Würzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

BA SCORE
86
very good
211 Ratings
Würzburger Hofbräu Premium PilsnerWürzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG
Germany
wuerzburger-hofbraeu.de

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
211
Reviews:
94
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
13.99%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 94
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of Geiseman
4.93/5  rDev +27.7%
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

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Photo of steveh
4.86/5  rDev +25.9%
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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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of jhammel01
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from brown bottle (not green like in the pic) into my tall Pilsner glass. Pours golden straw yellow that looks very carbonated and retains a great fluffy head.

Smells of yeast and very muted hops. Perhaps a bit of lemon zest?

Tastes great! Grassy, yeast, malt notes, slight lemony bite that finishes clean and crisp. As it warms, the more the bittering hops show themselves.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied that feels almost milky (in a way). Very satisfying!

This is my 1st authentic German Pilsner and though I'm more used to american hoppy pilsners, This is just awesome!

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Photo of crossovert
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pokal from a brown 11.2 ounce glass. Due Date is August of 09 so I am drinking it just then. It has a nice, large, foamy white head. The beer is really clean and clear, lots of carbonation. Straw yellow in color. The lacing on this one is a bit weird, it leaves a lot of little spots.

Nice spicy noble hops on the nose, still smells fresh.

This is a noble pilsener. The perfect balance of hops and malt, the hops lingerer on the tongue with some spice. There is a good lemon flavor as well. The malt is slightly more subdued but rounds out the hops beautifully with some sweet notes.

Overall this rivals any pils out there and might just have taken the pils crown for me. It just has some wonderful hops going in it, that smooth mouthfeel we all love, and the infinite drinkablity brewers dream of selling.

Had it again while staying in Bamberg with some friends. It was even better.

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Photo of largadeer
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Bubbly straw gold in the glass, highly effervescent and rather cloudy. A dense, sticky head caps the body and leaves sheets of lacing behind.

Grassy, zesty noble hops are prominent on the nose. Citrusy, a bit herbal with a slight lemon peel quality. Mildly malty, there's a whiff of lager yeast and crackery pils malt beneath the hops.

Hop forward but incredibly well balanced on the palate, it opens with lemony, grassy hop flavors backed by a dry and bready pils malt foundation. The finish is bitter, herbal, somewhat yeasty. Dry from front to back, and boldly hopped. Easily one of the better pilsners I've had in recent memory.

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4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DefenCorps
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the few tragic instances in my beer drinking career involved this beer. At Max's German Beer Fest in 2009, this is the first beer that caught my eye, and for some reason, I decided to end the session with this beer. Sadly, by the time I'd decided to end my session, this beer had already kicked. This time round, I feel fortunate for finding this still on tap on day 3 of the fest, and made sure I started with this, and a whole "pint" instead of an 8oz "sample"

Pouring a very light straw yellow with excellent clarity and a dense white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a great looking pils. The nose is fantastic. Crisp and robustly hoppy with a ton of grass, hay and some lemon with a touch of earth . Just perfect, the malt character is barely noticeable, just a little cracker-like. The palate opens very hoppy with a fantastic blend of noble hops, exquisitely balanced in flavor with the grass and hay being most noticeable, with the lemon following through. The earthy character leads into the mid-palate, one that's very very crisp and slight mineral-like character. Drying and hoppy on the finish, the flavors that linger are fantastic. A touch over-carbonated for my palate (I seem to find this to be the case with a few beers I've had at Max's), this is fantastic stuff. I would have loved to drink a liter of this, but I had to get back to work. Fabulous stuff, very highly recommended, and a rare, rare treat. One of the best pilsners I've had, arguably my favorite from Germany.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of utopiajane
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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