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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: 124
Gots: 189 | 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 wedge
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear yellow with a slowly fading white head. Clean, sweet pale malt aroma. Fresh and doughy. Delightfully soft pilsner malt flavor...sweet with a light leafy hop bitterness. Medium bodied and smooth due to the somewhat low-ish carbonation. Yummy...that's a damn good lager. I wish it wasn't so expensive, I'd buy it by the case for the summer months.

Photo of champ103
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright golden straw and yellow color. A small white head forms and leaves just a touch of patchy lace.
S: Tons of malty barnyard funk and yeast. Really not much of anything else as far as I can tell.
T: Grassy malt flavors. Lots of biscuit, doughy, and yeast flavors as well.
M/D: A lovely light, crisp and creamy mouthfeel. Extremely smooth and easy to drink.

A wonderfully easy to drink beer that is perfect for the summertime. A lager that hits the spot.

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

.5l bottle I got in Brewery mixed pack. Poured into the Weizen glass that came with the mixed pack, imagine that.

A: Poured a beautiful golden yellow, this is the epitome of gold. Had a huge white head that had some some serious creaminess. Disipated down to a nice top cap that had some beautiful sticky lacing.

S: Aroma is off grassy, earthy hops, malt, mild citrus, and some sweet bready notes.

T: Taste is a sweet bready malt, earthy hops, citrus, and slight taste of banana nut bread. Very nice.

M: Creamy, light to medium in body, a touch of hop aftertaste. Really goes down easy.

D: This beer goes down easier than my date on prom night. Easy drinking brew that has amazing flavor and still refreshes. This is a good plain drinking brew on any day. Happy day.

Photo of nasty15108
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt .9oz Euro style bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Slightly cloudy yellow color with a good amount of carbonation. Foamy white head and scattered lacing.

S - Malty with a slight Euro skunkiness. Also detected the aroma of fresh cut grass/hay and a tiny bit of citrus.

T - Malty/bready up front followed by a slightly bitter/dry finish.

MF&D - A quality beer. Great summertime choice.

Photo of xare
2.45/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Don't believe the hype. Everybody has different experiences and tastes. Weihenstephaner doesn't live up to my desires.

Appearance was somewhat disconcerting to me. Appeared as a pale, somewhat hazy (yet clear) apricot color with a thin head that disappeared quickly. Carbonation was constant.

Smell was of corn and malt. Rather average with nothing to discern from just the aroma.

Taste was actually worse than Budweiser's. It doesn't rather work out for me because it tasted just like a vienna lager crossed with a macro American lager... except with a slightly worse taste.

Mouthfeel was decent with a very full body but later on with the brew, began to get heavier the more I drank it. Definitely wore on and then the carbonation gave out during the back end. A bit below average in my view.

Drinkability wasn't great. I almost finished the beer but when it went flat during the last eighth or so of the beer, I had no desire to finish off the beer as the taste didn't appeal to me. I have no desire to hunt down this beer to drink, especially when I could spend the same money on a beer I like.

Photo of Winter
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden in color with a white foamy head. Bready aroma of malt, some grassy hops, feint lemony citrus and just a hint of sea water. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and soft along the edges with carbonation over the middle of the tongue. Refreshing and crisp. The initial taste has a malt graininess to it. Some lemon arrives midway along with some light herbal hop notes. Finish has a spiciness that lingers.

Overall a decent summer drinker, that's light enough to enjoy on a hot day. As a lager it still exhibits a nice clean balance between the malt and hops.

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

A: Pours a light goldenrod with a large, stiff head that resembles meringue on top of a pie. A foamy, bulged cap sustains itself throughout, laying down some nice sudsy waves and sheets of lace.

S: A pleasant aroma consisting of light grainy malts, lemon, and grassy/herbal hops. The lemony aroma is quite impressive and adds a nice summery dynamic.

T&M: Flavor is of sweet grainy/bready malts, faint lemon and a slight grassy hop taste. Nothing too bold or complicated, but still a mightily refreshing, tasty brew. The body is light with a crisp carbonation and clean, lightly sweet finish.

D: My second beer from this brewery, and it's simply outstanding. I think I have found my quintessential summer session brew. It went down in three large gulps after the few initial sips it took to assess flavor.

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

Poured into an oversized wine glass with a small ½ fingers worth of white head. Watery golden yellow color and extremely clear with trace amounts of bubbles slowly rising from the bottom of the glass. It had an earthy grain and wheat type of odor to it. This one also tasted of grains as well but did have a slight hop presence near the end. Easy drinking with a light and almost fluffy mouth feel, I was pleased with my purchase.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second review (first on 05-30-07: B+).

Wonderfully tangy Pilsner-like malthop nose. Bright hops. Grainy, toasty malt. Smells like it will be tasty.

Pale-medium straw color, good clarity, great head with moderate retention. It looks world-class for a few minutes.

Soft and delicious malt flavor and sweetness is quickly met by tart, tangy hops and then a correspondingly abrupt bitterness. The pleasant magnitude of hop flavor is just enough to give a contradictory punch to the sweet malt. The bitterness is also plenty strong enough to make its point without overthrowing the balance. Finish is mildly dry, mostly clean.

Final Thoughts:
There's a buttery/nutty savory character that reminds me of Manchego or a similar semi-hard cheese. Might that be diacetyl? I couldn't say, but it would go nicely with cheese and bread.

The Verdict:
A quintessential beer that I couldn't even begin to appreciate or fully enjoy before I had treated myself to a few years of reading, tasting, and reviewing... truly tasty!

Photo of Offa
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding Munich helles, a style which I generally love, anyway.

Golden, it has a huge white head that steadily shrinks to a permanent 1-inch head and leaves very nice lacing. The aroma is wodnerful and full-bodied, bread, honey, light pine, flowery citrus. The taste is outstanding with a strong bready quality, grain, pine, honey, hints of lemon and hay, sweetish and full-bodied, faintly oily, with a light, balancing bitterness. It's incredibly drinkable yet very tasty with full, clean, even flavours and light, interesting complexity.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy gold, two finger head.

S- Noble, spicy hops with a hint of malt sweetness.

T- Wonderfully light malt sweetness boasting just enough complexity to keep things interesting. The sweetness is kept in line by just right amount of noble hops, which further add to the complexity.

M- Perfect.

D- I'll prolly grab a sixer in the near future.

A very good example of the style. Also a great lawnmower beer with good complexity. Simply Wunderbar.

Photo of Matty1918
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden color with a nice foamy, white head. Lots of lacing that lasted to the very last sip.

Aroma was of slight malts and grain. Almost like a freshly cut lawn.

This was avery good tasting lager. Very drinkable. A faint tatse of lemon zest at the end. A nice crisp lager.

Very drinkable and will look to but these more often.

Photo of bennetj17
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Perfectly clear, light gold color. Medium sized white foam head, slowly dissipating to a thin film. The aroma carries a grainy, hay-like maltiness with a touch of lemon zest. Very clean and well-rounded, with a faint sweetness.

Clean taste of biscuity malt, paired with a moderately bitter hoppiness that complements it well. With a hint of lemon and a dry grassiness it speaks of long summer days. The body is light but holds up well with a decent push from the carbonation.

I'm not sure why I have avoided this beer for so long, but it truly is a world class lager. Clean, yet flavorful, with an amazing drinkablility. You can't go wrong here...

Photo of Traquairlover
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A = Bright clear pale gold color, small lacey bright white head with good retention, heavy lacing on glass as head recedes.

S = light smells of fresh grain fields, honey, yeast. Very refreshing after a hot day outside.

T = Great balance between noble hops flavors and sweet subdued malt. This is a nice light yet flavorful lager.

M = Light to light-medium body, decent mouthcoating, perfect carbonation level and feel.

D = Very good drinkability, a nice light lager that is just a pleasing light lager.

Photo of nickynick
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice golden color, with about a one finger head. The head lasted only a minute or so. Good lacing though. Smell was good with malt and hops. Taste was very good. Sweet, and malty. Hint of citrus, and the right amount of hops on the back of the mouth. Was very crisp. Mouthfeel was good. Light and crisp. Drinkability of this of this beer was good. It was crisp and refreshing. Seems like a good summer beer. This might be my new BBQ beer.

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

This is definitely one of those "less is more" beers. Pours a light gold with a moderate head. Both smell and taste are very earthy and bready. There is alot of citrus in the taste as well, which is more subtle than its bread counterpart. This beer is very clean and crisp. Highly recommend, especially for the Summer months.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love the beers from this brewery, top-level and world class all the way across. This brew pours a very straw pale gold into my pilsner glass with a slightly creamy white head that is less fizzy than a normal lager of this style. Aroma is full of herbs and grains, lots of biscuity malts impart an earthy character. The earthy malts and some lemon are present in the taste, which is very clean and smooth.

Awesome brew that goes down smooth, can likely match any meaty food and is quite refreshing. One of those true essence of beer brews.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pils glass and received a foamy one-finger head aided by good carbonation; stuck around for awhile and left some lacings on top of a golden body. Extremely hoppy and grassy, with some lemon piercing through on top of something sugary. A great hop presence is noticeable and there are some spices that hit the tip of the tongue. A medium-bodied beer that goes down smoothly but with a nice, dry aftertaste. There are some bread malts or something in there, plus there may have been some light fruitiness and sweetness, i.e. apples and honey. Not my favorite style or perhaps I would've enjoyed the complexities more, but I'd still recommend this to any beer drinker and look forward to buying another one.

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

Bomber into a seidel produces a clear golden straw-colored body with a thick cap of white head that reduces to a broken sheet and leaves nice soapy lacing. Steady trickle of bubbles from the bottom throughout the experience. (Yes, I consider drinking any Weihenstephaner brew an "experience"...they're just awesome.)

Smells lightly fruity and delectably grainy;

Tastes awesome; lightly malty with a touch of sweet lemon and wheatgrass.

Excellent carbonation; crisp and refreshing; could suck 'em down at the Hofbrau all day long.

Photo of foles
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A floraly, lemony smell, pale looking, with a nice head. Good carbonation with light looking bubbles. Very fresh despite the long journey to Australia.

True to the style, there is not a great deal of complexity, but a fresh, slightly lemony, and maybe a slight bit of passionfruit?

A soft finish that leaves little taste, except maybe a craving for more - that contributes to its fantastic drinkability.

I could drink this stuff all day. It seems to be different to the helles from Munich, maybe more like a beer from the schwarzwald ? Either way i love the fact its widely available in Perth.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a golden yellow, with a full white head, good retention, light lager lacing.

S: Rich bread malt, with a bit of honey and wildflowers.

T: Great malt character, very bready, a rustic white bread. Hops are flowery and have a light grassy bitterness that complements the beer well.

M: Light-bodied, medium carbonation, a bit of resin.

D: A fantastic lager beer, I need to buy this beer more, especially during the summer months.

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.

Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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