Wicküler Pilsener

Wicküler Pilsener

Brewed by Wicküler Brauerei GmbH (Dortmunder Actien Brauerei)
Style: German Pilsener
Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


Founded in 1845 by Franz Ferdinand Joseph Wicküler in Elberfeld in North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany. The company over time passed into the hands his son, Franz Joseph Wicküler, the only surviving son. Under Franz, the brewery modernized greatly and also became a joint stock company, both actions resulting in output rising dramatically. On 17 August 1916 Franz Joseph Wicküler died and unfortunately he left no descendants to look after all the great work he had done within the company, a transformation from a small brewery into one of the leading breweries in the North Rhine-Westphalia.

With two World wars though, production was severely restricted,and the company lost a lot of its glory. At the beginning of the 1980s, the Werhahn family, with a shareholding of 96%, converted the brewery with 600 employees into a limited partnership and thus back into a private brewery. In time the Werhahn family sold the group to the Dutch Grolsch brewery, who shut down the Wuppertal brewery site and moved lock stock and barrel to Cologne, resulting in massive job cuts (over 200!) and a loss of identity.

Since 1992, Dortmunder Actien Brauerei have produced The Wicküler Pils, as part of the Oetker Group and brewed in Dortmund. So all in all, Wickuler is a beer brand that has moved around a lot, but refuses to die!

Review: 0,33l green bottle of Wicküler Pilsener: ABV. 4.9% vol

Iconic logo of the three musketeers joining their swords together, certainly eye catching!

On pour, get a nice golden coloured beer with a decent frothy head. Good carbonation. A decent looking beer. Good start.

Smell: typical lagery smell, light enough on the nose, but I do get sweet malts, and some piercing lemon and grainy aroma. Faint but not bad.

On taste, found it initially a little too hoppy and bitter for my liking, very creamy in the front end as well. Bit sour at the start. Not initially liking it at all.

Malty and hoppy.

Can taste the alcohol, very beery lager. Ok, taste is good, after a while I get to like it, not bad. The hoppiness settles down as you drink more of the beer, thankfully!
Has a kick. Taste has definitely grown on me, I like it.

Not smooth, but one to sip and enjoy. Not bad, tasty. Better to get a 6 pack, as its a slow burner.
A lager with a half decent taste, good not great but would do on a long slow Sunday afternoon.



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