Wernesgruner | Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG

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Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SaunaKing on 02-19-2003

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Photo of Timothyone
4.87/5  rDev +44.5%
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 +18.1%
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 +19.6%
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 Sondre
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of achepil
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dribblespit
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine pilsner beer! Like the label on Lite beer from Miller declares.
Except this really is a fine pilsner bier!
Miller Lite isn't.

Looks a lot like beer.
Smells like a faint hit of lager of some sort.
Tastes like a pilsner should. Not Hopped up like a Pilsner IPP. The craze with bitter crap really puzzles me.
This is a good representation of German bier. I spent 2.5 years in Giessen. Plenty of really great bier for me!

Thanks to Aldi for bringing this to the US. I have seen this elsewhere, but not a steady supply like Aldi.

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Photo of robebo44
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gvickery
4.62/5  rDev +37.1%
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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Photo of ChaddLucado
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought this at a local Globus for 70 cents. As an IPA guy who has converted, my rating now is much more constructive then it could have been when I was younger.
Look: Color is light yellow and see-through when held up to a white wall. It is Frothy with white foam that disappears after a minute or so like a typical Pils.
Smell: Hop and grains, grains is strongest smell.
Taste: For a 4.9% beer it is mellow and smooth on the tongue. The residue flavor is like light roasted Malts.
Feel: It is light, like an American Coors light but thicker and/or more filling. Malts and grains are gentle on the tongue.
Overall: This beer could be a great one for nights with friends, drinking games, or with a meal. It is soft and the alcohol content almost seems off for as light as this beer seems. Very good.. to me.
Note that a beer sipped from a bottle will produce a different experience than one after it's poured in a glass; only because the beer will breathe when poured and the carbonation can dissipate.

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Photo of eberesford
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours pale gold with thinnish head and limited lacing. Very active carbonation. Aroma: light fruity malt sweetness. Flavour sweet, undistinguished, light floral hop, some carbonic bite. Light body.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lukass
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dandy14
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jerid
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Revspook
5/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer, so make no apologies for my numbers.

If you're one of these wo gets into the "notes" and all that poetical stuff, then stop reading and disregard my review. Chances are, we'll never agree on a beer.

I'll describe in my philistine terms what I think of the stuff, as I just poured one into my favorite beer glass from the freezer:

It's yellow, like pee yellow. It'll be that same yellow in 45 minutes. Not straw, nor golden, certainly not the no color descriptions I've seen either. It's yellow like pee.

Decent head with novice pouring skills. What's this "lacing" crap you guys keep talking about? I don't knit or sew. If I did I wouldn't talk about it in a beer site. Is that the foam residue? There is a good bit left in my glass after I drank this one and it went down like The Titanic.

What? Too soon?

This is not a fancy beer. It's unpretentious, fermented barley juice and I keep a steady rotation in the 'fridge. It's got a lot more personality than the macro deploribles. It tastes
Ike beer. It's fizzy, pissy, sour but maybe a bit sweet, without being Mr. Beardo's Micro Hipster Chocolate gumdrop and super hop gluten free stout. It reminds me of stuff the old timers used to drink, especially the ones from Central Europe.

Awesome on a hot day and I agree with the "lawnmower beer" assertions, few other beers will do on a hot day after exertion. But damned fine on a rainy cold day too. Honestly, any hard-assed day where I need to numb the pain and relax, I'm gonna knock a few of these down in the shower and continue under bed time. The biggest beer snob I know calls this his "go-to Pilsner." Whatever my man, this is my beer. But it ain't heavy. It's a proper pilsner, form what little I know of them. I'll take it over Pilsner Urquel any old time, but good with either.

Crap, I gotta task about the smell and "feel" too?

Crack open another and get scientific.

Oh, just like in those old radio adds, I floated a bottle cap on the head. Nice foam residue, urinalysis yellow, perhaps sugar heavy.

It smells like beer. Fizzy, not heavy and friendly. That's all I can say on how it feels. It does bring out the belching pretty quickly. But for me, it's the good, soothing kind that are very loud and stink like a brewery.

If I want a really good beer, I'll go to the U.K., order whatever Bitters they have and be a happy camper, but this is my favorite in that it's what I consume the most, what I think of with beer and what everything else, save for the fancy lambics and Trappists are compared to.

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Photo of 60sFolks
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear, golden color with a generous head that dissipates quickly. Slight, pleasant hip nose. Tastes like traditional German planet. Light in the mouth. Surprisingly crisp planet for $5.99 a six pack at ALDI great buy for a good+ import.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a light golden color with a modest head, soon reducing to a ring. Grain in the nose. Malt and a bit of hops in the mouth.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PhilHeinricke
2.16/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not Impressed

This is one of those beers carried by Aldi which are so inexpensive that it's hard to pass by. Plus I like to experiment. I like to try different beers. My wife knows this, and when she was in Aldi she grabbed this along with some others. I'm disappointed. I'd like to say that it's just as good a Meister Brau but at a lower price, but it's not as good as Meister Brau.

It's like a Miller without the taste. It really doesn't have much of a taste, and it's also upsetting to my stomach.

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Photo of sineone
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Cereal grains mostly on the nose without much else; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes fairly crisp. Overall, not bad for a cheap pils.

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Photo of nullbort
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ghrymm
3.99/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml can.
Overall a nice clean crisp Pilsner, easy drinking cheap beer on a hot day.
$1.79 a can on sale in B.C. Canada a nice change between my hoppy IPA's

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Photo of MichaelGennings
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wernesgruner Brewery's Pilsner. Brewed in Germany. 4.9% alc. 500ml can.

The beer has a thick white head that dissipates quickly.

The colour of the beer is a pale golden that is exceptionally clear. The ascending bubbles are quite substantial.

There is not much aroma and to me that's a bit disappointing. Some barley malt - a graininess -
and white bread, but overall it's faint.

The taste is barley malt, some sweetness, and very delicate hops.

The beer has a smoothness to it that's quite enjoyable. There is minimal carbonation.

Body is light to medium.

The finish is dry.

Overall, I found this a nice beer but there are more flavourful Pilsners available.

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Photo of Wasted_Youth
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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