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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,822 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,822
Reviews: 799
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 114
Gots: 156 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-30-2000)
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Reviews by ryantho00:
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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***I wrote a beautiful review of this beer and it somehow disappeared!***

So im only going summarize my thoughts in 2 sentences out of frustration. Look at my ratings!

This beer had a great fresh nose, a wonderful toasted sweetness throughout the drink, nice balance of a lager-esque taste and a tanginess and slight bitter hops. Great brew, easy drinking, nice flavors.

Cheers!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear pale gold and a couple of fingers of ivory head; sparse lace left behind

S: grassy, grainy, flowery fields; some bread and yeast...

T: crisp and clean drinking pale grains; hints at grasses and hay; something citric, maybe lemony; something herbal and rustic, too

M: lean and tight, crisp and clean-drinking, moderate bitterness, smooth and light-bodied

O: what I presume to be exemplary of the style, rounded off by my lack of familiarity thereof, presents as an easy-drinkin' beer, session-able and light, with a stable of core flavor elements

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rate this as my favorite lager in the world,incredible fruity aroma and taste.Not a wimpy beer by any stretch,the house yeast imparts a great floral-fruity aroma,love this beer in any form but am crazy about it on tapT.Weihenstaphan is one of the great breweries in the world for a reason.

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Light and clear yellow in color with a decent head.

Smell – This is a nice, quality grain aroma with a touch of spicing.

Taste – This spicing comes out much more at the taste. It’s difficult to pick them out, but they seem to be light yet sharp. There’s a touch of medicine to this one as well, but the strong and flavorful grain covers things up nicely. The finish is a sweet sucrose-type of flavor that works nicely.

Mouthfeel – There’s some very light carbonation to this refreshing light to medium-bodied lager.

Drinkability – This is an excellent session beer and a wonderful example of the style.

Comments – This has the same flavor profile of an American macro: grain and man-made sugar. But here it is done with class using quality ingredients and the expertise of the oldest brewery in the world.

Update – I first reviewed this in 2004 with a 2003 vintage so thought that I would re-review it with a 2005 bottle. I’m glad that I did. I got a much better head than the original review so raised the Appearance from 3 to 4.

Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't went wrong with a Weihenstephan before; it's funny how I've had many of their other brews before the "original", so I guess I finally owe it to myself to try it. It pours a straw and banana tinted yellow color with exception clarity - not quite Kristallweissbier clear, but pretty damn close. It showcases some slight volatility, producing a big, bubbly, bone-white head that maintains its slow decent into a skin and leaves some great lacing behind. This one's a beauty!

The aroma contains a bunch of maltiness, right off the bat; soft and light, yet dominant and recognizable all at once. Raw biscuits, crackers, and previous Bavarian yeast cloud my nostrils, followed up by a brief interruption of faint Noble hops; slightly leafy and musty are the hops, and while noticeable, they certainly play secondary to the extraordinarily well-crafted malt bill. Some light lemon zest and a spritz of citrus finishes things off. This beer smells very pure, fresh, and honest. I like that.

A slightly metallic toned abundance of pale malts engulf my palate after taking a gulp. Not a sip, but a gulp - this beer is about as easy-drinking as they come. The flavor is slightly more "toasted" than the aroma showed, giving off baked bread and toasty crackers as opposed to their lighter, raw counterparts. Once the stronger barley and grain flavors subside a bit, the Noble hops jump in again with their signature musk and leaf flavor, injecting a subtle dryness and a mellow, yet commanding bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste.

Extremely well balanced is this lager, with a seemingly perfect mix of hops and malts, both sides waging war for dominance in the flavor profile while the sum of them remains controlled enough to let the drinkability of this beer shine like a star. The aftertaste is a pretty rewarding concoction of Noble hop bitterness, briefly toasted and bready malt, and crisp, clean, lager yeast. It's got a smooth yet sharp mouth feel from the high amount of carbonation. Light bodied, as most helles lagers should be.

No kidding, Weihenstephan does it again. I'm beginning to think that they can do no wrong, as there isn't a beer by them that I've tried and haven't liked. I'm starting to grow more fond of the Helles Lager style, and this is a good place to start for anyone who is venturing in that direction, as well. Can't say I like this one as much as Schlenkerla's helles lager (it's that smoke, baby), but it's still damn good and oh so insanely drinkable.

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of MadScientist
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium yellow with excellent clarity. A bright white head of compact bubbles that is dissipates fairly quickly leaving a thick ring of foam around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate grainy and somewhat sweet with a low hops aromas that are flowery and spicy. Faint DMS, no diacetyl, no esters
T: Grainy and very slightly sweet, a nice balance of low hops bitterness
M: A nice softness on the palate probably from the pils malt with a medium body and medium carbonation.
O: It take a lot to impress me with a lager and this one certainly does. Not only excellent for style but just a plain excellent beer.

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of J2L
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of sdsimkins
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Very pale golden yellow with a stunning clarity; sizable, spritzy head holds together well. Smells of freshly cut grass, pale honey, doughy biscuit, faint grape skin, and it's a little peppery from the hops. Impeccably smooth with a very delicate, light to medium body. Clean maltiness throughout, not all the way dry as some sweetness sneaks in at first sip. Bitterness is clean with a peppery bite and herbal backing. The graininess is just enough to pique the palate's interest, yet doesn't cloud drinkability. Finishes dry with a very clean aftertaste of pale malt and grassy hops.

What a lovely yet delicate lager, an underrated as well as overlooked beer, as the spotlight usually shines on its wheat beer brother. No frills and fits with the style. An ease to quaff back a half liter (or a full liter, for the more ardent lager lover).

Photo of bulldogg915
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of joel_bou
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Todd
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Called "Weinenstephan Helles exportbier" in Germany. Served in a branded 0.5l glass. Presented as a clear, bright, pale yellow/gold beer with a thin white sticky foam head -- good retention. Musty, light grain, clean aroma.

Smooth mouthfeel with a thin, soft rind hop bitterness. Notes of metallic flavours edge around a light malt sweetness with grain notes. Bitterness is a bit limey and snappy, with a grassy and herbal finish. Soft banana. Faint clove. Dry overall finish.

Had this at the "Ranke 2" in Berlin. Wonderful beer. Paired nicely with my bean and sausage soup.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Jpinoniemi
5/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of muffguy4beer
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: vibrant yellow in color, clear with ample head due to vigorous pour action.

Smell: I pick up the malty goodness, dash of lemon.

Taste: very balanced brew, has a nice sweet front with a slightly tart back end.

Mouthfeel: medium body with crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: easy drinking beer most definitely for the summer time, a style that I am more and more appreciating and trying to replicate in my homebrewing.

Photo of generallee
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 0.9oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. The bottle has the abv marked at 5.1% and there is no freshness date.

Appearance: The body is a bright and has a light yellow gold color and inside there were lots of little yeast floaters as well as some visible carbonation too. Its head is made of a light, loose, bright white foam which builds up tall, then quickly settles down to just a thin film covering. Lacing is slick and minimal.

Smell: There is a mild pale and biscuity malt character in the aroma with some light straw like and noble hope notes.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor is very clean and refreshing. There is a nice bready/biscuity malty base with some mild sweetness. It also has some earthy/bready yeast notes as well. This is then balanced by a pleasant mix of classic German hops that add some herbal spice, some bitterness, a very light touch of citrus and a good crisp dry finish. The palate is light to medium with lively balanced carbonation.

Notes: This is an outstanding easy drinking lager. The only big negative was the odd yeast floaters that filled the glass after I poured the beer. Anyway it didn't take anything at all away from the flavor.

Photo of ShortBusRiot
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Todler
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six at HY-Vee in CF last week. This one's a good 'all purpose' drinker. Pours nice, not a lot of foaming. Some lacing. Taste was smooth with a very mild sour yeast flavor with good hop and malt balance. They must use some of their hefeweizen yeast in this because it had a similar tartness, just scaled down. I enjoyed this one and I'd buy it again. I can't say it will change your life, but definately worth trying.

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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