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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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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.9/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; just what a pilsner should be, in proper straw yellow and quality white beer foam.

smell; less mineral and metallic notes than other pilsners, really noticable hops but not over the top or balance lacking. Superior to say the least!

taste; Hop bitterness is more powerful than other German Pils of high quality but it's a spicy bitterness not a citrus bitterness, balances perfect when it hits the mouth and doesn't hide the malts....perfect! Aftertaste is strong of hops in a pleasant way, the good people at Wernesgrüner could teach the American micro-breweries a good lesson on making a hoppy beer without going too far and destroying its other flavors and drinkability.

mouthfeel; Perfect on the palate with a complex burn and bite, then changes character to go down smooth.

drinkability; My only complaint is that after a few, I would rather switch to something of lower quality as not to disrespect this beer.

Sorry for taking a shot at American micro-brews and I'm sure many hopheads will disagree but this beer is at a level of hop usage they simply cannot comprehend, without a doubt, my all time favorite beer in the world and only 1 Euro!

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.55/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Perhaps it's production/quality improvements due to its ownership by Bitberger, but Wernesgrüner now tastes BETTER in my opinion, than it did back in 2009, when I reviewed it last.

A VERY nice example of a north German Pilsner and STILL at a ridiculously low price (I think it's gone up to $6.99 at Aldi).

Given that SAM ADAMS is now at $8.99 a six pack (sorry, it ain't worth that!) and typical German pilsners cost more like $10 or $11, this is definitely one of THE best buys around.

IF you appreciate fine, refined...German style Pilsner, you will love this. IF you don't--and many craft-brew aficionados have a hop-scarred palate--you only have your own taste to blame.

(Interestingly, if you look on a map, Wernesgruen, Germany is closer to Pilsen, Czech, than is Prague. Imagine that!)
One of the great beer-bargains still out there. As of '09 this eastern German brewed beer is available at Aldi for 5.99 a six pack... about as cheap as Michelob!

Pours nicely with a typically German big frothy head, and settles down giving decent lacing on the glass. Smells like grass and clean malt...very pleasant, and typical of good pilsners. Taste is gentle and malty at first, with a very clean quite hoppy aftertaste--the way pilsners ought to be.

Mouthfeel is decent, but not heavy--quite unlike an ale--but not watery either.

This is a very drinkable beer, and, next to Bitberger about my favorite normal German pils. Lammsbrau (organic) German pilsner is the best I've had--but this is a close 3rd. And at a dollar a bottle, you can't beat it.

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Photo of vitesse
4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from brown 12 oz. bottle.
comes out a nice straw gold color with great clarity and a small fluffy head that retains pretty well. smells of musty saaz or hallertau hops. very very earthy aroma. taste is very light with good hoppiness....very similar to czech pilsners like urquell. very little body, but the hops make this beer extremely drinkable. this is a very nice pils, imho. i could drink gallons of the stuff.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +25.5%
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 canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a step above most pils in a can as it actually finishes fresh and crisp with a real bitterness to the beer. Pale yellow colour with a very white head. The nose is noble hops and the taste is very dry for the style. I need to have a bunch of these in the fridge this winter to counterpoint the heavy sweetish winter beers that I usually drink

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Photo of Helvectis
4.18/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml Can into a Wernesgruner German beer mug.

It appears a very nice clear yellow/golden straw colour with some thin white head on top. The effervescence is quite apparent after the pour.

Fresh cut grass, slight floral scent, maybe some hints of citrus and malt.

Very crisp tasting, hops come through the most for me up front, also some sweet honey taste with some malt in the background, ends on a lemon-citrus note. Extremely well balanced.

Definitely a clean and crisp mouth feel, lot's of carbonation as well, but not too much. Very refreshing.

This is a really great German Pils, especially for the price (8.99$ Canadian for a 4 Can Pack). It is pretty similar to Bitburger, but I would say the difference being that Wernesgruner is more hops oriented and Bitburger is more malt oriented. I think the thing that impresses me most with this beer is how well balanced it is. Definitely a great session brew, especially in the summer time as it's very refreshing but also full of flavour.

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Photo of steveh
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I rated this beer previously with no review.* Since I remember liking it and wanting to give it another try -- and finding a crazy fresh batch (best by 05/04/2016), I'll give it time for a review.

A -- Clear, yellow-gold with a thick, fluffy white head that holds up well.

S -- Good malts, DMS, and spicy hops. Very good to-style.

T -- Heavier malts than the usual German Pils -- reminiscent of Czech Pils. Great bready and sweet maltiness with a terrific balance of herbal and bitter hops that linger through the finish and aftertaste. There's even a mild touch of diacetyl in the aftertaste, making it even more Bohemian-like.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and slick with a light-medium body.

O -- Let alone being very good in a price-to-quality standpoint, this beer (freshness caveat strongly stressed) is a great Pilsner example -- being a sort of hybrid between a German and Czech Pilsner. Since the brewery is very close to the Czech border, the influence is clearly plausible. Highly recommended if you find fresh stock.

*3.75 on 9/24/2012

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
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 ernie
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Classic beer from Saxony, rather hoppy, with pleasant bitterness and a bit tart aftertaste. Well-pronounced malts, a small yeasty note. Pale, sometimes greenish color. Very appetizing aroma. Excellent aperitif but not a thirst-quencher - after a second pint your tongue feels too bitter. Recommended!

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500 ml can

A-Beautiful thick white head over a very clear pale gold. Head sticks around until the last sip and then sits at the bottom of the glass. Nice bubbles looks like an upside down snowglobe. Very good thick lacing in long horizontal patches around the glass.
S- Sweet grain, Hops, Apple juice.
T- Same as smell but apple juice is very discreet. Hops have a peculiar dry bitterness that I can't quite explain. There's no "oiliness" at all.
M- Full. Crisp. High carbonation.
D- High drinkablity. I've already had 4 liters of this in an afternoon.

Great beer. And one of the cheapest ones on sale here.

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

I bought this more out of curiousity than anything else, figured I would give yet another German Pils a try. Overall I would say that I was mildly impressed. Most German beers are impressive this way for the simple fact that they are simple, clean and get right to the point. This is no exception. Put simply it looks, smells and tastes good. like most Pilseners. Mouthfeel is typical and drinkability is good. This is a nice refreshing beer to be enjoyed pretty well any time.

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

A- A clear light yellow. Sufficient head which remains for the length of the drink.

S- Picked up grains first and then zesty hops. Slight malt.

T- Very good balance of sweetness and hops. Light but has bite at the same time. The aftertaste has a bit of skunk though, but far less than I've tasted from most German imports. Pretty good tasting initially, but the taste disappeared for me quite soon, and the aftertaste wasn't thrilling.

M- Creamy on the tongue. Good balance of carbonation and crispness.

D- No complaints with the exception of wishing the taste lasted longer. There are much worse flaws. I would pick it up again.

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

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear straw with a white and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was crisp with a light aroma hop which was slightly spicy and just every so slightly grassy. The aroma intensified as the beer warmed and contained a very slight sweetness.

The flavor was crisp and dry with a substantial bittering component and a hop flavor that was lightly spicy and slightly grassy. The malt flavor was low but present and complemented the hop presence.

The finish was dry with a lasting hop bittering into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium. A nice pils, nothing outstanding, but a good solid pils. For the price paid, this one should be a staple.

12 ounce bottle. $4.49 a six at Aldi. Freshness dating was in code L1855.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL can.

Colour is light gold, lively champagne bubbles. Appropriate amount of head. Very nice!

Sharpish floral nose. Breadiness is apparent. Something a little off here though. Complex... there is something here that I can't put a name to. Aromatic vegetables? As it warms hopefully I will be able to tell.

Medium mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Sweet and smooth malty palate moving towards bitter in the finish. Abrupt finish. I don't mind this and I think it is probably appropriate.

Highly drinkable and sessionable, wonderful example of the style.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in a Vladivostok supermarket, this dark green can has a gold label a branch of hops above the name. Purity law applies, of course. Best before the end of March 2005, I opened it on 4/7/05. Oops.

Pours a classic clear gold under a two finger white head with lovely contour, great retention and a nice network of lace down the glass. Yup, this is what a Pils should look like. The nose is very malty, smooth but lacking any hop spice to balance. The mouth is medium carbonated and slightly sticky, although light in body. Good smooth bready malt taste with a decent hop bitterness in the background. The hops are floral in nature, not at all skunky. The finish is more malt sweet than hops bitter, while the aftertaste maintains a bit of both. Nice, solid if unspectacular product.

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Photo of RedBaron
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice quaffable beer...and @ $5.99 a six-pack at Aldi, it may just be the best cheapest German import in the country!

Appearance: Pale gold; nice rocky head.
Smell: freshly mown grass; light hop aroma.
Taste: Nice crisp sweetness up front; finishes fairly dry. Nice!
Mouthfeel: On wholly balanced pils, with just enough malt-accented notes to satisfy.
Drinkability: Very high. Although there are better pilseners out there, you'd be hard-pressed to find as thorough a beer - at its price - which is a consistent pleasing drink, especially in warm summer months! Nice coup for Aldi at scoring this beer to stock. This is most definitely my favorite "go-to" cheap import.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wernesgrüner, “die Pils Legende” pours a lovely light amber from a 12oz brown glass bottle. Head went to about four fingers in my 22oz beer glass before disappating to a well defined ring, light foam cap, and beer glass walls that are well laced.

Nose is a rustic German toasted malt, no hops no alcohol just a wonderful German toasted malt. Palate is a nice toasted barley malt with bittering hops, a good balance between the two, I would say.

A good German Pils this Wernesgrüner, “die Pils Legende” and at Aldi, check it out!

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Photo of matuto
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle (exp. 08/21/2016), poured in a pilsner glass. Light yellow to straw, with a nice foam that shortly goes down, but doesn't disappear. Good carbonation. Nice aroma that reminds me of fresh grass, and that's not too strong. This grass note is a bit less of a presence on mouth, as the malts are sharing my attention now. Somewhat crispy and light body.

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Photo of mualphapiper
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale gold with a prominent head that fades quickly without much lace. Light random of champagne bubbles. I might like to see a richer color and a stronger head, and the bubbles might be in true "trails."

S - Instant impression of floral hops followed by some distinct clover honey.

T - Bitter hops, a little honey, with some walnuts. Some bitter celery and a recognizable taste of fresh bread dough at the back of the tongue. A distinct nutty finish, almost exactly like oolong tea.

M - Light, as one would expect from a Pilsner. It has a certain "sudsy" feel, which I was less excited about. Above average, but not phenomenal.

D - Would I have another? Yes!

Overall impression: considering the price, this is a serious buy! There's better German beer out there, but if you're on a budget, hit this stuff at $4-5 a six rather than the cheaper American "Pilsner" attempts.

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Photo of etherashe
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is wraithy-yellow. Small, splindly head which dissipates quickly. The smell is pensively sweet with sour hops.

The taste is a lesson in Pils beauty: milky-soft sweetness balanced perfectly with hops. A really lovely, dualistic flavor combination.

The mouthfeels is excellent and drinkability is tremendous. If I preferred the Pils style, this would definitely be one of my regulars.

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Photo of pootz
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml euro-can (import). Put a pale straw colored lager in my Pilsner flute....moderate head but good lacing on the glass sides. Moderate carbonation.

This German Pils has a good/different aroma...instead of the expected Saaz floral bouquet we get a deep blast of herbal-musty German hop varieties over a sweet bready undertone...very nice.

As a Pils hound my palate is over worked with the expected Bohemian/Czech profile pils... I’m beginning to be more partial to the Northern German Pilsners...this one did not disappoint....good biscuity malt spine balanced with the marvelous blend of herbal German hop varieties one would expect in a rich Marzen...I like the mix...this is a very good, and well made, Pilsner...fresh refreshing slightly dry but with enormous taste.

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Photo of mynie
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aldi’s is the grocery store where the poor people go and even though I’m poor it’s got too much of a stigma attached to it for me ever stop there. It’s filled with flies, even in the winter, and it always smells like rotting tomatoes mixed with the earthen body odor of a child in early puberty or a full-grown Bosnian man with an open shirt.

I realized yesterday afternoon that I thought I was better than Aldi’s—despite my penury and shoddy appearance I keep up some semblance of middle classness (such as my affinity for expensive cheese and my lack of a Git-R-Done T-shirt or tattoo) and have always felt that Aldi’s was somehow beneath me. That’s where the immigrants shop. People who have actually at one point in their lives been denied gas station service because of their lack of shoes. It says right on the door that you need to wear them.

The road was packed with freshman eager to drive two hours home and tell mommy and daddy how school went and break the bad news to Suzy Creamcheese down the block that I know we said we’d love each other forever but I met some skank last week and, well… we can still be friends. I was in the turning lane and a young man in old Subaru didn’t check his blind spot and nearly merged into me. I laid on the horn and he skidded back into his lane, which was by that time filled with another freshman. It was loud and frightening and I somehow found myself in the Aldi’s parking lot afterwards, in need of alcohol. I thought about class and status and Velben and got angry at myself for falling into such a trap and marched boldly inside the store.

And boy was I in luck! Turns out that Aldi’s has been selling beer and wine for over a year and I was too good to notice. And what’s this? It’s beer I’d never heard of, and at such cheap prices even if it was crap it would be worth a try. I bought a sixer of a German Pils called Wernesgruner.

Nice bottle and a very nice head but an unfortunate dull white color like Bud. Decent, still. (Points added later due to great lacing and a head that refuses to die).

Heavy malts and rich fruity esters. Like Bitburger, more than anything. Rich and very nice.

A rush of harsh malt followed by organic pilsner grain that finishes on a decent node of smooth euro pils grain. A wonderful bitter grain aftertaste, too.

I gotta admit, when I saw this on sale for 3.49 a sixer at Aldi's, I only bought it for novelty. I am surprised that it's decent, let alone good!

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Photo of Grundle20
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear and golden in color make up the general look of the beer. There is a nice frothy head which is slow to fall and leaves clumpy lacing behind.

The scent is sweet and bready. It would have been nice to get some hops in there but a very solid smell overall for a lager.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Just a touch of caramel malts in the front which transition smoothly in to a dry grain character mid drink. There's a smooth bitterness from beginning to end. There's some underlying earthy notes probably from the hops which seems to compliment the overall taste well. The finish is a little bready but there's little undesirable aftertaste to note.

It's just a tad too "foody" for all out drinkability but aside from that it's rather refreshing and full flavored. A lager doing its job.

Bottom Line:
One of 4 beers I was shocked to find at ALDI's of all places. This one is certainly the best of the bunch. A fine lager in my opinion.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
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 CAMRAhardliner
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a rocky white head and lots of lace patches. The light aroma is evenly malt and spicey noble hops. The taste is hoppier than most German Pilsners. lots of fresh grass clippings and sea air, with a nice balancing bready malt. The mouthfeel is light and rather high in carbonation. The finish is richly hoppy and longish.

This is an unexpectedly taster Pilsner. Ill try it again for sure.

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