Würzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner
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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #36
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,763
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 13.62%
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
238
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Würzburger Hofbräu AG
 
Germany
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Year-round
Wants
  30
Gots
  28
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at Eagle River Liquors in Fulton, Illinois.

Excellent pour! Dark, hazy champagne gold with a large and remarkably retentive rocky white head.

Smells a little dull, big grain, strong fruit esters, and only a little bit of hops.

Tastes as it smells. Maybe a bit old, but as there's no dating system on the bottle I can't say for sure. Tastes like big, huge fruit--plums, apricots--against light, flowerly pilsener grain. The hops are faint but there, especially present as it warms. Slightly above average.

Drinkable. If I can try a fresher bottle, I will.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of steveh
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
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.

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Photo of Hatchjaw
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!

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Photo of alexsergio
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz green long neck bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Straw yellow in colour with a wonderful Brussels style lace.

Smell: Spicy mix of European noble hops the are a bit herbal and lemony. Grain is in the back ground.

Taste: Moderately bodied with an exceptionally smooth and crisp mouth feel. Slightly assertive spicy bitterness leaves a tingling bitter trail with herbal and lemony notes. Light yet fresh grain hits the palate with a mild husky astringency which seems to dry this beer up in the finish.

Notes: Its all you want in a typical German Pilsner, I’d choose this one any day over the mass marketed beers of the same style . Good drinking all around.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner a lighter straw color with a fluffy blooming white head that left multiple rings of lace as it settled pretty quickly.Aromas of bread dough and light floral hops,a tinge of mineral/iron came thru as well.Lighter and almost delicate on the palate,light honey sweetness with that bread dough element are the dominant flavors,a leafy hop note becomes more present as I drink more.A pretty darn good pilsner,more delicate than most American versions,a nice quaffer on a seriously hot day.

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Photo of johnrobe
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light straw in the glass with a two finger dense white head that sticks around for a while.

Nose is herbal and grainy...but muted overall.

Taste: Very balanced (i.e. not overly hoppy) for a pilsner. Spicy hops are up front (I'd swear it's Czech Saaz) but not as in-your-face as say, a Pilsner Urquell. Biscuity malt comes in right behind the hops....nice. Medium bodied and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of stcules
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow, without any bubble. Beautiful hat of foam, white. Laces.
In the smell delicate herbal hop, hay.
The taste is bitter, very bitter, again with herbal hop.
The aftertaste too is well hopped, bitter, quite long in the mouth. Right dryiness.
Not too much to say, but ok. Bitter, dry, clean.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ours straw, clear with white laced head.

Nose is slightly hoppy and fairly clean.

Palate is a traditional, dry & crisp pils taste. Nicely balanced by some spice in the hops.

Finish is rather clean and refreshing. Excellent accompaniment to pretzels and authentic mustard I would imagine, but good enough to imbibe on its own.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

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Photo of putnam
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lemon candy scented with piles of fresh greens - especially grass and dried mint - evident on the nose as well as the palate, this is a bracing, richly flavored pilsner. Good delineation among it's hop and malt elements are brought together nicely by a creamy mousse. Pig iron-flavored tannins tighten the mid-palate before yielding to lemon-liqueur tartness on the finish. Sophisticated, stern Pils.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at a bar at the Würzburg train station in Würzburg, Germany.

This pils poured a clear, light gold color with puffy, white foam, that persisted and clung to the glass, leaving some lacing. The smell was a modest malty aroma with carbonation that tickled the nose. The taste was mildly malty with the flavor of noble hops. Fairly well balanced, though the hops dominated over the malt. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp with medium body and good carbonation. The finish and aftertaste were lightly hoppy. This was an easy-drinking pilsner, though not spectacular in any way.

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Photo of Gusler
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a luminous gold with a generous bright white creamy head that lingers long, after its final demise; the lace forms a velum like sheet, to circumnavigate the glass. Nose has a soapy malt sweetness, citrus like in its crispness, pleasant to sniff. Start is modestly sweet, light bitter bite at the back, top is light to medium in feel. Finish has a sparkling acidity, the hops delectable in their spicy bite, quite dry aftertaste, and a fine drinking beer that would definitely make a nice session beer.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very pretty beer with a high foamy crown that sticks around for the duration. Light golden in colour and hazy.
Carbonation is light.
Aroma is a little grainy.
This is the sweetest pilsner that I have ever tasted, which leaves me disappointed.
Starts out to the malts and stays there....does not linger.
Not a session brew for this hop head but may be for others.

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Photo of taez555
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a crystal clear straw yellow colored body with a small white head.

Classic woody and earthy german hop beer smell. A mild skunkiness but very bright and very crisp on the nose.

Light bodied and very clean from start to finish. A nice bite of pilsner style earthy/woody/skunky/dirty hops. Raw grain and mild cracker malt taste. Ends simple with a nice lingering mild bitterness.

A very simple top notch german pilsner. One of the largest most in your face pilsners I've had, maybe ever. Nice beer.

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Photo of oelergud
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow body, head is white and starts out big but dissipates quickly, lace is great though, not much carbonation.
Typical lager smell, bread and grain mostly and that faint licorice like lager smell.
Bread and grain is all over the palate, malts and hops in good balance. After taste is slightly bitter and puckering.
Mouthfeel is ok, fuller than it appears and it leaves some coating.

-Oelergud

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Photo of rebel1771
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a fluffy white head that fades quicky.

Aroma of herbal hops jump out along with the faint note of cooked veggies.

Very easy pils to drink. The hops are a little overpowered by the malts but nothing serious.

Good brew.

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Photo of clvand0
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a 12oz bottle. Pours the normal Pilsner yellow with a medium head and a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma was mostly grains and hops and a little skunkiness. The taste is hoppy, much like the aroma, and a little skunky. Maybe I got a bad one. Reasonably drinkable and a decent mouthfeel.

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Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a refreshing pale malt scent with some hops and a breadlike aroma. It has a crisp scent and a fruity yeast finish. The taste is decent. It has a pale malt flavor with a dry breadlike finish. It goes down easy and has a bit of yeast fruitiness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent pilsner. It has above average aroma and flavor; a good drinker.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.09/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a light, hazy yellow in color with a huge, fluffy, white head.

Smell – The light noble hops and grain were smothered by skunk. Too bad, because otherwise it probably would have had a nice aroma.

Taste – The hops here are good. They are light and easy but get stepped on by the heavy-handed grain. The grain isn’t bad, it’s just too heavy for the style. The finish though is nice with a bit of sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is good and light just as it should be.

Drinkability – This is a bit grainy for the style but a nice effort nevertheless.

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Photo of aluskungs
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear and brilliant straw color with a medium sized frothy head and a thin lacing. Brilliant clear and crisp beer. The aroma of grains and herbal hops. Some light malt and vegetables, grassy. The taste is sweet but has a mild spice character with herbal and citrus hints. I tasted grains as well with a good touch of hops, lemony. The feel was smooth with a really good balance. Medium carbonation and and a light body. Mouth feel is light bodied and spot on for the style. Finished dry and crisp. Moderately creamy for the style. Lightly fizzy. Very nice example of a German Pils.

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Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was happy to see a 6 pack of this at State Line today... all the more so as they were holding a German beer fest discount.

The beer pours a somewhat light gold color, but with Wurzburger's tell-tale impressive cascading carbonation action, along with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose on this beer is just a thing of pilsner beauty. There is a lovely aroma of cracked pepper, fresh bread dough and light honey. In combination, there's almost something of an almond/cherry aroma to this beer. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose pretty closely, though the flavor profile is a bit lighter than I was expecting given the aroma profile on the nose. Still, this is a deliciuos, easy to appreciate German pils. Mouthfeel is lightly bitter, with the light sweetness quickly giving way to a dry, hoppy finish. Drinkability is quite good, with the alcohol barely noticeable in this crisp, refreshing, delicious beer.

Couple of thoughts... I was fortunate to try this beer on draft at Max's just the other night, and qualitatively the difference between bottle and draft is pretty apparent (IMHO). The draft version is richer, rounder (the bottle version is a bit thin, even for the style and abv.), and just altogether more enjoyable in my opinion. Nevertheless, this is still a very fine beer, and would be a HUGE step up from the typical "lawnmower" swill most Americans associate with this style of beer. Should have bought that second 6 pack at State Line....

Note: Currently drinking bottle number 3 from the 6 pack, and this bottle just kicks ass. Head retention is comparable to the tap version, and there's a soft creamy mouthfeel that is astonishing and unexpected given the previous bottles. So I'll upgrade my score, based on this just exceptional bottle. Just be advised that there is some bottle variation in this great German pils. Still good though...

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Photo of yelterdow
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first trip to "Wine Country" in Bergenfield yielded this, a German Pilsner that I've never seen before. At $1.99, this 11.2 oz. bottle is worth the gamble. Served in a traditional pilsener glass at a few degrees above fridge temperature, and paired with German sausages with sauerkraut.

Appearance- This beer pours a hazy yellow-green... it's an interesting hue that I don't recall seeing before, it's almost the color of a tripel without the body. Loads of mini-bubbles launch from the bottom, and the cakey three-finger snow white head remains substantial for many minutes... leaving behind gobs of sticky lacing in the glass.

Smell- A peppery twang greets the nose, showcasing just a mild hop character. Overall the aroma is surprisingly mellow, not offering up anything more than that and some hay-like grassiness.

Taste- Again, the spicy, white pepper notes come through initally and dominate the flavor profile. Some straw and mowed grass are there as well, leading to a bone dry finish that leaves the mouth puckering.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The texture is active, alive, and quite nice for the style... the carbonation is so tight and rolling that is throws the spotlight on the zippy bitterness which defines this beer. Overall, a middle-of-the-road pils that wouldn't warrant my visiting this again.

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Photo of cedricwarner
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The rocky head gives off more malty nose than a north German Pils and more grassy floral hops than a Helles.

The flavor is spectacularly balanced between the sweet bread-like malt and spicy hops that finish with that lingering noble hop bitterness.

Just what a south German Pils should be. I like Rothaus Tannenzäpfle a touch more, but Würzburger Hofbräu is still an outstanding Pilsner, and more readily available here in the states.

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