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Würzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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Würzburger Hofbräu Premium PilsnerWürzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner

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Würzburger Hofbräu AG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Geiseman
4.93/5  rDev +29.1%
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 jhammel01
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
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 +20.9%
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 +20.4%
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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Photo of DefenCorps
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
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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Photo of utopiajane
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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 KyleMWood
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great pilsner!!!

Appearance - cloudy, light to medium golden in color, with light, 1/4 inch white head

Smell - sweet, floral notes

Taste - nice, crisp pilsner, not overly hopped, nice balance

Drinkability - nice balance, definitely would drink again, and could go through half a dozen or more pints in a session, no problem

Try this beer if you can find it.

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Photo of droomyster
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light gold with a small, bone white head. Smell is remarkably similar to Pilsner Urquel: aromas of grassy hops, lemon citrus, a honey on a warm bagel. Taste-wise, this is one of the best pilsners I've ever had. It's chalk-full of flavors: a wonderful honeycomb sweetness balanced by zesty, lemony hops in such a way that that the interplay between bitter and sweet carries into the finish and makes you stare at the beer in wonder. I must have tried several dozen craft pilsners from several different countries by now, but this one takes the take. A top-notch beer.

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Photo of adjunctjonez
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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 John_M
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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 Jason
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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 aluskungs
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
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 philosobeer
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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 bigrzman
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this out from a 12oz bottle in to a glass. It is a medium straw color with a 1/2 inch head. Moderately bubbly and glowing. Smells of floral hops up front with grains and grass in the back, very potent overall. Very floral and herbal, hops dominate with a clean grain and grass taste in the back with some fruit esters. Mouthfeel is drying like a fine champagne and carbonation is tingly to the tongue. Overall drinkability is high as it goes down pleasantly. Overall this is a great German Pilsner if not one of the best. I had it in Wurzburg on tap before but I did not rate it at the time.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%

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 cedricwarner
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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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Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at Wolff's Beer Garden in North Albany, 7-15-09.

A: Served in a mug. Body is clear golden yellow with a small but foamy white head that settled to leave some lace.

S: Smelled of spicy herbal hops, grass, and grainy malt. A nice, straightforward pilsner nose.

T: Good pilsner flavors: foundation of light grainy malt with spicy, herbal hops providing a nice bite at the finish. A bit of lemon is also evident at the back end, along with a grassy dryness that lingers.

M: Moderate carbonation. Light in heft. Nice crisp drying finish.

D: This a great quaffing pilsner for the summer. It's balanced yet interesting enough to want to come back to again and again. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of Natural510
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle; best-by date 09/2010

Pours a pale straw color with pillow of soft, cotton-like head. A few random bubbles rise lazily to the top of the glass.

Subtle, breaded scent of grain with a definitive noble hop twang.

Sweet & fruity malt blends with a spicy hop. Elements of white pepper, lemon & grape. Yeast & hops blend well, leaving a dry, tart finish.

Crisp, dry, full of flavor. This German pilsner is a winner.

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Photo of johnrobe
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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 GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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 deanhead
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in an authentic one liter dimpled glass at Wolff's Biergarten in Albany.

This beer was a brilliant straw color, clear and nice head which disapted rather qucikly.
Aroma was slightly malty, with a tinge of flowers.

Brilliant clear and crisp beer. Taste was malty with a sharp hop bitterness. A hint of sweetness. Slight honey notes

Mouthfeel is light bodied and spot on for the style. Finished dry and crisp.

This has got to be one of the most drinkable beers I have ever enjoyed. It tastes like I'll have another.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a nice on the side of yellow green mild cloudy. Tight bubbles of creamy white. Nose of lemon grassy apple and hay. A german yeast and munich. Palate is a fruit lemon with a grassy bitter and mild pepper dry. Not a harsh carbonation, subtle... but a cold pour. Not a husky grain but a gentle graininess. Making quite an easy drink. Nice subtle german notes but not overloaded. Great session.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and of yellow color with a medium sized frothy head and a thin lacing. A good looking beer.
The aroma of grains and herbal hops.
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.
The feel was smooth with a really good balance. Medium carbonation and and a light body.

Notes: I just finished a Bavik and now I had this and after comparing I have to say this is a lot better. A really good summer beer that refreshed me and did not bore me.

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Photo of putnam
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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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