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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,888
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 127
Gots: 192 | 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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Ratings: 1,888 | Reviews: 810
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.

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

A-Poured into Goblet with a cloudy golden color. Mild head and retained lace somewhat but negligible towards the end.

S-Sweet with honey accents.

T- Full body that moves from sweet to pleasant tartness as you finish the glass.

M-Crisp feel.

D-High. Did not expect the sweetness in a golden lager but would go back for more.

Photo of ralree
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt, 9 fl oz. bottle marked "Original Premium".

A: Light gold with a 2-finger head and decent retention. Lacing was a little weak, but that's expected with this style.

S: Raisins and a bit of hops. Pretty sweet smelling, with some sourness. Not really my thing.

T: Tastes like it smells - sweet raisins and a bit of bread, finishing up with an alkaline-masked hop flavor. A tiny bit bitter at the end, but less bitter than most beer.

M: Medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Very clean mouthfeel, non-astringent.

D: Goes down smooth. May drink again.

Photo of auxiliary
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Yellow straw color, with a nice large fluffy head.

Smell - Sweet malt, some hops, but mostly a citrus scent, like lemons.

taste - Sweet taste to it with some hops at the end, but not overwelming.

mouthfeel - Light-medium body.

drinkability - Very easy to drink, nice and refreshing. I have had other from this company and they are great.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from jhammerly, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of light malts, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste is light and very bready with a little bit of sweetness. The malt character is thin but is enough to give the beer substance. There’s a decent hops presence for the style. It’s the type of taste macro lagers should strive toward. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, the kick is ok, if I’m going to go with a light German lager this would be a pretty good choice. I could certainly drink several of these.

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

Served at fridge temperature in a tall festbier glass. The code lasered on the back of this bottle reads 2157.

Appearance- Crystal clear, this beer pours a pale gold and supports a one finger snow white head. Terrific activity inside the glass, with multiple carbonation streams launching from beneath. Excellent head replenishment the whole time, and there's some sporadic, impressive lacing.

Smell- Crisp hops, husky grains, a level of purity that goes unquestioned with regard to ingredients. In a word, honest.

Taste- Phenomenally balanced, the malt and hops just fuse seamlessly... it's so damn basic, but in this instance it's beautiful. The graininess is upfront and complements the overall character.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The mouthfeel is as perfect as could be... liquid silk, transforming to a foamy sea that finishes with sublime elegance. Although this isn't my go-to beer for this style, its presentation and tasting was a rewarding experience.

Photo of jdmorgan
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a golden color with a medium, white head and was enjoyed in a ceramic beer stein to accomodate it's larger volume.

The smell was lighter and had notes of malt, citrus, and some hop aroma. The taste was clean and refreshing, and had a medium body and hop profile. The bitterness was medium and quite enjoyable. This is a well-balanced beer. The mouthfeel is medium in consistency with a medium/low carbonation.

I was surprised by this one, but I guess not really considering it's from the oldest brewery in the world. I considerd it very drinkable, and I could have several of these in a row without growing tired. This is the first Weihenstephaner I've tried, and certainly won't be my last.

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

A - Pours a hazy golden color with lots of white head that leaves lacing on my glass

S - Malt and citrus sticks out

T - Much like the smell malt and citrus a little bitter

M - light carbonation and very smooth

D - Good taste and smoothness make this easy to drink its one of those beers that you can drink all night.

Photo of Kulrak
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with lots of creamy white head that sticks around for a while. Smells of noble and cascade hops and slightly yeasty. Taste is also very hoppy, citrusy and noble. There's lots of munich and lager malt flavor there as well, very tasty. Mouthfeel is a little creamy and a little fizzy, there's some scraping on the tongue. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, I wouldn't mind having more.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll consider this beer a delicacy after tasting a lot of Light American Lagers recently. This beer opens with a hop-dominant nose of Noble hops, releasing a boquet of earthy, grassy, herbal notes. A sturdy backbone of pilsner malts offer support for the hops, while offering little in terms of sweetness or graininess. Any pilsner-type dms or acetaldahyde are swallowed by the hops. Delicate malt textures bleed well into the dryness of the hops and mild alcohols. Finishes light, crisp, and with a lingering hop flavor. Very nice beer, but perhaps a bit too hop-dominant to be considered balanced.

Photo of Drew966
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Weihenstephaner Original pours from a brown twelve ounce bottle as a golden yellow color with a thick white head that persists stubbornly. The aroma is malty with a hint of citrus, and a hint of hops. The taste is very well balanced, toasty malt and hops merge beautifully. There is also a hint of citrus flavor. Exceptionally easy to drink, one of the best lagers I've ever tasted.

Photo of Stimack
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours to a golden yellow color with a fair sized head, which has left a fair amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is dominated by malt with some light citrus like flavors, but not from hops I believe, more of a lemon flavor. The taste is nice, I will say that though I feel that this is a good beer, I think it is probably the last favorite that I have tried from Weihenstephan. I will say though that this brew exceeded my expectation and would be one that I would stock in my fridge especially during the warmer months

Photo of dacrza1
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle and in the lager mood...sparkling gold bubbly body with thick, creamy head--near-perfect Brussels lace...crisp, light/medium cereal malts present...soft texture, light body--a tongue-to-throat swiftness...a bit weak and thin...extremely weak and fleeting in taste... I kept waiting for what the commercial description calls "character"...a yeasty finish...pleasant summer drinking but lacks a big pilsner taste...since 1040? tradition puts the overall where it is, hemming at the average while the promise of its beginning is unfulfilled...

Photo of OKCNittany
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle into a Victory Prima pilsner glass

A: Majestic three finger white head that eventually fell to 1/4", leaving plenty of lacing. However, it had a weak looking, hazy, pale golden body.

S: A little lemony with a touch of malty sweetness. It's ok, but no more.

T: Again, a touch of tart citrus. A touch of malt. Overall very light - there's really not much too it.

M: Light to medium body. Lightly carbonated - almost flat (or smooth if you're a glass half-full kind of person).

D: Would make a great session beer, but personally I'd prefer something more substantial.

Photo of jettjon
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 500ml bomber with no freshness date into a pilsner. Pale golden clear with numerous bubbles. Thick white head, with a moderate fade down to a thin clumpy cap and good sticky lace. Nose of powdery malt and light citrus hops, nothing remarkable here. Tastes of light malt and light citrus. Mild bitter finish. Mouth is light bodied with easygoing carbonation; it’s smooth and refreshing. Somewhat crisp. Drinkability is decent; taste and overall enjoyability is OK, but the 500ml bottle was enough for me.

Overall: A so-so pils, clean and light but rather unremarkable.

Photo of seanyfo
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml serving in a Weihenstephaner Seidel vom fass, at the Weihenstephan outlet in Berlin, near the S-Bahn station: Hackescher Markt.

A: pale straw colouring, with a 3 finger creamy head that is long lasting, lacing is good also.

S: lots of fresh bread malts here, no real hops to speak of, just very fresh.

T: smooth with some nice hop profile in the middle, but the malts overpower this in the finish, very clean and crisp

M: medium carbonation, smooth, creamy.

D: A fantastic helles vom fass. Could drink this all day in the Biergartens of Munchen. If only i was there now!

Photo of LeftyBWS
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a tall, brown 16.9 oz bottle with no freshness/date indicated. The label clearly states that this beer comes from the “World’s Oldest Brewery” and is brewed under the Purity Law of 1516. That’s part of the reason I bought this beer, so let’s see if older is better.
A: Cloudy straw-color with a quarter-inch of somewhat foamy head that recedes after a minute without much cling.
S: Quite malty and yeasty, with some noticeable fruity notes, mostly apples. There are some other more subtle fruity scents that I can’t quite identify.
T: Mildly bitter taste at first, followed by some fruit flavors, and then smooth and mild malts. Overall, pretty much exactly what it smells like. Quite round and well-balanced, with a good amount of sweetness that blends into the malts to create a very smooth aftertaste.
M: Wet and calming, somehow. Rather refreshing and satisfying.
D: Pretty high. This is one of the smoother and more delectable lagers I’ve tasted.
Overall, one of the best lagers I’ve had. An all-around solid choice that can make an excellent beer choice for when you want to have a bunch, or when you just want to wash down your bratwurst.

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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