Würzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

very good
94 Reviews
Würzburger Hofbräu Premium PilsnerWürzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner

Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of donspublic
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip, 1 finger cream colored head, recedes after a minute, nice lacing. Bright clear golden in the glass. Smells of noble hops, some herbal, grassy notes, some malt hanging around in there. Taste is slightly spicy on the front, some grassy, lemon taste in the middle with some minor malt sweetness and a crisp, slightly dry finish. Nice beer for the summer, easy on the palate and easy on the belt and has enough personality to keep it interesting.

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Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, gold in color with beautiful one inch head. Smells really fresh. Taste is grain, grass, and cereal. Earthy, nice combination of sweet and bitter, light bodied and really drinkable. Overall a really impressive German pilsner. Glad I got several of these. Will get this again.

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Photo of steveh
4.86/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Found some of this locally with a decent best-by date of May 2017 -- and no more green bottle. I used to see Würzburger around all the time, but just like most of the imports -- not so much anymore. I first had this beer at the Würzburger Hofbräu proper on my first visit to Germany in 1990. A favorite beer for a favorite, beautiful town.

$8 six-pack of brown, 11.2 ounce bottles. Poured into my .3 liter Becher glass.

L -- Clear, deep golden with a dense and tall white head that sustains impressively.

S -- Light DMS and spicy hops up front with mellow breadiness back.

T -- Bready melanoidin malt up front with spicy, bitter noble hops in tow. The sweet breadiness lingers through the finish and the hops round off the aftertaste with herbal bitterness.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft up front to crisp and lightly dry in the finish with a medium light body.

O -- Anyone wanting to understand German Pilsner should find this beer fresh. It's hoppy and bitter, yet sweet and malty at the same time. Noble hops stand it out from most current "craft" renditions, but don't shy from assertiveness. I'll be looking for more of this one.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 2.31 (Including tax)/11.2 oz bottle ($ 0.206/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
BB 07/2016 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – wet grain, light hops
Head average (Maximum three cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to an irregular three to four mm ring and thin partial layer. This lacks the dense, clinging head which is characteristic of pilsners, possibly due to not owning a pilsner glass into which to pour it.
Lacing poor – a couple of thin streaks and tiny islands of tiny to small bubbles
Body light straw, clear, slight effervescence
Flavor – begins crisp with some hop bitterness, well balanced with some malt sweetness. A hint of DMS comes through. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Actually not as bad as I recall: passable for a pilsner.
Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Gajo74
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look- pours a straw colored and light golden with a fluffy white head and lace. The spritzy carbonation is visible.
Smell- mostly grassy with some sweet malt aroma.
Taste- the lightly toasted malts are sweet on the tongue and balanced by just enough hops presence. A slightly lemony and sweet and semi dry finish. Very flavorful.
Feel- light and crisp with soft carbonation.
A solid, simple but tasty, german pilsner that I would have anytime.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BBD 2/16. Pours a clear golden. World class head volume, retention and lacing.

Outstanding light pilsner nose. A touch of noble hops and hints of lemon over a subtle grainy biscuit.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Superb carbonation with a nice burst of effervescence in the middle a finely bubbled rush in the finish.

The flavor profile is almost world class. It is moderate in intensity, slightly complex and perfectly balanced. It begins with a slight noble hop flavor, more herbal than spicy, that flows into a mild subdued bitterness. The middle allows a light grainy biscuit to achieve balance. As the finish approaches, lemon notes are evident. The finish is crisp.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and golden with fat and sumptuous head of foam that is slow to fall. Perfect bubbles can be observed as you wait. The unique character in the pils is in it's deep breadiness. The malt is dry, crisp and not too sweet. The nose brings you white bread, a demure touch of floral hop. On the palate the malt is doughy and smooth but also crisp. Moderate carbonation brings it across the palate delightfully. The hops are cool and herbal. They finish the beer with a touch of sweetness to compliment the dapper malt. Good rich grain, a bit husky. The bitter is steadfast and a bit more than moderate The carbonation refreshes the palate and lets the bitter linger while all that bread is brought to the swallow. A surpising moment of richness, then a light lemon crisp hop to finish it dry and with a slight astringent bite. Very sophisticated.

For me this is a pils that stands far above the rest in a style where excellence is expected. This one has earned my highest recommendation.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.3/5  rDev +12%

Had this from bottle with enjoy by date of 05/2015 (drinking it in Oct 2014). Very nice German Pilsner with lots of sweet bread flavorings. Light on the hops. Very easy to drink and sessionable. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Reegze79
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Had this one on tap at a pub in Newburyport. Pours a hazy straw color, the head and carbonation a bit less than I have seen on other German premium pils. A bit light in the body department and the taste started with a a faint maltiness and transitioned to a dry, crisp finish. Very refreshing beer but a half-notch below some of the German and Czech legends.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 9/2013.

Pours a hazy super light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, white grape juice, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with white grape juice and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint bright yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall pillowy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of bready malts with moderate aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of bready malts. That is followed by light flavors of grassy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink, enjoyable, and a great representation of the style. Definitely one to grab again - pairs great with food.

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Photo of Geiseman
4.93/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After months of nothing but Belgian Dubbles & Triples it was time to go back to something with a bite. My go to Czech Pilsner is Krusovice and my German mainstays are Bitbuger and Paulaner Pils.
While being in a rut of awsome beer is not much much of a rut, I forced myself to find something new (to me).
Würzburger Hofbräu was mentioned in something I was reading, so off the the beer store I go.

Color is light golden with a slight haze.
The initial sensation is light and subtel, then flavor quickly builds in your mouth.
Like the front the finish is light, which means I am ready for another sip.
Fantastic drinkable pilsner that is super clean with a light bite
Perfect on it's own or serve with a savory meal

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, straw-hued body with a frothy, but soon receding, white head.

Smell: Doughy, grainy scent of pils malt, a little yeast, and some noted grassy tones. It's a pils!

Taste: As with the nose, pilsner malt with touches of fresh dough, cracked grains, and a little basic sweetness. Thin vein of lemon with some herbaceously grassy hops. Amply bitter. Dry, crispish finish yielding both refreshment and a quenched thirst.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation, nearingly crisp.

Overall: A sure-footed, solid pils.

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Photo of adjunctjonez
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sourced at local draft haus where freshness is assured. Saw this one buried under a mountain of hoppy high abv IPAs down at the bottom of the board/offerings. I am a big fan of lagers and pilsners and had not tried this one. Pours a cloudy golden color with large white pillowy head that slowly falls. Smells of light roasted barley, some floral and yeast scent and hops. Taste is classic pilsner with aggressive bitter follow through. Leaves very nice lacing on glass. A most excellent example of the style.

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Photo of Thads324
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow. Pillowy white head with big popping bubbles on the outside. Dissipates very slowly. No lacing
Aroma is sweet and grainy. A bit of light toast and hay. No discernible hop presence.
Taste starts out light and watery. A toasted grain flavor with some grass hops. Floral hops with a bit of white bread flavor as well. Finish is curt and sweet with a taste like buttered crackers.
Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. Light body. Smooth with a crisp finish.

A very nice pilsner that outshines all the American ones I've had. While the style is still basic pils, it's tasty, easy to drink and doesn't have the woody grossness or watery body of American pilsners. The lower carbonation makes it a breeze to drink and allows the quality to shine through.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down and left a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of bready malts in the nose along with hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of bready malt flavors along with a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, clean and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is also a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This is a very good representation of the style and delivers a nice crisp flavor. I would definitely have this beer again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner style glass. Best before September 2012.

A very foamy and shampoo like bright white head is made, falls fairly quickly. Body color is a very straw hay yellow, crystal clear, but with nice rising carbonation and some stuck cola bubbles on the side but not too many.

Nose is a bready toasty white bread like malt. Very clean smelling, a little dry. Very solid, nothing too obviously hoppy either.

The vast majority of the taste and flavor seems to be on the finish. Slight dense mild malt and faint lemon finish comes off, after taste hits with a very dry white baked bread action. Slight interesting acid sense to this also, kind of interesting.

Overall pretty tasty, but not feeling that drawn to it or highly desiring another sometime soon.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz brown bottle. Pours pale golden with white, long lasting, foamy head. Aroma is of bready malt, and some floral hops. The body is light and crisp. Taste is floral, earthy hops, some unpleasant vegetables and bready malt. Long, earthy finish. Forgettable brew.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a stemmed pilsner, the beer is a an extremely bright, vibrant, crystal clear, yellow gold color with a slow, steady stream of carbonation and a frothy, foamy, clingy white head. Aromas are clean and subtle, with a slight toasted grain backbone and a hint of floral highlights. Flavors are very toasty, with a biscuit and grain backbone giving rise to a floral hops bitterness that cleans the palate, leaving an almost nonexistent aftertaste. Very smooth, dry body with a sparse lacing left along the glass. Some of the roasting and bitter flavors carry through to a crisp, slightly drying finish. Clean, smooth beer with crisp transitions and a nice finish. Fantastic German Pils.

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Photo of rjplumer
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a soft yellow haze with a one finger head that fades quick. Mild classic Pilsner aroma. Faint yeast notes too.Clean start with mild bitterness in the middle with a clean finish. Refreshing and enjoyable. Nice if your looking for something simple and enjoyable.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass

appearance - clear straw colored beverage with fluffy white head

smell - citrus, grass, hay, lemon peel

taste - grassy flavor upfront, herbal essence, hop bitterness, slightest of citrus aftertaste (lemon zest)

mouthfeel - watery mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, somewhat bitter on the finish

overall - this was an average pilsener that I was glad to have tried, taste doesn't justify the price on this one though, try other entrants of this style that are cheaper, better tasting and easier to obtain. That said, I'd would like to try this again either on tap or fresh from the source as there is no telling how long this was in transit/sitting on a shelf.

price point - $3 for a single ($10.99/6pk)

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Photo of stevoj
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful fluffy head on pour, and nice strong malty aroma. This is going to be good, right? Taste is weak and watery, unexpected as it smelled so good. Nothing is left on the palate either, so I marked it down for that. I was poised for something great, and got just plain mediocre....

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Photo of ConchobarNessa
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Hazy yellow, nice and interesting. Hard to see through it. Plenty of lacing.

Smell- Smells like a summer field, sweet hay, some flowery lemons. Not the deepest nose but it wasn't skunky and it is a great smell for the style.

Taste- Grains, a lot of grains. I got a lot of honey from the taste of this thing as well as a great noble hop at the end.

Mouthfeel- A pleasure, heavy for a pilsner, a pleasant surprise.

Overall- Good beer, loved it because it is very different to other pilsners. Great high end pilsner.

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Photo of philosobeer
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm giving this one a very good review.

Got half a liter on tap at Resi's Bierstube.

Straw colored. White foam head. Lace clings down the mug.

The hops are the highlight here. German variety of hops, certainly, in the noble family. They come out on the nose, and remain on the palate. Herbal and slightly spicy, a nice zing to them, giving a sense of real crispness.

The body is light, carbonation is high. Mouthfeel is pretty much on in this one.

Extremely quenching and refreshing after a German meal.

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz. bottle that was part of a gift beer of the month club shipment provided by my cousin.

Appears a decent buttery lemon yellow and has enough depth to it that seeing through it isn't happening. Pleasingly on the heavier side of a pilsner.

Smells of wet hay with a tiny whiff of citrusy lemon. I'd hoped for a deeper nose.

Tastes a bit buttery with a grainy background. A little of that lemon comes through here.

Pleasing. Lays on the lips and slowly makes it's way down. Heavier in mouthfeel than the typical Pilsener.

Overall a good beer. I don't usually drink lighter beers anymore but this was on the higher end of pilseners.

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Würzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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