Würzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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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 GratefulBeerGuy
2.2/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

11.2 oz. green bottle > Pilsner glass

This is a totally clear yellow-gold color with only mild carboantion for this style. Looks a bit too mellow....the crown rises low and falls quick as a lacy-white sheeth.

Aroma's of: Gentle Bavarian yeast, sour...nut metallic(uh oh) Stale corn and fresh husks with a a cesar salad scent in the hops.

This has a thin, flat malt flavor that struggles to achieve crispy wheat...more like canned corn and stale bread! Metallic, sour yeast runs wild all over the place....nowhere to hide! There's a green peppers flavor to the hops, finishing with a white rice flavor.

Light, nearly crisp at first but a bit to lifeless to be refreshing. Not a great bottle.

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Photo of DrRosenscrotum
2.51/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle this "pilsner style" beer had about a one inch head with color ranging from clearish yellow to a darker haze of yellow towards the top. Good amount of carbonation as well. Instant aroma was not plesant to say the least, reminded me of an old wet shoe. Taste and mouthfeel were bitter with a hard bite. I was not overjoyed with this beer, but I would like to revisit it again for a second opinion.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a really pretty blonde beer with a white head. The beer also had good lacong qualities. The beer stunk to me and smelled skunky. The taste was bready with tomatoes and bitter tasting. It was nor refreshing and in fact dried my mouth out. I will not buy again.

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Photo of clvand0
2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
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 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 nick76
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma has hay and grains with floral and grassy hops. The appearance is pale gold with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bit of the latex flavor that many euro pils seem to have. The palate is thin but well carbonated. Overall it's pretty typical for the style which is good if you happen to like this style.

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Photo of mjc410
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I pour this beer into my beloved Prima Pils glass, I get a decent one-finger white head that falls quickly. The body is a hazy yellow gold. The lacing is quite slick, having little staying power. The nose is erbal, and slightly metallic - telltale signs of edelhopfen. There's not much to it, though. The taste is mellow, with only a mild hop bitterness, and some cereal sweetness. The mouth has quite a bit of carbonation, but perhaps an over-thick body. This beer doesn't really offend in any way, but isn't a standout, either. That said, I could certainly enjoy putting a few of these away if it were the best available, but my favorite Pils remains Prima.

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Photo of oelergud
3/5  rDev -21.9%
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.


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Photo of Shiloh
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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 RoyalT
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
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 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 yelterdow
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
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 atigerlife
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden with a big, creamy/fluffy white head. Lots of small carbonation seen rising slowly.

Aroma is sweet, somewhat flowery with malt underlying. Light hops and some slight grassy aroma.

Taste is sweet with light flavors and some hops. The bitter/dry finish dominates.

Mouthfeel is light and cleansing.

Overal, an OK brew. Finish is too bitter/dry for me [for the style] but it was still quite drinkable. Certainly worth a taste.

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Photo of mynie
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
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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Photo of bashiba
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a yellow/orange with a faint soap ring off white head.

The smell is light with a bit of sweetness.

The flavor has a muted toasty grain quality with just a hint of light citrus and a bit of biscuit.

The mouthfeel is light with mild carbonation and a long dry finish.

An easy drinking solid german pils.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cloudy, lemon-straw color capped off by a foamy white head.

S: some light malt and vegetables.

T: The flavor starts out with a light tartness of lemons backed by a decent grain bill that gives this some body. Overall the flavor was clean with some spicy herbal hopping and citrus notes. Leaves a nice sour malt and hop coating on the tongue.

M: moderate for a pils with a soft carbonation. Felt pretty nice.

D: Average drinkability, just not as crips or refreshing as one hopes per style.

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Photo of reddomino
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purs a clear yellow with a nice, foamy head. Gives off a nice citrusy aroma. Tastes lightly of malt and citrus with a good hop bite common amongst Bavarian pilsners. Mouthfeel is light with a level of carbonation to be expected form this style.

This is a classic example of a Bavarian pilsner. Pairs very well with bratwurst and sauerkraut.

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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 irishking1977
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear gold with almost no head but ridiculous lacing. Never seen a beer with no head that had this much lacing. Confusing, but not bad.

S: The aroma of this brew reminds me a bit of Stella Artois. European hops with some mild floral and citrus notes. Kind of run of the mill.

T: Decent pils. Light, crisp and slightly hoppy. Mild grass and floral accents. The pilsner isn't my favorite style, but a interesting change of pace from what I normally drink.

M: Crisp and light, smooth and somewhat dry. Very easy drinking brew. Real good carbonation.

D: A quaffable pils, for sure. If I'm looking for a light and refreshing brew that will quench my thirst, this is one to consider.

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Photo of roblowther
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Ratskeller in Wurzburg. I'm probably going to up its ratings a half point just for that. It is a deep gold with microscopic bubbles and a thick rocky head. Absolutely gorgeous. The smell is apricots and grass, but it has a metallic note that really knocks me off my game. The taste is surprisingly malty for a pilsner and very, very good. It has a spiced aftertaste and lingering notes of hops that makes me want more. It has a good body and very nice carbonation. I will drink this all day long. If I'm at the biergarten or on the square, you're not moving me until they shut the place down.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pilsner gives off the typical hints of bitterness, closely mocking the fragrances of freshly mown hay and a slightly lemony aroma too.

This brew pours with a lot of carbonation and produces about a two and a half inch thick head, which is brilliantly white. The head retains for a very long time. I believe this is due to the fact I'm drinking it in Germany. Normally imports in America don't seem to retain head so well. This is likely due to oxidizationThe body is golden and crystal clear.

This tastes very crisp and clean, but has a weird stone like finish to it

Overall this is a very clean and well balanced brew. Good bbq beer.

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Photo of stcules
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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 UncleJimbo
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
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 BleedBlueUSAF
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a fan of Pils as I like more complex beers, but this beer I find fantastic. Here's why.

When poured it responds with some furious carbonation (nothing bad) which is actually a little entertaining to watch. It creates a prominant white resiliant head which leaves behind lots of lacing and caps the beautiful blonde color of this beer.

The only thing I can recall at the moment about the smell is that it had a very hoppy and almost biscuity nature to it in my opinion.

The smell is accompanied by a bitter and tart taste which lingers in the mouth for a quick minute. The mouthfeel is active due to the carbonation.

This is a great, clean, satisfying and refreshing pilsner. This is the type of beer i'd buy for a family member or friend at a bar.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My recovery pilsner from the mimic of a pilsner called Cintra. On to the beer:

Straw color, lightly hazed in the body....looks like it has a glowing affect to it. Frothy head on top leaves lots of good lacing. There is sour lemon and hay in the aroma. The taste is similar to the aroma. You get a little bit of the sour lemon and some of the hay flavors. A bit of lemongrass too. Light bodied and smooth in the mouth.

It's a solid, lighter tasting pilsner. Worth trying.

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