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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,560 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,560
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 95
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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)
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a 1 inch foamy eggshell color head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Very thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and some grape-like fruity aromas. Taste is of malt/grain, white grape juice, and some other fruity flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a crisp mouthfeel with a bubbly quality. Overall, this is a very tasty and crisp lager that is very easy to drink. Much different from the other beers Weihenstephan offers but a good choice nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 06:02:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-09-2012 21:37:22 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

Bottle from Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a weizen glass.

Pours a nice golden color with a tall white head and visible carbonation throughout. Good retention and lacing and a solid cap as it goes down. The nose is mostly bread with some light graininess in the background and some faint Noble hops. The flavor falls along the same lines with the breadiness of the nose constituting the main flavor, fading into a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Light body with good carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 10:55:42 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Limpid bright light gold. Just a bit too dark to be called straw. The head is a shade dimmer than cotton white and resembles softly beaten egg whites. Firmer than expected, the foam stays humped in the center and leaves chunky scraps of attractive lace. The nose consists of somewhat distant noble hops with a kiss of lemon citrus.

Very lightly toasted crackery malt glides across the tongue and is then gone. Grassy, slightly lemony hops provide some bitterness without overdoing it. The body is light but not thin, and the finish is the very definition of dry and crisp, while retaining a modicum of sweetness to the very end.

This is a tremendously drinkable, thirst-quenching, refreshing Munich Helles Lager. Because I'm not a big fan of noble hops, the gentle flavor and light body is just what the doctor ordered. 'Der Rasenmaherbier' indeed. While not nearly the equal of their hefe weizen, Weihenstephaner Original is still pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 18:03:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured clear, pale yellow with a foamy white head.
S: There's a gentle aroma of pale malts.
T: The flavor is nicely balanced between the pale malts and noble hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and on the palate and is relatively smooth and crisp.
D: It's very refreshing and easy to drink - a great choice for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 17:59:22 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale golden color with a nice white head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing

Smell: Malty biscuit nose with faint citrus hops in the background

Taste: Very clean; starts out with a good biscuit malt backbone which survives through to the finish; a spicy mild lemon citrus flavor joins the fray and provides a nice crisp finish

Mouthfeel: Typical lager mouthfeel with good carbonation

Drinkability: Although I'm not a big lager fan, this is a beer that fits the bill to a Tee; a good one for a summer's day at the beach

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2005 21:22:03 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Been a long time since I had this one, but with it being easily accessible and popping up on my radar again recently, what the heck, I needed something good. Bottle served cold and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 08/09/2010.





Pours out a wonderfully carbonated pale amber color with a huge and towering head of white foam that just sticks to the sides of the glass with great retention. It craters out after a little while, but still, very, very solid look here overall with a light haze that lets me know this is a lively beer.

Aroma is light, bananas, cloves, touches of light grains and a nice and well rounded breadiness that seems to bring it a very nice balance to the profile. Warming brings hints of light grasses, a touch of an herbal feel to it and a nice and well rounded light fruit note. Crisp, clean, refreshing and smooth, that is really all you need to know here. The flavor is wonderfully balanced as a crisp and clean light grassy flavor washes across first, smooth with hints of cloves and herbal touches that give it that little bit extra. Light hops in the finish provide a gentle drying and the overall balance is very well defined. So clean and easy drinking it is impossible to have just one and this goes down simply like water.

Overall one of the best, and easily the most solid lagers you could ask for. Easily accessible and deserved of a place in everyone's fridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 00:12:17 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-14-2011 04:36:44 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll consider this beer a delicacy after tasting a lot of Light American Lagers recently. This beer opens with a hop-dominant nose of Noble hops, releasing a boquet of earthy, grassy, herbal notes. A sturdy backbone of pilsner malts offer support for the hops, while offering little in terms of sweetness or graininess. Any pilsner-type dms or acetaldahyde are swallowed by the hops. Delicate malt textures bleed well into the dryness of the hops and mild alcohols. Finishes light, crisp, and with a lingering hop flavor. Very nice beer, but perhaps a bit too hop-dominant to be considered balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 17:20:51 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 500ml bottle poured into my Moonlight pint glass (I really love this glass for these half liter bottles). The color is a clear pale gold with plenty of carbonation bubbles and a thick white head that leaves very nice lacing.

S: The nose is sweet grain with a slight bready quality. Only a faint floral hop aroma.

T: The flavor is a bit better than the nose with the same sweet, bread flavor but with a touch of bitterness on the finish. There's a slightly herbal/earthy hop quality to this one as well.

M: The beer is light to medium bodied with a crisp, clean finish and very lively carbonation.

D: Normally I'm not the hugest lager fan (especially not lighter lagers), but this one was quite the exception. A fairly flavorful beer and not too bad price wise.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 22:39:39 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

09-20-2013 22:05:37 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow body with a two finger high head of near-white foam.

Smell: It's a light, delicate nose, but the notes present display some pleasant fragrant hints of pils malt, herbaceous Noble hops, lemongrass, chewing gum, an effortless yeastiness, and maybe even a bit of DMS.

Taste: Sweetish, grainy backdrop of pilsener malts countered by some herbal, grassy Noble European hops and a clean, though somewhat subtle bitterness. Light yeastiness. Very small, very far-off hint of bubble gum and lemongrass. Hint of fruit on the lightly sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine beer, notable for it's easy-drinking, refreshing qualities, though, please, pass their hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 23:18:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-05-2013 17:45:03 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

02-02-2014 21:53:28 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

01-14-2013 02:04:25 | More by spycow
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

03-02-2012 03:40:47 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-14-2011 10:14:17 | More by Texasfan549
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oberon

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rate this as my favorite lager in the world,incredible fruity aroma and taste.Not a wimpy beer by any stretch,the house yeast imparts a great floral-fruity aroma,love this beer in any form but am crazy about it on tapT.Weihenstaphan is one of the great breweries in the world for a reason.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2003 18:01:29 | More by oberon
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-05-2014 19:21:19 | More by kylehay2004
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a cervoise.

I think Jack may have ADD or something... Anyway, following what VDubb referred to as a perfect pour, this stuff looks pretty solid, a clear brassy gold topped by about two fingers or so of white foam. The nose comprises hard water, straight grains, noble hops, grass, flowers, and light wild rice. The taste brings in more of the same, the noble hops shining against a backdrop of mineral-laden grains. The body straddles the line between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a damn tasty and extremely easy-to-drink beer. Why don't more beer drinkers take home sixers of this on the reg?

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 06:21:21 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

10-08-2013 03:07:09 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

02-16-2012 17:55:38 | More by JAHMUR
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zeff80

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy/hazy, golden yellow color with a small, bubbly, white head. It did not last long or leave any lace.

S - It smelled citrusy sweet. Also, some clove and yeast aromas.

T - It tasted quite citrusy. Strong grainy flavor had a bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice lager. Everything from Weihenstephaner is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 00:20:25 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a simple but perfectly executed lager. The smell and taste are similar; grassy, organic, hints of clove and citrus. Hops linger slightly (in a pleasant way) in the otherwise very clean finish. A bit thicker than I was expecting, there's a slightly creamy quality that I found highly enjoyable. This is hilariously drinkable stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 22:15:31 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, a nice little find in Idaho Falls' decent downtown beer store.

This beer pours a clear, icy-looking pale yellow colour, with one fat finger of thin foamy white head, which leaves some ragged lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of crackery biscuit grain, and floral, somewhat spicy hops. The taste is sweet cereal malt, a bit of yeasty breadiness, and earthy, floral hops. The carbonation is average, the body a comfortingly solid medium weight, and quite smooth. It finishes still sweet and grainy, moving more towards a pastry bread nature, the floral hops trailing off.

A very flavourful lager - bright is indeed a good way to describe it. I could see putting back these easily - stein after stein.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 02:36:32 | More by biboergosum
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