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 Helvectis
4.18/5  rDev +24.4%
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 +0.6%
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%
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 +4.5%
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 -11.9%
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 -24.7%
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 +23.5%
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 +10.1%
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 +8.6%
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 -0.3%
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 -19.6%
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 -4.2%
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 -9.8%
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 -1.8%
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 -15.5%
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%
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 +3.6%
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 +2.7%
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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Photo of Pete0714
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
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 andrenaline
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale golden colour, finger of bright white egg white head, solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Classic pilsener scent with strong grassy and bready notes, though a touch metallic and skunky.

T - Much like the scent with the grassy notes alongside some mild corn and a light caramel aftertaste. A light hop bitterness lingers alongside some leafy green flavours.

M - Nothing to compllain about here. Medium bodied, smooth and finishes nice and wet.

O - A tasty pils and certainly a lot better than I was anticipating from what appears to be a mass produced tall can. Still, it reminds you of what lures you to the style.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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 thehyperduck
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw colour, topped with two-fingers of puffy white head. Pretty good retention; the head thins out over a few minutes to a more manageable cap with lots of lacing. There are some bubbles rising from the bottom but it doesn't look intensely carbonated. Smell is fairly strong and about what I expect from a pilsner; floral hops, grass, and barley malt.

Starts off with slightly sweet bready malts, good barley flavour. This leads into some pleasant hoppy bitterness, herbal and grassy. Some black pepper notes before the slightly bitter hop finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation; very crisp and refreshing.

I think that this is technically the first 'real' German pilsener I have bothered to review (though they're probably my favorite variety of pils), and I'm quite impressed. A solid pils all around.

[Updated April 3 2014]

Another half-litre can. Wernesgrüner is one of the cheapest pilseners available in this market, but surprisingly enough it's a very serviceable example of the style. Very light-coloured, with a pleasant noble hop and grainy, pale malt aroma. This isn't my favourite German pilsener, but the tasty hop bill is enough to propel this one into my pale lager rotation (I've had it plenty of times in the past 3 years). Given the low price, there's really no reason NOT to try this - unless you just don't like Euro lagers to begin with.

Final Grade: 3.62, an acceptable B grade.

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Photo of zeff80
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a pale, straw yellow color. The very bubbly beer had a three-finger, fizzy white head that left sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled floral with grains and a light caramel scent.

T - Good sweet caramel and grain flavor with a mild spice bitterness from the hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp but very light bodied. It finished clean and dry.

O - This was surprisingly good a $6 for a six pack. Worked great on a warm day while grilling.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.27/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle into Guinness pint glass in North Berlin, Germany. Bottle acquired in REWE stores, Berlin. Reviewed live.

A: Half finger thin embarrassingly bad head. No cream. Abysmal retention - maybe six seconds? Transparent clear yellow head. Bleh. Very unappealing.

Sm: Cream and some pleasant barley. A pretty light scent. It's difficult to detect individual notes with me broken nose.

T: Cream and barley. That's it. Even the finish is uninspired and pretty crap. I wanted a better beer. It's quite simple and brewed without care for anything besides profit margins. A sadly disappointing beer. Unbalanced and garbage.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but there is a sharp coarseness to tame the smoothness that feels artificial, unwelcome, and contradictory to the style. Very poorly executed.

Dr: Why did I buy this? The ABV isn't high enough for the beer to even be considered a crap beer. It's just downright not worth it. The price is especially low, but still doesn't justify the poor quality. This is one for ye lads to avoid like the fecking hiv. (Too far?)

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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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