well-attenuated dry finish balances those Munich malts with flowery hops. A little astringent on the back of the tongue, gives this beer a nice finish.
Great beer if German pils are your bally-wick.

Regensburg beats Bremen this time.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, served into a footed German Pilsner Glass

Smell, Nice hops up front, touch of a musty scent, but overall hoppy and clean

Taste, Big malt flavors hit first, followed by an earthy hop flavor very close behind. Bold hop flavors, not just for the style, but on a whole. Very clean, finishes with little aftertaste, invites you to take another sip.

Overall, I'm glad I picked up this bottle, at $2.99 a bottle, the price alone almost made me keep walking. IMO, this beer is nothing grand, just a great example of the style. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another bottle.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.82/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured beer into a tumbler at 50 degrees. Beer was very pale with a big foamy head that was nice and white. High carbonation. Beer smelled a little sour but did not taste so. Thick mouthfeel bready tasting but kinda watery. Bland describes this beer pretty well. Decent but nothing great ans because of this I will not but again.

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Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale yellow body is topped by a suitably large white head. Good retention and some rings of patchy lace. Aroma is restrained, with some light toasted malt and floral and fruity noble hops. Light medium body with lively carbonation. Very subtle taste is enjoyable and balanced. Toasty malt melds well with spicy and floral hop bitterness. Biscuity and grainy most of the way through with a mild spice-like hop edge. Extremely drinkable!

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Photo of WMBierguy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a crystal clear, pale gold.The head was standard, with lacing down the sides of the glass. The hop flavor was pronounced, but not too bitter, and with a faint malty character lingering in the background. A very refreshing German Pilsener, one that I'd definately recommend.

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Photo of theopholis
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: My bottle actually says "Weltenburger Kloster Pils", but with the exception of the "Kloster", it looks like the same stuff. Maybe they just changed their label.

Poured into a properly-sized Pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pours a pale straw, with a very impressive white head. Just the slightest bit cloudy. Very impressive head retention with a lot of very sticky lace.

Aroma- Nice mix of a faintly malty, light, fruity nose. Just a touch of sourness coming in from the hops, but a lot more sweet than sour. The sour-mash is just a hint behind the malt sweetness.

Taste: About what you would expect from a German Pils. Hint of malty sweetness, with the normal blend of bittering hops. Still, there is an odd taste towards the end that lingers. Not unpleasant, but unexpected. If it weren't for the brown bottle, I'd suspect this was just the tiniest bit light-struck. I'm also drinking this at almost room temperature, so that could certainly have something to do with it.

Mouthfeel- The body isn't as light as you might expect, but I'm not that experienced with German Pilsners. Carbonation level is very nice, and brings out that odd taste I spoke of before. Again, not at all unpleasant, just unexpected.

Drinkability- Quite drinkable, but a bit unbalanced, but still quite pleasant and sessionable. This would be a good gate-way beer form macro-lager drinkers.

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Photo of numenor1
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and golden color, nice head. Smells very, fresh hops and light malts. Very clean and crisp tasting. Excellent balance, very fresh hops balance and dry out the toasted malts. Well bittered through the finish. I'd like the body to be a touch lighter, but imminently drinkable.

Excellent pils, though perhaps not as interesting as it could be. That said, far better than some of the over the top american versions i've had.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pure white, large, fluffy head composed of tiny bubbles that give a presentation of a very pillowy top. Several minutes pass before the foam has left some good lacing along the sides of the glass and has descended to thin film atop the beer. The body itself is the color of golden hay and is transparent with a fair amount of visible carbonation.
The aroma is crisp and clear, though a bit faint, displaying pilsener malt and floral hops with minor traces of yeast and a lemon-citrus. Taste is clean, bearing strong marks of fresh malt and a bit of yeastiness with hints of lemon and a fair amount of bitterness from the hops. The aftertaste is largely of malt and bears some biscuit flavor as well.
The palate detects a fair amount of carbonation, quite suitable and not overly intense, resonating well with the moderate thickness of the body.
Finish is clean and dry, nicely rounding out this quality German pilsener. Refreshing and highly drinkable, one to revisit when possible.

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Photo of styrene
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a properly-sized Carlsberg mug.

Appearance: Sort of hard to tell, as the mug is gray stoneware. As it poured out of the bottle, though, this beer had a very pale yellow hue, almost american macro-like. Nice head retention and clinging lace.

Smell: Plesant, light, fruity aroma. Not a whole lot going on, but I don't expect more from a pils.

Taste: First thing I notice is a strange, sharp bite. I'm not sure if it's just over-zealous carbonation or something weird about the hops. Once the bite fades, though, there's not much left, just a bready malt flavor that lingers on the palate. None of this is necessarily unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: I guess that the 'bite' kinda plays into the mouthfeel portion of this review.

Drinkability: Almost like a soda, this brew is rather refreshing. While it's possibly a bit unbalanced, it would make a perfectly acceptable session beer. It's also certainly several steps up from a macro-lager and would be appropriate wherever a macro might be appropriate.

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Photo of davidchollar
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is the 3rd weltenburger offering i've tried, i haven't been disappointed yet, and i'm really looking forward to the doppelbock. the label shows this pils as having a 4.7% abv.

Pours a ghostly pale, almost colorless transparent straw. a big, thick and foamy head refuses to die away completely. smell is subtle and pleasant, familiar. similar to other german piseners i've tried, i can probably identify the same hops. perhaps noble hops according to the style description (i'm still a newb and have yet to even approach the technical aspects of beer, but i'm thinking about it.)

i would say this has a good mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation. taste is straight forward and bitter. very hoppy, but with a noticeable malt presence bringing a nice balance. it's a nice familiar taste, not really impressive, but i like it.

*interesting note - my wife took one sip and said, taste like japanese beer. i told her it's because most of the non-japanese beers we have are ales, and that this is a lager like japanese macros. but then i thought about it some more and realized there is more to it than that, (the hop variety?) and she was quite right. many, many japanese beers taste a lot like this, and so unfortunately this gets a lower score from me, as i find the style somewhat boring.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass clear pale straw with a white and tall frothy head which lasted forever to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a light sulphur component and a light DMS. As it was first poured a grassy hop character emerged as the head was released. As the head fell back the hop took on a low spice quality.

The flavor was nicely bittered with a crisp malt character that quickly dried on the palate due to the bittering of the beer.

The finish was dry and crisp with a light grassy hop into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium and the carbonation was moderate. The beer was very highly drinkable and very smooth.

16.9 ounce bottle. Code dating 19.01.02 N.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light clear gold....champagne bubbles...foamy head that laces beautifully in my yard -sale- circa -1960s- pilsner glass ( thanks, Aunt Flo ! ).
Smells of nutty , doughy malt....hops there, but not assertive.
Tastes pretty light..good....malty, with some bitter citrusy hop...an almost nutty finish ...bitter aftertaste. Beer is much more subtle than what I'm used to drinking..but I am enjoying this, especially as it warms up a bit. Mouthfeel is light; the carbonation is high.
This would be a pretty good summer beer. Worth a try..

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Photo of HochFliegen
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with a nice thick and frothy head. Plenty of carbonation to keep it alive and well.
Floral and spicy in scent.
Zesty and hoppy. Kinda rough with the hops but is a nice offset to the citrus zest. Nice flavor profile with a good tingle from the carbonation.

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Photo of JanM
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to make a special order for Weltenburger Pilz at my local Swedish Systembolaget. Luckily I live in the far south which is the only part of the country where it's available. I wasn't disappointed. The brew has a nice clear, light yellow color and pours with great foam. It smells very pilsnery with a hint of dish-cloth acid, citrus and herbs. The taste is spicy and bitter with some malt in the background. It's a great thirst quencher after a hot day at work (during the day it will most likely put you to sleep). It works good even if it's ice cold. WP can't match a Czech pilz like Démon but I'm glad I got a whole case of it.

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Weltenburger Pils from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 137 ratings