Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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90
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821 Reviews
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Reviews: 821
Hads: 1,996
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 151
Gots: 234 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 ghostwalker
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle serving.

Clear golden body with a slight haze. 2 fingers of head from a fairly aggressive pour. Nice lacing as the head subsides.

Nose is mild malt with a hint of floral hops and maybe some citrus.

Flavor is characteristically German. Sweet malt up-front with the floral hop finish. Very thirst quenching and tasty. Made to be quaffed in huge mugs at a Fest or just in the local Gasthaus with friends. Excellent!

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean without being watery.

Drinkability is outstanding, top marks! I greatly enjoyed many beers like this during my time in the USAF in Germany. A fine example such as this just makes me homesick for more. (664 characters)

Photo of jarmby1711
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As clear as could be and a colour a bit deeper than an appealing golden yellow, which is a hue that just doesnt appeal to me
There is plenty of Malt in the nose and the palatebut doesnt drift off to a bland sweetness , rather it meanders to savoury ending
there is a thick to oily feel in the mouthbut still manages to cleanse when you start to think it will maybe start cloying the tastebuds.
Malt dominated drinks are probably not for me , however I think that this is a touch above average (497 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden color, creamy and compact head. Lightly veiled.
Malty, delicate, cereals, Hallertau.
Malty taste, delicate, at the beginning. The it becomes more rough, with metallic and astringent notes.
Dry, it left a bitter and grassy hop.
Quite light body.
The hops, not too fresh, modify the delicacy of the first impact.
Hop in the aftertaste, but a little stale. It lowers the drinkability. (388 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with orange around the edges, nice pillowy white head that laces thin islands, supported by lethargic but plentiful carbonation. Crystal clear body.

Well balanced between the hop presence and a light malted counter. Grassy smell doesn't translate over to the taste. This brew has a zip to it that impresses and keeps it interesting. I think its the smashing carbonation clasing with the smooth, silky body. Nice match. Finishes with a lemony citrus cleansing.

Weihenstephaner beers have this subtle complexity which I cannot explain. I guess thats what happens when your the oldest active brewery in the world. (637 characters)

Photo of shererjt
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale to medium yellow and crystal clear. Nicely carbonated with a clean, white, well retained head. Aroma is predominantly grainy/malt/sweet and what I have come to referred to as "sulfate-y", as many beers from Munich are. Some hops in the nose but the malt dominates. Relatively mild taste; malt takes the lead but the hops provide a strong background, particularly in the aftertaste. Body is on the thin side of medium. Drinkability can only be described as outstanding; this one goes down great and leaves you wanting more.

An outstanding representation of the helles style, though a little on the hoppy side compared to many. It's very accessible to macrobrew drinkers and does a nice job getting folks interested in "better beer". Also makes a great, if somewhat pricey, session beer. (793 characters)

Photo of Todler
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six at HY-Vee in CF last week. This one's a good 'all purpose' drinker. Pours nice, not a lot of foaming. Some lacing. Taste was smooth with a very mild sour yeast flavor with good hop and malt balance. They must use some of their hefeweizen yeast in this because it had a similar tartness, just scaled down. I enjoyed this one and I'd buy it again. I can't say it will change your life, but definately worth trying. (425 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a cloudy golden with not much in the way of head or carbonation. The aroma is of light doughy malts with yeast smell mixed in. The taste is more of the same, classic Munich malt taste with some grain taste towards the finish. Yeast flavors accenuate the malt body and provide a mild fruitness. I found this to be a good session beer, but still a little bit below the quality I was expecting. Then again, I don't know how long this has been sitting on the shelf. I bet it's truly excellent on-tap in Germany. (520 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at AJ's at the end of July for $1.59.

This straw colored brew poured a nice head with decent head retention. Nose is malty and perhaps a slight hint of a fruit. Taste starts with malts but is dominated by a subtle hop finish. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Overall this is a tasty little lager that I would recommend! (338 characters)

Photo of Onceeven
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been criminally neglecting lagers for quite some time now.. I think I needed to drink this beer to set me straight. This bottle has been beckoning at the beer store for the past six months, so I put an end to its incessant stare and took it home.
Nothing special from the pour. Creamy white head lasted a few seconds then dissipated to nothing. No lacing to speak of, I was having doubts right off the bat. A spicy but subtle hop aroma greeted my nose, like a good German pils, but with a malty backbone. Sweet and bready, wonderfully balanced. The taste is spicy and slightly prickly with a subtle candy-like sweetness. Remarkably smooth, and satisfying yet still flavorful.
Didn't think I'd ever like a helles this much. Well done. (741 characters)

Photo of Px2GrafX
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

presentation: 16.9oz. bottle with weihenstephaner's typical front label. "the world's oldest brewery" (since 1040) is donned on the front. "imported by bavaria house corp. wilmington, nc" also on front label. 5.1% abv. also printed on the label is: "brewed under the purity law of 1516". gotta love that!

appearance: pours a super clear, bright wheat colored tower of bubbling brilliance in a pilsner glass. huge meringue-like head that dissapates sparatically like pouring model glue on styrofoam. good lacing and sticking.

smell: clean lager like aroma. wheat and a touch of citrus and hops. some sweet cake-like malty undertones as well. alcohol after warming and swirling.

taste: malty for a lager, but i think this is good for this style. lightly spicy hops are lingering in the background. very clean taste. lightly astringent dry finish with a hint of lemon poppyseed cake.

mouthfeel: mouthfeel is excellent for a lager. there is such a smooth, crisp feel to this light bodied brew. light carbonation. being light and crisp, you'd think the swallow would be harsh like a macro, but nope. swallow is velvet. love it!

drinkability: are you kidding me? this brew was gone after the first sip. i won't be able to keep this in the fridge.

overall: please note that this is far from my favorite beer. it's far from my favorite styles of beer. however within the style, i must rate this beer high. it's fantastic! (1,431 characters)

Photo of BeerNutta
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Do Weihenstephaner know how to make bad beers?

A = Golden Amber color.

S = Sweet malty smell with a light hop infusion.

T = Sweet malts and fruits. (apples?) Crisp hop finish. Very nice!!

M = Moderate carbonation. If anything I would say I wish it was slightly less carbonated. Just ever so slightly. Its borderline fizzy.

D = Great. Relatively cheap for such a great beer. (388 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured extremely clear yellow golden that had an active head of multiple sized bubbles. This head fell pretty quickly to leave a very still looking beer with only a few bubbles rising as it stands. It would have been nice for it to have a bit more retention

Aroma: Typical well-crafted Helles...it smells like a milkshake. There are toasty aromas by the bucket load, but the malty sweetness is the dominant characteristic of the aroma. As it warms a bit, the hops are starting to peek through the abundant malty aromatics

Taste: It has a really clean flavor profile. There is a tad of hops noticeable when you first taste the beer, but they step back and let the beer finish balanced toward the malt in the finish like this style dictates. The lack of carbonation makes this particular example seem heavier on the palate than it should in my opinion.

Opinion: This is a super flavorful beer! I just love this style, because you have a beer that is as light as a Budweiser sitting in front of you that has so much to offer your palate! They are beautiful when well crafted, and this is one of them. I believe that there must have been something up at the brewery when they bottled this batch, because it seems under carbonated. There was a good amount of off-gas when I opened the cap, so I don't think that it leaked...besides the fact that it still tastes good. I will definitely be drinking this beer again...and probably review it again because I think that this bottle is an anomaly. (1,508 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber (size listed as "16.9 FL.OZ.") purchased at The Cheese Monger's Shop in Leavenworth for $2.99.

Poured a very slightly hazy straw-gold color, with a big, fizzy white head that, while noisy, was not long for this world. No lace at all.

The smell is lightly malty, with a mildly spicy hop presence.

The taste is similar to the smell, though the flavor comes out more. Fizzy yellowish beers are not generally my thing, but I'd like them more if more of them had flavor like this one. The maltiness is lightly sweet, the hoppiness is mildly herbal, but packs a slight peppery spiciness. This is a very tasty light bodied beer, and is quite nice on a fairly hot day like today.

A you can guess, it's pretty light bodied. While I prefer something with a little more substance (or, in the case of my beloved porters and stouts, a LOT more), this would be quite nice to quaff in quantity on a hot day. Apparently the world's oldest brewery makes a lawnmower beer! (973 characters)

Photo of slyke
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the friends who introduced me to this beer a few years ago. I don't drink enough of it, but each time I pick it up, I savor it.

Appearance: Clear yellow/gold with a small, but persistent white head.

Smell: Pretty balanced as the style should be. A bit more hops than malt in the aroma.

Taste: Again, pretty balanced as it should be. Taste is a bit more malt than hops.

Mouthfeel: Real good. Just, again, as it should be.

Drinkability: A very quaffable lager. I especially enjoy this one on summer evenings.

This is an excellent beer. Coming from the oldest brewery in the world, it should be. They must be doing something right to have stayed in business since 1040. Anybody up for a Weihenstephaner millenium celebration in about 35 years? (769 characters)

Photo of mobyfann
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid .60EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 500mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 07.07.2005

Pure golden base, medium white head, great retention and initial signs of laces less so later in the consumption process. The smell is like any other helles, weak hops, mild malts.

Taste is pretty smooth, decent aftertaste, very light in both malts and hops but a great balance. No true signs of harshness in the mouth, one of the best beers in the world in this department. If it tastes a little better it would receive the drinkability 5.0, but it is just a basic Helles with great looks and mouthfeel. An impressive session beer.

Final Thought: Well, Weihenstephaner makes another great beer but it could increase the flavor of this one. (731 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16.9 ounce bottle poured into a goblet. No freshness date to be found and I would bet this is older than it should be... it has certainly been in temperatures that weren't beer friendly.
Still!
Pours a hazy, light amber color with some good bubbling and a decent amount of lacing for a lager.
Smells... Belgian! well, almost. It's probably the malts but I'm getting smells that remind me quite a bit of Belgian yeasts. Very bold scent, doesn't smell old or skunked, I personally enjoy it a great deal. More fragrant than any lager I've come across.
Tastes rich and malty... reminds me of a witbier in a lot of ways. Mouthfeel is pretty thick for a lager, with a lingering aftertaste that I can't quite place though I know I've tasted it before... I don't mind it one bit.
A bit too sweet to be super drinkable but I'd be happy with another pint.
Great bang for the buck beer. (888 characters)

Photo of pentathlete
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A lager I can enjoy and the spouse likes it, too! Reasonably priced also.

Clear bright gold with bridal white head and columns of carbonation. Nose was a bit bready, but simply the lack of a corn smell in a beer this color is enough to make it a winner. Taste was light and smooth. This is the answer to those macro folks who "can't taste their beers" because it has just enough crispness, just enough hop bite to make it a quenching, if a tad boring, and satisfying beverage. The mouthfeel is a little too thin, but never watery, for my taste. Consuming these should not be an issue for anyone who even remotely likes beer. (627 characters)

Photo of Brian700
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear blonde color with a white head that sticks around for a short time. No real lacing going on. The aroma is of light malt and mild hops. The taste follows the nose. It has the flavor of light malt with a light hop aftertaste. A little bit of a dry finish. The mouthfeel is average. medium carbonation with a dry finish. It's a semi-drinkable beer. I wouldn't stop anyone from trying it but I don't know if I'd recommend it. It's a good beer but there is nothing about it that stands out and makes it special. (529 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow (almost the shade of budwieser) with a nice white head that dissapates quickly...pretty average looking lager. Smell is bready malt with a fruity yeast background, wasnt really expecting the fruity, banana like smell from this lager. Taste is pretty standard for a munich helles, very clean palate with a bread-like malt accent and a light fruity banana flavor hiding in the background. The finish is clean and crisp, the mouthfeel is thin and its moderately carbonated. The drinkability is pretty high, this is a somewhat flavorful beer thats extremely drinkable, a pretty good offering from brauerei Weihenstephan but not really up to the standard of their wheat beers. (697 characters)

Photo of cubedbee
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light golden color with a finger of white head a little bit of lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles visible even after a few minutes in the glass. Clean biscuitlike malt aroma with a little bit of floral hops are present in the nose. The taste is more of the same biscuity malts, with a mild citric hoppiness joining in at the end. The extremely clean and crisp finish and the simple malt goodness makes this a very refreshing brew. As someone who prefers ales, I must say this is an excellent beer, and probably the best lager I've had the pleasure of tasting. (573 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one's just lovely on tap...pale golden yellow with a nice big head that slowly recedes into nice lace.

Smell and flavor are both largely malt, with a nice toasty grain feel and some more understated citrus and floral notes really rounding things out nicely. Taste is quite clean and crisp. Sort of a nice biscuity flavor in the finish that I really like.

Overall: Kind of cliched, but this is sort of the grandaddy of good lagers; well worth seeking out on tap; it's even better than in bottles. (507 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale golden color with a nice white head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing

Smell: Malty biscuit nose with faint citrus hops in the background

Taste: Very clean; starts out with a good biscuit malt backbone which survives through to the finish; a spicy mild lemon citrus flavor joins the fray and provides a nice crisp finish

Mouthfeel: Typical lager mouthfeel with good carbonation

Drinkability: Although I'm not a big lager fan, this is a beer that fits the bill to a Tee; a good one for a summer's day at the beach (558 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pretty good German Brew. Hay like golden colour, that pours out clear with medium carbonation and a decent head. Left a touch of lace around the glass as the head came down. Odors of malt and alcohol were detected, as were the faint scent of baked bread. Flavor was straighforward and crisp, with overtones of malt, yeast and hops. A very good example of German beers brewed to the 1516 Purity Law. Worth a try. (413 characters)

Photo of beertastegood
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear light golden color with a very tall white fluffy head. Appears very effervescent. Smells of grassy hops, slight citrus notes (lemony) and sweet, toasted sugar aromas. Taste is more citrus-y than the smell, with a prominent lemon flavor that melds with some hop bitterness and a very slight malty flavor backing it up. Extremely light and refreshing...finish is crisp and clean with a faint hop bitterness lingering. Very drinkable, with a light body and high carbonation. (490 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle with no dates pored into a pilsner.

Pale gold with a small white head that manages to leave some lacing.

Smells malty with some yeast and slight hops. There's also some grain like aromas.

A nice clean balance of hop and malt make up most of the taste. The hops provide a dry finish that is also clean. The light mouthfeel and low abv make this a very drinkable beer as warmer weather approaches.

Notes: Although I'm not a lager drinker, I do enjoy SA Boston Lager with large meals. I could see Weihenstephaner becoming it's replacement as it is a much more balanced, not as hoppy, alternative. (619 characters)

Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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