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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,822
Reviews: 799
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 114
Gots: 156 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-30-2000)
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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, light yellow body with a large white head that has decent retention, but only minimal lacing.

Smells of strong noble hops. Earthy, grassy, lemony, somewhat skunky.

I would say the taste is equally hoppy and malty. A good, sweet, pale cracker-type malt is roudned out by noble hops that are grassy and once again a bit skunky.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry.

This one goes down very easily, and is a great lager.

Photo of beerman207
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Looks like apple juice in the glass with about 2 fingers white head and some nice lacing left in the glass

S: Strong malt presence and a little citrus in the nose

T: Light bread malt flavor and quite refreshing

M: Very smooth

D: A good summer drinker.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

clear light straw, snow white head. aroma is bready, doughy fresh malt and light grassy hops. taste follows suit. on balance, lightly sweet. light-bodied with a crisp drying finish. very drinkable, good example of the style. would make for a nice summer quencher and gateway beer.

Photo of augustgarage
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the "Original Premium," poured from a 500mL bottle into a pilsener glass. "5398" on the label means this bottle is a bit over 7 months old.

Color is a transparent amber/maize or amber/flax depending on the light, with a large off-white head. Retention and lacing is laudable. Light malt aroma with maybe a hint of hops. Very mild toasty malt flavor with a brisk (almost but not quite tart) finish. Smell and taste are fleeting, but it does seem to have more in common with a Czech pilsner than an Oktoberfest-Marzen. Light - medium feel on the palate, with heavy carbonation.

A decent, unoffensive lager...it does a little better paired with food than served alone.

Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a pale yellow gold tiny bit hazy with 3 finger head that left no lacing

smell was faint - sweet grains and some hops

tasted amazing sweet smooth cereal malts and lemon and good hop bitterness

mouthfeel was also great light smooth and crisp

high drinkability this beer is very refreshing

in the last couple days i have drank a few helles lagers and this one take the cake so far

Photo of david131
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A clear yellow liquid with quite a few streams of rising carbonation. The head maintains itself at about 1 cm with good retention.

S- Very fruity, mostly apples, with a biscuit backbone. Very clean smelling with a hint of lemon.

T- Very fruity and biscuity with a bit of lemon and grass. Clean and simple. Pretty sweet though.

M- Clean and thin. The carbonation level is nice.

D- The sweetness builds a bit which brings the drinkability down a bit. This would be a nice beer with a meal.

Photo of Reanimator
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Characteristic deep lemony yellow color. Eggshell white head and lots of bubbles!

S: Crisp, almost straw-like malt.

T: Again, crisp and light but not wimpy or watery. Light malts, clean and lemony!

M: Mouthfeel is perfect.

D: A fantastic beer.

Photo of BarrelO
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Light straw-colored gold color with a nice fluffy head.

S: Malty sweetness, lemony citrus, noble hops.

T: Amazing. Light sweet bready malt, lemony, grassy. Just a kiss of the hops, as another brewery once said.

M: Light and smooth.

D: An outstanding beer that never fails to impress. This is about as good as it gets when it comes to pale lagers.

Photo of brdc
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pale yellow, average sized white fluffy head, some retention, no lacing.
Aroma is a faint mixture of hops, earthiness and some grass.
Very light bodied, with a faint taste that is mildly bitter and grassy when cold, disappearing altogether as it warms.
Average at best; drink cold so it is at least a bit bitter. I expected more from Weihenstephan.

Photo of fightingirishcmk
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a pale cloudy straw color. 1 finger cream colored head, with little head retention.
S: Lemon is the first smell that comes to mind, as well as banana, orange, and an ever so slight noble hops aroma.
T: Similar to the aroma listed above, but with malty breadiness that is typical of the style.
M: Medium bodied, a good amount of carbonation
D: Firts the definition of drinkable. I wish more American beers would mimic this style... it is tasty, refreshing, and drinkable! Excellent!

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is poured a clear straw colour with a great white fluffy head. Brilliantly clear. In the nose there is a bit of hops, but mostly a grainy/bready flavour. It's not very big on the nose, it's just pretty much standard. The flavour of the beer is incredibly smooth with a nice noble hop character in the background and a smooth grainy flavour up front. This is just a great balance between lightness, hops, and breadiness. Mothfeel is light, as expected. THe beer is also quite drinkable!

Photo of biggred1
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow gold and crystal clear with a fine rocky white head that leaves nice lace on the glass. Smells of toasted grain and noble hops with lemony citrus. Tastes of soft lemon and fresh bread with a nice hop bittering in the mostly clean finish. Light bodied and effervescent. Classic.

Photo of magnj
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - Pale straw body is crystal clear. Big soapy head fades very quickly to a small ring. Crystal clear, small bubbles.

s - Very little smell besides some wet grain and "lager".

t - I'm used to drinking IPA's and Stouts so this delicate beer is a challenge to my inexperienced pallet. Very low bitterness. Smooth and buttery, the BJCP guideline suggests there should be some low DMS so that might explain it. Malt dominated, slightly sweet. Light and refreshing. It still has that distinctly lager flavor from time to time you find in adjunct beers but it doesn't dominate. It actually ends a little dry too.

m/d - Smooth, low-moderate carbonation. Not sticky sweet, pleasant. Easily sessionable, not particularly tasty but a great alternative to a light American style lager.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.5/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Very pale yellow colour with a rocky, loose-bubbled head of white foam. Not much retention or lacing. Some bead, racing through the very thin looking body. Can't say it looks terribly appealing.

Metallic, funky yeast aromas on the nose. Definite notes of barnyard, bread yeast and rotting grains. Really quite offensive. Can't say I like this at all.

Taste is very flat - a thin, watery sugar character with a late belt of fungus encrusted metal. Very weak, unpleasant and offensive, bordering on undrinkable. Mouthfeel woefully thin and flat.

Quite certainly a very unappealing and unpleasant beer. Devoid of all but the most offensive characters, leaving it like a rasp across an open wound.

I can only say that either this bottle was off, out of date, poorly stored or brewed under license by unhygienic fishmongers. I can't understand how my review is so out of whack with the general opinion, but truly the bottle I had was appallingly bad.

Photo of TheSarge
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

All right, here's the traditional Munich Helles, from the best brewery in the world. Let's see if they live it up with this style, which is one of my favorites.

This helles is picturesque: Mounds of bright white head, and a light golden body with plenty of carbonation to make the foam rise above my stein.

The aroma is brisk with a lime/lemony presence. There is a slight sweet fragrance here too.

The brew tastes of a standard helles: Totally well balanced between toasty malts, with a mild hops counter.

With a good amount of CO2, this has a slight coarse feeling, but finishes wet and refreshing.

Weihenstephan has yet to produce a beer that doesn't follow its style to the T. No wonder their school is the most renowned brewing school throughout the world.

Photo of absoludicrous
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a One Pint, 0.9oz bottle. Served in a 16oz Surly pint glass.

Pours with a nice 1/2 inch head that isn't very thick, but sticks around for a while. A Clear, light, golden, very transparent, pale looking beer. It smells of honey right off the bat, with a light, sweet, musty smell.

The taste is effervescent, sweet, fresh, with a little spiciness.

In the mouth it feels lightly carbonated, just right. A little bitterness up front. Very well balanced.

I will be purchasing many more of these ~17oz bottles in the future. A great session beer that surprises, and makes me wanting more.

Photo of cpmau11
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a bottle into a stella glass. Poured perfectly with a 1 and half inch head. Clear golden color, head stays fairly prominent through most of the beer. This beer taste amazing. It's one of my favorite bavarian style helles lager. You can truley taste the hallertau hops that they have been using for hundreds of years. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and light. Truely meant to be enjoyed out of a liter mug or tall style glass. The only other bavarian style lager that rivals this one is Augustiner.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm out west in Tucson and was a little disappointed in the west coast selection so I went for a few German brews. Started with the Weihnstephaner Original

Poured with a foamy finger and half of head. Decent retention, but it did settle away. Bright Gold color, perfect clarity. Medium amount of visible carbonation. Decent lacing

Aroma is light, fresh, slight grape and a touch of sweetness.

Nice session beer. A touch of sweetness. Like honey. Pale malt, white pepper. Light hop presence towards the end. Finishes nice and clean.

Light bodied with just a bit more.

Ultimate drinkability. I'll be back for more of this

Photo of laituegonflable
2.15/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pale appearance, not weizen-pale but not English-ale gold. Pours with a very generous, slightly off-white head, but that dissipates very quickly. Slow bead of carbonation. Slight lacing. Nice, but not great.

Slightly rich, earthy hop aroma and a slightly sticky honey at the back. A bit of sticky yeast lingers. Standard lagery nose really, fairly aromatic without being pleasant. In fact it's unpleasant.

A fair amount of honey throughout the palate, not really desired. Slight yeasty/hoppy bitterness on the back, a bit of a sticky mouthfeel; body is quite thick and slow, with very little carbonation upon drinking. This is overly sticky, and quite unpleasant. When I'm drinking a lager I expect some sort of gas. Having said that, the palate is not very nice, yes, but it's fairly well balanced. This is drinkable enough and it's what I would expect given the style.

Photo of dmortens
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Mostly translucent, with 1/2 inch head that dissipated quickly. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.

S - Faint banana/esters.

T - Nice carbonation up front, great balance of hops and sweetness. More esters - I get faint banana, and even some ginger.

M - Again, nice carbonation and lightness.

D - Really exceptional beer. I like the reasonable amount of carbonation, and the balance of bitterness with the fruitiness. I'll absolutely buy this again.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 3/24/2009 (bottle):

Pours an extremely clear, light yellow colored body, fizzy, not cloudy at all. Big creamy white head, quickly diminishing. Very malty nutty aroma. Fresh malty smell. Some graininess, but not a strong aroma overall. Sweet taste, some nuttiness. Refreshing and clean tasting. Tastes much better than it smells. Very quaffable. Some breadiness in the taste. Wow, this is very tasty, I am shocked, based on the light color and aroma. Soft palate.

Photo of mgmvh
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: pours a typical light golden yellow hue. the head doesnt stick around but leaves a good lace as you drink.

s: inviting. i got hints of banana and clove with underlying citrus notes that arnt very strong but give some spice to the finish.

t: no complaints at all here. mild fruit notes on top of banana and a bit of grass from the hops. feels very clean and is well balanced. the finish is long (especially after having a few) with banana again and a touch of spice shows up to tie it all together. well done. no wonder the company's been around since 1040.

drinkability: drink this instead of coors, bud, miller... you get the idea..

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle tried 15 Mar 2009. Bottle looks very similar to the picture but with 'Original Premium' in the main label instead of 'Original'.

Poured in 0.4 L BBK stein. Large foamy stark white head. Medium carbonation. Bright almost neon yellow, slightest hint of haze. Aroma of light malt, lemon, mineral. Lightly malty, somewhat lemony. Faint bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste is malty sweet. Light body and alcohol.

Refreshing and easy to drink, very well done.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a very pale straw yellow with a one-finger white head with okay retention but little lacing.

S: Hoppy with a biscuit malt scent with a small amount of citrus.

T: Strong hop profile with a biscuit malt with some lemon. Very simple and delicious.

Overall: Great mouthfeel, strong carbonation and light in body make it very drinkable as well. I'm liking this brewery even more.

Photo of popery
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Possibly the best session beer that I've ever tasted. It's crisp, dry and fresh. The hops give the beer a perfect, slightly spicy finish. The malt is up front and smooth. It tastes fresh and clean. This lager flavor is incredible. It's a light yellow liquid that should really be served in a massive stein atop which I can picture a bubbly white head that leaves plenty of lacing. This beer is obscenely drinkable. It's physically difficult to take a small sip. I would thoroughly enjoy drinking this beer from a one liter glass while sitting in a beer garden in Germany. Sadly, I can only imagine how good this beer is fresh from a tap at the brewery.

Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
91 out of 100 based on 1,822 ratings.