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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,434 Ratings

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Ratings: 1434
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-30-2000)
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Photo of abeeronthebeach


4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think my bottle could have been fresher as it was a little undercooked carbonation-wise.

A - Clear, bright and with a satisfyingly billowy head. I poured it in to style-appropriate glassware and it looked sort of amazing.

S - Light hop profile complimented by malt, spice, orange peel and a little hop.

T - Light hop profile complimented by malt, spice, orange peel and a little hop.

M - Light and refreshing but I'd have liked a little more fizz.

O - Beerdrinkers of the world (and by world I mean Beer Advocates) really need to recognise that there is definitely a place for lagers. This was a great way to start my session, easing in with a classic and refreshing beverage.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 08:03:43 | More by abeeronthebeach
Photo of Jpinoniemi


5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer and glad it is readily available in the Cleveland area. I have a good friend who was skeptical, but is now a believer as well. As member Ohiolager said - "move over Hofbrau". Hofbraus is good too, but this beer is my pick at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 21:04:27 | More by Jpinoniemi
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Erdinger Weissbrau glass. The pour is very clear and pale gold in color. There is about 2 fingers of fluffy white head and some considerable effervescence. The nose has a floral, peppery, slightly musty aroma from the pilsner malt and noble hops.

Light body and clean, malty flavor. Very well-balanced between sweet, grainy malty flavors and dry, stony hops. I get no off-flavors or citrusy notes that tend to plague some imitators of the German styles. Instead, it's very authentic, easy-drinking, and refreshing. There is just enough dryness on the finish to balance out the sweetness from the malt.

Not my favorite style, but this classic beer is definitely worth trying every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 17:59:26 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of Ohiolager


4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

weihenstephaner original premium 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)

11.2 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass. no fresh by or D.O.B.

this beer pours nice pale yellow, close to light gold. leaves a nice two finger head that doesn't stay around long, but gives way to severe rings of sticky lacing. as a thin layer of head remains on top.

the smell is that of apples, honey, a touch of grapes, all while a crisp note of noble hops lingers over your nose. uber inviting.

the taste mimics the smell. at first a touch of sweet fruits, followed by a crisp hit of noble hops, then it finishes a little dry but not as much as a German pilsner and not as much as hofbrau.

mouth feel is light, but that's OK. it feels just right. not over carbonated and is very crisp and refreshing. leaves you wanting another.

overall this is a must have. its drink ability is superior, tastes better than it smells and it's from the worlds oldest brewery. for an import, top that! my new favorite helles Munich lager move over hofbrau.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 06:23:19 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of WoodBrew


4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Original is great....it poured a clear golden color with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The scent carries biscuit and grass like tones. The taste is well balanced....its starts with nice bready push then finishes slightly bitter coming off the pallet very clean!!! The mouthfeel is light to medium in body with great carbonation. Overall this is an excellent beer great for sessioning as it is very easy drinking...I would have this again....and again....and again.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 00:24:56 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of vkv822


4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz : pilsner glass

Clear, bright golden yellow with a foamy white head.

Grassy, lightly spicy hops with a lightly sweet, doughy malt backbone.

Medium, crisp body, foamy, lightly fizzy carbonation.

A wonderfully done lager. Crisp, clean, delicious flavors. Very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 09:42:01 | More by vkv822
Photo of RandomExile


4.91/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: pale straw, perfectly translucent; fluffy eggshell head; fades with clingy foam; sudsy persistent lacing, sometimes scattered or scant
S: light and pure malt, undertones of yeast, honey
T: per the nose, it tastes of honeyed malt and gentle yeast, and a faint aftertaste of grape and apple
M: silky smooth, light-bodied but with presence, barely dry in that your palate is continually whet for the next pull
O: There is simply nothing off, or in need of improvement about this beer (with the minor note that I would enjoy more lacing from an aesthetic standpoint as the glass drains: really, that's it). It's a masterful example of its style, near-infinitely drinkable and easily paired with chicken, veal, noodles, vegetables, sausage ...

500mL / Weizen Glass /

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 05:01:16 | More by RandomExile
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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: yellow golden with a tall white head.

S: lemon, spice, malt.

T: lemon grass, malt, floral notes, white rice, some grape skins, apple skins, pepper.

M: light but not super light. Pretty nice actually.

O: not a bad beer by any means. But I don't know why this has an A. It is barely different from a Peroni in my opinion. Still a great beer though. Never had a Helle's lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 05:47:27 | More by titty_mcbitty
Photo of psoriasaurus


5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect lager. Better be perfect if it's been brewed for over one thousand years. Seriously though, what a badass beer. Pours hazy yellow/orange, with a nice frothy head that never goes away and decorates the sides of your glass as you drink it. Obviously an extremely meticulously crafted beer all the way through, the definition of well balanced. Hop profile that will leave you craving more.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 21:25:17 | More by psoriasaurus
Photo of utopiajane

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours perfect and golden. Brilliant clarity and a white head of foam that belongs there. It looks like sunshine. It smells like sunshine. Nose is fresh and sweet. Grass, a light grain sweetness that's almost honey. Not the whole bowl of honey mind you. It's just a taste of it. Doughy with a bit of yeast and light little pepper. Taste is smooth and so flawless. It's light, it's crisp. it has a lightness that defies your appetite for it. You could drink all six of these and never be satisfied. So go slowly and enjoy them instead. Clean a touch bitter in the dry finish and row after row of pale malt. Grain you can see in your minds eye. Swollen and golden and waving in the soft wind of summer. A touch of herbal and pepper to keep your feet on the ground and a delicate body to keep your eye sweetly on the horizon.

Brilliant! Impeccable!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:56:46 | More by utopiajane
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - 16.9oz bottle

Appearance - Light mellow yellow, golden yellow, nice foamy 2 inch head with some nice lacing.

Smell - German malts, lemon, banana, Sweet yeasts, grassy floral notes, apples, minor hop aroma at the finish.

Taste - Very crisp bite of floral hops, german malts and yeasts at first sip. Plenty of flavors such as apples, lemons, grapes and honey. Has a grassy and floral hop flavor. Yeasts are nice and sweet, and add balance. A little caramel malt comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Malts and light hops coat the tongue. Palate gets more hops and malts, lots of lemon, banana and yeasts. Aftertaste is light, crisp and malty.

Overall - Does a helles get any better then this? Smooth, balanced, flavorful and very enjoyable. World class and a must try not only for the style, but because its a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 21:45:49 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer looks amazing in the sunlight. Not much for a head but the beer is crystal clear and gold in color. The amazing part is the perfectly visible rising strings of bubbles. Aroma is full of crisp crackery grains and doughy bread. Zesty, floral, and spicy with perfect, slightly sweetned lemon. Next is taste. Flavors are an excellent reprise of the aroma. Crisp and dry crackers, a kiss of lemon, delicious deep and perky spice, some kind of almost herbal floral... Awesome beer right here. Super dry and grainy feel as well as chewy. Faaaantastic.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 20:03:31 | More by tastybeer
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date unknown.

Appearance: Straw yellow with one finger of white head upon first pour.

Smell: Adjuncts, slight honey and grassy notes with faint hop aroma.

Taste: Mild hop kick balanced nicely by some slightly sweet malt backbone. The seamless blend between the aforementioned elements fade out gradually, for a nice finish that is semisweet and somewhat bready. Everything comes together so nicely and fades out the same way.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable with moderate carbonation and medium/light mouthfeel.

Overall: I can't iterate how much better this is than all those other lagers, be it domestic or imports that just can't even hold a candle to this. Simply put, those other beers are chop meat; this is Filet Mignon.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 10:19:41 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, batch/date stamp: 4043. Poured into a 500mL Rastel Weihenstephaner branded Hefe glass.

Appearance: Bright clear golden pale gold. 1/8" persistent white head. Sheets and strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Apple, honey, crisp malts, noble hops.

Taste: Crisp biscuity malt, hints of honey and apple, noble hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation, slick, tiny bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: With a big meal I could drink and drink this without hesitation. A very drinkable lager, and just right in regards to aroma and taste - constantly interesting and full of flavor, but not overpowering or palate tiring. Clearly this beer was finely engineered to be drank in mass quantities with pleasure. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 22:51:37 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of JamesQuaff


5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Weihenstephaner Original is perfect is its utter simplicity. A master study in the complexities of minimalism.

This is everything that every basic everyday lager that has ever existed anywhere in the world has ever thought or wished it could be, but for whatever reason has failed to become.

This beer is a clarion call to every lager brewer in the world to aspire to excellence.

Absolute lager perfection. Like a fresh baked cracker with a kiss of clover honey and a dusting of fresh hops washed down with water from a mountain spring. Clean and crisp like a perfect spring day.

My vote for what should be in the dictionary when you look up "beer".

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 00:58:52 | More by JamesQuaff
Photo of mayerale


4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle poured into a mug.

A: Pours a golden brown with a thick white head. A very small bit of the head remains for quite some time, but most of it disappears.

S: A light scent of yeast that doesn't last long. It doesn't provide an overly potent aroma, though it does smell very inviting as you bring the glass near.

T: A light taste that begins with the yeast hitting the tongue immediately. It follows with a light citrus resembling that of lemon zest. There is a slight maltiness to it, but overall it is a yeast heavy flavor that doesn't linger.

M: It is a clean, crisp beer. There is a decent amount of carbonation. It is VERY east to drink and goes down quite smoothly.

O: This is a fantastic light beer. It is easy to drink, and unlike most "light" beers, it holds a good amount of flavor. It is the kind of beer that you absolutely love to sit back and drink, and look forward to the next time you get to have one.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 21:56:37 | More by mayerale
Photo of Dope


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date that I could find, just a 3013 number.

A: Pours a very clear golden. Decent sized and fizzy white head. Head sticks around surprisingly well despite initial fizziness. Solid, unbroken walls of lacing. Nice.

S: Grassy up front. Light citrus. A little bready malt.

T: Similar to the nose. Quite grassy up front and throughout. Mild citrus once again. Sweet and bready, almost biscuity malt. Crisp finish.

M: Nice crisp medium body. Carbonation dead on.

O: Surprisingly delicious brew. Simple of course, but great balance, mouthfeel and drinkability. People talk about AALs being perfect lawnmower beers, but this is my style right here along with witbiers and hefes.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 02:25:59 | More by Dope
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2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Original pours a golden color with a nice large lacing head. There is a grainy aroma, that is pail. The taste is grainy as well, overly sweet. A little too much carbonation, taste isn't the best and strange sweet aftertaste that is stuck to your palette. Overall its not the worst, but too sweet, and carbonated, reminds me of a "grain soda."

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 00:16:52 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:Beyond crystal clear. Pale straw, with golden lowlights. Foamy white head does not persist.

Smell: Grainy malt and light, floral hops. Slight background of DMS is fine for style. Altogether, bouquet is very light.

Taste: Light, and very sessionable. Grainy pils malt, with a very low bitterness level to balance things out juuuust enough. Solid representation of the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, and slightly watery. Moderate carbonation. Clean finish.

Overall: As light a lager as this should be, I do feel it's lacking a bit of character. I think what really abets this aspect is the slightly watery mouthfeel, which detracts from the taste. I do feel, however, that this is an excellent example of this traditional style.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 00:06:37 | More by BethanyB
Photo of bmwats


4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hay colored hue. Pours a giant, foamy, white head. Pervasive rising effervescence. Craters slowly leaving plenty of dry residue behind as it does. Lots of dry, sticky, beer ring lacing. Head continually renews.

S: Hay, grass, yeast, and sourdough.

T: Tastes like smells. Well-balanced with a bit of lemon zest.

M: Light body, crisp, and pristine. Lingering touch of bitterness. Very well constructed.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is excellent. Giant head, effervescence is pervasive, tons o' lacing. Nose is hay, grass, and traditional bready components. Well-balanced light combination of bread and lemon citrus. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 00:28:33 | More by bmwats
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New York

4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

appearance; a lovely brown amber with big, energetic bubbles swimming in the beer itself, the foam however, faded a bit too quickly.

smell; when rating the aroma of lagers one feels the need to curb the score. the smell is not complex but the yeast is inviting and the earthy notes are pleasant and not inviting. a hint of spice is detectable as well.

taste; beautifully balanced yeast, lemon, light malt and light spice. bitterness does not come before or after,but rather lingers throughout adding personality to the flavors one associates with lagers.

mouthfeel; not dry, not thin but not too heavy, nice carbonation.

overall; will buy this maybe once in every three or four beer hauls. (which is a lot for someone who tends to constantly mix it up) this beer is appealing to all types of beer drinkers i have come across, and is incredible for not just for a lager but for a beer of any kind.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:27:30 | More by SteveB24
Photo of mpedara429


4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: An incredibly clear light golden color. Two fingers of white head that had no interest in it's own existence. In turn, faded fairly rapidly.

S: Mostly bready and grassy notes.

T: Slight sweetness to the bready malt, subtle lemony/earthy hops and a faint kick of black pepper.

M: Medium light body that is stickier than I expected. Medium carbonation. Overall, mouthfeel is still pretty clean.

O: Not my typical style but I was really digging this one. Super clean and easy drinking. Great price on these considering I got a tall boy for 2.99. Grab a few tall boys and you can make quite the session with these.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 00:10:07 | More by mpedara429
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, liquid gold. The head is 2 fingers of nearly white head, which faded a little faster than I'd hoped and left a thin lace.

S: Mild citrus notes up front; then wet hay, and a touch of grated pepper.

T: Lightly toasted grain comes first, followed by fresh-baked biscuits. A hint of sweet malt pokes its head in, then leaves to make room for a faintly tart/bitter lemon peel. The hops is mildly bitter, melding with the grain for a long, clean finish.

M: Very moist up front, with fair carbonation. In the finish, it turns slightly dry, inviting me to take another sip.

O: Well-balanced in terms of flavor, aroma, and feel. Not my favorite style, but a seriously fine example of a German lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 00:58:55 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright pale yellow color with a magnificent bright white head. Nose is a little skunky and earthy. Grassy with some pale biscuit notes.

On the heavier side of being light bodied with crisp carbonation but feels nice and full in the mouth while remaining extremely smooth. Sweet dry biscuity malts followed by herbal hops, finishes balanced with some lingering sweetness, goes back like water with some good flavor. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 18:21:46 | More by jtierney89
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4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is textbook, exactly what this style should taste like! it pours a very light clear honey color, with an inch or so of lasting snow white head and jovial carbonation. the nose is less banana and clove than the others, but still there to some small extent, with soft and semisweet malts being balanced by a hopping only an old world german brewery could execute, this is the art of balance ladies and gentlemen. very mild flavor, grains first, bittering hops second, with the yeast sort of uniting both camps in a harmonious mixture of german purity and tradition. the yeast has some soapy complexion to it, and a touch of acidity, maybe citrus, to cut the malt sweetness. an impressive offering by any stretch, but the drinkability here is unrivaled. so clean and bright, perfect carbonation, expertly refreshing, and you cannot beat the price!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 02:34:50 | More by StonedTrippin
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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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