Weihenstephaner Pilsner | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner PilsnerWeihenstephaner Pilsner

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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: 155 | Ratings: 570
Photo of Andrewharemza
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is deep malt and a hint of spicy aroma hopping. Appearance is crystal clear straw with small off white head that dissipates quickly. Taste is honey malt forward, followed by a bit of smooth floral tangy hop bitterness. Palate is light and crisp. Overall an excellent beer, but needs more hop bitterness and floavor for the Pils style. Still a magnificent tasting beer.

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Photo of Chickenshack
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Original Premium is the best lager I've ever had and I honestly don't expect to have a one any better. The Pilsner is good too; it has many of the same characteristics: clean and clear with remarkable depth for a light bodied beer, that perfect yeast breadiness, etc. The main difference I guess is in the hops which are a little more peppery.

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Photo of gregb13
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As with most of Weihenstephaner's beers, this one is a benchmark for the style. Hard to fault it in any way.

Smell/taste - light fruit, apple, white grape, freshly reaped grain, some bitterness, lemon zest.

Goes down so fast, you'll hardly notice its departure.

Buy it and appreciate.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - golden straw color with white head

Smell - grassy, lemon peel, cracker, bit of sulfur

Taste - cracker, bready malts, grass, herb, slight bready sweetness

Mouthfeel - crisp, clean, lighter end of medium bodied, breadyness upfront and in the middle, finish is slightly bitter, leaving you wanting another sip

Overall - very nice pilsner. Fans of the style won't be disappointed

Price Point - $10.99/6 pack 11.2 oz bottles

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Photo of Gajo74
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious Pilsner! Great for a hot day after work. Crisp and refreshing. Light bodied and very drinkable. Very flavorful; malt backbone, fruity, citric and pear like, mild hops kick and semi dry finish. I can see myself drinking lots of these.

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Photo of jkrich
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. undated bottle (there was a code on the back label): very attractive, bright and golden hue with a sustained, foamy white head.

Mild aromas of noble hops were evident.

This is an excellent German pilsner. Unlike some of the astringent, very pale German pilsners, this one has a well-rounded mouth feel almost like a well-made Helles, only with the familiar pilsner hop presence. Nice bready and tangy flavors are complimented by a hint of lemony citrus. This "Bavarian style" (per back of label) pilsner has more body and lighter carbonation than normally found in pilsners in Germany and the USA.

I was very pleased to see this offering in the Florida panhandle. It is probably the most expensive six-pack of pilsner I have purchased, but it is worth it.

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Photo of oceanman907
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Bright crystal clear golden lager with a bright white head
S-Fresh sourdough bagels, sesame seeds, sea spray smell, fresh yeasty cakes
T- Somewhat sweet, very refreshing, bready, classic german flavor
M-Excelent carbonation and a pure light body
O- They've been brewing since 1040 and this beer does appear to be timeless. Definition of the classic german pilsner

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

Mini-review (need to rereview a classic like this sometime though)

Fruity hops. Beautiful aroma and a good feel. No particular note knocks my socks off, but it has that "whole beer refinement" that classic beers often achieve; every aspect makes sense together, and the experience is seamless and enjoyable. No off flavors, not heavy in the slightest, never gets any lagery sourness, just all fresh German hops and good grain.

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Photo of SWOhio-aquifer
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good lager/pilsner. Let's just say bottom fermented and with a low temp yeast. I don't have a lot to say about this one. I suspect it has been on the shelf for some time. Certainly a good beer but a legible dating system would be nice. Anyone know how to read the damn date on the back of the bottle? I need facts man, facts before I can review this beer proper.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Specialty Beer Cellar. Served in a Weihenstephaner hefe glass.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow. Medium white head and some nice lacing.

Smell - Kinda soapy. Herbal hops. Pilsner malt. Buttery?

Taste - Bready malts. Immediately hoppy. Grassy and herbal hops. A bit of a bite, too. Has a little bit of buttery flavor again. Just a hint.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Kinda crisp. Well carbonated.

Overall - I'm not sold on the very slight buttery flavor, but otherwise it's good.

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

Clear gold straw with a thin head. Smells of bready malt, light grain, herbal hops, and clean yeast. Tastes very clean and extremely malty. Refreshing bitter finish. Tea-like and herbal hops. Mild mouthfeel and moderate body. Solid pils.

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Photo of champ103
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden/orange color. A dense, two finger white head forms with excellent retention and lace.
S: The ultra clean lager yeast up front. Baked bread, doughy and biscuit like. Grassy hops. Beautifully and perfectly simple.
T: Like the nose, this is really simple, but incredible. Lager yeast, biscuit malts, lightly sweet, but finishes with dry grassy hops. Even a touch of bitterness.
M/O: A light body that is perfectly carbonated. Ultra smooth, but crisp and finishes dry. Perfectly clean as well. Downed in big gulps, and I already need more. So enjoyable.

Again, just beautifully simple. I love this, and it is a wonder that I don't drink it by the case. Sometimes you lose sight, and have to go back to some of the best simple beers available, which are often the best anywhere.

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Photo of 50wolves
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours pale clear with large head (I don't normally drink pilsner so this may be standard??) doesn't appear to be much carbonation. Head is frothy and white. Aroma - smells of wheat. Taste - not sure if I haven't had a beer for a along time but initial thoughts are that this is a fantastic beer, very mild tasting, refreshing easy beer to drink. Wheaty taste. Mouthfeel - some carbonation, not overwhelming, it complements the beer if anything. Overall - really liked this beer, one of the better cool fermented beers I have had.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle code 7094.

Huge fluffy white head on top of a straw golden colored beer with excellent clarity. Light pils malt and light spicy hops in the aroma. Mild flavor with nix balance. Light bodied and highly carbonated. Very clean but not as crisp as I would have liked, most likely because the bottle I purchased had almost a year of age on it already.

I was psyched to find a bottle of this in my area but will be looking to try this again if I can find a fresher bottle.

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4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

This has been quite a pilsner experience. I truly enjoyed this brew. One of my all time favorites for this genre.
LOOK : mostly clear with small head and very light retention.
SMELL: instantly you get bread, toasted yeast, and lime(almost unnoticeable)
TASTE: right of the bat apricots and sweet oranges, the malts are smooth and direct toward the back of your palate. after the palate settles you start to notice a little bite of hops, but it's not overbearing or unpleasant at all.
FEEL: semi-sweet and clear finish.

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Photo of magpieken
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. 07.10.15. Pours a straw colour with a frothy white head and some delicate lace. Aroma of straw, grain, bread and sulphur. Mild sweetness and gentle bitterness. Light bodied, smooth, sticky mouthfeel and a semi dry finish. A pretty decent pilsner from a brewer better known for it's wheat beers. 7.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Typical looking bubbling pilsner. Thin head. White lacing. Tastes like barley. Like eating barley. Tastes like a Michelob Lager for some reason. Or an Amstel Heavy.

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Photo of Davidstan
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. Drank a 6 month old out of brown bottle.
S-Tarty and zesty with grassy and very slight lemon, slight skunk as expected
T-Excellent taste of noble hop and grass following nose. Gets better the warmer it gets and half way thru no euro skunk at all. Fresher bottle would have been optimal but this is hard to find.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is straw golden and perfectly clear. Pours one finger worth of a fizzy white head. Aroma is subtle, but consists of a little floral hop spiciness and a sweet dry malt. Taste is along the same lines with mildly nutty pilsner malts upfront followed by a crisp spicy/herbal hop bite that follows to the finish. Neither the hop or malt really overtake each other, yet both are showcased very well and are very complimentary of each other. The feel is pretty dry, but there's enough malt to add some smoothness to the finish. Light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, and perfectly clean in the finish. Just a great beer all round with great flavor and balance, and the perfectly crisp/clean feel that you want from a pilsner.

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Photo of steveh
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rarely see this so when I did, thought I'd grab it up. Much high praise among Lager Lovers for this beer -- and I'm always game for a good Pils.

Typical 11.2 ounce Euro brown bottle with 5.1 ABV and suggested serving temp of 46° - 52° F. Coded bottling date translates to May 7, 2014; 7 months isn't terribly bad for a Pasteurized German beer -- and I know the store where I picked this up keeps the majority of their imports cold. $8 for a six-pack.

A -- Clear, pale straw color with a dense white head that holds up well.

S -- Mellow herbal hops, grainy malt, and mild DMS of the "fresh" character. Some light citrus character from hops peeking through.

T -- Light bready malt up front with a yeasty character similar to what I taste in Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr beers, though not as strong. Malts blend into spicy, herbal hops and the finish is more bready malts with a lingering herbal hoppiness in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is very soft to crisp dryness from hop bitterness. Body medium-light due to some lightly unattenuated malt that adds a robustness that balances out the herbal crispness.

O -- When I tasted the first bottle of this Pils it really reminded me of SN's Summerfest Pilsner (points to SN). The more you drink of the Weihen, the more you can taste the malt, hop, and yeast character differences between it and the SN Pils. This makes me wonder (again) about Pasteurization and also the use of U.S. 2 row. Overall, you can't go wrong with this Pilsner if you want to taste a good example.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard 500mL brown bottle, traditional German label.

Appearance: pours a clear light amber with a large, frothy white head that slowly settles to a half-finger cap. Decent lacing down the glasswear.

Aroma: the traditional crystal malts and grassy hops one expects from a German pilsner. Crisp and clean, if a little plain.

Taste: crystal malts and grass hops with a touch of spice behind also. Very refreshing.

Aftertaste: the hop bitterness comes through fairly strongly on the finish. Only a touch of malt.

Mouth feel: fairly light in body with a moderate carbonation. A touch of sweetness on the end.

Overall: a typically good-quality traditional beer from Weihenstephan Brewery. While pilsner isn't one of my favourite styles, this is a good example. Decent for AU$70 a case too.

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Photo of DiUr
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly golden pale yellow which is so clear that you can actually read trough the glass. Head is two fingers and it leaves beautiful lacing.

Smooth bready malts are predominant in the nose at first, but the herbal hops and citrics blend so well as you smell it that you can´t help but put a smile of pure joy. This has to be a standard for the style. Bread crumbs and biscuits, the floral hops and lemon coming on naked but still discreet, with even a hint of Eau de Cologne at the end. Beautiful.

The taste is so delicious that i had no time for complexities as it went down. One of those flavours on par with the aroma, with maybe a bit of a sharper character to it. Grains and sweet malts with hops and a hint of lemon. The flavour adds a metallic character to the aroma. Smooth and tender like an angel, but also sharp like a razor blade. Love this beer.

I guess ligth to medium body. Crispy and sharp with a solid malty backbone. A very long dry finish which holds a creamy touch in the back of the palate. A light thirst quencher that you can still sip as Cognac, as good as it is.

This has to be one of my favourites all around, and in my opinion almost on par with the Hefe from this brewery and the best Pilsner i ever tasted, with Konig a not so far second. I really love it!

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Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Brought this out from my beer cellar whilst brewing beer with my neighbor.

Clean, crips, classic pilsner.

Love the beers from this brewery...just wish they had more experience


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Photo of Offa
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

This is an excellent German Pilsner.

Gold, it has a big white head soon thinning to thin, lasting foamy top.

Aroma is wonderful, bright herb, apple, bread.

Taste is nice juicy herb, grain, lemon-apple with lean bread and firm, zesty bitterness.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some malt sweetness quickly follows. The hops presence is a bit subdued but is standard for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is definitely one of the better beers in the style.

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Weihenstephaner Pilsner from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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