Weihenstephaner Pils | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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3.93/5
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BEER INFO

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.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-23-2005

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#6,724
Reviews:
175
Ratings:
639
pDev:
11.45%
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Ratings: 639 |  Reviews: 175
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.
Delicious!

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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.

RJT

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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

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

Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From estucerveza. At lunch, with fried potatoes + eggs + san jacobo. In Teku glass. Probably the best pilsener ive tasted. Super fresh feeling grassy hops and was bottled in 22 Jun. Really refreshing, clean and pretty looking

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Photo of bankboy66
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My friends and I had a Pilsner taste party and this won. Not perfect but damn close. Not as malty as say Warsteiner but more satisfying than your Bitburger/DAB/Konig. Although I will say Konig in a bottle is close. Must try !

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Photo of Griphon
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taybeh
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pokal from a single bottle. Very good German pils that hits all the right notes: grassy clean hops with some light floral hints, grain/bready malts. crisp and clean, with some pleasant bitterness on the back end. Fresh, I bet this is superb.

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

Photo of valkyre65
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of loganburgh
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cdub70085
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Weihenstephaner Pils from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 639 ratings