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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

829 Reviews
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Reviews: 829
Hads: 2,027
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 156
Gots: 242 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-30-2000

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: Crystal clear, golden color. Nice head, quickly fades into a very thin froth on top of the beer. Surprising lacing.
S: Very nice, pleasant smell. Cereal grains, sweet bread, and a nice floral finish.
T: Similar to the smell, cereal grains and bread, with a really nice sweetness. Also has a crisp, almost peppery quality to it.
F: Despite being a lager, this one has some body to it. Also, very crisp and refreshing. Slightly dry on the finish, though not so much as to take away from its refreshing drinkability.
O: Highly enjoyable helles lager. Big fan of the style and this one is one of the best I have drank. Lots of flavor. (644 characters)

Photo of panduji
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An exceptional example of a Munich Helles Lager. The best there is IMHO. I'm an avid home brewer and have been trying to replicate this beer right down to the water chemistry for quite some time. No dice yet!

Crystal clear pale in color.
High carbonation level
Barely detectable hop aroma and flavor
Smells like a biscuit out of the oven
Tastes very slightly malty and bready with a very clean finish

It's perfect! (417 characters)

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What took me so long to try this beer? It is the best in its style and appears to hold up well with aging (the bottle I had was from 2014). They know what they're doing on Weihenstephan hill! (193 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear straw color, topped by a couple fingers white foam that grudgingly gives way to a frothy cap that lasts.

Crisp bready malt and rounded yeast tart with spicy hop notes in the back make for a balanced and inviting aroma.

Very blended combo of the flavors in the nose, less crisp than aroma, less spicy hop than aroma, lighter tart to the yeast than aroma, and more breadiness for sure. Highly attenuated flavors here, with little sweet, and the sip ends with just a hint of spice to keep it on the dry side.

Full bodied, medium carb., nice finish, highly refreshing, frames the flavors well.

Nice simple Helles, less hoppy than others, very refreshing, clean brew. Recommended. (705 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cellar temperature, in my tulip. Because I do not have a proper lager glass.

A centimeter of the purest white foam quickly settles down over a brilliant, radiant straw gold. Perfect clarity. I think it's hypnotizing me.

It smells like honey, yeast, and noble hops, which I find have a more earthy, herbal quality than the fruitier, zesty hops of American IPAs. Maybe some a light bit of peaches and pears. Very nice.

Well, this more or less tastes like liquid bread. The flavor is fairly light, but what's there is superb.Yeasty white bread or pretzels, a little lemon through the middle, and the most crispy-clean biscuity finish imaginable with just a hint of herbal bitterness. Because it's a subtle profile, the breadiness stands out quite brilliantly.

The carbonation is up there, but the feel is ultimately very light and excessively kuaffable.

An ultra-refreshing beer that excels in balance and makes an art of simplicity. (935 characters)

Photo of BuccoFan
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Perfect golden color. The color, head and lacing give the brew the overall look of an IPA or imperial pilsner. Because of the look, its feel is almost disappointingly thin. But that's only because it has an imperial look. Otherwise, it still has a feint honey taste with solid body for the style. A solid B. (307 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really hard-pressed to even write reviews for some of the Bavarian helles, as it's clear that we just don't get them fresh enough in this part of the country to really sample them in peak condition. This one was about 5 mos old. Unmistakable whiff of DMS on the nose, which I understand is within reason for the style but still a bit jolting if you're not accustomed to drinking beer with obvious DMS. I concede that, by the end of the glass, it mellows out and actually starts to work in unison with the malt and noble hop character to provide a sort of saline note that's actually somewhat pleasing. Palate is subtle but tasty, not overbearing malt, definitely not grainy, a touch sweet, faint traces of noble hops for balance, and drinkable as heck. It's an incredible thing to create something so light, almost watery, and yet satisfying. Easy to down this one in a flash. Overall, good stuff that I pray I get to sample at the source some day. (948 characters)

Photo of djura
2.8/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle 0,5 l. Found it here in Serbia.

A - Huge white head, tick, creamy, like sponge. Golden color with low carbonation.
S - Nothing special, usual pale lager aroma.
T/M - Again, usual. Bitter finish, weak. Low carbonation, sour.

O - It is made in one of the best brewerys in the world, but this style is just to boring. Similar as thousands of same style beers. (365 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, pale golden colour with a big white frothy head. Stays and laces quite nicely. Enjoyable, but very modest, grainy and bready aroma with subtle spicy hoppiness, some citric and floral notes.grainey fInish. (211 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle marked 6055 19:10:50 at 39 degrees into shaker. Allowed to warm to 44 degrees
Aroma - wet grain, some DMS – Typical lager
Head average (4.5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to three mm ring and frothy layer, leaving behind drag marks as it recedes
Lacing fair – small islands and archipelagos of tiny to small bubbles
Body light yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor slightly sweet with a hint of bitterness at the end, not much flavor at all; neither hops nor malt tasted, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.75 (637 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best lagers I've ever had. Weihenstephaner never disappoints. Glad this comes in sixers. Slight hop bitterness, smooth cereal malt tones. Refreshing as hell. (173 characters)

Photo of OldManMetal
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what a lager should look like: a crystal-clear, sparkling pale-straw body with a medium white cream-and-pebbles head that leaves lots of beautiful lacing everywhere. The nose is sweet and malty, green grapes and alcohol with hints of darker fruit and fennel. The palate is malty as well, deep and smooth with prominent grassy and herbal notes, but nicely balanced by a citrus-rind bitterness. The finish is a smooth, sublime blend of malty sweetness and bitter rind that lingers on and on. The fizzy carbonation sets the light body up for a creamy, prickly mouthfeel that is both drinkable and interesting. (614 characters)

Photo of JoLight
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light, pale yellow straw colored, clear body; thick, white, frothy head that dissipates into a finger's-width ring. Lots of bubbles.

Aroma: very grassy hops; some hay; grainy.

Grassy flavor, with a noticeable, clean, pleasant grassy hop pucker. Some light bread crust. Grainy backbone.

Mouthfeel: light and watery, and carbonated.

Finish: dry, crisp, refreshing. (368 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours like most lagers. Not much happening with the smell. Taste is very good. Crisp with just the right amount of hop, malt and all else. Sweet taste with a bitter bite that makes German lagers German. Could drink this all day. I wonder how this tastes in Germany????? (275 characters)

Photo of gregb13
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The quintessential German lager. Had several times but felt compelled to praise it tonight in review form, after I'd sampled it out on the patio after a long day.

Aroma - grassy, a little pungent, very inviting.

Taste/feel - so clean, lightly sweet, a little bitterness, goes down so so smooth.

If it gets any better than this, I've not found it. (350 characters)

Photo of Nickholland
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what a lager should taste/look like. Yeasty/bready flavor/smell with a hint of lavender? and a light hop balance. Delicate, creamy and goes down easy. This is one elegant beer. What Heineken wishes it could be. One of my top 3 lager/pilsners and I've had many. (268 characters)

Photo of megalownote
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the very best lagers in the entire world. I've tried hundreds of beers, and have found none to eclipse this beer in the Lager style. Do yourself a favor and try this beer. Can sometimes be found in your local Ingles Beer department. (239 characters)

Photo of danmouer
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

With a brew like this one, It becomes much easier to understand how Bohemian and Bavarian lagers came to dominate the beer world in the later 19 century. Drinking some of the oroginals of the era makes it much harder to understand how so many brewers and beer drinkers allowed these brews to be eclipsed by the vast ocean of neutral or adjunct-tainted, flavorless, "international lager" style beers that have dominated the beer world throughout the 20th century, and the first quintile of the 21st.

Weihenstephan brews quite a few wonderful beers, and this one is their offering in the classic Bavarian pale lager style known as Helles. It pours beautiful pale goldencolor, with an inch of foam that falls quickly to a lovely wreath sustained by a fountain of champagne-like bubbles; the aroma that greets your nose is new-mown grain and fresh damp hay. Grassy and spicy.

The flavor is beautifully balanced grainy malt and briskly palate-cleansing hops. A big hit of maltysweetness is balancedby grainy and earthy tones, as well as by the rush of fine carbonation. What atreat! (1,080 characters)

Photo of TOMHONE
4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a cold >.5L bottle the other day and I must say this is truly one great lite tasting brew. A great soft beer taste yet the flavor is amazing. A rating of 91 is an understatement IMHO. The alcohol content is just right. Just wish I could bring home a few cases of this great tasting beer. (291 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours light golden, crystal clear with a fluffy white head. Head recedes slowly leaving a fairly sticky lacing. Lots of fine bubbles.

Grassy and honey aroma. Very pleasant. Grainy pils malts. Herbal noble hops, but malt is dominant. No real fruity esters. Some DMS is notable, but fairly clean and within balance for the style.

Grainy somewhat sweet malts. Honey-like sweetness but finishes dry. Enough bitterness to balance the sweetness, but not much hop flavor. Very refreshing and pleasant.

Soft silky mouthfeel without being heavy. Medium-high carbonation. Clean, dry finish with some lingering pilsner malt character remaining on the palate.

Lovely malt character while still being light and refreshing. Despite what happens when these beers are shipped, this one has held up beautifully. (799 characters)

Photo of Malt_Man
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from 500ml bottle into straight mug.

L) Pale straw colour, clear, dense pure white head. Lots and lots of bubbles rising. Looks class, if a bit pale.

S) Peppery hallertau hops. Not as yeasty / bready as some of the style, so less appealing.

T) Creamy; lighter flavour than many Munich helles. As per the nose, the strong yeasty / bready flavour of some of the best helles isn't quite there. On the other hand, the flavour is straight forward with pleasing hop bitterness at the end of the gulp, with no unwelcome hints of sweetness, like Paulaners helles has.

F) This has a very pleasant creamy mouthfeel. Not as fizzy as it looks, but the body is refreshing.

O) A good Helles, not one of the best I've had, but solid, refreshing and I would buy it again. (778 characters)

Photo of Trombone69
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle,
Pours very clear, yellow, not much head, no head retention. minimal lacing.
Smells a bit skunky, Heineken-like. not good.
Taste, smooth, similar to an Oktoberfest, a little Euro-skunk.
I'm disappointed. I love the Weihenstephaner Hefe Dunkel which might be in my top 10 all time favorite beers. The Weihen Hefe is awesome too. This... meh. It does go down easy. But there's lots of other things I'd rather drink. (436 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, white cap with no lacing, smells and tastes of biscuits, malts, and yeast. Bubbly carbonation and easy to drink. Great all around beer. (151 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a stein. Light gold color, excellent clarity, and a creamy white head that leaves behind spotty lacing. Sweet malts in the aroma with a touch of spice from the hops. Clean and malty in the flavor as well but great balance with the hops. Medium bodied, full of flavor, and ridiculously easy to drink. Soft carbonation bubbles rise to the surface throughout the beer. A classic Helles lager, one of the best I've had to date. (450 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

beautiful, almost champagne-like pour with lots of carbonation. lively brew! lively yellow color. a bit dry. takes me back to "the day" when I was venturing out, branching out on my beer and realizing there is more to beer than Michelob and Lowenbrau. Old World Village in Huntington Beach is where I got my first tastes at 17 and haven't looked back. great memories. great beer. Germany still rules..... if this is a LAGER, than this is one of the best representations of it. (476 characters)

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