Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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90
outstanding

820 Reviews
THE BROS
100
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Reviews: 820
Hads: 1,995
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 150
Gots: 234 | FT: 0
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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 djura
2.8/5  rDev -30%
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 -5.8%
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 -16.5%
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 OldManMetal
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
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 +25%
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 +6.7%
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 +20%
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 +14%
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 +25%
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 +17%
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 +19.5%
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 +17.3%
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 -5.5%
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 -12.8%
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 +7.7%
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 +3.3%
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 +12%
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)

Photo of PGD120
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into becker glass

appearance: pale clear golden body. with lots of visible carbonation. nice fluffy 2 finger white head

aroma: biscuitiness, some malt, doughy yeast, some clov. kind of earthy

taste: lots of nice biscuity malt, and bready yeast, a tiny bt of citrus lingers and some malty sweetness

feel: very right and lots of nice carbonation

overall: super refreshing beer (398 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan. Poured from the bottle into a Weizen glass, this has got a two finger thick white mildy frothy head, secular lacing, and a clear golden body. A very attractive appearance indeed.

I smell lighter grains and earthy malts. Nothing really going on with the hops in this discipline.

Tastes like bright malts, lively grains, and even a faint dash of pepper upon smacking of the lips. This is very enjoyable and easy drinking.

This brew's mouthfeel is very light and crisp. Damn, is it refreshing!

Overall, a 4.75 for Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan. I'll be picking this Nectar of the Gods up again; believe that! (732 characters)

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Clear, gold body, fluffy white head. Continuous stream of carbonation prevents head from fading. Little lacing.
S - Pepper, banana, clove, spicy hops.
T - Light grain, dough. Spice and faintly floral hops. Crisp bitterness
M - Light body, high carb. Refreshing.
O - I don't venture into imports very often, I'm glad I did this time. This beer was refreshing in many ways. (378 characters)

Photo of MaxWildwood
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass. A: clear light yellow, very little head S: Distinctive, grainy T: smooth, balanced, very light flavor F: watery O: a cut above typical American lagers but not as good as Czech beers. I am not a fan of this style, so consider the source. (277 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 4, 2015

500 ml bottle, weizen glass

A – Light gold with tons of effervescent bubbles cascading up to the top. About an inch of pure white foam, bubbly, with fairly long retention. Very high clarity.

S – Distinctly reminiscent of rising bread dough, with a peppery, clove-like spice. Very clean, very crisp. Hops are floral and provide sharp bitterness on the nose.

T – Mirrors the aroma profile. Bread dough, floral hops with a touch of medicinal, and some prominent bitterness. Also clean, crisp flavor.

M – Spritzy, bubbly carbonation is moderate, and bitterness is present throughout. The finish is dry, begging you to gulp down another glass.

O – I feel like I know Weihenstephaner mostly for the hefeweissbier and the weisse variants, but this is one of the better golden lagers I’ve ever had. Something to satisfy the beer snob AND the mass-market lager consumer. (903 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(3 21 3 printed on bottle; drank on 2/10/14)

L: clear pale yellow, 100% clear; huge white head with loads of stick; head is 1 1/4- to 1 1/2-inch tall; some lacing

S: slight biscuit, sweet light malt, some grain; bread dough

T: light and sweet, some grain, some bread malt, even a little lemon; barley grain flavor; mixes into a hint of banana (?)

F: light, tons of carbonation off a light pour

O: super clean and easy-drinking, Original tastes very much like a good German pilsener with the hops sucked out of it -- there's no discernible hop flavor in this, no grass, dirt, earth, nothing bitter; much, much better than American-made Helles I've tried, but it's a nothing special if still solid brew, and one I'll definitely revisit as a palate-cleanser when taking a break from the hops (835 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 2 finger white head that receded to a thick collar; nice lacing;

S: restrained; a little grainy, a little malt sweetness; a touch of black pepper, a bit of fruitiness, a bit of sulfur;

T: also restrained; sulfur is more pronounced; combination of malt sweetness with low to moderate bitterness that come in mid-palate along with a little tartness;

M: light to medium bodied; tingly carbonation;

O: the sulfur detracted from the experience; (514 characters)

Photo of TheStepChild
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

500 mL bottle outside of Chicago. Must have traveled well or very fresh.

A: clear yellow or pale gold with large white head that lingers

A: light cracker malt aroma with a very light floral noble hop character

Flv: crisp cracker with hints at grasses and hay; very light floral and spice in the background, light bitterness that doesn't linger. No esters.

M: med-light mouthfeel, smooth, finishes dry with malt flavor lingering slightly

OI: A world class beer and one of the beers that sets the standard for the style. A must try at the brewery or in Germany. Didn't give it a 5 because I like one other helles just a bit more. (634 characters)

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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