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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,852
Reviews: 804
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 120
Gots: 171 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-30-2000

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Photo of markb33
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A--European style 1pt. bottle no freshness date. Poured into a goblet. Beautiful golden hue with a bubbly white head. Sticky lace stays around all the way til the end.

S--Spice upfront with a mild sweetness.

T&M--Crisp clean and straightforward, this is a great lager. Mild malt sweetness, not as strong as a Pilsner, but certainly present. Carbonation lends a crisp bite to the tongue, balancing out the beer. Dry finish.

D--Very drinkable, sweetness and clean flavors make this a good beer to start the night.

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

I wasn't expecting a lot of this beer since I presumed the brewery put all of their effort into the hefeweizen. Wow, was I wrong! This lager is great. Golden yellow with a solid head. The complex flavors only increase with the intake. Enjoy in large qualities or buy cheap, mass produced beer instead and leave this stuff for people who can appreciate it.

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

Golden pour but not bad, seen worse, decent smell, not super impressive, but wow. This is a good beer, nice and smooth, one of the better ones I have had, good with a light meal. not bad with the maltiness, very tasty indeed will be buying this one again.

Photo of bcpriess
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is second only to Stiegl Goldbrau in the pantheon of great beers, and not only is it the second best lager in the world, but the second best beer, period.

A: This beer pours nicely into a cold mug from the 16oz, served cold. .5in of head, fine bubbles, and a rich golden color. It is clear, not cloudy.

S: Despite having a weak sense of smell, this is a beer I want to bury my nose in before, during, and after drinking. The scent is neither malty nor hoppy. Yeast and grain are the predominant odors, perfectly balanced as in a freshly cooked loaf of bread. It smells like bread baking.

T: Like it smells only moreso. This is a rich pure lager. I taste yeast and grain. High quality yeast and grain. This beer is neither sweet nor bitter, and its aftertaste contains no nasty surprises. It continues to taste like it tastes and smells. If there were an award for flavor continuity, this beer would get it. This is the only category I rated lower than 5, only because Stiegl Goldbrau has a slight upper hand.

M: Liquid, crisp, refreshing. No discernable sediments or hardness to the feel of this beer. It is wet and clean.

D: Very high. This is a beer you can and want to savor over the course of a fine meal. Perfect with onions and rare beef.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy, pale straw yellow. Nice foamy head that dies down quickly. Smell is grainy, like a silo, but pleasant and toasted, almost nutty. Taste is malty and maltier, with an undercut of bitterness that lives on to the finish. Mouthfeel is satisfying and not prolonged by any means. All in all, a rather good beer that I would drink a few of. Much respect!

Photo of wrightst
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The world's oldest brewery! What an extraordinary claim to fame! Brewing beer since 1040, this Bavarian brewery makes a range of quality, interesting beers. Like most older German brewers, they make a lot of noise about following the Reinheitsgebot, that fabled bad idea that fans of German beers still claim as a 'purity law'. That old law of 1517 was enacted on behalf of German bakers concerned about competition from brewers for wheat. Like many half-baked laws in societies the world over, why they didn't just pass a law saying "wheat is for bread, not beer" we may never know. Since then, it's morphed grotesquely into a purity law. Thankfully, German brewers managed to make good beer in spite of the law. Readers of this site probably know that the law was officially repealed in 1987. Weihenstephaner's "original premium" has a crisp, clean and light-bodied great taste. It pours light golden with a foamy white head. It's aroma and taste are good clean malt and mild hop. Drinkers of the beer axis of evil (you know the giants) should give this style and this brand a try. It's a very refreshing, every day kind of beer that can satisfy those afraid of the dark, but with enough complexity for people who find little interest in cars that only turn left.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw color with a tight white head that plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of light malts and a touch of hops.

Tastes of sweet, pale, grainy malts with a nice bit of hops. Hops have a lemon and grass notes. Light and balanced.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent with a dry finish.

Photo of coalcracker
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear gold color with continually active carbonation.
Smell: Aroma of grains and hops in balance. Mild 'skunky' aspect as well, though not detrimental.
Taste: Very smooth malts that are quite grainy. I can also detect honey, light nut flavors, and bread.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and slightly less than moderate texture.
Drinkability: Extremely drinkable lager.

Every lager should follow this formula. Very tasty. Thanks to my father for bringing a 6 of this to God's country.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Original. 1 pint brown bottle.

Looks exactly like the extra-virgin olive oil I have at the table -- a slightly lighter wheat yellow. Bubbles occasionally stream upwards at a languid pace. The head was big, frothy and white. Good retention and moderate lacing

Mild lemon and malt sweetness dance around the nose. There also some hop astringency and a bisquity smell hiding in the background.

Very well structured and appropriately balanced by the carbonation. The hop bitterness, backed by a lemony twang, accompanies the biting carbonation as the first taste. Sweet, biscuit flavored malts follow suit and hang around a bit longer. The finish is thick, malty, and a touch dry. Hops and malts flow into each other in consumate liquid harmony -- perfect balance has been achieved.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Light to medium palate on balance, but somehow it finishes thick, heavy and a bit stickier than one might think. Carbonation is perfectly balanced to complement the hoppy twang and malty softness. At 5.10% it's definitely a session beer, almost endlessly drinkable.

The bottle claims that Brauerei Weihenstephan is the oldest in the world, and hence the drink is the father of all helles lagers, if not all beer. 1040 AD, rock on.

Photo of generallee
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 0.9oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. The bottle has the abv marked at 5.1% and there is no freshness date.

Appearance: The body is a bright and has a light yellow gold color and inside there were lots of little yeast floaters as well as some visible carbonation too. Its head is made of a light, loose, bright white foam which builds up tall, then quickly settles down to just a thin film covering. Lacing is slick and minimal.

Smell: There is a mild pale and biscuity malt character in the aroma with some light straw like and noble hope notes.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor is very clean and refreshing. There is a nice bready/biscuity malty base with some mild sweetness. It also has some earthy/bready yeast notes as well. This is then balanced by a pleasant mix of classic German hops that add some herbal spice, some bitterness, a very light touch of citrus and a good crisp dry finish. The palate is light to medium with lively balanced carbonation.

Notes: This is an outstanding easy drinking lager. The only big negative was the odd yeast floaters that filled the glass after I poured the beer. Anyway it didn't take anything at all away from the flavor.

Photo of MOB210SA
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty excited to finally try a beer from "The oldest brewery on Earth." I've seen this on shelves but not my usual type of beer I'd buy. I was in the mood I guess when I grabbed 2 different type of German beers. This being one of them. I noticed that on the label it say "Malt Liquor," which I'm sure is just a legal term that is being used, not that it is similar to 211. Since, 1040? Holy S***!

Large pillowy, bone white head that rose very quickly from the regular pour. About four fingers from the pour, died to 2 then stays a nice half finger the rest of the way. After the initial expansion, it settled back to a nice retaining frothy top. Some scattered lacing is present. The beer itself is light golden, almost straw in color. A little further into the glass, more lacing became evident.

The nose is slightly yeasty, with some wheat/oatiness. A little hoppiness, and light malt.

My first sip I noticed a light metallic hoppiness. I say slightly bread-like. I'm not great at picking out flavors on beers like these. I would just compare it to good tasting oaty, health/nutrition bar. Overall, It tastes like a decent, solid beer.

This beer is light not quite medium bodied, so- low, and low carbonation. It makes it super smooth and very drinkable to say the least.

As soon as I took my first couple drinks, I realized this beer goes down super easy. I could easily finish a huge German Stein/mug full. I won't get this again, probably because I want to try their other styles. This was good though, and I would grab one If you see it.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is one of the most phenomenal breweries on Earth. That said, this is probably the least of their offerings; albeit still a very good beer.

A – It pours golden and effervescent with a huge white head and the best splattered lace everywhere.

S – The smell is very basic: pale malt, noble hop and a honey sweetness.

T – It has a deliciously balanced flavor, with the same constituents as the aroma. It is a mild, very drinkable, slightly sweet beer and it is the definition of sessionable.

M – The feel is, surprisingly, a little under-carbonated.

D – A very poundable brew; perhaps the best choice for das boot. And it will pair with nearly anything.

Photo of gloriousglo2
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a lager. So it's yellow and a little watery. Kinda fizzy. It's better than most lagers, which I guess is a back-handed compliment. Can't say I agree with its overall grade here.Good price, though, as are all their beers. I think the Hef is just a lot better, and on a hot summer day, would be the choice.

Photo of nectar14
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 16 oz.

A: Pale gold color, white 1 1/2 finger head, good carbonation.

S: Biscuity and mildly floral noble hops. Classic.

T: Malt, mild bitterness, clean on the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied. Carbonation is just right. Easygoing.

D: Great go-to beer. Drinks very easy. Would have this almost everyday... desert island beer?

Photo of Schwarzwald
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Carmel and fruit... beautiful pour and great smell. German beer from first pour. Great drinkability and mouthfeel. I cannot believe that this beer is so mass produced... perfection of the German brewing tradition.

Great with rich foods... perfect alone!

Photo of bump8628
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold with a luxurious fluffy, white head that lays down some awesome lace.

The aroma is quite remarkable for the style with an intoxicating blend of sweet, delicate Pils malt and subtle floral, spicy, and almost fruity hops.

The taste leads off with a pleasant graininess along with some breadiness. Hop bitterness just balances and adds a touch of spicy hop flavor.

Really excellent. A testament to what clean, quality ingredients and masterful brewing can produce. Sure, its not the most exciting or bold style, but sit back and sip one and the delicate complexities are really impressive.

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

A: Pours into a Konig Ludwig Hefeweizen glass; clear, crisp yellow with a very large head.

S: Generally clean with some faint malts and not much else.

T/M: Nice crisp malts leads to a slightly sweet hop bite; there are higher notes of pears and citrus present. The whole concoction is amazingly smooth.

D: A direct, no-frills, pure and to-the-point lager. Good example of the style.

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

Poured into a stein. From a 16.9 oz bottle.

A - Fits perfectly in my .5 L stein. Pours a pale golden color with some active CO2 and a nice chunky white head that is very retentive and sticky.

S - Clean and light grain predominates the nose. Slight crisp grassy hint of hops on the back end. Very Bavarian, very good.

T & M - Malty grain is mostly present with a nice smooth character and feel to it. On the back end it finishes with a slight citric hop note and some nice balanced bitterness.

D - Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of speter
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9-oz bottle into nonic.

A: Golden yellow with a 2-finger cottony head that fades to 1/2-finger.

S: Malty and grassy, with just a slight hint of sulfur.

T: Malty with a touch of hop bitterness at the very tip of the tongue. Sweet malty finish.

M: Medium bodied with surprisingly light carbonation.

D: Very refreshing, even on a cold winter's evening. A classic Munich Helles.

Photo of bushbeer75
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner glass

Weihenstephaner Original Lager poured a clear pale straw color and produced a pure white cottony two + finger head. The aroma is sweet, malty and fruity - a little lemon and grass. Taste is more of the same, with a lingering hop flavor at the finish to balance everything. The mouth feel is crisp, clean, fresh and dry. The carbonation is sparkling.

Weihenstephaner Original Lager is an exceptional lager. It is tremendously thirst quenching and with its ABV makes it a great session brew...Hard to have just one.

Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a 3" fluffy white head that hangs around a while. Moderate lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: mild malt sweetness, grass, and some mild lemon tones are detectable.

Taste: mild malt presence with some lemon zest, green grapes, grass, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp at the start, a bit less at the finish. Clean aftertaste and nicely refreshing.

Drinkability: this is a very easy to drink beer that one could have all evening long and not get bored. Solid beer here.

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, super light yellow, high carbonation, great lacing

Smell: honey and toasted malt

Taste: honey, toasted malt, and a small grass hops presence

Mouthfeel: light body, slightly bitter, and crisp, high carbonation

Drinkability: A very good, super light, and super sessionable lager. Very clean. I could have several.

Photo of generalnotsew
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice big frothy fat head. About as clear sunny yellow I have ever seen. Good looking for the style.

S: Nice zesty zingy lemony scent. Smells a lot like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

T: Kind of a weaker version of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale but not far off at all. Citrusy lemon with a nice malt backbone.

M: Exceptional. Very frothy and highly carbonated which is good for the style.

D: This part is thru the roof. I have never had a beer so drinkable. If I ever go to the sun this is what I will take with me.

I thought I was getting the Hefeweizen. This was a nice surprise. Wish I had gotten a whole six pack now. This is a very tasty and satisfying beer. I will try to have this many times again.

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

Excellent beer. Very crisp and refreshing. Subtle floral and citrus flavors, and goes down like silk. Beautiful golden color and a nice bright smell compliments the sturdy but overall light quality of this beer. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this beer and wanting to have another.

Photo of Cs1987
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Straw-gold, 3 fingers of head and fine carbonation.

Smell - Light herbal hops with a touch of corn.

Taste - Quality malts and light, herbal hops. Good strength for a helles.

Mouthfeel - Light, good texture and carbonation.

Drinkability - Like all light Weihenstephaner beers, this is a great session drink.

Overall - What can I say? Weihenstephaner can do no wrong.

Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
91 out of 100 based on 1,852 ratings.