Wolters Pilsener | Hofbrauhaus Wolters GmbH

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Brewed by:
Hofbrauhaus Wolters GmbH
Germany | website

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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201
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3.4
pDev:
22.65%
 
 
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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 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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Photo of babaracas
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cheap pint can, canned Dec/14 best by Mar/16. Clear gold with thick soapy white head, settles slowly with a light spray of lace down the glass. Smell: lightly bready and floral, grape. Taste: white grape, white nectarine, spicy, a little biscuit, lightly grassy. Sweet tea feel to the finish, not crisp but with decent bitterness. Decent.

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Photo of beertunes
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500ml can into 10oz goblet. Poured a very lightly hazy yellow-gold color with about 1/4 inch of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly grainy, slightly sweet, with some soft, earthy hops in the background. The taste was the same, with the hops having a bit of a brighter presence.

The body was crisp and clean, with a dry finish. Drinkability was very good. Overall, a pretty nice brew, well worth the $2 i spent on it, and a great option for a dog-walking brew. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Premo88
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: roasted corn color ... lighter than gold, darker than yellow; minimal head for a pils, 1/2- to 3/4-inch tall stack of white foam; slight sticking, no major lacing; fantastic column of bubbles rising up the center of the column creating a very cool skin of white foam and thick bubbly collar; clarity and color are superb

S: skunk for first minute, then it disappears completely to allow a stark fruitiness to shine through -- at times as fruity as a good English pale; sour grain; lots of lighter malt, almost bready/biscuit malt but for sure at least cracker; very sweet and almost floral

T: follows the nose pretty closely, though the biscuit malt shows up a bit more here in the flavor; very light and fruity ... sweet

F: almost perfect ... light, crisp, easy going down; it feels a bit soft near the end, but overall fantastic

O: not bad at all but it's missing the good green/grassy hop bite the best of the best pilseners offer ... the sweeter fruity taste is very reminiscent of some Dortmunder or Munich Helles lagers I've tried and also some English pale ales, the fruit is almost apricot or peach; not an award winner, but for the price, it has potential for getting into my fridge again

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

Poured from 500ml can into Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: pours a pillowy white 2" head that drops quickly with a bit of lacing on the glass. Color is a mostly clear golden, with some small sediment in suspension and plenty of streaming bubbles.

Aroma: biscuit and bread dough, with some floral and grassy hops, but both are fairly mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, frothy, slightly chewy, with a pleasant drying finish.

Flavor: toasted bread, biscuit, tangy herbal and floral hops.

Overall: very pleasant, should pair well with most foods, and a terrific session beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wolters Pilsener Premium (green USA bottle) has a thick, frothy, white head, a bubbly, golden appearance, and moderate lacing. The aroma, which was not at all skunked, is of soda cracker and grassy hops. Taste is of sweetness, cracker, and grassy hops. The mouthfeel is medium, and Wolters Pilsener Premium finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing. RJT

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear yellow. Fizzly head. Bleach white. Smell is skunky, bready and yeasty. Flavor is the same. A skunky import Pils. Like a slightly more dedicated Stella or Heineken. I have to admit that it is maybe a bit pleasant. Sometimes a green-glass Pils hits the spot. This one did a little bit. Light bodied. Heavy carbonation. Watery. Not much lingering aftertaste. It is what it is.

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Photo of CHickman
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours clear gold color with a 1 finger white head that faded and left decent spotty lacing. Smells of corn, floral hops, light caramel, lemon zest and light grains; typical pils nose with the malty sweetness cut by the hops which add good balance. Tastes like it smells with floral hops, caramel, lemon zest, light brown sugar, wheat bread, corn or vegetables and light grains; light, basic and easy to drink, this was thin and watery and a nice German session brew. Price point made this better overall since this pint plus bottle was only $1.50.

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Photo of beergoot
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can data: P17.09.14 03:32 (canning date/time?) E17.09.15 (best-by date?)

Clear, golden color with a thin, lasting, white head; lots of slowly rising, fine carbonation bubbles; spotting clumps of foam adhering to the glass. Mild cereal grain and dry grass aroma; bread crust. Pretty decent pilsner flavors-light, warm malt grain character with a well-balanced yet pronounced hop bitterness. Medium body with a mostly dry finish; crisp and clean.

A solid though unremarkable pilsner.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.4/5  rDev 0%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

Not half bad, unfortunately that means this beer lands in the middle of the pack and it is a pretty big pack these days. Flavors did not come off as fresh, very cooked as many green bottled imports can be. This beer seems to have lost something on the way here. As with their Fest-Bier we’d bet that from the source is substantially better … perhaps a night and day difference.

STYLE: German Pilsner
ABV: 4.9%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Golden straw hue, great clarity, sufficient head

SMELL: Herbal, grassy, faint lemongrass, bready, cooked breakfast cereal

TASTE: Very smooth, nice crisp snap, modest hop bitterness, herbal, mineral, creamed corn, bready, leafy, quick dry finish

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Schaumburger pilsner glass. Pours a clear, medium golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with spotty lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt and light grassy hops with the light but distinct eau d'skunk butt. Flavor is sweet biscuit and bready malt, a hint of wheat and light grassy hops. Hop finish is very muted. Fortunately no skunking flavors in the taste. Light to medium bodied. A mild, slightly sweet pilsner that hits all the right notes for style, but is average. Another brewery that chooses some odd "look" over aroma and taste by choosing green bottles. Baffling.

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

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. Two finger foam quickly settles into a solid cap. Faint carbonation in a pale yellow liquid. Smells of grains and grass. Tastes of grains with slight bitterness in the end. Light mouthfeel . Nice, inexpensive, pleasant drinking beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts, just a touch of skunkiness. Taste is malts, slightly sweet, some grains, a touch of bitterness at the finish. Refreshing and easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a good session beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My original bottle review follows, but tonight is M, 18 July 2016 & I recently scored this in a CAN in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm)! It is a typically hot, humid summer evening in LanCANster, PA and I am breaking out the lagers as quickly as possible to try and beat the heat! CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "Premium Beer Imported from Germany"; "Brewing Tradition Since 1627"; "Nec Aspera Terrent"; "Immota Fides"; "Product of Germany"; "Brewed in Strict Accordance to the German Purity Law"; "Beer - Birra - Cerveza - Cerveja - Biere - [Cyrillic] - Alus - Bere - Olu".

A 500-ml CAN stands tall, but The CANQuest (tm) is up to the challenge! It all begins with the Crack!, but the Glug must be CANtrolled to prevent overflow. Man, I picked the right glass, but it kept foaming up and then I would stop & the process would repeat, but I finally ended up with two fingers of dense, rocky, foamy, soapy, bone-white head that slowly fell away in the face of the onslaught of heat. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was kind of malty sweet, indicative of a German Pilsner, which is okay by me. I really prefer the Czech Pilsners, but any Pils in a pinch. Mouthfeel was medium, but very soft on the tongue. I kid you not, I beat my poor, bruised tongue this weekend, so this was a welcome change. The taste was more bready than biscuity and the grassiness of the hops were not enough to cut the inherent sweetness. It was definitely a German Pils! Finish was in that nether-Twilight Zone of semi-sweet to semi-dry. It tastes mighty good tonight and is welcome as both a summer beer & to The CANQuest (tm).

My local, in-person trader, tone77, dropped by last night for a pick-up of CANs and to drop off some gems that he collected while on a trip to Japan! There was one lone bottle in the mix and I decided to get it out of the way as The CANQuest (TM) is in full swing and I do not want to lose the momentum.

From the bottle: "Premium Pilsener"; "Imported German Beer"; "Pilsener Style Beer"; "Brewed according to the 'German Purity Law'"; "Nec Aspera Terrent"; "Product of Germany".

I was anxious to get started, so I poured as I typed and while I initially had two fluffy fingers of bone-white head resembling the top of a vanilla ice cream cone, they slowly fell, leaving beautiful sticky lacing in their wake. Color was a beautiful straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose smelled heavily of toasted malts, underlain by a lightly grassy hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was slightly bitter and grassy with a bready, biscuity sweetness accompanying it. Finish was semi-dry and the hops were a little more prevalent than I would prefer in this style, cleaving it closer to a Czech Pils.

That is NOT to say that I did not enjoy it. My local, where I play trivia on Wednesday night, had a clearance special on their Fest-Bier and it was equally good. Wolters seems to know what they are doing and if I could get their beers in a CAN, so much the better.

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