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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4.56/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Poured into a shaker pint glass.
This bier is beautiful. Bubbles rise from a clear golden body to reach a frothy white head. Great head retention and lacing.
It smells of wheat, malts, and faint dried grass.
It tastes crisp and clean. Grains, malts, and said grassiness soon part ways to a more bitter finish. Great balance.
The beer feels crisp and clean going down.
Overall, this beer is lovely. All parts work well together.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 13:23:06 | More by JuicesFlowing
4.13/5 rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with a moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of pale and sweet malts with light to moderate amounts of spicy + floral hops
T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale and sweet malts with a light to moderate amount of initial sweetness. There is a light to moderate flavor of spicy + floral + grassy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth and crisp.
O: Refreshing and super easy to drink - very enjoyable and a great example of the style. Definitely worth getting and I plan on getting it again soon (it's good for the summer).
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 00:36:43 | More by dbrauneis
Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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