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Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve - Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.

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Henry Weinhard's Private ReserveHenry Weinhard's Private Reserve

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BA SCORE
72
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389 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.97%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malts: North American Select Pale Malt
Hops: Pacific Northwest Cascade Hops
Calories/12 oz: 150
Carbohydrates (g): 13.0
% Alcohol by Vol: 4.80
Bitterness Units: 15.0

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002)
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Ratings: 389 | Reviews: 166 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Kooz:
Photo of Kooz
3.29/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pale yellow--looks indistinguishable from Budweiser, a touch darker yellow than Coors Light. Little head to speak of.

Smells slightly sweet and has that "mash" smell that you get a whiff of on brewery tours.

Tastes slightly bitter; there's a taste of burnt hops on the front-end, but a sweetness lingers. It's interesting, but not for me so much. Still, I can't score it poorly.

Very good mouthfeel. Swishes up to a nice, thick foam. Very full-bodied for such a crisp beer.

It's a good beer, not great. It's worth drinking, and picking up if you come across it, but it isn't among my favorites.

Kooz, May 22, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light, clear yellow with a big, thick head that went down slowly and laced the glass.

Smell – Typical grain aroma with a tinge of cheap sweetness.

Taste – There’s some more sweetness that comes out in the taste, mostly sucrose, and the grain isn’t as bad as it smelled. There’s also some hoppy dryness that helped this one out.

Mouthfeel – Light body, bordering on medium, with a somewhat refreshing dryness. Almost no carbonation.

Drinkability – It’s better than the Blue Boar.

RoyalT, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of markallmon
4.5/5  rDev +44.7%

markallmon, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Rifrafboy
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours with a nice white head. Significant carbonation. Taste is kind of smooth, with a decent malt flavor. The hoppiness is very pleasant. This is somewhat light-bodied and refreshing. The first Henry's I've tried, but it won't be the last. Better than expected

Rifrafboy, Mar 24, 2003
Photo of Billolick
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, with some sort of dating (best before?) etched onto the neck of the bottle. Dec1012

Private reserve American pale lager...whats wrong with this picture??

Pours very light and very clear. Minimal near white head, and just a few scant bits of fine lace.

Minimal grains on the nose.

Light in color, light in flavor. Crisp and yes easy drinking. On a warm summer day, many of these could be consumed and yes even enjoyed.

Bring on the warm days of summer and some spicy food.

Decent for the style is the best I can say here.

Billolick, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of aquazr1
3/5  rDev -3.5%

aquazr1, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of GuidedByVoices
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

GuidedByVoices, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
1.8/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dear Mr. Weinhard:
Why do you continue to perpetrate this fraud upon us? Your beer is not a micro or a craft brew. I know this is not actually out of your own private stash. You claim this beer has an "outstanding pleasant taste," when it clearly does not. It pours a fake clear gold with a mediocre white head. It has a sour, grainy aroma replete with straw. It is watered down, skunky, and bitter. The taste just gets more and more sour and stale as you continute to drink. Fake honey and malt flavors do not blend well with the wooden, NOT resiny, but wooden hops. Please, for the sake of all that is good and decent in this world, stop selling this beer.

magictrokini, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Thrasher
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Henry Weinhard's label has been purchased by SAB Miller, and this beer is being brewed in (I believe) Irwindale, CA. (The Hefeweizen and Amber Light brews are being brewed at the Full Sail brewery in Hood River, OR.) It's your standard American premium lager, AKA macro. And it's not half-bad. Pours a crystal clear platinum with a good head that dwindles to a thin ring. Aroma of yeast mustiness. The malts are strong and sweet, with bread crust flavors. A hop crispness balances the beer with a firm but restrained bitterness. Mouthfeel thin, but the hops get some good traction on the tongue and inner cheeks. The beer, as a whole, is clean and fresh-tasting, without any glaring off flavors. If it's not exactly exciting, it at least serves its purpose well, and I can't think of another American "macro"-style lager that is as good, for the price.

Thrasher, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of HoppySeb
3/5  rDev -3.5%

HoppySeb, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Writing this review for at least the second time, the ol' neverending story about the merge in 2012 (or other reason(s)) have brought us here. A real thin, watery appearance, which lends itself naturally to have more clarity like Lake Tahoe, its all water. Aroma has that Weinhard's flava to it, probably the lager yeast they use, because it can be found almost universally in their beers.

Light graininess to the taste, a little bitter, noble hops, maybe a cascade or two thrown in there. High carbonation keeps the beer lighter on the palate. The yeast or something still stands out, a different bitter twang, although this may be exacerbated by the lack of a malt bill, I don't even know if this is two row, this could be six row.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of ADR
2.25/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This and the Red Lager still show up at 1st Grand Avenue Liquors, I don't see the Porter or Blue Boar Ale anymore...

Very clear yellow with a decently persistant white head of small bubbles and it does cling a little to the glass -- hopefully indicating minimal stabilizers or foaming agents. Aroma is pretty fleeting, mostly a bit of yeasty bread malt. Starts rather honey sweet, then, a carbonated water impresion settles in. I try to get a hop impression but really don't. Not a huge corn syrup flavor (thankfully) but really pretty tasteless with a semi unsettling finish that I wouldn't call crisp like a nice Pilsner.

ADR, Feb 05, 2003
Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

valkyre65, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of tallfellapgh
4.75/5  rDev +52.7%

tallfellapgh, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of richkrull
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

richkrull, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

LXIXME, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

InfernoBoss, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another ubiquitous craft find at your local grocery store south of the 49th parallel...and why does the name of this brewery make my inner teenager smile? Oh yeah - it sounds like something the Simpsons' would come up with. Blitz...Wine...Hard...

This beer pours a clear pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of fast-disappearing soapy white head. Its lack of retention means no lace upon which to comment. It smells of mild citrus, crisp white grain, and some skunky vegetables. The taste is decent barley grain, some soft yeastiness, a bit of generic citrus, and some weedy hops. The carbonation is average, the body just on the light side, and it finishes mostly dry, the weedy hops becoming increasingly skunky as it warms.

An ok pale lager, it leans a bit too much toward the stank of much more lowly competitors.

biboergosum, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of teejay76
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Transparent yellow.

Smell - Light hops, maybe some citrus.

Taste - Watered down hops.

Mouthfeel - Smooth...but see above for why.

Drinkability - Easy to drink.

Overall - Not impressed, do not recommend, and won't be buying it again.

teejay76, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden yellow with a good fingers worth of head, average retention, leaving behind a fine, semi-sticky lacing.

Smell - Smells of grainy malt and some grassy notes.

Taste - Starts with some grainy, bready malt sweetness, followed by a slight citrus hop bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel - Light in body. Carbonation lends to some decent crispness.

Overall - One of the better reasonably priced lagers on the market. Drinks closer to a pale ale than a lager at warmer temps.

TheSixthRing, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of cgman1985
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

cgman1985, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of HugePlume
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A- Straw yellow color, with average head. Head dissipates quickly. No lacing'

S- Lots or straw and alfalfa like sweetness, some dry fruity apricot like hops in the background.

T- Sweet cereal and grassy malts, some bitter hops build as you go, kudos to being detectable. Better than the macros here.

M- Nice balance of carbonation and a little chewiness.

O- Drinkable, but if I am going to have a cheapo lager I'd rather have a Rainier or step it up to a full-sail session.

HugePlume, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of drinking12many
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

drinking12many, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.38/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow, stark white head with decent retention and good lacing.

Nose has some crisp cascade-like hops and a good dose of lagery grain.

Wow! Extremely well done. For a good sessionable lager this is tough to beat. As much of a mAIcro as HW is, this one is masterfully crafted. A nice amount of crisp hop presence without going into pilsner territory, and a very, VERY clean grain bill.

Mouthfeel is ideal for the style.

Drinkability, well, its hard to find anything better. Super slammable, cold, summertime, lawnmower, barbeque awesomeness.

Overall a very clean and very enjoyable lager. Incredibly drinkable and refreshing. Very well done.

AKBelgianBeast, Oct 23, 2009
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Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.