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%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
44
For Trade:
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Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface that faded away into delicate lacing.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready hops in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of bready malts and has some hints of grain. There is a light amount of accompanying bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are hints of dryness towards the finish.
O: This is a well-balanced beer—it has enough malts to create enough body in the mouthfeel and a good amount of hops to mask any sweetness and give it a little bite. I would have no problem drinking a few of these back to back.

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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 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 emerge077
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Monsone for the hookup! Prost sir...

Into a small mug it pours a bright copper gold, a thin layer of creamy white foam rests on top and sticks around the edges. The lacing adheres in sheets on the sides of the glass, looking very frothy and hearty.

Aroma is a little bland, bran flakes and wet paper, some hint of noble hops.

Flavors of wet grain, bland pilsner malt, more grainy cereal and slight perceptible oxidation. Bartender mentioned this was a new arrival, and showed up two weeks ago. Don't think the green glass is doing the beer any favors. Thin bodied with a somewhat dry and quenching finish. Pedestrian German lager, good for warm weather, but look elsewhere for a Pils with flavor.

"Imported by Iron Horse Beverage, Mellville, NY"

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of nickfl
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although my nose was initially disappointed by the soft waft of skunkiness, Wolters Pils satisfied in the end.

The appearance was good, displaying a crystal clear deep golden body beneath a frothy head of bright white. The head retention could have been better, but it did leave sheets of spotty lace behind.

The flavor was soft and very well balanced, displaying grassy and gently floral hop flavors over a softly sweet maltiness. It's moderate carbonation level accentuated the malt, leaving it almost creamy across the palate despite its medium-light body; although it didn't help with head retention, so there's the trade-off.

Just enough character leaves it charming and tasty, but also quite quaffable. Remarkably drinkable!

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slatetank
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden -poured chilled from the 11.2oz into a 1/2 pint chilled.

A - A golden color with transparent clarity -good looking pils with rocky snow white cap and tight bead. The rettention is good and lacing is avg.

S - The smell is good while not full of hops, it still has a slight yeast and mild malt aroma which have good aroma, just mild overall

M - The feel is what you would expect from a pils, light bodied with moderately full carbonation and slight bitterness with a light sweetness

T - The taste is good with a mild sweet pilsner malt flavor and slight herbal hop taste. There is a gentle mineral yeast taste in the flavor and bitterness is balanced with the malt for the most part - it has slight grassiness in the finish.

D - I find there is nothing about this pils that is offensive, but it doesn't exceed the middle of the pack for me. The flavor is good, but more than one may not be something I would be into. It is good, but there are plenty of others in PA I would go to before this.

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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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Photo of stakem
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Eric for sharing this with me. Poured from a 12oz green bottle into a pilsner glass. The brew appears a perfectly clear light golden yellow color. A thin froth of white head appears and rapidly dissolves to a thin layering across the top. Some rising bubbles maintain a thin lacing effect across the top. A light swirl revives just shy of a finger of white and produces some spots of lacing on the glass.

The smell of this brew has a grainy sweetness that is quite bready or biscuit-like. There is a mild cheesy aspect that I have come to associate with pilsner malt. Very faint touch of herbal hops are noted across the back. A light swirl brings out some sulfur character as well as a greater focus towards the stinky pils malt.

The taste is quite bready and sweet from the grain. It is met by a very mild hop inclusion that is lightly herbal and almost minty. There is hardly enough of an impact to keep the bready grain sweetness in check. The light sweetness is persistent from first sip to finish with only a faint amount of character to interrupt.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is fairly easy drinking but a bit forgettable as well. It is very crisp in the finish with the pilsner malt being the star of the show from start to finish. Overall not bad but not something I would gravitate towards again if given options.

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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 ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of rab53
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwc215
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted last year - reviewed from notes that were lost but recently found:

Poured into a pils glass:

Pours straw yellow to light golden with a thin foamy white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is grassy with floral notes. Slight sulfur comes through.

The taste is of grainy sweetness upfront with a sulfur-ish, floral dryness in the finish.

It is rather crisp and slightly watery.

This is pretty much a standard German pils.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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 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 WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pilsner malt scent along with a touch of Munich malt sweetness, light German hops and a bit of that green bottle skunk. The taste is average. It has a thin pilsner malt flavor, hints of German hops, and a whole bunch of skunkiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average German pilsner. I'm not crazy about the skunkiness. It could also use some more hops as well.

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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 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 plaid75
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a doughy grain, musty hop and light sweetness.

The taste consisted of a relatively sweet malt and moderate noble hopbdpice. I wonder if this beer was brewed according to the Pirity Law, as I detect some adjunct sweetness.

The mouthfeel was round for the style.

Overall a decent pils.

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