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:
No notes at this time.

Added by cnozzy on 12-25-2009

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224
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
15.88%
 
 
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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 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 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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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 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 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 Mora2000
2.76/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear, light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is not good at all. As can be expected from green-bottled pilseners, this beer is skunked.

The flavor is actually better. I don't get much, if any skunk in the flavor. What I do get is some corn and grain notes. Even though it is not skunked, the flavor is not very good.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Tybo
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A little darker yellow than I expected for a Pilsner. Head disapears quicklys with little to no lacing

S - Heavy malt/bread smell to this beer with little to no hop scent. A slight fruity smell to it as the beer warmed in the glass but not very much

T - bready with some earth tones to it. I could taste the grain in it and the slight sweet smell carries over the aftertaste.

O - A decent beer but nothing that I would write home about.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured one finger of head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is grain and barnyard.
The taste is mildly bitter with a honey sweet ending.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
The taste is too sweet and not bitter enough. Not the greatest pilsener.

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Photo of thecarster1
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a pils, nearly two fingers of bright white bubbly head, golden color, minimal carbonation.

s- slight skunk, bit of noble hopping, grass, lemon.

t- very light, light noble hops, light lemon, slight bitterness on the back end, not very carbonated once again.

m- light slightly creamy.

d- okay, in my notes i wrote 'this is a one and done beer' very accurate description that fits appropriately with many beers that i've uploaded reviews for tonight.

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Photo of FLima
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Made a good head that dissipated quickly. It has a rather grassy and malty aroma.
Lower carbonation than the average pilsener. Malt sweetness is predominant in its taste. Not much complex, a little watery. It did not left any aftertaste. No thrills, but I am still figuring out why it did not feel right.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mostly clear pale yellow hue with a super wuick off-white head. OK bubbling. The aroma is a stale old grass hop aroma with some almost tartly crisp un-toasted barley. The taste is super crisp but a little stale on both the hop and malt front. The finish is a little musty grass and bright pilner malt. This beer is not as drinkable most other German pilsners. crisp but stal from start to finish.

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz green glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date.

Pours an orange yellow with thin white head. Nose is skunk-y with a little orange and honey. Palate is crisp and clean. Orange marmalade and skunk/herbal hops. Clean finish.

Simple yet tasty. Could drink a 6er of this.

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Photo of dbaker61
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL can. Brew date: Feb. 14, 2011, with a Best By date of Mar. 14, 2012. This can listed the ABV as 5.1%.

Appearance: Deep golden yellow color. Two fingers of dense foam, which died down to a thin cover in about a minute. Left incomplete rings of lacing with tiny bits of foam dispersed around the glass between the rings. Very clear with profuse bubbles.

Smell: Sweet and grassy. A little cereal.

Taste: Metallic and bitter. Not a rich mellow bitterness I would associate with a German Pilsener, sharper and less complex. None of the malty sweetness that was in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Finished very dry with just a touch of bitterness.

Overall: An okay pilsener. There are many better examples. The can may be contributing to the metallic and overbearing bitter character. I'd like to try it in the bottle.

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Photo of MNJR
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad pilsener, but a bit watery and lackluster overall. Clear color, nice initial bite, but then then it washes down a bit bland. The nose has some citrus/peach and clean grass. The mouthfeel is flat. Not the strong, spiky carbonation you expect from the style when it's done right. The carbonation dies out in your mouth almost immediately. The flavor is good, with a lemony, spicy character, but again it washes down watery. The finish is dull and the aftertaste hits with a waft of stale earth flavor, like a musty basement. Drinkable for the good qualities, but it drops off during the aftertaste.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two finger head of medium white foam, with lace the as broken and no cling. Color is a 5 on the SRM beer color chart. Very clear beer. Smell is that of moldy peach, roasted wheat and rye, and sweet malt. Taste is roasted oats, wheat, baked grits, and malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, but lacking in creaminess, and has a little bitter flavor on the upper palate. I have had much better pils when I was in Germany, but I don't remember their names. This pils does remind me of the good times I had at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

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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 matjack85
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this single, green 11.2oz bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.39. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear pale gold color and made a 1-finger white head that lasted about a minute and a half but left no lacing whatsoever.

There was some initial green bottle skunkiness upon opening, but after that I picked up some sweet honey-like aroma along with some faint noble hops.

The taste was on the sweet side for a pilsener. Other than that it was OK, but unremarkable.

Thin, but not that watery of a mouthfeel. Clean and crisp.

If they could reduce the sweetness a little this would be a really good pilsener.

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Photo of dtivp
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with a one finger foamy white head, good retention and light lacing.

Aroma of grainy malt, grassy with hints of hops.

Taste of light malt, grain, some light hopiness.

Mouth Feel was light body, lots of carbonation, crisp and tinkly.

Overall an average German Pils, refreshing, a nice light beer to cool down with.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into Samuel Adam's pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark golden with a fizzy white two-finger head that quickly dissipates, leaving moderate lacing on the glass.

Smell: Pretty malty, almost a fruit-like smell as well. Kind of floral as well, but not really any hops detected.

Taste: It's alright, it's extremely bready tasting and very malt-forward. There is almost no hop taste at all in this beer. It's mainly a watery bread taste; it's not horrible, but not very good either.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly creamy as well.

Overall: A decent German pilsener, but that's all it is. I would take this over Beck's though, but it would be better if it had more hop flavor.

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Photo of huxcrunner
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

a- appearance is a yellow golden color with low white head and minimal lacing

s-the smell isnt overwhelming good smell of hops that makes this a good average pilsener would have

t-taste is relatively full for a pilsener and good combination of hops

m-alright mouthfeel not super smooth but not terrible either not really that light of a beer at all

d-good overall drinkablity

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Photo of Dentist666
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden, but not very bright beer with good resistant white head. Intense aroma of bready malts and herbal hops. Very earthly smell. Rough bready malts in a taste. Hop bitterness is not very prominent. Medium-bodied beer with good carbonation. Mediocre german pilsener.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice price on the shelves for an import. It looked like a nice german pilsner, smelled like a german pilsner, very toasty/ bisquity, but then the taste. This was just to watery to say it was a solid pilsner. ghoing into the taste I was expecting a nice value and solid beer, but the flavors on the nose were just muted on the taste and mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer, don't get me wrong, but a little more in the gflavor and this would be solid.

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