Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #16
Ranked #9,317
3.96 | pDev: 11.36%
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Very Good
Notes: Formerly known as Weihenstephaner Pilsner

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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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +6.6%
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 +0.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +2.5%
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 -5.6%
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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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.93/5  rDev -26%
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 +1%
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 +5.8%
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 +9.6%
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 +2%
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 -0.5%
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 +5.6%
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 +1%
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 +7.8%
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 -4.8%
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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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six pack of 11oz bottles picked up at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington. Served in a pils glass.

Look- Crystal clear, brilliant light golden straw color, monstrous bright white head that slowly recedes leaving
a decent lacing on the glass. Carbonation is very active in the glass as it sits.

Smell- Initial smell was fruity and floral, herbal, a little sweet/malty.
Then that all seemed to fade as it warms into just a general grassy pils smell.

Taste- Again like the smell, initially fruity, malty and hoppy then takes on a more grassy bitter role.

Feel- Really easy to drink. Light and refreshing, even a bit warmer it works.

O- I could name a few better German pils, this is an upper echelon beer though... as pils go.
Don't know if it warrants the price though.

Jul 20, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy pour from a 11.2-oz. bottle yields a finger of rich white rocky foam with some large bubbles, long retention and irregular blotches of lace. Clear golden-straw color, pale-straw in sunlight. Light smell featuring banana and clove, cracker-like malt and a wisp of hops. The taste is semi-sweet and moderately bitter, light grain and a more pronounced hop flavor. Hop bitterness peaks at the crisp and quick finish, and lingers on afterwards. Uniform taste and feel throughout the drink, medium light body, lots of reserved carbonation.
Well attenuated despite the banana clove flavor, its a Weihenstephaner tradition I guess.
Light yet flavorful, easy smooth drink. The color is similar to Bohemian Pils, I'm ok with that.

Jul 03, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear effervescent straw color. Two finger frothy white head collapses downward leaving a complete coating of foam along the glass with a ring of foam along the outside of the beer.

Aroma has notes of cracker malts, mineral water, grassy hops, and some slightly sweet honey notes.

Taste follows the nose with notes of cracker malts, spicy grassy hops, a strong mineral presence with some sulfuric notes. Somewhat bitter on the finish with a lingering bitterness on the palate. Lacks enough of a bready backbone here.

Feel is light, drinkable, and smooth. Semi-dry finish on the palate. Mild carbonation, very soft mouthfeel.

Overall a solid pilsner, but definitely falls into the average category for me. Still for the price its good and accessible.

Jun 30, 2019
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arizcards from Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a sixer from TW Arrowhead 4-29-19 for $11.99. Bottled on 4-29-18 (Code 1198 08:22:38). Well that is what i get for buying on-line from the TW web site. Consumed on 6-1-19 after a long day of cleaning house.

Beer poured pale with a nice white head with the intial pour.

Nose is grainy with some nice floral hop spiciness...signs are good that the beer survived well.

Taste is crackers that are just slightly sweet per the style. Finish is very floral and balancing out the sweetness in a very nice fashion. Bitterness is 3/10.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, very nice!

Overall a very good representation of the style even with a year old plus bottle. Will look to get this again!

Jun 01, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I liked this but it wasn't as good as I expected it to be, being from Weihenstephaner - straightforward good pilsner though - ample clean grains with a bite of hops, some earthy and floral notes; overall light, lean and quaffable...

May 26, 2019
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SaltofOH from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 2508. Pilsner glass.

A: pours a crystal clear straw yellow with one finger white head that settles to a lingering thick cap. Lazy bubbles flow up to the top.

S: pungent noble hop aroma and a bit of sulfur (in a good way) greet you from a distance, and present solidly on nosing the glass.

T: crisp, bready malt greets you on the arrival, followed quickly by that floral, noble hoppiness. A honey-drizzled white bread center hits on the middle- liquid baklava, but crisp and tingly. Finish is not quite totally clean and a little lingering hoppiness.

M: light middleweight, pretty clean, but with a touch more lingering slickness than I prefer for the style.

O: all told, an outstanding German style Pilsner. Not quite as crisp as I’d like, but I suspect this bottle is pushing six months old, and for that age, this is stellar. I really enjoyed this, and certainly would buy a sixer, but given that it is never fresh, comes in 11.2 ounce bottles, and costs a dollar or two more than domestic craft Pilsners, I think I’ll take one of those more often than not.

May 18, 2019
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jgido759 from New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure how fresh my bottle was (I am not good at figuring out bottle dates), but poured beautifully into a Sam Adams pilsner glass. Clear, golden color with some carbonation and a thick, foamy white head. Aroma was very "muted". . . I could not detect much of anything and nothing stood out. Tasted almost like like a light beer, although very enjoyable (could be for the reason stated above) and went down easy.

I have another bottle, so I'll try and see if that one is the same. Could be my "inexperienced" palate. . .

Apr 12, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark yellow with some wonderful streaming bubble carbonation & a big bright white foamy head. There is some barley & hops on the aroma. On the taste i'm picking up some grassy notes, some hay, steamed green beans, & some German water. This is one of the best tasting German Pilsners in my opinion, it leaves a great lacing in the glass & the malt is done right. Cheers! B

Apr 08, 2019
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nooutlet from Kentucky

3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I remember when I had my first true poured Pilsner in the City Hilton In Munich... The long pour in the the tall glass.. It was April 1999... And since that time I have not been able to match that experience. However I found this beer to at my local liquor store, and had been trying for over 3 years to find it fresh. Where I live in South central Kentucky consumers rarely if ever buy these imports which causes them gather dust on the shelves and become stale. Yesterday I got lucky and found a 6 pack of FRESH... Bought 2 6 pack bottles... and was quite pleased. In today time I ALWAYS look at the dates. There is nothing worse than a stale beer.

Jan 27, 2019
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