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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,694 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,694
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 104
Gots: 104 | 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 tronester
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a thin white head. A hint of blue-green it is so light. Smells of generic Euro-lager. Taste is nice lager yeast up front, followed by a smooth grain middle, but the finish is lifeless, and there is a very poor amount of bitterness here, even for the style. Mouthfeel is average, average carbonation. Drinkability is good, its a pretty light and refreshing beer, but it is quite a disappointment in comparison to the other Weihenstephaner beers I have had.

tronester, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of cdrogers
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to Guiness pint glass. Serving temp was about 42F.

A: Bright golden in color with an slight off-white head. Head stuck around nicely through the glass and left some nice lace on the glass after each drink. Very clear.
S: Earthiness, very clean. Slight spice, but nothing that stands out too much.
T: Slight spiciness, subtle fruity flavor. Very slight bitterness at the end, but very very little.
M: Smooth. Light to possible medium body.
D: Highly drinkable. I found this one very thirst-quenching. Very refreshing and a nice brew for a lazy spring day. Very crisp.

cdrogers, Jan 23, 2011
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 AwYeh
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

AwYeh, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of tubacharlie
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Weihenstephan glass, the bright white head is of good stature, and leaves plenty of lace on the sides of the glass as it settles to a smooth carpet over several minutes. The brew is a very clear honey yellow color, with active carbonation keeping the head replenished all the way through to the last sip.

The aroma, while light, is a pleasant mix of grassy hops and light grain.

This is a quintessential beer of beers. Very smooth in the mouth, the ample carbonation melds hops and grain into a mellow, traditional lager. Dry, with a slightly fruity tang, it can be drunk just for the pleasure of experiencing a classic brew, or it can easily accompany any meat & potatoes type dish, from pretzels to pork chops. A lager of this caliber enhances the flavor of food without overpowering it.

tubacharlie, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of mountsnow1010
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden with a white fluffy head
S - Slightly fruity with a distinct green apple smell
T - More green apple with a crispy hops flavor and a hint of caramel-y malt at the finish. Very simple and clean - shockingly clean in fact - no off-flavors
MF - Very clean with a medium-light body. Very slight mouth-coating
D - I could easily see myself having 6-8 of these without a problem (not saying I could operate heavy machinery or anything like that, of course!!)

Very pleasant beer - not my cup of tea typically but it makes for a very nice change once in a while - this would be excellent in the summer.

mountsnow1010, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my new Weihenstephaner glass. Great fluffy white head that leaves super lacing. Body is a clear golden color.

Light aroma of yeast and slight note of hops.

Tasty flavor. Best lager I've ever had, bar none.

So easy to drink. A must have for lovers of this style.

FanofHefe, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of gkunkle
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Weihenstephaner has had hundreds of years to perfect this recipe and it shows. All the beers they make are phenomenal, but everything other than the Hefe goes unnoticed. This pours a mildly cloudy golden color with a tall white head that has good retention. Carbonation is visible floating up through my glass. The smell is as potent as other beers, but this beer still smells delightful. I caught a whiff of sweet grain, a little bit of apple or citrus as well as some hops. The fruity smell is less emphasized in the taste as what really comes through strong is the well balanced hop and malt blend. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, and drinkability is off the charts. Another near-perfect creation from Weihenstephaner.

gkunkle, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pilsner and Vienna malt scent that's sweet with a dry nuttiness. The hops provide a faint aroma that really rounds out the nose. The taste is good as well. It has a light pilsner malt flavor that goes down easy and lays a solid foundation for an excellent hop bitterness and flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. It's and easy drinking with good hop character.

WesWes, Dec 11, 2010
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 jiggahertz
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Straw yellow translucent beer with a nice frothy 3 finger head really nice lacing.

S: Wheat, some hops, corn and alcohol on the nose.

T: Sweet and tangy lager. Mild biscuity malt on the front, floral hops on the back end.

M: longish residue for the style, medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable lager, a great session beer.

jiggahertz, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Pballa4lyfe
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear yellow, nothing special

S- not a fan of the smell, but it fits the style

T- great taste, hints of malts, very very very little hops

M- nice low carbonation, clean and crisp

D- wow, this thing goes down smooth, could def drink a ton of these throughout a night

this was a great beer and should be tried by anyone

Pballa4lyfe, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of RustythePelican
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured an effervescent gold, more clear and bright than most lagers.

Smell: Slightly sweet, but very clean, with a hint of that slightly "skunky" Euro-wet-grass scent.

Taste: Crisp, light but evident maltiness with just a hint of hops. This is not a substantial beer, but it has excellent substance for the style.

Mouthfeel: What you would expect from a good lager - medium body, with dense carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very pleasant drink, if not a challenge. It pairs well with just about anything, and is eminently sessionable.

RustythePelican, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of MoreThanWine
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is acceptable beer but I don't for the life of me see why it scores A's. Poured a huge head which dissipated to nothing. Fairly standard straw color and fairly typical mild taste. There indeed are some bitter hops but nothing special. I'm hoping some of their other labels impress me more.

MoreThanWine, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Light golden color with a great white foamy head and lots of carbonation.

S: Malty and yeasty with a bit of sweet floral and grassy notes.

T: Good malty bready thickness, the body is a bit sweet and it ends with a bit of hops at the end. Very well balanced.

M: Good thick and smooth Helles body. It coats your mouth very nicely.

D: You cant beat a good Helles. It is just about impossible.

EwaldEichstaett, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of cuttsjp
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from bottle into glass tankard. About one finger's width of brilliant white head that fades but leaves nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Clarity of beer is decent, with apparent bubbles throughout. Very light straw color.

Nose: sweet malt with a light hint of lager yeast, with some nice fresh grassy aromas in the background from the light touch of hops

Taste: very subtle sweetness, light earthy cereal graininess, a little zip from the hop bitterness with some fresh, clean grass on the finish, and taste does linger on the palate for a little bit

Mouthfeel: light bodied and smooth, though more body than your average Pilsener or American Light Lager; moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a relatively simple beer, but that is what's so excellent about it. It is Reinheitsgebot beer in its purest form, and because of the simplicity you can really pick out the flavors in it nicely...in many ways, this just tastes like the "daily bread" of beers. This beer is very drinkable and would pair handsomely with a big yeasty pretzel or bratwurst in a big Bavarian biergarten.

cuttsjp, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of tobeerornottobe
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pillowy head but dissipates faster than I would have anticipated, regenerates OK upon swirling. Medium golden colour.

N: Malty, surprisingly so! Quite pleasant though.

T: Malt continues through from nose but also a slight smoky bitterness.

M: Carbonation is fairly intense but I guess this is true to style.

Wasn't quite expecting what I got with this beer (I was expecting something with slightly stronger flavour) but enjoyed it anyway.

By the way, the bottle I had was labelled 'Original Bayrisch Mild' and I'm assuming this is the same beer.

tobeerornottobe, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of bobhits
2.42/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light straw colored lager. Decent bit of carbonation, thin white head. A poorly carbonated budwiser? Not even sure it looks that good.

Earthy malt dominates here. The hops somewhat mix with it and give this beer a very earthy grainy aroma. Still overall fairly sweet in nature.

Not overly complex. The aromas are all in the taste. A sweet malty beer with a lot of earthy nature to it. The hops are subtle but enough is there to keep this from being overly sweet. That said there isn't a lot going on here.

Very good mouth feel. Carbonation is great in the mouth and very crisp. Moderately clean as well.

A very drinkable and sessionable beer.

A great example of a bad style. On a hot day you might find this pretty nice, if you know water is nowhere to be found. Other wise, I'm not sure why I'd go back to this? Maybe if I wanted something earthy but wouldn't dominate the food? For the style this is near the top, but while I did take style into consideration, I'm not rating for the style.

On second thought talk about a good way to wing someone from macro lagers. Shows that a lager can have character and some flavor. At the same time the beer doesn't have so much flavor or power that it could cause anyone an issue.

bobhits, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of TheGarvenator
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - the head doesnt shrink or get in the way with a clear golden color.

S - similar to that of Heineken, but not as skunky (in my opinion); lighter and fresh.

T - very refreshing, and very smooth, perfect carbonation.

M - the carbonation is perfect, very crisp and not overbearing on the taste buds.

D - very easy to drink, a lot of these in a night or just to hang out.

I would happily buy this again, I'm currently loving every sip of it. This is perfect as I sit here typing up a report for class drinking a worthy beer. A true heffe.

TheGarvenator, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear, very light straw colored body with a huge, fluffy white head.

Fresh grain with a bright, herbal, floral pop on the nose. Uniquly pleasing.

Flavors are soft and inviting. Grainy, crackery malt flavors, light honey notes, peppery, floral hops leave a faint touch on the finish.

One of the smoothest, creamiest lagers you will ever have.

The flavors may be simple, but this is a nearly perfect lager and a nother example of what makes Weihenstephaner so amazing. It looks great, it smells wonderful, the flavor is simple but very balanced, perfect mouthfeel and I want to drink it all night. What else can you ask for?

BradLikesBrew, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: pale golden hue; a clear body with tons of apparent effervescence. 3+ fingers of pillow white foam that has staying power and great gobs of lace; basically, what I am looking for in a light-hued lager.

Smell: light, sweet malt aroma. Just a mere touch of graininess; enough to cut the sweetness but not enough to annoy. Hops are barely noticeable. Very good composition, but a bit light in intensity.

Taste: nice malt flavor which is sweet but not too sweet; again it is cut but a lightly subtle graininess. There is a balancing bitterness, but hop character does not stick out at all. Well-balanced and tasty; an extremely solid lager.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body; not bad for a lager. Carbonation seems rather low, so there's nothing much interesting to commend this beer. Still, the body isn't bad.

Drinkability: extremely drinkable. This beer isn't perfect, but it is definitely quaffable and fulfilling.

flagmantho, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love beers that you're not sure how to pronounce. You tell your friend you have a great beer, but when asked the name you stumble it all up. Then you have them rolling your eyes at you and some trust and respect is lost. Well, that's their loss!

Weihenstephaner Original is a beautiful looking beverage that is a light pale golden yellow that's clear and produces an ever streaming bubble that feeds a cloudy white head which constantly skims the top; you're looking at a pretty handsome brew.

Smell is not my strong suit, but from what I can gather it's very nice. After a swirl I can definitely smell a grass-clipping aroma....it's pretty herbal for sure.

Good taste here. Like the smell, it has a nice grassy taste that runs dry, leaving a finish that stays quite a while. Inky and bitter in a way, but also pleasant, bland and sweet.

Oh definitely an easy beer to drink and enjoy. This is the type of beer you'd drink at any occasion. Want to impress? Check. Want to have fun and drink a solid beer. Check mate.

ElijahCSkuggs, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Very pale golden yellow with a stunning clarity; sizable, spritzy head holds together well. Smells of freshly cut grass, pale honey, doughy biscuit, faint grape skin, and it's a little peppery from the hops. Impeccably smooth with a very delicate, light to medium body. Clean maltiness throughout, not all the way dry as some sweetness sneaks in at first sip. Bitterness is clean with a peppery bite and herbal backing. The graininess is just enough to pique the palate's interest, yet doesn't cloud drinkability. Finishes dry with a very clean aftertaste of pale malt and grassy hops.

What a lovely yet delicate lager, an underrated as well as overlooked beer, as the spotlight usually shines on its wheat beer brother. No frills and fits with the style. An ease to quaff back a half liter (or a full liter, for the more ardent lager lover).

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a lively golden color with a crystal-white head 1" good retention and bunches of nice sticky icky lacing in big clumps.

The aroma has a bunch of very subtle smell's,freshly cooked corn on the cobb, rich, honey tinged malt with banana and golden wheat, earthy, funky yeast and very subtle hops.

The flavor is a crispy clean but rather honey-sweet malt along with some wheat and funky earthiness, more like wet grass and hey field, not really hearty because the malt sweetness is pretty high. Freshly cooked corn, slightly sour-bready and cream-style corn edge.

The crisp bite and jazzy feel is the first thing i noticed after the first sip. along with a rather heavy malt that comes across as a gentle sweet honey but also with a sour bread flavor. complexity is pretty high with the balance on the malty side but it's not without some decent wet-wheat and musty earth as well. The feel is wet, crisp and then malty slick, I wouldn't mind some dry earthy flavors involved here. mild banana and other subtle fruits add a easy-going flavor and mild effect. The smoothness is pretty nice going down too.

i had no problem enjoying this, a real classic in style and longevity!

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of milkbaby9
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle (code 0100, drank 9-11-2010) into tapered pilsner glass. Brilliantly clear pale straw color, tall 3+ finger small bubbled white head lasts a bit then leaves huge sheets of foam on the glass as the liquid receded during drinking.

Aroma of lemon honey and malt with just the slightest bit of spiciness present. Tastes just like the aroma, just a hint of bitterness in the finish to counter the lightly sweet malt.

Carbonation was medium low, a little disappointing. Very light bodied and watery mouthfeel. Easy to guzzle a bunch of this one if so desired.

Nice flavors but a little weak compared to many other beers I've been drinking lately. Excellent lawnmower beer or bbq/grill-out beer when your friends come over to hang out -- something to get them to stop wasting their money on Bud Light. Good for what it is. Glug glug glug!

milkbaby9, Sep 13, 2010
Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
91 out of 100 based on 1,694 ratings.