Würzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner
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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #40
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,812
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 13.37%
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
245
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Würzburger Hofbräu AG
 
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  30
SCORE
87
Very Good
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Golden and clear. Lower end of active (indicating some exposure to the environment during fermentation and it's less filling). Glossy surface.

S: Buttery barley with a bit of attitude.

T: That's a pilsner style alright. They tend to be light but with extra hops.

F: The hop extract gives it a mass produced feel.

O: Nothing special.

Oct 17, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has bready malt and floral hints
The taste follows the nose with a bready malt and floral flavors
A light bodied very well carbonated crisp beer
A good Pilsner

Jul 12, 2020
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Hatchjaw from Washington

4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A nice Bavarian pilsner with a little crisp wang at the end of the sip that fades into sweet, barbarian Alemanni goodness. Würzburg was famous for its witch persecutions, which were mitigated somewhat by the lusty demonesses being given a pinch of this heavenly brew, ostensibly to help them through hell. I'm no historian, but color me convinced!

May 02, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BB date of 2020/04

Absolutely clear gold, with 1/2 finger of white head, that never completely disappears. 3/8" of lacing above the 1/8" ring of foam. A truly beautiful beer.

Smell is moderately floral(Northern Snow Bedstraw/Goldenrod -ish) ,slightly fruity , similar , but less intense, than apple juice, lightly bready, as in white bread fresh out of the oven .

Taste is similar to aroma, but less sweet, and less fruity. Light to light-moderate , pleasant, bitterness builds towards finish, giving a drying effect . That bitterness moderates the sweeter floral/fruity/bready notes, to good effect .

Feel is appropriately light, with very fine carbonation tingle, that adds to the drying finish.

Overall, thoroughly enjoyable. Though this is the first time reviewing it, I've had this many times . The experience being so pleasurable, I just never bothered to interrupt it with analysis. :) Highly recommend it!

Dec 01, 2019
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love myself a good German pilsener, and have a few bottles given to me by my cousin Matt because he got them as part of a beer of the month thing he wasn't a fan of. Thanks for the donation, cousin!

Pours a gorgeous clear golden color that holds up a spectacular collar of white foam. This beer is just beautiful, seriously. It's clear, filtered, and ready-to-go, but also has a retentive foamy head and immense, consistent lace with superb legs. One of the best looking pale beers I've seen of late, and out-of-this-world appearance for a pilsner.

The nose is apple skin, floral notes, apricot, and light pale malt crispness. It just gives off this unassailable "pilsner" aspect that feels timeless for sure. Some light spicy hops and apricot with a tough of pilsner malt below the surface. Maybe a little grassy as well.

Complex flavor profile of floral notes, apricot, earthy hops, floral notes, red apple, light grape, and a touch of Noble bitterness at the end of each sip. This stuff is hard to review because not much happens, but I love how simple and effective it is. A refreshing initial feel that gives off a fun and drinkable aspect. Clean crackery malt bill with Noble hops filling in the holes. Extremely easy to drink, beautiful beer with a controlled bitterness and floral hop character. Excellent!

Sep 02, 2019
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officerbill from New York

3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

4 months from the BB date.
Not a bad beer, lighter than usual on the hops a little heavier than usual on the yeast. It's just not a really good good beer.
It might have been the age, but the taste and feel were thin and, overall, it wasn't very satisfying. There are much better pilsners out there.

Jul 26, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Edit: In spite of the picture showing a green bottle, the ones I picked up were brown so it seems they have transitioned to brown bottles for the imports.

Pours a crystal clear golden color. Pillowy white head dissipates steadily but never completely leaving a ring of foam along the outside of the beer. Sticky white lacing clings to the glass in layers as the beer is consumed. Somewhat effervescent.

Aroma has notes of nice bready malts, slightly sweet, with some more crackery pilsner malts coming through. Touch of spicy hops interplays with the aroma.

Taste follows the nose with notes of bready malts, light melanoidin notes, and an earthy grassy hop bitterness coming throughout the flavor profile. Hints of light honey and biscuit notes come through out. The breadiness lingers throughout the beer.

Feel is light, crisp and vivacious. Brightly carbonated. supremely drinkable.

Overall an outstanding German pilsner. When fresh its one of the better ones you can find on shelves in the US.

Apr 18, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Bottle, it pours a golden color with a 1-2 inch head that is constantly replenished by a steady stream of bubbles but slowly dissipates as you watch it. Pleasant, hoppy scent. The taste is classic pilsner bitter. Nice!

Jan 25, 2019
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ordybill from Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ML bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear gold color with a large white head. The aroma is all hops and grain. The taste is similar to the nose.

Jun 05, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Würzburger Hofbräu AG "Würzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner"
$7/pint @ Wm. Mulherin's Sons, Philadelphia, PA on 3 February 2018

Notes: Crystal clear deep golden body beneath a limited head of white (dirty bar glass?). No lacing is left behind but I'll have to give it the benefit of the doubt as that seems very odd for a German beer. The aroma delivers herbal and spicy hops over a lightly sweet grainy malt. The flavor follows as is usually the case. Nicely balanced by a very firm bitterness that leads to a dry finish with some residual bitterness, malt, and herbal and spicy hops. Medium bodied and lightly crisp. Overall, basic in many ways but isn't every Pilsner? And it's very well done. Certainly worth trying.

Mar 12, 2018
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear straw yellow body with a soapy 1 1/2 finger white head that leaves nice lacing.
A simple but lovely aroma of fresh bread with floral, spicy noble hops greets the nose.
The taste is a little bready, a little doughy with hints of grain. The hops are a good balance for the malt with an even spiciness with floral notes. A bit of husk shows itself in the middle.
Medium body with a soft and delicate mouth feel with moderate carbonation.

This beer makes me happy.

Nov 16, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

20OZ Stein poured on tap

A: Crystal clear body with a dirty gold almost amber body. The head was huge and creamy looking.

S: Bright floral hops lead the way with nice toasted grains and some doughy bready malts.

T: Very bright tasting the floral hops really lead the way giving way to some nice light toasted malts and a fine crisp bready finish.

M: Light crisp wih just the smallest cling on the tongue in the finish, finishes fairly dry as well.

O: This is a fantastic pilsner, easy drinking with great flavor.

Jul 08, 2017
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, best before 11/2017. Served in a tumbler glass. Amber glass bottle.

Appearance: Clear gold. Thin white skin of foam that died back quickly. Some occasional islands of lacing noted.

Smell: Clean. Hint of noble hops.

Taste: Strong noble hop flavor. Crisp with a cracker like malt. Hits the German pilsner style very well.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but a little sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A good pilsner and quite drinkable. Went well with snack food at a reception (cheese, crackers) and I think would pair well with a lot of other food. Quite a bit more bitter than other German pilsners I've had, but that's because it has a good strong noble hop flavor. I could easily have a full half liter of this beer.

Jun 28, 2017
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donspublic from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Feb 15, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Jan 23, 2017
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steveh from Illinois

4.86/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

Jan 03, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Aug 18, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Nov 19, 2015
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Sep 15, 2015
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utopiajane from New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Jul 26, 2015
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

Oct 12, 2014
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Reegze79 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

Sep 07, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Mar 08, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Jan 05, 2014
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Geiseman from Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +26.7%
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

Mar 07, 2013
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