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

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163
Ratings:
586
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense bright white head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts along with grassy hops.

T: The flavors of this beer start out with some bready malts and just a hint of honey-like sweetness followed by the grassy hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers through the finish.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Very easy to drink and sessionable - enjoyable because of the moderate bitterness combined with the lighter body and bready malts.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright and dense white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grassy hops in the nose. As the beer begins to warm up, some notes of bready malts become evident.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except the malts are more prominent and also include notes of grain. There is a light amount of bitterness, which particularly lingers through the finish.
M: It feels a little more than light-bodied and very clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a very solid pilsener beer that delivers a nice amount of bitterness (it really stands out given the light-bodied nature of this beer) and is easy to drink. This is a perfect choice to open up your palate with before a meal.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass at Fountainhead.

Having been shut out of this beer due to the awesome distribution network outside of Cook County, I was glad to see it on tap. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger-and-a-half of white foam. The nose comprises grass, light biscuit, light wheat, sweet flowers, and a kiss of coriander. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a sort of stream-water character that goes very nicely with everything else. This is what a pilsner tastes like, son! The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a damn solid pils, no surprise considering the source.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light gold with a big white head. Some lace, good retention.

Some mineral and hop notes, some grassy sweetness, light malt.

Nice crisp brew, with light malt, good firm herbal bitterness, some grassy notes, clean finish. Fantastic.

Lighter bodied, nice carbonation.

Great German pils. Malt and bitterness balance wonderfully. More than solid and very worthy.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-light golden with a nice white head

S-fresh hoppy grains. Smells quite good. Strong scent.

T-comes in with a very bitter taste of grassy grains. Some honey. The flavors are faint. The bitterness is strong. The after-taste is slightly off with some hint of plastic.

M-high carbonation with a bitter dry finish

O-this isn't terrible, but besides the bitterness it has an adjunct quality to it. Definitely one of the hoppiest planets I've ever had. I recommend others to at least give this a try.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA
Date: "7112" stamped on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Pours a >2cm head of white foam that's composed of small bubbles and appears densely packed into a thick mass, quite frothy. Retention is about average, the head dissipating in a minute or two to a thick cap atop the body, but leaving a few substantial clumps of lacing. Body is a clear, pale, golden yellow color, with actively visible carbonation streaming from the bottom to the top, along the center and sides of the glass.

Aroma of noble hops, lemon citrus, lemongrass, flowering herbs, and a slight hint of ditchweed. The hops are, at this point, far surpassing any pilsner malt I can detect. Very fresh smelling, overall.

Taste is, Front of palate picks up noble hop bitterness and flavor, lemon citrus, and lemongrass. Mid-palate notes more pilsner malt and graininess (with associated sweetness) alongside lemon rind and lemongrass notes. Back of palate is where pilsner malt and graininess dominates over the hops, though these are still present. Aftertaste is of faint pilsner malt with stronger overtones of noble hops and lemon derivatives.

Body is medium-light to light in weight, with lively, yet not prickly carbonation. The resultant mouthfeel is crisp and fast-flowing. Finish is dry.

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Photo of ccrida
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Yuengling pils flute, Weihenstephaner Pilsner is clear pale gold with a white, fluffy head leaving foamy lace.

Smell is bready grain and herbal hops, mild.

Taste is clean and classic. A firm, earthy, bitter hop snap over the mildly bready cereals.

Mouthfeel is dry and very light body.

Drinkability is pretty high, this is a text book session pils. A bit more bittering than usual gives it a nice earthy backbone, but it's otherwise rather simple.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a pilsener glass- pours a clear light yellow color with two fingers of white foamy head. Great retention, beautiful lacing. Just a little anemic looking.

Smell is perfectly appropriate- definitely a little bready quality to the nose, some yeast, some noble hops. Very well balanced.

Taste is fantastic- light, slightly bready malts up front, followed soon after by crisp noble hops towards the mid palate to finish slightly dry.

Extremely refreshing. Very light body, moderately carbonated, moderately dry, great long finish. This is a wonderful pilsener- nothing fancy about it, just great, drinkable beer.

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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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Weihenstephaner Pilsner from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
3.93 out of 5 based on 586 ratings.
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