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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,758 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,758
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 110
Gots: 133 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-30-2000)
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Photo of fx20736
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsener Glass.

Rough pour created a head like beaten egg whites which receded to leave an embroidery of lace down the sides of the glass. The beer is a very pale, washed out gold with the tiniest of bubbles. Like so many German Lagers this one has the slightly grassy, slightly sour, pale malt aroma. Mouthfeel is a little thin but carried a slightly effervescent seltzery fizz. Taste: Pale, crackery malt balanced with an oh so faint Noble Hop bitterness and a light citric twang that scrubs the palate.

Notes: A quality, well made lager. A little bit watery but no other imperfections. Lacks the wow factor of Spaten but decent,nonetheless.

fx20736, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of rarbring
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is pale golden and slightly foggy, good lacing.

The smell is sweet, honey, lots of malt, bread, but also fruity, lemon and apples.

The taste is fruity sweet, possibly some banana, also fruit acids, green pears. Grass bitterness.

Medium carbonation, a light and refreshing feeling, slightly dry finish.

A nice aromatic and refreshing lager. Tasted at a blind sampling.

rarbring, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Meant to grab their Hefeweizen, grabbed this on accident, oh well, I think it'll be good too.

Pours a bright clear yellow/gold color, with a nice big rocky white head, nice lacing on the glass too.

Aromas are floral, dusty, spicy, with some lemon zest.

Taste is crisp, dry, and very clean. Doughy bread, mixed spices, soft creamy malt flavors as well. Finish is crisp, and bright, with a lemon and floral hop bite. Not super strong flavors, but very nice subtlety and balance. Very refreshing

Mouthfeel is great, smooth and very crisp from the snappy carbonation.

Overall, this is really good. This is a super refreshing and thirst quenching lager, the best I've had in a while.

flexabull, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of txbrew81
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden straw colored beer. Great clarity. Nice pillowy head that starts off over two fingers and settles into a thin residual head all the way down. Lacing all the way.

S: Clean grassy smell with some faint hop spice. Strong sweet malt presence.

T: Very crisp and refreshing. Sweet malty goodness balanced almost perfectly with the hops. Follows the nose with a touch of bitterness on finish.

M: Clean, crisp, refreshing. Extremely Quaffable.

O: Hands down my favorite Helles I have ever had. I love the style and I will regularly purchase this when available. must try

txbrew81, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of alf212
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok so I'm mostly rating this compared to other lagers--rating based completely on the style not as a beer overall.

Golden Straw Color with head that remains basically the entire drink. Decently carbonated, bubbles also continued to fizz for the entire drink.

Pretty generic smell, grainy with a little pep to it. Not tooo much going

As a Lager it is phenomenal. Real smooth drinking! Grainy taste with a little peppery spice to it. Alright so as a lager I'd say pretty darn good. You can drink multiple bottles of this ish, it's a perfect session beer.

Wouldnt go out of my way to get it again, but would never turn it down either.

alf212, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of JEdmund
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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 JohnnyP3
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into a Pilsner Urquell signature lager glass. Pours a clear pale yellow with a fluffy white head about 2.5 fingers in height. Leaves a complex lacing pattern all down the glass as it is consumed. Looks actively carbonated.

Smell is sweet and rich malts, floral hops, grains and a grassy aroma that combine to produce an extremely inviting and enticing aroma.

Taste produces a strong malt backbone that is crisp, rich and refreshing. The nose is well mirrored in the flavors produced by the beer when consumed. Near perfect balance between the hops and malt. Minor bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and satisfying. Another Bavarian classic--this Munich Helles Lager is fantastic. I have a hard time seeing how you can improve upon this offering in this category.

JohnnyP3, May 28, 2011
Photo of vtfan77
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear gold with a decent head that dissipates at a reasonable pace.

S- Syrupy sweet honeysuckle malt with a big grassy hop presence backing it. Slight metallic twang in the background.

T- Grassy, herbal hops in the forefront are backed by a solid sweet, bready malt. Finishes clean with a touch of sweetness and a moderate bitterness.

M- On the light side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation; slightly slick in the mouth.

Very solid lager here. There's a nice balance between the malt and the noble hops that makes this quite drinkable and enjoyable. I'd drink this anytime. Recommended.

vtfan77, May 27, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a golden yellow with a large amount of carbonation rising up through the glass. A thin layer of head that curtains the sides of the glass. The nose contains a lot of straw and a spicy hint of hops. The taste is very crisp and smooth. A solid amount of carbonation tingle as well. The flavor is light but dynamic. The straw is present right off the bat but it has a light honey/lemon zest with a balance of a light amount of hop pepper. The aftertaste is malty and sweet. Great beer on a warm spring day.

DrinkingDrake, May 21, 2011
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Premium Bavaricum!

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow with a thick white bready head.

Smell: Grassy Euro lager notes. Slight metallic hop aroma.

Taste: Light and hoppier than many helles lagers. Rich grassy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full and smooth. As refreshing as any beer on a warm spring day.

Overall: A solid helles from "The World's Oldest Brewery." I would definitely recommend and definitely go back to again!

JednoPivoProsim, May 21, 2011
Photo of abianco
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think this is the best example of a perfect Helles Lager. The head is light and quickly dissipates, and you are left with an incredibly drinkable and very subtle beer with just about no aftertaste. The flavors come in so subtlety and leave this perfect ever so slightly sweet taste that you will completely miss if you don't look for it. The second best part is that it is so light and that you can easily drink a few liters before you even know what hit you.

If you are a Helles Lager fan, this is a prime example along with Lowenbrau Original. Absolutely fantastic beers.

abianco, May 21, 2011
Photo of Chico1985
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
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 -8.4%
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 +11.8%
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 +2.7%
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 +7.6%
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 +14.3%
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 +8.1%
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 +20.4%
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 -8.4%
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 +7.6%
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 +1.5%
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 +4.4%
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 -9.6%
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 +12.5%
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
Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
91 out of 100 based on 1,758 ratings.