Pils (Pilsner)
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #19
Ranked #10,199
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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jakewatt135 from Oregon

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

Mar 19, 2015
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tectactoe from Michigan

4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Mar 06, 2013
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vancurly from Australia

4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Oct 05, 2006
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microbrewlover from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Jul 22, 2016
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gregb13 from California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

May 30, 2015
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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

A - Bright, clear, medium pale gold color with a generous volume of carbonation and a bright, white creamy lacing ring.

S - Earthy, crackery malt, lemon floral, a slight hint of herbal character.

T - Light grainy malt with a kiss of light honey midway through and finishes with a nice bitter, piney bite that lingers.

M - Extremely dry and crisp with a light, medium body.

O - This beer is perfectly crafted. It's been a long time since I've had any German Pilsners and I'll be buying this one again!

Jun 13, 2016
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Brenden from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

May 19, 2013
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OlaB from Norway

4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: pours a clear golden yellow color. Small top off head that disolves quickly. Some sticky lacings on the glass.

A: crackers, grass,spices , earthy and herbal hops.

T&F: follows the nose inn most off the aroma . grass and herbs upfront with light malts inn the background along with some fruity ethers. Is a good amouth of herbal hops and spices inn the finish, and it have a good bitterness and lenght inn the afertaste.
Crisp and smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. Really refreshing and easy drinking.

O: a really great pilsner. Refreshing and enjoyable. This is how a pilsner is done.

Apr 22, 2017
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jasadewi from Tennessee

3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Light golden color with a full and lace-leaving head.
S: Smells of bread and crackerish malts, along with some floral hop notes.
T: A very light cracker malt taste with some mild hop finish.
M: Decent amount of carbonation and a light body.
O: This is a Bavarian pilnser of the finest degree. I fully enjoyed every last drop of this beer on draft in an authentic German-American restaurant. This is an awesome brew from the world's oldest brewery.

Jun 04, 2016
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My friends and I had a Pilsner taste party and this won. Not perfect but damn close. Not as malty as say Warsteiner but more satisfying than your Bitburger/Warsteiner/Konig. Although I will say Konig in a bottle is close. Must try !

Oct 01, 2016
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PhilsPils from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Jun 12, 2016
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wip998001 from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 23, 2020
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Hoptometrist from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 08, 2018
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insearchofhops from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Aug 07, 2014
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Loveyourbeer from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 08, 2015
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Stillyman11 from California

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dec 29, 2014
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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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bigred89 from Maryland

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

May 30, 2017
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jrschaef from New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Jul 16, 2014
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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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EdTheEdge from California

3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 27, 2016
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Pale_Horse from Kentucky

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 25, 2015
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 10, 2015
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MarkDeming from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

Aug 30, 2014
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DBosco from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 02, 2018
Pils (Pilsner) from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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