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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,888
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
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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 droomyster
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear bright gold with a short lived white head. Aromas are almost all of Pils malt - pleasantly sweet and grainy. Tastes great. The flavors are fairly simple, sweet, clean Pils malt and light graininess dominate the flavors but do not overwhelm the palate. Light, grassy hops provide restraint to the sweetness and refreshment to the palate. Finishes mostly clean with a light sweetness lingering. Medium-light body is perfectly weighted and is perhaps the most perfectly carbonated Helles lager I've ever had. It "feels" just right. This simple beer is exceptionally well crafted.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For some reason my girlfriend wants to live in a house built before 1776. I drink beer from a brewery built in 1040. I win.

Pale gold with a fluffy white head. Good retention and great lacing. Aroma is potpourri floral hop and sweet, mead-like malt over bed of light grains. Taste still carries that flowery sweetness but adds depth with some noble spice in back. Really clean with a full mouthfeel.

I'm still getting used to pale lagers that don't taste like butt.

Photo of Beejay
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light pale in color, like a nice chardonnay. Clean with a nice white head.

S: Nice biscuity aroma. Definitely a dry malt scent, some yeast and a little bready.

T: Nice, there is a good bready malty flavor. A little noble hop flavor in the finish.. nice.

M: Clean, light bodied, and high carbonation.

D: Good and drinkable. Pleasant, repeatable, but not amazing.

Photo of fostah
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review, ever.

Poured from a pint bottle into a tulip glass.

Pale-straw color, about an inch of pure, white head, clings to the side of the glass. Malty aroma right off the bat, with a bit of fruitiness (estery?) in the back. Little to no noticeable hop aroma. First taste is crisp, smooth and all malt, with a small amount of bitterness evening it out at the end. No real changes as it warms. Each sip is as balanced as the last. A very good, easily quaffable beer.

Also my first of beer of this style. I'm glad I enjoyed it. Also happened to be one of the better beers for a hot, humid New England night in mid-August.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Been a long time since I had this one, but with it being easily accessible and popping up on my radar again recently, what the heck, I needed something good. Bottle served cold and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 08/09/2010.

Pours out a wonderfully carbonated pale amber color with a huge and towering head of white foam that just sticks to the sides of the glass with great retention. It craters out after a little while, but still, very, very solid look here overall with a light haze that lets me know this is a lively beer.

Aroma is light, bananas, cloves, touches of light grains and a nice and well rounded breadiness that seems to bring it a very nice balance to the profile. Warming brings hints of light grasses, a touch of an herbal feel to it and a nice and well rounded light fruit note. Crisp, clean, refreshing and smooth, that is really all you need to know here. The flavor is wonderfully balanced as a crisp and clean light grassy flavor washes across first, smooth with hints of cloves and herbal touches that give it that little bit extra. Light hops in the finish provide a gentle drying and the overall balance is very well defined. So clean and easy drinking it is impossible to have just one and this goes down simply like water.

Overall one of the best, and easily the most solid lagers you could ask for. Easily accessible and deserved of a place in everyone's fridge.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into dimpled mug from Munchen Hofbrauhaus. Served at 46 degrees.

Appearance is a moslty clear yellow with thick lasting lace.

Aroma had notes of banana and bread with a touch of grapefruit. Nice.

Flavor was citrusy, hints of pine, and fresh whole grain bread. Pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was well balanced medium over the entire palate.

High drinkability due to smoothness and very refreshing blend of categories.

It's from Weihenstephan, need more be said? Highly recommended!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow beer, average lace, good retention, seems to be spot on for style. Aroma was bready and unexpected.

Carbonation stressed more over a hop profile, which barely exists. Some banana, or maybe its just psychosomatic with the yellow appearance. Along those lines, some lemon as well.

Seems pricey for what it is, but I guess when you travel halfway around the world, the freight costs add up.

Photo of DeliciousSeeker
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- light to medium golden color. Fairly moderate amount of carbonation. Head was somewhat thick, going away after a few minutes.

S- nice fruity smell, for a second there was a definite smell of banana. Just really, really nice.

T- exceptionally delicious. So much flavor, and not overpowering at all. After taste is a nice fruity mixture. This is probably one of the best beers I've ever had.

M- refreshing body. Not light and watery, but not heavy either. Moderate amount of carbonation.

D- One of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. Easily can have several of these, and have no problems at all. This really is a wonderful beer, and recommend it to all that manage to see this review.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.78/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold, large head fades quickly leaving some lacing.
Nose shows hay, cereal and corn. Quite sweet. Some grassy hops. Not much else. Ho-hum. Very "Euro pale lager".
Exactly the same story with the flavours, with a very mild grassy bitterness in the finish.
Carbonation is surprisingly low!

Photo of DrJay
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear, light gold, very bright. An easy pour produced an inch of fluffy foam that, while it settled fairly quickly to a thin layer of fine bubbles, left a lot of streaky lacing stuck to the sides of the glass. Sheets of bubbles eventually coated the glass as the beer quickly disappeared. Mild aroma with notes of cereal grains, pils malt, light lemony and herbal hops. Delicate, balanced flavour. Grainy sweetness, a bit crackery, with light lemony bitterness and grassy hops throughout. Slightly spicy in the finish. Delicious. Light bodied with ample carbonation, some crispness and dryness. This stuff is good. Refreshing with excellent balance. I'd be happy having this on a regular basis as a go-to lager.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, I'll start out by stating that I was dissapointed before I even started to review this beer. I wasn't dissapointed in the beer itself, but I was disappointed in the fact that I grabbed this instead of the fabled Hefeweizen, that I set out to buy originally. Thankfully, this beer was solid, so I didn't feel so bad in the end.

A: Golden yellow with ample carbonation and a lingering, bright white head. The beer looks lovely in my hefeweizen glass.

S: Grass and hay initially. Fragrant and floral noble hop aromas. Faint herbal aromas. A hint of skunk and sulfur, but not too much.

T: I get a lot of the noble hops in the flavors initially. This is followed by a mild, grainy sweetness. A hint of bread as well. Slightly grassy. In the end there is again, just a tinge of sulfur and skunk. This doesnt make the beer bad, but I feel that some may not like it. Overall, very flavorful.

M: Light bodied. Crisp, clean. The carbonation dances on the tongue. Nice.

D: Overall, I was quite happy with this beer. Even though it was supposed to be the hefeweizen I was searching out, I was glad to try this. Definitely not my favorite Munich Helles, but still a great beer. Definitely makes me want to visit Germany and try as many of these as possible. LIght enough to be very drinkable, yet flavorful enough to keep my interest. This would be a great beer to give to a macro drinker to turn them on to better beer.

Photo of treque
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looking pale, perfectly translucent. Presents a constant and continuous carbonation which generates a compact white foam, 2 fingers, with very slow dissipation, clearly shows a little residue on the glass

S: The smell is not very penetrating, malt and hops are perceived notes

Its flavor is quite bitter from start to finish, although it is light is well defined . The end is not widespread but leaves a good memory in the throat.

Photo of scottfrie
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into weizen glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear yellow hue with a large bright white head that slowly reduced into a thick film that left streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Light, slightly metallic smelling malt, with just a touch of spicy hops and doughy yeast.
T: Fresh, grainy malt taste with hints of biscuit dough and lemon juice. Overall rather sweet. Finish is slightly bitter.
M: Medium-light and refreshing body with enough carbonation and chewiness for it to not be watery. Finish is dry.
D: A very delicious and drinkably refreshing lager, and I really don't like lagers. An enjoyable treat after a long day of work in the hot sun.

Photo of NODAK
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is pretty muted. Some toasty breadiness is faintly apparent with a little bit of sweetness. Subdued, though. Upon opening the bottle, the head kept rising again and again, which is a testament to the staying power of the foam of this beer.

The predominant flavor of this beer is of toasty malt. A definitely good toasty, husk flavor dominates this beer. There isn't much, if any, punch up front at all. The hop character from the Noble German hops makes a pretty decent presence at the end, which gives a great wrap up to this beer.

Smooth finish, some malt lingers. Very drinkable beer. Definitely a classic in the world of beer (oldest brewery in the world, right?).

Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is yellow and clear. Forms a big white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady made up of small bubbles that rise quickly through the beer. Looks really good.

Sweet aroma with some graininess, mild sulfur.

Yum, beer is light in body and has a great clean finish. Forward sweetness and no bitterness in the back. No aftertaste and highly drinkable. I love this beer.

Well, this is a lager and this is beeradvocate so I should probably divide all the scores I gave this beer by 1.25 and call it a day but I won't because lagers rock and you suck.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 L bottle poured into a pint glass. This bottle can easily be mistaken for Weihenstephaner's best, their Hefe Weissbier. The only difference being the label has more blue and says "Original Premium". I bought this becuase this is the only Weihen. I haven't tried that the store stocks, upon further research I found this to be a Munich Helles Lager, a style I have yet to try.

Pours a clear yellow with some golden hues. An aggressive pour turned out a one finger head of frothy white bubbles that fades fast to very whispy covering. Gentle carb with spotty lacing.

Smells of malts and yeast mostly. Upon a deeper inspection there is a sweet lemon. Very basic and clean.

Tastes exactly like the smell, but with a little more force. There is a pronounced bread malt and slight yeast, which fades to a sweet and slightly bitter lemon, possibly from a small addition of hops. Refreshing.

Clean and no clinging aftertaste. Finishes a little on the dry side.

Just like a golden lager should, this goes down fast. Relatively low ABV prevents any regrets later on from doing so.

Photo of nano
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a paulaner muf from a 50 ml bottle

A, good 2 inch white head with a nice golden color

S- nice lager yeast, very strong actualy, and german malts

T- sweet flavour, a little bit of spicy taste at the finsh

M- good carbonation, medium body

D- exelent, i will take 6 of this ones with no problem, at thios time the best munich lager hell that i have try

Photo of mralphabet
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt .9 oz bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner Glass.

A: Light yellow in color with a nice stream of carbonation throughout the session. About 2 fingers worth of foamy white head, very nice lacing.

S: Very mild lemons & sweet malt, with a touch of bready yeast.

T: Just like the nose, sweet with a nice touch of lemon bitterness. Nicely balanced .

M: Light to medium bodied... Starts crisp clean but finishes a little thicker than it started.. Carbonation is very good.

D: Low ABV makes this one a great sesson beer.... Over all flavors are OK, not the best I've had from Weihenstehaner, but a good little beer.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly, becoming slightly patchy. Decent lacing.
Smell is rich malts, with ample notes of barley and hops. Some light, peppery and corny notes, as well as some faint fruity notes.
Taste is slightly tart and fruity right up front, with the malts following immediately, along with some muted piney hops. Finish is slightly bitter, with a touch of fruitiness.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a nice bite in the middle. Dry on the finish. Light body.
Drinkability is very good. Tasty beer; nothing much to complain about here.

Photo of boss302
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Weihenstephan original, draft

This is not nomally a beer I would give up a beer credit for, but I like their Hefe so much I thought I would give it a try. It is not a bad beer, just lacks character and is obviously brewed for the non BA folks.

A Golden in color, clear, but a litle hazy. I'm not sure if this beer is filtered or not, but would guess not. Big head at first then faded to covering layer. Lacing on the glass and the head stayed to the end of the glass.

S Very slight hop aroma, otherwise bland and indistinct.

T There is a little sweetness in the middle and some pepper at the end. There is nothing that offends here, very clean, no off flavors, which is a difficult brewer's feat with such a light flavored beer. A little lighter in character than I'd like for a German Pils.

M Light in color and light in body. Carbonation is higher, but appropriate for style.

O This is a good German Pils, but I prefer their worldclass hefeweizen. I would recommend this for the American Pils drinker if they want to take a baby step toward fuller more rewarding beers.

Photo of Daniell
2.88/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: two finger head maybe, yellowy pilsner colour. Lacing sticks around. 3.5

S: smells sweet and corny, kind of like sweet corn (amazingly enough!) Also milk and yeast and even some alcohol. 3

T: tastes kind of corny to me. Meh. Not unpleasant. 2.5

M: Carbonation about right, decently creamy. 3.5

D: I don't like the flavours that much but it slips down easily. 3

This is frankly disappointing after their awesome korbinian. I need to revisit and review their other beers also.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 23oz Mets branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, pale golden color with a large, slowly dissipating white head that leaves lots of white lace behind.

Smell: Grainy malt aromas with some hints of grassy hops.

Taste: Begins with a sweet apple flavor, finishing with a slight tartness and a hint of breadiness and hop spice.

Mouthfeel: Light body with balanced carbonation and a clean, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: An excellent helles. I was trying to buy Weihenstephaner's weissbier, but apparently wasn't paying enough attention when I bought it. This is still a very good beer and very satisfying overall.

Photo of Stunner97
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- beautiful bubbles of all various sizes stream very nicely up the glass, pours a decently thick white foam head that slow fades to more small white head, golden yellow and crystal clear, nice lively appearance

Smell- sweet malts, slight grain, husk, corn, not a powerful nose but a nice euro lager nose,

Taste- starts off slightly sweet but then is dominately ended by a strong hop and bitter finish, nicely linger flavor, longer then usual finish for a lager, the overall up front on this lager is light but the finish is much stronger

Mouthfeel- decently light bodied and very much drying feel on the finish, good amount of carbonation

Drinkability- easily drinkable and the hops keep this beer very smooth and drying and leave you looking for next sip, this is a very nice beer not sure complex but none the less a very solid example mucich helles, def on the drier end of the spectrum for a euro lager, worth looking for if you are tired of super dull lagers but dont want go to complicated, nice warm weather summer beer

Photo of gatornation
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 500ml bottle to a clear golden yellow color with a nice 1 finger head with a great pure white head..the smell is grass ,malts, some floral hops smell and bread..it smells like a classic pils ..the taste is crisp and pure with grass and malt first with some sweetness..followed by some floral noble hop taste..quite refreshing and tasty ..the mouthfeel is medium light but has enough malt and hop to let you know that this is a well made helles..this is way drinkable and really crisp and refreshing on a warm spring day in may in mpls..nicely recommended

Photo of kingcrowing
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into an 8oz sampling glass.

Pours a nice light golden yellow with a small bright white head. Nose light and malty, not much for hops or frutiness, just a bit of driness.

Taste is crisp and smooth with a really quick finish and a light amount of carbonation. It's got a light sweetness and sharp very light hop bite. Very easy drinking.

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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