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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407 Ratings
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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.03%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | 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: 407 | Reviews: 170
Photo of rden4654
1.17/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Quite possibly the worst beer I have ever had!!!

Photo of hoffman
1.48/5  rDev -52.3%
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.

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 Andrew644
1.76/5  rDev -43.2%
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.

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 SerialHiker
1.89/5  rDev -39%
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)

Photo of KoG
1.9/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
1.93/5  rDev -37.7%
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-

Photo of jlindros
2/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

Photo of Zorro
2.06/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

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 ctownsoul
2.13/5  rDev -31.3%
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

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.

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 dnichols
2.28/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had a 12 ounce bottle served in a cooled pint glass at the Headquarters Bar in Mineral, Washington.

A: It poured light amber tainted gold with a bone white anemic head that disappeared fast leaving a small collar and a hardly noticeable lacing.

S: It has a bold floral hop aroma with a hint of citrus (diluted orange).

T: There was a whisper of sweetness from the malts that was quickly overcome by the bite of the hops. There was a sour aftertaste that diminished my desire to take the next sip.

M: Light body, with a somewhat refreshing dryness. It had almost no carbonation and a noticeable bitter aftertaste.

D: Easy beer to drink during a long session. However, it is highly carbonated and a bit hop heavy.

Comment: Not my cup of beer…it bitter, too tasteless, too thin. Weinhard’s makes a very good root beer.

Photo of 81tillinfinity
2.34/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Basic only drink if offered for free

Photo of isualum12
2.37/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

app-Yellow gold with white lace on top. lots of activity in bubbles
smell- skunk....reminds me of cheap beer I drank in college.
Taste- Not as bad as it smells. Not great though. skunky still with a bite. You can taste the barley to me.
mouthfeel- carbinated
overall- It is a weak tasting with a bad aftertaste. I cant recommend it. To many better choices in this price range.

Photo of beershrine
2.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: straw gold pours flat with signs of chemical head retention additives.

S: Aroma is sickly sweet corn & alchol in nose

T: Citrus sweet with notes of hops.

M: Low carbonation, no head with watery corn? flavor

Overall: Not a bad north american lager but not a good one either at least I can taste it unlike
those macro flavored brews.

Serving type: bottle

Priced at 10.99 a 12 pack

Photo of Vixie
2.44/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light clear yellow with a white head that sticks around for a few seconds.

Malt, lemon, corn, grass.

Starts out a bit citrus like, mainly lemon. Little bit of corn, hint of malt. The back end is what hurts this one, has something funky going on at the finish.

The feel is decent, a bit tingly going down.

If not for the funky aftertaste, this would be a decent beer. It is nice and light, and has more flavor than most mass market beers. Would be an ok beer for something on a really hot day if you wanted something to cool yourself down.

Photo of Gusler
2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The pour is crystal clear, the head creamy in its texture, sufficient in its size with decent lace to cover the glass, both a bright white color. Nose is malt dominated, clean and crisp Very light hints of citrus also present. Front is lightly sweet, the top quite thin. Finish is scarcely carbonated, faintly hopped, dry aftertaste, but very light bodied and missing some hops and malt to make it more palatable at least to me.

Photo of KarlosT
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer at the Amesbury Beer Festival on Sep 22 2012.

Most of the beers were served from bottles into small 3oz plastic pixie cups.

Although I took notes on the 20+ different beers that I tried, it is difficult to remember all of the details associated with each beer. My apologies to readers of these notes. However, I did pay attention to my overall scores, and noted what I thought were unique positives and negatives w/ each beer.

Note that for me:
< 2.5 = would not finish the beer
3.0 = drinkable beer, but likely would not buy again or look for
>3.5 = will try to buy again in the future

Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a yellow pale color, very little carbonation, not much lacing.

S - Scents of sweet malts, skunky.

T - The taste is kinda malty, and watery, really not much there to talk about.

M - Light body.

D - Drinkable I guess. I had to try it again, since I use to like it way back.

Photo of SassyBootblack
2.54/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Oh boy, my old college favorite. Leftover in the fridge from when my Mom visited. The old girl can't put them away like she used to, poor dear.

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear and yellow, attractive amount of bubbles. Thin head.

Smell: Sweet corn.

Taste: Thin with a corn sweetness being predominate.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery.

Drinkability: Not the most impressive lager out there, but nothing too terribly wrong with it. If I may damn it with faint praise, it is good for the price (but only in the Northwest).

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a yellow-hued, bubbly (soda-like) body of good clarity with a medium-small, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Mealy-scented cereal malts, incredibly faint citrus, and a slight touch of DMS. Not diggin' it, Henry.

Taste: Flaccid cereal maltiness with a sweet edge to it kept in check by a slight sulfury hint. Very weak citrus hop character. Lightly bitter. Drying, crackling finish from the carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, but watery. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Insufficient on many levels.

Photo of tbeck
2.57/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow that is clear. Develops a thin white head that dissipates quickly into a narrow collar. Slight laciness. Aroma is musty barley with a slight hoppiness. Taste is primarily cereal grains with a bit of hops. Thin and water texture. Not a terrible beer, might work on a hot day sitting outside. Not recommended as a session beer.

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Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.