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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,786 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,786
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 114
Gots: 143 | 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 FreightTrain
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a very pale straw yellow with a pretty white head that quickly dissipates. Quite nice lacing.

S- Lemon, bread, grain, yeast

T- Really delicious. I drink so few lagers I don't really have the vocabulary to describe this. It's really flavorful, but really light.

M- Effervescent, light, quenching

D- This is a delicious beer that goes down very easy. Very tasty in its own right and super quaffable. It would go very well with food too.

FreightTrain, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into stein.

Pours clear yellow gold, thin white creamy head, tons of effervescence.

Nose is a bit grassy, some mildly sweet light malt.

Taste is sweet, light cereal flavor with a very restrained soft grassy note at the end. Finish is very clean, light malt, not much else.

Light bodied, with a dry, light but active carbonation.

Another Weihenstephaner that I could drink until the beer stops flowing - light, welcoming, but still flavorful and satisfying.

JohnQVegas, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of cedricwarner
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As with any helles, subtlety and balance are the key and Weihenstephaner does not disappoint. Crisp & clean with just enough malt sweetness and low enough hop bitterness to separate it from a pils. This stands up nicely to any of the big Munich six offerings, but to me the grainy bready malts don't come through as much with this one to make it my absolute favorite.

It's a bit pricier than some of the other Bavarian Helles Lagers available in the States, but if you love the style as much as me, you might want to give this one a shot.

cedricwarner, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of skrib09
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

yellow color with a hazy clarity. looks very light. white head formed well but disappeared quickly.

smells fruity-lemony right off the bat. a hint of hop pine or citrus within the overall scent... hard to describe. good malt backbone.

it tastes refreshing with a good malt flavor. citrus notes are detectable.

overall well balanced mouthfeel. a hint of carbonation towards the back.

good drinkability.

skrib09, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of midnite2sixman
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beauty pours a clear yellow with minimal head retention and a minor amount of lacing.

Light hops on the nose and a crisp pilsner smell.

Clean and refreshing and crisp with a smooth aftertaste. This beer is very easy to drink and quite delicious even though I am enjoying it out of season. Weihenstephaner is one of my favorite German breweries with good reason.

midnite2sixman, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of erz316
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in Brooklyn Brewery pokal glass

A - a pale yellow with a slight haze, bubbles coming up from the bottom (very persistent), and a white head lacing some lacing.

S - the most obvious note to pick up on is the wheat; this makes the base notes which allow the zest of the hops to contrast in a really nice and noticeable way and the and some zesty element.

T - the swallowing of the beer lets one notice the crisp intensity of the carbonation and also the dryness of the alcohol, something not apparent from just holding the beer in my mouth. the finish culminates in a wheaty-booze-ness that is great, while the aftertaste is quick to fade but is a faint (and i do mean FAINT) hint of the orange zest from the hops.

MF&D - I think I should mention I am drinking this at about 3 in the afternoon, I couldn't wait untill 5, (as my sister says, "its always 5 o'clock somewhere!") therefore I find this beer amazingly easy and pleasing to drink. though a bit thick, I do not find this to be a detriment, only it holds it back from being perfect for this style. Though the consistency is really great for a beer, and does indeed make me want to drink it all night.

erz316, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of kshankar
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden/yellow..nice white head with good retention.

Aroma: I'm getting lemon and yeast mostly..maybe slight hops, but not too much. Slight amount of malts as well

Taste: Yeasty and lemony, sweet and some hops to finish it off. Very good

Mouthfeel: Feels crisp from the carbonation..and is light bodied. Rather clean finish. Refreshing

Drinkability: Very good tasting, great mouthfeel. Recommended

kshankar, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pale yellow and just a touch hazy. A large, frothy white head with excellent retention. Lacing is very nice.

S: Some lemon and a sugar cookie/yeasty aroma mostly. Some graininess and a touch of herbal hops.

T: Fresh, sweet graininess, again with some lemony and grassy hops. Perhaps some fruity (pear, possibly white grape) notes hiding somewhere. A bit of bready yeast is also detectable. Slight touches of alcohol as well.

M: Rather light-bodied, with crisp carbonation. Overall, just comes across as incredibly fresh, crisp, and very clean.

D: This is so easy to drink. The flavor is very nice, although nothing outrageous, but it's so well balanced and clean that it has to stand out as an example of what a lager should be.

Clydesdale, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of DmanGTR
2.65/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured clear golden with a white 1" head that disappeared in 2 minutes to leave some lace

S - skunky, hoppy, and lightly malty. If the skunkiness wasn't there it would probably smell much better.

T - very mild taste. Light malts and some hops but rather bland. Metallic tones are somewhat annoying. Clean finish.

M - very light bodied with moderate carbonation. Watery but thirst quenching, thinner than I expected even for a pils.

D - a good thirstquencher but not much in the taste department.

Overall - I would give this the benefit of the doubt that if it wasn't skunked, then it would be much better. The taste really casts a shadow though, it was very bland. Hopefully a re-review will fare better next time.

DmanGTR, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy bright yellow color with a thin to medium white tite bubbly head that slowly dissapates and leaves delicate thin droopy lines of lace.

Smells of yeasty bread with very faint spicy hops there too. I also pick up floral malt it seems. I don't think I've got that before. Some sweet lemon citrus.

The flavor is similar but is more complex that the aroma. It's bright and full flavored. Strong yeasty bread notes as well as some lingering hop afterstaste. Seems earthy sweet lemon citrus. Faint notes of bubblegum, very nice...

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very VERY smooth.

Very drinkable, an excelent session brew.

hoplover82, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From what I gather this is their original recipe.

A: Poured a pale, clear maize-yellow with a well retaining white foamy head that left hardly a trace behind lacing wise.

S: pale grains, lemongrass, and a light floral hoppiness.

T: The flavor was light pale grains, crisp and clean in nature, with a light lemon hints that were quickly and nicely balanced out by the malt sweetness. The beer finishes with a zesty lemony zing and light grassy notes that compliment the clean brewing technique of this beer.

M: smooth, light and crisp with a good deal of carbonation.

D: A good light drinking lager that was cleanly brewed with an equally clean finish. Respectable session.

beerthulhu, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of Augustiner719
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a Hofbrauhaus .5L stein.

Appearance: yielded a large 3 finger frothly but light head. Golden raisin color, slight cloudiness. Lacing is present throughout the session of drinking.

Smell: Im a sucker for Helles style lagers so this is going to be repetitive. What I find most attractive about these styles of beers is the freshness i get from them. It smells as if it came out of the taps at Oktoberfest. Nice citrusy aromas masked slightly with honeysuckel and a slight bit of mandarin orange juice. beautiful.

Taste: Very Very good. Its got a nice lightness to it because its crisp and refreshing, yet it has a lasting aftertaste that mellows out to a nice sweetness of ripe peaches and oranges. I get some light pear and mango fruit tastes in the forefront with some nice maltiness covering them.

Mouthfeel: Weihenstephaner has a tendancy to make there beers a little too carbonated for the style. Most other helles lagers are crips and refreshing with some good carbonation, but the form of carbonation is much different in this one. Its too agressive in my opinion compared with the others ive tried and it makes the mouthfeel a little awkward. It finishes very very dry as a result.

Drinkability: As I have read in some forum posts about breakfast beers, and this being a good substitute for orange juice i can see where they were heading towards. Its so refreshing and crisp and well done that it can be enjoyed slowly or at a faster pace because the flavors are so upfront and clean. For breakfast, i wouldnt drink this, but as an early beer for a starter in a day of drinking, hell yes. I would drink this all day long.

Augustiner719, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of BrewerB
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautfiully clear, light straw color. Plenty of bubbles seen rising to the thin, well-retained white head. Spot on.

S- Lovely grainy, pilsner malt aroma. Plenty of spicy hops to counterbalance. Light hints of DMS (acceptable for style). Pilsner graininess dominates. Room from improvement? Little-to-none for a Munich Helles.

T- Grainy, slightly sweet, dominated by the pilsner character. Spicy hops help balance and don't overpower. Medium-low/medium level of bitterness, aftertaste of grainy, malty goodness.

M- Medium-light bodied, moderate level of carbonation. Very smooth.

D- My tastes certainly slant toward ales but this is a nice malty german lager with just the right touch of spicy hops to help provide and maintain my palatte's interest. Could easily drink many more of these if it weren't 40 degrees outside and had a second and third bottle in the fridge.

BrewerB, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of kkipple
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another slam-dunk perfect example of the style from Weihenstephaner. I'm sitting here drinking this and realized I never reviewed it. So!

A. Light, not-quite-clear yellow. Small head (for a Weihenstephaner brew) lifts up about an inch and then falls fast. Pretty. Sticks around to cap the top. Small amounts of bubbles rise lazily to the surface. My German heritage meter is immediately tweaked.

S. Not much here but what is here is perfect. Crisp malt-centric golden pale sweetness mixed with a tinge of DMS (acceptable here, doesn't mean I have to like it...) and a reserved spicy, grassy hop note. That's all, folks. Smells like peasant beer, in a good way.

T. Dead-on what one would expect after the nose. Lightly sweet grainy malt profile mixed with a crisp noble hop bite that is still reserved. The barest hint of toasted sugar rounds everything up into a mildly corny, sweet smooth malty finish.

M. Medium body, clean malt aftertaste, mid carbonation makes this an easy drink. I could, and would, have another. It's simple, but there's really nothing here to grab me.

Bottom line: A killer example of a minor style. Quite nice, quite drinkable, but simple as the style dictates. You could do heaps worse. Go Germans!

kkipple, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a half liter bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: Decent two finger head, and a slightly hazy yellow body. The head drops kinda fast but is kept alive for awhile by the beers light carbonation. Thin rings of lacing.

Smell: Sweet pale malts. I can't smell any hops or adjuncts.

Taste: Malts with a light hoppiness.

BierFan, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Macca
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear golden colour. Very little head but what little there is retained.

A sweet malty aroma. Maybe a little lemon in there as well. Reminds me of soap.

A metallic edge to the graininess but it is really nice.

This is very easy drinking. Such a perfectly well integrated beer.

Macca, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of brushtachio
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, clear, straw colored with a short-lived snow-white head. Biscuty, slightly medicinal nose. Balanced taste with light floral notes, a bit of spice, lots of grassy flavors at the end, all embedded in a bready, malty package. Its crisp and clean. Not trying too hard to be what it is not but still more complex than the few others I have tried in this style.

brushtachio, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of stone3187
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light golden color with aromas of some malt and faint hops. The taste starts out with a light clean hop flavor that finishes with a malty creaminess. Not a lot to it but still one of the better German lagers I have had. I would rather have this one than Bitburger or Warsteiner.

stone3187, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Going to be tough to get 250+ on this one, because there's really not much to it. Pours clear gold with a bubbly white head. Faint flowery aroma with malt and light hops. Taste is a lager with good maltiness and no bitter metal in the finish. Good, nothing special.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Guzzler78
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a transparent golden straw appearance. Small head with minimal lacing. Finely carbonated-nice bubbles!
Smells somewhat sweet. Spicy notes from the hops.
Tastes and finishes nice and crisp. Very well balanced beer-some bitterness balanced with sweet malt flavors. Some lemon zest comes through as well
Fells nice bubbly and smooth in the mouth.
Could drink more than a few of these at a sitting.

Guzzler78, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Ultra pale yellow straw color... Crystal clear... Slow distinctive carbonation... Crisp thin white head fizzes and fades... Delicate lacing sits atop... Coats glass with an oily reisin... Carbonation ignites with each sip and resettles.... Looks quite pure...

S - Clove... Lemon zest... Grains... Malt... Banana... Clean... Grassy notes... Could easily be mistaken for a pilsner

T - Incredible balance... Spice and herbal notes are at the forefront sitting atop a biscuity grassy base... Perhaps very subtle hints of citrus...

M - Smooth... Medium bodied... Slightly creamy with lots of carbonation... Crisp... Fills mouth well. Develops nicely... Dry finish...

D - Tasty and distinctive... Something old world, regal, and sophisticated about this... A great session brew... Well rounded...

Note - I really enjoyed this brew, but listed as a lager, it could easily mistaken as either a pilsner for hefeweizen by any of the senses...

philbe311, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of kenito799
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Dark golden brew with a lovely creamy white head and intricate, beautiful lacing.

Aroma is malty and fresh, but with an underlying aged or cooked grain note. On the palate this beer is crisp, flavorfully malty, then subtle lemony hoppiness takes over in the finish. Very nice balance of crispness with very mild bitterness, and a touch of starchy sweetness at the end. Very drinkable and refreshing, and retaining an individuality and interesting character that sets it apart from the many euro and american lagers out there.

kenito799, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear golden yellow color with a bubbly white head that left some good lacing.

S - bitter, earthy hop and lemon peel aroma.

T - sweet malts and bitter hops are very well balanced.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

D - very easy to drink a few of these.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of gfreed
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm sure "delightful" has been appended to many other reviews of this beer, so let me add my own. It really is a delightful beer. Very bright color with plenty of bubbles and a loose head that fizzes with a nice cloud of honey, lemon and lime. The body is light, clean and bubbly, and you'll find no shortage of citrus and honey in the flavor with just enough hoppiness to give it a bite before it goes down. Somehow Weihenstephan has managed to stuff a sunny May afternoon into a beer bottle. Had this with a plate of chicken sausages and brown rice-- wonderful. An instant favorite.

gfreed, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of Voss
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an original Weihenstephaner ceramic 0.5l mug bought on our last visit to Freising. This lager has it all: the right carboanation, refreshness, a smooth and solid taste, a yeasty herbal aroma, a balanced but very tasty mouthfeel , and an infinite drinkability.
So bavarian, so damn good.

Voss, Nov 14, 2008
Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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