Wolters Pilsener | Hofbrauhaus Wolters GmbH

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Brewed by:
Hofbrauhaus Wolters GmbH
Germany
hofbrauhauswolters.de

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cnozzy on 12-25-2009

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#42,949
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118
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243
pDev:
16.12%
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3.4
 
 
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Photo of kojevergas
2.54/5  rDev -24.2%
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 +16.1%
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 +9.6%
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 -2.4%
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 +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bustersuess
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasted_Youth
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikr
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of bluejacket74
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
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 -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 123321123321
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not real high on this pilsener. Flat a watered down lacking bite and uniqueness. Pours Dark golden with a descent head tha vanishes quickly. Lacing doesn't look pretty enough to comment more. Smells like it might taste nice or complex, but overall this beer falls pretty flat. Malt, doughy with a touch of hops. Finishes quite light, too light really and just doesn't have any edge. Sweet with a little bitterness. No thanks.

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Photo of mynie
4.02/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've been buying a lot of bitburger lately, because it costs literally 40% as much as every American craft pils I have access to, and it's at least a head better than all of them.

So I was happy to see another cheap-ish German canned pils. And, heck, it's an even better deal at 7.99 for a sixer of tall boys. Thems is a good price 6 years ago.

Pours a very dark gold with a small head that dissipates quickly. Filtered body. Very rich-looking.

Smells delicate and grainy with just a little tang of Bavarian hops.

Tastes much more robust, but still pretty light for a Euro pils. Firm, grassy start that gets tangy and sweet near the middle, finishing with hops and a very nice lack of esters. A very solid German pils.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
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 wattie83
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a fluted pilsener glass.

Look: Clear light golden colored body with a white head that recedes to a light film with very light spots of lacing.

Aroma: Bready, doughy, with hay and slightly spicy hops.

Taste: Subdued malt bill with little sweetness before the hay and dried grasses hit. Light lemon grass and citrus in the lightly bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly dry, goes down easily.

Overall: Just something missing. It has most of what I'm looking for but watered down. Having said that it's very drinkable at a good price point.

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Photo of mattknueven
3.04/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of freewill35
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leantom
3.55/5  rDev +6%
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 Oleg85
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.66/5  rDev -20.6%
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 +9.3%
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 Lukass
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mjcapuano
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Easy to drink very affordable 16 Oz cans case 20.00

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Wolters Pilsener from Hofbrauhaus Wolters GmbH
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 243 ratings
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