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

Henry Weinhard's Private ReserveHenry Weinhard's Private Reserve

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363 Ratings
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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 18.53%

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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Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks ok, drinks like a bland smash without enough cascade to give it some oomph. Feel wasn't too bad, pretty drinkable, but overall not something I was overly impressed with. I recall this beer being much better than this, so I don't know if that's from memory too long gone or that it's changed for the worst since days gone by.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 23:19:31 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of vkv822


3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz : pint glass

Clear golden, with a fizzy, short lived white head.

Sweet, grainy malts. Light grassy, bitter hop finish. Nothing exciting, but I can't what it is, as it matches the style.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation.

A decent beer, nothing to write home about, but pleasant enough to drink without putting much thought into the flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 08:35:20 | More by vkv822
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.14/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a straw color with a one finger fizzy white head. The head fades very rapidly, leaving only a thin level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and a bit of foam on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a grainy nature mixed with some smells of a caramel and corn sweetness. Along with these smalls are some lighter notes of a grassy and herbal nature as well as just a hint of a lemon citrus smell.

Taste –The taste begins with a rather bready flavor mixed with some lighter caramel and corn tastes. The taste upfront is rather smooth and refreshing remaining that way much throughout the taste. A bit of a grainy and grassy flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle to the end of the taste, but yet still melds well with the other flavors, maintaining a rather smooth taste. In the end, a light level of an earthy and herbal flavor come to the tongue, along with a slight increase in the sweet flavors of corn and caramel, to leave a somewhat sweeter, but rather pleasant and still crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are good for the lighter tastes and somewhat sweeter flavors of the brew making this a rather easy drinking beer.

Overall – A decent brew at a reasonable price. Quite easy drinking and flavorful in the sweeter department with a rather easy drinking taste making for a decent session/ social drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 02:13:32 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a clear light golden amber with a thin white head with decent retention and light lacing. Light aroma of sweet malt and light hops, whiff of soap. Taste is mild sweet malt, grainy with light, friendly hops in the finish. Light bodied. A light, sweet lager, with a hint more malt and hop presence than a standard adjunct lager. Safe and boring with no off-notes.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 20:50:29 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of Pegasus


3.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear medium-golden body with a modest white head, which soon fades to a mere thin scattering of foam. Clouds of small carbonation rise swiftly to the surface. The lacing is thin and scattered.

Aroma: Modest hop aroma, likely Cascade, lends a little interest to an otherwise bland aroma of pale malt.

Taste: Opens with lightly toasted malts, soon followed by a modest flourish of Cascade hops. As the taste progresses, the hops are dominant against the backbone of pale malts, but in all, its a titanic struggle of two weaklings. The taste draws to a close with a slight, lingering hop presence.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with somewhat spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve is a macro lager in craft beer packaging. Although this is not a terrible American Pale Lager, one can do better for the price paid.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at CEFCO in Texas in August of 2013 for $8.99/ build-your-own six-pack plus tax.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 15:30:15 | More by Pegasus
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.09/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottled 8/5/13.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable for what it is but there is nothing too exciting going on here.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 04:19:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Vixie


2.43/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 23:51:02 | More by Vixie
Photo of beershrine


2.4/5  rDev -23.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 00:27:26 | More by beershrine
Photo of soju6


2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a pale golden color with a small head that fades to no real lacing.

S: Aroma is on the mild side with some citrus and just a bit of malt sweetness.

T: Taste follows with a bit of citrus and mild malt sweetness. Very light bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body and smooth. Fairly bland.

O: A decent non-offensive lager. Good as a lawnmower or BBQ beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 13:01:37 | More by soju6
Photo of gmfessen


2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Private Reserve is a clear, staw-blonde color with an active, fizzy white head. The nose is of lightly toasted grains and muted hops. Flavor reports more of the lightly toasted grains with a citrusy, slightly fruity finish. Hops are only to balance, they contribute little to the flavor of the beer, not exactly what I was expecting from a "Northwest-style lager". Mouthfeel is light in body with minimal carbonation. Overall not a bad beer but nothing exceptional either.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 23:00:36 | More by gmfessen
Photo of Kooz

New York

3.29/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 01:11:59 | More by Kooz
Photo of jifigz


3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Got one of these for free from the local 6-pack shop.

Pours a pale yellow color with a touch more color than your average american Macro lager. The beer smells quite sweet but there is a touch of fruity and floral hops...but just a touch. The head appeared and disappeared extremely fast and the beer looks very effervescent. The flavor of this beer is, well, basically like any macro American lager. It has tiny bit more hop flavor than a Bud etc and a slightly richer flavor. The MF is thin and crisp and bubbly.

Glad I had one for free, but this is basically crap. This is an average beer and nothing else. Very bland and boring. But it is what it should be for the style I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 15:18:40 | More by jifigz
Photo of kojevergas


1.9/5  rDev -39.3%
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.


Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 03:03:54 | More by kojevergas
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North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

The pour was a crystal clear sparkling yellow with a small (less than 1 finger) white foamy head that reduced at a steady pace, down to a thin wispy film with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was mild of a light grain malt, light floral hops and a mild cobweb yeast with notes of caramel and an adjunct (corn I believe).

The taste was lightly bitter with a very mild caramel sweetness early on, and then became a tad bitterer and a bit grainy with a crisp adjunct presence towards the finish. The flavor lasted only a short while after the swallow, with the mild crisp grainy taste fading fast from the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a ticklish carbonation.

Overall this brew was definitely nothing special and typical of an American Lager, although it was crisp and refreshing and might be good as a lawnmower brew. If you like this type of beer that is...


Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 16:43:17 | More by KajII
Photo of MichaelNickerson


3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - pale yellow with a weak white head

Smell- strong grainy aromas

Taste - grainy typical lager tastes with a hint of sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel - decently smooth with a slight bitter aftertaste

Overall - decent, average american lager

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 01:05:28 | More by MichaelNickerson
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North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with some light golden yellow highlights and heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a very thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy and corn malts upfront with a touch of bready malts behind it. The corn aspect of the malts fades after the first couple of sniffs. Very light hints of grassy hops.

T: Moderate flavors of grainy and pale malts upfront which fade slightly as the beer warms up followed by some light flavors of grassy hops. Light amounts of bitterness that fade rather quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront.

O: This beer is easy to drink and refreshing but there is nothing exceptional about this beer that would make me want to purchase it again - though also nothing that turns me off from it. This is just a very mediocre beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 01:19:05 | More by dbrauneis
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3.39/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Private Reserve of Henry Weinhard was a pleasant surprise.

Appearance was very good, pouring out a darkish yellow with a very white, fluffy head. It had staying power but with little lacing. The smell was a distinct barley which was one of the best I've experienced in a while. Mouthfeel was also good - just the right amount of carbonation with no watered down feel. It was an ale taste for a lager - not what I was expecting but good. Lighter an less bitter than a pale ale but with a strong lager taste. Overall, it was a good beer. I have to say I expected more from a beer labeled private reserve, but it will still be something I will be partaking of soon enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 19:22:22 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of Braz


2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear gold with slight amber tinge. Head is very thin and white and disappears quickly. Not a great smell. Skunky oatmeal scent. Very light flavor. No bitterness and very mild sweetness. Would be fine for session I believe. Crisp dry body. Nothing special here. Might be superior to some of the macrobrews. Such a light taste that it would be well suited for the person who says they don't like beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 22:38:46 | More by Braz
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

wanted to try something diffrent a good solid beer great color in the not weak not waterd down looks good in a glass , taste like yellow beer should taste like a good strong beer that doesnt lack taste a beer to be proud of enjoy this and have a nice day

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 02:13:17 | More by wac9
Photo of ferrari29


3.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into Pilsener glass

A - Beer poured with golden clear body; one finger white foam which dissipate very quickly; plenty of carbonation; not much lacing formed on the side of the glass

S - Light scent; grainy corn smell

T - Beer has a slight grainy malt lager flavor and finishes off with a sweet taste; not much bitterness

M - Light creamy feel; some bubbly feeling over the tongue; overall very smooth and no tart or sour tongue feel;

D - Average sweet blend of malts and hops to give it a good lager taste; smooth and refreshing beer;

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 03:31:09 | More by ferrari29
Photo of woodychandler


4.1/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 ...

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 20:42:33 | More by woodychandler
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New Hampshire

3.29/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 00:36:26 | More by puboflyons
Photo of EgadBananas


2.76/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a yellow, sunny color. Bright white head. Bubbly and crisp looking. The aroma is somewhat nutty,biscuity and corny. Grainy, little to no hops. Somewhat of a toasted grain taste, light sweetness and caramel with a nutty note. Where are those cascade hops? It's light, somewhat oily and crisp. Has a refreshing quality.

Too grainy, and no real complexity. Dime a dozen type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 02:49:59 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of zeff80


3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - Clear, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace.

S - Mostly caramel, grains and floral notes.

T - Slightly spicy with a good caramel and grain flavor. Some bread crust.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager.

O - This is a nice lager, but it really didn't wow me.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 23:12:08 | More by zeff80
Photo of SerialHiker


1.9/5  rDev -39.3%
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)

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 04:39:36 | More by SerialHiker
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Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.