Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #686
Ranked #48,344
3.47 | pDev: 16.14%
Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG
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Pohr10 from Luxembourg

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright and interesting for a German pils, smells of cracker and hay and a little rye, tasting notes of fresh cut grass and raw corn. Refreshing German pils compared to others. Wouldn’t call it a Typical, but if you like the style you’ll appreciate this as an authentic twist.

Nov 10, 2021
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beerjerk666 from Florida

3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purcuased a 6 pack from the local Aldi.
11.2 oz bottle, best by 09/19/2022.

Appearance is clear straw yellow body. Started with a fully white bubbly head that quickly disappeared.
Aromas of bready malts and cracker. A slight bitter nose as well.
Taste is mild and has a hop bitter bite up front and then finishes dry.
Quite a refreshing beer that is a completely pleasant surprise.

Oct 15, 2021
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Coolbreez from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was pleasantly surprised how good this beer is. First time I bought it at Aldi. Just what a German Pilsner should taste like. Crisp and just the right amount of bitterness with a smooth finish. I will definitely be back for more.

Oct 11, 2021
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4.53/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1st of all this is not a "classic German pils" - they are typically lighter than this, especially in Bavaria. I travel Germany frequently. This is a delicious pils more along the lines of genuine Pilsner from Pilsen, Czech Republic. Wernesgruner is well respected in Saxony & you'll often see awnings over tables baring the name, like in Dresden or Leipzig. It's even better on tap. The brewery itself is in Wernesgrun, Germany, close to the Czech border & "Saaz Hops" growing region, and is hundreds of years old. They still use the true 'pilsner' formula - only soft water, Saaz (noble) hops, and local malted barley.
Aldi has the distribution rights for the US & they offer this at a bargain since they are the importer, distributer, and retailer. This is NOT cheap beer in Germany & is priced along with other premium beers such as HB, Augusteiner, Hacker-Pschorr, and the best of them. Aldi makes it a bargain in the US. Oh, it's a 330ml not a 12 oz. bottle.
Unlike some reviews I do not find this a 'light' German pilsner. It's closer to a true (Czech) pilsner. "German pills" are typically lighter. It is smooth but quite bold, somewhat heavy, with the typical bitterness of the Saaz hop. It would easily make my top 20 list of the world's best beers. Unfortunately not one US beer would make this list. But hey, good beer is available at TotalWine & of course this beer at Aldi. Frankly, with all due respect, I don't think many of these reviewers know what their talking about or half half the experience they profess to have. No, this is not a classic or 'extremely standard' pills. It is a heavy (& tasty) Czech/Saxon style pils with a heavy yet pleasant bitterness. Try it.

Oct 04, 2021
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md3kcn from North Carolina

3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Given to my by a friend as a single bottle. Poured into a champagne flute.

L - Bright, clear gold with a two-finger ivory head that stays a while.
S - Biscuit, cereal grains, and bread crust. A touch of grassiness.
T - Wet hay. Wheat toast. Slight spice. A bit on the sweeter side, but with a dry sort of finish.
F - Refreshing and easy-to-drink. Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Almost creamy.
O - Not too shabby! Not really much to say, either. It's an alright beer; an extremely standard pils. I'd recommend at least giving it a shot.

Sep 22, 2021
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought a can at the lcbo in Ontario 500ml at 4.9%.
poured a 2finger head into glass.
nice fresh smell to this pills with a very nice golden color .
leaves a lace as you drink.
sweet malts with a little spice and medium bitterness.
easy drinking and enjoyable.
overall a good german pilsner beer.

Jul 02, 2021
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold. Smell is fairly malty, grainy, bready, and honey. Balanced by woody, floral, earthy noble hops. Flavor follows. Both the malt and hops linger in a long finish. Dry but sweet from the malt flavor, with a nice touch of bitterness. Woefully underrated here, this is a phenomenal value at Aldi.

Jun 15, 2021
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wernesgruner brewed by Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG, with an ABV of 4.90% This German Pilsner pours out of a 12oz bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a nice deep golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is sweet with grains an malts at first. Then a nice mild hoppy bitterness at the end. So far Wernesgruner is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors, however it smooth an easy going. You pick up a nice amount of light grains an malts at first with a mild hop finish. The body of this brew is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. This brew would go nice with lunch or dinner. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Wernesgruner a solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity to.
Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG, did a super nice job with this style of brew.

May 25, 2021
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dfillius from Iowa

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: more head, but perfect SRM and crystal clear.
S: Too grainy, nice hops, smell of honey is too strong
T: middle of the road. Enjoyable but not spectacular
M: crisp
O: fun, but wouldn’t seek out. I love a good oils and this gets 2/3 of the way there.

Dec 03, 2020
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Geiseman from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I will try any pilsner that is new to me, that is getting rare (I am old) I was unaware of this beer because I think only one retailer sells it - Aldi's

The little bite you expect with any world class pils, Wenegruner nails that. you may pickup a slight floral while drinking your first bottle, by the second it just blended in. Bringing great flavor to a light easy drinker is not easy and that is why I would encourage anyone that likes pilsners, to try this beer.... so good

fyi - price is right also

Nov 26, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle with BB date stamp of 8/6/2021 on the back label.
Look. Pale golden body with high clarity and moderate visible carbonation. There's a semi-durable white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.
Aroma. Clean; grassy hops.
Flavor. Mild flavor, including the bitterness. Grassy hops dominate.
Overall. A clean and refreshing 'light' pils. Nearly watery.

Nov 06, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal golden color with a pure white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Smell is of weak barley and not much else. Taste follows the smell, it's smooth and clear with mostly barley notes along with just enough hop.flavor to balance out the sweetness. The feel is rather carbonated and it does go down very easily. This is nothing super special but it's definitely an easy drinker and not something that I would ever turn away.

Aug 17, 2020
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ML bottle into a pilsner glass

Look - straw golden colored body with white head

Smell - pilsner malt, biscuit, toasted bread, black pepper, grass

Taste - biscuit, toasted bread, toasted grains, slight lemon rind, black pepper

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, nice toasted malt flavor in the beginning, sharp hop bite in the middle, after taste of "beer flavored beer" on the back end, finish isn't quite as clean and/or refined as some of it's German counterparts

Overall - Not the best iteration of the style, yet I found it to be a solid offering. Price considered, I might very well re-visit this one. Worth a try for fans of Pilsners.

Price Point - $6.99/6 pack 11.2 oz bottles

Aug 05, 2020
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DerMeisterBiertrinker from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a good example of a classic German Pilsner. While not the best I’ve ever had, it is definitely a quality beer with flavor as one would expect from a pils. Quality Pilsner malt gives a nice grainy aroma, with very subtle floral and honey notes. Fair amount of hop bitterness with a nice, clean, crisp finish. On the drier side, which I prefer in pilsners.

Jun 18, 2020
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dirkdigles from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

IMO, this should be rated higher than it is.

It is a classic, bang-on example of a German Pils, and the value proposition is off the charts. $6.50 for a 6 pack? Of a quality, real German Pils?

I recommend pouring into a pint or pilsner glass and allowing a head to form. Golden and clear, nice white fluff, and classic pilsner flavor profile. Refreshing in the summer, but with enough bite for year-round enjoyment. This is my go-to beer. Can hold its own against most of the major German Pils out there.

Jun 18, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As a Pils drinker of choice, I would say that this Pils is well above average. Pours great with nice lace on the glass. Great flavor and goes down smooth and nice. Maybe my review is a tad biased because I could get it cheap at Aldi, now seems it has gone missing (hopefully short term missing). I think its much better than average score indicates, give it a try!

May 29, 2020
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hottenot from North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Excellent Pils!
Malt, hops and yeast in perfect balance.
Warming up to about 35-40 F, really releases the hops.
But it doesn't come across as bitter. but it is.
I didn't notice any dryness but tastes are different.
That's why there are so may varieties of beer.
The all malt being a favorite.

Mar 05, 2020
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donspublic from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip, good 3 finger cream colored soapy head, great retention and lacing. Crystal clear pale yellow in the glass, beautiful beer. Cracker malt and grassy, herbal hops on the nose. Taste follows the nose, sweet cracker malt in the front the flows into hay like, grassy hops. Slight sweetness in the middle with a firm bitter dry crispness on the finish. Enjoyable beer

Feb 22, 2020
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours straw yellow with a small white head. Smells of sweet grain, not much else. Tastes of sweet grain, tiny bit of complexity, pretty plain. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an average beer.

Feb 09, 2020
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

look: clear straw color. Modest white head on the pour.
smell: muted floral hops. Innocuous but pleasant, just not much happening.
taste: Much like the nose. A decent enough but not outstanding brew.

Dec 08, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crisp clean light gold/yellow with a nice pure white 2” head
Aroma: Slight hops with a nice fresh bread dough scent
Palate: smooth mouth feel with a lingering and pleasant after taste
Flavor: clean crisp German Pilsner. Better taste as it warms.
Overall: pleasant pils. Very standard beer I’d definitely go back to, especially at this price point.

Dec 02, 2019
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Foyle from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 330ml bottle into pint glass. A 2" white head drops slowly with plenty of lacing. Color is clear light gold with abundant carbonation. Aroma of fresh bread dough and grassy hops. Mouthfeel light to medium with a pleasant drying finish. Flavors of cracker, toast, sharp and lingering grassy/herbal hops. Overall: very good at a pleasant price.

Nov 10, 2019
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Beech105 from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack from Aldi's. Great price.
Poured a nice straw/golden color. The head is fluffy white. Just like a German pilsner should be. Carbonation bubbles floating to the top. Smel kg s of bread, tastes like a pilsner should. This is a great example of a German pilsner. I hope Aldi's continues to carry this.

Oct 15, 2019
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

2.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The head that forms is quite nice. The beer is a little bit red for a pilsner. The nose isn't very noticable but what is there isn't too pleasant. This unpleasantness is carried into the initial bite of the taste which does give way into somewhat biscuity flavor. Overall it isn't too bad of a beer with shortcomings.

Oct 09, 2019
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FriedichVonostrowo from Brazil

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent example of a German Pilsener from what was once the DDR.
Poured into a tall pilsener glass following the 5 min. pour method.
Poured a beautiful straw colour with a lot of foam that settled to a nice cap of foam of about 1/4' with very fine carbonation rising up to the surface.
Pleasant aroma mostly of malt and some hops. Inviting!
The mouthfeel is medium like a Czech pils.
Tastes great with a nice slightly hoppy finish.
If you want to try a good German pilsener at a good price this is a good choice.
I am surprised that it rates only O.K.!!
Maybe you are drinking it tooo cold!!

Sep 08, 2019
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