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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 847
Hads: 2,114
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 176
Gots: 298 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager | 5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-30-2000

A good beer takes its time. The long storage makes our yellow bright lager, “Original”, a flavourful beer enjoyed with fine poured, white foam. With a mild hoppy note and its pleasant fresh spicy taste, it goes very well with salads, poultry, stews or with a hearty snack. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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Photo of MACrist
4.87/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For the style.
LOOKS: Light golden, champagne like bubbles rising up. Finger of creamy/foamy white head, leaves a nice little layer on top of the beer and a nice little bit of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: White crusty bread, grassy, corn husk, clean.
TASTE: Just like aroma, with a nice pleasant lasting bitterness on the finish.
MOUTHFEEL: Light body, dry, crisp and refreshing. Great carbonation, but not over the top and cheap feeling.
OVERALL: This ain't no McLager boys and girls. If you know someone that says they hate lagers...serve them this beer.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

holy god d*&^!

"What is the one beer you would choose if there could be only one beer?" Right now I think it would be this one as it is hard to imagine getting tired of it.
pours a light gold with a one finger head that leaves tantalizing remnants; somehow the bubbles look just right.
what a classic beer smell. bready, noble, fresh, integrated, authentic, nostalgic--reserved and understated yet powerful, hard to do it justice in print, while the flavor can be (inadequately) described using the very same descriptors. maybe a few cases down the road, better words will come. everything complements everything else, with a medium body carrying the perfect measure of snappy hop flavor and bready malt into the finish.
Finally got around to trying this one after many years of slowly checking out virtually every other helles and pilsner available. Suddenly, it was like I was experiencing the very archetype of drinkable beer, of which the others were merely imperfect copies. this is my view through 2 bottles. if later sessions manage to leave the same impression, the rating may well need to be adjusted upward (from an already lofty 4.73).

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Photo of talo589
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my second beer from Weihenstephaner. I went for the Original this time around. I basically just check out whatever my favorite Minneapolis stores, Grand Wine & Cheese (on Lake St.) or Elevated (on Hiawatha), have in stock for foreign beers. I say this to give you an indication of my novice-level reviewing. As an apparently prolific brewer, Weihenstephaner gets stocked at both places frequently. Despite not being the freshest (at least a few weeks from being fresh?), this beer tastes quite good. None of the thinner, skunky aspects of many prolific american brewers. The flavors aren't completely masked in hops either. Very light and fruity, while still tasting like beer. Refreshing, yet still substantial - those qualities I like best in beer. The Original has a straightforward lager flavor, while being more complex than many lagers. My reference point for a Helles Lager is the Surly Hell. While I love Surly, I appreciate the Weihenstephaner's more complex flavor - not overly laden in hops.

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Photo of Tele
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 1.15.16

A: 4.5 Pours a clear, yellow-gold. The fluffy, nearly white head has good retention and leaves lots of lace.

S: 4.25 Classic aromas. Bready, toasted malt, lemon, minerally, mild hops, and a bit of pepper.

T: 4 Similar to the nose. Barely sweet with lots of toasted cracker, malt, lemon, with a peppery, grassy finish. Finish is a bit watery after the beer warms a bit.

M: 4.5 The body is creamy and crisp at the same time with good carbonation and a dry finish.

O: 4.25 This is a great example of the style – like a pilsner but a bit more mild and creamy. Good amount of flavor without being too heavy or intense. Great stuff!

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Photo of Dravin
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled on code of 6325, which if I understand the code correctly means it was bottled on the 6th of August 2015.

Look -- Pours a clear pale straw with 2 fingers of tight white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell -- Sweet biscuity malt with notes of lemon and sulfur.

Taste -- Biscuit sweetness, touches of lemon, a light bitterness, and an touch of mineral taste in the background.

Feel -- Lively carbonation, light body, and a slightly dry finish leave this lager crisp and clean on the palate.

Overall -- A nice clean Helles that is dangerously drinkable. I could easily drink this by the liter.

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Photo of adroc
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Moderate malty sweet aroma with slight spicy nobel hop aroma.

Appearance: Very light crystal clear gold color with nice white head. Head on mine faded fairly quickly.

Flavor: Slight pils malt flavor. The hops seemed to dominate over the malt. Had a low bitterness at the end along with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body & carbonation with slight dryness at the end

Overall: Was an OK beer, I think mine might have been a little old and was lacking in the malt department a bit.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Original Premium.

Beer number two out of the enclosed holiday box my brother gave me. Only had a few outta this highly acclaimed German brewery but only because finding fresh beers outta these guys is a chore. This is my palate washer for the night since it isn't a style that sticks out as having some insane flavors to discect (sp?). Enough Shiite, let's drink it.

Look - Poured from the twelve ounce bottle into a coca cola pint glass. Beers pours a moderately clear yellow with a finger and a half of white head that over the course of a minute dies down to a thick cloud formation amongst the top of my glass. Caronation goes from zero to one hundred as soon as the top is popped on this brew and dumped into your consumption helper. Minimal lacing upon a finished glass.

Smell - The nose on this brew has just a touch of the skunk you would expect outta a German brewery though it is quickly overtaken by a quick pleasant and clean west bill that brings a touch of sweetness to your nose that really gets you interested in an otherwise bland style. Almost sugar like. Not a huge nose but seeing as this is a basic German beer, it smells more welcoming than ' American basic ' beers. Interested to see where this goes.

Taste - Wow! What a loaded flavor for a lager!. Much better than your typical American/Canadian/Mexican shit. Nice levels of the breads with just enough to keep a casual interested and swallowing it down along with a kiss of sweet hop on the middle. Touch of skunk comes through on the end but it isn't nearly as present as a lot of imports. This bottle may be a bit old as well for the reference. This is a true evolved everymans beer. No cheap adjunct flavors to be found here.

Feel - The body also holds together. Nice and moderate to full believe it or not despite the fact it is a lager. The carbonation is low but what is there is quite cold. Easy swallowing and pleasant. Not a huge body by any means, but for the style it is nice.

Overall - Well if this were available in a $15 thirty pack I think it would become one of the most popular brews in the U.S.. not overly flavorful but a bit heavy bodied for a generic swiggity swagger at a college party. Overall, if you can take a good lager for a fishing trip or a night in the blind looking for your next 200+ white tail, give it a shot. As always, come to your own conclusion...

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Photo of MacMalt
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into wheat beer glass. It's a pale golden yellow in color, perfectly clear, with a thick, bright-white head and lacing. The smell features yeast with floral hops and a hint of citrus. The citrus comes through in the taste but it finishes slightly bitter. It is delightfully light and crisp and super easy to drink. This is a perfect German lager.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale straw, perfect clarity, white head, lots of lazy bubbles. Nose and flavor are mild skunk, a bit of spicy/grassy hops that also contribute some mild bitterness, and a light wheat touch. Reminds me of pilsner malt. Super well attenuated. Super light body, well carbonated but smooth.
Reminiscent of cheap macros, but something about this is actually really enjoyable and pleasant, yet also far from what I would call delicious. It simultaneously brings to mind both sticky college dive bar floors and masterful craftsmanship by bearded men in lederhosen. Either way I could see this growing on me- easy to do when I feel like I could put down a half dozen before I knew what happened.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours bright yellow with a white foam head. Smells lightly of yeast and malt. Taste is malty grains with a lemony citrus hop zing cutting through. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Goes down easy with mild carbonation. Overall a very nice, clean tasting, well-crafted german lager.

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Photo of beergoot
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely clear, light gold-colored body; dense, fluffy, persistent white head. Bread crust and grass aroma; very slight fruitiness; pear. Warm, toasted grain; crisp, gently biting hop bitterness. Medium-light in body; crisp and mostly dry finish.

A well-balanced, very flavorful German pilsner that does an excellent job of presenting a gently toasted, slightly warmed malt beer with a nice counterbalance of crisp hop bitterness.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tight, crusty, rimming carpet of white over glowing platinum. 4.25
Hay, light crackery granola, sweet wort, and some grass - shifts as it goes. 4.25
Butter on country biscuit, hint of peach, and gentle straw and spice hops. 4.25
Fresh white bread finish and spritzy linger.
Crisp, light, round. 4.25

Paragon. String of adjectives doesn’t convey how smooth + integrated this is. The carb, the body, the malt load - all knife edge balanced. Want more hops, but it shouldn’t have it. 1000 years of expertise = great beer. 4.25

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Photo of dd43
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

More so than any beer I've had before, this one from Weihenstephaner made me instantly want a bratwurst. A near perfect bright golden lager, wonderfully aromatic with an abundance of noble hop aromas. Floral, grassy, and a really light but still present malt that left me wanting more. Crisp and lively on the tongue, with that malt backbone taking care of business after swallowing each sip. Worth seeking out for any fan of Pilsner style beers, German or Czech in origin.

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Photo of Vixie
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow color with a large white foam head. The head dissipates in a few minutes to about a quarter inch of foam across the top.

Lot of smell to this one, very bread like. Mainly bready yeast with a hint of floral and hops.

Malty and a bit bread like at first. There is a hint of sweetness to it, but it is fairly subtle. Finishes with a liht hop character, just enough to offset the sweet notes.

Feel is about as expected, fairly light with a decent amount of tingling from the carbonation.

A very easy beer to drink, would be great on a hot day It is smooth and while not blowing me away with a lot of flavor, has enough to make it an above average beer. Many pale beers tend to skimp on flavor, but this one has more than expected. Worth a try.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 4165. Dimpled mug.

S: lovely hoppy noble hop aroma. Potent for herbal German hop.

A: pours a clear, bright straw gold with 2 fingers white head; ample carb overall, but not a ton for a lager. Excellent retention, fair lacing.

T: light crisp, slightly Pilsner malty, slight sweetness in perfect balance with noble hop bite, turning perfectly clean.

M: very light, little carb, crisp and clean.

O: I love German lagers, and this is the best I have ever had from a bottle, hands down. Perfect balance, refreshing and clean with a tilt to maltiness.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ayinger hefeweizen glass. Back label says 6055.

A- Pours a clean light golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Semi-resilient sudsy lacing slides down the glass.

S- Bready malt characteristic with a hint of house yeast.

T- Grainy malt flavor with just the slightest bit of hop bitterness. Very clean and goes down almost like water. A bit sweet.

M- Lively carbonation prickle with a light body.

O- A nicely executed sessionable lager that goes well with food.

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Photo of ordybill
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a pint glass. Crystal clear yellow colored beer with a large white head. The aroma is big on grass and a slight floral scent. The crisp flavor of grains and some lemon zest with a dry finish is a well balanced touch. The palate overall is composed of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is an outstanding beer.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: Crystal clear, golden color. Nice head, quickly fades into a very thin froth on top of the beer. Surprising lacing.
S: Very nice, pleasant smell. Cereal grains, sweet bread, and a nice floral finish.
T: Similar to the smell, cereal grains and bread, with a really nice sweetness. Also has a crisp, almost peppery quality to it.
F: Despite being a lager, this one has some body to it. Also, very crisp and refreshing. Slightly dry on the finish, though not so much as to take away from its refreshing drinkability.
O: Highly enjoyable helles lager. Big fan of the style and this one is one of the best I have drank. Lots of flavor.

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Photo of panduji
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An exceptional example of a Munich Helles Lager. The best there is IMHO. I'm an avid home brewer and have been trying to replicate this beer right down to the water chemistry for quite some time. No dice yet!

Crystal clear pale in color.
High carbonation level
Barely detectable hop aroma and flavor
Smells like a biscuit out of the oven
Tastes very slightly malty and bready with a very clean finish

It's perfect!

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What took me so long to try this beer? It is the best in its style and appears to hold up well with aging (the bottle I had was from 2014). They know what they're doing on Weihenstephan hill!

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Photo of cavedave
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear straw color, topped by a couple fingers white foam that grudgingly gives way to a frothy cap that lasts.

Crisp bready malt and rounded yeast tart with spicy hop notes in the back make for a balanced and inviting aroma.

Very blended combo of the flavors in the nose, less crisp than aroma, less spicy hop than aroma, lighter tart to the yeast than aroma, and more breadiness for sure. Highly attenuated flavors here, with little sweet, and the sip ends with just a hint of spice to keep it on the dry side.

Full bodied, medium carb., nice finish, highly refreshing, frames the flavors well.

Nice simple Helles, less hoppy than others, very refreshing, clean brew. Recommended.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cellar temperature, in my tulip. Because I do not have a proper lager glass.

A centimeter of the purest white foam quickly settles down over a brilliant, radiant straw gold. Perfect clarity. I think it's hypnotizing me.

It smells like honey, yeast, and noble hops, which I find have a more earthy, herbal quality than the fruitier, zesty hops of American IPAs. Maybe some a light bit of peaches and pears. Very nice.

Well, this more or less tastes like liquid bread. The flavor is fairly light, but what's there is superb.Yeasty white bread or pretzels, a little lemon through the middle, and the most crispy-clean biscuity finish imaginable with just a hint of herbal bitterness. Because it's a subtle profile, the breadiness stands out quite brilliantly.

The carbonation is up there, but the feel is ultimately very light and excessively kuaffable.

An ultra-refreshing beer that excels in balance and makes an art of simplicity.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Perfect golden color. The color, head and lacing give the brew the overall look of an IPA or imperial pilsner. Because of the look, its feel is almost disappointingly thin. But that's only because it has an imperial look. Otherwise, it still has a feint honey taste with solid body for the style. A solid B.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really hard-pressed to even write reviews for some of the Bavarian helles, as it's clear that we just don't get them fresh enough in this part of the country to really sample them in peak condition. This one was about 5 mos old. Unmistakable whiff of DMS on the nose, which I understand is within reason for the style but still a bit jolting if you're not accustomed to drinking beer with obvious DMS. I concede that, by the end of the glass, it mellows out and actually starts to work in unison with the malt and noble hop character to provide a sort of saline note that's actually somewhat pleasing. Palate is subtle but tasty, not overbearing malt, definitely not grainy, a touch sweet, faint traces of noble hops for balance, and drinkable as heck. It's an incredible thing to create something so light, almost watery, and yet satisfying. Easy to down this one in a flash. Overall, good stuff that I pray I get to sample at the source some day.

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Photo of djura
2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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