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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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 333
Photo of kcr357
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is amazing in its ability to be neither great, nor bad. It's middle of the road, to the extreme. Imagine German Bud Light. Except with more mild/bitter hops, maybe saaz? Better dollar for dollar than BMC. apparently abv is 4.9, but seems lower as I just finished a sixxer and am not too buzzed.

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Photo of jjpadd
2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Just tried this because it was available at Aldis on my grocery run and I had never tried it. Initially refreshing, nice and light. The aftertaste is a bit strange, almost soapy. I think the appearance was perfectly fine. Poured into a glass the head was light and foamy, not dense. Nothing to write home about but perfectly acceptable.

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Photo of JoeyBrewster
2.38/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Purchased from Aldi's for 5.99 for a six pack of 11.2 oz brown bottles. After tax the price comes out to a total of $6.41, or $1.07 per bottle. Best-by-date on back of bottle. Imported from Germany.

Appearance is pale yellow, almost clear, with a foamy head 1 finger thick when poured into a weizen-shaped McDonald's glass. Head disappears rather quickly. The color is an extremely light gold, as if somebody spilled a few ounces of beer into a full glass of water.

Smell is practically nonexistent at first, but after some intense huffing, I could detect notes of grass and grains, not much else.

Taste is okay. Slight bread and apple notes, not much else I can detect. No skunk flavor, though, that's always a plus.

Mouthfeel is light, with little carbonation.

Overall, a tolerable and drinkable beer, mediocre in every imaginable category. However, just because it's imported from Germany, and just because it's got a cool German name, and just because it's relatively cheap, doesn't mean it's an excellent beer. This is a beer that you should always accept if offered one, but not a beer you should actively seek out, there's better beers to be found.

For the price, much better brews can be bought from any grocery store.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can from LCBo for $2.05 CDN. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pale gold color with a tremendous 3 fingers of white frothy head. Some bubbles are present. The head lingers for a bit and retains its creamy and frothy appearance until it finally dissipates.

Smell - Light grassy and grainy notes. Not a whole lot else, but exactly what you hope for with beers in the style.

Taste - Clean, crisp, slightly sweet and quite floral tasting. Just enough bite and bitterness from the hops here to make it well balanced. Not a lot else going on but again these flavor combination is pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and a bit watery but quite refreshing. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall - A good pils. But wish it was a little heavier bodied. Still one of the better ones out there.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A - Poured light golden with one finger of soapy white head. Medium carbonation and bright. Minimal spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Skunk, lemon, sweet malt, herbal hop, honey.

T - Crackery malt, skunk, hops, grass, noble hops, herbal, lemon.

M - Strong carbonation, light body, and a light dryness with some noble hop.

O/D - Not a bad version of the style. Herbal hop note was pleasant. Easy drinking. A subtle but enjoyable Pils with typical flavours that I could have a few of.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked up this brew at Aldi's a great new neighborhood food store that has prices that blow the other supermarkets into the weeds, let's give it a whirl. Poppingthe top I get a nice full bottle with a malty and barley malt smell. No adjuncts here. On the pour into my SAPP I get a clear lightly golden color with a thick foamy two finger head. On the taste this brew is delightfully crisp and clean with a nice sharp hoppiness that is semi bitter right along side a sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel is thin but that is the norm for this style so no down-grade. Very refreshing and a great brew for a hot summer day. I would buy again.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wernesgruner Pils @ 4.9% , served from a 500 ml can purchased for $2.15

A-pour is a pale gold from the can to glass with medium size white head leaving a frothy lace along the pilsner glass

S-German hops , malt & barley

T-watery , not even crisp tasting , so blah tasting

MF-low/mild carbonation , weak body

Ov-one & done

prost LampertLand

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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 IdeaSpeeder
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 500ml can, poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance - Pours a very pale straw colour. The filtered beer shows some serious carbonation. There is a surprisingly frothy white head that leaves behind a mild amount of lacing.

Smell - Not much of a nose on this one. Whats there is grainy and grassy, with a slightly off-putting metallic smell.

Taste - Grainy for certain, and sort of 'doughy'. There's also an un-pilsner like hop kick towards the finish.

Mouthfeel - Pretty high carbonation, not unusual for the style. Leaves a crisp, lingering finish.

Overal - 3/5. Sidenote: Yes, it's far from the best pilsner, but at least where I'm from (Ontario) it's one of the best for the price (currently $2.05 for a 500ml can - not shabby at all).

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served from a can

A: Very pale with a thin one finger head. Some, but very minimal, lacing.

S: Not much to the aroma. Some doughy malts and dank smelling hops.

T: Once again doughy bready malts with a nice balanced hop bitterness. Fairly neutral in the finish

M: Crisp and clean which is good for a pilsner. Rather thin body to it.

O: It was slightly above average for me. I wouldn't buy it again but it was okay. Nothing stunning or me. Fairly dull in my opinion.

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Photo of scratch69
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Clear, pale gold color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Grain, straw, and a touch of honey.

Taste- Bready malt flavor with some hop bitterness and a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, very crisp, and well carbonated.

Overall- Not bad but it reminds me of a typical beer from the "big" brewers.

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Photo of ghisty
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into normal pint glass.yellow. pale. starts with good head, large bubbles that kinda explode and make the head dissipate. nice carb. carb fades after about a third.

oak. a straw and hay mix. a bit sharp. maybe a hint of melon. orange peel.
something almost like fresh cut grass. a bit ripe smelling. hence lower points

not a dry pils. which is a little odd for the style. its grainey. with a bit of citrus.
not overly foamy or bitter or dry. but slight amounts of both. it has a strange finish,
i find it somewhat enjoyable. not a fave. but better than some attempts at pils.
somewhat bitter aftertaste, slight metallic.

nothing like a pilsner should be. far from dry. far from clean. finish lasts a bit too long for its flavour range. has a long lasting note of metal. (but i did just weld for 6 hours) so everything has a slight note of metal. haha.

its decent. on the low end of pilsner, nothing id really look for, but ive had alot worse beer.this is a pretty basic beer , but its slightly similar to some better quality imports, which makes it slightly endearing, and its not costy at all, a good solution for a few cheap ass tallcans. if you dont mind a few odd off hints, this beer might be for you, as for me, not exactly my fave. but its better than some.

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Photo of FLima
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured little foam. Pale yellow color.
Aroma of grassy hops, though very faint, with some malt sweetness. Medium carbonation.
In its flavor predominated the malt and its sweetness, followed by grassy hops again and a bitter and mildly dry aftertaste.
Although it had over 7 months to expiration date, there was some metallic hint present, a little oxidized off flavor.

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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 papat444
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml. can, canned 13.07.2012, best before 13.07.2013.

Appearance: Bright gold body with a stark white head. Retention isn't bad with some rings.

Smell: Cereal a bit, graininess, touch of honey and mild fruit.

Taste: Bit of salt-like minerals, earthy as well, some mild hops and a hint of pineapple.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, lively, good bitterness though maybe a tad too mineral-like?

Overall: Some nice flavors, nothing complicated though body holds its own.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can pours a light straw colour with lots of fine carbonation and a reasonable but light foamy white head. A green aroma of grass and hops. The taste starts with a bready sweetness before rapidly transitioning into a surprising hop bitterness. This dryness is a very pleasant surprise, more like a Czech-style pilsner (without the Saaz) than a typical mild & sweet Germanic style. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of mick303
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good lacing and film, prominent carbonation, colour is light yellow gold. 3.5

Aroma is of dry hay. Fresh bitterness. Strong maltiness. Not much else, but pretty defined. 3.5

Taste I find to be a bit shallow. A lot of bitterness which is chewy and sticks in the mouth long after beer is gone. Sharpness from the carbonation. Maybe a touch of sour citrus. Finish is grassy and bitter. 3

The mouthfeel is slightly chewy and medium bodied, quite crisp with the carbonation. 4

Not a bad beer, but find it pretty one-dimensional and the bitterness as the overwhelming character I find make it less than easily drinkable and a touch annoying. 3.5

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer after mowing the lawn on a hot day. Pours a pale straw colour with a thin film of head. Smells primarily of grass and barley, with a bit of sour notes as well. Tastes sweet at first with the malts, and finishes with some grassy bitterness. Mouthfeel was thin and dry. It's drinkable after a hot day of mowing the lawn, but I won't be seeking this out again.

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Photo of monnik
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A crystal clear light golden color with about an inch of head that dissipates typically for a pils with a bit of lacing along the way.

S: I pick up a slightly grapey/yeasty aroma in addition to a light 'green' hop. Pleasant.

T: Light breadiness but definitely there. Hop amount seemed to fit this beer just right; present, but not overpowering.

M: A bit thin with moderate carbonation. Would have preferred a bit more carbonation and maybe a bit drier finish.

O: Decent. How to say this nicely? Beats the heck out of US big name 'pilsners' but that is a pretty low bar so if that were my choice I'd drink this again.

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Photo of Rantingfury
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured the beer from a bottle into a glass.The head started off thick but faded with some lacing. The color was golden and very clear. The nose is mainly malt with hints of grass and a metallic note. The taste is bready from the malts and fades to a slight metallic bite. Mouthfeel is light, but with good carbonation. I like this better than the Holland 1839 lager that aldi sells. It does make an interesting comparison to American pilsners. I'ld like to try some in making beer rolls.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pilsner glass

A: Pours a pale, straw color with a 1.5 finger head of white foam. It has moderate retention before reducing to a cap of foam and leaves mild splotches of lacing.

S: There are some grassy hops and maybe a note of citrus. Some bready malt rounds out the bill.

T: Bready malts are the first thing I notice. Following this, hops provide some floral/grass and a mild lemon flavor.

M: Light and moderately carbonated. This is crisp and refreshing.

O: Decent but not great. Even at 6 dollars a six pack, I won't be rushing back to buy more.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
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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Photo of samyoung
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aldi's special! Did you know that the brains behind Trader Joes are in the same family as Aldi's? Just think, the same bourgeois products you buy at TJs are even less at Aldi's...ah Wernesgruner! Was this the Beerfest brew?

A - Pale, straw, unimpressive.
S - Pleasant, bronzed and nutty; it's good.
T - Smoky complexion with unique pilsner bitterness. The US "pilsner" crowd can't touch this.
M - Minimal and sedated. Nice bubbles.
O - An OK pilsner lacking in fruity bitterness and earthy robustness. It's unique, however something about it tastes contrived and mass produced. I will say that it is better than most sixers at the $5.99 price point.

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Photo of stevoj
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This pilsener has the hops shining through. Looks good to boot with a one finger long lasting head, pale golden color and fine carbonation. Aroma is sweet hay, citrus and pine, taste is malt and hops and a touch of lemon. Mouthfeel is good with a mildly dry finish.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner.

It's bright gold color, highly clear witha a foamy white head.

Smells delicate, sort of a euro funk to it. Kind of floral.

It tastes like it's malty, floral, a bit of nice hoppiness.

Feels thin and carbonated.

This beer is ok. I don't feel like I'll be making any special trips to Aldi to pick up a six of it however.

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Wernesgruner from Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG
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