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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
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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 Chico1985
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark pee yellow with a huge white head, lots of carbonation bubbles. Settles at about a finger and leaves some good lacing.

Buttery and grainy scent, faint toasted bread and light banana.

Taste mostly follows the nose, a very clean tasting lager but truthfully not much flavor present. Mostly grainy and watery malts with some fruit and hop bite on the finish (lemon, herbal.) Highly carbonated mouthfeel but it fits the style, it's refreshing and there's no off-flavors.

Extra points given for the really clean taste, but it may be a bit too clean, I was hoping for more flavor. Still, it wouldn't be a chore to down a few of these.

Chico1985, May 11, 2011
Photo of Chincino
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a trip to Munich, I became a fan of German lagers.

I poured this beer into a pint glass and it had a large two finger foamy white head.

You can really smell an aroma of bread with this beer.

High carbonation, light-bodied. This is easily a good session beer.


Chincino, May 07, 2011
Photo of suspect
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A: Crystal clear golden yellow color. Semi-aggressive pour leads to a fluffy 3 finger head. Disappears after a few minutes to a small but noticeable ring. Huge column of tiny carbonation bubbles. Strong lacing clings to the glass.

S: Grassy smell with plenty of grain mixture to tell me it's a lager. Barley and yeast round out the smell with a hint of earthy tones tossed in for good measure.

T: Matches the smell almost directly. Wonderful sweet lager taste that includes delicious barley and other malts followed quickly by the yeasty/earthy/funky flavor that stands out the most. Slight grassy and citrusy hop round out the taste.

M: Light body, highly carbonated but not overly carbonated. Creamy mouthfeel, leaves a sticky lingering coating. Aftertaste lingers for a moment, then disappears leaving hoping for another sip.

O: A delightful beer to drink. Makes me jealous that this and beer like this are the NORM in Europe as opposed to the standard offering at bars around here. This, along with the Hefe have made me into a Weihenstephaner fanboy and I don't see myself turning back.

suspect, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crystal clear golden color with a thick foam head that leaves nice lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

S- Very clean aroma with some light floral hops and straw. Some malty sweetness is present as well.

T- Bright hoppy flavor with some lightly toasted grain and a sweet biscuit bready finish. A touch of lemon grass and spice. Little to no alcohol presence and spot on for the style.

M- Light bodied with high carbonation. Super clean and crisp.

O- Overall this is a very nice beer and a premium example of the style.

projectflam86, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a bar and got it poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Nice, clear golden/straw color with a lot of carbonation and a one finger head that fizzed away pretty quickly.
Aroma is very earthy with honey coming through pretty strongly with intermittent fruity esters.
Delicious, crisp, refreshing would be the best way to describe this lager taste-wise. Hands down one of the finest lagers I have had the chance to enjoy. Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended.

CaptDavyJones, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of MP72
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Into a dimple mug ,,gold with a white head

S-mild aroma some breadiness

T- Incredible! perfect balance of malt and hops,,,this is why so many American brewers fail at german lagers BALANCE.

M- Medium body perfect carbonation / soft and cleansing.

O- This beer does deserve its high marks. A perfect German Helles IMHO.

MP72, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of rabsten
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp, clean, clear. Prototypical German lager. Bright, clear golden pour, white and fluffy head with lacing. Can read a newspaper through the body. Clean, light sweet malt aroma. Bright, slightly bitter flavor with bready after notes. Crisp mouthfeel without getting too dry. Very nice.

I won't get it often but will enjoy it when I do.

rabsten, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of Fentonious
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a delicious beer. Immediately you taste the wheat followed by a malty character that lingers for just the right amount of time. This is an exceptional lager from a treasured brewery. I have not had a Weihenstephaner that I have not loved. I highly recommend the beer as a classic example of a German lager.

Fentonious, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of keithmurray
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Hazy, cloudy straw/golden color with frothy white head

Smell - grass, hay, honey, citrus, sweet malt

Taste - hops, grass, hay, bread, slight citrus

mouthfeel - really refreshing beverage, smooth upfront, smooth finish, light body, ample carbonation

overall - this is a really nice beverage, this tastes like a really refined lager that other breweries should strive for

keithmurray, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale yellow with a good foamy white head. Reduces to a skim, with some good lacing. Lots of bubbles rising.

Sweet grass aromas, some honeyed elements. The malt is delicate but you never have a problem finding it.

Lightly sweet malt, leading to light bitterness, some bread and grain and honey (but the drop of sweetness is only for an instant). This one dries out -- but not to an extreme. A little bit astringent/pucker inducing, with malt and light bitterness in the end. Great.

Medium bodied, but on the lighter side of that spectrum. Good carbonation.

How can you not like this? Great with or without food. Easy to drink, great lingering flavors. Good for any season. This is going to be great when I get the grill going this year. An absolute return to this.

OtherShoe2, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of uustal
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden yellow with a big two-finger bright white head. Looks like a BMC commercial. Awesome lacing and head retention. Nice subtle aroma. Yeasty and grassy with a bit of lemon. Extremely crisp and refreshing. Light crisp hops start it off. Follow the nose, grassy and a bit of lemon Mix well with a bready and yeasty middle and a pale malt to close. Just very crisp, well put together and refreshing. Great representation of the style.

uustal, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale and transparent gold, with a rich white head and good lace. Nice presentation, and an attractive brew.

Nose is yeasty, bready.

Flavor is excellent -- crisp and malty, but with a nice dry finish. Refreshing and light, but this one's full of intricate flavor and balance.

An example of an easy-drinking lager done right.

secondtooth, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of bagpiper2005
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour: Light straw golden in color with active, visible carbonation. Huge three and a half fingers of white head with average retention and laces the glass nicely.

Smell: Sweet, musky pale malt aroma with a hint of floral hops. Slight lemon twang.

Taste: Big, sweet pale malty front with hints of honey, banana, and bubblegum. Yeasty and nutty middle. Finishes clean and long with a light floral and citrus hop bitterness. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with ample carbonation. Slight creamy and smooth. On the thick side for the style.

Drinkability: Lots of great flavor, smooth drinking, refreshing. Very sessionable beer.

Final Notes: The holy grail of Light Lagers. Big malty flavor, a bit of hops to even it out. What more could you ask for?

bagpiper2005, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of angusdegraosta
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, it looks bright gold, has plenty of carbonation, and forms a good head. Smells great - pretty aromatic for a lager. Tastes outstanding, similar in ways to Hofbräu. This is certainly a beer you can drink heartily - classic style for a Bavarian lager, perhaps easy for some brewers to equal, but certainly hard to beat. I will definitely get this again.

angusdegraosta, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Avagadro
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pale straw in color, with amazing head formation/retention, Weihenstephaner Original is teeming with lacing. Thick pillars of pinhead bubbles race from the foot of my Perfect Pint to the head, creating a mouthwatering impression.

S: This brew is booming with floral notes and spice, balanced by a touch of sourdough.

T: As promised by the nose, heavy hopping with Saaz has created a deliciously spicy flavor that is balanced by a subtle maltiness. In line with the style, it is very Pilsner-esque, but has a fuller body and more bread.

M: Medium body with great fizz and a clean finish.

D: Absolutely fantastic. This is a great brew to show to people who don't think they like good beer. I highly recommend this to all who are seeking to dip into the land of lagers, as it is a full flavored version of the crap-lagers most of us grew up drinking. Actually, I will shorten that to, "I highly recommend this to all."

Avagadro, Mar 04, 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 shand
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

This pours a brilliant gold color with huge carbonation bubbles and two fingers of white head. The lacing is pretty good. The smell on this is decent, if a little hard to coax out. I get bready malts, some lemon, and a bit of a floral hop zest. The flavor is excellent. There's light pilsner malts, some nice lemon flavors, and some full-bodied hop bitterness. The aftertaste has just a bit of cracker flavor to it. An excellent lager.

The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect. It goes down full-bodied yet absurdly delicately and dries the mouth a perfect amount for the hop zing this one has. The drinkability is also very good, there's absolutely no issues drinking this. A superb, time-tested lager that's absolutely worth your time. Highly recommended.

shand, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of devilben02
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

While dining out at a local German restaurant, I felt the need to stay on-theme and picked this one from the largely German-centric bottle list. I was certainly not disappointed with my selection.

Poured from the bottle, the color is a pale straw yellow, with only the thick, sticky, foamy head differentiating it from many common American lagers. The aroma doesn't provide much hint that it is terribly different either, but what is discernible is pleasant. The flavor isn't hidden, though, with a crisp, musty noble hop character that is balanced by a dry grainy malt base. The texture is wonderfully vibrant, with a fine carbonation that helps this one glide over the tongue.

Overall, although the Hefeweissbier gets most of the acclaim, this brewery is certainly no one-trick pony. Although the first impression isn't overly impressive, this is a terrific beer that I would gladly order again and again.

devilben02, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of bs870621345
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this under the impression it was the Hefe...I was wrong.

Pours a bright yellow color that is perfectly clear with a HUGE head. Leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like a yeasty bready twang. Light citrus and herbal notes are mixed in.

Taste follows smell, full of flavor, especially bread and yeast. Finishes clean with a herb aftertaste- reminds me of saison du Buff.

Mouthfeel is full, crisp on the end.

Drinkability is pretty good, its not my favorite and the smell takes away, but a pretty good beer overall.

Not a life changing beer, but pretty good

bs870621345, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfectly clear golden color with a lot of carbonation and a picturesque foam head that sticks around for the entire beer.

S: Cloves, a little skunk/funk without actually being skunked, some lemon and citrus.

T: Looks light but doesn't taste it. Fantastic German taste. Nice, smooth malts and then a snap of grassy hops followed by a smooth malty finish. A great German beer.

notchucknorris, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Kurtamous
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light but dense yellow, can see right through it. A light white foam head was thick at first; it has since been staying about 1/4 of an " thick on the top.

Smell: Malty, light, slight yeasty smell

Taste: Sweet like light toffee, some fluffy white bread in there (light biscuit?), the hops blend into the malty sweetness with some green leafyness lightly left on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smoothe, not very thick but thicker than it looks being light yellow.

Drinkability: Light, quaffable, sweet, not light on the lips, a delicious drink to sip on or to drink up.

Kurtamous, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance; pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a white, stiff head. Moderate dissipation leaving a beautiful lacing. A creamy film remains throughout the drink.

smell; strong barley with sweet aromas and funky rustic sour aromas. The hops are herbal and lemony and spicy, all at the same time.

taste; grainy malts, pure barley flavors and spicy hops. Crackers, biscuts, and dried white bread. Simplicity at it's finest! Lemony flavors come out in the finish before malt grains take over.

mouthfeel; light with perfect advanced carbonation and sting. Very smooth and crisp in the finish. Some tart dryness stays around on the palate.

drinkability; a very drinkable and tasty beer, no need for elaborate flavors, just simple flavors in a clear and pure format.

Sachsenfreude, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Spineypanda
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light straw with a good sparkling head. Carbonation is quite present.
Smell is a bit lacking for me, with almost no smell but that of a traditional lager.
Taste is refreshing and biscuity. A but of hop spice is also noticeable.

A really great beer, and something I could drink on any day!

Spineypanda, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of brewerburgundy
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle, Bruery tulip.

In a way I think this is what much of the world thinks beer looks like, or should look like. Soft golden yellow, quite clear, with a big white dollop of fine foam on top. The lacing is in long, thick swaths.

There's moist dough, a little sulfur, cracker lager yeast, pilsner malt, leafy hops, and a slight vegetal note in the aroma.

Very malty. Sweet, doughy, delicate light malts. A pleasant peppery spice, light bitterness, and green vegetable hops work as a balanced counter. Wonderfully smooth and rounded graininess.

Medium body, medium-high carbonation. Surprisingly full for a light lager, but not too thick.

I'm making this disappear quickly, even on a winter night. I figured I'd finally review a classic and it does not disappoint. I've been to Munich, but before my beer awakening and therefore did not sample this at the source. If I'm ever there again I may drown in it.

brewerburgundy, Feb 15, 2011
Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
91 out of 100 based on 1,697 ratings.