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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,872
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 121
Gots: 183 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle in April I believe

Really pale color, crystal clear. Thin white head.

Some bready malts in scent, a bit metallic, faint.

Some cereal pale gains, a little earthy and grassy hops, super clean yeast finish.

As sessionable as it gets. Light yet smooth body, very carbonated.

It's refreshing and a nice larger at price, but it's pretty bland. I've had better (augustiner)

Probably would be better on tap

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3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has some retention. Lacing appears as if it will be pretty minimal. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a clear and light pale straw which glows deeper straw when held up to the light. The lacing is pretty much nonexistent.

Nose- Not much going on in this department. Lots of typical “beer”, lager/pilsner smell. Grain with bits of sourness. Little notes of spice, something akin to coriander. Sourness and spiciness fade fairly quickly but a nice, inviting whiff of grain remains. Sweet malt is apparent as well.

Taste- Initially, I get sweet malt and grain followed by some earthy, grassy notes from the noble hops. There are some mineral notes as well and what seems to be a hint of caramel (though I doubt caramel malts were used in this beer). Very well integrated but could use more presence. If I'm reading the bottle code right (6332), then time is most likely the reason. That being said, there are no obvious flaws and this beer is quite smooth. If the noble hops were more striking, this beer would easily go from above average to a solid beer. This would also help balance the sweetness of the malt which at times is too sweet. The sweetness, at times, shows a little white grape as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied but remarkably smooth. You expect a good amount of carbonation in a lighter beer but the lack of it in no way hurts this beer.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. Even if this isn't exactly fresh, this is what the macrobreweries should be aiming for.

Overall- Above average but I really need to try another example. If I am reading the bottle code correctly, this beer is almost a year old. Still, a fairly good beer in its degraded condition.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Transparent light straw colored ale with a thick, white head. Great retention and lots of lace lines. Crisp herbal aroma with some fresh grains and grass thrown in. Bready malt character in the flavor with rice and corn. Very well balanced with an herbal, grassy hop bitterness. Hint of garlic. Finish is crisp with lingering hop spice. Light bodied. Lots of bubbles. Highly refreshing. A tasty German lager which I could thoroughly enjoy year-round.

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3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A light golden color, with about two inches of head that receded rapidly and left little to no lacing on the glass. There was very little carbonation visible.

S - Nice mix of floral hops and malty sweetness.

T - Tastes like a Euro lager with out the Euro funkiness, which is a good thing in my book. The dominant taste in the finish is a modest sweetness that makes the beer very easy drinking.

M - On the light side of medium. Pleasant, but nothing stands out here. This is actually the weakest (in my opinion) in terms of mouthfeel from the Weihenstaphaners that I've tried thus far.

O - Ridiculously drinkable beer, with perhaps a little more sweetness then I would expect and prefer. I want to give it higher rankings based on the others I've had from this brewery, and while it is tasty, there are many other options (from this brewery and others) that I would prefer.

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
91 out of 100 based on 1,872 ratings.