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Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kbub6f on 12-30-2000

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. The bottle was marked with the brewery code "1056". Not sure what that corresponds to, but the place from which I bought it has a pretty high turnover.

Appearance: Clear, medium yellow, with a big white head. Head drops quickly to next to nothing.

Smell: Fairly weak smell. A little bit of sweetness with some citrusy and grassy notes.

Taste: Smooth, goes down really easily with just a little sweetness on the tail end. After you have had a few sips, you start to pick up some of the bop bitterness, but it is not very pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Fairly high carbonation level, enough after putting up an impressive head.

Drinakbility: Just what you look for in a lager of this type. Nice blend if flavors without anything being too forward.

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Photo of therica
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice yellow with a huge foamy sloshy near-white slurpy head in a clean stein. I'm surprised to read that some others experienced otherwise.

Smell-- not much, other than hints of beer.

Taste-- a bit more watery than I was expecting, but a good lightweight flavor all-around. Mild malts, mild flowery hops, very mild bitter.

Mouthfeel-- again, a bit watery yet floral with only a mild malt & hops reminder. A slightly flat finish with a mix of the taste, but one that I appreciated and enjoyed for a few minutes.

Very drinkable. One that I hope to find on-tap some day and will probably find it even more drinkable in-session.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served from a pint+ bottle at a Des Moines coffeehouse. There were three artists exhibiting their work and a live pianist making for a nice atmosphere, but the E. European owners stock mostly pilseners or lagers and the occasional American-brewed ale in their small beer fridge.

Looks very inviting and pleasant. Active head lapping up the side of the pint glass - 2+ fingers that receded as the beer disappeared. Smell was a little underwhelming, a bit grainy but not much going on here.

Taste was likewise a little boring. Very little distinguishing flavor - could have been a Radegast as easily as a Red Stripe. The mouthfeel was very thin, nothing springing out at the drinker. The high drinkability score comes from the fact that you feel like you could drink a case of these.

Possibly skewed because I'm an 'ale' person, but I thought if anyone would make a helles/lager that I liked, it would be Weihenstephaner. Apparently you just can't pull that much flavor out of those ingredients.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh so pretty pale straw yellow...crystal clear in the glass.
A solid two finger white head that slowly melts to deliciously sticky lacing.
Aroma is a bready lager yeast smell with a touch of candied lemon (very faint).
Taste is wonderfully smooth...soft sweet malt...maybe a hint of wheat drying and spiciness...light but solid hop on the end.
Very drying mouthfeel in the aftertaste, yet very, VERY clean in the mouth.
I love this...This is the best lager I have ever had.
This is clean, bright, refreshing and so very, very balanced.

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Photo of Iguana
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, golden, basically that not so beautiful carbonated urine color.

S: Really not much, hints of wheat malt but really have to look for it.

T: Not as bad as I would have thought, pretty smooth and sweet.

M: Very sweet almost syrupy with a crisp finish, not to bad.

D: A great hot day beer, really refreshing and not too terrible tasting.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a pilsner glass from the 500mL bottle.

This beer pours a clear golden yellow with a decent white head that dissipates to a thin film without much lacing. The smell is sweet and malty, crisp and clean. The taste is also malty up front but has enough hops to balance out the flavor There is a good mouthfeel, a little on the thick side for what it is but still quite good. Overall a great beer to tailgate or cool down with in the summer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a sticky white head. Aroma is grassy malt and a faint smell of hops. This is a really good smelling lager. Taste is biscuity with a slight amount of citrus and hops. Overall, this is a world class lager from "The world's oldest brewery".

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Photo of weeare138
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of Phatz
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: The clarity is spectacular. It pours a pale golden color and showcase tremendous carbonation activity. The lacing is spotty and ideal.

Smell: This beer has the essence of freshness. What does that mean? I'm not exactly sure how to explain the super fresh cut grain aroma and the sweet malt only added to it. There in a nice light floral hop aroma as well.

Taste: Everything about this beer is simple and clean. It is not big and complex in the American style. It is classically simple and tasty making it incredibly sessionable. This must be one of the most thirst quenching lagers I’ve tasted. It is built with a solid malt backbone and sprinkled lightly with a floral hop character. It is as simple as that. The aftertaste lingers on and on with a nice clean dry feel.

Mouthfeel: crisp light and very easy this beer is exceptionally crisp and clean with a lip smacking dryness and a tingly finish.

Drinkability: If you are looking something complex to analyze this is the wrong choice. If you are looking for a case of a quaffable authentic German Lager to serve at your next cook out this summer there would be few better choices than Weihenstephaner Original.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Litterbean
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with a bubbly head and barely noticeable carbonation.

Grainy aroma with grassy, herbal hop notes.

Taste is slightly sweet, with crisp grain flavors. Hops are subtle with the above grassy flavors.

A very easy-to-drink, simple, and thirst-quenching lager.

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Photo of klewis
3.22/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tastes like a pure,classic, German, Helles Lager. Very well balanced hops and malt with a nice refreshing hop bitterness and slightly spicy malt to it as well. Perfectly balanced. The only complaint I have, the beer doesn't have a whole lot of finish. That said, this appears to be intentional for this style, as it goes very well with food, and is an excellent thirst quencher (but still complex) on a hot day.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here it is the finest beer I have ever tasted.

Poured from the 16.5 oz bottle into a large pilsner glass

A- perfect straw yellow and cristal clear with a big off white head and lots of carbination/ Lacing on the glass everywhere and after every sip

S- wonderful, german bier smell . Pungent hops but not too overpowering. the best smell a beir could have.

T- perfect hops upfront with a clean clean clean finish. very refereshing very quaffable.

M- the perfect balance not to thick or thin with the perfect amount of carbination.

D- perfect the ultimate easy drinker with tons of hop undertones to add to the complexity. Perfectly balanced perfectly refreshing. The ultimate bier in one of my favorite styles

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Photo of Cresant
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Straw color, effervenscence, good head, awesome lacing

Smell: This is blasphemy but it smelled sorta like MGD. (There I said it now I'm not invited to any beer gatherings.Crap.) It does though smell like this but good if you can imagine that. There's some tea thing going on almost like Pu Ehr tea.

Taste: WOW! Very new taste to me. It’s a pale ale but all tea like from the hoppage and a bit sweet. Makes me feel like harvesting grain.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth, thin, and a tad syrupy from the malt.

Drinkability: Hands down the easiest drinker ever. This is how people become alchoholics.

Nota bona: I looked on the label and read the words : "Cont. Malt Liqour, 12 FL. OZ." I about died when this happened. I was like oh I guess there is no reasoning to this universe. Then I found the beers style listed on here and was releaved. Keep on rockin' in the free world.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow straw color, very clear with a 1 finger white head.

Grainy aroma with slight sweetness and mild noble hops spicyness. Goes down smooth and very refreshing. Great flavor of crackery raw grains and mild sweetness . A bit of spicyness on the tongue. Nice finish leaves just a hint of maltyness.

Very enjoyable beer, as usual another great beer from Weihenstaphener.

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Photo of cbl2
2.77/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz bottle. No best by date.


Pours a crystal clear pale pale yellow with just a wisp of white foam on top. A little too insipid looking to be appealing.


Crisp and clean with a hint of citrus in the nose.


Dry and bitter with an offputting musky flavor to it. Not something I will try again. Weihenstephaner is usually fantastic, but this is more than disappointing.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Sparkly yellow-gold. Thin, soapy bubbles rise up and leave scant amounts of lace.

Nose is clean, precise, compact. Toasty grain, herbal elements, herbal hop-leaf. Pilsner malt.

Taste is hard to describe in its efficiency: this beer is brilliantly simple, ceaselessly pure, yet complex in its perfection. Within this beer there is nowhere for faults to hide, like playing a Bach fugue on an acoustic guitar.

Mouthfeel is like scrumptious, beer-y water. I could drink this by the tanker-truck full.

Beers like this make me wonder why things like BMC exist. Its severely drinkable, simple, inoffensive...but delicious. I think you could give this to a BMC devotee and a light might turn on (or off).

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Photo of brushpig
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found 6 pack at Hahns liquors in Chicago

Cloudy pale yellow appearance, frothy lace with good retention

A nice mild lemon aroma with a bubble gum sweet malt smell

The taste was well balenced between the clean lemon hoppyness and the doughy yeast and malted grain flavors. As the aroma I sensed a buble gum sweetness in the taste, with a smooth transition to alcohol in the finish.

This is a extremly drinkable Lager that was very enjoyable.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle it a tall glass mug. The liquid is a bright yellow with respectable carbonation. The head is a nice white 2 finger fluffy looking cotton puff and fades fast to a nice lace.

The smell is a tangy fruity yeast and hops blend. Some malt calling out.

The taste is soft sparse malt over come by a dry hops flavor. As it warms the malt becomes more pronounced and interesting.

Mouth feel is medium body, Good carbonation, and coating.

Drinkability is very good, i could drink several quickly, more a product of it's lake of of fence then anything spectacular. Drinkable and nice taste, better as it warms. Not the best of this type aus Bayern, but respectable.

Prost! MK

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Left less than a one finger head, no lacing. Body was yellow gold.

Smell - grassy, some herbs, also some esters, bananas.

Taste - grassy, some biscuity malt, slight sour skunkiness.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability - this is decent, not really great. It goes down easy, and is sessionable.

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Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a typical lager yellow (same color as Bud), with a small white, head that fades fast. Leaves some lacing on the glass. More prominent smell than Bud, mild hops aroma. The taste is much better and more complex than American Macro lagers. Starts out with a mild hops taste. As you drink it, a malt flavor is more prominent in the finish. Nothing exciting here, basically a lager beer with stronger, better taste and a bit of complexity. Good with food and would be a good session beer. Mouthfeel is about right for a lager (a bit thin).

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Photo of jmz62565
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear yellow gold with a medium sized head. Nice ,but nothing really special looking. The smell is something special. Full of malt, lemon, floral aromas, and a bakery yeast that's awesome. The taste is crisp and clean with a malty background with floral, citrus, and mild hop flavors. The m/f is light and very well mixed. This is a very good beer that could be my new "lawnmower" beer. Cheers.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a bottle into a Pilsner glass. Pretty light yellow color, inch thick creamy head. Not a lot of lacing.

Not a strong smelling beer, but more typical of a lager.

Taste was very light and refreshing. Some malt, some hops to balance, but overall a very mild tasting brew.

LIght and refreshing mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated but not overdone.

Extremely drinkable. I could definitely drink a lot of these in a row, especially out on a hot summer day.

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Photo of blackie
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 868 ratings.