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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 838
Hads: 2,074
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 161
Gots: 275 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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

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 UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is textbook, exactly what this style should taste like! it pours a very light clear honey color, with an inch or so of lasting snow white head and jovial carbonation. the nose is less banana and clove than the others, but still there to some small extent, with soft and semisweet malts being balanced by a hopping only an old world german brewery could execute, this is the art of balance ladies and gentlemen. very mild flavor, grains first, bittering hops second, with the yeast sort of uniting both camps in a harmonious mixture of german purity and tradition. the yeast has some soapy complexion to it, and a touch of acidity, maybe citrus, to cut the malt sweetness. an impressive offering by any stretch, but the drinkability here is unrivaled. so clean and bright, perfect carbonation, expertly refreshing, and you cannot beat the price!

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Library Alehouse.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a half-inch thick white head which fades to the rim leaving spotty lace.

N: Grainy, yeasty, faint lemon citrus, grassy/hay, spring freshness.

T: Mostly follows the nose while being crisp and nicely clean.

M: Light body and semi-medium carbonation. Smooth, yeasty and grassy finish.

O: Easy drinking. I have to ask myself, self - why haven't you had this before???

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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?

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear, golden in color, with a bright white head that dies quickly. It does maintain a nice collar throughout the glass but the surface retains only whisps of foam. Outstanding aroma of bright, fresh, grainy, malty sweetness and a slightly herbal note, but without any distinct hops. The body is solidly medium and the carbonation level is moderate. The mouthfeel is crisp on the front of the tongue and filling at the back of the mouth. Starts with a bold malt note up-front - void of any hop character - that widens as it crosses the palate, then slowly reveals the presence of a gentle hop flavor. It finishes quickly at first, but creeps back in with a strong malt character and light hoppiness throughout the mouth . An interesting balancing act! A very distinct and unique beer brewed just outside of Munich. I see it as a strong version of a Munich helles rather than a Dortmunder-style export as the emphasis is on malt. It doesn't have the crispness of the Dortmunder beers. Still, one could argue it both ways. Exceptional!

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Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Arriving in a pint glass, it's the usual light golden color. Extremely clear. The slight mustache of foam evaporates rapidly, leaving the beer virtually flat on the tongue.

It does have a nice aroma. The best feature is the long nose of toasted English muffins. Otherwise, it's the definition of "beery." Rather sweet with a honey flavor. A touch of hops without much distinction. Not much else.

For all the praise as a classic German beer, it tastes like another dull lager in my experience with it on tap at Pizza Port in OB. I really like their wheat beers, so I might try this again but in the bottle.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from jhammerly, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of light malts, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste is light and very bready with a little bit of sweetness. The malt character is thin but is enough to give the beer substance. There’s a decent hops presence for the style. It’s the type of taste macro lagers should strive toward. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, the kick is ok, if I’m going to go with a light German lager this would be a pretty good choice. I could certainly drink several of these.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Crush, served chilled in a wine glass

A - A golden straw, w/ thin white head and fine bead.

S - Smell is of light malt and sulphur from the yeast w/ light nutty and sweet hints w/ a nice mild creamy odor

M - The feel is think and mild w/ creamy, dry and nutty textures as there is a mild fruit tinge in the subtle sweet malt

T - A creamy flavor w/ mineral taste from the yeast and hints of nutty grainy flavor w/ a hint of spice in the hops and tasty creamy malt flavor. The yeast in the beer is the flavor that stands out w/ mild malt + hop accent w/ light honey taste

D - A tasty lager, clean and well made w/ mild overall effect. The drinkability is good and would go best with sausage, since it has enough carbonation to cut the grease - a very good helles, a quality drinkable brew.

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Photo of Jason
4.86/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz sleek euro brown bottle with the boasting words “Oldest Brewery in the World” on the label, freshness date is on the back label.

Appearance: Very hazy from the yeast with a pale yellow hue, varied bubbled white lace that holds a great retention and stays until he beer is gone.

Smell: Very mild lemon astringent aroma and a light cookie like malt sweetness with a trace of hops also in the nose.

Taste: Well structured and rounded carbonation cradles the delicate light to medium body, the clean hop bitterness is evident with a soft lemon like twang. Malt flavour is similar to a lightly baked biscuit from fresh milled malted grain. Both hops and malt meld together to form a perfect blend, yeast complements by adding a touch of nuttiness. Light feel of alcohol towards the end with the lingering effects of the malt, yeast and a long drawn out faded hops finish.

Notes: A lager in the raw, in its authentic natural form. This is the quintessential lager in the world. Bow down to the true lager and you will be one with beer. This is the best of the best hands down.

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Photo of russpowell
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with 2" bubbly white head that quickly drops to nothing. No lacing or head retention

Smell: Slight sweet maltiness and not much else

Taste: Sweet with slight grainyness and hops bite. Slight citrus taste on finish. Very clean tasting

MF: Well balanced but way undercarbonated

highly drinkable, will try again I know from previous tastes this beer is better than this. Having said that, all those samples were within 50 miles of the brewery!

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Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pilsener glass, bottled 7/27/2011. Pours slightly cloudy golden straw color with a nice fluffy 2-3 finger white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing down the glass as you drink; with plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of lemon, cracker, black pepper, apricot, herbal, grass, and bready grains. Very nice, clean, and balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of biscuit, herbal, lemon, pepper, grass, and bready grains. Fairly dry on the finish as expected; with slight lingering notes of lemon, bread, grass, and pepper on the finish for a bit. Great balance of flavors. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with an extremely crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable, with no alcohol noticed at all as expected. Overall this is an excellent Helles lager. Plenty of well balanced flavor and easy drinking.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden sunshine hue with a nice frothy white head specks of lace form as the head dwindles. Aroma: Nice bready cereal grains, yeast mix of dough sweentess with Hallertau hops. Taste: Clean tasting cereal grains, noble hops are here as well very balanced. Mouthfeel: A bit thin but decent carbonation is here. Drinkability: Very nice helles straight outta Munich, classic in all regards.

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's an update to a previously reviewed beer. That one had been skunked. This seems to be far more fresh.

Rocky head with plenty of chunky lace on the glass. Crystal clear with yellow straw color. There's a steady stream of fine bubbles continuously rising.

The smell is a combination of dry-ish malt and raw grain.

The flavor is similar to the smell. The taste is soft with a strong graininess to the tongue. The swallow is chewy malt. The aftertaste is slightly sour. The body is full for the style with a good level of carbonation.

Old review--
Very impressive head--long lasting and rocky as it abates. Nice spotty lace on the glass. Light straw in color and crystal clear.

This appears to have skunked. Behind that, this is a mostly malty smelling brew.

The flavor is an improvement from the smell. It is mostly creamy light malt flavors. Light on the hop, the aftertaste is mostly sour. Very good body for the style with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

I wonder what this would be like fresh--it has all of the makings of a wonderfully subtle and refreshing lager.

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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