Weihenstephaner Pils | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner PilsWeihenstephaner Pils
623 Ratings
Weihenstephaner PilsWeihenstephaner Pils

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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

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Ratings: 623 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of Lucular
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chossboss
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid golden pilsner with nice head and grassy aroma. Taste is true biscuit, grass, with a touch of bitterness. I drank this pint before I had a chance to review it! Crisp and light.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

500ml Keg at Weihenstephaner Beer Hall, Berlin (€4.60):
Another excellent beer from Weihenstephan and up there with some of the best pilsners I've tried, mainly due to the fact that the beer looked good and had an excellent palate; the taste and nose weren't bad either but nothing was really a standout from them. The beer was incredibly easy to drink with an excellent balance from the start and some nice sweetness at times that worked well with the subtle bitterness that featured throughout the beer. It's a beer that could probably have benefited from being just a touch stronger, particular with the nose but it was very pleasant from the start and one that I'd definitely have again.

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Photo of OlaB
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: pours a clear golden yellow color. Small top off head that disolves quickly. Some sticky lacings on the glass.

A: crackers, grass,spices , earthy and herbal hops.

T&F: follows the nose inn most off the aroma . grass and herbs upfront with light malts inn the background along with some fruity ethers. Is a good amouth of herbal hops and spices inn the finish, and it have a good bitterness and lenght inn the afertaste.
Crisp and smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. Really refreshing and easy drinking.

O: a really great pilsner. Refreshing and enjoyable. This is how a pilsner is done.

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of matcris
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pretty clear golden-yellow with lots of carb rising, and a half finger of white head that settles to a ring. A bit of lacing down the glass. Aroma is salty sunflower seeds, bread crust, and a grassy quality. Flavor is again, fresh baked bread, grassy and what I perceive as sunflower seeds, nice. Feel is very smooth but with a pronounced carbonation, and dryer on the finish, and medium thin body. Pretty much everything a German Pilsner should be.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of mynie
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What better way to follow up a Beck's than with a beer that I think was trying to ape something like Beck's. Which is odd, from the world's oldest brewery. But I guess commercial viability is something that even the most venerated of institutions can't hide from in his terrifying hellscape we call neoliberalism.

Pours dark yellow with a nice white head. Smells very hay and grain heavy with minimal fruit or complication. It's a firm aroma, but not particularly complex.

Taste fruitier, but still the hops are quite faint. Surprisingly, the back end is esters-laden, with a grainy cereal complexity that's like a weird all-malt attempt at an American adjunct. It's a bizarre idea, for sure, but after a few sips I I begin to like it quite a bit.

Weihenstephaner brews beers that are the standard bearers for 1000-year-old styles. That's an accomplish that no one else can come close to achieving. And so it's weird, perhaps even a little offputting, to see them put out something like this, which appeals to relatively new tastes (it's not quite even 100 years old, after all). At the same time, this beer is a fascinating time capsule, a look into what "super-premium" tastes were like during WWI. I don't have nearly a strong enough reference point to give it a definitive review, but I did quite enjoy it, and I can say with confidence it's very good at being what it's brewers intended it to be.

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

Photo of DallasK
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.41/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A mostly golden color with a tint of green. Fluffy head of 2 fingers, leaving tons of intricate webby lace. Effervescent bubbles spiral to the top.

Aroma of dry grass clippings, straw, and light fruity phenols.

Flavor is, well, disappointing. Some odd bubble gum-like flavors, followed by that bag of mowed grass, and a slight hay aftertaste.

Feel is crisp and clean. Some chalky pastiness which knocks it down a bit.

Overall, although the Euro Pilsner is not my favorite, I've had a handful that are better than this. I can only hope this was a poorly stored bottle? Terrible.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Dentist666
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear light golden with thick white head, moderate retention.
Smell - grainy, slightly tart, grassy hops.
Taste - grainy, well-balanced by grassy hops.
Light body, moderate to high carbonation.

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Photo of zordy
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Weihenstephaner Pils has a thick, stark-white, crackling head, a clear, straw appearance, with some sediment chunks and fairly heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sharp, slightly syrupy malt, and a sweet white bread. Taste is the same, with a grassy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Weihenstephaner Pils finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of Sheppard
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden. Crackery aroma. It's super smooth, slightly earthy hops, a little on the hop forward side for a German made pils. I do find the hop character rather intriguing, in a good way. I do like this pilsner.

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Photo of lastmango
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a bright clear yellow with two finger fizzy head that dissipated quickly. Moderate lacing. Light malt and hop aromas that are balanced. Taste is very light malt with a bit more grassy hops and light bitterness on the finish. Light-medium body and carbonation. This is a very good pilsner that is soft and well balanced.

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Photo of Tigerbrau
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Pils from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 623 ratings
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