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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,822
Reviews: 799
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 114
Gots: 156 | 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 Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear yellow with a medium-sized white head. The aroma is biscuity/bready malts with a little bit of hops. The flavor is malty with hop bitterness at the end. You also get a little bit of toasted/caramel malt in the flavor. Very tasty. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Hanger
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass

A - straw yellowwith huge white head

S - light malts, sweet and crisp

T- sweet, fruity and some hops

M - smooth and clean with some carbonation

D - very good, great session beer, especially in hot weather

Photo of rootbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass

A: pours golden, with a almost two finger foamy white head, that laces well.
S: grains, bready light roast malt, light earthy hops.
T: malt slightly sweet, mild hop bitterness and earthiness.
M: crisp and clean.
D: very easy to drink.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale straw in color with a thin white head that reduces itself to a very thin film. Carbonation is vigorous, and lacing is minimal.

S: Biscuity and honeyed malt notes are faint, but the hops give the beer notes of hayfield, lemon peel, and fresh greens.

T: Like the smell, but more intense. Remember when Mom used to take that fresh bread out of the oven? This resembles that, with sweet, fruity character. Hops lend their citrus, herbal profile, giving the beer a crisp, dry finish.

M: Light bodied and clean. It hits the palate, and then it's gone.

D: This beer has character for how mellow it is. Easy to drink, inexpensive, and very tasty. This is a session beer if I have ever experienced one. There's no wonder they have been in business for almost a thousand years.

Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mostly malts, a bit sweet. Taste is crisp, sweet and malts, pretty tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is a good session beer. Overall this is a fine beer.

Photo of KeefD
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I'm trying to knock off a few styles that I haven't reviewed so I bought this and a Dunkel Weisse tonight and will try them back to back. Pours a clear golden color with a three finger white head that fell slowly leaving incredible lacing. Aroma is sweet, bready, with notes of lemony noble hops. Flavor is light, some bread and grassy flavors, non-existent bitterness. Basically just a lightly sweet doughy beverage. Medium bodied, ample carbonation. An easy quaffer.

Photo of GilGarp
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown bottle stamped 2309.

Poured into a chalice, the beer has perfect clarity. A clear golden yellow color with thin white head that settles quickly. Lacing is abundant.

Aroma is unremarkable. In other words, its pale malts, cereal, rice, and corn.

Flavor is quite pleasant even though it is very mild. There are sweet citrus flavors but nothing like a west coast hop. More like lemon cake. The yeast is a contributing factor, in a good way, with some slight bready character.

Mouthfeel is light in body and medium-light carbonation. It's very easy drinking, just like the better-known and tastier hefe.

Overall it's pleasant and easy drinking. Good but just not that special.

Photo of Xul
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Foamed out of the bottle as soon as I opened it, good thing I had my glass ready. Pours an effervescent. transclucent golden with a two finger white head that takes quite a while to recede.

S: Bready malts up front, predominantly like light toast with hints of earthy bitterness coming through behind the malts.

T: Combination of toasted bread and biscuits backed up by a clean bitterness with citrusy hints coming through. Some light musty notes are detectable, but round out the flavor profile rather than detracting from it.

M: Smooth carbonation with an overall thin mouthfeel, very appropriate for the style.

D: Pretty much the definition of a quaffable beer, whether on a warm summer day or after a long day of work.

Photo of Walken
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner: Original Premium, Helles (Bottled: May 2009) (Tasted 12/29/09)
16.9 oz. bottle, poured into a becker.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear straw/gold colored beer, slightly hazed with a soapy white head, rocky with meringue points jutting from the inch high cap. Leaves foamy, belgianesque tide marks on the sides of the glass.
Odor: Rich, bready pilsner malt, like lightly toasted white bread. Slight hop spice fills out the aroma.
Consistency: Ligh body, rolling, snappy carbonation.
Flavor: Echos the aroma, not quite as rich though. Bread, raw grain and clean, lemony hop bitterness. Finish is dry, I feel like at this point, saying that it's crisp would be kind of redundant.

With all of the excellent German and domestic helles lagers on the market, what's the point in drinking American macros, unless price is a factor? This beer is crisp and clean with an abundance rich melanoidiny bread character.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a pretty good look to this one, though the initially big, thick, fluffy head dissipates the most quickly of all Weihenstephan brews I've had thus far and also leaves the least lacing, though it does stick spottily in fair volume. It's a very clear yellow with some active carbonation.
The nose is a light balance of malt and grains with a citrus peel note backed by grains and a light funk typical to the style.
The balance of malt and hops carries over to the flavor. What really prevails in this one is a zesty lemon rind flavor with a sort of salty tint to it. Grains are present underneath and soft hops bitterness lingers. Just noticeable is a very gentle note of peppery spice and a light metallic undertone.
There's a sharp nip to the carbonation in this one that seems to compliment the style. The ideal is crispness, which this brew has, and there's a smoothness that's enough to add a fair balance to round this one out.
This is a well-crafted brew, but the Munich Helles remains a difficult style for me to get into due to the light funk in it and a lesser strength all around.

Photo of maleman
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. no freshness dating noted on bottle.

A - poured very pale amber with a creamy two-finger head with a short retention that turned into a tight cap. fairly thick, clingy lacing.

S - lots of hops, some grasses.

T - acidic, a bit of pepper. the barley comes through readily. some resin and phenol.

M - medium bodied. average carbonation. smooth finish with little aftertaste.

D - not bad. more of a summer brew to me versus drinking it in cold weather. i believe it would be very refreshing drinking it outside in hot weather.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color that is completely transparent, and has a small head.

Smell: Has a solid malt aroma that has just the slightest hint of citrus. It also has a bit of what I call the "funky" smell common with European lagers, but this isn't as funky as the others.

Taste: Has a nice malt start, balanced nicely with a good hop aftertaste. Smooth and balanced and quite refreshing. Again, it's a little funky, but not enough to turn me off completely.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and watery.

Drinkability: This is pretty good. It's something I could drink again and I think it would be a good session beer.

Photo of billyshears
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - 1+ finger foam; straw color with complete clarity.
s - Grains, light hops, a bit of sweetness
t- Subtly sweet lemon, grassy flavor. Light malts compliment well; hops linger a tiny bit on the back end.
m+d - Light mouthfeel with significant carbonation; very crisp, which works well for the style. Quite drinkable.

My father doesn't like my beers because they "taste like flowers." I was able to turn him on to this though. I generally dislike lagers (well, American adjuncts), but a great lager.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado SD
Appears medium yellow with a creamy white head that slowly falls to a skim.
Smells of grainy malt, sweet ,floral hops.
Taste is sweet light malt with a floral hoppy aftertaste. Slightly bitter on back end. Quite refreshing and tasty.
Light/ Medium in body. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel.
This is a very nice German lager..especially fresh and on tap!

Photo of MPLS
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle that has been sitting in the warmed up mini-fridge, opened it for no apparent reason. Split with company.

A: Beer is really bright, no pun intended with the helles style. Carbonation is very evident in this one, the bottom of the glass is covered like fish eggs ready to spawn. Nice lacing, clean saliva-like head.

S: Reserved hops and light malt. Slighly lemon-grassy.

T: Clean bubbles on the tongue lager. This beer is easy drinking, pleasant crisp apple cider like finish. This is extremely sessionable as it's flavor profile is a little underwhelming, but with enough flavor to keep me interested.

M: Thin-medium, carbonation is evident in this one even after it has sat in my fridge (52 degress) for at least a year? The well-received hefeweissen will have to be tasted next.

D: Refreshing and not challenging for days when the palate needs a break from over the top American hops. I'd drink this over any BMC for that matter.

Photo of Natural510
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, straw gold with good amount of head and a soapy lacing which retains to the end of the drink.
Not much to the nose, however, other than a bit of sweet barley & corn.
Flavor consists mainly of grassy notes coupled with corn and refined sugar. a light malt coupled with a tinge of hops at the end.
Crisp, smooth and easy-drinking.
There are many superb Bavarian lagers out there, and there are those which are painfully average. This offering from Weihenstephan is unfortunately the latter. Too light for my tastes, even for a Helles lager.

Photo of blackdog1101
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first ever Weihenstephan Original, purchased on a whim because it was on sale for $2.49. Drinking it from a stange glass.

A- Pours a translucent straw color. One finger head dissipates fairly quickly. Lacing sticks to glass nicely.

S- Banana, lemon, amd some yeast.

T- This is just a downright terrific lager. The banana and lemony smell comes through in the taste too. Starts with some light hops, finishes with a little malt. Very nice.
M- Moderate carbonation, very easy to drink. Very crisp and clean.

D- This is everything I want in a lager. I could knock down several of these.

Photo of bristol2120
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours a pale golden with a medium head that leaves about an inch of foam and moderate lacing. Aroma is a bit less detectable than expected, pretty much just a slight maltiness. Taste is a very subtle malt and yeast. The hops are barely detectable at first, though they do come into focus more in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is soft and well rounded, as befits the style. Smoothness gives this brew a good drinkability. Overall, a decent representation of the Munich Helles style.

Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Crush, served chilled in a wine glass

A - A golden straw, w/ thin white head and fine bead.

S - Smell is of light malt and sulphur from the yeast w/ light nutty and sweet hints w/ a nice mild creamy odor

M - The feel is think and mild w/ creamy, dry and nutty textures as there is a mild fruit tinge in the subtle sweet malt

T - A creamy flavor w/ mineral taste from the yeast and hints of nutty grainy flavor w/ a hint of spice in the hops and tasty creamy malt flavor. The yeast in the beer is the flavor that stands out w/ mild malt + hop accent w/ light honey taste

D - A tasty lager, clean and well made w/ mild overall effect. The drinkability is good and would go best with sausage, since it has enough carbonation to cut the grease - a very good helles, a quality drinkable brew.

Photo of OnThenIn
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with half a finger of white head that stuck around for a while. The color was a rather pale yellow.

Smell: Sweet malt with some herbal characteristics. Smelled a bit like corn.

Taste: There is a little bit of lemon to the flavor with some earthy hop flavor. There is a bready flavor and a nice touch of bitterness, which really helps make this beer interesting.

Mouthfeel: This was a light beer with the perfect carbonation for it.

Drinkability: There is no question that this is a very drinkable beer, and I was actually surprised by it being 5.1% because it had the body and mouthfeel of a beer a great deal closer to 4%.

Photo of SamN
2.65/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle, in standard pint glass.

A- Clear golden, white bubbly half-inch head.

S- Corn, cereal grains, light florals

T- Tastes exactly like a MGD, maybe a little thicker. Clean hops bitterness, more cheap grain taste, mild sweetness. Flatness of flavor, and not much complexity. Dry and boring.

M- Surprisingly full bodied, a nice thickness to be contrasted with the thin taste.

D- Bland, adjunct-esque taste, but with a better mouthfeel. Like an expensive can of Budweiser; why would I buy this again?


Photo of Anthony1
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A crisp, happy hay colro withs consistant bubbling, but a light, bright head of less than one finger. The aroma was a pale and crystal amlt delight with hints of some mineral water and grass. The taste was a crisp hay field of pale and pilsner malts. The hard water makes itself evident in this beer. Very good though. Helps bring the hops into a better light. Slightly dry, but other very crisp and refreshing palate.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light gold, plentiful bubbles, minimal white head, and moderate lacing. This beer looks inviting.

Smell: Slight grains and citrus, almost lemongrass, something reminiscent of wood, maybe pumpkin.

Taste: Clean forefront taste, acidity and moderately bitter grains hit the tongue first, followed by a moment of thin alcohol taste, and finally roasted malts and grains in the aftertaste. Hiding behind other flavors is a hint of toasted bread.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly with light body.

Drinkability: The alcohol is not masked very well, so I would not want to drink more than two of these in a sitting.

Overall this is a pleasing German Lager, with more complexity in the flavors than many others. I admire how it tastes slightly unique, and isn't one of the many generic lagers that characterize this type of beer. I would buy it again...

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


12oz bottle. batch code 9518. tasted in late may 2009.

clear. vigorous pour gives decent, creamy head. slowly fades to thin constant layer. great lacing.

no "off" aromas this time.

up to cellar temp, things are still nice and clean, with no off flavors. malty with light balance of noble hops. as it gets even warmer, some fruitiness appears, but doesn't distract.

light to medium body. smooth. light resinous feel near finish, crispened by carbonation, which also brings fluffiness.


12oz bottle with batch number 3438. tasted in early april 2009.

pale golden straw. almost clear, with possible chill haze and some bottle sediment. 1.5 finger head fades to thin wispy layer and ring. splotchy lacing, with more further down the glass.

aroma: lightly toasted malts, aromatic noble hops, with a rich sulfurous note, but also a hint of DMS.

taste: bready malt with note of yeast fermentation, quickly met by noble hops and a mild to moderate bitterness, but again some DMS. huh? what?

the DMS seems to fade from the taste and aroma a little later on. can't understand why...

light body, almost watery, but smooth with touch of momentary astringency near the finish. crisp carbonation with more body and flavor lift.

this was the last bottle in the sixpack. earlier bottles were consumed several weeks earlier, and were much more enjoyable without the DMS character.

will try to re-review.


Photo of n00tz
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear yellow tinged body, light carbonation, half-centimeter head that diminishes quickly.

S - Sweet fruity malts, light florals, and a grassy/herbal hops note.

T - Floral and citrusy hops, very pilsner-like with a sense of grain, malty back end.

M - light, with an active carbonation when it hits the tongue.

D - Impressive response to a Czech Pilsner.

Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
91 out of 100 based on 1,822 ratings.