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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,739 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,739
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 110
Gots: 121 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 daliandragon
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Weihenstephaner Original pours a translucent golden wheat color with a thin, foamy head and abundant carbonation bubbles. The nose is light but features medicinal and grassy hop aromas.

A healthy swig produces a pleasing, well balanced taste with a crisp, malty finish. Hops are mostly in the backround here. Carbonation is overaggressive and seems to inhibit the flavor although the texture and finish are still pretty smooth. Useful on a hot day but otherwise not overly remarkable.

Overall, this is drinkable and decent for the style but not really up to the other beers under the Weihenstephaner brand.

daliandragon, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of beeragent
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pilsener glass from a bottle.

A - The beer pours a light straw, forming a massive white creamy head. Little lacing is left on the glass.

S - Grassy along with a slight hint of citrusy hops.

T - Very well balanced between the hops and malts, with a light graininess throughout. Light and very appealing.

M - Right amount of carbonation for the style. Thin, smooth, and refreshing.

D - Well balanced with a great flavor. What else can you ask for. By far thee best Munich Helles style lager that I've had to date! Good alcohol level and great flavor make for a great session lager IMO.

beeragent, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Original pours into the pilsner glass with a quick dissipating 1-2 finger foam head. Minimal lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

The aroma is really nice for a lager. It has an excellent spicy smell. It would definitely go good with a spicy dish. Dates?

The taste is clean with a good malt profile all the way through until the hotness leaves you with some parting gifts. It is well carbonated as the hundreds of tiny bubble release through the clean yellow color. Overall it is the original for a reason. Definitely one of the best lagers for me to date.

cswhitehorse, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of gory4d
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dumped the 12 oz. bottle into a .5L mug and got a whopper of a head that quickly sank down to a thin foam on top. It's a clear straw color, with some golden hues. Smell of copper and loam, with a hint of apple. Taste is crisp and metallic, with a nice hop bite to coming after the apple tones, with a breath of alcohol in the finish. It feels clean and watery in the mouth, quite refreshing. This is my summer beer, and I'm loving it.

gory4d, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- 1 finger head that quickly recedes into a thin cap. leaving some decent lacing. The body is straw colored with no sediment.

S- Nice graininess as well as some light refreshing citrus fruits. Nice hopiness here as well as biscuity character.

T- Very clean light biscuit caramel taste that quickly gives way to a dry metallic hop finish. Quick simple but very nice.

M- Low/Med carbonation works well with this light style. Also simple in the mouthfeel it works.

D- What a great beer and with such a low ABV, this is easily sessionable.

Greggy, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of kinger
2.63/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pour is a pale straw yellow with a tiny film on top and little to no lacing. Aroma is weak and a bit grassy. Mouthfeel is thin and sticky. Flavor is average at best but leaning more towards bland. Overall this beer is a major bummer considering their wheat beers are much better than this offering. Next time I will pass.

kinger, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very clear yellow color. It looks very similar to that of a macro lager. Lots of bubble activity in the glass with a slight bit of head retention.

S- Smells of grains, nothing too fancy.

T- Tastes a lot like rye bread, which is the dominating taste here. Lots of grain tastes.

M- Feels great in the mouth, nice and refreshing.

D- Easy to drink, goes down like that of a Macro beer.

Wetpaperbag, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of AlexJ
2.68/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Accidentally picked this up instead of the Hefe, which looks identical...d'oh. Pale golden blonde pour with a thin but dense head of pure white.

Aroma is somewhat typical German lager, sweetish grain, cooked sweetened corn, musk.

Flavor very average, an overcooked grain note dominates with honey, damp wood, skunky hops bitterness.

Body medium with light carbonation and a slippery mouthfeel. I did not want to finish it.

AlexJ, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear pale gold with a thinnish snow white head. No lacing to speak of. Sweet pilsner ,alt in the nose with a hint of noble hops.

Sweetish flavor but much stronger noble hop profile so it turns out to be quite balanced. very crisp in the mouth. Lightly sweet finish with noble hops in the aftertaste.

Very nice Helles.

ViveLaChouffe, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A clear yellow that glows like the sun, medium white head resting atop it. Good retention, delicate lacing effect.

Smelled faintly of hops and grains.

Nice mellow taste. No real glitz or glamour, just a solid tasting beer.

Goes down smoothe, crisp and refreshing.

This is a very drinkable beer. I think that if I needed to sit down and drink all day (we'll call that day "saturday") this would be a perfect beer for the ocassion.

donteatpoop, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of albern
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is probably the most drinkable lager you'll find. It doesn't look like much, just a very pale straw color with a white fizzy head that hangs around for a bit, and also laces minimally. The aroma is quite slight: a bit musty, grainy, husky corn like, with the typical lagery crisp hops/yeastiness.

The taste is very good, very smooth, very refreshing. This is a crisp beer, reasonably well balanced, a bit drying in the finish, a slight bit of citrus, a little bit of the husky grain emerges as well. There is a sweetness, not overpowering, in the mid section that segues into a drier finish. This is a light bodied beer that has a slight spicy hop bite in the finish as well. An enjoyable beer, very drinkable, well worth seeking out. It is a hot summer day as I'm writing this review, and Weihenstephan is exceptionally befitting. L'Chaim.

albern, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a glowing pale golden color. Lively carbonation, a healthy white head with excellent retention rises up and remains. Light and clean scents. A well-balanced act between hops and malt, with malts seeming to have the edge in the nose. Taste is quite thirst quenching. A delicate sweetness from the malt that is never too overdone. Nice nibble from the hops, ever so gentle. Somewhat grassy, leafy hop presence and a splash of lemon zest. Some biscuity bread is also present. Very soft and smooth going down with a light crispness to it. Entirely too drinkable. I would have more than just another. There is not much you can say wrong about this one. Hits the nail on the head for what it should be...

ncvbc, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle:

Original review, 7/10/2008:

A: Fairly clear pale yellow color with white head that dissipated almost as quickly as I poured it. (3.5)

S: Malt aroma with a slight bit of hop to it. (3.5)

T: Somewhat light malt flavor with maybe a slight touch of honey and some hops. (3.5)

M/D: Overall not bad, but not really my style. Maybe too much carbonation, but it was smooth, light and easy to drink. (3.0 and 4.0)

Update, 12/10/2011:

To be fair to this beer, I think that I tried it too early in my beer advocacy. In the beginning I was much more into bigger and hoppier beers and I don't think that I really saw this beer for what it was. Recently I have tried to try more German style beers and have gained a greater appreciation for them.

The beer's appearance was pretty much as described above, except for that the head was very well retained and lasted almost throughout the entire beer. Also, there was noticeable carbonation following to the top of the glass.

The taste accurate as described above, but it is not light for the style.

The beer did not have too much carbonation as noted above and I think that I have learned as of late that I really enjoy the German beers. Overall, this is a great beer and I will try to keep this in stock in my fridge.

PhillyStyle, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear yellow with a slowly fading white head. Clean, sweet pale malt aroma. Fresh and doughy. Delightfully soft pilsner malt flavor...sweet with a light leafy hop bitterness. Medium bodied and smooth due to the somewhat low-ish carbonation. Yummy...that's a damn good lager. I wish it wasn't so expensive, I'd buy it by the case for the summer months.

wedge, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright golden straw and yellow color. A small white head forms and leaves just a touch of patchy lace.
S: Tons of malty barnyard funk and yeast. Really not much of anything else as far as I can tell.
T: Grassy malt flavors. Lots of biscuit, doughy, and yeast flavors as well.
M/D: A lovely light, crisp and creamy mouthfeel. Extremely smooth and easy to drink.

A wonderfully easy to drink beer that is perfect for the summertime. A lager that hits the spot.

champ103, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

.5l bottle I got in Brewery mixed pack. Poured into the Weizen glass that came with the mixed pack, imagine that.

A: Poured a beautiful golden yellow, this is the epitome of gold. Had a huge white head that had some some serious creaminess. Disipated down to a nice top cap that had some beautiful sticky lacing.

S: Aroma is off grassy, earthy hops, malt, mild citrus, and some sweet bready notes.

T: Taste is a sweet bready malt, earthy hops, citrus, and slight taste of banana nut bread. Very nice.

M: Creamy, light to medium in body, a touch of hop aftertaste. Really goes down easy.

D: This beer goes down easier than my date on prom night. Easy drinking brew that has amazing flavor and still refreshes. This is a good plain drinking brew on any day. Happy day.

everetends, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt .9oz Euro style bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Slightly cloudy yellow color with a good amount of carbonation. Foamy white head and scattered lacing.

S - Malty with a slight Euro skunkiness. Also detected the aroma of fresh cut grass/hay and a tiny bit of citrus.

T - Malty/bready up front followed by a slightly bitter/dry finish.

MF&D - A quality beer. Great summertime choice.

nasty15108, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of xare
2.42/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Don't believe the hype. Everybody has different experiences and tastes. Weihenstephaner doesn't live up to my desires.

Appearance was somewhat disconcerting to me. Appeared as a pale, somewhat hazy (yet clear) apricot color with a thin head that disappeared quickly. Carbonation was constant.

Smell was of corn and malt. Rather average with nothing to discern from just the aroma.

Taste was actually worse than Budweiser's. It doesn't rather work out for me because it tasted just like a vienna lager crossed with a macro American lager... except with a slightly worse taste.

Mouthfeel was decent with a very full body but later on with the brew, began to get heavier the more I drank it. Definitely wore on and then the carbonation gave out during the back end. A bit below average in my view.

Drinkability wasn't great. I almost finished the beer but when it went flat during the last eighth or so of the beer, I had no desire to finish off the beer as the taste didn't appeal to me. I have no desire to hunt down this beer to drink, especially when I could spend the same money on a beer I like.

xare, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Winter
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden in color with a white foamy head. Bready aroma of malt, some grassy hops, feint lemony citrus and just a hint of sea water. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and soft along the edges with carbonation over the middle of the tongue. Refreshing and crisp. The initial taste has a malt graininess to it. Some lemon arrives midway along with some light herbal hop notes. Finish has a spiciness that lingers.

Overall a decent summer drinker, that's light enough to enjoy on a hot day. As a lager it still exhibits a nice clean balance between the malt and hops.

Winter, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light goldenrod with a large, stiff head that resembles meringue on top of a pie. A foamy, bulged cap sustains itself throughout, laying down some nice sudsy waves and sheets of lace.

S: A pleasant aroma consisting of light grainy malts, lemon, and grassy/herbal hops. The lemony aroma is quite impressive and adds a nice summery dynamic.

T&M: Flavor is of sweet grainy/bready malts, faint lemon and a slight grassy hop taste. Nothing too bold or complicated, but still a mightily refreshing, tasty brew. The body is light with a crisp carbonation and clean, lightly sweet finish.

D: My second beer from this brewery, and it's simply outstanding. I think I have found my quintessential summer session brew. It went down in three large gulps after the few initial sips it took to assess flavor.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of kurtissellen
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an oversized wine glass with a small ½ fingers worth of white head. Watery golden yellow color and extremely clear with trace amounts of bubbles slowly rising from the bottom of the glass. It had an earthy grain and wheat type of odor to it. This one also tasted of grains as well but did have a slight hop presence near the end. Easy drinking with a light and almost fluffy mouth feel, I was pleased with my purchase.

kurtissellen, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second review (first on 05-30-07: B+).

Nose:
Wonderfully tangy Pilsner-like malthop nose. Bright hops. Grainy, toasty malt. Smells like it will be tasty.

Look:
Pale-medium straw color, good clarity, great head with moderate retention. It looks world-class for a few minutes.

Flavor:
Soft and delicious malt flavor and sweetness is quickly met by tart, tangy hops and then a correspondingly abrupt bitterness. The pleasant magnitude of hop flavor is just enough to give a contradictory punch to the sweet malt. The bitterness is also plenty strong enough to make its point without overthrowing the balance. Finish is mildly dry, mostly clean.

Final Thoughts:
There's a buttery/nutty savory character that reminds me of Manchego or a similar semi-hard cheese. Might that be diacetyl? I couldn't say, but it would go nicely with cheese and bread.

The Verdict:
A quintessential beer that I couldn't even begin to appreciate or fully enjoy before I had treated myself to a few years of reading, tasting, and reviewing... truly tasty!

MrHungryMonkey, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of Offa
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding Munich helles, a style which I generally love, anyway.

Golden, it has a huge white head that steadily shrinks to a permanent 1-inch head and leaves very nice lacing. The aroma is wodnerful and full-bodied, bread, honey, light pine, flowery citrus. The taste is outstanding with a strong bready quality, grain, pine, honey, hints of lemon and hay, sweetish and full-bodied, faintly oily, with a light, balancing bitterness. It's incredibly drinkable yet very tasty with full, clean, even flavours and light, interesting complexity.

Offa, May 22, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy gold, two finger head.

S- Noble, spicy hops with a hint of malt sweetness.

T- Wonderfully light malt sweetness boasting just enough complexity to keep things interesting. The sweetness is kept in line by just right amount of noble hops, which further add to the complexity.

M- Perfect.

D- I'll prolly grab a sixer in the near future.

A very good example of the style. Also a great lawnmower beer with good complexity. Simply Wunderbar.

Pauly2X, May 21, 2008
Photo of Matty1918
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden color with a nice foamy, white head. Lots of lacing that lasted to the very last sip.

Aroma was of slight malts and grain. Almost like a freshly cut lawn.

This was avery good tasting lager. Very drinkable. A faint tatse of lemon zest at the end. A nice crisp lager.

Very drinkable and will look to but these more often.

Matty1918, May 19, 2008
Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
91 out of 100 based on 1,739 ratings.