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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 838
Hads: 2,074
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 161
Gots: 274 | 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: 2,074
Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden yellow color, nice carbonation, huge head, nice lacing thoroughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, yeast, hops.

T - The taste is very much malts and hops. Nice clean finish.

M - Light body, well round brew for sure.

D - Very drinkable. This is my first Helles, but it is a my very first great tasting lager for sure. Absolutely an awesome brew, this is what an American Lager should taste like. Highly recommend, I'm glad a finally got ahold of one of these.

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Photo of Freshie
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a debate awhile back with friends about the oldest beer in the world. I did some research here on BA and kept seeing this pop up. I guess there is still some debate about it, but I saw it at my local good beer store so I bought it.

Pours a clear, crisp golden color, with light bubbles rising to the light head. Smells of bready malts and a very light citrus rind.

The taste is very light and clean. With grain/bread malt and spicy hops in good balance. The carbonation lends a helping hand to the overwhelming sense of crispness.

Very clean and crisp. Pure.

A nice change of pace from the more heavy American and Belgians I have been having lately.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a pale golden color. The head is small and recedes quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is what it should be for a helles lager: mildly malty with a hint of saaz. It is actually quite amazing how the aroma is so vocal with such mild tones. The taste is refreshingly malty. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is one of the best "small" beers I have had to date. It is very refreshing, interesting and easy to drink, and leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with massive white puffy head. Smell is of sweetish malt and pleasant. Taste is full of firm malt and gives a nice crisp taste sensation. Finish is more of the maltiness and leaves a very refreshing feeling in the mouth. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I didn't know what to expect from Weihenstephaner's "original", but I'm impressed. Pours clear and gold, with a nice white head that sticks around and a perpetual upward cascade of tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass to the head. The smell of this beer is classic lager -- biscuity aromas predominate, but there are some green smells and hops in the background. This beer tastes a lot like what breweries smell like -- rich, fecund malts with a smoothness to them and a baking-bread note in the background. The finish is all biscuity malts and then a slight, beautiful hoppy snap.

This is one beautiful lager. Practically perfect, it's got an interesting taste (but with a lager smoothness) and is highly, highly drinkable. Wow.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yum. An amazing and delightful refreshment: nice and crisp. Picked a growler of this up at Half Time beer store. It pours a light golden color, with a foamy white head. Smells faintly sweet. The taste is very understated and pleasant, simple yet delightful. A near perfect lager. And a definite session beer for a hot sweaty night. Search out and enjoy.

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Photo of wingman14
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A yellow color with floating yeast, picture a coors with less head and more yeast.
S: Smells like yeasty beer with floral hints.
T: Knowing the history of this beer made me want to try it. I am impressed with its history but its taste was different. It is very yeasty, like drinking dough almost with a floral hint. Different and interesting, but not impressive.
M: Very light, I didnt find it as thick as other reviews. A bit thicker than your watered down macros.
D: An average beer for me. Impressed by how far beer has come. To me this is worth trying just to have something that puts a spin on the usual beer. I wouldnt pay too much for it though. Something different but not outstanding, but could drink plenty of these in one sitting.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a brilliant golden color with a white head that, although not that thick, leaves tremendous lacing. Appears to have minimal carbonation in the glass. Smells of bready malts and spicy German hops with a subtle hint of pear cider. The hops run the show in the nose. The malt is very clean, nutty and bready, with a spicy hop kick at the end. Just a perfect helles lager. Very smooth mouthfeel and softly carbonated. A flavorful session helles lager. Awesome.

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Photo of jamesdergen
2.28/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a foamy white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Slightly spicy/grassy hop aroma with some sweet grainy malts in the background.

Taste: A letdown after the decent aroma. Very mild hop profile thats overshadowed by the dominant plastic-tasting overly sweet maltiness that is reminiscent of some weaker porters. Kind of a chemical aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Too carbonated and kind of syrupy. Too thick for a lager.

Drinkability: Mouthfeel is too heavy and the taste a bit too offensive for me to finish.

What a disappointment. I grabbed this bottle thinking it was the famous Hefeweizen (label is very similar) and figured this would be similarly tasty, but I was woefully mistaken. I would recommend avoiding this one.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.58/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Weihenstephaner Original

Appearance- almost clear yellow with a decent lacing head.
Smell- light and sweet malt slight grassy hop. Smelled slighty like a champagne mixed with a pear cider?!
Taste- light and sweet malt. Light peach flavor and watery.
Mouthfeel- clean and crisp like drinking a watered down iced tea.

Overall- a HUGE disappointment. This is beer?! C'mon now, little flavor with no b@lls.

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Photo of Melchizedek
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light gold with a big effervescent head.

Slight sulfury skunk with a yeasty, grainy aroma - in the mouth, smooth and light with lots of grainy malt. The taste is a little thin and clean, but it's quite pleasant; there's almost no aftertaste. This stuff's about as drinkable as it gets, no objections here.

Perfect sessioner, I'd say, no bitterness, so no hop intrigue, but hey - sometimes this just hits the spot. Lovely.

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Photo of russpowell
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with 2" bubbly white head that quickly drops to nothing. No lacing or head retention

Smell: Slight sweet maltiness and not much else

Taste: Sweet with slight grainyness and hops bite. Slight citrus taste on finish. Very clean tasting

MF: Well balanced but way undercarbonated

highly drinkable, will try again I know from previous tastes this beer is better than this. Having said that, all those samples were within 50 miles of the brewery!

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Photo of atigerlife
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

0.5L bottle.

This is not a style that I'm that familiar with, so I was excited to finally grab this one out of my fridge and give it a go.

Poured a light golden with a lot of carbonation. A good white head that hung around for a reasonable amount of time.

A sweet aroma with some hops evident, but not overpowering. The taste was very smooth, light with a mild hops bitterness at the end. There was also some sweet, floral notes that came through.

The mouthfeel was mild and slightly dry. Quite light. Refreshing. Overall, this was very drinkable. Not aggressive with a very crisp feel and a nice balance. I'm certainly glad I have another one in my fridge. A beer that goes nicely with food and beyond.

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Photo of Andreji
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

another beer I managed to try at the Munchen Flughafen on my two hr. layover between Barcelona and Wien.

I guess munchner helles is not weihenstephan's strength. I mean, the beer is just average. there is nothing exciting to it, it doesn't even have that occasional pleasant sweetness some in the same style manage to differ themselves for plain lagers.

Refreshing, nonetheless. I stick to the other Weihenstephan offerings.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up by mistake thinking it was the hefe! I was pleasantly surprised though, as it went great with my pizza. It pours with perfect clarity, a straw gold color with a medium white head. The aroma is vaguely sweet with a hint of spicy hops in the background. These two elements switch places in the taste. A nice classically German hoppiness presides for the majority of the taste. Not a huge amount of bitterness, but filled with a grassy, florally element. There is a nice malty sweetness that provides a counterpoint to the hops. This is a very crisp and clean beer with a beautifully dry finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and prickly from a fair amount of carbonation. It goes down easy so it's fairly drinkable. A very nice, crisp lager that goes down very easily.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Classic 16.9 fluid ounce bottle that has a much cleaner metric equivalent at a half litre, and it’s easier to say too. I have only reviewed the Korbinian before but the overall style of the main and neck labels have a vaguely familiar style and generic look to them. Listed at alc. 5,1% vol.

Appearance: Soft pale straw with lemony gold highlights. Gentle low count streamers rise to the underside of the creamy cloud like white head that is expansive at first but settles with some confidence to a ¼” thick cap covering. Lost of milky carbonation and a lively body when gently swirled.

Nose: Lightly toasted malts mingle with a gentle soft sweetness. Low level hops have a resilient fresh grassy feel to them. Hints of brewers yeast in there, with some freshly baked White bread to balance it.

Taste: Impressively clean, didn’t get much sweetness in the flavor profile in this fresh sample, which is the way I like it. The grassy hops have a delicate herbal character and there is some spiciness here too. Finishes with a toasted malt sweetness and hints of the yeast that just peeks through, but the swallow is clean and the lingering taste is that of a very good Helles. Moorish.

Mouthfeel: Classy feel, well cushioned with a “soft sink into” feel that is extremely attractive. Has a well defined feel with clean borders but no sharp edges.

Drinkability: Fresh samples of this are dangerously drinkable and highly quaffable. The gently fire-roasted hoppy burps are gorgeous in their simplicity and attractive feel.

Overall: Drink this one fresh to get it at its very best and it is unbeatable!! However, I do find that older samples soon turn sweet and into a bland corny mess that tastes like an American macro, why is that I wonder? As this is one of my favorite German Helles Lagers, I cannot believe that I never reviewed it before now. Hey maybe I just enjoyed drinking it too much to sit down and write about it. Well now that I do, it’s fair to say that (when fresh at least) this is a damned fine excellent brew - solid stuff that I could drink all day. An Original-Original for sure.

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Photo of scooter231
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, slightly lacking in good solid pigment, but very clear. Little head, some lacing. Smells... nutmeggy. Huh. Sweet and malty. Grainy and yeasty, with slight lemony citrus notes.

Taste is not exactly what you'd expect based on the nose. Much more bready and biscuity, even more grainyness. Sweeter than expected. The only thing that really matches the nose is the big hit of malts... and the lightly bitter hops in the background. Nuttyness? I detect nuttyness at the end. Yes, almonds.

Mouthfeel is fluffy, soapy, and bubbly. Very frothy, almost... cappuccino-foam-like feel. Actually nice. Overall fairly drinkable- light, nothing overpowering to the palate. But I wouldn't go after this that often.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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

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Photo of stcules
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of shererjt
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Todler
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

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