Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG

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German Pilsner
Ranked #604
Ranked #45,492
3.43 | pDev: 16.33%
Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG
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Reviews: 209 | Ratings: 413
Photo of Beech105
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of UristMcBrewer
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of FriedichVonostrowo
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle: Straw in color with a small white head and some lacing. Smells of bread, grain and a hint of sweetness. Light bodied and good flavor. Pilsner malt is evident with a slight sweetness. Really good for the price

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.67/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wernesgrüner Pils has a very thick, off-white head, a clear, straw appearance, with white sediment chunks, lots of bubbles, and prominent lacing. The aroma is of cracker and white bread crust. Taste is similar, with grass and bold bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Wernesgrüner Pils finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of Buckeye55
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Just saw this one and thought I'd already reviewed it. Haven't drank it on a couple years, but drank it numerous times over the decade previous. My next door neighbor's wife was from Germany, and always bought this at the local ALDI. It was always my birthday present also. Haven't had it since they moved. I liked everything about this beer a lot, I rate it above average, just not quite outstanding. Poured a light gold with the familiar pils aroma, with a hint of sweetness. Tastes mostly of malt. With a hint of sweetness, maybe lemon? On the light side mouthfeel wise, with a clean, kinda sweet finish. I will have to revisit this one.

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Photo of cheeseheadinMinneapolis
4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from Aldis yes Aldi's. Bought in Eau Claire WI. Bottle that expires on 3/20/2020
Look: Transparent very light gold, nice tall fine white head that leaves plenty of lacing.
Smell: smells great
taste: Toasted bread maybe, some grassy, touch of floral honey lemon, micro amount of mineral, maybe a micro amount if citrus, slightly sweet
feel: good for the style
Nice beer, maybe not the best around but it's a good one

And I don't want to hear any lip about Aldi vs Aldi's ............It's Aldi's

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Photo of HalfFull
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

33 cl bottle poured into a pint glass, this pils pours a deep straw with a half inch cap of white foam. Light carbonation rises through the glass to help keep a cap of foam which can be spun back up throughout the pint.

Aroma is classic pils with some lemony hop notes and bready/biscuity malt aromas often found in continental versions of the style thanks to real pilsener malts, unlike a single US version in my experience. Taste follows with a faintly sweet malt body and more lemon notes on a crackery finish. Feel is good though perhaps a bit thin and quick in nature.

Overall an easy drinking and easy on the wallet beer that offers a lot or character for the ABV. BB 03/20/2020, so I would assume that's a 12 month window. Not quite as good as my usual Bitburger, but in the hunt. Cheers.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As others have done, I picked up a sixer of this at Aldi's. For $6.99 a six-pack I couldn't pass it up. I needed a lawnmower beer. I got more than I bargained for. While this is certainly not the best German pilsner that I have ever had it's definitely not the worst. It hits all of the marks for a good German pilsner if a little rough around the edges. The minerality of the water, the sharpness of the hops, the breadiness of the malt.... I will be honest, I will buy this again. If this came in cans it would be my pool beer this year...

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Photo of Zopiac
2.71/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Straw yellow with a good, bleach-white head. Dissipates to clouded top. Smell is light, hoppy, fresh. Tastes fairly empty but with a good bitterness. Good, clean, smooth mouthfeel, but very short finish.

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Photo of Angus70
4.84/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I’ve tried hundreds of German beers and this is my favourite! It’s quite bitter and got lots of floral, grassy and malty notes. It’s from the former east Germany and I’ve found out that they have many good beers from that area...

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Photo of JimKal
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Like so many others here I picked this one up at Aldi's. Hard to pass it up for the price. The freshness dating makes you shake your head as it is pretty far out. Pours nicely with a medium head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing. It is a bit less hoping than some of the craft Pilsners I've been getting (but quite a bit cheaper due to Aldi's). The taste has some sweetness to it and reminds me of the new Golden Pilsner from Yuengling. Medium mouthfeel. Well worth a try if you like Pilsners.

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Photo of Dustarr
4.14/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Slowly becoming one of my favorites. It is a mix between a miller light and a Heineken. Really nice wheat notes and a mild hoppiness. If you like a realy german beer you will love this take on a german pilsner

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Photo of VikSTL
4.14/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very underrated beer. This is an excellent pilsner and an even better value. Over the past year, I've tried no less than a dozen pilsners in an effort to find one that is worth having as a regular indulgence. This is it. In my view, a lot of American pilsners try too hard to be hoppy and thus lose their balance. This beer has great balance. Whether you have one or three or four, it holds its flavor. Good mouth feel. Beautiful, clear golden color. At $5.99 for a six pack of 11.2 oz bottles, it is an absolute steal. I typically drink it from a chilled pint glass, but I take my time on the pour, allowing a head to accumulate and then dissipate. Blowing off some of the carbonation really enhances the taste. Thank you, Aldi!

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Photo of Bsimpson91
5/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful wonderful Beer!
Purchased at Aldi for $5.99 + tax. I must say this beer is terrific for the price and well worth a try. It is a light gold Pilsner and holds its own against any Pilsner. The beer is brewed according to the German purity law. The presentation is simply beautiful. A gold label is afixed across the bottle with class and Safistication. Lets go to the aroma. On the nose you get a brilliant earthy and lemon grass tones. You can smell the yeasty bready goodness. Here is the taste. Upfront, a beginning of floral and bright herb notes. Right off the bat, you get a good dose of citrusy, grassy hops. The middle of the sip builds up a hearty Malt body. The middle is like sour dough bread with a tang. The beer finishes clean and crisp with that hop flavor building and leaving you with a lingering bitterness. Now for the feel. The body is thick and creamy medium viscosity. Nice lightly crisp. To sum it up, this Pilsner is wonderful. I enjoyed this beer and highly recommend it!

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Photo of Pegasus
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium golden in color, with a large, persistent white head, excellent Belgian-style lacing, and an abundance of fat, fast-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Bready malts, with a mild, sweet note of caramel, Mild, spicy hop notes offer a counter balance.

Taste: The taste opens with lightly-toasted caramel malt and mild noble hops. The malt tends more towards bread than crackers. As the taste progresses, the hops and malt present harmoniously, neither struggling for dominance. Finishes with a mild, lingering hop note and a hint of sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, pleasant, with mild carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A nice and very drinkable example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a eleven point two ounce (330 ml) custom brown glass longneck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Sensory glass.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Creamy lasting head with good lacing. Pale gold color, clear with some floaties.

Aroma: Sweet decocted German goodles from the pilsner malts and a spicy noble hop bouquet

Flavor: Clean, crisp and straightforward. The malt is balanced and the finish is crisp. On the dry side.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Medium CO2.

Overall: What a good German Pils should be. The brewery is located closer to Pilsen than most in Germany, That somehow ups the expectations. But this beer meets and exceeds them.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden, big creamy white head, small bubbles, long lasting head/retention.

Herbal hops on the nose, a bit spicy.

Tastes herbal with some bready/crackery sweet malts notes.

Medium mouthfeel, carbonation starts big, then it goes down easy, maybe a but watery. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

Good pils.

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Photo of KarlDK1990
5/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a dimpled mug best before 8/2019. Poured clear golden with decent carbonation small head but good lacing rinsed my glass out good... malty smell but hoppy creamy flavor. Less hop spice than pilsner urquell... cheap too at aldi for 5.99 a six pack. Is kind of flat in a regular pint glass but nice and bubbly in the dimpled mug. New session beer? Maybe

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Photo of Jagxtreme
4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wernesgrüner has been a legend in Germany- mainly because during the times of the communist regime it was so damn hard to get (well, some would argue, what wasn’t hard to get during those times...).
It tastes different now after the brewery was taken over by Bitburger and obviously they invested massively in updating the place and technology. It lost some of its personality and is more of a very clean and modern German beer (but also way more consistent from batch to batch).
Do not drink it out of the bottle though (like most German beer) because it is over- carbonated and needs to develop in the glass- similar to the 3 minute tapping routine you would follow when your pour it properly from the tap.
Next advice ( for my American country fellowmen): do not chill it too much. The natural temperature of your cold water or your cold cellar is probably a good guideline (even if 5.8C is supposedly the perfect drinking temperature).
Pour it in a very clean glass that you rinse with fresh cold water just before you fill it. Never touch the inside of the glass as tiny trace of grease will impair the head.
Pour it from some height so it can produce a nice head, leave to settle for a while and pour the rest. The result will be a sparkling golden beer with a nice white head and a distinct smell of bread.
And now comes the best thing: you can buy it in the US at ALDI for a ridiculous price.
In Germany, where beer is one of the basic nutrients, you typically buy a crate (20x 0.5l) at 12.00 to 14.00 Euro for a high quality beer. The cheap stuff starts at just above 5.00 Euro for 10 liters.
And Wernesgrüner is for sure a Premium Brand in their home country. But as nobody knows it in the US and ALDI never charges a premium for anything this is a steal. Enjoy.

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Photo of Squire
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear light gold color with white cap and lacing.

Aroma of rich malt and floral, spicy hops with a touch of earthiness.

Very good medium intensity Euro Style lager flavor with a firm hop bitterness in the finish. The malt carries through remaining rich yet dry and the hops burn up any sweetness resulting in a very dry flavor profile.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Another quality Lager/Pils at Aldi prices.

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Photo of Timothyone
4.87/5  rDev +42%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I tried every bier I found in the 39 months I was stationed in Germany, and THIS was the taste I always hoped to find. Other than Hofbrauhaus I have had no better bier since I left Hanau/Am Main back in 1977. I think I'll buy 24 and put them in the back of my refrigerator and age them 6 or 8 months. That makes my HBs taste like Heaven!!

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Photo of Myka
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've not been a big fan of the spiced beers Aldis has been offering but this one? Best one they have IMO. Better than all the other common German Lagers we have available in the USA. I am tired of bitter IPA's that taste too much like grapefruit. Though I am a fan of triples and stouts Wernesgruner makes for a good tasting everyday beer. I give it a 4 especially when you consider it is about $3 cheaper than its known competitors.

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Photo of OldBrewer
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - pours 2-1/2 fingers of thick long-lasting foam that subsides to 1 finger after 4 minutes. Very clear, pale golden color. Very little lacing.
S - nice bready aroma.
T - crackers, bread, spice, slightly bitter aftertaste.
F - medium body, nicely carbonated, crisp, well balanced.
O - for all the relatively low scores, I actually thought that this was one of the better German Pilsners that I've tried and deserved a higher rating.

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Photo of gvickery
4.62/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’m surprised this doesn’t have a higher rating. I guess some folks can’t wrap their head around a discount beer from Aldi actually being really good. Since being on a Pilsner kick for the past few months I’ve tried every German import I could find in the area. I saw this at Aldi’s and for $5.99 I decided “why not”. First it is slightly darker gold than most and it has a more assertive malt smell. The taste is a little more malt forward but a nondescript hop quickly balances it out. It is grainy and grassy like Pilsner should be. Head is thick but disapates quickly. Overall this is as good as I’ve had in a German Pilsner. I know beer is very subjective but don’t turn up your knows at the low price, you’ll be missin out.

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