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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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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 11:44:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 19:38:25 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.55/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 22:59:00 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 15:14:00 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 22:18:47 | More by biboergosum
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emerge077

Illinois

2.2/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 01:10:39 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 03:54:11 | More by russpowell
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zeff80

Missouri

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
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jlindros

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 01:03:36 | More by jlindros
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 16:30:05 | More by jwc215
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 23:06:51 | More by StonedTrippin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 12:23:09 | More by barleywinefiend
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

D-

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 03:03:54 | More by kojevergas
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Billolick

New York

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 23:43:10 | More by Billolick
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Zorro

California

2.05/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 03:33:22 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

2.5/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 01:19:21 | More by Wasatch
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Writing this review for at least the second time, the ol' neverending story about the merge in 2012 (or other reason(s)) have brought us here. A real thin, watery appearance, which lends itself naturally to have more clarity like Lake Tahoe, its all water. Aroma has that Weinhard's flava to it, probably the lager yeast they use, because it can be found almost universally in their beers.

Light graininess to the taste, a little bitter, noble hops, maybe a cascade or two thrown in there. High carbonation keeps the beer lighter on the palate. The yeast or something still stands out, a different bitter twang, although this may be exacerbated by the lack of a malt bill, I don't even know if this is two row, this could be six row.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 16:31:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.08/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 23:37:41 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve

LOOK: Pale golden color with a fine clarity. Head dies down to a ring.

SMELL: Lager yeast and sweet pale malts.

TASTE: Mildly bitter piney hop and lagery yeast strain. A one-two punch of bread and bitterness.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, Ok carbonation.

OVERALL: About average lager. Nothing special but decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 23:49:07 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gusler

Arizona

2.48/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2002 10:38:18 | More by Gusler
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Brad007

Vermont

3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold with no head into my glass. Ample carbonation. Looks interesting as it is. Hopefully it tastes good too.

Sweet, crisp, grainy. Wait, can you really put the last two together? Regardless, nothing out of the ordinary here.

Yep. Sweet and grainy here. Ordinary. Clean. I'd like to say drinkable as well. Then again, bud is supposedly drinkable as well.

Finishes with a touch of breadiness. Nothing offensive.

Better than their IPA that I had, despite the fact that they're different styles. I guess it's all in the approach and they approached this style admirably.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 08:29:33 | More by Brad007
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dbrauneis

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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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean deep yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet grains to a small dry end. In the taste, sweeter across the board and a small pine hop. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry and somewhat lager like after taste. Cascade hops and a bigger body than a lager, but quite lager like.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 14:49:38 | More by OWSLEY069
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Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.