Weihenstephaner Pilsner | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner PilsnerWeihenstephaner Pilsner

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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.

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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

-pours a clear straw golden with a big,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-finishes dry
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
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 rorykanderson
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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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a one finger white head that disappates fairly quickly. Aroma is classic pilsner with bready malt, noble hops, and just the slightest hint of spice. Taste follows with bready malt, a touch of malt sweetness, noble hops flavors, decent balanced bitterness, and delicate spice. Mouthfeel is great, with a snappy crispness that is just enough to keep the beer from feeling empty. Overall, this is a very good classic pilsner.

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Photo of acelin
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: It is certainly a touch darker than the average pilsner. If I had to guess, it is from a few decoctions in the mashing process. Great head retension.

Smell: Noble hops followed by pilsner malt.

Mouthfeel: Spot on. This is the perfect pilsner mouthfeel - light, just thick enough to give the great tastes something to hold on to.

Taste: Impressive. The color is equally matched by a stronger than usual taste. It's not that it's thicker per se, just better. It tastes better. Excellent Noble hop spiciness.

Overall: Best pils I've ever had.

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

Sunday afternoon...sunny day, Belgian Stew in the dutch oven, watching sports, and enjoying a world class pilsner. It doesn't get much better. This is incredible. Clear, clean, crisp, bready sweet, Floral hops, lightly bitter. This is an incredibly good beer.

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Photo of Premo88
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(1205 )
(14:56:58 printed on label)

L: clear yellow, very light, pushes up a small head of white foam, maybe 1/3-inch tall, but the head is sticky at the top; the clarity is amazing; very little activity in the glass; minimal lacing

S: sweet and fruity, apricot, peach ... maybe apple butter with the bready malt mixing in, but it's mainly fruit sweet

T: fruity, a little peach ... very much like Weihenstephan's Oktoberfest at first with the sweet bread malt flavor overpowering all else; the slightest pinch of hop bitterness on the back end; hop flavor is slightly grassy but equally earthy, so subtle it's hard to discern; as the palate adjusts, the hop bitterness shows up a bit more ... a little grassy; lemon

F: light, well-lagered crisp ... easy going down

O: I had hoped for a bit more hop presence, but a couple things stand out -- 1.) Weihenstephan doesn't do hops; 2.) Weihenstephan *does* do malt, and there's a lot of good malt here. It's quite fruity, almost an exact copy of the brewery's light and fruity Oktoberfest, but there is just a pinch of hop flavor and bitterness in there, not a ton and way less than my favorite pilseners have, but enough to tell the difference between this beer and that Oktoberfest. It's a very good beer; it's not a great pils.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything with this pilsner is as it should be. Great example of the style. Crisp and clean appearance, lightly bready and toasty pilsner malts, easy and refreshing feel. Really smooth. Awesome pils

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottling code is 8085, which, after research, translates to 02/18/15

Appearance - Poured into a tall pilsner glass to reveal a clear, pale golden brew with a white finger width head. Fair retention,

Smell - Cereal and honey sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Clean grain malt profile with light notes of honey sweetness. Hops are subdued, with just a touch of grass adding a light bitterness in the finish to this super clean brew.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate carbonation. Light, almost 'fluffy' texture, makiing it a stupid smooth drinker.

Overall - With over 8 months of age on it, I'm not surprised that the hops in this are mostly dead. I forgot the bottling code Weihenstephaner uses and mistook this for having been brewed in August. A fresher sample would definitely be welcomed, because it's pretty delicious even with the age on it.

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