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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,739
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 110
Gots: 122 | 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 fightingirishcmk
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a pale cloudy straw color. 1 finger cream colored head, with little head retention.
S: Lemon is the first smell that comes to mind, as well as banana, orange, and an ever so slight noble hops aroma.
T: Similar to the aroma listed above, but with malty breadiness that is typical of the style.
M: Medium bodied, a good amount of carbonation
D: Firts the definition of drinkable. I wish more American beers would mimic this style... it is tasty, refreshing, and drinkable! Excellent!

fightingirishcmk, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is poured a clear straw colour with a great white fluffy head. Brilliantly clear. In the nose there is a bit of hops, but mostly a grainy/bready flavour. It's not very big on the nose, it's just pretty much standard. The flavour of the beer is incredibly smooth with a nice noble hop character in the background and a smooth grainy flavour up front. This is just a great balance between lightness, hops, and breadiness. Mothfeel is light, as expected. THe beer is also quite drinkable!

swizzlenuts, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of biggred1
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow gold and crystal clear with a fine rocky white head that leaves nice lace on the glass. Smells of toasted grain and noble hops with lemony citrus. Tastes of soft lemon and fresh bread with a nice hop bittering in the mostly clean finish. Light bodied and effervescent. Classic.

biggred1, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of magnj
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - Pale straw body is crystal clear. Big soapy head fades very quickly to a small ring. Crystal clear, small bubbles.

s - Very little smell besides some wet grain and "lager".

t - I'm used to drinking IPA's and Stouts so this delicate beer is a challenge to my inexperienced pallet. Very low bitterness. Smooth and buttery, the BJCP guideline suggests there should be some low DMS so that might explain it. Malt dominated, slightly sweet. Light and refreshing. It still has that distinctly lager flavor from time to time you find in adjunct beers but it doesn't dominate. It actually ends a little dry too.

m/d - Smooth, low-moderate carbonation. Not sticky sweet, pleasant. Easily sessionable, not particularly tasty but a great alternative to a light American style lager.

magnj, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.5/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Very pale yellow colour with a rocky, loose-bubbled head of white foam. Not much retention or lacing. Some bead, racing through the very thin looking body. Can't say it looks terribly appealing.

Metallic, funky yeast aromas on the nose. Definite notes of barnyard, bread yeast and rotting grains. Really quite offensive. Can't say I like this at all.

Taste is very flat - a thin, watery sugar character with a late belt of fungus encrusted metal. Very weak, unpleasant and offensive, bordering on undrinkable. Mouthfeel woefully thin and flat.

Quite certainly a very unappealing and unpleasant beer. Devoid of all but the most offensive characters, leaving it like a rasp across an open wound.

I can only say that either this bottle was off, out of date, poorly stored or brewed under license by unhygienic fishmongers. I can't understand how my review is so out of whack with the general opinion, but truly the bottle I had was appallingly bad.

lacqueredmouse, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of TheSarge
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

All right, here's the traditional Munich Helles, from the best brewery in the world. Let's see if they live it up with this style, which is one of my favorites.

This helles is picturesque: Mounds of bright white head, and a light golden body with plenty of carbonation to make the foam rise above my stein.

The aroma is brisk with a lime/lemony presence. There is a slight sweet fragrance here too.

The brew tastes of a standard helles: Totally well balanced between toasty malts, with a mild hops counter.

With a good amount of CO2, this has a slight coarse feeling, but finishes wet and refreshing.

Weihenstephan has yet to produce a beer that doesn't follow its style to the T. No wonder their school is the most renowned brewing school throughout the world.

TheSarge, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of absoludicrous
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a One Pint, 0.9oz bottle. Served in a 16oz Surly pint glass.

Pours with a nice 1/2 inch head that isn't very thick, but sticks around for a while. A Clear, light, golden, very transparent, pale looking beer. It smells of honey right off the bat, with a light, sweet, musty smell.

The taste is effervescent, sweet, fresh, with a little spiciness.

In the mouth it feels lightly carbonated, just right. A little bitterness up front. Very well balanced.

I will be purchasing many more of these ~17oz bottles in the future. A great session beer that surprises, and makes me wanting more.

absoludicrous, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of cpmau11
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a bottle into a stella glass. Poured perfectly with a 1 and half inch head. Clear golden color, head stays fairly prominent through most of the beer. This beer taste amazing. It's one of my favorite bavarian style helles lager. You can truley taste the hallertau hops that they have been using for hundreds of years. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and light. Truely meant to be enjoyed out of a liter mug or tall style glass. The only other bavarian style lager that rivals this one is Augustiner.

cpmau11, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm out west in Tucson and was a little disappointed in the west coast selection so I went for a few German brews. Started with the Weihnstephaner Original

Poured with a foamy finger and half of head. Decent retention, but it did settle away. Bright Gold color, perfect clarity. Medium amount of visible carbonation. Decent lacing

Aroma is light, fresh, slight grape and a touch of sweetness.

Nice session beer. A touch of sweetness. Like honey. Pale malt, white pepper. Light hop presence towards the end. Finishes nice and clean.

Light bodied with just a bit more.

Ultimate drinkability. I'll be back for more of this

Reagan1984, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
2.15/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pale appearance, not weizen-pale but not English-ale gold. Pours with a very generous, slightly off-white head, but that dissipates very quickly. Slow bead of carbonation. Slight lacing. Nice, but not great.

Slightly rich, earthy hop aroma and a slightly sticky honey at the back. A bit of sticky yeast lingers. Standard lagery nose really, fairly aromatic without being pleasant. In fact it's unpleasant.

A fair amount of honey throughout the palate, not really desired. Slight yeasty/hoppy bitterness on the back, a bit of a sticky mouthfeel; body is quite thick and slow, with very little carbonation upon drinking. This is overly sticky, and quite unpleasant. When I'm drinking a lager I expect some sort of gas. Having said that, the palate is not very nice, yes, but it's fairly well balanced. This is drinkable enough and it's what I would expect given the style.

laituegonflable, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of dmortens
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Mostly translucent, with 1/2 inch head that dissipated quickly. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.

S - Faint banana/esters.

T - Nice carbonation up front, great balance of hops and sweetness. More esters - I get faint banana, and even some ginger.

M - Again, nice carbonation and lightness.

D - Really exceptional beer. I like the reasonable amount of carbonation, and the balance of bitterness with the fruitiness. I'll absolutely buy this again.

dmortens, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 3/24/2009 (bottle):

Pours an extremely clear, light yellow colored body, fizzy, not cloudy at all. Big creamy white head, quickly diminishing. Very malty nutty aroma. Fresh malty smell. Some graininess, but not a strong aroma overall. Sweet taste, some nuttiness. Refreshing and clean tasting. Tastes much better than it smells. Very quaffable. Some breadiness in the taste. Wow, this is very tasty, I am shocked, based on the light color and aroma. Soft palate.

jujubeast6000, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of mgmvh
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: pours a typical light golden yellow hue. the head doesnt stick around but leaves a good lace as you drink.

s: inviting. i got hints of banana and clove with underlying citrus notes that arnt very strong but give some spice to the finish.

t: no complaints at all here. mild fruit notes on top of banana and a bit of grass from the hops. feels very clean and is well balanced. the finish is long (especially after having a few) with banana again and a touch of spice shows up to tie it all together. well done. no wonder the company's been around since 1040.

drinkability: drink this instead of coors, bud, miller... you get the idea..

mgmvh, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle tried 15 Mar 2009. Bottle looks very similar to the picture but with 'Original Premium' in the main label instead of 'Original'.

Poured in 0.4 L BBK stein. Large foamy stark white head. Medium carbonation. Bright almost neon yellow, slightest hint of haze. Aroma of light malt, lemon, mineral. Lightly malty, somewhat lemony. Faint bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste is malty sweet. Light body and alcohol.

Refreshing and easy to drink, very well done.

htomsirveaux, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a very pale straw yellow with a one-finger white head with okay retention but little lacing.

S: Hoppy with a biscuit malt scent with a small amount of citrus.

T: Strong hop profile with a biscuit malt with some lemon. Very simple and delicious.

Overall: Great mouthfeel, strong carbonation and light in body make it very drinkable as well. I'm liking this brewery even more.

AdmiralDiaz, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of popery
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Possibly the best session beer that I've ever tasted. It's crisp, dry and fresh. The hops give the beer a perfect, slightly spicy finish. The malt is up front and smooth. It tastes fresh and clean. This lager flavor is incredible. It's a light yellow liquid that should really be served in a massive stein atop which I can picture a bubbly white head that leaves plenty of lacing. This beer is obscenely drinkable. It's physically difficult to take a small sip. I would thoroughly enjoy drinking this beer from a one liter glass while sitting in a beer garden in Germany. Sadly, I can only imagine how good this beer is fresh from a tap at the brewery.

popery, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of olmatty
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a huge sudsy looking white head with good retention and strong lacing, beer is clear, deep straw yellow with a couple of noticible clumps. (not sure if those are intended)

Smell- Light aroma of pale malts, a characteristic german type.

Taste- Smooth, biscuity faintly sweet malts, just a bit of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Crisply carbonated, light bodied without being invisible or tasteless.

Drinkability- Among the most drinkable available. Smooth, flavorful, refreshing and delightfullly sessionable.

olmatty, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden blond color with a thick head that fades down to two-fingers. Lots of carbonation apparent and it settles down as the beer warms up a bit.

Aroma is clean with pale grain, a small hint of sweetness and not much else. Simple.

Taste is grainy and lightly sweet upfront with a dash of hop bitterness and a bready texture.

Bready texture hangs around at the back of the throat and seems clean and goes down well. Carbonation is nary an issue here. Only a bit of sweetness lingers as well.

A nice, easy to drink example of the style that has a good amount of flavor. Sessionable and I could knock back a few in a sitting.

Brad007, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a crystal clear sparkling yellow with a two finger white head. For a pale yellow lager it looks pretty damn inviting. Thick coating of lacing is left behind on the glass.

Aroma is grainy, a tiny bit of light noble hops. Very mild.

Flavors is grainy, some biscuity malt flavors, and a bit of spicy/herbal noble hops flavors towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, pretty smooth. Refreshing to the max.

I have started to develop an appreciation for the Munich Helles Lager and I think this stuff is damn good. It's a bit expensive for what it is, and I think Spaten is almost as good, only a 12 pack can be had for about the same price as four bottles of this.

roadhouse, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Yimosan
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a brown pint bottle onto one of the mugs I brought back from Germany.

Woooow, this beer really took me back to those small town beer fests that I attended with really good friends!

Appearance: Light and golden, with a nice 3 finger foamy head that dissipated after about minute or so, however the lacing left behind should be the standard for great lagers.

Smell: Sweet malt, ripe lemon, and mild yeast. The hops are in there, but faint, in my opinion. (Not a bad thing)

Taste: Smoooth...I thought it was going to be sweet after I smelled it, but the balance between sweet and bitter is outstanding. The mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a pretty long finish.

Drinkability: Put a tent over my head, bring the ooompapa band and seat me next to a porta-potty!!!

Excellent beer!


Yimosan, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of steveh
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Don't know that I've ever actually had the Weihen Helles before.

.5 Liter bottle in a tall Willi Becker glass.

A -- Slightly hazy, very straw golden with a bright white head. Surprised at the haziness in a lager.*

S -- Big DMS with the first pour, even slightly sulfury, rich malty melanoidin comes through with "breathing."

T -- Big, rich, bready melanoidin malts with some vague, lemony citrus character and mild bittering from noble hops back.

M -- Soft mouthfeel with a light body.

D -- Terrific. This beer seems very fresh, more so than some of the other Munich imports, but the same flavors are there (to those that discount some of the bigger names). Reminds me of Biergarten Biers in the Spring. This is what light Lager should taste like.

*Update on 08.13.13 -- grabbed up a bottle and it's perfectly clear.

steveh, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent golden/straw color that produces a nice fluffy bright white head that fades into the glass quickly.

The nose is pretty awesome, sweet notes, malts, and an earthy note that I can assume to be hops (but didnt really define itself)

The flavor profile was without hops in the beginning, but as the brew warms, the hops become more present. The malt character is stronger, but still manages to produce a nice balance

scottyshades, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of DoShek
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured into a footed pilsner glass with two fingers of white head that dissipates quickly, light straw color, very clear, leaves almost no lacing on the glass

Aroma - light maltiness, grassy and floral hop aroma

Taste - very light almost honey-like sweetness, grassy hops at the end, dry finish, slight metallic twang

Mouthfeel - smooth and light, lively carbonation on the palate, crisp

Drinkability - wish I had more, a great example of why Germany is known for lagers

DoShek, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of gabe23
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear straw color with a large, bright white head. Good retention with scattered lacing.

S - Grassy with a little bit of lemon. A touch of malty sweetness, but honestly, the aroma is very mild and not complex.

T - Very mild flavor with a graininess and some mild hops, though not much bitterness to speak of. A slight estery yeast flavor is also present, as well as a metallic tinge. Finish is clean with practically no aftertaste.

M - Very light body with moderate carbonation. Quite watery compared to most lagers and pilseners that I've had before.

D - Light and crisp, this one is definitely an easy drinker.

gabe23, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of HeadFullaHops
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this classic Munich Helles style brew into an 18oz Guinness pub glass.

A - The beer poured in with a dense, creamy white head that settled out after half the glass was gone. The color is a light yellow, typical of the style. One thing that isn't typical of any other Helles I've had, and really doesn't bother me in the least, is some what looks like bottle conditioning trüb suspended in the glass.

S - The aroma is the typical malty, biscuity, noble hoppy aroma of the style. No surprises here.

T - Not really any surprises here, either. Initially malty sweet with some hop dryness on the finish. Maybe a little more bitter on the backside than some I've had. Still, obviously a helles.

M - Light to medium. Goes down smooth and clean.

D - Drinkability is high. This style is the German Budweiser. Not to suggest that they have anything in common, it's just the regular everyday beer for ze Deutsch.

I would definitely recommend anything from Weihenstephan that you can get your hands on! It's all good stuff and I understand that the brand is pretty hard to come by. I'm lucky enough to have a store that carries a lot of there varieties at the entrance to my neighborhood. CHEERS!

HeadFullaHops, Feb 09, 2009
Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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