Wolters Pilsener | Hofbrauhaus Wolters GmbH

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Brewed by:
Hofbrauhaus Wolters GmbH
Germany
hofbrauhaus-wolters.de

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cnozzy on 12-25-2009

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226
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3.4
pDev:
15.88%
 
 
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Photo of Uniobrew31
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Excellent refreshing beer. Nothing interesting really just a good pils that does the job. Better and less expensive than most American Macros yet it has the character of a German beer. My new low cost go to for this summer!

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Photo of jmasalle
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer doesn't brag, but is not bland. Like a Budweiser or Rolling Rock with more character, but dryer, and a bit more bitter. Good, for the low price.

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Photo of Lehigh
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my first Beeradvocate review. I've consumed about two dozen cases of the 500 ml can version, and I guess that qualifies me to add my two cents. I made my first purchase for two reasons: $20 for a 24-can case, and the German pedigree. I've gone back every 3-4 weeks for more, and the reasons are: the 20 bucks a case, and a more flavor than the standard American beers. It has become my cheap beer staple.

Wolters pilz hasn't much aroma. It is heavier, less malty, and hoppier than any cheap domestic (I don't include Yuengling because their lager costs appreciably more in the 16-oz. can). Also, Wolters laces nicely, has enough head and effervescence to remind you it is beer, and not sparkling water (like Bud, Millers, Coors, etc.). There are no taste surprises with the Wolters. The first gulp is like the last. The way I add variety is to drink it cold and at room-temp. The tepid brew tastes as expected; heavier and more bitter (but not IPA bitter, for sure). Cold Wolters is very refreshing when I've worked up a sweat. Either warm or cold goes well with almost any food.

I may prefer over-the top IPAs, but I can't afford to drink the great beers exclusively. As I said, this is a staple, and at that price, I can try lots of craft brew 6 or 12 packs now and again.

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Photo of mjrizzo23
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While there's nothing particularly spectacular about this beer, it's actually pretty good.. you won't find any deep, bold flavor but you won't find anything offensive either.. the best way to describe it is Budweiser 2.0.. it's a step up from and similar to Budweiser but it's a big step up and costs about the same..

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Photo of kojevergas
2.54/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

$0.99 per 500ml aluminum pull-tab can at Food Bazaar Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn, NY. Best before: 10.02.18.

"Pilsener." 4.90% ABV. "Premium beer."

APPEARANCE: Vibrant clear yellow-gold body with a dazzling bubbly effervescence. Frothy off-white head replete with foamy soft creamy goodness. Good consistency and complexion, with good retention as well (~7 minutes). Has a clean filtered look, true to the style.

It's a bit dark for the style, but overall it looks good. I'm eager to try it.

AROMA: Hm. Not exactly the fresh pilsner malt aroma one would hope for, tending more towards a syrupy Euro lager character. Still, it doesn't have any of the metallic aromatics you'd find in many a Euro lager, and the faint grassiness is true to Noble hops. Creamed corn, neutral grains, and 2 or 6 row barley dominate.

Suggests a drinkable approachable lager, but fails to hit the style's key conventions or to suggest a subtle delicate brew. Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Creamy, soft, smooth, wet, and somewhat refreshing. Too thick up front, petering out over the course of its structure until it finishes too thin and weak. Overcarbonation is merely slight...making this surprisingly well handled in terms of carbonation for a budget lager. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough. But definitely wrong for a pilsner, failing to nail that light-bodied crisp überrefreshing feel.

Taste is worse than the texture, failing to deliver Noble/Hallertau grassiness or fresh pilsner malts. Creamy neutral grains, a hint of diacetyl, and inexpressive pilsner malt/2 or 6 row is all I pick up on. Too sweet, though not egregiously so. This execution lacks any subtlety or delicacy whatsoever. Pretty mediocre for an attempt at a pilsner, all things considered.

Average flavour duration and intensity. Shallow depth of flavour.

OVERALL: Inoffensive and drinkable, lacking the overt off-flavours observed in inferior budget lagers/beers. I've definitely had worse in this price range, and $1 a pint in New York is unheard of. I wouldn't rule out buying this again given its desireable price, but then Ballantine XXX is a much better brew in terms of price to quality ratio (and price has no bearing on my ratings anyway). At the very least, this makes me curious to try the brewery's other offerings, but I can't pretend it's a beer I'd honestly recommend to others in terms of quality or adherence to style alone. Pretty piss poor for a pilsner, but far from awful outside of style conventions. Regarded under the "premium lager" category or BeerAdvocate's catch-all "Euro lager" "style," it's merely below average, though many discerning drinkers will find it relatively insipid.

Low C- (2.54) / BELOW AVERAGE

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Photo of daliandragon
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked up some tall boy cans while home on Long Island for the holidays. Pours typical pilsner color and nose although the nose does have more sweetness among the noble hops. Tastes crisp and clean without being too watery. Actually quite good for what it is.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A little on the sweet side, but crisp, floral hops still shine through. I'd swear I detect some corn if German purity law didn't forbid it. Still, this finishes pretty dry and crisp. Overall, a pretty decent pilsener at a more than decent price!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can, another new German brewery to show up around here - I mean compared to the recent past, it's almost a flood now!

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and lightly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of melting snowbank lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of semi-sweet cereal graininess, a minor stoney essence, faint aged lemon citrus flesh, and some earthy, leafy, and wet hay-like noble hoppiness. The taste is gritty and bready pale malt, generic white breakfast cereal, some ephemeral petrol astringency, stale muddled citrus, a suggestion of cooked veggies, and more weedy, dead grassy, and musty hop bitters.

The carbonation is quite light on its feet, via the innocuous frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and sort of smooth, nothing really a cause for concern here. It finishes off-dry, the cereal malt character continuing to dominate, while the hop bitters shrink into the shadows.

Overall, this is simply a plain and boring version of the style, less a pilsner, and more a standard lager. The hops are not nearly clear and present enough, and nothing pops, like a good pils should. Inexpensive, so I'm not upset, just getting tired of trying to find things to say about it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can, with a "P" date of 10.03.16 and an "E" date of 10.09.17 stamped on the bottom. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a mostly clear dark gold color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there isn't much lacing at all. The brew smells like bready malt, hay and a bit of apple. I think the taste is just like the aroma, with the grainy flavor being the strongest. It's a mostly sweet and grainy tasting brew. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with a good amount of carbonation. Not too bad overall, for just 99 cents it's certainly worth trying at least once. It's better than I expected.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not real high on this pilsener. Flat a watered down lacking bite and uniqueness. Pours Dark golden with a descent head tha vanishes quickly. Lacing doesn't look pretty enough to comment more. Smells like it might taste nice or complex, but overall this beer falls pretty flat. Malt, doughy with a touch of hops. Finishes quite light, too light really and just doesn't have any edge. Sweet with a little bitterness. No thanks.

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Photo of mynie
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've been buying a lot of bitburger lately, because it costs literally 40% as much as every American craft pils I have access to, and it's at least a head better than all of them.

So I was happy to see another cheap-ish German canned pils. And, heck, it's an even better deal at 7.99 for a sixer of tall boys. Thems is a good price 6 years ago.

Pours a very dark gold with a small head that dissipates quickly. Filtered body. Very rich-looking.

Smells delicate and grainy with just a little tang of Bavarian hops.

Tastes much more robust, but still pretty light for a Euro pils. Firm, grassy start that gets tangy and sweet near the middle, finishing with hops and a very nice lack of esters. A very solid German pils.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

(500ml can, best by? E 08.06.17... poured into a fluted goblet)

L: clear, pale gold liquid... cm of static foam wells up and fizzes out... lace slides fast down

S: almost a baked, cereal scent to the malt, lightest citric acid note... malt is on forefront, but with weak-moderate depth... little hop aroma, perhaps only faintly grassy

T: backbone of lumpy pale malt with a sort of drying bread dough overtone... strange almost plastic/can-liner flavor in the finish... not much residual sweetness, which is a relief, as the bitterness is dull

F: relatively swollen and soft-spoken, little prickly up front and on the edges... would prefer this more sharp and dry... could knock back a half liter, but refresh rating - slightly sub-neutral

O: this is a beer to drink eye-popping cold, outta the can... flavor-wise, indistinct... toss this under 'euro pale lager'.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a fluted pilsener glass.

Look: Clear light golden colored body with a white head that recedes to a light film with very light spots of lacing.

Aroma: Bready, doughy, with hay and slightly spicy hops.

Taste: Subdued malt bill with little sweetness before the hay and dried grasses hit. Light lemon grass and citrus in the lightly bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly dry, goes down easily.

Overall: Just something missing. It has most of what I'm looking for but watered down. Having said that it's very drinkable at a good price point.

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Photo of leantom
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an OK Pilsner. Not as robust as Carlsberg and Urquell, but good nonetheless. Here goes:

A: Very clear yellow. Head is good but dissipates very readily and leaves almost no lacing. Body carbonation is also somewhat lacking for a pilsner.

S: Hay and grass from the noble hops. Also fairly bready/grainy from the malt. Alright.

T: Nice bready touches complimented by Pilsner hop spiciness. Hay, grass, and grains. Alright.

F: Nice and bready. Wish it had more carbonation, though.

O: Good.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.66/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pretty golden color. The head is a finger high and white in shade, featuring a great creaminess (though retention isn't great). Some lacing clings to the glass really well.

Hmmm, I think the aroma falls short of what a pilsner needs to accomplish. There are some nice touches of noble hopping laid on a canvas of sweet, bready malts - only the canvas is the size of Rhode Island and the hops only cover about an acre. Considering I also get a touch of bubblegum, I'd make the suggestion this seems closer to a Munich helles than a pilsner. A good Munich helles, at least, but it loses a few points for lacking true pilsner qualities.

It opens sweetly, with a lot of butterscotch, table sugar, and caramel. The finish is a little hoppy, meaning it doesn't end as sweetly. And that's good! Unfortunately, the finish is also a little watery, and develops a little bit of cooked veggies as it warms up. Tasting it, I wouldn't really call it a good Munich helles, much less a good pilsner. But hey, it's cheap!

Too big and too sweet for the style, plain and simple. It coats the palate excessively, with the hops failing to clean things up. I like the small bubbles from the carbonation at least - but frankly, this needs the bigger bubbles of a Miller Lite (cripes, can't believe I'm saying that...)

If I found this beer back in 2011 (when I started drinking), I would have fallen head over heels in love with it. Ditto if I was a British man from Liverpool that was getting sick of Stella Artois. Right now, I simply find it too sweet. On the positive side, this compares well with the Bitburgers and Warsteiners at a superior price point, while utterly crushing BMC/Heineken at the same price point. But in the realm of cheap lagers, Schlitz is still my personal choice.

2.66/5: Pairs well with poverty and extreme metal, but not much else

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the best pilseners I've yet to have and a delicious beer all around. Nice bold, bready, and dry body that is equally thirst-quenching as it is seriously refreshing. This and Wolters Black Beer are definitely some of the best imported beer I've had.

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Photo of BlakeA85
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz can into pilsner glass, it was on sale for literally a dollar, I couldn't pass it up. Pours a nice golden straw color with a fluffy head that sticks around.
Smell is a bit flat but decent, light grains and a small tiny hop note.
Taste is okay, it's very light and grainy. I struggled a bit to get more flavor out of it.
Mouthfeel is semi-dry, no aftertaste. Kind of feels like water, but perhaps that's a bit harsh.
Overall, It's much better than I expected for a dollar. Decent, light flavored pilsner.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a clear body and a finger of frothy white foam that doesn't stick around too long, but leaves a nice lace.

Smell: very sweet and malty, with just a dash of hop character. A bit on the sweet side for my taste.

Taste: pretty much just like the aroma, quite sweet with a little bit of noble hop character. There is a relatively decent bitterness here, but in general it's not enough to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: actually pretty drinkable, but again just too sweet. I would have a hard time quaffing this by the liter.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL can poured into English pint glass.

L - Pours a clear, slightly bronze color with a finger of foam, dissipates quick, leaves a nice lacing

S - Very little skunkiness, probably due to can rather than bottle. Honey, cereal, malt

T - Classic pilsner, biscuit, honey and slight hops but more sweet/bready malt than other brews of this style

F - Medium-bodied, not as carbonated, dry finish, very drinkable

O - For $1.50-2 a can, you can't beat it. If this is the "cheap" stuff Germany has to offer up against our Bud Lights and PBRs, I've got to make my way to Germany someday. A very solid beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500 ml can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave just a hint of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a bready and slightly grainy smell. The aroma has notes of a sweet caramel and corny smell as well. Along with a hint of a grassy aroma, one is left with a rather pleasant aroma in the nose.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a little bit of a doughy taste. There is also a pretty good showing of a sweetness of caramel and some “Corn pops” which grow slightly stronger as the taste moves on. Some lighter tastes of grain and a little bit of grass come more toward the end, leaving one with a somewhat malty and sweet pils flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a bit thick for a brew of only 4.9 % with a carbonation level that is rather average. A little less body and more carbonation may have been slightly better for a brew of its flavor profile and nature, but overall it was OK.

Overall – A decent pils. A bit on the sweeter and malty side with a decent flavor, but lacking some of the crispness I typically like in a pils.

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Photo of danoneil77
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little more fortified than most German Pils, and the taste shows it. Much more full bodied than say Bitburger; making it a good deal less-drinkable.

You get what you pay for - always!

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Photo of erk0607
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Crisp, clear gold color with lacing after the head dies down

Smell: Like a pilsner... delicate floral hops.

Taste: Light hopiness and associated citrus, some malt aspects

Feel: Light, decently carbonated, thin like water

Overall: It's alright. Lightyears better than a Bud or the like, making this something that would be good for a pre-game where it's not all about enjoying each drop, but still liking what you're drinking.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the tall boy can in a pint glass. This nice pils pours a bright yellow with a light head of white foam that settles to a thin ring, light layer, and little lacing. Nose of sweet malts, floral hops, and light bread. Flavors exceed the nose with sweet honey touched malts, mild grain notes, and crisp herbal hop flavors on all sides with a light breaded note on the rear. Nice mouth feel, medium high carbonation, and a crisp clean finish. Excellent for the style. A great session brew.

Cheers

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Photo of Solo007
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from my trusty 12 fl oz (355 ml) bottle into a tulip glass.

I've wondered for the longest time if the cheapest beer from Germany is far superior to the cheapest U.S. beer. So far, Yes, Yeah and Hell Yah. Pours a very light sunshine yellow (almost like that of a wine spritzer), with an OK head. The nose is light, airy, mild floral, hops and grass; Nothing at all overpowering. A nice taste of lemon and grapefruit and I do detect a white wine spritzer, but GOOD white wine, that is, along with a bit of the buttery and corn at the finish. It's an OK, no frills, brew: The type that's economically prepared and probable high-risk to skunkiness. This is a decent pilsner: Nothing fancy, but nothing bad either. And dirt cheap! My supermarket (Pathmark) is selling this stuff 10 for $10 ($1 a 500ml can). That's cheaper than a can of Coke! A Decent, Refreshing, German Pilsner.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

6/15...pours bright gold, very little foam remains. Light pils nose. Light citrus tinged pils flavor. Lemon pokes through at the end. Clean. Needs more bite. But otherwise clean crisp pils.

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