Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve - Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
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3.09/5 rDev -1%
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.
08-31-2013 04:19:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.08/5 rDev -1.3%
A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of corn and grainy malts in the nose. The corn subsides a little as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the corn isn't as prominent and there are also notes of pale malts and a slight amount of carbonation.
M: It feels light-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Nothing really stands out about the smell or taste of this beer but it is rather easy to drink.
01-06-2013 19:38:25 | More by metter98
3.5/5 rDev +12.2%
Pale lemon peel topped by two fingers of bright white foam. Enough carbonation is feeding the head to keep it from deflating too quickly. It looks acceptable enough and is leaving a reasonable amount of lace in ragged rings. Not bad, not great.
The aroma is 90% American macro lager. That is, it smells like untoasted cereal grains and little else. Thankfully, the brown glass bottle has helped keep the skunks at bay. The other 10% is a smidgen of Cascade hop citrusiness. I like the decision to brighten up a pale lager with that particular hop, even if it is subtle.
Private Reserve tastes exactly like it smells. In other words, it tastes like any number of the higher quality macro lagers with a shot of lemon citrusiness from 15 IBUs' worth of Cascade hops. The malt provides slightly more sweetness and the hops provide more bitterness and more flavor than is typical. Balance is the end result.
I would have to have them side-by-side to be 100% sure, but this beer is a better bet than Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar Ale (which is supposed to be a cream ale... but isn't). Maybe this bottle is fresher, who knows? If properly chilled, I'd take PR over the BMC lagers any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
The mouthfeel is light, edging toward medium, and doesn't deteriorate on the finish. It's also lively without being overly buzzy. No letdown here at all.
Private Reserve is a pretty highfalutin' name for such a simple beer. No matter what they call it, I found a lot to like in this drinkable, quenching little pale lager. I'd much rather be surprised up to a slightly above average beer than be disappointed down to one.
05-20-2008 11:44:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.55/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
10-09-2012 22:59:00 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.6/5 rDev -16.7%
Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.
Reachin' into the old man's private stash, eh? I'm always up for a little mischief... This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises straight corn (in the form of both kernel and syrup) and what may or may not be some mild wheat. Sad, insipid smell, really. The taste brings in more of the same, though now my suspicions regarding the wheat are confirmed, and the culprit is shown to be Pigpen-style dirty. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation, a watery feel, and a drying finish. Overall, a sad, mostly lifeless little beer, one hardly deserving of its title. I'd hate to see what he throws away...
10-16-2012 15:14:00 | More by TMoney2591
2.2/5 rDev -29.5%
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.
10-12-2012 01:10:39 | More by emerge077
3.28/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
01-24-2013 23:12:08 | More by zeff80
3.33/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
07-29-2010 22:18:47 | More by biboergosum
3.35/5 rDev +7.4%
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
11-10-2007 03:54:11 | More by russpowell
2/5 rDev -35.9%
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.
11-19-2012 01:03:36 | More by jlindros
3.08/5 rDev -1.3%
nothing special here. smells like a slightly more malty version of the american adjunct stuff, bittering hops only, and in small doses. flavor is fairly bland as well, some english style malts give it a decent profile, but its rather watered down. it does have a fairly crist finish, which serves it well. lighter medium body, decent carbonation. this is one of those beers that serves the purpose of being a better than mass produced lagers, but not being too offensive to the less adventurous palate. not a beer id suggest to any of my mates, but i might buy a 6er for my molson drinking old man.
04-26-2012 23:06:51 | More by StonedTrippin
3.05/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours straw yellow with a thin head that eventually canishes with thin vanishing lacing.
Smells pretty much like a macro-lager with some grass and pear.
Like the smell, the taste is thin. Some sweetness with a pear-like dryness in the finish.
It is crisp and smooth - not too fizzy. Crisp and clean.
It claims to use Cascade hops, and I suppose they are there, but they are very mild. The whole lager is mild. Inoffensive, but not much different than cheap macro lagers.
11-29-2012 16:30:05 | More by jwc215
2.83/5 rDev -9.3%
10/28/06- Had while vacationing in Montana last year.
Presentation- 12oz bottle. No freshness dating to be found. Poured into a standard pint glass.
Appearance- Dark golden pour. Large foamy one inch plus white head. Large chunks of lace left behind.
Smell- More malty notes than anything, maybe a whiff of grain as well. Standard.
Taste- Definite grainy flavor. Also a slight canned corn taste as well. Digging deeper there is some dark roasted malt.
Mouthfeel- Higher on the carbonation scale with little aftertaste.
Drinkability- A bit better than the run of the mill macro. Has a bit of character and was pretty easy to drink.
03-08-2007 22:03:33 | More by GClarkage
1.9/5 rDev -39.1%
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.
05-06-2013 03:03:54 | More by kojevergas
4.1/5 rDev +31.4%
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 ...
02-14-2013 20:42:33 | More by woodychandler
3.08/5 rDev -1.3%
Poured a deep urine color with little carbonation. Taste is kind of smooth, with a decent malt flavor. The hoppiness is very pleasant. This is somewhat light-bodied but better than most Macro Lagers. The first Henry's I've tried and probably the last.
05-15-2008 12:23:09 | More by barleywinefiend
3.28/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
11-13-2012 23:43:10 | More by Billolick
Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.