Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve - Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +60.8%
I'm a lifelong West Coast native, but for some reason I've never gotten around to trying Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve. Well, the time is now.
Appearance: Poured into a clear glass beer mug, the beer has a golden color and a medium-thin head. Lookin' good, so far. Nice packaging, too -- the beer comes in a short brown bottle that really stands out from the macrobrew crowd.
Smell: This beer flat-out smells good, with traces of whole-wheat toast aroma. Excellent.
Taste: This beer tastes great. Very light whole-wheat toast and mild hops are the dominant flavors. Without a doubt, this is the most well-balanced AAL brew I've ever tasted.
Mouthfeel: Once again, excellent. Just enough carbonation to tingle your tongue, but without the usual macrobrew "soda pop" texture.
Drinkability: I drank four more of these straight out of the bottle after I sampled the first one in a beer mug. Exceptionally high drinkability.
Overall: Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve gets my highest recommendation. It's a fantastic all-purpose beer, with an exceptional blend of high-quality ingredients. Classy enough to impress the microbrew crowd, drinkable enough for your next chugging session.
08-14-2009 21:07:03 | More by Vito
5/5 rDev +60.8%
For an American Made Lager Beer, this is Awesome, Delicious, its LAGER and if you know what this means, you know its quality amber type of beer and it tastes great, you wont even feel the 5% alcohol inside, its that good, i love it, and living in Northwest this is one of our most popular beer. love it.
07-06-2014 09:55:28 | More by marcusy81
4.78/5 rDev +53.7%
pours fizzy yellow little to no head or lacing
Citrus hops on the nose with what i term a "lager scent" that is that clean smell from lighter lagers
taste is almost solely light citrus hops, very refreshing, very clean, quite delicious.
This is the single best session beer i have ever had. As far as beers meant for enjoying with friends at a BBQ etc, this is perfection.
09-12-2009 03:16:18 | More by redneckchugger
4.75/5 rDev +52.7%
Henry's is a simple delight. Used to be my main brew but I ventured off to the pale, red and amber ales; discovered Lowenbrau.
Then last week I bought a 12 pack of HPR after having ignored it for about a year It is clean, solid, unpretentious and uncomplicated. Finishes well, no lingering aftertaste.
05-28-2010 03:56:17 | More by sondance
4.38/5 rDev +40.8%
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.
10-23-2009 01:40:12 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.2/5 rDev +35%
I thought this was an outstanding beer, and I was happy to find it while driving through Minnesota (it's not available in Louisiana). It has a thick, creamy, off-white head, and a clear, amber color. Carbonation is quite high. The aroma is of barley and hops, and the smell is sharp. The taste is excellent, with good hop balance and deep beer flavor. It finishes crisp. The mouth-feel is light and watery. I'd love to be able to buy this on a regular basis.
07-04-2010 22:42:08 | More by RonaldTheriot
4.15/5 rDev +33.4%
A sixer of HW's private reserve is ultra cheap at my local liquor store, so I'm always grabbing these. The first time, it was just because I grabbed whatever was cheapest. But it turns out it's really good!
Citrusy smell & taste, relatively light and doesn't leave me too bloaty, and the backtaste is exceptional.
I'll probably keep getting it until the store runs out of it :)
05-13-2010 11:00:52 | More by remmyreel
4.13/5 rDev +32.8%
Golden color, clear. Carbonation is moderate. Thin head.
Clean and crisp. Sweet grassy.
Grainy up front along with crisp bitterness in the finish. Very nice grainy character, cereal and hay like with touch of sweet caramel. Spicy hops towards the end, yet very crisp.
Body is light-medium, well carbonated.
Crisp finish. Slight spicy-grainy aftertaste.
Pretty good for a basic lager.
10-23-2011 21:47:57 | More by mjurney
4.1/5 rDev +31.8%
My local trader, tone77, dropped off about a case's worth of mixed bottles and CANs and I am interspersing the two over the course of this slow afternoon at Chez Woody.
From the bottle: "Our brewery's flagship award-winning lager."; "Brewed with Cascade hops from the 44th latitude".
I have a feeling that this will either evoke pleasant memories or invoke my wrath against whoever is bottling this in MKE, WI. I wanted to be a west coast sailor so badly that I self-negotiated my own transfer to an FFG out of Long Beach, CA and on a work-up cruise, we stopped in Kelso-Longview where I had this beer in its original iteration in 1986.
I cannot say much for head retention as it fizzed up briefly with a finger of bone-white head, but then it dissipated just as quickly, leaving mere wisps in its wake. Color was a sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity and evidence of carbonation. Nose was slightly metallic with a biscuit malt base and a grassy hop smell. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was about what I remember from nearly 27 years ago! It was a mildly hopped grassy flavor that I first noticed in the mouth and the finish had a bready/biscuit-like sweetness to it. I remember thinking that although it was not something wildly different like a Belgian ale, neither was it gag-inducing like so many mass-produced lagers of the time. I was not totally hip to the difference between lagers and ales, but I knew that one existed. This was a really pleasant semi-dry lager and a definite nod to the original. Obviously, they are not going to cop to their adherence to the original recipe, but this was a solid beer. Now, if they would just start CANning Henry's ...
02-14-2013 20:42:33 | More by woodychandler
4/5 rDev +28.6%
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.
11-06-2012 23:51:33 | More by Fatehunter
Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
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