Wernesgruner | Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG

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Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SaunaKing on 02-19-2003

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Reviews by donquixote:
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5/5  rDev +47.9%

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Photo of Jagxtreme
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
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 Revspook
5/5  rDev +47.9%
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 +9.5%
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 oberon
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pilsner a clear dull light to medium golden with a pretty well defined white head that left a few broken chunks of lace as it settled pretty quickly.Sweeter aromas with a mild crispness,more like a sweet cereal aroma more than anything.The sweet cereal grain notes are what you get mainly on the palate with just a light drying leafy hop note in the finish.Eh, pretty average but it goes well with food and is pretty drinkable in an average kind of way.

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Photo of grubdunkman
4.01/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ValpoExpo
4.39/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome German pilsner, try one!

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a pale yellow color with a white head. The aroma is basic pils with some grassy hops along with some grain and bready malt.

The flavor is grain, grass, pilsener malt and a low amount of bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A mainstay of mine for years, don't know how I managed to go so long without reviewing it. Here goes!

Poured into a rounded pilsner glass. About two inches of thick-bubbled head, which receded into a thin, patchy ring. Pockets of lacing dot the top of the glass. Huge, sporadic bubbles of carbonation as well. light golden in colour.

Nose is honey, floral hops, bread, pilsner malt. Typical for the style.

A refreshing pils, nothing to write home about, but certainly worthy. Tastes are balanced, with bread, floral hops, honey, then a slightly bitter hop/mineral finish. Clean and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is a bit flat - it seems to have lost some of the zip from the initial pour. Medium bodied for a pils.

Probably one of the best Euro pilsners for your buck (at least in Ontario, where cans of this run you around 2 bucks a pop). A solid brew, easy to drink, crisp, refreshing.

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Photo of vinivini
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While shopping for some groceries at Aldi, I noticed the Steubenville, Ohio just got in their wine and beer selection. In addition to this nice German pils they had a green bottled Dutch lager that wasn't Heine, and a clear bottled Latin American lager that wasn't Corona. Back to the best bet of the three options, Wernesgruner label claiming to be one of the oldest brewery? 1436!!! I guess Weihenstephaner is the oldest continually operating brewery...this one has an old school label gold foil neck reminiscient of an old pilsner urquell.

Thank god a brown bottle, poured into my vintage Schlitz trumpet style pilsner glass. I've got a set of four Hamm's, PBR, and Miller High Life to round out the group. Pours a lightly hazed pale golden straw hue with a bright white cloudy head that rises above the rim of my glass, fine even intricate lacing left behind with each sip. Effervescent tiny bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass.

Aromatics offer up zesty citric tones with a lemongrass character, mild sweetness touch of 2 row husks. Mild sweetness brings a mild biscuit or light toasted cracker edge to the party. Very mild mineral or metallic edge can be seen and thanks to those brown bottles very little skunk going on among the beautiful noble hop presence. Definitely a well crafted fresh version of a German pils, best by date on the packaging and the bottles is 3/18/09.

Flavor is great nothing that blew away my expectations but it's rock solid for a German pils, comparable to fresh Weihentephaner pils or Kulmbacher, or Weltenburger. Definitely a nice price and a great grab on a non beer focused trip to the store. Solid noble hop bitterness is blended perfectly by light toasted malts bringing cereal biscuit malt sweetness into the picture, but a light dry clean finish is present in every sip. Assertive noble hops bringout lemongrass, and citrus fruits excellent combonation for any lager/session beer enthusiast.

Mouthfeel is light but effervescently carbonated, very lively tickles the throat leaves very mild hop oils on the palate. After each sip it goes from a crisp sweetness with the biscuit malt to a dry noble hop finish, and mineral content has a lot to do with this experience as well.

Drinkability is probably the highlight of this fine deutsch brau. 3 to 4 from a sixer is effortless, and you'll probably fight to finish a sixer if you bring this to a party. Solid session lager in all it's glory, for an affordable price. Don't get me wrong I love local micros those are my passion, but if I can get a well put together import for under a 8 bucks a six than I'm pretty much sold especially when standard Sam Adams are going for 9 a sixer right now and Sam Smith's are 9.95 a 4 pack in my area.

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Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light golden color with an initially thick but loose two-finger head, which fades fairly quickly after it forms. It does leave just a little lacing thinly in spots. The nose is fresh grass with a light hops aroma, making for a very raw smell. Malt adds just a bit of sweetness and a biscuity note. It is pretty light. The palate delivers just what I expect and has a little bit of a stronger presence and a firmer backbone. Biscuity malt comes out stronger through the finish with fresh bread notes balancing the grassy flavor and light hops bitterness, which slowly begin to emerge and leave a gentle minty / grassy buzz on the tongue.
If anything, this one is crisp and has a very clean feel to it. The body is light to medium and a moderate carbonation works well in this one.

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Photo of brewQ
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like this brew is getting lots of Can sales in Canada, based on prior reviews.

My bottles come from that Beer Mecca, Aldi's supermarkets, at $4.49 US a six pack. Gotta try it.

The package looks nice, as does the carrier- although the wrapper allows bottles to fall out in the trunk of my car. The beer itself, pale color, quite clear with a highly charged head.

No skunk- always my first concern in a Pilsner. the brown bottle was a good call. Some delicate floral notes.

Body is balanced, refreshing, at least no adjunct sweetness apparent.

Finish offers a hint of hops. This is a well buit brew at a good value. I'll pick it up with Aldi's stock ups and satisfy many drinkers without spending a fortune.

Date code L236 seems to tell me it was bottled in Sep05 and I got it mid-November. Not bad.

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Photo of Pete0714
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at aldi after seeing some fair reviews. Tried it once a while ago before becoming a BA, thought it was decent then, and time for another try.

Poured into a pint glass straw colored with a decent finger white head that dissipated a bit but retained well. The scent was light grassy with some citrus. I detected a taste of hoppiness with lemon that match well with the smell, maybe even a little pepperiness. mouthfeel was clean and crisp, no surprises or disappointments. Overall a slightly above average pilsner, not bad for the buy.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-litre can, plenty of reference to the German Purity Law, Beer Edition...

This beer pours a crystal clear pale straw colour, with two fingers of thin puffy, foamy white head, which shows decent retention, taking its time to fall away. It smells of sweet white cracker grain, and muted floral hops. The taste is more of the same - a nice balance of sweet grain and floral, weedy, slightly bitter hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and a bit oily, and it finishes fairly dry and crisp.

Overall, a decent representation of a German Pilsener veritable, if only a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of beerbrains
2/5  rDev -40.8%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold, almost yellow and clear, but with impressive white head of fine bubbles.
Lace is spotty, but definitely something going on...

Nose says sweet German malts.

Flavor is slightly skunky, but mellow. I get the sweet malts, clean barley, and some slight hops to the finish. Very easygoing, and reminiscent of a Heineken, but fresher and cleaner, somehow.

Not a bad beer at all, just not a world-class beer.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amazing foam. Thick and white like cotton. Pours wonderfully in a pilsener glass, not as much in a regular one. Carbonation is better in the pilsener glass. Lacing is also very good.

Smell: Strong lemon. Only a vague hint of hops. Floral notes in the background as well. Refreshing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Just lemon initially with peppery hops vaguely in the background. Mouthfeel has nice thickness, but maybe a bit too much of it for this style. Great crispness when cold.

Drinkability: A good pilsener.

Overall: See drinkability.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wernesgruner pours a crystal clear, deep straw-gold body beneath a bright white head of foam. It rises up majestically at first to a full three fingers, and then settles slowly to two, and then one, and then just a thin, wispy, but solid surface covering. The lacing is better than average, leaving behind some solid sheets of lace that resemble mountains rising from the surface of the beer with each sip (or gulp).

The aroma is mainly of a malt that's straightforward pils, backed by grassy and floral hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp. There's a touch of dextrins to it, and it's remarkably smooth.

The flavor delivers the firm maltiness that the nose suggests accompanied by herbal and grassy hops with minor touches of floral and spicy notes. The bitterness punches right through it in typical German fashion, and stirs everything up before bringing it to a dry and spicy conclusion. As it warms it becomes softer with the malt becoming richer, and the bitterness cutting through less. In fact, it becomes almost buttery - not to suggest an actual buttery flavor so much (although there is a minor hint) as an oily feeling on the palate. The herbal, grassy and spicy hop character remains, and it becomes even more balanced.

For fans of German pilsners, this should not be missed. It has a unique character that's charming and interesting. It could be more rounded and balanced, yes, but that would be to take away some of its uniqueness. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.84/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Wernesgruner is a bit sharp as compared to other Germen Pils. What I mean by sharp, it has a rougher grainy edge. This beer pours a crystal clear pale straw colour, with two fingers of thin puffy, foamy white head, which yields a nice lace. It smells of grain, and muted floral hops. The taste is sharp burst of grain with bitter hops. The mouthfeel is light in body with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a tough Pils.

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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