Weihenstephaner Pils | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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: 609 |  Reviews: 171
Photo of microbrewlover
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a clear golden yellow with a great head that sticks around for a long time; lots of lacing and carbonation.

The smell is grainy, crackery, bubble gum and musty wet straw.

The taste follows the nose with light cracker and bread like malts dominating. There is the grainy gritty taste in the middle and finish with the slightest hint of caramel. The dry hop finish compliments the malts perfectly. The finish, in addition to being dry is also slightly grainy and gritty. This is simply a wonderful Pilsner from the people at Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Beejay
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale yellow, crystal clear, and a white head that seems to have some staying power.

S: Light malt aroma, and a nice refreshing noble hop smell coming in the form of herbal, and earthy. Quite lovely.

T: Light malt, with notes of bread and a hint of straw. Hops are beautifully simple with herbal notes, and a touch of earthiness.

M: Light and soft with medium high fine carbonation.

O: Just a delightful beer.

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

Photo of drmeto
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-pours a clear straw golden with a big,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-finishes dry
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
Good Pilsener with a few off notes,though it's Malt Base isn't as pronounced as in your typical Bavarian Pils.

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Photo of MatthewWalters
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bird_soul
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Knapp85
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice clear yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer has a nice grassy aroma some sweet grain in there too. The taste of the beer is mild but has a nice grassy lemon flavor, pretty clean. The feel of the beer is clean and crisp, very easy going and refreshing. Overall it's an outstanding Pils.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright, clear, medium pale gold color with a generous volume of carbonation and a bright, white creamy lacing ring.

S - Earthy, crackery malt, lemon floral, a slight hint of herbal character.

T - Light grainy malt with a kiss of light honey midway through and finishes with a nice bitter, piney bite that lingers.

M - Extremely dry and crisp with a light, medium body.

O - This beer is perfectly crafted. It's been a long time since I've had any German Pilsners and I'll be buying this one again!

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful, clear pale straw with a modest white head that dissipates quickly. Wonderful nose of German Pilsner malts and new-mown hay. The website says this has more bittering hops than most Pils but I don't find it particularly hoppy. Definitely enough to achieve a crisp, well-balanced flavor but not as bitter as what an American hoppy Pilsner might be. The carbonation is perfect, providing a mouthfeel that seems to demand another swallow immediately. The taste is very similar to their Munich Original Lager but not quite as soft around the edges. I consider this to be another benchmark beer from this iconic brewery. I would challenge any fans of Becks, Warsteiner, Bitburger, St. Pauli Girl etc. to do a side-by-side...and be prepared to be surprised...pleasantly.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jasadewi
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Light golden color with a full and lace-leaving head.
S: Smells of bread and crackerish malts, along with some floral hop notes.
T: A very light cracker malt taste with some mild hop finish.
M: Decent amount of carbonation and a light body.
O: This is a Bavarian pilnser of the finest degree. I fully enjoyed every last drop of this beer on draft in an authentic German-American restaurant. This is an awesome brew from the world's oldest brewery.

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Photo of Lodisgrisen
3.04/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw gold pour with a pillowy head that leaves behind some light foam lacing. Floral, slightly spicy aroma with malt and tangy fruit in he background. Like many before me, I cut my teeth on pilsners and lagers so this smells "like a beer" basically. Taste is slightly herbal, hay, spicy hops, light citrus with a bitter underpinning and a refreshing mint kiss on the backend. It's the kind of beer you reach for when it's blazing out - very drinkable, well constructed and blows most readily available pilsners out of the water.

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Photo of epyon396
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold in color with a lot of fine sediment suspended within the body. There's a quarter inch of eggshell white resting on top. The aroma is of light, bready malt and Hallertauer hops. I taste plenty of light, bready malt and a gentle addition of Hallertauer hops. The mouth is very light and quaffable.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Pilsner, 5.1% ABV, 32 IBU. Pours thin and pale yellow with 1.5 fingers of foam which dissipated quickly leaving slight lacing. Nose is yeasty, taste is not as yeasty as their Hefe Weissbier, a bit tangy, a bit low on carbonation, no bitterness. OK mouthfeel. Overall an excellent Pilsner. Figured I'd try this since their Hefe Weissbier is one of my all-time favorites. While I don't like this quite as much, it is excellent. Perhaps a good craft gateway beer for your macro-drinking guests.

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

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of utopiajane
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Breaddy spicy floral nose to greet you from a perfect pour. bright good golden color. Thick creamy head. The cool herbal hop shows it's minty backing delicately. Hops spice is prominent on the palate and shows no fruity character just a soft herbal pungency. Soft bubble so lots of hearty flavor.. The bitterness is firm and steady and at first seems a bit soft for the style. You begin to notice a touch of sweetness, a bit of browned bread crust. Delightful! You do not glimpse the hops floral on this palate until the swallow. Before that it is all earth and softness . The malt lingers a bit longer in this one than in some.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire123
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tigg924
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is clean grain, grass, and slight sugary sweetness. Amazing, sessionable beer. Love this beer and this would be a go to pils if I could find it more often. Just a really great classic beer.

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

Weihenstephaner Pils from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
3.93 out of 5 based on 609 ratings.
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