Pale Ale
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,067
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3.66 | pDev: 12.02%
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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Notes: 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.
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dgilks from Australia

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%

Sep 15, 2014
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 0.5l bottle, a gift from my friend Iain from Weihenstephan.... Consumed in Maastricht on 28SEP16... Best by date of 30SEP16....

Poured into a small Teku, it was medium golden and a bit muted and hazy. Had a voluminous light tan head; billowed up at least 2" easily, with a very slow ebb. Had plentiful, fine, aggressive carbo, and excellent lacing. Had sort of a doughy nose, with a bit of caramel and light citrus. Body was a little under medium, and it had a touch of prickle.

Taste started like the nose - doughy, biscuity and with subtle caramel. Had some mild fruit action, with some green apple and a hint of grapefruit, and a smidge of light floral hopping at the end. A middle of the road offering, at best. Prosit!

3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


Oct 11, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

Dec 20, 2012
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largadeer from California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Nov 19, 2013
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jsanford from Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Jan 30, 2013
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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+

Jun 17, 2013
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Jan 19, 2013
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bacasnax from Florida

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Apr 01, 2013
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Jun 14, 2014
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Auraan from Arizona

4.21/5  rDev +15%
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.

Sep 19, 2013
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GFD400 from New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Feb 02, 2013
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MatthewPlus from Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Jul 26, 2013
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clarknova from Germany

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Nov 11, 2014
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Canada_Dan from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Jul 10, 2014
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Apr 17, 2016
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Smileitsfreetobehappy from Alaska

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Sep 29, 2014
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AdamNowek from Netherlands

3.24/5  rDev -11.5%

Sep 19, 2014
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PPartlow from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Aug 09, 2014
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Timfromthemainland from New York

3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mar 29, 2018
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zknight from Korea (South)

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dec 03, 2018
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Schoeni from Germany

3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

tasted the WPA directly at the source at Weihenstephan Hill, from tap at the Versuchsbrauerei TUM. The 2016 edition: Pilsner, Münchner II, Cara Hell, Hops: Hersbrucker and Hallertauer. 6.1 % ABV, 36 IBU. Pours in at a dark amber rather copper colour, nice fluffy head. Smells like pine, some fruity Esters, not that much citrucy, more like strawberry, more like ripe fruits and sweet malts..... real nice in my opinion. First sip is fruity, very smooth, finish is not that bitter at all.... so it is easy to drink. So that'S what ist like: A very fruity, hoppy PA with some german style malts and easy to drink caracter. Really good. You could easily drink 2 or 3 "halbe" of this beer at the beer garden .... Prost!

Sep 21, 2016
Pale Ale from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 21 ratings