Wolters Pilsener | Hofbrauhaus Wolters GmbH

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Wolters PilsenerWolters Pilsener
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hofbrauhaus Wolters GmbH
Germany
hofbrauhauswolters.de

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cnozzy on 12-25-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
233
Reviews:
115
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
16.18%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 233 |  Reviews: 115
Photo of Gmann
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale straw color with a honey hue. The white head is rather small and settles into a light cap.

The aroma is grassy from the noble hops. A bit of a limey scent. Notes of sulfur.

The taste is of a cracker malt and grassy hop. Nice German hop flavor. Some sulfur and metal. The malt is a tad more bready than expected.

The feel is moderate with active carbonation. More substantial in body for the style and not as crisp.

An ok pils. Too much euro lager notes.

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Photo of chinchill
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From s bottle with a coffee stamp suggesting a March 2017 bottling date.
Hazy amber copper body with a thin weak head.
The aroma is lightly skunky with Euro hops and faint biscuit. Similar but more earthy and stalls taste.
Light carbonation in an overly thin body.

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Photo of dar482
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of grahuba
2.36/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of MrDis
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jkblr
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL canned 9/14/16 poured into a mug at fridge temp. The beer is bright golden yellow with one inch of off white head. Settles into a thin film of head and sparse lacing. Aroma reveals mostly sweet malt with just a hint of grassy hops. Taste follows with clean malts and grassy hop flavor and bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium with quite a bit of carbonation. Overall, an enjoyable all malt beer at $.99/single. Maybe not the textbook German pils if you're looking for that though.

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Photo of CreightonSM
2.29/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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 MeanMotaScootah
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this from a pint bottle. Straight forward German Pils. Nothing to write home about - a nice pilsner in a true German style.

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Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ironhorse123
5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tasted this pilsener while waiting for a flight at T5 Jetblue JFK. Have never seen it but the size of the bottle sold me ,$9, a bargain. This was a pleasant surprise as it's a very drinkable German pilsner and will seek it out at my favorite speciality beer retailers.

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Photo of duvel1979
1.88/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

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 AmitC
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bustersuess
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasted_Youth
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikr
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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 DerwinWentworth
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Wolters Pilsener from Hofbrauhaus Wolters GmbH
3.4 out of 5 based on 233 ratings.
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