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Weihenstephaner Original - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,607 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,607
Reviews: 785
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 99
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-30-2000)
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

09-12-2012 16:56:33 | More by yossarian14
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cousineddy

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

09-11-2012 21:37:23 | More by cousineddy
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grumpygerman

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

09-11-2012 12:21:56 | More by grumpygerman
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's an update to a previously reviewed beer. That one had been skunked. This seems to be far more fresh.

Rocky head with plenty of chunky lace on the glass. Crystal clear with yellow straw color. There's a steady stream of fine bubbles continuously rising.

The smell is a combination of dry-ish malt and raw grain.

The flavor is similar to the smell. The taste is soft with a strong graininess to the tongue. The swallow is chewy malt. The aftertaste is slightly sour. The body is full for the style with a good level of carbonation.

Old review--
Very impressive head--long lasting and rocky as it abates. Nice spotty lace on the glass. Light straw in color and crystal clear.

This appears to have skunked. Behind that, this is a mostly malty smelling brew.

The flavor is an improvement from the smell. It is mostly creamy light malt flavors. Light on the hop, the aftertaste is mostly sour. Very good body for the style with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

I wonder what this would be like fresh--it has all of the makings of a wonderfully subtle and refreshing lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 22:39:06 | More by smcolw
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Siopisophy

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-09-2012 07:03:17 | More by Siopisophy
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DelphiGuy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

09-08-2012 17:20:53 | More by DelphiGuy
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: "0132" stamped on back label
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Weihenstephan's Munich helles is a clean, malty, and subtly German-hoppy lager. Fairly undemanding in flavor and aroma, this would be an easy-drinking respite from warm weather, American hop-forward beers.

Pours a 2cm tall head of small bubbles of a fairly clean, white color. Retention is about average, slowly reducing to a thin cap atop the beer's body with some larger bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Body is a transparent, bright yellow color, with light bringing out pale yellow tones. Carbonation is visible, rising up from bottom center of the glass.

Aroma is sweet, slightly soapy, of very pale malts, slight soil and mineral, lemon rind, and a bit of wet cardboard. Slightly floral and grassy European hops are present, but are fairly subdued.

Tasting opens with sweet and grainy malt flavors. Mid-palate finds a well-balanced mix of pale German malts alongside mildly bittering European hops. Back of palate continues the pale German malts with bitter European hops, the malts overpowering hops here, yielding a sweet grain flavor. Aftertaste is of pale malts with little residual hop bitterness.

Body is medium-light to light, with spritzy, lightly tingly carbonation. This results in a crisp, slightly foamy, flowing mouthfeel: the beer never lasts too long on the palate. Hops are noticeable in the spiciness they provide to the mouthfeel. Finish is semi-dry.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 05:02:18 | More by falloutsnow
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FritzSteinhoff

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

09-06-2012 00:25:56 | More by FritzSteinhoff
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Mojo

Alabama

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours up a crystal clear pale amber with about two fingers worth of head and a little bit of lacing. The nose is bread, earthiness, and sweet apples. Mouthfeel is close to perfect with just the right amount of carbonation. Taste is fairly mild, but complex just the same. An understated sweetness giving way to an understated bitterness on the finish and no lingering aftertaste. I've had this bottle for a couple of months and just kept passing it over. It is easily one of the finest offering I have tasted as of late.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 04:13:49 | More by Mojo
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stortore

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

09-02-2012 05:49:54 | More by stortore
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Dieck

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

08-29-2012 19:49:22 | More by Dieck
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Beeradelphia

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

08-29-2012 06:25:26 | More by Beeradelphia
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DioS

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

08-28-2012 19:27:10 | More by DioS
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thegrifter

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-28-2012 00:11:06 | More by thegrifter
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KegsAndEggs

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

08-27-2012 21:28:53 | More by KegsAndEggs
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beerpadawan

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-27-2012 06:09:43 | More by beerpadawan
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mjurney

Texas

4.98/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear, straw color. Tons of fine carbonation rising. Nice fluffy bright white head.

Clean and crisp aroma. Grassy, sweet biscuits, a little spiciness.

Body is clean and crisp, yet full of bready goodness. Bready, biscuit, grassy, slight lemony, spicy towards the finish.

Probably the best Munich Helles Lager I ever drank.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 19:20:30 | More by mjurney
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JoshuaGoins

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

08-24-2012 06:27:50 | More by JoshuaGoins
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akttr

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

08-24-2012 02:52:18 | More by akttr
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tfsimpkins

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

08-22-2012 03:02:02 | More by tfsimpkins
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ryko

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

08-21-2012 08:50:49 | More by ryko
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VirtueVsVice

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-21-2012 02:41:36 | More by VirtueVsVice
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-19-2012 17:51:13 | More by tclapper
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jhhollier

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

08-19-2012 13:42:08 | More by jhhollier
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into my Gaffel stange. I know this isn't a kolsch, but I thought it would look and drink real nice from the stange.

Appearance: Tight streams of bubbles race up the glass which is filled with a bright, clear golden color. There's about half a finger of bright white head which given all the carbonation seems inclined to stick around.

Smell: Grassy malts with some sweetness. A little floral kick from the hops. Very crisp and clean smelling beer.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. Mildly bitter with loads of grassy malt goodness, a little spice from the hops. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: A light bodied beer. Very crisp, clean and drinkable. Good carbonation.

Overall: It's definitely overshadowed by other Weihenstephaner beers, but this is a very good Helles lager. Worth checking out. I go on German kicks occasionally and I'll be back for this beer the next time I crave something German.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 23:26:52 | More by pburland23
Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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