Weihenstephaner Pilsner | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.de

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:
163
Ratings:
588
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
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Reviews: 163 | Ratings: 588
Photo of mynie
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What better way to follow up a Beck's than with a beer that I think was trying to ape something like Beck's. Which is odd, from the world's oldest brewery. But I guess commercial viability is something that even the most venerated of institutions can't hide from in his terrifying hellscape we call neoliberalism.

Pours dark yellow with a nice white head. Smells very hay and grain heavy with minimal fruit or complication. It's a firm aroma, but not particularly complex.

Taste fruitier, but still the hops are quite faint. Surprisingly, the back end is esters-laden, with a grainy cereal complexity that's like a weird all-malt attempt at an American adjunct. It's a bizarre idea, for sure, but after a few sips I I begin to like it quite a bit.

Weihenstephaner brews beers that are the standard bearers for 1000-year-old styles. That's an accomplish that no one else can come close to achieving. And so it's weird, perhaps even a little offputting, to see them put out something like this, which appeals to relatively new tastes (it's not quite even 100 years old, after all). At the same time, this beer is a fascinating time capsule, a look into what "super-premium" tastes were like during WWI. I don't have nearly a strong enough reference point to give it a definitive review, but I did quite enjoy it, and I can say with confidence it's very good at being what it's brewers intended it to be.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.41/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A mostly golden color with a tint of green. Fluffy head of 2 fingers, leaving tons of intricate webby lace. Effervescent bubbles spiral to the top.

Aroma of dry grass clippings, straw, and light fruity phenols.

Flavor is, well, disappointing. Some odd bubble gum-like flavors, followed by that bag of mowed grass, and a slight hay aftertaste.

Feel is crisp and clean. Some chalky pastiness which knocks it down a bit.

Overall, although the Euro Pilsner is not my favorite, I've had a handful that are better than this. I can only hope this was a poorly stored bottle? Terrible.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear light golden with thick white head, moderate retention.
Smell - grainy, slightly tart, grassy hops.
Taste - grainy, well-balanced by grassy hops.
Light body, moderate to high carbonation.
Delicious!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Pils has a thick, stark-white, crackling head, a clear, straw appearance, with some sediment chunks and fairly heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sharp, slightly syrupy malt, and a sweet white bread. Taste is the same, with a grassy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Weihenstephaner Pils finishes crisp and refreshing.

RJT

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Photo of Sheppard
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear golden. Crackery aroma. It's super smooth, slightly earthy hops, a little on the hop forward side for a German made pils. I do find the hop character rather intriguing, in a good way. I do like this pilsner.

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Photo of lastmango
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a bright clear yellow with two finger fizzy head that dissipated quickly. Moderate lacing. Light malt and hop aromas that are balanced. Taste is very light malt with a bit more grassy hops and light bitterness on the finish. Light-medium body and carbonation. This is a very good pilsner that is soft and well balanced.

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Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From estucerveza. At lunch, with fried potatoes + eggs + san jacobo. In Teku glass. Probably the best pilsener ive tasted. Super fresh feeling grassy hops and was bottled in 22 Jun. Really refreshing, clean and pretty looking

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Photo of bankboy66
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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/DAB/Konig. Although I will say Konig in a bottle is close. Must try !

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Photo of Taybeh
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pokal from a single bottle. Very good German pils that hits all the right notes: grassy clean hops with some light floral hints, grain/bready malts. crisp and clean, with some pleasant bitterness on the back end. Fresh, I bet this is superb.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.6/5  rDev +17%
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 Beejay
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale yellow, crystal clear, and a white head that seems to have some staying power.

S: Light malt aroma, and a nice refreshing noble hop smell coming in the form of herbal, and earthy. Quite lovely.

T: Light malt, with notes of bread and a hint of straw. Hops are beautifully simple with herbal notes, and a touch of earthiness.

M: Light and soft with medium high fine carbonation.

O: Just a delightful beer.

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Photo of drmeto
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a clear straw golden with a big,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-spicy,grassy,lemon,metallic,grainy,honey,sourdough
T:
-spicy,grassy,grainy,bready,honey
-finishes dry
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Good Pilsener with a few off notes,though it's Malt Base isn't as pronounced as in your typical Bavarian Pils.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
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 jasadewi
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw gold pour with a pillowy head that leaves behind some light foam lacing. Floral, slightly spicy aroma with malt and tangy fruit in he background. Like many before me, I cut my teeth on pilsners and lagers so this smells "like a beer" basically. Taste is slightly herbal, hay, spicy hops, light citrus with a bitter underpinning and a refreshing mint kiss on the backend. It's the kind of beer you reach for when it's blazing out - very drinkable, well constructed and blows most readily available pilsners out of the water.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
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 bbtkd
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Pilsner, 5.1% ABV, 32 IBU. Pours thin and pale yellow with 1.5 fingers of foam which dissipated quickly leaving slight lacing. Nose is yeasty, taste is not as yeasty as their Hefe Weissbier, a bit tangy, a bit low on carbonation, no bitterness. OK mouthfeel. Overall an excellent Pilsner. Figured I'd try this since their Hefe Weissbier is one of my all-time favorites. While I don't like this quite as much, it is excellent. Perhaps a good craft gateway beer for your macro-drinking guests.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Breaddy spicy floral nose to greet you from a perfect pour. bright good golden color. Thick creamy head. The cool herbal hop shows it's minty backing delicately. Hops spice is prominent on the palate and shows no fruity character just a soft herbal pungency. Soft bubble so lots of hearty flavor.. The bitterness is firm and steady and at first seems a bit soft for the style. You begin to notice a touch of sweetness, a bit of browned bread crust. Delightful! You do not glimpse the hops floral on this palate until the swallow. Before that it is all earth and softness . The malt lingers a bit longer in this one than in some.

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Photo of tigg924
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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 MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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 fscottkey
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.25] Crystal clear beer with a hint of golden coloring. Forms a nice 1 finger of pillowy white head. The bottle lists the AVB (5.1%) and there is a date code that says it was made (12/02/15).

S: [3.50] More subtle than the nose. Has hints of grains, apples, slight lime/citrus taste, mild roasted malt flavor (all of this very nuanced).

T: [3.75] Similar to the nose with tones of grain, apples and caramel. All of the flavors are mellow and harmonious and nothing juts out.

M: [3.75] Light on the tongue but not watery. It just feels light and crisp with elevated carbonation. There is noticeable bitter on the finish.

O: [3.75] This is a nice Pilsner. Crisp and bright flavored. The beer looks great in a glass. This is a really good dock beer. This would also pair really well with a lot of food.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet honey and graham cracker malts. Bright floral hops. Somewhat minerally. I don't believe this is the freshest example given the amount of malt in the aroma, but still quite nice. Some light herbal notes. Clean lager ferment.

Pours clear golden yellow with a small white head. OK retention and lacing.

Rich crackery malts immediately give way to firm spicy bitterness from the hops. The nose might have been misleading on the age, a touch. Mineral notes as well. Some honey sweetness, but quite dry.

Medium light body with medium carbonation. Bright and snappy. Super crisp and clean. Bitterness is crisp and firm.

Crisp and clean. Subtle and nuanced malt and hop flavors.

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Photo of Phoneguy
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with a thin head that left very nice lacing on the glass. A sweetness in the aroma of the malt and a slightly grassy bouquet from the hops combined for a wonderful aroma. A mild biscuit flavor up front , the spiciness of noble hops , and a smooth mouth feel combine to make this beer a pleasure to drink. One of the best Pilsners I've tried, so far.

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Photo of zimm421
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Appears a perfectly clear straw yellow, with a bubbly white head. The nose is grainy, slightly sweet and full of noble hops. The taste is crisp pilsner malts, a touch of fruity sweetness, with the finish being a hint of citrus and spiciness. The mouthfeel is just how a pilsner should be, light and refreshing, but not thin. Overall, it's an excellent pilsner that I could go back to again and again.

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Weihenstephaner Pilsner from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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