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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,874
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 122
Gots: 187 | FT: 0
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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 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.

Photo of turkob
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful gold color with a nice white head.

S: Quintessential pils malt profile with a touch of noble hops. I get a mild cooked vegetable note on the nose which is actually pleasant.

T: Nice clean flavor. A robust malt profile up front with a little hops on the finish. Finishes dry but not as crisp as others.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. A little sweetness lingers.

O: Perfect example of the style. I could drink this all summer.

Photo of CBlack85
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass

Beer pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a large amount of solid white head that recedes quite quickly and leaves moderate lacing.

Nose consists mainly of toasted bready malts, with a slight hint of grassy, herbal hops in the background. Very clean smelling and inviting.

The flavor is very crisp and clean with grainy, bready malts initially. The hops are noticable but not overly so. The initial taste is that of toasted malts, and the finish is slightly sweet. Medium/light bodied, well carbonated and finishes dry. Quite a good beer and very easy to drink. I can definately see myself drinking several of these in a sitting...

Photo of huxcrunner
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a- apperance is a very nice clear golden yellow color and about two fingers of white head and excellent lacing to the glass

s-smells is of hops and malts has a sort of hefty smell

t-good combination of hops and malt good full body and taste that has a good subtle bite

m- good full body pretty clean feel

d- average drinkablty

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

Poured into a Pilsener glass.

A: Slightly hazy straw with a steady stream of carbonation from tiny bubbles. A dense white head slowly recedes to a thin blanker of foam. Leaves a nice amount of lace.

S: Bread like malt dominates. It's bolstered by a little lemon and light cut grass.

T: Clean and crisp. Very balanced, but leans toward the malts. Raw grain and a honey sweetness start things out. Bitterness is light and has a lemongrass flavor. Finishes very clean.

M: The body is quite thick for this low an ABV. Carbonation feels right on.

D: This beer is light and goes down easily. It's eminently drinkable and a good example of the style.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light lemon yellow with a decent white fizzy head that leaves moderate lacing.

This is a somewhat uncomplex lager. Leaning heavily to the malty/sweet side. Just a quick hint of that banana/clove flavor I love so much in their Hefeweizen comes through, then disappears in a flash. Also a hint of grassy hops.

Very simple, light, crisp, refreshing, and drinkable, but nothing to rave about.

Photo of Jwale73
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at 50 degrees in a pilsener. 6269 indicated on the back label. Poured a bright, translucent yellow with a three inch, frothy bright white head. Head exhibits good retention, revealing delicate cloud-like bands of lacing as it recedes. Light nose - a little grassy and a little skunky. Taste consistent with nose; however, a faint hops presence and also a little bit of grain comes out in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with an easy carbonation and a clean finish. Easy drinking and refreshing on a warm day.

Photo of chillwinston
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I discovered this on my quest for a great pilsner, session beer. A standard Pilsner appearance but with a more hearty mouthfeel. It has a fantasic earthy/funky and fruity, almost floral notes, with hops only on the back end. I would drink this often. This is my new favorite beer.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - as light of a straw yellow as I think you can get with a huge white head. Tons of carbonation on the side of the glass. So appetizing.

s - a bit of a sharp wheat smell. not too much going on.

t - the slightly funky malt comes through in the taste as well. A slight spice and hop flavor try and peak through.

m - light and lots of carbonation, club soda like.

d - very easy to drink. an exceptional lager.

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured clear, pale yellow with a foamy white head.
S: There's a gentle aroma of pale malts.
T: The flavor is nicely balanced between the pale malts and noble hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and on the palate and is relatively smooth and crisp.
D: It's very refreshing and easy to drink - a great choice for a session beer.

Photo of ocmpoma
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a pilsner-esque bronze and gold, nice and thick -- not clear. The thin white heaed faded rather quickly, leaving very little lacing.

The nose is faint. Citrus and malt up front, but not much. There is a good murky funk lingering on the edges. Not much to sniff. The taste is good; bits of rind and spice together with the malt taste which dominates. The hops are there, faint but not weak, on the back. Fairly well-balanced.

Definitely a very easy-going beer. Crisp mouthfeel, quite drinkable, and the complexity that it has is very subtle. Good for when you don't want the beer to be the centerpiece of action, be it a hot afternoon in the biergarten or with an equally soft-palated meal. Overall, not bad.

Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from slightly larger bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy (dirty) yellow with residual white foam.

Chalky malt smell, layter of citrus below.

Clean, malt taste - very even keeled - with light carbonation. Smooth finish, Hops, if any, take a back seat. Very balanced.

Another solid german brew. Well done.

Photo of markb33
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
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
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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