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Weihenstephaner Pilsner | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-23-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
559
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
22.45%
 
 
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Reviews by Hoppsbabo:
Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Straw gold with a massive white head.

S: Stuffy Pilsner grainy smell. Some off smells as well.

T: Has a delicate light fruitiness with a bitter finish. Leaves a papery tasting breath of air in the mouth. I suppose it's reasonably bitter for a soft Pilsner. Not very effervescent.

O: Yawn.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good ol' Weihenstephaner. Never been a "big fan" of pilsners, but perhaps it's just because I haven't had the right one yet. And also because the bulk of my pilsner experience is American Light Lager macro stuff. Anyway - this one pours a light straw color, almost like apple juice but maybe even a bit lighter. Nice clarity throughout, with a foamy and cloud-like white head that puffs up big and leaves some chunky lace, even upon first settling.

The aroma is certainly crisp, and it's got that pure, lager yeast aroma to it. Very "clean" and pure on the nostrils. Lemon and herbal zest is plentiful, maybe even some lemongrass? The hops have light grassy notes alongside a solid, mildly citric character. The malt also gives off a very clean and pure aroma - bready, with a very faint sweetness. There's an ever so slight metallic character in the aroma as well, but it's not nearly enough to be off-putting. Even upon warming, this one keeps its nice aromatic profile - it gets slightly more citrusy and the grassy tones take a back seat.

Weihen Pils hits the tongue feeling very crisp, something I've come to expect with the style. Up front, there's a light fruit melody - lemon zest, apple, mild citrus. A good under-body built with toasted cereal grains and light bread from the malt. Again - I can't stress enough how clean, pure, and refreshing this beer really is. The hops join in with a slightly floral and grassy tone, inducing a mild bitterness from about halfway through, right into the finish. Picking up some more earthy notes in the finish, especially as this warms up a little. Thin body, maybe more on the thicker-side of thin, lots of carbonation, crispy and dry in the finish.

So this is how a pilsner is supposed to taste, huh? This beer was pretty damn good - but that's typically to be expected from Weihenstephan. So clean, raw, pure, and nearly perfect within its element. This would be great to pound while outside on a hot, summer day. Easy to drink and easy to come around to - a benchmark for the style.

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Photo of gregb13
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As with most of Weihenstephaner's beers, this one is a benchmark for the style. Hard to fault it in any way.

Smell/taste - light fruit, apple, white grape, freshly reaped grain, some bitterness, lemon zest.

Goes down so fast, you'll hardly notice its departure.

Buy it and appreciate.

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Photo of vancurly
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to this, after the joys of the weissen....

Poured into a competitor's (Schneider-Weiss) 500ml glass....

Big white fluffy head, leaving a long lace. Yellow/straw in colour, with some bubbling. Clear.

Hop heaven. That aroma is straight out of my brew pot. Saaz & pale malts. Unbelievable. Don't think I've had a pilsener with that sort of nose. Subtle DMS. After a while in the glass, the hop subsides, and the Munich characters become more evident. After that, some straw-like aromas.

Hops and malt fill the mouth. This beer ain't shy. The flavour balance is excellent. Some subtle candy-ish malt notes, and floral perfumes. I get a very, very late aftertaste of lime.

Bitterness is balanced, and the beer finishes very crisply.

Excellent stuff. Excellent brewery.

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Birlliant pale gold in color with absolute clarity, this pils develops a pure white head one finger tall and fluffy with some heavy density to it. As it recedes, it leaves a tattered sheet of creamy lacing behind.
The nose is all flowery, herbal and grassy hops. Crackery dry malts balance. It's gently sweet as more floral notes make their way out. I like how American brewers have improved this style, giving it more, but it has a classic sense to it.
There's actually a pithy nature to the bitterness, something I didn't expect. It remains flowery and grassy, a touch herbal, with dryness from malts edging out the sweetness that was founf in the nose. The bitterness ends up raw, leafy and green while lingering lightly in the finish. While the pilsner has been improved, this is a good one.
Light-bodied with a crisp bite, it remains lively and is pretty clean overall as well. It goes into a dry finish that's still smooth.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a clear golden yellow with a great head that sticks around for a long time; lots of lacing and carbonation.

The smell is grainy, crackery, bubble gum and musty wet straw.

The taste follows the nose with light cracker and bread like malts dominating. There is the grainy gritty taste in the middle and finish with the slightest hint of caramel. The dry hop finish compliments the malts perfectly. The finish, in addition to being dry is also slightly grainy and gritty. This is simply a wonderful Pilsner from the people at Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Mulzicus
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kaiyote
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MrUse
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is clean grain, grass, and slight sugary sweetness. Amazing, sessionable beer. Love this beer and this would be a go to pils if I could find it more often. Just a really great classic beer.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful, clear pale straw with a modest white head that dissipates quickly. Wonderful nose of German Pilsner malts and new-mown hay. The website says this has more bittering hops than most Pils but I don't find it particularly hoppy. Definitely enough to achieve a crisp, well-balanced flavor but not as bitter as what an American hoppy Pilsner might be. The carbonation is perfect, providing a mouthfeel that seems to demand another swallow immediately. The taste is very similar to their Munich Original Lager but not quite as soft around the edges. I consider this to be another benchmark beer from this iconic brewery. I would challenge any fans of Becks, Warsteiner, Bitburger, St. Pauli Girl etc. to do a side-by-side...and be prepared to be surprised...pleasantly.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold in color with a lot of fine sediment suspended within the body. There's a quarter inch of eggshell white resting on top. The aroma is of light, bready malt and Hallertauer hops. I taste plenty of light, bready malt and a gentle addition of Hallertauer hops. The mouth is very light and quaffable.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Nose: honey, hint of spice, perfume
Pours brilliant straw gold with a firm, 2" bone white foam cap.
Grainy malt palate with a slight sweetness, a hint of fruit, light bitter touch on the finish.
Medium light body and medium high carbonation.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours clear yellowish gold with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A bready and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of biscuit, grains, and subtle fruit. Malt scent of biscuit, grains, straw, and cracker along with lager yeast. Subtle fruit hints of apple and citrus. Some spicy hints of noble hops along with some grass. A pretty solid Pils aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and sweet malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, grains, and mild fruit. Upfront bready malt notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, and straw along with some lager yeast. Light fruit notes of apple, white grape, and citrus. Also some noble hop spice along with some grass. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A great classic German Pilsener. Good crisp biscuit malt flavor with subtle fruit and hop spice.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Possibly the best pilsner ever!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.3l serving in pilsner glass at the brewery in Freising.

Light yellow gold with a sizable white head.
The head is durable and leaves loads of sticky lacing

Both the aroma and flavor are far more hoppy than malty, and the beer leaves a long lasting flavor of (Noble?) hops.

Light body but not watery. Medium+ carbonation.

O: a fine, light feeling, light colored, but quite flavorful pilsner.

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Photo of j_hollings13
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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Weihenstephaner Pilsner from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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