Weihenstephaner Pale Ale | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A noble composition of very traditional aroma hops from the world’s biggest connected hops growing area with a blend of the sorts “Tradition” and the original local cultivars “Hersbrucker” and “Hallertauer Mittelfrüh”. Local cultivars are hops in their most original and natural way, selected out of wild growing sorts over the last centuries. They are highly sought after for their low bitter value yet very distinguished, elegant and  flavorful aroma.

Added by TheManiacalOne on 12-20-2012

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 17
Reviews by Auraan:
Photo of Auraan
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice clear amber with a two finger white head that stuck around. It looked quite pleasant. Scents of fruity esters, including banana, some citrus, pineapple and sweet malt. A very good nose, a nice combination of pale ale and German. Flavor followed mostly after the nose. Citrus, slight grapefruit rind, moderate hop bitterness, some fruity flavors, sweet pale malt, some slight dry wheat cracker in the background. Very good combination of flavors, very refreshing and surprisingly complex. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a nice crisp feel. Very easy to drink on a hot day. Overall this is an excellent fusion of a pale ale and a German style ale. It has qualities from both styles and combines them in a very pleasant way. Highly recommended.

 782 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of jsanford
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 12/16/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, earthy hops and a little bit of citrus.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to pound down for a long time.

 789 characters

Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught at a bar in SoCal. Served into a weissbier glass. Expectations are high given the brewery. Reviewed from notes taken on Saturday. I thought it odd that one of the most traditional German breweries in the world brewed a pale ale.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of beige colour and soft complexion. Nice thickness and creaminess. Good (4-5 minute) retention. No lacing or "legs" here. Colour is a nontransparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Glowing. Spot-on for the style. Looking good so far.

Sm: Pleasant balanced hop profile with dominant floral character. A bit oily and nectary. Grassy. Orange and grapefruit fruit esters. Pale malts. The malty end is evocative and inviting, complementing the hop selection well. No alcohol is detectable. Fresh clove. Banana. A balanced aroma of moderate strength.

T: Pale malts, banana, clove, fruit esters (grapefruit and orange). The hops suit the malts well; it's a good marriage thereof. Well balanced. Floral hop character is dominant. Some caramalt gives it a bit more body. Clean and refreshing. Simple but enjoyable. Some subtlety is at play here.

Mf: Clean, smooth, and wet. Great carbonation. Good thickness and body. A bit oily. Suits the flavour profile well. Light presence on the palate. Refreshing.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Another solid brew from Weihenstephaner. It's not a great American pale, but it's an interesting balanced approach to the style. Its simplicity holds it back. A nice summer beer, but not quite on par with the high bar set by their other offerings. I'd get it at German prices, but it's not memorable enough to nab on draught again. Glad I tried it.

High C+

 1,690 characters

Photo of AdamNowek
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of clarknova
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of PPartlow
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of MatthewPlus
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Nichols33
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of GFD400
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of dgilks
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of bacasnax
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Weihenstephaner Pale Ale from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.