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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 834
Hads: 2,059
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 159
Gots: 254 | 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: 834 | Hads: 2,059
Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear pale gold and a couple of fingers of ivory head; sparse lace left behind

S: grassy, grainy, flowery fields; some bread and yeast...

T: crisp and clean drinking pale grains; hints at grasses and hay; something citric, maybe lemony; something herbal and rustic, too

M: lean and tight, crisp and clean-drinking, moderate bitterness, smooth and light-bodied

O: what I presume to be exemplary of the style, rounded off by my lack of familiarity thereof, presents as an easy-drinkin' beer, session-able and light, with a stable of core flavor elements

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Library Alehouse.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a half-inch thick white head which fades to the rim leaving spotty lace.

N: Grainy, yeasty, faint lemon citrus, grassy/hay, spring freshness.

T: Mostly follows the nose while being crisp and nicely clean.

M: Light body and semi-medium carbonation. Smooth, yeasty and grassy finish.

O: Easy drinking. I have to ask myself, self - why haven't you had this before???

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured Weihenstephaner Original into a mug.

A - Pours a bright clear golden with a finger of white head.

S - Some light bread, biscuit, malts. Faint hops and some skunk.

T - Light malts, more bitter hops in there as well. Mid palate getting more bread and light malt flavors. On the aftertaste just a pinch of bitter hops comes through.

M - Smooth with medium carbonation with medium to light mouthfeel.

O - A good Helles. Enjoy! Cheers!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

This bier is beautiful. Bubbles rise from a clear golden body to reach a frothy white head. Great head retention and lacing.

It smells of wheat, malts, and faint dried grass.

It tastes crisp and clean. Grains, malts, and said grassiness soon part ways to a more bitter finish. Great balance.

The beer feels crisp and clean going down.

Overall, this beer is lovely. All parts work well together.

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

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with a moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale and sweet malts with light to moderate amounts of spicy + floral hops

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale and sweet malts with a light to moderate amount of initial sweetness. There is a light to moderate flavor of spicy + floral + grassy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth and crisp.

O: Refreshing and super easy to drink - very enjoyable and a great example of the style. Definitely worth getting and I plan on getting it again soon (it's good for the summer).

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Photo of zac16125
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Weihenstephaner Original
500mL bottle into a pilsner glass

A: Pours a very light pale straw yellow, absolutely crystal clear, with 3 plus fingers width of bright white head. Head has good retention before dissipating down and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Spicy and floral hops, sweet malts. Not very complex but very nice.

T: A bit sweeter and maltier than the nose. Spicy, floral, noble hop-type flavors, with a low degree of bitterness. Some biscuity notes. Very tasty example of the style.

M/D: Lighter side of medium bodied, appropriate carbonation which is on the heavier side, crisp and clean. Good drinkability.

O: Great example of the style. Very enjoyable beer. Perfect for this near 95 degree day.

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

A: Golden with a slight old gold look, like tarnished gold or brass. Medium low carbonation, a finger of off white head that fades relatively fast.

S: Skunk, deep malty, light roasted malty quality, sweet like honey.

T: Sweet, bready, malty, honey, like honey on fresh biscuits. Clean linen quality, little bitterness on the end.

M: Medium light bready body, medium heated carbonation.

O: Truly a delicious beer, a standard for this style and the best I’ve yet found it in. Got this at Greenville, SC’s Whole Foods Market today, drank in Walterboro, SC.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a half-liter (17 ounce) Euro-brown bottle into a shaker pint. I go fairly aggressive on the pour and get a short-lived, yet chunky and creamy looking head. The beer is a pale or extra-pale golden with high carbonation.

My poor nose gets a faint grassy aroma along with a little DMS. The flavor is lightly malty and quite grainy with just enough hop bitterness to balance. The hops lend a grassy and slightly herbal character. The malt flavors are somewhat reminiscent of Malt-O-Meal cereal, and very creamy and delicious overall. There are no in-your-face flavors and it is very easy to drink. The mouth feel is creamy and full and actually stick a little to the back of the mouth. The finish is crisp and tingly with just a touch of fading bitterness.

This everything one could ask for in a lager beer and I give it high marks. I think I paid only about 4-something for the half liter, which ain't too bad considering it came halfway around the world from here. It's good to see more variety in my town (Butte, Montana, purchased at the Hennessey).

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I expected this to be just a bit behind the favorites of this brewery: Korbinian, Vitus, Hefe, Kristal, etc. But I believe this beer more than holds its own. Very crisp and refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day. Does all the things that a German lager does, with plenty of malt and biscuity tastes. I'd be satisfied to reach for this whenever I see it.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a really nice light gold color with a brilliant white head that sees some decent retention. Nice tiny bubbles rising up through the glass.

S - Smells grassy, bready and a little skunky in that Heineken/euro lager sort of way.

T - honestly this beer shares a lot of the same flavor characteristics as a Miller Lite or any number of AALs. Granted, this one probably predates the others by a couple centuries and comes with a stiffer noble hop profile. Otherwise, it's solid I guess, but somewhat indistinct. There's some honey malt going on and a slightly spicy finish from the hops. But it lacks something that makes some American pilsners like Summerfest and Scrimshaw a little more interesting. Ok, now the beer is warming and some nice mineralic nuances have emerged. That's a little better.

M - doesn't have that 'snap' that I look for in a good pilsner. There is some crisp effervescence, but it doesn't dry out like I'd want. Instead a slick sweetness lingers.

All that said, it's not a bad beer, just not one of the best of the style. I prefer Weihenstephan's Oktoberfest, if we're talking pale lagers.

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Photo of TheVenerableMead
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Gorgeous "streets of heaven" crystal golden yellow with a thin, lacy head.

S - Smallish grainy aroma typical of lagers. A little less hops for this one. Lacking in muchness, but still decent.

T - Very nice and crisp malted grain with slightly less hops than I'm accustomed to in a euro-lager. Nice, moderately hoppy finish, though.

M - Smooth and light. Could do with just a bit more carbonation.

This was my first Munich helles style lager and I was very pleased. This is what I expect a lager to do for me after a bout of sweltering yard work.

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Photo of delta490
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep gold with a somewhat foamy white head. The head has moderate retention and leaves some light lacing. The aroma is reminiscent of fresh bread and some nice earthy hops. The taste closely matches the aroma and is just as enjoyable. There is a nice weight to the body a pleasant crispness on the finish. This is a great lager.

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Photo of AntonioBeerTona
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this brew while in Helen, Georgia. It's a German themed town deep in the mountains of southern Georgia. After walking a trail we decided to stop in the town and eat at one of the German restaurant, the waiter recommended this brew. It was brought out in the bottle with a chilled glass. I decided to smell it in the bottle and take a sip as well. The smell was nice, didn't smell like a cheap beer and had a nice warming sensation to it. When I tasted it from the bottle I was instantly refreshed and fell in love. I ended up just having it straight from the bottle before I order another.

My second one I poured into another chilled glass, it poured nicely and had a nice thick foamy head to it. The color in the glass was light, and looked smooth. After taking a few sips from my glass, I asked the waiter where I could purchase some of these to take home, and I was given directions a nearby liquor store that sometimes carried it. Lucky for me the Total Wine in my hometown of Miami carries this, and it has become a favorite brew of mine.

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Photo of Melikeydahop
2.79/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

First off let me start by saying that I absolutely love their hefeweizen. It's one of my favorites and a beer I give to non-craft drinkers to rave reviews. However, I just don't get how this beer is so highly rated. As the previous reviewer stated it has a skunky smell, much like Heineken and doesn't taste much better either. Maybe my palate isn't advanced enough to taste all the flavors people claim they pick up in this one, yet it just tasted blah. In fact I would turn it down offered it again. Do yourself a favor, if you just have to try this beer because you figure it must be good cause they have been brewing it for like 1000 years and their hefe is so fantastic, then only buy a single. Yet even that I would caution against.

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Photo of 19SKHJR57
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice one to two finger head of foam the draws down and leaves a small amount of lacing.

S - Much more skunky than I had imagined. Some grapefruit and then there's some orange-caramel in the background.

T - Some bitter hops up front followed by some sourdough bread-like flavors. A little
nondescript after taste - perhaps a slightly bitter lemon-grapefruit maybe ?

M - Carbonation is a somewhat more than I expected. Smooth otherwise.

O - I was hoping for a less skunky, more malty brew, just like those SW German helles lagers that are not available here. Guess I'll have to look some more. Although I'm a little disappointed, this beer is not bad at all - just not all that it's cracked up to be IMHO.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a cervoise.

I think Jack may have ADD or something... Anyway, following what VDubb referred to as a perfect pour, this stuff looks pretty solid, a clear brassy gold topped by about two fingers or so of white foam. The nose comprises hard water, straight grains, noble hops, grass, flowers, and light wild rice. The taste brings in more of the same, the noble hops shining against a backdrop of mineral-laden grains. The body straddles the line between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a damn tasty and extremely easy-to-drink beer. Why don't more beer drinkers take home sixers of this on the reg?

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think my bottle could have been fresher as it was a little undercooked carbonation-wise.

A - Clear, bright and with a satisfyingly billowy head. I poured it in to style-appropriate glassware and it looked sort of amazing.

S - Light hop profile complimented by malt, spice, orange peel and a little hop.

T - Light hop profile complimented by malt, spice, orange peel and a little hop.

M - Light and refreshing but I'd have liked a little more fizz.

O - Beerdrinkers of the world (and by world I mean Beer Advocates) really need to recognise that there is definitely a place for lagers. This was a great way to start my session, easing in with a classic and refreshing beverage.

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Photo of Jpinoniemi
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer and glad it is readily available in the Cleveland area. I have a good friend who was skeptical, but is now a believer as well. As member Ohiolager said - "move over Hofbrau". Hofbraus is good too, but this beer is my pick at the moment.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Erdinger Weissbrau glass. The pour is very clear and pale gold in color. There is about 2 fingers of fluffy white head and some considerable effervescence. The nose has a floral, peppery, slightly musty aroma from the pilsner malt and noble hops.

Light body and clean, malty flavor. Very well-balanced between sweet, grainy malty flavors and dry, stony hops. I get no off-flavors or citrusy notes that tend to plague some imitators of the German styles. Instead, it's very authentic, easy-drinking, and refreshing. There is just enough dryness on the finish to balance out the sweetness from the malt.

Not my favorite style, but this classic beer is definitely worth trying every once in a while.

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Photo of Ohiolager
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

weihenstephaner original premium 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)

11.2 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass. no fresh by or D.O.B.

this beer pours nice pale yellow, close to light gold. leaves a nice two finger head that doesn't stay around long, but gives way to severe rings of sticky lacing. as a thin layer of head remains on top.

the smell is that of apples, honey, a touch of grapes, all while a crisp note of noble hops lingers over your nose. uber inviting.

the taste mimics the smell. at first a touch of sweet fruits, followed by a crisp hit of noble hops, then it finishes a little dry but not as much as a German pilsner and not as much as hofbrau.

mouth feel is light, but that's OK. it feels just right. not over carbonated and is very crisp and refreshing. leaves you wanting another.

overall this is a must have. its drink ability is superior, tastes better than it smells and it's from the worlds oldest brewery. for an import, top that! my new favorite helles Munich lager move over hofbrau.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Original is great....it poured a clear golden color with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The scent carries biscuit and grass like tones. The taste is well balanced....its starts with nice bready push then finishes slightly bitter coming off the pallet very clean!!! The mouthfeel is light to medium in body with great carbonation. Overall this is an excellent beer great for sessioning as it is very easy drinking...I would have this again....and again....and again.

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Photo of vkv822
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz : pilsner glass

Clear, bright golden yellow with a foamy white head.

Grassy, lightly spicy hops with a lightly sweet, doughy malt backbone.

Medium, crisp body, foamy, lightly fizzy carbonation.

A wonderfully done lager. Crisp, clean, delicious flavors. Very well balanced.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Straw golden yellow in color and pretty much perfect visibility through the beer. Pours a one finger fizzy head which fades pretty quickly.

Aroma- Pretty bland with some dry grains and a little bit of herbal/spice hops.

Taste- At first there's some sweet yet dry grainy malt. The smooth malt sweetness transitions to a drier finish finish with a combination of of crispness from the carbonation and mild hop spice.

Feel- Light/medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, and not 100% clean in the finish with some malty sweetness hanging around.

Overall- Really like this helles lager as it pretty much is dead on clean malt flavors (I'd like it a little drier) and a crisp hop snap backing it up. Simple but plenty of flavor for an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of RandomExile
4.91/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: pale straw, perfectly translucent; fluffy eggshell head; fades with clingy foam; sudsy persistent lacing, sometimes scattered or scant
S: light and pure malt, undertones of yeast, honey
T: per the nose, it tastes of honeyed malt and gentle yeast, and a faint aftertaste of grape and apple
M: silky smooth, light-bodied but with presence, barely dry in that your palate is continually whet for the next pull
O: There is simply nothing off, or in need of improvement about this beer (with the minor note that I would enjoy more lacing from an aesthetic standpoint as the glass drains: really, that's it). It's a masterful example of its style, near-infinitely drinkable and easily paired with chicken, veal, noodles, vegetables, sausage ...

500mL / Weizen Glass /

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: yellow golden with a tall white head.

S: lemon, spice, malt.

T: lemon grass, malt, floral notes, white rice, some grape skins, apple skins, pepper.

M: light but not super light. Pretty nice actually.

O: not a bad beer by any means. But I don't know why this has an A. It is barely different from a Peroni in my opinion. Still a great beer though. Never had a Helle's lager.

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.