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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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401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.03%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002

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
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Ratings: 401 | Reviews: 167
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Photo of RoyalT
3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
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

Photo of Billolick
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of magictrokini
1.83/5  rDev -41%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of ADR
2.28/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of teejay76
2.62/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of HugePlume
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +40.3%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Semi-transparent golden in appearance, with decent carbonation. Lace is pretty spotty but present, nonetheless.

Nose is grainy and malty. Seems adjunct and corny to me.

Taste is mild and watery. No sense of hops at all, despite the bottle's claim. Not sure if this was a better beer before SABMiller bought the name, but this one's really pretty uninteresting. Avoid.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Heavy white foam that dissipates into a solid golden lager.

Smell: Floral soapy scent. Very herbal for a pale lager.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bitter floral soap, a lot like the scent. A bit of lemon in the finish. Starts flat in the finish, but has some bite as well.

Overall Drinkability: I don't love this style of beer, but this was good enough.

Photo of ElGordo
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color topped by a stark white head that shrinks from an inch to a thin layer very quickly. Aroma is very neutral - not bad, just not much there. A hint of malt and adjunct grains, with a little bit of corny sweetness. Palate is pretty well-developed, a good sweet malt character with a touch of corn and just a hint of astringency. Body is light and creamy, lending the beer a highly drinkable quality. Great on a hot summer day, although not nearly as special as it was when it was brewed down on Burnside instead of down in goddamn California.

Photo of Snow81
3.86/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden yellow that's clear as class

Smell: grassy and malty

Head: nice white head, but dies out pretty quickly

Taste: Reminds me of Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar which is there Pale Ale, but the maltyness has been dropped in and the sweetness has left. Nice maltyness

Weight: Nice body on this medium carbonation

Finish: Grassy, granny, and malty

Photo of Fatehunter
4.02/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finger of head, clear, light straw color with lots of bubbles.
Smells nice with apple and pear predominating.
Sweet beginning taste, a little pear, medium bitterness from the middle on, short finish.
Normal light and crisp texture with moderate carbonation.
Overall a pretty good example for the style.

Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's one I used to drink at the beach on Oahu sometimes

Pours a slightly effervescent straw color with 3+ fingers of eggshell meringue-type head. Below average lacing & below average head retention

S: Some cereal & lemony scents

T: Cereal notes along with some lemony hops up front. A bit of dryness & grassyness comes through and some honey malts as this warms. Finishes with little citric hop snap along with some lemony notes, plus dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied & very soft with moderate carbonation

Drinks pretty easy for a macro, I could have a couple before moving on to something more substantial. I'd take this over BMC any day

Photo of dexterk1
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up in a pick your own six. Yellow in color and with a light and quick moving head.
Odor is a little light. Smells kind of bland and grain like.
Taste is light as well. Not as bland as the odor though. Some hops but not really enough for them to stand out. Relatively balanced throughout, but does not stand out. Has a pretty good finish however. Mouth feel is a little dull and thin.
Overall, not a bad beer. However it does leave you wanting a little overall. Just about average. More like a light beer.

Photo of jtierney89
1.5/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

beautiful crystal clear golden color with a thin white head. Semi-sweet corn husk and undercooked biscuit on the nose.

Taste is semi sweet with some off flavors. Slightly sour, a little too acidic. Definitely some strange off flavors going on, not sure what they are but not liking them. Not a good beer even at the cheap price. For whats supposed to be a lager, to much off fruit flavors. Not as clean as it should be.

Photo of tone77
2.89/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown1 2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains and malts. Taste is light, mild, some malts and grains, refreshing but a bit on the weak side. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while not terrible, is just meh.

Photo of puboflyons
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle DEC1012-B012011. sampled on February 8, 2013.

The pour was golden yellow with a high carbonation leading up to a lingering white fizzy head. That's the way I like pale lagers to look.

The aroma is rather flat with some corn, grains, vague sweetness, and a whiff of clean hops.

The body is light.

The taste draws out some grains and pale malts with a good, clean and off-dry finish. I mean it really fits the pale lager style but there is nothing extraordinary about it. It's just what should be expected and little more. Drinkable enough.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.09/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pristine clarity with a bees wax yellow coloring shows a medium rise of effervesce. A chalky white head is milky and frothy, holds rather good, while supplimenting a wavery display of lace on the vessel.

S: Nose is very faint, corn, and not much else. Neutral. Label says brewed with cascade hops, they sure werent used for aromas sake. clean.

T: Flavor of corn and faint hops. Corny, dry and sweet but somewhat clean in execution at least. Some wheat and corn meal on the finish.

M: Frothy, alkaline mouthful, light to medium body, nothing special, not particularly crisp with an average amount of carbonation and corny like finish.

O: Overall very macro-like in execution. Cascade hops were sparingly used. A light drinking lager that may appeal to the BMC crowd but got a bit boring real fast for me. Aside from classic lager appearence which i thought was decent, this falls off significantly there-after. looks aint everything.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- I like the chubbier style bottle...just gives a little more class than usual I think. Thick foamy white head that doesn't disappear immediately, but actually leaves a moderate layer over the beer. This is a clear, lightly colored brew....kind of a dried grassy look. There's even some moderate lacing around the glass. It looks like there is some big scale carbonation here though.

S- This has a reasonably weak aroma I have to say. What I do pick up is some light malts, a dusty grass smell, mild alcohol and a very weak hop aroma in the backround. Overall, a fairly uninspired aroma profile, but this isn't unexpected either, being an adjunct lager.

T- It's not bad, but not great. On the front of the palate, the adjuncts come through. It is reasonably sweet at first, with the grainy malt up front, followed by a neutral corn flavor. The back end does provide what Weinhard's intended....a yeasty/bready flavor that really isn't unwelcome. Unfortunately, the finish leaves a sweetish note on the palate and the cascade hops don't really come through at all.

M- I say this area is slightly above average. It's actually quite smooth, and the large bubbles provide a clean crisp finish. It does have some body....I'd say leaning towards medium.

D- While I wouldn't complain about drinking this over an extended period out or watching a hockey game at home, I'd more likely have 2-3 of these then move on to something with more character. It is refreshing and makes a nice summer beer. It is definitely better than the average North American Lager....I recommend at least giving this one a try.

Photo of emerge077
2.24/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by date of "Jan 07 13" so it's well in code. Served in a tulip glass at a cool temperature. The pastoral label betrays a bland macro lager in the bottle.

Bright pale gold, initial finger of white foam with a drippy halo of soapy foam. Rapidly rising carbonation. Looks good so far.

Smells a bit vegetal, lager yeast, a little stinky sulfur. Tolerable at first, as it warms the telltale signs of DMS rear it's head.

Astringent feel, sharp co2 bite of carbonation, fizzy. Light corn aftertaste, lingering unpleasant cooked veggie flavors of DMS. Thin and fleeting feel, not much in terms of redeeming qualities, starting to feel a headache coming on also. A bit harsh and unrefined with the DMS off flavors being a dealbreaker. Big pass on this.

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Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.