Weihenstephaner Pils | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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.

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#6,362
Reviews:
175
Ratings:
635
pDev:
11.45%
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3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

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 Spence138
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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 javlin624
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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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4.48/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Weihenstephaner Pils from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 635 ratings