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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner OriginalWeihenstephaner Original

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1,435 Ratings

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Ratings: 1435
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-30-2000)
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Photo of Bighuge


3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is pristine. Crystal clear grape juice colored beverage. A nice sized white head forms and dissipates with about the same speed. Beautiful malt nose. Man I love it. Subtle notes of german hops as well. The mouthfeel is lacking carbonation. A little flat in my opinion. The flavor is a step down from the nose. The maltiness is subtle, almost too subtle.....and the hops impart a bitterness that is not overdone, but not very distinct either. Maybe the lack of carbonation is bugging me too much, but something just doesn't seem up to par here.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2003 04:12:03 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Stubbie1


3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear gold color. A thin white head goes to the top but quickly fades away. The aroma is a bit thin, mainly malt and hops. The taste is crisp but also a bit thin and matches the aroma. It is quite drinkable but it seems to be missing something. Over all, slightly above average.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2003 00:48:34 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of brdc


3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pale yellow, average sized white fluffy head, some retention, no lacing.
Aroma is a faint mixture of hops, earthiness and some grass.
Very light bodied, with a faint taste that is mildly bitter and grassy when cold, disappearing altogether as it warms.
Average at best; drink cold so it is at least a bit bitter. I expected more from Weihenstephan.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 02:12:14 | More by brdc
Photo of david131


3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A clear yellow liquid with quite a few streams of rising carbonation. The head maintains itself at about 1 cm with good retention.

S- Very fruity, mostly apples, with a biscuit backbone. Very clean smelling with a hint of lemon.

T- Very fruity and biscuity with a bit of lemon and grass. Clean and simple. Pretty sweet though.

M- Clean and thin. The carbonation level is nice.

D- The sweetness builds a bit which brings the drinkability down a bit. This would be a nice beer with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 01:29:11 | More by david131
Photo of jadpsu


3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

World's oldest brewery, and over 1000 years old. Wow!
Pours a pale straw yellow, with a pure white head that has superior side glass lacing and good head retention.
Aroma is of grain and grass with tinge of Euro skunkiness.
Taste is grainy, grassy and with some maltiness. Clean, but nothing stands out.
Do not see a great price value.
Has a dry finish. Nothing here that supports a price point of over $30.00 a case.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 02:51:09 | More by jadpsu
Photo of tweeder263


3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured out a yellow beer with much carbonation, 2 finger head.Mild grainy smell slightly sweet smell.Tastes pretty standard,wayy better then a macro lager but along the same lines,clean ending beer. Mouthfeel is pretty boring,average. Not a bad brew though, wouldnt mind knocking a few back once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2005 01:24:50 | More by tweeder263
Photo of Cresant


3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this undated 12 oz. into a pint glass. Label inkjet 8095. Created two fingers of puffy head that faded to a thin cap. An active bead rose through a clear golden body.

Smelled of whole wheat bread. Floral, clean and slightly minty(?)

Tasted malty and tart. Mildly hoppy. Refreshing.

Smooth texture that developed a tingle as it warmed.

Quenching and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 01:27:14 | More by Cresant
Photo of witster18


3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this poured light gold with a 1"head average retention and when it left it look out of this world for a lager...a cool foamy/stickyness on the surface with lots of nice lacing forming. Smell is earthy hops and a hint of banana. Love that hops on the nose. Taste is a little dissapointing considering...appearance. Just doesn't go down very easy...mouthfeel is nice but there's no lingering good tastes...this is overrated here....would it be a travesty to say that Velas Hellas from Gatlinburg is as good? Sorry I know this Brewery has been doing this since 1040 but I thought it would be better. Good but not fantastic by any means...other than it's appearance.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 22:42:04 | More by witster18
Photo of jettjon


3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 500ml bomber with no freshness date into a pilsner. Pale golden clear with numerous bubbles. Thick white head, with a moderate fade down to a thin clumpy cap and good sticky lace. Nose of powdery malt and light citrus hops, nothing remarkable here. Tastes of light malt and light citrus. Mild bitter finish. Mouth is light bodied with easygoing carbonation; it’s smooth and refreshing. Somewhat crisp. Drinkability is decent; taste and overall enjoyability is OK, but the 500ml bottle was enough for me.

Overall: A so-so pils, clean and light but rather unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 23:57:34 | More by jettjon
Photo of OKCNittany


3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle into a Victory Prima pilsner glass

A: Majestic three finger white head that eventually fell to 1/4", leaving plenty of lacing. However, it had a weak looking, hazy, pale golden body.

S: A little lemony with a touch of malty sweetness. It's ok, but no more.

T: Again, a touch of tart citrus. A touch of malt. Overall very light - there's really not much too it.

M: Light to medium body. Lightly carbonated - almost flat (or smooth if you're a glass half-full kind of person).

D: Would make a great session beer, but personally I'd prefer something more substantial.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 04:18:42 | More by OKCNittany
Photo of meatmallet


3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear pale yellow color with white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Malty aroma with a slight bit of hopps in it.

T: A light malty flavor with a slight touch of honey and some hops.

M/D: Overall not a bad beer but not really one of my favorite styles. Nothing really stood out to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 00:49:31 | More by meatmallet
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light lemon yellow with a decent white fizzy head that leaves moderate lacing.

This is a somewhat uncomplex lager. Leaning heavily to the malty/sweet side. Just a quick hint of that banana/clove flavor I love so much in their Hefeweizen comes through, then disappears in a flash. Also a hint of grassy hops.

Very simple, light, crisp, refreshing, and drinkable, but nothing to rave about.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 19:29:04 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of IlliniRob


3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden-yellow hue… looked a bit too much like urine. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass with a tall fluffy head that dissipated quickly. Little lacing. Carbonation evident, but not to champagne levels.

S: Very sweet with a hint of floral hoppiness.

T: Starts off tart, then very sweet, and finishes with a touch of a hoppy bite or metallic tinge.

M: Clean, but a bit overly bubbly/frothy.

D: Very quaffable. Would go well with most food. Good enough beer for its style, but nothing to make me say "wow".

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 04:13:01 | More by IlliniRob
Photo of Chico1985


3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark pee yellow with a huge white head, lots of carbonation bubbles. Settles at about a finger and leaves some good lacing.

Buttery and grainy scent, faint toasted bread and light banana.

Taste mostly follows the nose, a very clean tasting lager but truthfully not much flavor present. Mostly grainy and watery malts with some fruit and hop bite on the finish (lemon, herbal.) Highly carbonated mouthfeel but it fits the style, it's refreshing and there's no off-flavors.

Extra points given for the really clean taste, but it may be a bit too clean, I was hoping for more flavor. Still, it wouldn't be a chore to down a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 14:57:04 | More by Chico1985
Photo of stella77artois

New York

3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

EDIT : Altered my review slightly after 2nd go-'round with this brew.

16.9 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Rather average lager. Very light golden, decent amount of carbonation happening. Good, thick head that lasted a while.

S - Not much happening. Smelled like an adjunct lager to be honest, maybe not as dank. Some bready aromas.

T - Did taste better the second time around, but I'm suprised this beer is rated so high. Munich Helles is my favorite style of beer, and this is one of the top rated in the world. Can't believe this, but it tasted like a less offensive adjunct lager. Not as much corn filler, and maybe a bit more hoppiness. Disappointing. Not an offensive beer, but again, tastes to me like a less offensive AAL.

F - It's only positive, really. Light in a good way and crisp. Nice amount of carbonation.

O - Quite disappointed. This brew comes nowhere near my 4-5 favorite (as of now) Helles lagers. A very average beer without much going for it. Wouldn't mind trying this on tap, but I doubt I'll ever buy a bottle again.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 20:27:03 | More by stella77artois
Photo of danielharper


3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Pours into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass with a pale yellow body (lots of carbonation) and a very thick white foamy head. Leaves lots of lace. For a lager, a very nice appearance.

S: Sweet, grassy ester, slightly sweet (notes of wheat present) but with no skunk. Not bad for the style at all.

T: Crisp, clean. A bit of corn aftertaste is slightly astringent and unpleasant, but overall sweetness helps the beer taste quite good. Best served ice-cold, though.

M: Thin, but heavily carbonated. Decent for style.

D: Fairly drinkable. I've used this beer in chili to good results, and served cold it's very refreshing and enjoyable. Not my favorite style, but for the style this is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 20:16:53 | More by danielharper
Photo of weeare138


3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike Maltbie for this...
Appears a hazy, pale gold with a small white head that quickly fades out into a small bubbly collar. Tiny speckles of lace are left around the glass.
Smell is of yeasty bread, light caramel, tofee, and candied corn.
Taste is of the same aromas with a gentle hoppy citrus.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, mildly sweet and like candy with a crisp bite.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 00:25:29 | More by weeare138
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

The head is big, white and dense, leaving thick sticky lacing. The beer is a clear yellow/gold.

The smell is simple, lagery. Same in the front, with some slight fruitiness. The middle is sweetish, a little corny, finishing dry and a little metallic. After the Hefe, this is a little disappointing. There's nothing bad about it, but there's nothing special about it either. It's actually not far off a good NA.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 15:15:56 | More by kbub6f
Photo of TheDM


3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was a highly carbonated pour which immediately filled my glass with a white head of small bubbles and a light transparent yellow orange color. Its aroma reminds me of fruits, but its taste is not fruity, but ... man I wish I was better able to describe my tastes. This one escapes me too. It is carbonated and smooth. Very drinkable and does not convey a high alcohol content. It was an easily drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2003 07:41:50 | More by TheDM
Photo of blackie


3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance: The pour gives a 0.5" white head that steadily falls back into the glass, leaving a layer on top. The beer is a slightly hazy pale golden in color.

smell: Honeylike pale malt sweetness, big, green and grassy noble hop aroma, and alot of sulfur.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is between medium and high, and the body a lighter medium.

taste: A somewhat honeylike pale munich malt sweetness up front, followed by a considerable sulfuric flavor. Light to moderate hop flavor and bitterness. Ok, but a little too sulfuric and vegetable like for me.

drinkability: Pretty easy, but not a very good beer. Many stale, sulfuric flavors to be found.

Single bottle bought from the Fayetteville Harris Teeter. The code "8024" is printed on the back label.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 04:20:27 | More by blackie
Photo of klewis


3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a masive bone white head comparable to Weihenstephaner's hefe. I've never seen a lager with so much head and lacing.

S: Malty with an aroma of hay and spices.

T: A very unobtrusive and bland taste with flavors of malt and honey.

M: Light-bodied with fine carbonation and a crisp and clean finish.

D: Not bad, but not my cup of tea, er... I mean beer. Sure, this stuff goes down like water, and I could pound them all night, but why would I want to? Gimme something with more taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 23:07:58 | More by klewis
Photo of beerguy101


3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, small head. Aroma is a little chemical, but there is also vanilla and yeast. A lighter bodied Dortmunder, more largerish in taste. Light malts and hops. Mild flavor, not very complex. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 03:51:22 | More by beerguy101
Photo of HardTarget


3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Subdued citric fruits (lemon, orange) with a hint of malt.
Appearance: Clear pale yellow with a weak head of white.
Flavor: A bit of pear in the taste. Generally well balanced with some malt flavors coming out but not sweet. A very mild bitter in the finish, overall a fairly bland lager.
Mouthfeel: Medium light body with heavy carbonation.
Overall Impression: I thought I picked up the HefeWeissbier, and so was very confused when I started this. In comparison to its cousin, this just doesn’t seem right at all. On it’s own merits as a lager, it’s well balanced and has some mildly interesting qualities. A good summer thirst quencher, session beer, or a decent beer to help educate the masses, but nothing I’ll seek out in the future. Worth a karma point, but didn’t rock my boat.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 01:24:26 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Padron4KM


3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a rocky short lived head.
minimal lacing.

Very mild aroma. citrus and malt. (biscuts)

Flavor is very mild, slightly sweet slightly lemony bitter.
Average brew.

It is quite refreshing, but it lacks a little in the flavor dept.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2004 06:32:10 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of heygeebee


3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale pale straw colour, slightly hazy body. Head was there then I blinked and it was gone. No lace.

Aromas of malt, bready/dough.

Taste is sweet malt driven with little bitterness to back-up. Doughy breads persist. A very dry finish takes over as the bottle progresses.

Mouthfeel is alright - moderate carbonation

Overall, it's OK, but not up to the other brews of the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 07:06:58 | More by heygeebee
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