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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,854
Reviews: 804
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 120
Gots: 174 | 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 ElGrecoVerde
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another winning Weihenstephaner. Man, they make solid beer.

Poured a fairly clear, pale yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly leaves.

The smell was one of the cleanest ever for a lager. Crisp lemon and leafy aromas come to mind.

Very smooth and crisp mouthfeel, which works perfectly with the lemon rind flavors. Some sweet herbal and fruit flavors present as well.

It does get a bit acidic feeling, hurting drinkability. But Brauerei Weihenstephan is batting 1.000 in my book. Maybe the crappy Tigers can take a lesson.

Photo of biggmike
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured a light yellow color with beautiful fluffy head that lingered forever. Aroma was sweet malt. Taste was malty and also of grain. Was balanced a nice hops presence. The mouthfeel and carbonation were perfect.. The drinkability of this one is at the top of the scale. A nice sessionable lager. Not complex and not meant to be.

Photo of scootny
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beautifully clear golden straw color. A dense and initially creamy head fills the top of my weiss glass. ( I accidentally grabbed this instead of the hefe ). The head eventually thins to soapy consistency and then a froth that covers the top of the beer as I drink. Decent lacing all the way down.

The smell is sweet malt, honey, grains and floral hops. Faint and delicate. A little corn and mustiness as well.

Taste is like the nose. Crisp but delicately malty. Sweet honey and light hops in the finish. A little banana and light biscuit/breadyness on the tongue as well. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is perfect . Light and delicate in carbonation and on the tongue. It's like the beer is kissing you in a dream.

Drinkability is beyond rating. You can spend days at the bar or wherever ( the backyard grill comes to mind ) drinking this and never want for anything else.

An excellent session beer and one to give those who may not like beer or only drink macro crud. Just wonderful.

Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear short pilsner glass. No freshness date.

A: Beautiful hazy golden color with bright white foamy head with great retention and scanty lace at the top of the glass.

S; Faint lemon aroma with light spicy hops highlight a robust malt and grain aroma with slight metallic tones.

T: Incredibly varied flavors that meld wonderfully including sweetish, biscuity malt, zing of soft lemon citrus, and cleaning spicy hops in the finish. Obviously, August Busch never tried this lager...

M: Smooth and medium-to-full bodied with even carbonation and very pleasant crisp, hops aftertaste.

D: Wow -- now I see why people make a fuss abou Weihenstephaner beers. This is such a smooth, drinkable yet distinctive beer that sets a very high bar for lagers.

Photo of letsgopens
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another quality Weihenstephaner selection. This one pours a crystal clear, very pale maize color with sparse rising bubbles and a tall soapy, snow-white head. Some spotty lace remains behind.

Yeasty and very grainy with a slightly sweet, pale malt and corn-like note. Somewhat astringent with mild honey and a starchy fruit character. Faint oatmeal as well.

Pleasant, sweet and mild with buttery wheat and corn cereal. A tasty hint of banana and wheaty spice. Yeasty and buttery with lots of cornmeal. Somewhat light fried-up cornmeal mush for breakfast. I know that's kind of an obscure suggestion but just an observation I suppose. Very appetizing actually.

Bright but mild with lower carbonation for the style which allows that delicate buttery flavor to come through. Semidry in the finish with a lower ABV which provides high drinkability. A well rounded and unique brew.

Photo of bort11
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a Sweetwater 420 hefe glass. This head and not a lot of lacing. Color is a clear straw yellow, pretty active carbonation.

Smell is a husky grain, with a hint of citrus. Taste has a more enhanced lemon flavor, with a dry biscuity character.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, yet slightly sticky on the lips. This is an OK beer

Photo of avalon07
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I write this with the caveat that the bottle I had might have been skunked.

Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a nice light yellow color and a fairly thick consistency. The head was about a quarter of an inch, and it remained for a while. Decent lacing.

The smell was quite funky. I could tell something was off right as I opened the bottle. While I could discern some hops and a bit of malt, there was something odd about the whole thing.

The taste followed suit with the smell. There was a sharpness to it, a fact I didn't mind, but it seemed to taste like dirty feet. That and the alcohol wasn't masked quite enough for my taste.

I don't know about this one. I've tried Weihenstephaner's beers before and never had a problem. I might go back and try again with this.

Photo of rkinsella
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at a charming German restaurant in Stillwater Minnesota.

Appearance: Light yellow color, very light haze with visible carbonation. Nice foamy 1" head with great lacing all the way down the glass on all sides!

Smell: Very clean. Mellow and malty with just a note of sweetness and lemon.

Taste: Crisp, balanced, nice neutral aftertaste. Overall light and very tasty!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, lighter weight, nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: The taste got even better as the beer warmed slightly. And the last sip was as tasty as the first. The neutral aftertaste was the best surprise with this beer. Not only would I drink another, but I could easily switch to another style. I would say this is the ultimate summertime beer that would go with anything.

This is probably my new light lager of choice. Good thing the restaurant that has it on tap is only 15 minutes away:)

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy/hazy, golden yellow color with a small, bubbly, white head. It did not last long or leave any lace.

S - It smelled citrusy sweet. Also, some clove and yeast aromas.

T - It tasted quite citrusy. Strong grainy flavor had a bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice lager. Everything from Weihenstephaner is quite good.

Photo of baos
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz into favorite goblet.

A: pale golden yellow with 2 finger head that goes down to near nothing just a thin film. Excellent lacing all up and down, and a nice collar too.

S: Hints of lemon grass and light malts. Very fresh smelling.

T: Awesome hands down the best lager I've ever had. I'm gonna buy this by the case the next poker party I have. Lemon blossom beeswax. Bit of candy sugar yeastiness. Nectar!

M: Medium carbonation and medium body. Absolutely perfect for this type of beir.

D: Wow I want to kick myself because I only bought one twelve oz bottle.

Photo of tonistruth
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pale gold in color sporting a 2 finger fluffy white head, good retent with soapy lacing

S- cloves, bready

T- cloves, spicy yeast with a subtle zest, bready malts during and after

M- smooth with carbonation around the edges

D- taste a little like they use the same yeast all their brews, beyond that a tasty munich helles lager

Photo of BeerTaster
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Outstanding beer! Appearance crystil clear golden yellow three finger white head with perfect lacing. Smell breadlike with hints of fresh mown hay. Taste cookielike malt character with just enough hop to balance it out. Mouthfeel mediem body mediem carbonation. Drinkability I could drink this one all day its simple but still has flavor. Use this to convert American macro drinkers.

Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Weihenstephaner's Hefeweizen was absolutely unbelievable, so I had high hopes for their "Original Premium"...
Pours a clear, lucid, light apple-juice colored complexion with a gigantic foamy and frosty head that exhibited remarkable staying power before slowly receding and leaving a fair amount of lacing around the glass...
Smell was replete with a bitter-sweet, slightly sour aroma with noticeable citrus, florals, lemon-zest, grapefruit, and coriander...
Taste strongly mirrored the flavors, with strong suggestions of apples, pears, fresh florals, bitter citrus, and light lemon...
Very clean, crisp, refreshing mouthfeel, perfect for a hot, Summer day...
Drinkability was likewise very good, as this sample went down like flavored water without any interference what-so-ever...
Good stuff...
Recommended as a good representation of the style...

Photo of abankovich
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their standard 16.9oz bottle into a snifter. Healthy one finger head that had great retention and lacing the entire time I was drinking it. A very pale golden yellow color that had some effervescence during the pour.

Smell was not too strong but I found very mild notes of citrust. Mostly noticed some earthy malt and grain aroma.

Taste was very earthy and raw. Malt notes and a little bitterness and sourness, but barely.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and light in the mouth. This drinks very easily and I would definitely love to sit around and drink a few more Very refreshing.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-pours a near perfect looking golden color with a slight bit of hazieness that is easily missed,head is bleach white and fluffy like cotton,a small amount of lacing is left behind as it quickly dissapates

Smell-earthy notes jump right out of this brew,straw and clean dirt(if there is such a thing),a little potatoe,buttery even

Taste-awesome balance between buiscty malts and delicious crisp hops,I detect no real bitterness to speak of,it finishes just as clean as it starts

Mouthfeel-good light body,seems just a little flat,but very soft and refreshing

Drinkability-outstanding drinkability,it's no wonder this brewery is still around!!

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 8457, which doesn't quite help much
Pours a very crystal clear light straw color with a dense white, fluffy head and medium visual carbonation. The aroma is quite mild with sweet grain and slight noble hop aroma coming through. A little vegetal note coming through from pils malt, but nothing bad. On the palate, it comes through first sweet then hits the side of the mouth with a dry tartness. Hop bitterness is totally in check with the light toasty flavors of the pils malts and a little apple fruitiness from the yeast. Carbonation and mouthfeel are both according to style, medium and a medium low respectively. Overall, a nice example of the style, nearly textbook, but what else would you expect from the worlds oldest brewery.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz glass into a traditional unfrosted pint glass.

Appearance is a very nice pale, straw yellow, lively carbonation that continues well into the drink, spidery white lacing, and a mild head that recedes quickly.

Smell is light and floral, with the traditional sweet malts noticeable, and perhaps a citrus note in the background, although it's barely detectable.

Taste is superb, a really balanced beer. The malt/biscuit notes and the slightly tart/fruity notes play well against each other. The beer is not overly sweet, nor overly bitter/tangy, with no alcohol presence. Well done.

Mouthfeel is perfect for this style. Low on the carbonation end, and the crispness of the taste and the smoothness of the mouth make for a very refreshing combination.

Drinkability is great. It's not really my style, but for what it is it's stellar. Give me one of these over a Heineken any day of the week - preferably a week during the summer, on a scenic vista overlooking the Rhine. Cheers!

Photo of Gehrig
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This starts out great, pouring a lush, dense white head on a light golden body--really impressive, but unfortunately, better than the rest for me. The nose was fairly malty with a corn sweetness, but on the whole a little bland. Same with the taste, laden with lemon and was on the whole sweet and sour. Where this beer went wrong for me was the taste and mouthfeel--flat and a bit dull. Given my experiences with Weihenstephaner, I expected better.

This wasn't awful, but it was, in the end, droll. Nothing about the olfactories grabbed me and wowed. Decent.

Photo of botham
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pint bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a lightly hazy straw color with a few fingers of tight white head. light lacings.

aroma is of floral yeast, with a note of sweet malt. a base of grain holds the fainter aromas together, namely a bit of fruit, with very faint notes of apple and plum. solid mix here.

taste is more of the same. a bit stronger on the grainy base, but all other aromas are present on the palate. very smooth and satisfying. the flavor is not watered down or lightened in any way, though it remains crisp and refreshing.

mouthfeel is light bodied, with a smooth texture and curiously solid aftertaste is lingering fruit and malt.

drinkability is great. this is an example of a great lager brew that keeps things light, but does not sacrifice lightness for lack of flavor. cheers!

Photo of udubdawg
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle.

Pours a pale gold color, excellent clarity; very bright, with a sizeable and airy white head. Bubbles are pretty big and it rapidly recedes for the most part, but a cap remains and it laces half of the glass quite well. Very inviting.

Nose is quite good. I'm always at a loss as to rate this kind of aroma per style, or per what I like. Nice sweet and toasted grain, just a bit of biscuit. There's a vague fruity edge to it, a little bit of citrus and a little who knows what. I like the noble hops noted, but I'd like a little more, more. In the end I kept the nose score down a touch, but it probably deserved higher.

Man this is refreshing. It's very sunny outside and the bright color, and easy-drinking, thirst-quenching nature scream for me to drink this on the pation...of course, it's also 15 degrees F, so I think that's out for now. Sweet malt is again up front, with a light and nearly balancing hop bitterness behind. I'm getting a little fresh/grassy note too that I didn't notice in the aroma.

Carbonation is lower than the spritzy beverage expected, but quite enjoyable. Body on the light side, and drinkability is nearly off the charts for me. Unfortunately only the 1809 is currently distributed to Kansas, otherwise Weihenstephan would be a regular in my fridge.

Photo of n0315
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice golden color with a decent head thatssticks to the glass and yet is fluffy. The smell is good to average, but has a nice smell and a clean crisp to it. the taste is great. Smooth as silk and is still good as it warms. This would be a great session beer.

Photo of goldenpeanut
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at grocery store. Protected from light in plastic cooler all the way home.

Pours with a thin head and presents slightly hazy in glass. We expected brilliant clarity. Aroma cold (45F) was depressed and slightly out of balance for a helles. On warming to 58F balance in aroma was restored.

Flavor cold was depressed with malt decoction notes only present very late in the finish but lingering nicely. No off flavors were noted but overall taste sensation was somewhat muddy. On warming decocted malt flavors came to the front but perceived mouth feel increased. The beer tries to be crisp but just doesn't succeed. A helles may be somewhat sweet, but it should be crisply sweet.

Bitter balances sweetness but heavier than normal mouth feel interferes with the palate leading to that muddy feeling. No hop flavor or aroma is noted, cold or on warming. A malt beer.

Our sample may have had rough treatment on its way to my hands in South Alabama. I would like to try this on tap at a German pub. The decocted flavors promise so much if the muddy sensations were absent. Remains chill hazed to some degree at 60F. Sweetness appropriate but on high end of style.

Worth a try, does not appear to be a dumbed down export model.

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

Picked this up cheap at world market.

Poured into a pils glass this beer lights up nicely, pale gold and crystal clear with nice active carbonation and a sticky and lacy one inch head that fades to a cap in a minute or two. The smell is nice an clean with touches of malty and grassy sweetness here and there, the taste at first is a mellow and buttery green apple that warms into a nice bready sweetness. I'm not really a fan of the style personally but this is still a very nice beer.

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

Pours a light yellow clear lager color with a thin one finger white fizzy head. Retention holds throughout and leaves sticky lacing on the glass. Wet hay and grass notes with an earthy edge to them. Slight lemony tartness coupled with a floral presence.

Smooth and light on the palate with an infusion of carbonation that tickles the tongue. Toasted grain notes and a lemony floral hop presence round out the flavors. Not a very complex lager, but definitely a very solidly constructed brew. Easy drinking and quite tasty.

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

Had in my Weihenstephaner glass. This beer poured a clear straw color and formed a nice foamy white head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, bread and grass. The flavor was of grain, biscuts and pepper. It was a fairly light body with a nice crisp finish to it.

Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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