Weihenstephaner Pilsner | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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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Reviews: 163 | Ratings: 588
Photo of madvoice
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather light golden colour. Very clear. Has a very thick creamy head that lasts quite a while and laces the glass all the way down. Smells very citrusy sweet and malty. Has a very crisp taste with light carbonation. The beer has a nice bite to it before it smooths out. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of stcules
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yellow to greenish. White head, average compactness, with thin bubbles.
Quite decent smell, fresh hop, and a malty background.
A better taste, fresh, clean. Average hopping. Pleasant, drinkable.
Fresh aftertaste, with good hop, herbal, hay-like, and white flowers.
Good pils.

Drink from the tap in Berlin presents the thiny thiny, compact and persistent.
The peculiar characteristic of this beer is the balance and cleaning. Pleasant, elegant and drinkable remarkable way. The votes have been revised accordingly.

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Photo of Cs1987
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light gold, 3 fingers of head which reduced.

Smell - Strong grains.

Taste - The taste is quite strong and pretty much what you'd expect from a German Pilsner. However, although it is hard to describe, I found there was something a little off about the taste.

Mouthfeel - The weaker parts of the flavour seemed to linger in the aftertaste. Carbonation and texture were both very good, though.

Drinkability - A bit harder going than your average pilsner/lager.

Overall - A little disappointing. Not up to the high standard of every other Weihenstephaner beer I have tried.

2009 EDIT: Okay, many reviews I did in 07/08 were inaccurate and contained idiotic statements due to my lack of beer experience at the time, but this is possibly the most inaccurate of them all. I have now decided this is the best German Pilsener I have tried, thanks to its fantastic balance and lack of flaws. The score has been bumped up from 3.45 to 4.

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Photo of brendan13
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a 500ml stein with an inch of white head on top of a fairly light yellow beer. Lots of small carbonation bubbles racing to the top. Some sporadic patchy lacing.
S - Some slightly sweet grain & grassy hop notes.
T - Similar to the smell, the hops are a bit more noticeable in the taste - grassy & herbal.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Fairly dry finish.
D - A pretty decent pilsener. Tasty & sessionable.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a decent amount of foamy white head that sticks around for a while, but eventually fades to a thin layer. Smells slightly of noble hops with some floral aroma there as well. The taste is clean, with some slightly malty sweetness there, but there's a lot of noble hop flavor and enough bitterness to finish a little bitter. Mouthfeel is light and creamy, very nice. Overall, it's a very drinkable pilsener, wouldn't hesitate to get it again.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.0
Poured 2-3 fingers of thick, foamy white head, which took a long time to reduce to a creamy looking half finger. A very pale straw colour (not unlike many a white wine) with few fine bubbles rising. Leaves a lot of lace.

Smell - 3.5
There was a nasty smell as I opened the bottle, which disappeared almost immediately, leaving very little discernable smell. There is a vague hoppiness and sweetness, and certainly nothing offensive.

Taste - 3.5
Even for a pilsener this is very refreshing. Crisp upfront, with a smooth middle and bitter, dry finish. Tastes of plain crackers, and bitter hops with a little malt sweetness to balance. Highly competent, but nothing mind-blowing.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Less carbonated than average for a beer of this style, goes down very smoothly and feels quite light in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.5
Definitely sessionable, especially if you can find it at a good price. If you love your pilseners you will have no trouble drinking this all night.

Interesting that I tried this one day after Pilsner Urquell. PU is definitely the more interesting, tastier pils, but I feel that this is better quality and fresher. Price is on the high side, but so is the quality, so value is average. That said, I've heard that many Weihenstephaner beers are cheaper than soft drink in Germany. All I can say is, lucky bloody Germans!

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

pours a light golden color with only a slight haze. low carbonation. forms a nice one inch thick white fluffy head. nice start.

aroma would have seen better days, but still good. i wasnt going to review this as its a few months past best before date but it doesnt seem to have deteriorated too far. some floral scent with the malt being much more noticeable than afresh version i would imagine.

thats a nice pilsner. too many dont have that good bitter bite to them. this one does. some hoppiness would have faded, but their presence is still easily detected. light malt sweetness balances things out just enough.

well rounded out mouthfeel and easily drinkable. 500ml goes as quickly as a smaller bottle of some other beers.
thanks to finite for sending this out.

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Photo of vancurly
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to this, after the joys of the weissen....

Poured into a competitor's (Schneider-Weiss) 500ml glass....

Big white fluffy head, leaving a long lace. Yellow/straw in colour, with some bubbling. Clear.

Hop heaven. That aroma is straight out of my brew pot. Saaz & pale malts. Unbelievable. Don't think I've had a pilsener with that sort of nose. Subtle DMS. After a while in the glass, the hop subsides, and the Munich characters become more evident. After that, some straw-like aromas.

Hops and malt fill the mouth. This beer ain't shy. The flavour balance is excellent. Some subtle candy-ish malt notes, and floral perfumes. I get a very, very late aftertaste of lime.

Bitterness is balanced, and the beer finishes very crisply.

Excellent stuff. Excellent brewery.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a suprisingly pale yellow with a thin white head. The beer's crystal clear and quite bubbly in the glass. The head settles down to a thin film in relatively short order.
Smells just like you'd expect a pilsner to smell. Light, crisp floral saaz hops and a sweet malt on the nose. The taste is crisp and clean. Well balanced sweet and bitters make this a very drinkable brew and the thin mouthfeel further add to this thirst-quenching beer. This beer has everything that I expect in a pilsner.
The only drawback is that it's rather boring to look at. No head. No lacing, and a rather common color.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quite pale beer , with medium amount of bubbling and a fine dense head.
The smellis a balance of amlt and hops , with nothing particularly dominating but seemingly balanced.
The beer is reasonably tart and dry and does have that "characteritic" citrus tang.
It is a dry and cleansing beer , although watery in he mouth.
Certainly a summer beer ,to drink to slake the first , but has enoughquality to savour.

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Photo of wl0307
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, the BB date is 15 JUL 06.
A: served in a weissbier glass, the beer is very pale straw hued, with a spongey white head dissipating slowly; big round bubbles slowly ascend from the bottom of the glass.
S: dryish grassy as well as lemony hop aroma upfront covering a mild grainy note of malts; after serious swirling, a more assertive malty note of lightly toasted bread along with a deeper, Saaz like spicy and grassy hop aroma comes forward, and at the tail a faintly honey-drink kind of honeyish note is absolutely there. Overall the aroma is simplistic, balanced, and quite restrained.
T: slightly grainy, even corn-like, texture of malts upfront, with very dry and refreshingly sour lemony hop presence at the back of the palate, gradually leading to a dryish, slightly grassy and toasty aftertaste of malts and hops; a little bitterness at the back but the finish is rather short but very clean.
M: crisply clean and not too fizzy on the mouthfeel while the maltiness provides very soft texture consistently--just about right for a pilsner or any quality lager; but the texture is slightly overly light for the alc. strength, and so are the overall flavour and aroma, making this beer just too light to be memorable or delicious.
D: this brewery makes brilliant hefe-weizen but this beer is out of that league of brilliance. Despite its decent quality, it's just a standard German lager in need drier characters to mimick northern German lagers, or more aromatic and hoppier presence to compete with its Bohemian counterpart, or a maltier body to immitate the Bavarian Helles, as in itself nothing much stands out. (Or maybe it's just my bias in favour of Czech Pilsner that makes me think so~~)

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Photo of hefevice
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Sparkling clear pale gold, not much head and what there was didn't stick around (although I am suspicious of my glass). Sweet malty, cookie dough aroma with very subtle flowers from the hops. Taste starts with the sweet malt, then finishes lightly dry and bitter. Not being a big hop head I find it much better balanced in this respect than the few other Pilsner styles tried so far. Light slightly watery mouthfeel. Very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of BeerNutta
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the Australian Beer Festival.

I was cautious about this beer at first due to the fact that it was a pilsner and I thought Weihenstephaner specialised in Witbiers. (Aparently I was dead wrong. 50% & is Helles and 20% Pils. Thanks to paterlodie for the info) However I was pleasently surprised.

Poured a light amber. Immediately you could smell the a fruity aroma of bananas. The taste was pretty much the same, a fruitty begining, followed by a mellow malt middle, with a slight hop finish. Damn refreshing.

Like all Weihenstephaner's it was lightly carbonated so you could fully appreciate the beer. Definitely a beer I'm going to look out for.

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Weihenstephaner Pilsner from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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