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An average German pilsner

  • Sep 24, 2010
No surprises at any point with this beer. The pour produces a modest pure white head which dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Carbonation is moderate but lasts pleasantly for the entire length of time it takes to polish off the glass. Colour is a very pleasant, very light gold and exceptionally clear with absolutely no hint of cloudiness at all.

The flavour, nicely balanced between sweetness and the bitterness of the hops, has a pleasant sensation of carbonation on the drinking.

While this beer has nothing sensational to say for itself to make it stand out from a very crowded international field, neither has it any detractions such as aftertaste, skunkiness or undue bitterness. At 4.9% alcohol/volume, this is a very pleasant session beer that would be, on balance, a good crowd pleaser at a summer barbecue, for example.

Many similar lagers and pilsners come to mind to give an idea of flavour - Asahi, Urquell, Peroni, Warsteiner, Bittburger, Steamwhistle and even Canada's mass-produced giant, Labatt's Blue.

At the risk of damning with faint praise - nondescript but overall pleasant.

Paul Weiss

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The Wernesgrüner Brewery or Wernesgrüner Brauerei GmbH is a brewery in Steinberg-Wernesgrün, Saxony, Germany.

The brewery was founded in 1436 when the brothers Schorer acquired the rights to brew and open a tavern. After establishing property for bottling they soon began brewing on what would become the foundations of the "Wernesgrüner Pils Legend". It is known as the aforementioned "Pils Legend," because it was a bitter specialty during the communist period in Germany. 

Throughout the company's history it has endured numerous changes of ownership. In 1762 the Günnel family bought the Schorer brewery. In 1774 the Männel family took over the bottling properties. Even though at the end of the 19th century the label now had five independent breweries, the families were still competing with each other. By 1910 the company had established itself throughout Germany and the Netherlands, and was even served on the renowned Hapag-Lloyd ships that ran from Hamburg to America. The company was acquired by the "Bitburger Braugruppe GmbH" in 2002. The current output is 850,000 hl per year. In the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, the brand is sold by Aldi (Süd).

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