Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Weihenstephaner Pils | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Weihenstephaner PilsWeihenstephaner Pils
BA SCORE
3.93/5
Very Good
633 Ratings
Weihenstephaner PilsWeihenstephaner Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Weihenstephaner Pilsner

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
Ranking:
#6,095
Reviews:
175
Ratings:
633
pDev:
11.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
125
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 633 |  Reviews: 175
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.

 1,024 characters

Photo of mihael199
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

 817 characters

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.

 680 characters

Photo of Beginner2
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks? I clearer golden I cannot remember seeing.
Smell? Mostly malt, more grassy than spicy. And do I detect some fruitiness in this lager?
Taste? The same malts, but more hoppy than grassy. In fact, the spice lingers a bit in my mouth (Feel.)
Overall? A bit futile to argue with a classic... but here is what the pros had to say.

Selected to be reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Noting the brewery's claim to being the oldest on earth, the review of this Pils also is listed on the "1001." And as a classic, I suppose this Pils deserves to be there. But in my book, other Bavarian Pils could be also that aren't.

 659 characters

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.

 377 characters

Photo of PUbeer
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

 429 characters

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.

 451 characters

Photo of red94tt
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JAB1978
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of evilmoose
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Try-em-all
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, great straw-colored color, decent head, confident smell and great taste going down. I live this beer, a real winner.

121 characters

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

Photo of gatheredwaters
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rypkr
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2-24-17 dropped taste, feel and overall all from 4.5 to 4.25.

61 characters

Photo of snowmageddon
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craigmj7
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Groenebeor
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.

 550 characters

Photo of Denzo
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dasotelo50
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jstarr2517
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Pils from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 633 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.