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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,597 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,597
Reviews: 784
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 98
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
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)
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

08-14-2012 05:12:12 | More by Auraan
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

07-16-2013 21:07:45 | More by leroybrown10
Photo of Stockfan42


4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden body with a chunky white head.

Smells a bit earthy and grassy. Dry hops and a nice malty untertone. Also a bit bready.

Taste also has an earthy and piney taste to it as well as some lemon peal, hints of grapefruit, bread, malt and a nice bitter bite from the hops.
Everything is well balanced and taste clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with some nice carbonation. Pretty easily drinkable.

Overall this is a great lager. Maybe even one of the best ive ever had. Have yet to be dissapointed by this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 03:50:49 | More by Stockfan42
Photo of rootbeerman


3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass

A: pours golden, with a almost two finger foamy white head, that laces well.
S: grains, bready light roast malt, light earthy hops.
T: malt slightly sweet, mild hop bitterness and earthiness.
M: crisp and clean.
D: very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 07:49:49 | More by rootbeerman
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-12-2013 14:20:59 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a brilliant clear yellow/gold color, with a huge fluffy, rocky white head, nice lacing on the glass too. Excellent head retention.

Smell- Aromas are quite grainy, slightly malty. A hint of bittering hops with some lemon zest.

Taste- Nice and crisp, very refreshing. Finishes dry, but not tannany. No strong flavors, but very nice subtlety and balance. Very refreshing

and god carboantion.

Overall, this is really good. This is a super refreshing and thirst qunecher

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 02:15:56 | More by theopholis
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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear golden colour. Very little head but what little there is retained.

A sweet malty aroma. Maybe a little lemon in there as well. Reminds me of soap.

A metallic edge to the graininess but it is really nice.

This is very easy drinking. Such a perfectly well integrated beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 09:57:06 | More by Macca
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours into a Konig Ludwig Hefeweizen glass; clear, crisp yellow with a very large head.

S: Generally clean with some faint malts and not much else.

T/M: Nice crisp malts leads to a slightly sweet hop bite; there are higher notes of pears and citrus present. The whole concoction is amazingly smooth.

D: A direct, no-frills, pure and to-the-point lager. Good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 08:25:03 | More by thekanna
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South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love the beers from this brewery, top-level and world class all the way across. This brew pours a very straw pale gold into my pilsner glass with a slightly creamy white head that is less fizzy than a normal lager of this style. Aroma is full of herbs and grains, lots of biscuity malts impart an earthy character. The earthy malts and some lemon are present in the taste, which is very clean and smooth.

Awesome brew that goes down smooth, can likely match any meaty food and is quite refreshing. One of those true essence of beer brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 07:13:56 | More by saintwarrick
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New Hampshire

2.38/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got a 500mL bottle from Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY for $3.49. Code 3499 stamped on the label. Served cold in a chilled weizen glass.

Immediately up on cracking the seal I get a big dose of skunk. A hearty pour gives a nice 2" of rocky light tan head on top of a clear light yellow brew, leaves good lace on the glass. Nose is a pungent sulfur skunk that dissipates a bit as it airs, allowing some raw grains and silage to pull forward, mostly dry. Taste is a bunch of residual skunk, then grains similar to the smell. I kinda like a bit of skunk but this is way too much, perhaps a very old and/or very improperly stored bottle.

I find the smell and taste hard to rate... kudos for a bit of skunk, but *bleh* for way way too much.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 00:08:11 | More by BeerNinja007
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3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pale gold in color sporting a 2 finger fluffy white head, good retent with soapy lacing

S- cloves, bready

T- cloves, spicy yeast with a subtle zest, bready malts during and after

M- smooth with carbonation around the edges

D- taste a little like they use the same yeast all their brews, beyond that a tasty munich helles lager

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 06:46:43 | More by tonistruth
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

09-03-2013 21:32:10 | More by heytomcat
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

04-11-2013 16:31:00 | More by magpieken
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

05-02-2012 17:08:31 | More by Beermazter310
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-11-2012 05:13:19 | More by allstar255
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-27-2013 02:55:52 | More by n00blar
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

06-23-2014 21:42:36 | More by capuchinpilates
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New York

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellow and light golden straw. 3+ fingers of frothy white head that retains well and leaves a good deal of lacing.
S: Crisp, clean, musty grains. Grassy, and a bit of a cooked aroma.
T: Honey malt, very grainy and musty from the aroma. Semi-cooked. A crisp and refreshing grassy taste is minor. The emphasis is on the malts, not a ton of hops can hold up to the barley counterpart! There is bitterness left behind.
M: Medium, syrupy body with medium carbonation.
D: I'd have another, but it's hard to choose this one over other Weihenstephaner beers!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 01:41:18 | More by washburnkid
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-09-2013 00:16:24 | More by clay23
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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours up a crystal clear pale amber with about two fingers worth of head and a little bit of lacing. The nose is bread, earthiness, and sweet apples. Mouthfeel is close to perfect with just the right amount of carbonation. Taste is fairly mild, but complex just the same. An understated sweetness giving way to an understated bitterness on the finish and no lingering aftertaste. I've had this bottle for a couple of months and just kept passing it over. It is easily one of the finest offering I have tasted as of late.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 04:13:49 | More by Mojo
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3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale yellow with around two fingers of frothy white head; even though I took longer than usual to make it to the bottom of this glass, much of it stuck around for the long all, with a fair amount of lacing.

S: Not a big fan of the smell; it's weak but its most prominent quality seems to be that of skunk. An indistinguishable sweet malt and lager yeast come out as the beer warms, salvaging things a bit.

T: Large improvement over smell; things start out with a sweet cereal flavor; lots of bready malts here. Light grassy, peppery, slightly floral hop bite provides a mild bitterness to balance things out. Incredibly flavorful in contrast to its light color and mouthfeel; I was not expecting such an assertive sweetness.

M: Thin body with lively, prickly carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

D: As I neared the end of my glass, this beer's sweetness did begin to weigh on me a bit, so I don't think I would be able to fully enjoy two in a row. Definitely worth a try though, and I'm sure I'll be returning to this in the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 07:10:02 | More by AwYeh
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-24-2014 03:05:33 | More by mrcraft
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3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 20:29:07 | More by ultralarry2006
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an appealing shiny crystal clear golden/straw color. On the nose are aromas of spice and herbs. Slightly smooth but also slightly sticky mouth feel. The same on the palate, a spicy/peppery herbal hop-ness presents itself all the way though to the end. Very refreshing brew and easy to drink…good brew…

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2002 14:53:26 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado SD
Appears medium yellow with a creamy white head that slowly falls to a skim.
Smells of grainy malt, sweet ,floral hops.
Taste is sweet light malt with a floral hoppy aftertaste. Slightly bitter on back end. Quite refreshing and tasty.
Light/ Medium in body. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel.
This is a very nice German lager..especially fresh and on tap!

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2009 23:05:28 | More by ThirstyBird
Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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