Weihenstephaner Pils (Pilsner)
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
German Pilsner
Ranked #41
Ranked #12,985
3.96 | pDev: 11.36%
Sep 20, 2022
May 23, 2005
Very Good
Weihenstephaner Pils (Pilsner)Weihenstephaner Pils (Pilsner)
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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Rated: 4.05 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

Sep 16, 2022
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Rated by cakebutt

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
pretty good but more bitter than I'd like. strong distinct flavors, a little too strong. it's okay but prefer others.
Aug 28, 2022
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Rated by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Really like the weihenstepaner brand. A delicate Pilsner upfront with lingering hops on the backend. One of my favorite Pilsner.
Aug 25, 2022
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Rated by acurtis from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Weihenstephaner Pils Unfiltriert by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan at Brauhaus Schmitz on draft
Aug 23, 2022
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Reviewed by TheGreatCthulhu from Idaho

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright and golden yellow, crystal clear, with a nice, sudsy white head. It really is a picture perfect beer.


Crackers, malt, and hops, with a hint of nice herbal note in there for some variety and complexity. Some floral notes are in there as well. It really is a nice smelling beer, and by that I mean it's simple and well balanced. There's not too much to unpack.


Light biscuit dough malt with a nice, crisp herbal note throughout. Hops bitterness adds some complexity but isn't too overpowering. In terms of body it's a very light and refreshing beer, very delicate. If I could describe the body, it's a very "clean" feeling beer. Perfect for a hot summer day and goes great with pizza.

Balance is the term I'd use to describe it.


Dry, crisp, and malty. This one lands back on the biscuit and crackers sorta flavor. Very nice and pleasant.


When it comes to Pilsners, I tend to be brutal, because this is really a delicate beer that requires the perfect balance to be truly magnificent. It's so easy to screw this type of beer up (looking at you Anheuser-Busch!).

I've tried a few Pilsners and pale lagers before, and only a few of them have the delicate balance that this beer has. It's refreshing, rich in flavor, but isn't overpowering or overbearing, yet it isn't like popular macrobrews that are basically yellow colored, carbonated water. This has rich flavor, and a nice pleasing balance of flavor and intrigue. Delicate and balanced is how I'd describe this beer.

The malty notes don't get so malty that they become funky, which some people don't like. The hops bitterness isn't overpowering like every single IPA I've ever drank. And the finish is nice, crisp, and refreshing.

If we could use balance to describe a beer, this one would be it. Pilsners in general need to be nice and balanced because they really are a delicate style of beer, making them hard to get right.

When they're done right, you get this. It's nice and floral in smell, malty on the taste with some herbal and hops notes for complexity and richness, with the finish being nice, crisp and refreshing.

This Pilsner is the gold standard that I compare every other Pilsner to. It's excellent, and goes great with a delicious pizza.

Overall, this is a 9.5/10 beer for me. It comes rocking in my top five beers of all time.
Aug 15, 2022
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Bottle from John’s. Renovation times - straight from the bottle. Kinda like a Stella or Heineken. Crusher.
Jul 30, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
On tap at Sabatinis in Exeter pa this afternoon.

Looks splendid in the glass. Crystal clear pale golden yellow body with a generous white head leaving rings of lacing.

Malty aroma with a hop prescence moving in and out.

On tasting, clean. Hoppy, not that sweet.

Mouth medium, finish a lasting light bitterness.

Overall, as expected from this brewery, a very good interpretation of the style, a little more bitter on the finish than I would prefer, but that's a light knock on a very good sessionable German pilsner.
Jul 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Silopanna63 from Maryland

5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A perfect Pilsner when fresh. Really well balanced between malt and hops. I visited and toured this brewery a few weeks ago at the end of my trip because it’s near the Munich airport and its Hefeweizen is my favorite of that style. I was sold on the Pilsner during the tour tasting and sipped it the rest of the day in the brewery’s beer garden (except the last one was the Doppelbock). This Pilsner, along with Augustiner Pilsner, is outstanding. Again, freshness is key for this delicate style of beer, as degradation is easy to detect.
Jul 22, 2022
Rated: 4.2 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Jul 10, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Beecham from California

Jun 09, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

May 31, 2022
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Pours a completely clear, medium golden color with a moderate white head. SRM of 6. (3.75)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of pale malts, some grassy and flowery yeast. Clean. (3.75)

Flavor: Moderate flavors of pale malts, cracker malts, yeast followed by a smooth German bread malt. (3.75)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Lower carbonation. Bready and smooth on the palate. Well-balanced (4.00)

Compared to Paulaner Pils 5/27/22: Pours an identical color. Similar aromas. Slightly more bready and smooth. Less grassy yeast and bitterness.

Compared to Bitburger Pils 9/13/22: Pours similar, milder aromas. More German bread notes. Less buttery biscuit and diacetyl. More yeast, and dryer on the finish. Decently similar.

Compared to Jever Pils 9/13/22: Pours similar. More smooth German pale malt. Less dry yeast, grassy grains. Sweeter and maltier.

Overall: A pretty good German pilsner here. Slightly more tame, smooth and bready with lower carbonation. Not sure on the bottle age, but drank like it's been sitting in there a while. I'm giving it an average rating here. Still a great beer based on other reviews I've read on here, but I'm sure it's much better fresh. (Rating: 3.75)
May 27, 2022
Rated: 3.84 by Cdips from North Carolina

May 16, 2022
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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Look: Pale yellow / straw color with a one finger soapy white head. Laces the glass moderately, poor head retention.

Aroma: Lemon pith, with zesty noble hops imparting a degree of peppery / grassy character to the nose. A little bit of wet newspaper, powdered sugar and red apples.

Taste: Mostly red apple, pear and honey complemented by a dry, light marzipan flavor. Grassy and slightly soapy, rounded out by gentle flavors of bitter lemon pith and more notes of pear. Very dry on the finish.

Feel: Very light and palatable. Gently carbonated and dry. Floral.

Overall: Interesting beer. I'm not that into Pilsners but I didn't mind this, although it didn't really impress me. I bet it's much better at the brewery out of the tap but out of the bottle it's just average. For some reason their dopplebock and heffe hold up much, much better.
May 13, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by Roejogan from Canada (BC)

May 06, 2022
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Rated by sglooney316 from Texas

5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I was very lucky to visit the Brewery on my trip to Germany. The beer from tap is great.
May 04, 2022
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Reviewed by jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
11.2 oz'er

Crystal clear, light hop (heavy hopping compared to the other gyoimans) and bread/yeast scent, taste is extremely clean.. bitter euro hoppage alongside cookie dough and ending with a slight honey sweetness. Crisp and delicious, beauty in simplicity
Apr 03, 2022
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Reviewed by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Tyoical pils colour with a sudsy white head that doesn't leave much lacing but lingers to the very last sip. Very inviting aroma of light crackery biscuit dough malt, a very distinct peppery spice, and hops. The flavour is outstanding. The light biscuit dough malt is the first thing you taste, typical of the style, followed by that spicy pepper note that lingers throughout, backed by very bitter, but not weedy, pilsner hops. It's right on the edge of too much hops bitterness for my personal taste, walking a very fine line, but the lack of weedy taste elevates this over, say, Pilsner Urquell. The distinctive spice and pepper note in the taste and especially in the aroma make this a truly delicious Pils and elevate it above everything else brewed in that style. This is the best Pils I've ever had.
Mar 04, 2022
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours a a clear golden yellow with fine, soapy head.

Smell is bready and crackery, very clean and crisp with a slight mineral hint. Notes of citrus, wheat dough and some rye.

Taste is clean, crisp and bready with a slight herbalness. Creamy with notes of citrus, wheat dough and rye with a bit of sweetness and a moderate, perfectly balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and well carbonated.

Overall, a masterful pilsner, one of the best around.
Mar 01, 2022
Rated: 3.71 by gwydno from Spain

Feb 12, 2022
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Rated by Derek from Canada (BC)

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A really good pils! Big hop aroma & flav, light breadyness, crisp bitterness.
Jan 28, 2022
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Reviewed by thestoebz2 from Missouri

4.73/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Great Pilsner. Hard to find, but I can easily put 6 of these back on a hot day. Straw color, smells like malt, classic pilsner smell. Taste starts mild then leads to a nice malt flavor which ends dry with a small stab of bitterness which fades over 5-10 seconds. Feel is smooth, not too thin and not too thick.

This is outstanding.
Jan 14, 2022
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Rated by eatsluggs from Oregon

4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Clean! Reminiscent of weizen beer, with a pilsner attitude. Best enjoyed with pasta a matriciana. Wirh your best friend, of course!
Dec 15, 2021
Rated: 3.66 by EMH73 from New York

Dec 05, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by ohbigun from West Virginia

Dec 02, 2021
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330mL bottle coded 8171 (April 28,21) poured into a becher glass at fridge temp 5.1% ABV. The beer pours very bright light golden straw colored with off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring with splotchy cap clinging to the side of the glass. 360° degree lacing. The aroma is mild with pils malt and floral & orchard fruit notes. The taste is semisweet pils malt with a floral and barely metallic, slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good, but better as it warms.
Nov 15, 2021
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Reviewed by ATL6245 from Georgia

4.84/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Another world class German pils, from - shocker - a German brewery. Reviewed this from draft against other German Pils. Poured clear brilliant gold with a frothy head exhibiting great retention. Herbal & floral hops aroma. Bready & grainy malt aroma and flavor. Medium bodied. Crisp, clean dry finish. Wonderful German pils. Prime example.
Sep 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Tuck_leepulin from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Served on tap at The Moontower Inn in Houston, TX.

Pours a clear pale golden with 1 finger of head leaving a fine lace. Incredibly balanced beer that takes you tp Pilsner Nirvana.
Aug 30, 2021
Rated: 4.83 by dmwils from Massachusetts

Aug 14, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by 1mrbeer from Ohio

Aug 02, 2021
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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a clear straw color with a fluffy white head and mild lacing.

Tastes of sweet malts and breadiness up front with some musty/earthy mixed in and seemed to get a very light butter flavor - nice! the is a light lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. A good one.
Jul 31, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by Jakepitbull from New York

Jul 08, 2021
Rated: 3.67 by DarkSideOfTheMoon from Virginia

Jul 06, 2021
Rated: 3.6 by cheefdaddy1 from Texas

Jun 21, 2021
Rated: 4.13 by sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 3.68 by Hazey92 from New York

Jun 11, 2021
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Reviewed by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bubbly yellow body. Very clear with a white soapy head. Aroma of noble hops, earth, grass, soap, and lemon zest. Taste is bright with a light tingle from the hops, with a slightly grainy malt finish. Very drinkable.
Jun 07, 2021
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Reviewed by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | 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.
May 07, 2021
Weihenstephaner Pils (Pilsner) from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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