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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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72
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389 Ratings
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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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1/5  rDev -67.8%

John_Squires, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of misternebbie
1.4/5  rDev -55%

misternebbie, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of jtierney89
1.5/5  rDev -51.8%
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.

jtierney89, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of hoffman
1.5/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours to a thin yellow color. Zero head zero lace. Very watery pour. Smell is of all grain...no hops. A sharp almost pungent mildew smell overtakes this one. The taste is poor, very typical tastes like a macro. More full mouthfeel than one would expect but not impressive. Do not drink this one. I was not impressed at all. Not a good example of good beer.

hoffman, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of tjdrewry
1.5/5  rDev -51.8%

tjdrewry, Jul 26, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -51.8%

lupercmda, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of rubicon1983
1.75/5  rDev -43.7%

rubicon1983, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Andrew644
1.75/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Light gold with a head that very rapidly dies down.

S- Not much smell, very faint malt smell with the no hop smell.

T- Little flavor, it is hard to taste the most important aspects which is the malt and hops.

M- It does have good mouthfeel though and the good carbonation is probably the only strong aspect of the beer.

A- poor drinkability, yes it would be easy to put away a lot of these but I don't think I would enjoy it, the flavor just isn't there.

Andrew644, Nov 02, 2010
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 KoG
1.9/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I've never been a fan of lagers, but I have had better.

Light yellow color that pours like soda and leaves no lacing after the fizz goes away.

Smelled slightly skunked, weird for a brown bottle, watered down bleh...

Taste, yep like stale water with some hops in it, not much though.

Left me surprisingly refreshed except for the terrible aftertaste which made me drink more to get rid of it. Still seems like water.

Drinkability is not a word I would associate with this beer.

KoG, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of kojevergas
1.9/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap aquired at a local 7-11 and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this is me first beer from this brewery. Best before June 10th, 2013. Label art is okay. This is their flagship according to the label.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of beige colour, okay cream, decent thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention. Body colour is a weak pale yellow; fairly dull. Transparent and translucent. The insane bubble quantity makes it appear overcarbonated; it's almost champagney. No lacing as the head recedes. Pretty bland looking.

Sm: Artificial lemon extract, artificial lime extract, pale malts, corn adjunct, straw, sugars, a bit of medicinal character, grains, and bland floral hops. Off-putting. Not at all inviting or fresh. I'm not looking forward to trying this. An average strength aroma.

T: Structurally brief, with no real depth of flavour. Bland corn and straw grains form the weak pathetic body. Some bland floral hops sit atop the foundation. Weak lemon zest - very artificial. Too sweet and sugary. Not very enjoyable at all, but luckily not watery either. Crappily balanced and poorly built.

Mf: Smooth, wet, overcarbonated. Poor presence on the palate. Not very full-bodied; empty and devoid of flavour. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well at all. Unrefreshing.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. Very mundane. Not worth the $2 I paid for it. I definitely wouldn't get this again; there are far better beers in the style - many of them even made by American macrobreweries. This stuff is garbage. Avoid.

D-

kojevergas, May 06, 2013
Photo of SerialHiker
1.9/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: Pours a transparent yellow to golden color…white head, about a finger thick, is firm and somewhat lasting…minimal bubble action…thin and watery…(2.5/5)

Smell: Bitter, not hoppy bitter, skunky bitter…very light wheat, kinda corny…super basic…(1.5/5)

Taste: A light wheat and malt taste…very watery…(2/5)

Mouthfeel: Very light and pretty crisp, but there is a surprising amount of carbonation…nothing that lasts or forms cotton candy, but it does exist and that’s saying something (for this beer)…some malty, bitter after taste, but this beer pretty much comes and goes…(2.25/5)

Overall: Watery…I guess this is a lager, as I don’t often dabble too much into this category…it’s very watery and real basic…no flavor beyond the light wheat and corn and it doesn’t leave much of an impression on the palette…very little experimentation here, it’s just “beer”…i would suspect that most home brewers can make a similar tasting ale…if you like lagers, this one is crisp and clean and drinkable, but if you are wanting for flavor, don’t look here…(1.75/5)

SerialHiker, Jan 15, 2013
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2/5  rDev -35.7%

apasternak, May 08, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
2/5  rDev -35.7%

jaydoc, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of warpedrevolution
2/5  rDev -35.7%

warpedrevolution, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of jlindros
2/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Something new I've never seen before, as they were really cheap I grabbed all three styles, amber, IPA, and this. Hopefully it's not too bad.

OH sh*t, twist off, already a terrible start. It pours a pasty white soda like fizzy head htat at least reaches 1/2 finger before quickly disappearing, over a crystal brilliantly clear, maybe the clearest beer I've ever seen, with just a hint of yellowish color, you can barely tell the beer is in the glass, and I'm not exaggerating!

Nose doesn't help it's cause, piss pore macro lager like, extremely light to start, and I mean Coors Light like lightness, with just a hint of corn adjunct, little skunky like unhappy yeast, and a faint hint of stale grassy hops.

Taste is at least existant, but not great. A slight step up from the macros, light malt base, a bit of a rice or corn like adjunct, touch of skunky rushed lager yeast flavor, although it is crisp and lager like, but light and airy. Again the slightest hint of grassy hops as if they threw a few old hops in that they stole from a bigger brewery after it came out of the batch already used, and thrown in the grass. Finish... I think it actually forgot to finish, except that there is a bit more skunky sticky flavor, somehow seems a bit syrupy, little metallic as well, and more adjunct like corn or something. Not so good.

Mouth is barely there, it's pretty thin and hard for my mouth to even detect it's presence, although it does have quite a bit of carbonation which is surprising for a twist off.

Overall, sigh, not even gonna finish this. The only two times I could see drinking this are frat party, or when you're dying of thirst after walking through the desert for 40 days and 40 nights with nothing but sandy water, then maybe this may be an improvement. I should have known at the price it was that it would suck. I'll probably pound through the other two some night when I can whip up a few reviews in a few minutes.

jlindros, Nov 19, 2012
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2/5  rDev -35.7%

Nzinger, Nov 19, 2012
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2/5  rDev -35.7%

khargro2, May 13, 2013
Photo of Sonofalime
2/5  rDev -35.7%

Sonofalime, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of tmm313
2/5  rDev -35.7%

tmm313, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Mortarforker
2/5  rDev -35.7%

Mortarforker, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of jkermitj
2/5  rDev -35.7%

jkermitj, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Zorro
2.05/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear light golden brew, unfortunately this is its best feature.

Smell is a bit of grain and corn, not it's best feature.

Taste is mostly grain with malts and a weird corn twang.

Mouthfeel is Macro swill.

Not real Drinkable, Olde English 800 is better than this.

Zorro, Mar 22, 2004
Photo of beerthulhu
2.08/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

beerthulhu, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of ctownsoul
2.1/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass a clear, straw colored brew with a 1.5-2 inch head. Smell was on the malty side with a hint of citrus coming through. Hops were on the faint side

Taste was a bit malty with a slight hoppy finish. Nothing too special here. Carbonation levels were good, but it was more like drinking plain carbonated water than beer. I can easily see how people can easily down a few of these

ctownsoul, Nov 05, 2007
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Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.