“Golden-yellow and bright, with 30 bitter units and quite hoppy compared to most of the other Pilsners our Weihenstephaner Pils comes up with a distinctive aroma of hops with a pleasant bitterness. This combination provides a balanced mix and guarantees great enjoyment. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.”
Served in a footed flute glass. The pour offers a light golden complexion that’s as clear as day. It generates a short white head that settles to a film with some blotchy lace left in its wake.
The aroma is brilliantly balanced and super clean. Unlike the new world Pilsners, which we’ve been having a lot of lately, the malts present a bit more so the grains, hay, crackers and sweet doughy notes are promoted ahead of the somewhat earthy and grassy hops. A good swirl of the glass summons a kind of powdery floral perfume as well. Not bad.
The beer is very nice and accommodating in the mouth. Smooth and light in texture but with enough Co2 to save it from being too lean. Mild bitterness (30 IBU). Light-moderate body. Very bangable.
Malts are dominating in flavour too – honeyed crackers, hay and buttered white bread benefit from a very subtle line of hoppy bitterness. Some mild earthy tones come through as the hops hint at a touch of grass while the finish is light and sweet with only the faintest trace of dryness on the back end.
We really enjoyed this. It’s actually quite interesting returning to a traditional German Pils. As we mostly reach for Czech Pilsners the differences, although subtle, are not only contrasting but a welcome change for the palate. Lovely drop.