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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,590 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,590
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 98
Gots: 71 | 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 kenito799

New York

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Dark golden brew with a lovely creamy white head and intricate, beautiful lacing.

Aroma is malty and fresh, but with an underlying aged or cooked grain note. On the palate this beer is crisp, flavorfully malty, then subtle lemony hoppiness takes over in the finish. Very nice balance of crispness with very mild bitterness, and a touch of starchy sweetness at the end. Very drinkable and refreshing, and retaining an individuality and interesting character that sets it apart from the many euro and american lagers out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 22:43:14 | More by kenito799
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear golden yellow color with a bubbly white head that left some good lacing.

S - bitter, earthy hop and lemon peel aroma.

T - sweet malts and bitter hops are very well balanced.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

D - very easy to drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 01:21:08 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of gfreed


4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm sure "delightful" has been appended to many other reviews of this beer, so let me add my own. It really is a delightful beer. Very bright color with plenty of bubbles and a loose head that fizzes with a nice cloud of honey, lemon and lime. The body is light, clean and bubbly, and you'll find no shortage of citrus and honey in the flavor with just enough hoppiness to give it a bite before it goes down. Somehow Weihenstephan has managed to stuff a sunny May afternoon into a beer bottle. Had this with a plate of chicken sausages and brown rice-- wonderful. An instant favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 01:31:53 | More by gfreed
Photo of Voss


4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an original Weihenstephaner ceramic 0.5l mug bought on our last visit to Freising. This lager has it all: the right carboanation, refreshness, a smooth and solid taste, a yeasty herbal aroma, a balanced but very tasty mouthfeel , and an infinite drinkability.
So bavarian, so damn good.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 00:08:11 | More by Voss
Photo of hustlesworth


4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- super ultra mega clear golden beer color with a spectacular puffy white head that becomes cratered and a little rocky as it settles. great retention as well thanks to a beautiful array of rising bubbles. a ton of spit bubble lace is deposited by this never-ending foam hat. this beer has certainly achieved optical perfection.

S- lemony and herbal, very german, a small amount of banana and clove. nice how yeast aromas are noticeable here, something i don't ever notice in a helles. becoming grassy and very floral with a bit of bubblegum. noble hops, saltine cracker, and raw grains with a nose tingling hop astringency.

T- raw grain, crackers, white bread, green wood, spicy herbal hop bite right in the middle with some pleasant metallic mineral water flavors. very clean taste and superb balance. clean saaz type bitterness lingers on the palate like lemon pith, light colored roux and a very clean fresh barley flavor.

MF- light and airy, medium carbonation seems to just melt away. very clean but with a short period of oiliness. a slight champagne dryness at the finish. multi-faceted feel to this one, so interesting for such a light beer.

D- as far as helles goes, i've never been a huge fan, but this offering has showed me what the best can be like. fresh grainy flavors and body and bitterness to rival czech pilseners, this is much much more than just yellow beer water in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 22:52:40 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of korndog


4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a damn good surprise when I had it at a tasting recently. Great looking clear golden color. The malty, bread bakery aroma and taste were right on target without being sweet or cloying. This is what malty lagers should be all about. Perfect balance IMO.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 22:36:13 | More by korndog
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap in a 1 litre Das Boot at East Side Restaurant in New Britain, Conn.

A: Poured a very clear and bright golden yellow color with a bit of a chilled haze and great big fluffy head of sudsy white foam which left a bit of lacing, yet still hung around for most of the brew.

S: Smells like a very clean blend of slightly spicy yet citric hops and grainy malts, like a toasted biscuit with a lemon poppy twang to it.

T: The flavor is very well balanced and satisfying. A lightly toasted malty grain flavor gives way to a bit of lemon and zesty floral hops before finishing semi-sweet and full of fruity, spicy flavors. A delicate balance makes this lager walk the line with the greats.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and oh, so satisfying. The light hopping and great natural citrus flavors make for an explosive lager.

D: I had 2 liters of this beer. Enough said. If I were at a home base, I could have drank it all night long. The quintessential helles lager and possibly one of the best all arounf lagers I've ever had.

Presentation aside, which was the best there could be, this brew was fantastic. Not only did it pair awesomely with my jager schnitzel and spatzel, but it drank so well on its own, before, during and after dinner. If I'm hanging with a lager crowd and know where I can find Weihenstephaner lager, I'll pick it up in a heart beat,

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2008 05:58:13 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

A perfect example of a benchmark German lager. Weihenstephaner Original pours a clear yellow color with a sticky and fluffy white head. Fruity pale malts balanced by slightly tart hops. Light and very drinkable. Classic beer. I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 20:23:56 | More by ATPete
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this 500mL from a pilsner glass. Pale straw color with a one finger white head that fades to a film in about a minute.

Sweet malts are the most prevalent scent here, otherwise has a fairly muted nose. Smells like it has some wheat in there. Fresh and clean, no real noticeable off aromas.

Crisp, smooth and refreshing. I do taste some wheat, toastyness and (perhaps crystal) malts. Has a nice hop bitterness and none of the common imported bitter/metallic light struck flavors.

Extremely easy drinker. A most pleasurable German lager. Recommended, but I like some of the other Weihenstephaner offerings better.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 04:55:10 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of illidurit


3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a seidel. Typical pale gold color with a nice crest of white foam that leaves chunks of lacing everywhere. Aromas of Munich and pils malt, with only the slightest hoppy lemon twinge. Flavors of lightly toasted bread, honey sweetness, soft tart lemon, a touch of grass, and a fleetingly metallic finish. Mouthfeel is standard Weihenstephaner perfection. Soft and crisp with no wateriness regardless of the light body. An excellent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 08:24:54 | More by illidurit
Photo of morimech


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold color with two inches of white head that sticks around for a awhile. Heavy spotty lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

The aroma is a bit lacking. Just a faint noble hop and bready malt aroma.

Light malt flavor. Hops are faint but lend a bit of bitterness and spicy flavor. Finishes crisp and clean.

Light body with a carbonation that is not harsh. A very refreshing beer. A good Helles Lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 22:10:49 | More by morimech
Photo of abfraser


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice pale yellow into a pilsner glass with big white head that dissipates quickly. Can hear the carbonation.

S: Silly to say, but very German beer smelling to me, which I associate with nice malt/light hop balance. Some bready undertones

T: A lemony zest with good malt backbone. Grass-like finish

M: Light bodied. Dry. Good carbonation and acidity make this a very refreshing beer.

D: Very drinkable

A really good lager-style beer. I'm just beginning to drink some of the better representatives of this style, and so far am liking them. Nothing spectacular, in my mind, but a great beer when more than a couple are on the horizon.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 01:35:46 | More by abfraser
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Bright, clear yellow with a finger of head that dissipates quickly and falls to a moderate white cap. Minimal lacing.

S - Spicy hops are the most immediate smell, nearly identical to a good pilsner. Slight sweetness from the malt in the background.

T - On the whole, I think helles lagers are bland at best, but Weihenstephaner has made this style shine. A burst of spiciness comes on strong, giving slight suggestions of scallion and chive. Vague, but semi-sweet malt provides a light but solid backbone, something like lightly sweetened, raw, cookie dough. A small bitterness kicks in late palate providing a nice mild balance to the malt. Finishes clean.

M - Medium to light bodied, and on the low end of high carbonation. I think I want this beer crisper and lighter, but it's a tough call.

D - Damn good. Highly drinkable and not overly bland as seems to be par for the helles style. One of the most remarkable aspects of this brew is it's complete lack of wet dog and metallic flavors, something that I find always creeping into lagers and pale lagers especially. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 08:28:10 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of yemenmocha


4.74/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with good clarity, although a very slight haze in the pale yellow color. White head retains nicely.

Nose is soft, faintly citrusy, and has fresh brewery bread-like aromas that remind me of brewery visits. If there is a classic lager aroma, this is it (or should be).

Palate is toasty, cracker like with soft malt sweetness, enough hops to make it have a gentle bite (more like a nibble), and it is light bodied. This one is amazingly refreshing & drinkable, and above all else - for a lager like this, it has no flaws. Simply one of the very best in its style.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 05:00:04 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of meatmallet


3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear pale yellow color with white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Malty aroma with a slight bit of hopps in it.

T: A light malty flavor with a slight touch of honey and some hops.

M/D: Overall not a bad beer but not really one of my favorite styles. Nothing really stood out to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 00:49:31 | More by meatmallet
Photo of Haybeerman


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear, bright yellow. Poured a two finger stark white coarse head the dissipated fairly quickly. Lacing was very light and inconsistent.

S- Citrus zest, wet grains and lightly bittering hops,

T: Big biscuity/bready taste backed up with decent hops.

M: Light body maybe a little thin though the beer finished bigger. Excellent carbonation teases tongue.

D: I could drink a lot and like it. Decent taste, good finish in the mouth - clean and dry.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 22:44:38 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of SurlyDuff


4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 14:11:35 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of gonzo46and2


3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale golden color with a large head and a smattering of lace webs my glass.

Smells a bit of skunky funky hops and big noseful pale malt.

Taste has a bit of honey and citrus.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a touch of bitterness. Not overly carbonated. This is a fantastic pale lager.

Drinkability is supa dupa!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 04:13:31 | More by gonzo46and2
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml. into my Medley's (Shockoe Bottom) Red Hook pint.

Pours a nice honey-lemon clear body with a fair amount of carbonation. Loose white head dissipates quickly.

Decent, boiled hop profile with a little malt sweetness - carbonation provides extra tingle on the nose with nice lager body.

I can tell I need to drink more lagers like this. It is so clean with a full hop and malt profile and no discernable aftertaste. Nice little bit of sweetness on the finish.

Boiled, decently oily hop bitterness is comforting on the palate. Slight bitter hop aftertaste on the back end.

This is an enjoyable change of pace for me. Too bad I waited until the end of the summer to try it. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 00:35:51 | More by IBUnit63
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice clean clear pale yellow with lots of carbonation and a good fluffy white head that lingers unusually long for a lager. Nose is slight skunk and good graininess. Very nice taste with grain, light fruit, some slight spice, a little bit of skunkiness and a touch of slight cream. Some grass or straw as well. Mouthfeel is nice, and not too thin or overcarbonated. Drinkability is quite good, but could be better, although still an excellent sessionable lager. Overall a very pleasant lager, and one i would certainly revisit. Great for the summer grill, or moose camp in the fall. good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 01:05:57 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pale, clearish yellow with a beautiful head
S - for a lager, this smelled surprisingly pleasant. Grain and a fruity spiciness stood out.
T - not a whole lot going on, but then again there should not be a with this style. Starts with grains with hints of grass and a mildly bitter kick of hops at the end. There is also an overall spiciness to this beer. It reminds me a lot of a pilsener, but not as heavy with the grains.
MF - good carbonation and goes down easily
D - this is the first German lager I have tried and was pleasantly surprised. This was very simple, yet delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 18:42:31 | More by birchstick
Photo of changeup45


2.9/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light gold or yellow color with a thick fluffy white head which settles down but I still get some nice lacing. Aroma is malty with a lot of fresh cut grass. The beer tastes OK, there's nothing foul about it, but I wouldn't call it good either. A mix of grassy semi-sweet malts and hops and the beer finishes a little sour and dry. I'm sure I'll have a beer from this brewer again but it'll be their hefe I buy, not this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 23:03:40 | More by changeup45
Photo of jordoo


4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

It poors a golden straw color with a large white rocky head that last very well and left some patchy lacing. The smell is of light grains and light sweet almost honey malts with some mild hop aromas including grass, spicey and slight lemon. Tatse is malts all the way upfront, very sweet yet light malts with a dry crisp finish showing off the noble hops. The mouth feel is medium in feel and carbination with a dryfinish that leaves you ready for more and also makes it very drinkable. This one like most great Helles is straight forward and right there with no hidden secrets, just a very well crafted beer. If you a fan of Helles pick up a 6pk of this it won't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 13:45:46 | More by jordoo
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a drinkable beer! if I could give more than 5 I would

A- Bright yellow with a nice frothy head. Very transparent and appears light

S- Citrus bite with a grainy beer smell

T- Taste is biscuit-like with a decent level of hops for a superior drinkability

M- Moreso light than moderate, but excellent carbonation carresses the tongue

D- Drinks excellent if you like beer

This is the beer I will reach for if I want to quench my thirst and get drunk

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 00:08:33 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this following the summerfest lager so in comparison with it I would say that this started with a rather tall head that shrunk, lightest lace sticks around, clear pale yellow, few streams of carbonation around. Has a corny, and margarine smell. Thin yet velvety mouthfeel, more creamy flavors here than in the grainy summerfest. ...Yeah some grainy barley here but more buttery, creamy malt, low hop spice... Not bad, not overly exciting. A drinkable lager, decent example of the style just as the summerfest was. No skunk, no off-flavors, nothing offensive, easy drinker.

Note: Drink this chilled - I let this warm up and some not so inviting minerally and off flavors showed up - blech.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 21:23:24 | More by joshwlt
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