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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,697 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,697
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 104
Gots: 105 | 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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Photo of PEBKAC
2.28/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Even from a brewer of this notoriety, this "Premium" labeled beer isn't close to the best I've ever had.

A faded, dull gold color body. Lathery, stiff white head; Defiant. Rings of splattered lace.

Plastic-y banana/pineapple esters & a touch of clove & mint. Doughy/yeasty aspect is way in back. Petroleum & noble hop fumes waft off the top.

The brew lacks some carbonation. Makes it feel greasy. Beer otherwise tastes fine, if a little like their filtered hefeweizen. These are some of the freshest German beers out on the shelf, so I'm probably just not a huge fan of their house yeast(which seems a little subdued to me). Their malt profile is certainly tasty. Anyway, this beer features a sweet doughy front end, sweet orange/honey citric middle(with just barely a tang there), & a sticky caramelized grain finish. Excuse the run-on. I-O-U = hops. Maybe a touch leafy, maybe. Again, this can't be an old bottle, unless the distro is sitting on a mound of it.

This tastes like a generic malty Euro lager to me. At least it doesn't smell like one. Sorry.

PEBKAC, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Dank26
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Dank26, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Vogt52
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Vogt52, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of berley31
5/5  rDev +23.2%

berley31, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of Kinsman
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden yellow body with a bright white head on top. A fair amount of sticky lace clings to the glass.

Floral hops overlay a delicate malt aroma. Grainy and a bit doughy and rounded out by a fair bit of peppery spice.

Malts come through on the palate with a strong cereal grain note before the spice of the Noble hops comes in. Notes of honey and lemongrass can also be detected.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, and light bodied making for a very refreshing beverage. Overall, these Germans are onto something here with such a refreshing and easy drinking beer. Would love to have this one fresh from the source.

Kinsman, May 09, 2012
Photo of ArtZan
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

ArtZan, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of clay23
4/5  rDev -1.5%

clay23, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of biggmike
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured a light yellow color with beautiful fluffy head that lingered forever. Aroma was sweet malt. Taste was malty and also of grain. Was balanced a nice hops presence. The mouthfeel and carbonation were perfect.. The drinkability of this one is at the top of the scale. A nice sessionable lager. Not complex and not meant to be.

biggmike, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, so my bottles label is slightly different. It's same logo, abv, color scheme, etc. The main label says "Original Premium" where the name on BA says "Original". It appears to be the same stuff, just a slight different label...with a buzzword added?

Clear gold, but a bit pale. Not to glowy. Big shiny head that I had to deal with, but it dies down quicky.

A kinda subdued aroma of sweet malt (caramel, honey) with some sharp crisp hops. Not getting any skunking.

Great clean taste. The hops a re a bit powerdy, but otherwise a great compliment to the light malt bill. Some slight lemon and grassy qualities, but otherwise is a perfect shining example of what a good lager can be, and how bad american macros have deviated from this.

PS- Any of you who review these lagers and pils, give them a D, complaining about the weak or bland flavors...stop reviewing the style if you dont like it and don't want to be objective. Yes, this isn't a Double Bastard, we know...go fuck yourselves.

SurlyDuff, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was expecting this to be a German pilsner, so I was surprised by the more vibrant yellow body and the slight haze to it. The aroma is full of grassy hops and wet stone...some crackery malts too. Flavor is nice, with a good amount of everything while remaining light enough to still be thirst-quenching. The body is velvety and feels really nice...certainly not like most thin, pale Euro lagers. The balance on the beer is exceptional, up till the finish when a slight mineral twang takes over. It’s slightly off-putting, but it doesn’t last long. And after it a more pleasant lemon quality settles in, rounding it all out. As it warms, those Noble hops are even more present and enjoyable.

In all, the original is just another solid and delicious beer from possibly Germany’s best brewery. I think I could enjoy this beer in nearly any situation.

JEdmund, May 30, 2011
Photo of superdoopersauce
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

superdoopersauce, May 04, 2014
Photo of mjurney
4.98/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear, straw color. Tons of fine carbonation rising. Nice fluffy bright white head.

Clean and crisp aroma. Grassy, sweet biscuits, a little spiciness.

Body is clean and crisp, yet full of bready goodness. Bready, biscuit, grassy, slight lemony, spicy towards the finish.

Probably the best Munich Helles Lager I ever drank.

mjurney, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of jucifer1818
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: crystal clear, opaque, perfect for the lighter side of things

smell: grassy, grassy, grassy! Lovely light grassy hops dominate the smell of this brew, perfecting adding to its lawnmowery feeling

Taste: clean well carbonated, low, low hoppyness. this is the ultimate easy to drink (drinkable) brew I've ever had, perfectly fitting its style and tasting delicious at the same time

mouthfeel: like water almost, with a carbonation bite

overall: this is a 4.5/5 beer.

its clean as hell and does taste like ass the same way that American Adjunct lagers tend to do. Pure brewing skill demonstrated here from the worlds oldest operating brewery, and it comes out quite nice
Highly recommended for those trying to look on the light side of life

a must try

jucifer1818, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of goindownsouth
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one fantastic bier. Let me just go so far as to say this...this was the bier I had at my wedding. Enough said. It is light and crisp in the aroma department, and the head, like many good German biers do, fades to a lace. The first sip is incredible. There are slight hints of malt, grains and hops. Once at the bottom of the glass, there is anticipation for the next one. Perfect balance between aroma, flavor and drinkability. Best had in a ceramic half liter mug. This is a German staple. Prosit!

goindownsouth, Jun 26, 2002
Photo of Michaeldmanley
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Michaeldmanley, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Auraan
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Auraan, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of delta490
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep gold with a somewhat foamy white head. The head has moderate retention and leaves some light lacing. The aroma is reminiscent of fresh bread and some nice earthy hops. The taste closely matches the aroma and is just as enjoyable. There is a nice weight to the body a pleasant crispness on the finish. This is a great lager.

delta490, May 29, 2014
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle at 42* into a dimpled mug.

A: This pours a transluscent and vibrant golden color with tons of fast-rising bubbles and two fingers of frothy, dome-shaped head that laces very well.

S: What exists is dominated by cereal grains with lesser notes of honey, horse blanket, lemon, and banana.

T: This features slightly stale cereal grains, the typical lemon/banana/honey combination, and some sweet caramel coming in late.

M: This is crisp and refreshing early but the carbonation goes quickly and turns watery.

D: This is quite flavorful and I can't get over the beauty of this beer.

bucklemyshoe, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very pale golden that is very clear on top is a solid inch worth of head.

Aroma: Lemon zest, faint yeasty esters. A tiny bit of bready sweetness in the tail end.

Taste: Good carbonation on the palate. Traces of lemon zest, wisps of yeasty breadiness. Slight biscuity texture in the middle. This has a nice dry finish.

Notes: Such a solid German lager and certainly very drinkable. Cheers.

horshack7, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Decent amount of visible floaters and cloudiness. Slightly hazy yellow body. Unlike other Weihenstephaners, the head didn't explode from the bottle. Poured a small one finger head with medium retention.

Smell - Grassy, mildly skunky, almost a very faint banana smell. Very powerful bouquet for a lager.

Taste - Slight honey finish. Very hidden grapefruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy mouthfeel for a lager, especially if you're used to American Adjuncts.

Drinkability - For a lager, a very good beer. Perhaps one of the best. Had to remind myself to rate within the style.

ZenAgnostic, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev -1.5%

mrcraft, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of steveh
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Don't know that I've ever actually had the Weihen Helles before.

.5 Liter bottle in a tall Willi Becker glass.

A -- Slightly hazy, very straw golden with a bright white head. Surprised at the haziness in a lager.*

S -- Big DMS with the first pour, even slightly sulfury, rich malty melanoidin comes through with "breathing."

T -- Big, rich, bready melanoidin malts with some vague, lemony citrus character and mild bittering from noble hops back.

M -- Soft mouthfeel with a light body.

D -- Terrific. This beer seems very fresh, more so than some of the other Munich imports, but the same flavors are there (to those that discount some of the bigger names). Reminds me of Biergarten Biers in the Spring. This is what light Lager should taste like.

*Update on 08.13.13 -- grabbed up a bottle and it's perfectly clear.

steveh, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of LutherBrau
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

LutherBrau, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of warpedrevolution
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

warpedrevolution, Aug 08, 2014
Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
91 out of 100 based on 1,697 ratings.