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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,875
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 123
Gots: 188 | 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 allforbetterbeer
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light gold, plentiful bubbles, minimal white head, and moderate lacing. This beer looks inviting.

Smell: Slight grains and citrus, almost lemongrass, something reminiscent of wood, maybe pumpkin.

Taste: Clean forefront taste, acidity and moderately bitter grains hit the tongue first, followed by a moment of thin alcohol taste, and finally roasted malts and grains in the aftertaste. Hiding behind other flavors is a hint of toasted bread.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly with light body.

Drinkability: The alcohol is not masked very well, so I would not want to drink more than two of these in a sitting.

Overall this is a pleasing German Lager, with more complexity in the flavors than many others. I admire how it tastes slightly unique, and isn't one of the many generic lagers that characterize this type of beer. I would buy it again...

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


12oz bottle. batch code 9518. tasted in late may 2009.

clear. vigorous pour gives decent, creamy head. slowly fades to thin constant layer. great lacing.

no "off" aromas this time.

up to cellar temp, things are still nice and clean, with no off flavors. malty with light balance of noble hops. as it gets even warmer, some fruitiness appears, but doesn't distract.

light to medium body. smooth. light resinous feel near finish, crispened by carbonation, which also brings fluffiness.


12oz bottle with batch number 3438. tasted in early april 2009.

pale golden straw. almost clear, with possible chill haze and some bottle sediment. 1.5 finger head fades to thin wispy layer and ring. splotchy lacing, with more further down the glass.

aroma: lightly toasted malts, aromatic noble hops, with a rich sulfurous note, but also a hint of DMS.

taste: bready malt with note of yeast fermentation, quickly met by noble hops and a mild to moderate bitterness, but again some DMS. huh? what?

the DMS seems to fade from the taste and aroma a little later on. can't understand why...

light body, almost watery, but smooth with touch of momentary astringency near the finish. crisp carbonation with more body and flavor lift.

this was the last bottle in the sixpack. earlier bottles were consumed several weeks earlier, and were much more enjoyable without the DMS character.

will try to re-review.


Photo of n00tz
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear yellow tinged body, light carbonation, half-centimeter head that diminishes quickly.

S - Sweet fruity malts, light florals, and a grassy/herbal hops note.

T - Floral and citrusy hops, very pilsner-like with a sense of grain, malty back end.

M - light, with an active carbonation when it hits the tongue.

D - Impressive response to a Czech Pilsner.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Brilliantly clear straw yellow with a few fingers of fluffy white head. A few wisps of lace are left behind with a skim of fluffy white head.

S - Sweet grainy malt, pilsner, slightly grassy with herbal hops.

T - Similar to aroma. Sweet pilsner malt, grainy, herbal hops with a touch of bitterness.

M - Medium body with crisp carbonation.

D - Smooth and clean with a nice balance of sweet grainy malt and herbal hops. Tasty.

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

A: Clear yellow and light golden straw. 3+ fingers of frothy white head that retains well and leaves a good deal of lacing.
S: Crisp, clean, musty grains. Grassy, and a bit of a cooked aroma.
T: Honey malt, very grainy and musty from the aroma. Semi-cooked. A crisp and refreshing grassy taste is minor. The emphasis is on the malts, not a ton of hops can hold up to the barley counterpart! There is bitterness left behind.
M: Medium, syrupy body with medium carbonation.
D: I'd have another, but it's hard to choose this one over other Weihenstephaner beers!

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

A full pint bottle poured into a weizen glass--since this beer has some wheat in it.

Looks a clear straw golden body with a white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving little lacing.

Aromas of lemon earthy hops with a cracker like malt.

Flavor is similar with a clean metallic finish.

Lighter bodied but not watery. Decent carbonation.

Photo of mikel52588
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellow gold, a finger head, leaves a thick lacing, very thin and transparent, lacing sticks to the glass and slides down slowly

Smell: Very strong scent, initially reminds me of an american adjunct lager (sadly), as it opens up theres a bit more grain that comes to the surface

Taste: Interesting; its slick, just as it gets to your tongue its slides right down smooth; malty flavors with wheats and grains, there are some ever so slight hop notes and some sweetness there too.

Mouthfeel: Its crisp and clean. Smooth oily feel to it, slight carbonation, not much of an aftertaste, but from what there is its kind of citrusy.

Drinkability: Goes down quickly, its smooth and slick; its good stuff, you could session with this beer no prob.

Photo of craftaholic
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz into a standard pint into a completely translucent yellow hue with a very bubbly head, not much longevity but leaves blotches along the glass.

Smell: Very mild straw and rice scent with a lemon zest backdrop and a bit of honeycomb sweetness.

Taste: Extremely malty hops happening here, a slight grassy flavor as well. The honey that was picked up on the nose is prevalent for sure with some biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel: Not a bitter note in sight since it goes down smooth and sweet. Not artificially sickeningly sweet but does a nice light malty dance on your tongue that leaves the mouth slightly wet.

Drinkability: Session your heart out, its a light brew that does its job. Leaves you with that 'refreshing beer' sense.

Overall: Second brew by my German brethren and they sure know what they are doing. For its category it is a surefire winner and if I'm looking for a light lager then this would be a go-to.

Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle indicates this beer is "brewed according to German Purity Law of 1516." Sounds suspiciously socialist.

A: Very clear (crystal clear) straw color with numerous bubbles racing their way through the light clear liquid. Large foamy head with very good retention.

S: Grain and noble hops.

T: Cream, grain and biscuit. Some light grassy hops. And a dry finish.

M: On the thinner side with active carbonation. A bit of a creamy mouthfeel with a dry, clean, and crisp finish.

D: About as stereotypical a Munich Lager you're ever going to fine and a pretty damn good one at that.

Photo of ADZA
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale straw colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head with nice lacing,it has a really nice honeycomb,rice pudding aroma to it with some hops noticeable aswell,it has an above average mouthfeel with nice hints of real malty,malty hops and a nice creamy finish,a very nice beer thats very easy to drink and could drink all night.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear and straw in color with a frothy and stout looking stark white head. The generous lacing creates a hzy veil that is sheer yet not opaque.

Aroma is slightly grainy with a touch of grassy notes and noble hops. Slightly metallic as well.

Really godd and solid flavors going on. Slightly bready with loads of graininess and a touch of hops. Slightly bitter in the finish but really just enough to add complexity and balance. The beer isnt sweet but is really well balanced.

Drinks very easily and I would drink this all day and all night. Wonderful.

Photo of Foolmonkey
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A graduation gift from a friend. I didn't know what to expect from "the world's oldest brewery." but I liked the way that sounded.

When I poured it into my glass it looked like any other light colored lager would look but when I went to smell it I knew it would become one of my favorites. It smelled very crisp with a healthy dose of honey for your nose. Honestly I might have sat there smelling it longer than it took me to drink the bottle.

I took the first drink and it matched the aroma perfectly. Very well balanced, great lager taste, mouthfeel, and at ~5% ABV it has great drink ability. My girlfriend even liked it! Get a hold of this one and try it.

Photo of HalfFull
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw from a 500 ml. bottle into a pint glass. A thin white head offers fair retention and some light lacing. Pretty typical for a Pils style brew.

Nice nose of light grassy hops and some well balanced malts. Bit of yeasty funk and light lemon. Rather bright and clean on the nose. Taste follows and offers some toasted light malts and a slightly coarse texture. Offers a long finish for the style yielding a decent feel. Drinkability matches well given a good carbonation that keeps through the pint. Not my favorite from the brewery but they've yet to dissappoint.

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

Poured into the Duvel Tulip. A very attractive crystal clear light golden body is topped with one finger's worth of clean whit e head. The head dissolves quickly but there was a stead strea of light carbonation bubbles until the last sip.

The smell is a biscuit malt finished with light grassy and lemon scents. It smells very clean and fresh.

This is a great tasting lager. True to the smell, everything is very clean and clear. It's well-balanced with the biscuit malt, a touch of grain, and a nice bittering hops effect.

The body is light and crisp with carbonation while it finishes dry. This is a highly drinkable beer with moderate abv.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Thinking Man Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet pilsner malt with a light grassiness and hints of herbal hops. Very light hints of sulfur as it warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth and sweet pilsner malt flavors up front are backed up by light herbal hop flavors that carry through to a crisp bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a light thickness with snapping carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few of these with no problem.

Overall this was a very easy-drinking lager and is one that I could session on a hot summer day. Definitely worth a shot.

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

Another one I can't believe it's taken me so long to get to. Enjoyed on a beautiful summer evening up north. mmmm
Malty close to bready with a spicy ring of hops surrounding it. Mild sulfur and yeast. Seems as it should. Pretty fresh.
Golden and approaching brilliant (holding a slight haze). One inch very white head that settles in time. Looks as it should.
Malty flavors with a little less bread than in the aroma. Milder hop spiciness too. Slight watery quality, but it seems to go nicely here. Mild bitterness increases in a long finish that possesses a drying process.
Soft carbonation lends a fluffiness and softness to the feel, which is generally light but so much, especially considering the water quality to the flavor.
Drinks very nicely. Goes well with a warm, humid evening, but not so fast that is can't be enjoyed in the process. The fullness of the carbonation helps slow the drinking down...now I have more time to enjoy it.

Photo of andyinsdca
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I opened my first bottle of this and took a swig and was quite surprised "Wow, this is good beer!"

My review is based on me pouring 2 bottles into a large mug:

Appearance: Slightly cloudy straw, head was decent and the lacing lasted through most of the mug

Smell: Very subtle (i.e. not much to speak of), maybe something grassy or grainy, but not overwhelming. Maybe something malty?

Taste: A good malty beer flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very good and substantial. Not watery at all and not "thick" (like Guinness)

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable. A great beer for whatever you're doing, a session, eating, etc.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear golden yellow body with a spongy snow white head that last for a long time and is supported by a strong carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The fresh pale malt aroma has a slight dry honey malt smell to follow and some slightly sweet sulfur notes to follow. The finish is a fresh dry silage aroma that grows a bit as the beer warms

T- The slightly dry sulfur note is followed by a soft honey malt flavor that is just a tad sweet, giving it a fresh flavor. There is a dry crisp finish that has a faint hop quality to it but is more green than hop.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp finish and no alcohol heat.

D- This beer is smooth and crisp making it quite quafable but it has good complexity for such a light beer making it a good session beer.

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

a) White frothy head, leaves a decent sudsy head. Pale yellow, dark straw

s) Lovely aroma upon opening the bottle. Once in the glass, is fairly restrained, with a grassy note, some grain & bready malt. Unlike other lagers, no funk, no sulfur....perfectly fresh

t) Perfectly balanced lager. Herbal, green hop flavours, medium bitterness, slightly toasty pale malt. Crispbread.

m) Quite crisp, with a dry finish. Evenly balanced, and freshens the palate for more.

d) Very refreshing, covering many functions. An ideal thirst quencher, an ideal session beer, but also the perfect starting lager at a dinner party, in the finest glassware.

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

Forgot to write this one, had the Original the same day as the Korbinian doppelbock.

Consumed 7/14/09- from notes.

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear almost faded yellow with a chunky two finger white head. Great retention and lacing.

S- Very muted. I got sweet as well as hints of lemon, grass.

T- Same flavors as the smell with some floral notes and little spice added in.

M- Light to medium bodied and creamier than I expected.

D- Super easy to drink, makes a great session beer. Cant believe it took me this long to try it.

Photo of thecarster1
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, clear pale yellow coloring, one finger bubbly head that faded pretty quickly, good carbonation, lacing ring around the glass decent lacing in the middle that looked like a ghost haha.

s- sweet, grain, floral.

t- sweet, grain, with something else in there i can't quite put my finger on (that was a first), slight hop finish, very floral, little dry on the finish.

m- little on the thin side.

d- decent drinkability, guess i thought it would be a little better than it was, it didn't wow me as much as the the hefeweissbier did, although i didn't hate it, just probably wouldn't buy again.

Photo of dude
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 07/25/09, on tap at Pub & Kitchen, Philly. Pours clear and golden in color. Aroma is sweet, lightly flowery, pleasant. Taste is sweet with a husky grain flavor as well. Earthy hop notes balance things out. Balanced, flavorful certainly by lager standards. Mouthfeel is smooth, good carbonation but nothing overpowering. This is refreshing, easy to drink, medium-bodied and finishes slightly on the dry side. A winner.

Photo of JBmadera
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok, this is my first review so take it for what it is more (i.e. virtually nothing!).

12oz bottle

slightly hazy in appearance

mild lemon scent

somewhat high carbonation, a nice, crisp flavor with a bit of a hop bit....carbonation seems to linger on my tongue.

very drinkable, esp since it is 9:30 in the a.m. here in the toasty central valley of CA.

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.

Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
91 out of 100 based on 1,875 ratings.