Wernesgruner | Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG

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Brewed by:
Wernesgrüner Brauerei AG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 169 | Ratings: 331
Photo of jsdunlop
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden, crystal clear, minimal clumped and frothy head that settles into a wispy layering. Bit of spice in the nose with some faint grain husk and honey-like aroma. Unique spicy hop presence is fairly strong up front, very dry and biscuity, little to no residual sweetness from the malt. Grain and hay seem to go side by side with the spicy hop flavor. Very bitter, hoppy finish, mouth is left with a case of cottonmouth after each sip. Mouthfeel is crisp and seems a tad over carbed, dry and light bodied. Overall, it's an enjoyable pils for sure.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a clear pale stra colour with a white frothy head that dies quick.

S - Grain and a little citrus fruit but no much else.

T - Not much going on here, but a little grain and small fruit.

M - Light body and very full carbonation

O - Avoid

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Photo of cervezango
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

quickly dissipating finger of head,
very pale blonde.

fermented apple, smells of nature, mineral spring.

predominantly bitter and minerally, weak carb , bitter apple.

lingering bitterness.

im not a huge pilsner fan but pilsner lovers would probably judge this higher and i would recommend it for them .

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Photo of Mit
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a-pours a nice golden clear colour with very little head at all.

s-yeasty smells, straw smells, very slight hop bitterness in the odour.

t-pretty unimpressive...some bite from the hops, some bready notes but it's nothing too crazy.

m-about right for abv...maybe a little fizzy.

d-pretty drinkable as all macros are.

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Photo of claminat420
2.15/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A- this brew pours so clear its almost like water but with the slightest yellow tint to it. has a white foamy head. leaves little to no lacing.

S- alittle like [email protected] has some fruitiness to it but not too good.

T- this brew tastes like a bud but with a lighter body and slightly fruitier.

M- light bodied. alil crabonated for my liking.

D- my uncle left one and i would never buy this brew.

Overall- if you want a generic crap watered down pilsner like a bud but slightly different this is your brew. i can't get over how clear this brew is. without the slightest hint of yellow it would look like water.

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Photo of Spica66
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very pale yellow. Completely crystal clear. Excellent head formation and retention. Decent lacing and good carbonation.

S: Hoppy and very light malt aroma. Maybe a touch of citrus or pepper.

T: Slightly sweet, very fresh tasting malt. Good hoppiness. Slighty spicy pepper notes. Very enjoyable.

M: Very clean and slightly dry finish.Good carbonation hangs around.

D: Very easy to drink and low ABV.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very light golden color. Head is small but nice and dense. Good looking carbonation

S- Very floral and spicy, like an herb garden. A little bready and somewhat citrus-like.

T- Floral hops bitterness. Very grainy finish and a little grassy. The citrus is not as strong as in the smell but still there. The hops are very prevailent, lingering in the back of the throat. It's malty toward beginning and very spicy towards the end. A little honey. Beautifully sweet/bitter.

M- Very light, refreshing and dry.

D- Very nice, I'd have another.

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Photo of Kromes
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Looks good...a crystal clear pale straw color with a large, fluffy white head. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Smells good too. Some bready, honey malt and grain aromas with a nice fruity, floral hop scent.

T: The taste does fall short of the smell. The malt flavors are there but they are really thin....almost to the point where it seems unnatural. The hop imparts a flavor that is floral and grassy and the beer ends somewhat bitter and a little grainy.

M: A little on the watery side, but it's ok for the style. Seemed undercarbonated.

D: Eh. Wouldn't buy again due to that strange aftertaste.

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Photo of Hopalong29
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six of these at a local Aldi's (of all places) Pleasant surprise!
After reading several reviews here,I agree with mostly all of them with the exeption of smell. I didn't get hoppy aroma that I guess Ihave a preference for.
Good beer that will go on my "won't let you down" list.

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Photo of nukem5
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden color with a 1/2 inch of foam. Clings nicely to glass walls.

S: A bit grainy and cereal with a citrus front.

T: Hoppy bite with a bitter grain aftertaste I typically taste in German Beer, almost skunky .

M: Light and refreshing lots of carbonation giving a fresh taste with each sip.

D: Somewhat drinkable used to love this taste along with Becks and Hienie but tastes have changed not bad though just not me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +25.9%
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 barleywinefiend
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a ubbly clear yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Nice fresh hops, some corn and grains

T: Pretty simple. Hops, floral notes are light and some corn

M: Some crispness but pretty plain and simple

D: Average pilsener

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Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +25%
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 JohnnyBarman
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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 spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can

Appearance - The beer pours a clear pale gold colour with a very large frothy white head. There is almost no carbonation showing and there is some really nice lacing. There head stuck around for a pretty long time before it finally dissipated.

Smell - breads/grains, slight pilsner skunk, hops and barley

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a decent mouth feel, there is a lot more carbonation on the tongue that the appearance lead on. It comes across as slightly watery but still very flavorful. The most noticeable flavour is breads/grains and a fresh grassiness. There is also a light apple juice sweetness and some mild hop bitterness. The beer finishes with a lightly bitter and refreshing aftertaste.

Drink - One of the better euro beers out there. It is very refreshing and highly sessionable - especially during the summer months.

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Photo of prosper
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can. Has some haze and some very unappealing 'floaties' that look sort of like dust particles.

Smells of hallertau hops - sort of lemony, and light grainy malt.

Taste is bang on the 'german pils' profile - sweet grainy pilsner malt, with a bit of earthy/lemony german hops, and a distinct bitter balance.

Mouthfeel is good too - light body, crisp, dry finish.

Thin body, crisp and clean, with a palate-cleansing bitterness. A good german-style dry pils.

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Photo of Duff27
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pale golden color with a big frothy two-fingered white head that retains for a few minutes. Leaves subtle lacing as well. Appearance is the best thing about this beer.

S- Biscuity, bready, and like a farm.

T- Tastes like it smells...straw, with a hint of lemon perhaps.

M- Mouthfeel isn't at all bad if you can separate it from the taste. Medium to thinning with noticeable carbonation sting.

D/O- Well if you're a fan of it, I'd suppose these would go down pretty easily. Overall, not a bad German-style Pils. Thanks again Jerdmier.

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Photo of youngleo
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a very white two fingered head. Brew itself was a very light yellow in color. Head hung around a long time. Had some decent lacing. Smelled very light. Almost no smell going on. Just a straw smell and very light sweetness. Had a light sweetness taste to it. Almost like apples. Again very light taste. Had a slight bitter aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was about right. Not a lot of alcohol. You could make this a session beer with no problem. Ill buy again.

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Photo of kwjd
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw-yellow colour with very a finger of white head that takes a long time to dissipate. Small lacing around the glass. Hops come through in the smell with some bready malts. Very clean flavour, some small bitterness. Nice carbonation level. Quite a refreshing beer. I could easily put a few of these back.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.9/5  rDev +45.8%
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 hardy008
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light gold with a 2 finger white head with good retention. The aroma has hops, sweet malt, and a bit of green apple and lemon.

Tastes just like it smells. Hops, sweet malt, green apple, and lemon. A nice mix of hop bitterness and sweetness from the malt.

Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, smooth, and easy to drink. Nicely carbonated. A nice example of a German Pilsener.

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Photo of Jips
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Yah Aldi beer!

Bottle into pint glass, 2 inch fluffy bubbly head and light beer color. Ya know, the color of pee when you are a little dehydrated.

Feel: a bit carbonated and just above the viscosity of water

Smell: light hops light malt just a bit sweet

Taste: Those, alright hop bite and sure a little carmel taste too

After: light sticky sweet and just the kiss o' the hops

Really entertaining to see a constant stream of bubbles go from the top to bottom of my glass. Can't beat the price or convenience (Aldi's are all over IL) but this is spectacularly average. (I like Noble Pils better, sometimes it is cheaper too).

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Photo of Brent
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The ALDI grocery store chain carries this beer, along with Heineken and Corona look-alikes. This was a quite pleasant German Pils, Bittburger immediately came to mind. Clean, crisp malt flavors, with a touch of sweet grain balanced by some astringency. Finish was firm with the barest lingering hops bitterness.

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Photo of BBP
4/5  rDev +19%
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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