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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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838 Reviews

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Reviews: 838
Hads: 2,075
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 161
Gots: 275 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-30-2000

A good beer takes its time. The long storage makes our yellow bright lager, “Original”, a flavourful beer enjoyed with fine poured, white foam. With a mild hoppy note and its pleasant fresh spicy taste, it goes very well with salads, poultry, stews or with a hearty snack. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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Reviews: 838 | Hads: 2,075
Photo of megalownote
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the very best lagers in the entire world. I've tried hundreds of beers, and have found none to eclipse this beer in the Lager style. Do yourself a favor and try this beer. Can sometimes be found in your local Ingles Beer department.

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Photo of danmouer
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

With a brew like this one, It becomes much easier to understand how Bohemian and Bavarian lagers came to dominate the beer world in the later 19 century. Drinking some of the oroginals of the era makes it much harder to understand how so many brewers and beer drinkers allowed these brews to be eclipsed by the vast ocean of neutral or adjunct-tainted, flavorless, "international lager" style beers that have dominated the beer world throughout the 20th century, and the first quintile of the 21st.

Weihenstephan brews quite a few wonderful beers, and this one is their offering in the classic Bavarian pale lager style known as Helles. It pours beautiful pale goldencolor, with an inch of foam that falls quickly to a lovely wreath sustained by a fountain of champagne-like bubbles; the aroma that greets your nose is new-mown grain and fresh damp hay. Grassy and spicy.

The flavor is beautifully balanced grainy malt and briskly palate-cleansing hops. A big hit of maltysweetness is balancedby grainy and earthy tones, as well as by the rush of fine carbonation. What atreat!

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Photo of TOMHONE
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a cold >.5L bottle the other day and I must say this is truly one great lite tasting brew. A great soft beer taste yet the flavor is amazing. A rating of 91 is an understatement IMHO. The alcohol content is just right. Just wish I could bring home a few cases of this great tasting beer.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours light golden, crystal clear with a fluffy white head. Head recedes slowly leaving a fairly sticky lacing. Lots of fine bubbles.

Grassy and honey aroma. Very pleasant. Grainy pils malts. Herbal noble hops, but malt is dominant. No real fruity esters. Some DMS is notable, but fairly clean and within balance for the style.

Grainy somewhat sweet malts. Honey-like sweetness but finishes dry. Enough bitterness to balance the sweetness, but not much hop flavor. Very refreshing and pleasant.

Soft silky mouthfeel without being heavy. Medium-high carbonation. Clean, dry finish with some lingering pilsner malt character remaining on the palate.

Lovely malt character while still being light and refreshing. Despite what happens when these beers are shipped, this one has held up beautifully.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from 500ml bottle into straight mug.

L) Pale straw colour, clear, dense pure white head. Lots and lots of bubbles rising. Looks class, if a bit pale.

S) Peppery hallertau hops. Not as yeasty / bready as some of the style, so less appealing.

T) Creamy; lighter flavour than many Munich helles. As per the nose, the strong yeasty / bready flavour of some of the best helles isn't quite there. On the other hand, the flavour is straight forward with pleasing hop bitterness at the end of the gulp, with no unwelcome hints of sweetness, like Paulaners helles has.

F) This has a very pleasant creamy mouthfeel. Not as fizzy as it looks, but the body is refreshing.

O) A good Helles, not one of the best I've had, but solid, refreshing and I would buy it again.

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Photo of Trombone69
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle,
Pours very clear, yellow, not much head, no head retention. minimal lacing.
Smells a bit skunky, Heineken-like. not good.
Taste, smooth, similar to an Oktoberfest, a little Euro-skunk.
I'm disappointed. I love the Weihenstephaner Hefe Dunkel which might be in my top 10 all time favorite beers. The Weihen Hefe is awesome too. This... meh. It does go down easy. But there's lots of other things I'd rather drink.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, white cap with no lacing, smells and tastes of biscuits, malts, and yeast. Bubbly carbonation and easy to drink. Great all around beer.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a stein. Light gold color, excellent clarity, and a creamy white head that leaves behind spotty lacing. Sweet malts in the aroma with a touch of spice from the hops. Clean and malty in the flavor as well but great balance with the hops. Medium bodied, full of flavor, and ridiculously easy to drink. Soft carbonation bubbles rise to the surface throughout the beer. A classic Helles lager, one of the best I've had to date.

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Photo of pkalix
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

beautiful, almost champagne-like pour with lots of carbonation. lively brew! lively yellow color. a bit dry. takes me back to "the day" when I was venturing out, branching out on my beer and realizing there is more to beer than Michelob and Lowenbrau. Old World Village in Huntington Beach is where I got my first tastes at 17 and haven't looked back. great memories. great beer. Germany still rules..... if this is a LAGER, than this is one of the best representations of it.

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Photo of PGD120
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into becker glass

appearance: pale clear golden body. with lots of visible carbonation. nice fluffy 2 finger white head

aroma: biscuitiness, some malt, doughy yeast, some clov. kind of earthy

taste: lots of nice biscuity malt, and bready yeast, a tiny bt of citrus lingers and some malty sweetness

feel: very right and lots of nice carbonation

overall: super refreshing beer

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Photo of Caveworm
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan. Poured from the bottle into a Weizen glass, this has got a two finger thick white mildy frothy head, secular lacing, and a clear golden body. A very attractive appearance indeed.

I smell lighter grains and earthy malts. Nothing really going on with the hops in this discipline.

Tastes like bright malts, lively grains, and even a faint dash of pepper upon smacking of the lips. This is very enjoyable and easy drinking.

This brew's mouthfeel is very light and crisp. Damn, is it refreshing!

Overall, a 4.75 for Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan. I'll be picking this Nectar of the Gods up again; believe that!

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Clear, gold body, fluffy white head. Continuous stream of carbonation prevents head from fading. Little lacing.
S - Pepper, banana, clove, spicy hops.
T - Light grain, dough. Spice and faintly floral hops. Crisp bitterness
M - Light body, high carb. Refreshing.
O - I don't venture into imports very often, I'm glad I did this time. This beer was refreshing in many ways.

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Photo of MaxWildwood
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass. A: clear light yellow, very little head S: Distinctive, grainy T: smooth, balanced, very light flavor F: watery O: a cut above typical American lagers but not as good as Czech beers. I am not a fan of this style, so consider the source.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 4, 2015

500 ml bottle, weizen glass

A – Light gold with tons of effervescent bubbles cascading up to the top. About an inch of pure white foam, bubbly, with fairly long retention. Very high clarity.

S – Distinctly reminiscent of rising bread dough, with a peppery, clove-like spice. Very clean, very crisp. Hops are floral and provide sharp bitterness on the nose.

T – Mirrors the aroma profile. Bread dough, floral hops with a touch of medicinal, and some prominent bitterness. Also clean, crisp flavor.

M – Spritzy, bubbly carbonation is moderate, and bitterness is present throughout. The finish is dry, begging you to gulp down another glass.

O – I feel like I know Weihenstephaner mostly for the hefeweissbier and the weisse variants, but this is one of the better golden lagers I’ve ever had. Something to satisfy the beer snob AND the mass-market lager consumer.

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Photo of Premo88
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(3 21 3 printed on bottle; drank on 2/10/14)

L: clear pale yellow, 100% clear; huge white head with loads of stick; head is 1 1/4- to 1 1/2-inch tall; some lacing

S: slight biscuit, sweet light malt, some grain; bread dough

T: light and sweet, some grain, some bread malt, even a little lemon; barley grain flavor; mixes into a hint of banana (?)

F: light, tons of carbonation off a light pour

O: super clean and easy-drinking, Original tastes very much like a good German pilsener with the hops sucked out of it -- there's no discernible hop flavor in this, no grass, dirt, earth, nothing bitter; much, much better than American-made Helles I've tried, but it's a nothing special if still solid brew, and one I'll definitely revisit as a palate-cleanser when taking a break from the hops

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 2 finger white head that receded to a thick collar; nice lacing;

S: restrained; a little grainy, a little malt sweetness; a touch of black pepper, a bit of fruitiness, a bit of sulfur;

T: also restrained; sulfur is more pronounced; combination of malt sweetness with low to moderate bitterness that come in mid-palate along with a little tartness;

M: light to medium bodied; tingly carbonation;

O: the sulfur detracted from the experience;

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Photo of TheStepChild
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

500 mL bottle outside of Chicago. Must have traveled well or very fresh.

A: clear yellow or pale gold with large white head that lingers

A: light cracker malt aroma with a very light floral noble hop character

Flv: crisp cracker with hints at grasses and hay; very light floral and spice in the background, light bitterness that doesn't linger. No esters.

M: med-light mouthfeel, smooth, finishes dry with malt flavor lingering slightly

OI: A world class beer and one of the beers that sets the standard for the style. A must try at the brewery or in Germany. Didn't give it a 5 because I like one other helles just a bit more.

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Photo of gotweid
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's light yellow in color, hazy/foggy with super white head and sticky lacing all down the glass. Aroma is strong wheaty funk. Super smooth to drink, light bodied, well carbonated, wheat sweetness. Crisp, wheat sweetness. Goes great with fresh water fish.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 0.9 fl oz. bottle, with coded bottled on date 2204 printed on the label. My first beer from Weihenstephaner, so I figured I would start here.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a wondrously clear deep golden yellow body with two fingers of thick frothy white head. Excellent scattered strands of lacing. Remarkable clarity, but some small sediment is noted. Looks excellent.

S - Crisp, crackery, bready, grainy, & floral. Simple, yet fresh and appealing.

T - Crisp, grainy, malty, and lightly husky. Very fresh, smooth, and balanced. A crisp herbal / floral hop presence mingles with the classic German malt bill nicely. The quality of the ingredients definitely shows here.

M - Feel is crisp, clean, and smooth with some residual graininess lingering on the palate. Light-bodied, refreshing, and extremely easy drinking.

Overall, I haven't had much experience with Munich Helles Lagers in the past, but this has got to be the pinnacle of the style. Hands down one of the best lager beers I have ever had, period.

Weihenstephaner Original Premium -----4/5.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice clear golden yellow, nice two finger head, fluffy bone white. Good carbonation bubbles rising, nice lacing. Aroma is grassy, with just a touch of spring flowers, with a nice bready malt smell in the background. The taste is grainy malt up front with a nice bitter crisp noble hop finish - very nice. The mouthfeel is crisp, light with a good carbonation bite. Overall, this is one of the best lagers you'll find out there, light, crisp, but full of flavor.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best lager I have ever had. This is pure perfection with a light crisp subtle flavor. This is perfection in a glass.

Will seek out and purchase again.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

What an amazingly clean and refreshing beer! Awesome clarity and balance! Pours a light straw yellow that displays a spritzy carbonation. So smooth and drinkable. Taste has an incredible balance of hops and malts. Each are subtle; a slight hint of bitterness with a slightly sweet and malty finish. I also detect a lot of bready tones. Feel is so crisp; the carbonation tickles the tongue and is slightly spicy. A light beer but oh so flavorful. If I was trapped in a hot desert and I came upon an oasis, this just might be my first order.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.18/5  rDev +4%

Vy-hen-schteff-ah-neur. That's how you pronounce this one.

Appearance (4.25) : Very fluffy and pillowy head about three fingers tall, leaving lots of generous lacing on the glass as it recedes. Body is true to style with a very crystal-like clarity and straw color.

Aroma (4.5) : Beautiful hop and malt mixture, with hay, sweetgrass, a little chard, and lemon skin. Bouquet is medium-strong. Spot on for a German Pilsner. Nails it.

Taste (4.25) : Bready, some yeast, with crushed aspirin and bready hop on the finish. The flavor profile is malty and slightly hopped. Again, spot on for the style.

Mouthfeel (4) : Lightly zippy with a carbonated creaminess that melts away in the mouth. The finish dries on the palate with a lightly hopped finish.

Overall (4.18) : You can pay $12 for a 12 pack of mediocre beer and get a mediocre experience. But wouldn't you rather pay $12 for a 6 pack of excellent beer and have a memorable one? You at least owe it to yourself to try Weihenstephaner's Original. Good Bavarian German Pilsner and hard to beat.

- T-A-J

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Sampled last night on 11/6/14.This one is in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) and seen it in a larger 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle also. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a special limited edition 'Weihenstephaner Brazil 2014" .5Lweissber vase glass.

Pours a clear straw-golden yellow in color with a good 3-finger foamy white head that settles down to around a good 10mm after a while. A decent amount of sticky lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is most of grassy grains.Pretty much the same for the taste with bread/yeast with a hint of lemon zest(?) in the mix. Crisp and easy to drink and goes down easy. Lighter+-medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall another great brew from the world's oldest brewery! (Started in 1040 AD).

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Photo of JTuomi
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0,5 l bottle into a mug. Clear pale golden, white medium head that fades quickly, good lacing. Grainy malt and floral, grassy hops on the subtle smell. Crisp and grainy taste of pale malt, followed by a floral, lemony and slightly grassy hop taste, ending dry with slight bitterness. Fresh and lemony aftertaste. Light body, high stingy carbonation. Overall a pleasant helles. Light and crisp with some flavor.

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.