Weihenstephaner Pils
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #13
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
88
Ranked #8,295
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 11.36%
Reviews:
206
Ratings:
699
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 206 | Ratings: 699
Photo of vancurly
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
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 +6.3%
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 -7.1%
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 -19.2%
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 -13.6%
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 +8.6%
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 Pils from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 699 ratings