Weihenstephaner Pils
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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German Pilsner
Ranked #12
Ranked #8,024
3.96 | pDev: 11.36%
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Very Good
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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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Reviews: 203 | Ratings: 693
Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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Photo of Tkdutra83
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
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.

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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.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
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.

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Photo of Amendm
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.

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Photo of FBarber
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.

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Photo of arizcards
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!

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Photo of Greywulfken
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...

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Photo of SaltofOH
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.

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Photo of jgido759
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. . .

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Photo of Nass
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours 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 the benchmark of German Pilsners in my opinion. Cheers! B

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Photo of nooutlet
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Classic clear golden body, maybe a fishing line short of crystal. Lace curtain-producing head that maintains a bubbles stew of foam.

Nose has a bit of wet straw in the dense bread notes, as well as a metallic grassy bitter aspect. Taste is a more obviously bready, though there is a floral hoppiness that lightens things. Mimicking the nose is a metallic lean to the grassy-to-herbal hop bitterness. Light, near clean, perfectly effervescent feel.

There’s a tinny aspect with that metallic theme that is slightly distracting. Being an import, I might expect it to be a little off, so there’s a slight benefit of doubt in my rating, but not much, as it still hit in many ways.

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Photo of Fort_Worth_Beer_Drinker
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After 1000 years, it has been determined that a proper German Pilsner is the purest, cleanest, crispest, and most refreshing type of beer on the planet. This happens to be the best one you can easily obtain

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Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale straw color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is grassy, some grains. Taste is the same as the aroma, surprisingly hoppy for the style, hints of lemons, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer that I may need to revisit during the summer.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: dry crisp hops with grainy malt and yeast. Big fermented grain and yeast bread nose. Pale gold hue, clear, with a delicate head and lace. Medium body. Might have aged in the bottle a bit longer. 32 IBUs

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Grassy hop aroma and thin foam rise from this dark straw brew. Up front is a medium carbonation and sweet hop flavor. As those fade a tart, spiced malt not linger to tease the tongue. There is a citrus not to add dimension. A smooth pilsner with plenty to admire.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(330 ml bottle, code 2188, purchased cold... poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

L: crystal-clear, pale brassy yellow colored liquid; tall, loose sponge of white foam... great head retention, laces like a champ

S: dried citrus peel, dried flowers, hay; delicate spicy and bubblegum in background... subdued boldness; some lightly-toasted bread crust notes later emerge; dried grain on the grass... altogether very typical German pils aromas

T: grassy, grainy, a touch spicy; bold pils malt foundation; dry finish, with some bitter, peppery, herbal spice lingering and that mildly clove-y bubblegum phenol threading through start to finish... doughy note in aftertaste starts to build before halfway through glass

F: soft carbonation; actually a bit of bounce to its body up front, however, it drops off midway through palate, leaving a rather dry back end... feel like a little more crispness and carbonation would've been nice

O: solid 4/5... bold malt and soft, dry finish stand out the most; subtly spicy tail rounds it out nicely... hesitate to say, but it does bear a resemblance to Bitburger... don't find this too often but worth grabbing a sixer if in the mood

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a darker straw color with a thin head. Slight lemon smell, light grassy, and bready. The taste is similar with to the nose. It starts off a little hoppy and ends with a sweet biscuit like flavor. The beer is light and very drinkable

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Photo of mehak
2.48/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

L: light beer look and head
S: I have a bad nose but all I smelled was skunk.
T: it tastes ok. Similar to their original lager but watered down and more bitter.
F: light body, like drinking soda water
O: Not the worst beer experience I have had but a let down from the original. I do like it better than most domestic beers though.

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Photo of BeerRunner
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored and beautifully clear in a tall Pilsner glass. Smell reveals a perfect hop/malt balance. The taste is fresh, crisp and clean. Goes down fast and easy and leaves you wanting another. This is what a German Pilsner should be!

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Photo of Anacross
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

World class beer that should model all the others in this style. Hands down.
Solid beer with a character, nothing is off. Clean crispy, delicious, perfectly balanced.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pilsner glass.
The appearance was a yellow transparent color with a moderate pace of carbonation rising to fill a finger's worth of white foamy head. That head slid off at a light pace to leave some messy lace.
The aroma had some biscuits, lemon sweetness, grassy to earthy hop sweetness and a mild white bread.
The flavor yielded to the sweetness of the prior mentioned aromas to slide into the aftertaste nicely.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a stellar sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Smooth crisp biscuity finish.
Overall, an absolutely wonderful German Pilsener well worthy of coming back to this time of year and wouldn't mind having again with some brats.

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Photo of jaialai-untilidie
2.78/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Looks great in the glass, smells of nice floral hops and pilsner malt. Unfortunately it is a bit too sweet, a pilsner should be a drier style
I prefer radeburger.

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Weihenstephaner Pils from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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