Pils (Pilsner)
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #19
Ranked #9,592
3.97 | pDev: 11.34%
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Very Good
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Notes: Known as "Pilsner" in the USA.

Golden-yellow and bright, with 32 bitter units and quite hoppy compared to most of the other Pilsners our Weihenstephaner Pilsner comes up with a distinctive aroma of hops with a pleasant bitterness. This combination provides a balanced mix and guarantees great enjoyment. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle dated 4021 or in the Gregorian calendar: 01/04/21. So it's a little over 4 months fresh...which isn't too bad for a German import.

L: Pours a crystal clear pale straw color with a half finger of fine white head. This has a bit of retention with a good amount of carbonation streamers rising from the bottom of the glass. As the beer goes down it leaves very light spotty lacing on the glass.

S: A bit of grainy malt, fresh grass and a note of spice.

T: The palate is dominated by fresh cut grass complemented by notes of lemon. I also get grainy malt and a very light note of noble hop spice. The front and mid palates present a light malty sweetness which is balanced on the backend and finish by a nice medium-low bitterness.

F: This is light bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and clean.

O: It's a German pilsner from Germany and very well done. Highly recommended if you can find it fresh.

Friday at 07:42 PM
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Sigmund from Norway

2.75/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

500 ml bottle, from Alko Karigasniemi. ABV is 5.1%. Pale golden colour, moderate white head. Moderate aroma of floral hops. The flavour is sweeter than expected, with fairly distinct bittering hops.

Apr 24, 2021
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highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the gold standard for me as far as pils go but it’s Weihenstephaner.
It pours a clear, picturesque light gold with a half finger of head. The smell is grassy, lemon, a hint of hops, the taste is grassy, lemon, sharp but subtle hops, biscuity malt. Everything is in perfect harmony and it is a very drinkable beverage, cheers!

Apr 03, 2021
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StJamesGate from New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold with steady snow white cap; sweet grain nose with specks of herb; husky grain sack, touch of honey, lemon rind, grass, herb; clean with tightening bitter linger.

4 4 3.75 4 4

Hallertauer Taurus, Hallertauer Perle, Hallertauer Tradition

Looks right and smells intriguing, if more fragrant than threatening on the hop front. But the taste somehow manages to be as much about sweet lagery malt as it is about hops - quite Bavarian like that. Hops deliver the requisite bitter bite (32 IBUs) but never cross over into that spicy Saaz bite I’d like from a German pils + any Taurus here is not bringing the pepper..Having said that, it’s impeccable brewed, natch, and therefore easily sunk and eminently enjoyable.

Quality, but nets out too sweet.

Mar 19, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Crystal clear, bright golden color. Medium white head that faded quickly to a collar and left good lacing.

S---Hoppy. A bit of lemon, some bread and straw.

T---Clean and crisp. Hops are in the front. A light touch of bitterness. Bread and lemon follow from the nose.

F---Medium bodied & amply carbonated. The most distinctive thing about the feel is the cleanness.

O---A damn fine example of the style. I really can't believe I've never had this one before.

Jan 28, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Somewhat cloudy golden body with a picture perfect white head. Bready and almost cereal malt with grassy hops and german yeast in the nose. Taste is more grainy than cereal malt thankfully, bread, slight lemon zest, a hint of skunk with the grassy hops and white pepper. Feel is crisp, bready and sneaky dank. This really works for me, nothing mind blowing but clearly a cut above the norm

Oct 29, 2020
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance is a crystal yellow, with a thin watery white head with traces of lacing.

The aroma is pungent and can easily be smelt. The yeast is evident, along with notes of straw, pepper, dough, hay, lemongrass, biscuit, corn, and a touch of honey. Smells very grassy.

The taste is lively and crisp, a mixture and complex flavor in the mouth. The grassy and bready notes, along with the pepper and corn, combine together to make a sort of herbal crisp and bitter composition, while there is also a sweeter presence of malty flavors like honeysuckle, different spices, and lemons. It tastes well-balanced. Feeling is medium-light.

Sep 20, 2020
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours crystal clear yellow. Thinner, watery head. Speckles of lace. The color and clarity of the beer is incredible. The aroma is simply fantastic. Tangy, pungent yeast. Spice, grains, and dry malt. Plenty of noble hoppiness. Everything works in harmony and the nose just bursts with pleasantness. Flavor is crisp and peppy. The components of the nose are all here, with the addition of a nice honey sweetness. Super well put-together; elegant. Drinks like a dream; even with a bit more octane than many Pilsners. Excellently carb'd and the body begs for more glugging. High marks everywhere but the nose is really, really impressive. I mean, it's Weihenstephaner; I can't be surprised.

Sep 10, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful crystal clear body, as clear as any beer I've ever seen. Very lively and a light gold color. Pours a frothy, nice size white head, but retention is surprisingly poor. Spotty lacing.

The aroma is noticeable from a few feet away after the pour, implying slightly spicy and herbal hops. Up close, it's bready and malty, very smooth, with no off notes. Grassy, with just the barest hint of a whisper of a suggestion of lemon. Pepper, straw, honey. To-style, this is a wonderful aroma.

Crisp and lively mouthfeel up front, becoming slick as the initial carbonation sting fades. Light bodied but not weightless, really letting the full range of flavors wash over your palate.

Very well balanced, with a clean, slightly herbal bitterness balancing against pale bready malts. Dough and cracker meet grass and light pepper, with just a touch of honey and maybe a hint of citrus up front, and citrus peel on the back half and aftertaste. As the brewery suggests, this is a relatively hoppy Pilsner, but it's in terms of balancing bitterness. Very slightly earthy.

Aug 15, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold appearance with a medium size white head and decent lacing. Grainy-grassy malt aroma with a nice touch of spice in the background. Well balanced taste; subtle sweetness matched to the herbal hop bitterness. Finish is dry, crisp and clean. Very refreshing.

Jul 23, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yellow/gold body with 1.5 finger head, moderate lacing. Smell of lemons and a bit of skunk. Taste is thin on malts but with an accentuated hop profile and so is quite bitter for the style. Feel is lemon/grapefruit bitterness and medium carbonation which leaves a pleasant crisp and lingering bitterness that doesn't cloy. Refreshing and moreish. I prefer a few other German pils and prefer the Original Helles from this brewery but this is still a class German pils.

Jul 18, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: bright clear straw yellow with a touch of light amber. 2.5 rocky white marshmellow head

s: crisp grains, grass, lemongrass, and a touch of sweet lemons. a nice lager spice, and some dough. not too much in the aroma, but it smells like you want it to

t: sweet grains, lemongrass, and a little punch of herbal bitterness. nice lager spice followed by more of that earthy bitterness.

m: medium mouthfeel with strong carbonation

o: slightly above average Pilsner. quite bitter, but with a nice grain note

Jul 10, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.
Bottled 2/20/20

Pouring brilliantly clear, colored straw/pale @3-4 SRM and showing a good amount quick-rising bubbles. The head is fluffy and white, two fingers high, persistent and leaves a little lace. Herbal hops, bread, light honey, a bit of yeast and corn in the nose and tasting of honey suckle and cracker. Starting medium sweet and moderately bitter it drys to the finish with increased floral hop bitterness. The body is crisp and light-ish with medium carbonation.
A good Pilsner that is probably great when it is fresh.

Jun 02, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All things considered, this is a good beer. But basically coming from the almighty king of beer, I was hoping for a lil bit more. But nah, it ain’t like that. This beer is like Lorena Rae on one of her off days. You know, Juicy sweatpants, but still hot as hell. It’s aromatic, it’s clean, it’s crisp...

We have another winner (albeit a bronze).

May 13, 2020
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just1cho from California

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

*Drank from a Teku glass at 40F and poured from a 11.2 oz bottle*

Pouring this into my glass, it looks a clear pale yellow with nice rocky bubbles and a half finger head with decent retention. Very simple and nothing to complain about here.

The aromas weren't very complex as I got primarily notes of sweet malt/biscuits, typical of a pilsner. I also got a bit of an earthy mustiness in there, not sure if this was intentional or a flaw.

The taste followed the nose as I got hit immediately with the bread and sweet malt characteristics of the pils with a slight mustiness. The middle showed a bit of mild butter characteristics which evolved to a very slight bitterness, peppery spiciness, and a bit of a phenolic taste towards the back.

As expected, this was medium bodied and medium to light carbonation. It was clean and crisp and very refreshing to drink.

To be honest, there really isn't much to say about this beer. I didn't find there to be a lot of depth in this beer, very simple and clean. This is a very inoffensive and refreshing Pilsner, not very complex or complicated, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that in my opinion. There is a time and place for this particular pilsner, and I will definitely drink this again when pairing it with some fried chicken or some Korean barbecue.

Apr 24, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I know I've already written notes for this beer, but I haven't typed them up and uploaded them yet. It seems a shame to review this per a bottle that sat on a ship to get stateside and then sat on shelves (my bottle code is 8229), but unless freshness standards change then what follows will be a valid representation of this beer as most non-travelling Americans will experience it.

Currently ranked #15 in the Top Rated German Pilsner list.

11.2oz brown glass bottle with a crown cap.

5.1% ABV. "Lager." "Pilsner."

APPEARANCE: ~8-9cm head height. Head is fluffy and off-white. Retention is excellent - ~10 minutes.

Body is a clear pale copper. Sort of the the quintessential beer colour as most would imagine it. Obviously filtered; its clarity is obvious. Lacks any visible yeast/lees.

Not the most vibrant in colour, but generally appealing and obviously well carbonated.

AROMA: Has some baked bread and doughy aromatics I didn't expect to find in addition to the usual crisp pilsner malt. Hop profile is right on the money for a pilsner; I get subtle grassiness, a blip of floral character, and a scintilla of spice.

Clean yeast-wise; it's free of esters and phenols. Attenuation seems to be near perfect.

TASTE & TEXTURE: More dry than I expected...it's almost unrefreshing or even parching. Minerality is high. Lacks the soft mouthfeel I expected. It's not a delicate pilsner, or maybe it's just too old and past it's prime.

Pilsner malts are obviously at the core of it, but they lack the accompanying crisp texture a great pilsner needs to excel. More bitter than I expected as well; it's rather assertively hopped for a pilsner, hitting heavy on spicy and grassy Noble hop varietals.

Baked bread and doughy flavours are present, eschewing the usual cleanliness of a well brewed pilsner. I suspect these flavours are symptomatic of the beer's unfortunate age.

I don't dislike it, but it's not the beer I remember when thinking back to having it fresh on-draught in Germany. Rough around the edges balance-wise and generally disharmonious with respect to its malts and hops.

Well-carbonated, though, and certainly drinkable as is.

OVERALL: This beer is a shadow of its true self after suffering from supply chain aging, and I'd recommend most ignore it when on shelves stateside and instead try it only when it's available fresh. I'll upload my notes on this beer as it drinks fresh when possible, but I think my notes above reasonably reflect how most Americans will experience this beer.


Mar 17, 2020
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shambeano from Australia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, best before 16/09/20, poured into a tulip.
Look: bright gold, and with about 1.5inch of fluffy white head. Slowly subsides to about .5 cm which hands around for most of the beer. Looks good!
Smell: some grassy hops, a malty sweetness.
Taste: bready malt, a little sweetness, some slight fruitiness, but then a grassy hop finish. There isn't a huge variety of flavour, but the flavours that are present balance very well and are delicious.
Feel: Light, spritzy, slight bitterness at the back of the palate. Not a long length of flavour though.
Overall: I really enjoyed it. Very well made, and the kind of beer you can have a night on.

Jan 20, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If I understand the date code correctly, this is a bottle from May 28th, 2019

Clear light gold, with light white head, that leaves a 1/8" ring, and some very fine bubbles in the middle.

Smells of wet straw, fresh white bread, brief hints of apple juice and noble hop spiciness.

Taste is initially dry crackery malt, followed by a more rounded, bready flavor. Very slight bit of a lightly sweet fruity element (apple + pear), with some hop spiciness in the background. Moderate tongue-bracing bitterness, that build toward the end, and lingers well after. Seems just the right amount.

Feel is light , with a moderate level of fine carbonation that contributes to a drying finish.

Overall, always enjoyable. Does just what a pls, (& beer in general) is supposed to do . Maybe not THE most favorite pils in my experience, but it's up in the top echelon.

Dec 04, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Light gold. Crystal clear. A little bit of head, not alot.

S: Sweet and grassy.

T: Big biscuity flavor. Maybe 20 IBUs.

F: Defines what a pilsner should be. It was brewed under Bavarian Purity Law and filtered a hundred times. It's clean, fresh, and generally a high caliber drink.

O: This may be your first time experiencing "flavor" in your lager. I know, it's shocking.

Oct 17, 2019
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MUTINY from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review.

Pours beautiful clear light straw with big, dense foamy head that lingers leaving good lacing. Smells bright and off sweet malty - brilliant off sweet maltiness with just the right amount of bittering hops on the palate. Mouthfeel is crisp and superb - overall excellent Pilsner.

Sep 28, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle. Date code on label is '9029'.
Clear, pale gold colored body. Pours with some semblance of a white head, which sticks around as an island and ring. Just a few spots of lacing left behind.
Aroma is subtle, with grain malt, bread, and the very slightest of spicy hops.
Taste is lager bold, with a mixing of malt, bready yeast, and spicy hops. Very balanced and contoured.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation. The taste profile ends up spicy on the tongue.
Crisp and refreshing. Provides a very good drinking experience, with a bitter ending note.

Sep 22, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

right when i saw that these guys did a pils and i had never had it last week, i began looking for it. fortunately, it wasnt hard to source, and the juice was certainly worth the squeeze. this is so quintessentially german in every way, just a classic example of the style, and i beer i hope to drink plenty more of moving forward. its immaculate clarity could hardly be appreciated out of my paper hotel room cup, but you get what you get sometimes, and it didnt diminish my enjoyment of the beer in the least bit, a frothy beer mustache from the head on every sip. aroma and flavor here mirror one another, fresh german pils malt, a crisp and classic lager yeast with a little doughy tang to it, and noble hops in their finest form on the back end, slightly spice with a copper metallic thing going in late too, maybe not the freshest bottle, but i can tolerate that from the imports when they are this good. sparkling carbonation, a super clean finish, and a beer i could slam in about three sips if i didnt force myself to slow down and enjoy it. i know its the ales these guys are famous for, but this is near perfect lager.

Aug 23, 2019
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Tkdutra83 from Germany

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried an unfiltered pils at the restaurant next to the brewery and it was very good. Mild hoppy smell and lingering hoppy taste. Foam was very smooth. Overall, very good.

Aug 20, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been hunting for this German classic for years so was delighted to pick it up yesterday across state lines in Virginia. All their other stuff is awesome so I have been searching for the pils for years to see if it holds up the family name. Here we go.

Sturdy appearance, with a strong whte head and translucent golden body. Nose is spicy Saaz and oodles of yeast. Flavor is likewise surprisingly forceful with the noble hops, with bread malt notes in a decidedly suppoting role. The whole situation is bright and flavorful and satisfying.

For me, among the best in the style.

Jul 29, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle with a code of 9029. Opened 7-25-19.
1" white head on top of a crystal clear, clean straw-golden pilsner. Tons of carbonation streaming up and giving the head LONG retention and foamy lace.
Grassy, hay, herbal hops dominate upfront. Hint of crackery pilsner malt in the nose. Hops rule here.
Strong grassy and herbal hop flavor on lightly sweet malt base. A minerality I can't quite describe but it's appealing.
Light body, high carbonation - not quite what I would call a crisp pilsner. Lengthy hop bitterness.

Jul 26, 2019
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