Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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4/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Ladies and gentlemen, it's the one, the only, the legendary Weihenstephaner Original Lager. This 500 mL bottle was purchased for $3.19 at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. The bottling code indicates that this was packaged on 02/23/11. It was poured into a pilsner glass.
The pour yields two fingers of bone white head. Retention is pretty good. Carbonation is extremely active in the glass, renewing the head for a time. Lacing touches the glass as the head slowly recedes. The beer is very light in color and crystal clear. In a pilsner glass, it is pretty much the archetype beer that is displayed in every advertisement for an industrial American lager. It is the beer that they want to look like.
The aroma is also very nice. Sweet malts smell like wet straw, while spicy, grassy hops keep watch over the back door. Mild dusty barnyard undertones work well against the earthy grass and straw notes. It essentially smells like a Euro-lager, so no surprises here.
The flavor is light and easy and follows the premium lager blueprint that Weihenstephaner helped originate in the first place. Malts are mild and to be honest, somewhat watery. As far as taste is concerned, mellow grassy hops reluctantly carry the torch. It's not as robust or complex as the aroma would have me believe, but it is still quite good. The balance is delicate and makes for easy drinking. The one problem I have is that the high level of carbonation actually manifests itself in the flavor, adding a little bit of a sulfurous bite that would probably go unnoticed if there was a little more flavor to be found in the beer itself.
That brings us to mouthfeel. This beer is about as light as they come without feeling like water. The high degree of carbonation only serves to lighten it up further by giving the beer a literal lift. It is understated in feel and, as a result, easy drinking.
All in all, this beer won't change your life, but it is rock solid. It is one of those beers that defines its style. It has always been there; it is a flag bearer. Being an import, it's not the best value; but coming from a craft beer culture lauding bombastic ale-centricity, this cornerstone of the faith is a breath of fresh air. I would love to see more American breweries tackling beers like this.
The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give two reverent Schlitz for this, the standard of beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2011 03:49:30 | More by weizenbob
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4.16/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap @ Library Alehouse.
A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a half-inch thick white head which fades to the rim leaving spotty lace.
N: Grainy, yeasty, faint lemon citrus, grassy/hay, spring freshness.
T: Mostly follows the nose while being crisp and nicely clean.
M: Light body and semi-medium carbonation. Smooth, yeasty and grassy finish.
O: Easy drinking. I have to ask myself, self - why haven't you had this before???
Serving type: on-tap
07-26-2014 01:53:06 | More by wethorseblanket
3.74/5 rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured Weihenstephaner Original into a mug.
A - Pours a bright clear golden with a finger of white head.
S - Some light bread, biscuit, malts. Faint hops and some skunk.
T - Light malts, more bitter hops in there as well. Mid palate getting more bread and light malt flavors. On the aftertaste just a pinch of bitter hops comes through.
M - Smooth with medium carbonation with medium to light mouthfeel.
O - A good Helles. Enjoy! Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 22:55:30 | More by fitrock2112
Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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