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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,852
Reviews: 804
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
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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 magine
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a golden yellow with white fluffy head. Has nice lacing.

The brew smells of sweet malts. Grassy, flowery smells.

The brew has a sweet malty taste. A nice fluffy head starts the creamy mouthfeel. A very light bodied brew. Very clean finish, very nice clean taste.

The brew is extreamly drinkable, and would be gobbled up quickly in a large get together. Nice drinkable brew - which is just what a good session calls for. The only problem with this brew is you can get similar brews for much cheaper if you are looking for a very drinkable party pleaser.

Photo of ujsplace
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilner glass.

A: Pale golden straw in color with a thick sticky head that laces amazingly.

S: Musty lemony, mildly toasted malts with faint, spiced hops.

T: Mild hop bitterness and spice with some mild malt sweetness. A bit more lighter than I expected, both in taste and color.

M: Very light and nicely carbonated.

D: This is a very drinkable beer.

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow body with a two finger high head of near-white foam.

Smell: It's a light, delicate nose, but the notes present display some pleasant fragrant hints of pils malt, herbaceous Noble hops, lemongrass, chewing gum, an effortless yeastiness, and maybe even a bit of DMS.

Taste: Sweetish, grainy backdrop of pilsener malts countered by some herbal, grassy Noble European hops and a clean, though somewhat subtle bitterness. Light yeastiness. Very small, very far-off hint of bubble gum and lemongrass. Hint of fruit on the lightly sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine beer, notable for it's easy-drinking, refreshing qualities, though, please, pass their hefeweizen.

Photo of Jeffo
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

Into a German beer glass.

APPEARANCE: Big fluffy 3+ finger medium white head. Lemon yellow in color, perfectly clear, and lower end carbonation evident. A ring of film remains to the end with some wisp on top and leaves some decent lacing down the glass. Decent looking.

SMELL: A mild nose here. Some sweet malt and grainy bread-like qualities as well. Some flowery hops in the background.

TASTE: Definitely bolder than the nose. A good dose of sweet malt and quite a big flowery hop profile as well. A shorter mild aftertaste of grain and some mildly bitter hops. This is one of the more flavorful helles, with lots of grainy and flowery nuances to enjoy.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, more than others in the style, and goes down smooth with a crisp clean finish. A good job here.

OVERALL: Another fantastic offering from Weihenstephan. A great and tasty helles, this one definitely rivals Augustiner for top spot in the category. One I'll be re-visiting on a hot day. Would love to have this fresh on tap. Drinkable and enjoyable. Recommended.

Photo of snpub540
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear blonde color with nice carbonation and a 1/8" white head. Almost no lacing left on the glass.

Smell was all malts with a bread smell bein the most dominate.

Taste was malty and sweet, with a bready and slightly nutty flavor. Hop bitterness was just enough to balance everything out.

Mouthfeel was a little thin. Definately what a lager should taste like.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found this 1 pint and .9 ounce bottle at my local grocery store on their discontinued shelf and thought since it was on sale I'd give it a try.

A-It pours a nice clear golden color with a nice white head.

S-The nose is nothing overpowering, but smells malty with a nice spicy hop aroma.

T- It tastes similar to the smell. It has an exceptional balance with a nice slightly spicy hoppy bitterness throughout. This beer finishes fairly clean with no real lasting aftertaste, which I like.

M-Slightly carbonated, not too thin or to thick, just about right.

D-This beer is highly drinkable and would recommend it to anyone.

Overall, this is my first Munich Helles Lager that I know of and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I cannot say enough about this beer's balance. It is very easy drinking and I hope to drink more in the future.

Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours crystal clear the color of corn silk. A billowy white cap crowns the beer and gives it that German look that I've grown to love.

Smell is sweet, gritty and has a nice nobel hop profile to it. There is also a touch of lemony citrus and a light grassy touch.

Taste is lemony and clean with a timid chalky feel to it. It's smooth but has a powdery finish. Mostly sweet malts with a touch of hops.

Clean, crisp, well bittered and balanced. I am a fan of German beers and this is a great example of the fine lagers that come out of that country. A touch more spicy in the hop department then a pilsner which is ok with me. A great easy drinking brew.

Photo of adamette
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Original Premium.

Live Review. Purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Mentor for about $2.99, "One pint, 9 fl. Ounces" bottle poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Translucent light brown/yellow body under a generous 2 to 3 inch head after a moderately vigorous pour. Good lacing for this style as well. 4.0

S Heavy on grains like barley with some hops and light on malt and significant hops. Smells a lot like a Pilsener or maybe a good lager. I have not looked up the style but it fits in there somewhere. The grains have an interesting smell. 4.0

T I am not sure of this style (Pilsener?) but I can tell after two sips that this is a mature, interesting and even a bit complex version of this style. There are the straightforward grains of barley and hops but the grainy taste stays a lot longer than other lesser beers in this style. The taste reminds me of chewing on the barley malt (as opposed to tasting the sweet malt) husks. 4.5

M Light but not the absolute lightest due to some of the grains taste and slight syrupy stickiness, thickness. 4.0

D Excellent which I believe is the point of this style and certainly this beer. 4.5

Notes: My first Weihenstephaner out of the 5 different bottles that I bought. I chose this one first since it is the "original." Now I am even more motivated to try the remaining ones.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours golden with just the slightest haze and a big white head. Lacing is very good for a lager.

Biscuity pale malt come through on the nose. Very clean, but not a powerful aroma.

The flavor is also incredibly clean, with nice biscuity malts being accentuated by a very slight hop bite on the finish. There is a slight hint of honey as well.

Mouthfeel is very crisp with good, sharp carbonation.

Drinkability is as high as it gets. This is the ultimate session lager. Yes, it's a little bit pricey for a lager, but it's worth it. I have no idea how fresh my sixer was, so I'd like to get my hands on a definitively fresh sample. Either way, this is a kickass lager.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a big white head, the head does not stay for long though. smell has that great helles malt kick to it, for me its what really makes this style of lager one of my faves, that extra something really sets it apart from a generic lager. taste is great, its mild malt flavors really make it great beer.

mouthfeel is good, it has a mild flavor and that makes it an easy driinking beer. recommended

Photo of Rhynes2
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this beer from my cousins pack of world beers. Pours a pale yellow with good head retention. Nice taste of malt and a little bit of fruity notes. I felt it also had a little smokey flavor to it, not overwhelming but just barely noticeable. Over all it's taste is very well balanced. The aftertaste was a little bit displeasing but i think I will we buying this one again.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with a decent head.

Aroma of pale malts and hints of fruit shine through.

Crisp and flavorful. Juicy, fruity characteristics (apple, maybe?) are hinted at, citrus bursting through the middle. Cracker-like aftertaste. Surprisingly full-bodied.

Another wonderful beverage from Weihenstephan. I can't get enough of their beers.

Photo of vishneda
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in the standard way from a 500 ml bottle into a "giant pilsner glass". Bottle code 1079, so apparently bottled 11 Feb 2009.

Pillowy head about three fingers deep off of the pour but thins out pretty quickly. The beer has a very crisp look; a nice glassy yellow hue. There is action in the glass but it is not extreme.

If this beer has a weak point, its the aroma. I didn't get a lot off of the nose. I did smell the grain along with tiny hints of lemon and hop. The flavor on the other hand was good. Overall it was sweet and slightly buttery. It wasn't bitter but there was balance against the sweetness. Minor notes of citrus and banana -- nothing like the hefe obviously but still some hints in there. Crisp taste, dry finish.

Drinkability is where this beer really stands out. It's so smooth and refreshing; it's everything the macros try to claim they are. Great taste, hardly filling, absolutely one of the best lagers I've had.

(from tasting notes on 13 June 09)

Photo of rapidsequence
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK, let me start by saying that this is not my favorite style, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Appearance: Clear, very light yellowish with a little bit of white head-- granted, I had to pour it slow to fit it into the improper glass I used. Its about the color of a Michelob ultra-- really light.

Smell: Surprising. Malty and a little crackery, with some citrus in there. Nothing off at all.

Taste: Follows the nose. Crisp with slight bitterness that is well balanced. Nothing overpowering. Again, no off tastes that I sometimes get from these imports.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean. Light, crisp, but not overly watery.

Drinkablilty: I find it almost impossible to not chug this. Its so refreshing and clean tasting. I really want one of those giant mugs full.

Photo of jkrich
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with a four digit code on rear label; not sure what the number means regarding bottling date.

Poured a clear, light golden to yellow with a very nice white head the receded leaving classy lacing on the glass.

Very strong malty aroma typical of this style. Most important, for an import, no skunky aroma. The smell was fresh and inviting. The brown bottle makes a difference.

A wonderful zesty, refreshing taste of malts, a little lemon-like flavor and mild vanilla. This is very clean and mild yet flavorful enough to keep your interest.

Good level of carbonation the gives some bite on the back of the throat. Light bodied which is typical for this style. The different flavors mingle of the tongue.

An exceptional example of the helles style. So refreshing, you simply can not drink only one and stop. While this lager is ideal for the summer season, I could quaff this one all year. I am impressed with the freshness of this imported low ABV lager.

Photo of kylesobrien
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a bright golden yellow, with a fine foamy head straight out of the bottle. Plenty of fine carbonation. Following a few sips, the glass is ringed with lacy white foam, which is reluctant to release its grip even though the beer is vanishing fast...

Smell: Aroma is slightly grainy, certainly malty, and a bit less hoppy than I expected.

Mouthfeel: This one has a decent amount of body for a lager, though it's not overpowering in the least. This beer is quite smooth, and the level of carbonation is quite refreshing.

Taste: I did not think I would be so impressed, but I am. This is easily, hands down, the best Helles lager I have ever had. I would also rate it with some of my favorite lagers overall. It's a bit maltier than I like, but it's delicious. The initial wave of maltiness is immediately followed by a very pleasant hoppy bitterness; this is a beer that tastes fresh in spite of the long journey it survived prior to arriving at my table.

Drinkability: This is one smooth lager with an interesting balance of malt and hop flavor, and a crisp yet full bodied texture. I have long considered saisons and Czech-style lagers my favorite warm weather beers, but this selection deserves to be considered amongst my favorite saisons and Budvar-style lagers. For me, the most appealing aspect of this lager is that it is hardly one-dimensional. If it had a bit more in the nose, I would be completely floored, but there are enough things to like about this beer that I hardly notice the aroma.

I'm going to have to try this one again after a while and see if I find it as appealing as I have this evening, but I suspect I will still enjoy this one the second time as much I have upon first tasting. I gotta recommend this one.

Photo of PsychoJedi
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Will you smell that! So much what a good German beer should smell like! Traditional golden look, but maybe a tat on the lighter side. The head is something else foaming up nice a thick and high that makes you say, "yum!" Taste is a little lacking from my usual German brand. Grading apples to apples, German beer should have a little more flavor. But it goes down extra smooth. You can chug this beer, but should a German beer be like that? Notably, it's the world's oldest brewery, though that is likely misleading since it is likely not made the same way as in the year 1040. It's more likely a marketing ploy. The beer seems to be like it's competing with American Lagers instead of German Lagers.

Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pale gold color with a 1 finger white foamy head.

Smell - Lemon, malt, and some hop aroma.

Taste - Sweet, with lemon and biscuit flavors. The malt and hops also come through.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, carbonation about right, not too heavy, also not flat. Very clean and refreshing. Not watered down at all, which is a plus.

Drinkability - The most drinkable Lager I have had to date. Very good.

Photo of manchester81
4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I visited my parents in Texas recently and was in search of great beers that are unavailable to me in Alberta. While I was initially attracted to the Stone offerings, I thought a good Hefe would quench my thirst, brought on by the Texas heat. I spotted a Weihenstephan and made a note to grab a bottle upon my exit.

I poured the Weihenstephan as soon as I got home. The beer was golden and clear. This from a world class Hefe? Something was up. Checking the label, I realized that I grabbed a lager instead.

Every once in a while, a mistake can lead to a great discovery, and my lazy beer shopping paid off this time. Quite simply this is the best lager I have ever tasted. With its assertive taste, it puts macro lagers to shame and the balance it achieve can be matched by few craft brewers.

I guess this isn't the most descriptive review, but my opinion should be clear. If I had to drink one beer for the rest of my life, this would be it. Oustanding!

Photo of akorsak
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint glass served on-tap at the Brass Rail.

A: The lager is pale yellow, a straw color that was lighter than the kolsch-style that my wife ordered. The clarity of the glass was interrupted only by a carbonation stream in the center of the glass. A half a finger of head yielded little lacing.

S: The lagerbier is malty, with a light toasted cereal aroma and a mere dab of earthy hop bitterness.

T: The first sip reinforces how good a fresh, draught helles lager can be. Lightly toasted cereal grains drive the flavor with a full flavor that has a citric finish. The citrus is lemony but not tart and nicely connects the malts with the earthy hops. The body doesn't overpower or undersell the beer. A very enjoyable beer.

M: The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, allowing the cereal malts to to drive the flavor. This isn't a hop bomb or an extreme ale, it's just a damned good lager.

D: I really appreciated the on draught, much fresher than any bottle I've had. Here's to simplicity, nailed perfectly in a pint glass.

Photo of PirateUlf73
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a cylinder glass.

A: Nice and clear and light-gold in color with a fairly substantial white head.

S: Crisp pale malt aromas balanced by a sharp noble hop character. Quite stimulating and refreshing, despite what some may call "all-too-familiar" scents.

T: Again, a pleasant crispness and well-rounded malt and hop flavors meld seamlessly to create and authentic lager experience. What more is there to say?

M: Somehow, I expected the body to be a tad more substantial, but the more I drank of it, the less this bothered me. Light body and plenty of carbonation, with a clean, mouth-watering finish.

D: An ideal session beer. Great balance, not too strong. Fantastic.

Overall, a wonderful German lager. Crisp and refreshing, light and playful, a great beer for almost any occasion. Might also make a decent stepping-stone beer for those who need such a brew (you know who you are).

Photo of colts9016
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A foamy 2 finger head that has some retention not a lot. The body of the beer is a light gold color. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear to brillant.

Nose: A moderate malt aroma with some sweetness. There is a spiciness to the beer from the noble hops. There is some fruity esters in the beer.

Taste: A nice flavorful malt with a creaminess. A mild floral flavor with no spice.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated and creamy. The body of the beer is light and the finish is nil. This is an okay beer. There is no spiciness to the beer. Kinda surprised was hoping for more.

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

Poured into weizen glass from bottle. Crystal clear with massive fluffy white head, great retention and lacing. Smell was of grain, yeast, and some biscuit. Taste was heavy on the biscuit malt (dry) with some spice and grain. Not bad for a lager I suppose. Mouthfeel was light and crisp, overall a good beer.

Photo of chcmiller
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance on pour is wonderful. Very light color; very clear. It has a bright white three finger head that disapates quickly to steady, lacy thin head. The aroma is sweet, citrus, yet rather earthy. The taste is not strong; but somewhat hoppy. Finishes very clean and somewhat dry, leaving me eager for another. The feel is very smooth and pleasant, not thin. Carbonation is rather high, but pleasant. This beer is very drinkable, one of my favorites so far.

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

Pours an immaculate light straw color, crystal clear with a persistant white head. Smells of lemony wheaty bready light malts and European hops. Tastes crisp, clean and clear. Its actually a bit creamy which goes well with the taste. Drinkability is very high.

Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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