Wolters Pilsener | Hofbrauhaus Wolters GmbH

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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%
 
 
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1/5  rDev -70.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.9%

Photo of clarknova
1.75/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.76/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Still in the case when I bought these Wolters biers, so I hope the green bottle effect doesn't kill this experience. This is mass produced German beer, pours a fizzy yellow strar color with a bright white head, speckled lacing. Aroma stale cereal malts with mineral water tones with a touch of honey, hops are really faint in the nose. Flavor a bit of stale cardboard offness, semi sweet cereal grains, faint hop watery approach. This is a pale comparison of a good German pils. Mouthfeel is watery carbonation is a bit much, pretty offensive. Drinkability overall is poor, I won't be back for this one anytime soon.

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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 doucmehu
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of Holland
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of olbubba
2/5  rDev -41.2%

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 latackbeer
2.29/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

For the price I figured I would try it but what I thought was right cheap.

Appearance was nice poured a nice head

Smell was awful!! Skunky and Sweet- Same with the taste felt like I was drinking an old Millwaukee!!

I will not recommend this beer to anyone!

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

Photo of Metz
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Vashtar
2.51/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought this beer for right over a dollar at a German store where everything was expensive. My friend and I both bought a bottle, and both were skunky.
It tastes a bit like rotting plants, which is better than rotting meat.
It also doesn't have a beer texture. There's so much head that it just bubbles in your mouth.

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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 argock
2.59/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz green bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date. Consumed with pork tenderloin at Maya (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Honey-golden with short, white 1-2 finger head with decent retention but a minimum of lacing.

S: Simple pale malt aromas, Saaz or any noble hops are barely apparent, mostly skunkiness dominates

T: Weak flavor overall with cereal grains, skunk, and soft herbal hoppiness. Below mid-range for the style in depth and quality of flavor.

M: Pedestrian light body with soft mineral aftertaste. Missed on the note of crispness due to undercarbonation.

D: A dud unfortunately but at least flavor is absent enough that it didn't ruin my entree.

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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 TheBigBoy
2.67/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Standard German pilsner' think Beck's-like taste.

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Photo of Bung
2.71/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Sachsenfreude
2.74/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance; crystal clear, straw yellow with a stiff white head.

smell; grassy hops and faint grainy malts, somewhat skunky.

taste; pretty bland but some floury malts and mild hop bitterness.

mouthfeel; loose and slightly tingles the palate. Very smooth crisp finish, mildly dry.

overall; a pretty boring Pils but not by any means bad, just not really anything too note worthy.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one at Miss Kitty's Grape Escape wine bar in Galena IL. Transcribed from my cocktail napkin notes...

A - Pale flaxen gold with a small but tight white cap. Poor retention, little lace.

S - White bread, hints of saltine (but less than others of the style), and soft biscuit notes. Rounder and less acrid (hoppy?) than other G-pils.

T - Similar to the nose. White bread, crackers, a little bit of salt.

M - LIght bodied, medium carbonation, pretty even keeled.

D - Not bad, just extremely boring. This would be better classified under "Euro pale lager" or something rather than a spicy, hopy, crisp and salty German pils.

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Photo of Graham_D_Dillon
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

A bit too skunky for me.

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Photo of calcnerd
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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