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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,690 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,690
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 103
Gots: 103 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-30-2000)
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Photo of allengarvin
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%

Appearance: Crystal clear gold color, with no head at all, just a slight film. I used a clean hand-washed glass, so I'm knocking off points.

Aroma: Sweet malt, with an ever-so-slight spicy note.

Flavor: Grainy, sweet malt barley flavor. Bitterness is minimal but there are some herbal, honey-like hop flavors. Finish is clean and light.

Body: Medium-light body.

I admit this is a hard-to-appreciate style for me. This beer is spot-on for all the requisite characteristics, except the head. But it still seems bland to me (and disappointing because Weihenstephaner makes my favorite hefeweizen, without any doubt).

allengarvin, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%

1/2/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 16.9 oz bottle with a code of "9213" on the bottom of the back label. Poured into my Radeberger 1/2 liter glass.

Appearance- Darker yellow straw coloring with a foamy white head and adequate lacing.

Smell- Mostly malt with a bit of citrus twang. Maybe a few hops.

Taste- Bleach! At first taste it's pure metallic. Like sucking on a spoon. It does get a bit better though. Nice mix of malt and hops once the actual flavor sinks in. Some lemony tastes mixed in.

Mouthfeel- Actually quite creamy with a nice added hop bitterness.

Drinkability- That damn metallic flavor did it in for this beer. Even though the taste eventually went away 1/2 through the bottle, it still ruined it for me.

GClarkage, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of brownbottlehall
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into the glass with a small head of foam, almost non exsistant. The aroma was refreshing, reminded me of Paulaner's Orginal Munich Lager. The taste came with an orangish bitterness upfront, a tangy middle, and a subtle dry finish. Very nice mouthfeel, the carbonation wasn't overwhelming. Pretty big bragging rights for being around since 1050. I always wanted to try something from the world's oldest beer making establishment, I wasn't disappointed.

brownbottlehall, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of mynie
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%

There's something about this beer. It feels like it dances all the way down into my stomach. Strange, eh? It's a wonderful, albeit freaky, feeling, though.

Dark, cloudy yellow and gold with a small head. Nothing exceptional in the appearance. Smells malty with a little bit of herb and the run of the mill earthen odor of a Euro lager. Nothing too great.

Mild but great taste. Citrus bittersweet hops upfront with a sour twang of malt in the back.

Light and crisp, this is nice little beer. I've heard that it's much better in Germany, where the bottles haven't been sitting on the shelf for 8 months before being bought, and this Lager doesn't really seem as fresh as Weihenstephaner's other beers. Still worth a try, though.

mynie, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of oelergud
1.98/5  rDev -51.2%

Very pale straw colored body, head starts out big but dissipates quickly, almost no lace and very little carbonation.
Grass grain and bread makes up the nose of this brew.
Very little taste to this one and almost no aftertaste at all. Some weak wet bread flavor mixed in with a faint astringency.
Thin body and hardly any coating, very bland and boring.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of Globetrotter
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%

Thrilled to see this brew make an appearance in my local Moscow grocery store. Bottle looks just like the one in the picture. Purity law, of course. Best before 5/27/05, I opened it on 9/23/04.

Pours clear gold under a thick 1.5 finger white head that lingers well but can't muster any lace. A smooth malty nose wafts up from the brew, mild to the point of sublime, with nothing but the purest barley tone. The mouth is light and very prickly. The taste typifies the style, mild and smooth barley malt flavors, with just a touch of sour to add some zest. There is no hoppy bitterness, but a flowery presence starts to grow as the sip count increases and the beer warms, adding a hint of spice to the aftertaste. This is a good, pleasant, if not spectacular beer.

Globetrotter, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

This brew has a darker straw/golden color clear body. Nice white foam head on top. Light sweet malt scent, hint of flowery hops. Sweet bready malt taste, kiss of hops, hint of lemon zest. Light/med bodied brew, very nice and refreshing. About as good as this style of beer can be done.

Tballz420, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of rousee
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

Maybe I'm just getting sick of this style cuz I have tried many of them recently. None have really achieved the taste I want, save Paulaner/Hacker Schorr and even these can and should
be much fresher than the ones I am getting.

Pours that gold straw everyone keeps talking about. No murkiness-no head --minimal carbonation -no lace either. Smell is malty, grassy, herby and typical of that Euro-lager type of taste- a small bit of nuttiness too. Taste is almost the same as the smell except it finishes wet on the palate but in a nice way which helps mouthfeel and drinkabilty.Overall, the other brands I mention are better for this style but I would still recommend this one.

rousee, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of Padron4KM
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%

Pours a pale golden color with a rocky short lived head.
minimal lacing.

Very mild aroma. citrus and malt. (biscuts)

Flavor is very mild, slightly sweet slightly lemony bitter.
Average brew.

It is quite refreshing, but it lacks a little in the flavor dept.

Padron4KM, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Serving size: 12 oz. Marked 0053 on back label.

Pours out a very pale crystal yellow and sits light straw in color with a nice 1/2 finger, foamy white head.

Smells nice, lightly lemony with a grainy background. Some hops noted, but just a fair dusting.

Tastes like a million bucks. Like a freshly baked buttermilk buscuit straight out of the oven, schmeared in butter. Maltiness is accompanied well by a very light hop flavor and mild bitterness. Light acidic tang on the sides, I'd say it's more of a lemony flavor. Loose feeling of alcohol in the back of throat, leading all the way down.

Medium bodied, crisp and clean in the mouth with billowing carbonation. Flavors float all over the place. A great beer anytime of the day.

Skidz, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

Limpid bright light gold. Just a bit too dark to be called straw. The head is a shade dimmer than cotton white and resembles softly beaten egg whites. Firmer than expected, the foam stays humped in the center and leaves chunky scraps of attractive lace. The nose consists of somewhat distant noble hops with a kiss of lemon citrus.

Very lightly toasted crackery malt glides across the tongue and is then gone. Grassy, slightly lemony hops provide some bitterness without overdoing it. The body is light but not thin, and the finish is the very definition of dry and crisp, while retaining a modicum of sweetness to the very end.

This is a tremendously drinkable, thirst-quenching, refreshing Munich Helles Lager. Because I'm not a big fan of noble hops, the gentle flavor and light body is just what the doctor ordered. 'Der Rasenmaherbier' indeed. While not nearly the equal of their hefe weizen, Weihenstephaner Original is still pretty good beer.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of nortmand
4.75/5  rDev +17%

High marks to this, probably the best German Helles lager available in the U.S. Worth every penny.
Pours straw yellow, with foamy white head and faint, weak lacing at best.
Smell like a nice corn free lager should. Rich, malty with a nice German hop nose.
Nice, malty flavor, with a hop balance. Rich and fully bodied, with a nice carbonation.
Very drinkable, can't even imagine if it was on tap somewhere near me. Great beer, defines German lager.

nortmand, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of malthead
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

No freshness date
Pours a light straw color, with a big white head that fades quickly to a fine lace. Smell is predominantly sweet malt, maybe a little light grain. The taste is sweet and malty, but still very light. Some hops follow, with a short, dry finish. Mouthfeel is good, a very nice, light summer's brew. Very good drinkability, could definitely be a good session beer, and one good for converting macro drinkers.

malthead, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of aaronbeach69
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

appearance: not as clear as some lagers, but who cares for clear?

smell: Not as much lager aroma as I would have expected, more of a grassy/ almost wheat smell... def not like a wheat beer though ofcourse

taste: makes the back middle part of my tounge tingle a little, but very very smooth.. its taste not overwhelming/suprising any part of the mouth.. but where's the adventure?

mouthfeel: A fuller lager than some, with a very nice mouthfeel.

drinkability: very very drinkable, but what helles isn't??

notes: a good drinkable beer.. but that is what I expect from a helles.. it didn't do anything special for me... I'd probably opt for the one of my good ol' munich lagers next time

aaronbeach69, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev -2%

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness information. poured light amber/straw. Amost an olive oil like greenish hue. White soft creamy head, leaving lacing. Nose is bready,yeasty, also some pepper detected. Medium bodied, clean malt notes, not much hoppyness, but it does finish dry. Would go great with any summery foods. Fine session brew.

Billolick, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of koolk
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

A lovely vibrant yellow with a small head that leaves quickly, very very low carbonation.

Awesome nose of spices, yeast characters, grainy malt. Isn't overly strong, but has the signature grain smell that I associate with Munich Helles (albeit the very few I have had).

Taste is also a little quiet, with good mixture sweet malts, sweet leafiness and some fine back palate bitterness. As with all Weihenstephaner beers, the balance is fantastic which is a trait common in all their beers.

Not the most pleasant of aftertastes lets the overall beer down, but it is another solid Weihenstephaner offering.

koolk, Jul 03, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%

This was a nice, clear yellow beer that had a good head that dissipated quickly.

The aroma was mild and yeasty, with a light sweetness.

The taste was very light, sweet and fruity. Very drinkable.

A good beer for drinking with light snacks like potato chips or Doritos®.

connecticutpoet, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of Beastdog75
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

From a brewery that supposedly dates back to the year 1040, this offering from the Weihenstephan folks adheres to the usually "unexciting" style of a helles, but in turn this one ends up being one of the finest beers that I've had of this particular style. It seems the Germans have a way of producing simple lagers that end up being great.

Weihenstephaner Original pours a color that looks like liquid gold, a color that would make King Midas jump for joy. A decent foamy head forms and lasts for about 3 minutes, and in the process leaves some sticky lace in its wake. The aroma is of your typical Münchner helles, with a clean malty aroma being present along with some trademark "huskiness" which I detect a lot in helles bier. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and ends up being quite easy to drink. In terms of the flavor, a good all-round malty presence will satisfy almost any beer drinker, and the mellow, mild hop presence is quite pleasing. The hops lend a floral and woody essence to the brew, also adding a mild bitterness and dryness to the finish. The aftertaste is clean with just some dryness and lingering malts, and the brew concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

This is a most pleasing helles. The style may be simple, but the beer is very enjoyable. A good down-to-earth beer that can be enjoyed by almost anyone.

Beastdog75, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of rabidawg
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden straw with a fluffy white head. Average carbonation and slight lacing.

Smell: Slightly grainy with a soft hay-like aroma. Toasty and wildly yeasty for a lager.

Taste: Initially slightly sweet from the crisp maltiness, with a nice full mouthfeel. Elegantly hopped, with a bone dry finish and lingering light bitterness. Characteristic house yeast is an interesting addition to this lager. Quite nice overall.

rabidawg, Jun 20, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%

This is an accidental review, as I thought I was picking up the great Hefeweizen. After numerous attempts to stir in some yeast in my glass, I took a look at the label. Doh, this is not the Hefeweizen, this is the other beer with the identical blue label. Why they made them look so alike is beyond me, as the taste is quite a bit different.

This one pours out of the 500 ml, traditional Weihenstephaner bottle with a golden, crystal clear body, and a smallish head that is fleeting. There is no lace to speak of, so I will not talk about any.

The aroma is very strange. The closest thing I can think of is an old wooden log that has started to rot. As weird as that sounds, the aroma is not unpleasant, it is what I imagine fermented malt smells like, if not tempered by a lot of hops.

In the taste department, the malt is once again Kaiser. This beer has a sweet-sour, grain laden, strongly bready taste, that is similar to a Rye beer. I guess, this is why they call beer liquid bread.

This is a bit harsh on the palette, and lacks the smoothness that one comes to expect from a matured lager. This is what beer must have tasted like in the old days of black plague. I would take this over macro swill any day, but this is not sophisticated at all.

I will make sure I am picking up the right beer next time,

rajendra82, Jun 20, 2004
Photo of necoadam
4.1/5  rDev +1%

I think I've found my fall back brew. This is one of the easiest drinking beers out there with a nice crisp taste. Poured out a light gold color with a nice amount of carbonation that went away after a while. Smell consisted of some hops, slight yeasty aromas, a little bit of malts, and a hint of sweetness to it. Taste consisted of a dough-like flavors blended in with some hop bitterness and an ever so slight taste of lemons in there. Finishes on the sweet side a little, but not overpowering because the hop bitterness balances it out very well. I could drink these any time of the year. Crisp lager that goes down well and yet has a nice full body to it. I'm sold.

necoadam, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of daledeee
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

Hmmm. Not the best head. Not as good of tasting. A little dry.

I have to admit I picked this up not reading the level too closely. I thought I was buying the Hefeweisen. After a couple sips I figured out my error.

This beer is clear with much less head and a smell that is hard to quantify. The finish is pretty dry. This is a good tasting beer. The taste is still kind of bready with fruit, maybe pear. I find it a little light tasting, but I am used to drinking strong full bodied beer.

daledeee, May 09, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

Clear gold on the pour. Pretty big, fluffy head. Smells lightly of malty grass, and a tinge of hops. Light and crisp flavored, not meant to be a big beer. Still, above average for a lager. Their hefe-weiss and korbinian are much better, although I have no complaints about this.

TastyTaste, May 05, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

500ml bottle

Pours with a light yellow body, large foamy head, very good retention

Smell is fragrant, a hint of berries, but mostly a malty lager experience

Taste is simple, not particularly complex but refreshing a dry

A fairly decent lager, goes down easy

cypressbob, Apr 24, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
3.98/5  rDev -2%

Brightly clear, light golden dulled yellow color with a thin white frothed cap that faded off quickly. Smell has a nice crisp and clean herbal essence with a soft, fresh bread roll dough. Quite nice, a firm crispness and sweet doughy breading for its nose, which really comes together as it warms. Taste is a nice crisp and clean hop, some dried herbal variants float around that are light and airy with a nice and firm bread dough sweetish malt backing. Totally reminds me of the dough used for white bread rolls or cresent rolls. Feel is a bit lighter on the body but the super clean, super crispness makes up for the lack there of. Kinda sweet and very smooth, quick crispness at first with a lightly dry breadish souring finish thats nice. A pretty darn good Helles thats easy, clean, crisp, and drinkably good. Yum.

tavernjef, Apr 23, 2004
Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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