Weihenstephaner Pilsner | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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

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564
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
22.39%
 
 
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Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear yellow gold in color, with a voluminous head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Pilsner malt, bread
Taste-Cracker,bready pilsner malt, crisp noble hop prescence, rather dry finish. Classic German Pilsner.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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 daledeee
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 16 oz bottle.

Pours a very light gold and is quite clear. Large white head.

Nose is grainy and lemon.

Taste is a good dose of hops and lemon with a nice malt to finish it out. Definitely a little more than our macros offer.

Carbonation is pretty bubbly. The finish is pretty malty. Overall well done.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours to a pale golden strawlike hue. Crystal clear with a huge billowing head. A beauty.
S: hints of biscuits and breads but accompanied by a bit of lemon or citrus notes.
T: the brew does well to follow the nose here. Starts with a bit of matly sweetness at the front but does well to blend toward the middle to back with some bitterness. Pretty good.
M: decently carbonated slightly slick and creamy. Doesn't finish as dry as most pilsners. A bitterness lingers in the after taste, but not annoyingly so.
O: A nice crisp and refreshing beer and worth a pick up. Perhaps expected a bit more out of it due to it being a Weihenstephaner product, but it will stand up to most pilsners out there.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a light effervescence and a big 2-finger head of frothy white foam. A nice lace is left on the glass as it dissipates.

Smell: grainy malt aroma with a hint of noble hops. Pretty decent.

Taste: more of that grainy malt flavor with a big strike of hops right at the front, dissipating toward the end. Bitterness is low. Actually not too bad.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation which results in a refreshing prickliness. It works for this beer.

Overall: perhaps not the best Pilsner I've had, but it is certainly drinkable.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a footed pilsner glass.

A: Straw yellow with perfect clarity. Rocky white head boasts great retention. Lacing is very patchy and clumpy.

S: Sweet pilsner malt, biscuit, dough, and grain. Grassy and lightly herbal with hints of citrus zest, specifically spritzy lemon and lime leaf. Par for the course on the nose.

T: Biscuit and grain are interrupted by hop tastes of lime leaf and lemon peel with a grassy and slightly herbal backing. Grape leaves too. Fleeting hint of sulfur. Dough and bread fight through the hops and make it to the forefront for a moment. Dry finish with tastes of cracker malt and mildly oily and citrusy hops.

M: Light in body, moderate carbonation with a seltzery feel. Slightly creamy.

O: Not the best in the Weihenstaphan lineup, but not bad. Feels a little undercarbonated.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

suprised I haven't reviewed this yet, and a hot humid summer day is perfect for it.

Pours a crystal clear lemonade pilsner colored beer with a pasty white slight fluffy almost 1 finger head that fades at a slow pace with nice sticky lacing.

Nose is pretty much what I expected, nice German pils. Nice toasty straw malts, hay, slight sweet like pilsner malts with a toasty aroma, and light crisp lager fruits, all with the faintest hint of grassy hops.

Taste starts with more malts, slight softer decoction like malt complexity but not a lot, with slight creamy hay, toasted straw, and plenty of lightly sweet pilsner malt flavors. There are also faint crisp lager flavors but not strong. The biggest thing is probably the hops, quite bitter for a pilsner, lots of grassy, earthy, and slight spicy hops all come on strong with s fair amount of bitterness. The finish gets even more bitter with even a hint of pine, earthy and spicy with light grassy hops, fairly dry, fairly crisp, light lingering straw flavors on the finish, and quite earthy between the hops and malt flavors.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall fairly good, starts off really well but gets a little too much overall on the flavor, a little too bitter, but full of flavor and drinkable, a little more crisp and clean on the finish would have made it a bit better, but otherwise a pretty good beer, and I wouldn't expect less from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/27/12 notes. Saw this on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC so tried it, always down to try a new Weihenstephaner beer I haven't had before.

a - Pours a clear bright yellow color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, Belgian yeast, lemon, citrus, wheat, and some spice. Nice nose.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, lemon, grains, wheat, bready malts, and floral hops. Some very light bitterness in the taste. A little better than the nose for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is smooth and very easy to drink.

o - Overall another good beer from Weihenstephaner. Not my favorite style, but a good example of it and a very nice, easy drinking summer beer. Highly recommended if you're looking for a pilsner.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Back label reads "6102"

Pale straw gold, high clarity, with an ample layer of white foam across the surface. A sticky collar of lace remains around the edges after a few sips. Retention is good and lasts for the duration of the glass.

A bready, grassy, and lightly sweet aroma, light and airy with some herbal noble hop traces.

Lightly bitter with some grassy herbals and mild lemon zest. Light to medium boded, crisp with a crackery bone dry finish. Clean and refreshing, very quenching and drinkable. Overall it is virtually seamless, a textbook German pils that holds interest and above all is highly drinkable. Now if the only the German bars in town would put this on draft... 2016: Finally, thanks Laschet's!

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Photo of Dope
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, pale straw. Huge bubbly white head. Fades slowly with good retention, leaves just a spiderweb of lacing behind.

S: Mild bready malt with grass. A bit of skunkiness if I'm honest.

T: More light bready malt, like biscuits. Grass and a touch of pepper. That skunkiness is mostly gone but there's just a hint in the lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Not bad for 5.1%

O: Pretty plain but it's drinkable at least. Has an odd sort of almost-skunkiness that I can't quite place my finger. It's not actually skunked, there's some quality that's similar.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into pilsener glass, bottled on 4/24/2012. Pours almost crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a nice amount of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of apple, pear, bready grain, grass, floral, and herbal spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength; very pleasant. Taste of pear, apple, bready grain, pepper, floral, grass, herbal spiciness, and slight sulfur as it warms. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apple, pear, pepper, bread, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance, with good complexity and fullness of flavor. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Extremely easy to drink as expected. Overall this is an all around excellent pilsner. Great flavor balance and smoothness; with a nice crisp and flavorful finish. Weihenstephaner just knows how to nail a classic German style.

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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle (code 4172) into a weizen glass, in the absence of a proper pilsner glass. Appearance is crystal-clear pale gold with beautiful effervescent carbonation rising from the bottom and a big fluffy bright white head capping the glass. Looks exactly like it should.

Aroma is light, delicate, fruity. Pears, apples, a hint of fresh-cut grass. Subtle and delicious.

Taste is slightly grainy, light, crisp. Wish this tasted more like it smells, but there's less of the pear and apple on the palate. Just a hint of fruit.

Mouthfeel is light, refreshing, and drinkable. Finishes clean and dry. Pretty much what one would expect.

Overall this was a good beer for a warm summer day.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

An absolutely crystal fourteen carat gold body, flowing with at first small cola and then pin head rising bubbles. Foamy, soapy head with lots of retention and a big cap, it just wont quit, you can make an ice cream top on this brew. It looks fabulous, even manages some soapy scattered lacing.

Great dry malt and dense bread action. Smells like a true beer. Faint sweetness and some grass like floral hop. It smells very inviting.

Taste at first in the palate seems down played, but the body comes with a thick dense malt and slight honey without a lot of sweetness or syrup. Finish hits with a floral and honey density with an almost creamy moutfeel. Dry baked white bread with honey on the aftertaste. Not that crisp but I prefer this density.

This is a wonderful dense pilsner and I like it's balance of sweetness, hop and dense malt. I rarely ever see this beer here, and I wish it would show up more often, it's fantastic, it might even be my favorite from the brewery.

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Photo of socon67
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pilsner glass, this beer is slightly cloudy with a straw yellow color. the foam is a clingy white that sinks quickly and sticks to the glass in patches of lacing.

S - Scents of pilsner malt and a classic smell of noble german hops.

T - Raspy flavor of hops and a crisp flavor. In all ways this is a traditional example of the style.

M - Light feel, raspy bite at then end, and crispness is great for a hot day. Slight carbonation.

O - Love the hefeweisen from these guys and this is another good example of a traditional style.

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Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pilnser is a very pale straw or yellow color. It’s very clear. Backlighting gives it more of a yellow look. It’s topped with a bubbly white head. It rises to about a finger in height. Retention was on the shorter side. It didn’t stick around long at all. Lacing is spotty and light. For the style, it looks alright.

The nose is a bit weak and really needs more strength. It’s just above average as a result. It’s a bit grainy and earthy throughout. There’s a light, sweet malty scent. It definitely has the classic pilsner malt scent going – smells a bit cracker-ish. There are some light, grassy hop notes. Smells like noble hops to me. Alcohol is buried. Overall, it’s alright. More strength would help.

The flavor is good. It kicks off with a crackery malt flavor. It’s a little sweet. Strong earthy and grainy flavors follow. They permeate throughout each sip. Hops really add quite a bit to the flavor. They’re definitely noble and have a very grassy flavor to them. But, they add a jolt to the flavor and a slight bitter bite. I like it. Alcohol is definitely not noticeable. It’s masked completely. Finishes dry with a mix of cracker-ish and grassy flavors. It’s good stuff. Simple and straight forward, but good.

The body is definitely light. Carbonation seems active. It has a nice, crisp bite to it. But it’s very smooth and easy drinking. I could handle a few of these over an evening. It’s pretty enjoyable, especially on a warmer day like this.

There have been quite a few fantastic beers bearing the name “Weihenstephaner” over the years. Pilsner isn’t quite fantastic, but it is pretty darn good. It’s a classic German Pilsner that features all the hallmarks of the style. If you’re in the market for a good German Pilsner, don’t overlook this one.

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Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale straw color with a big frothy pure white head that left some webby lacing as it settled.

The aroma is of a dry cracker malt and a good dose of grassy noble hops. Nice spicy aroma from the hops. Some sulfur notes gives the brew a heineken type aroma.

The malt is light and dry. There is some softness to the malt but not much. The hops are quite grassy and peppery. Some sulfur notes but not nearly as much as in the nose. Pretty spot on for the style.

The feel is light and dry with prickly carbonation. Again, spot on for the style.

A really nice pils; dry and grassy. Some light grain and sulfur notes but other than that really spot on.

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Photo of ricchezza
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Extremely clear pale yellow with bright white head

Pungent straw, grain aroma.

Instant bitterness; not of hops but rather it’s a husky, grain bitter. Very crisp on the palate with a super clean finish.
For all I know this is a straight pils mash, lautered, boiled and force carbonated. The hops and yeast are sitting way in the back for this show. As the glass warms over time I sense the hops step in but only faintly, just enough to enhance the pils malt even further.

No off flavors and super clean tasting. Great pilsner beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pale golden And clear with nice head and retention. Good carbonation

S- A very nice combination of noble hops malts and bready notes.

T- A very malty and bready pilsner but has a crisp and hoppy finish. Very tasty.

M- nice full bodied and carbonated on toungue.

O- Avery fine pilsner in every regard. Highly recommend for lager and pilsner lovers.

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Photo of horshack7
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a clear golden with a head that is bright white only about an inch tall.

Aroma: Bicuity, light grain notes, twinge of butteriness with a touch of lemon peel.

Taste: Buttery texutre with only a twinge of crispness on the palate. Lemon, bready, bits of grain with wisp of malty sweetness.

Notes: Solid top to bottom very tasty. Cheers.

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Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into the World Cup 2010 Weihenstephaner Weizen glass with a clear light golden body. Frothy white head forms and retains well. A small ring remains after all things clear leaving only spotty lace.

S- A fresh cracked malted grain note comes off the top with light fruit, caramel and spicy/floral hops.

T- Light caramel malt, fresh cracked grains, yeast bread and hops. Spicy, floral, herbal and slight citrus notes are taken on from the hops. More fruit flavor here with notes of apple and grapes.

MF- Body has a light overall consistency with a creamy silky feel. A clean bitterness is left on the palate.

A nice balanced pilsner flavor with good fruit and hop notes. Weihenstephaner seems like the Sierra Nevada of Germany.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color that clears up as the head settles. White foam, good size and stick. Nose is grassy with a good dose of lemongrass hopping. Munich malt mingles with the pale. Flavor is fairly assertive for style and there is a decent finish of malt and hops -that is, actual beer ingredients. Other pilsners take note: this is a German pils with some attitude. Nice citric note in the middle for complexity raises my score a hair. 

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Photo of doktorhops
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I thought I had run out of Weihenstephaner's to review but lo and behold "Pilsner" presents itself in my local with a presence that says "Trinken sie mich Dok! Ich bin gutes bier!", and I guess I couldn't resist it's odd pun-loving lederhosen wearing German charms.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass (the perfect combo!).

A: Pale straw coloured body. Cloudy too (interesting look for a Pilsner). There is a 1 inch white head from the hard pour I did that sticks around for the beer swilling action.

S: Cut grass and fresh hay aromas lay the base for what I suspect is a fine brew. There are also classic yeast sour dough aromas with a smidgen of honey in the back notes.

T: Typical German Pilsner here - all sour bread and bitter hop notes with a beefy grain base. Nothing spectacular and to be honest the Czechs really have the style nailed (they did invent it after all), and German Pilsners to me are really an afterthought when all the Weissbier grains are spent, so who can expect too much from Weihenstephaner when their Weissbiers are already the best? If only the hop variety was a bit more interesting they might be on to something.

M: Similar vein to their Weissbiers; creamy texture with a mid to low carbonation.

D: Meh, Weihenstephaner, meh. I'm marginally disappointed in the world's oldest brewery as their Weissbiers are so damn good and this is so damn average. Maybe I expect too much, maybe not, try it for yourself and see. To me this brew is like a filler beer so they can say "We have a Hefe, a Dunkel, a Krystal, a Heavy, AND a Pilsner"... ??? If you're as good a brewery as Weihenstephaner you may as well attempt to make the best f**ken Pilsner that was ever made, don't settle for 304th best [rant over].

Food match: Would go well with seafood (calamari, crayfish, Atlantic trout or salmon) or grilled beef cuts (rump, t-bone or eye fillets are good)... or if you can't decide "surf and turf" it. Vegetarian option would be pan-fried portobello mushrooms with a mesclun vinaigrette salad.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale and bubbly. A finger of soft, fluffy head. Nice lacing follows.

S - Very subdued in the nose. Grassy, herbal hops.

T - Crisp at the top, lemons and white wine. Clean hops balance with a very light malt presence.

M - Light and highly carbonated. Typical of the syle.

O - Pleasant and drinkable. Nothing wrong with this lager. Well-crafted as you'd expect from the Weihenstaphan brewery.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice gold with a frothy white head. Quite effervescent. Looks just the way a German Pilsner should.

S- Light citrus hops. Possibly a touch of grain. Not a whole lot going on.

T- Very clean and well balanced. A little on the meh side though. Mainly its a slight sweetness which falls into a small hop bitterness. Decent.

M- Best aspect of the beer. This one has a great body with some big, but pleasant carbonation which compliments the light palate perfectly.

O- It's a good beer. There is nothing exceptional about it but it's worth a try.

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Photo of karait95
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow color very translucent with a white big head on top very well formed with small bubbles that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a lot of traces on the glass, the carbonation is constant and forms a permanent layer on top of the beer, the looking is good for the style.

S: Is not to intense, but you can sense the barley malts and some hops not to strong but also present.

T: Mainly barley flavor is present on the mouth, also some hops are part of the tasting and some faint sugar like.

M: It is a refreshing tasting but in general a little too bitter, at some point it is balanced with some bittersweetness, the ending is good a little dry on the back.

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Weihenstephaner Pilsner from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
88 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.
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