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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner OriginalWeihenstephaner Original

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1,438 Ratings

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Ratings: 1438
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,438 | Reviews: 769 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of longpondbeerman


3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This lager pours a very pale, clear yellow, with just a minimum of white headiness. It has a characteristic lager smell: a touch of citrus mixed with a good balance of sweet malt and a foundation of light hops. The taste is mellow and lightly refreshing, and there's a hint--just a hint--of ginger. The mouth feel is clean and sparkling. The one complaint is that it is farily expensive; hence only average on the drinkability scale.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 22:10:47 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of moulefrite


3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden and-well, very lagery. A soft blanket of white head fades quickly to a whisper. Aromas are soft with barley and sweet malt featured. Crisp and refreshing in the mouth with fairly bold flavors for the style. Sweet grain and freshly baked bread come to mind. A true to the style brew, yet overpriced in our market. Paid 3.50for the pint+ bottling. I can get the Hefe for Less!!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 03:16:33 | More by moulefrite
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 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 AtLagerHeads


3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very fine beer that is truly representative of the style except that it is a bit lighter in aroma than expected for a Helles. Sure the malt is there and hints of yeast, but where's that really bready aroma that we normally get with this style?

The flavor follows suit being more of a weakly hopped pilsener than a strongly yeasty/bready Helles. Still, let's not take anything away from this beer for what remains is truly a very fine lager beer. The clean, crisp taste and decent feel all speak well for it, and it is very drinkable and enjoyable. We ain't talking macro here, you know.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2003 00:57:43 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of jcalabre


3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this on 26 April 2003. I am writing this review from my notes
This is a very light bodied, slightly crisp lager. Nothing spectacular, nothing offensive. One of these years, I'll learn to appreciate pilseners more. I liked Victory's Prima Pils & Dogfish Head's Prescription Pils, but most seem so bland to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 20:17:57 | More by jcalabre
Photo of TinusTime


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow with a decent sized fluffy head. Smells clean and crisp with minimal hop pungency. Taste is decent.. seems a bit thin. Not quite the pilsner hop bite I expected. Nicely quaffable beer. Would be a good session beer on a hot day.. Not a bad beer, just nothing too exciting, would drink but probably not spend the money to buy.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 16:33:08 | More by TinusTime
Photo of Ellbert


2.35/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was dissapointed with this beer. It tasted a lot like Grolsh or St. Pauli Girl. It had a certain bitterness at the end that I did not enjoy. Everything else about it was okay. A decent head and a nice golden color. Just a bitterness like Grolsh and St. Pauli Girl that I do not like.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2003 17:42:01 | More by Ellbert
Photo of BeerBuilder


3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a brilliantly clear straw color with a thick white head. It leaves a good amount of lacing when sipped down. It has a sweet malty, bread-like aroma. Very clean smelling. The flavor is malty and bready, with a bit of sweetness. It is a smooth, drinkable beer with a drying finish. A tasty, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 14:26:13 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of PhantomVodoo


3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pale golden in color with a white head.
Aroma of earthy hops, grainy malt, and a hint of lemon.

Taste is fairly crisp and refreshing. Earthy hop bite. Grainy malt. A touch of lemon.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.
Easy-going and drinkable.

Overall a solid pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 04:01:30 | More by PhantomVodoo
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 RenoZymurgist


4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thin head that dissapeared quickly leaving a nicely carbonated, clear, light amber lager. Aroma is of sweet malt accentuated by a light hopiness. The taste is a very nice blend of german hops with a clean finish. The body is light and this beer is full of carbonation that is very fine. Overall this beer is very drinkable and as it warmed a little it became more balanced and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 23:50:46 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of francisweizen


3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good basic, old-school, German lager beer. This is a dark blonde beer with a whispy head. The aromas are heavily malty and slightly hoppy. The taste is malty as well, with some nice hops in the background. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing and the drinkability is great, especially in the summer heat. A good basic beer.


Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 14:22:56 | More by francisweizen
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 feloniousmonk


3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear as a bell, pale yellow, brief white head.
Nose: plain as the nose on your face, dry, with slight citrus and honey, but pleasant.
Citrusy taste, but mild as mild can be in every way possible, mild and light, light and mild, sticking together like Mutt and Jeff, nothing can tear them apart.
Good, tasty, lip-smackin' texture, though, so, it's got that going for it.
Light'n'breezy, so, it's perfect when that's all you what, but frankly, it bores me to bits.
As good or better than, oh, say, 85% of all the lagers in the world.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2003 17:35:28 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of kevinl6

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is, without a doubt, one fine lager. Not much of an aroma from this one, but that seems to be the case with many lagers. Poured a very clear, golden color with minimal bubbles. This stuff is insanely easy to drink. I find it very hard to set the glass down once I've picked it up! Great beer for summer time also. If you like lager, definately give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 18:50:39 | More by kevinl6
Photo of LarryKemp


3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This lager poured a bright clear light straw color from its brown pint bottle. The head was a fluffy white and did not last long. A thin ring of bubbles clung to the liquid line and left a little lace. The aroma was only of malt and fairly subtle. The taste was of malt with a hint of chocolate. There was a slight hop bite. The mouthfeel was light. All in all this is a good beer but not a great one. I could see drinking this with a bunch of brats and potatoe salad.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2003 20:56:18 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of RBorsato


4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw yellow/very light color with a nice white head and good carbonation. Grainy malt aroma with a light earthy hop scent. Nice graininess with good supporting euro hop bitterness but more amlty/grainy than hoppy. Light bodied, crisp and refreshing.

Very good but for the same price I'll go with the Hefe's !!!

($2.59 / 16 oz.)

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2003 10:13:33 | More by RBorsato
Photo of PatandDavid


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm, I only knew them from the Weizenbiers, didn't know they did a lager as well...

Golden straw in color, not much of a head. Smell is pleasant, slightly sweet and flowery.

I was suprised by the taste, didn't expect it to be as flowery as it was. Smooth sweet malt, maybe a hint of apples, although I always picture clover when I think of flowery. Slight bitterness in the end.

I would get this again, but I prefer slightly more carbonation and a bit more dryness in the finish. Not bad, just not the best I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 17:48:04 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of Morris729


4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden straw color with a puffy white head that quickly fades into a thin creamy lace. Nose is sweet cake-like malts with a bit of fresh cut lemon. Light to medium in body with a lively and crisp texture. Taste is sweet malt, lightly toasted bread, and fresh baked biscuits followed by some wonderful nutty yeasts and herbal hops with a touch of lemon. One of the finest lagers in the world.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 16:46:24 | More by Morris729
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 Reidrover


3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought in the 1 pint euro brown bottle.Nice traditional style label..oldest brewery in the world!!
I am slightly dissapointed with the appearance..yeah i know lager is meant to be yellow..but this is almost macro yellow very small white head..seen better looking lagers.
smell is very muted i do detect the floral hoppiness plus some weak malts..at least this smells fresh.
Taste is also a bit of a dissapointment, don't get me wrong, this is above average..sort of lemon grass..doughy flavour..slightlt astringent near the end of the sip.
Mouthfeel is reasonable though its slighly to dry for my taste.
Its drinkable ok ..goes down real well.

Notes..overall I am very dissapointed with my first taset of the worlds oldest brewery..this was a well brewed lager but very pedestrian..ordinary..give me a Paulaner lager or a Jahr hundert bier anytime.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 23:37:16 | More by Reidrover
Photo of BeerManDan


3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear light yellow with medium foam. The smell was of a hoppy and citrus nature. The taste was of hops and a lemon citrus flavor, with a dry bitterness that I was not impressed at all with. This lager was not what I expected from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 14:26:53 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of cokes


4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite a pale golden body, with a plump white head that only stays for a little while.
Lemon rind, rosemary, grasslands and breadcrusts on the nose.
Taste as soft as a pillow yet crisp as blistered 3-iron.
Begins with a light pils malt base suggesting hay and Summer fields. Replaced by a breadiness that is both crusty and lightly sweet. Touches of lime peek in, along with a definitive yeast bite that hints at vanilla. Finishes additionally herbal and grassy, with some peppery hop spice.
Ample streaming carbonation.
This one sits squarely atop Mt. Helles.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 13:32:15 | More by cokes
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would have to consider this to be the best beer labeled as a (pale)lager that I have had (edging out Paulaner Original Munich and Samuel Smith's). This beer is so clean and refreshing, no trace of skunk. Pours a relatively ordinary looking, pale glass of beer. Smaller, foamy head, which dissapates rather quickly. Refreshing, almost flowery smell and taste. This may be the "softest" beer I've ever had. To me, this is the kind of beer that would have a shot at converting some of the masses if they ever tried it. Just as refreshing as an American lager or even a wheat beer, not bitter at all. Weihenstephan is top quality, all the way. I love their beer, and nobody does any better with wheat beer or lagers.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 20:10:12 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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