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

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Reviews: 167
Hads: 408
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 18.59%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.09/5  rDev -1%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 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, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, silken, and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves some plain, random swaths of chunky lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of mildly musty citrus pith, sort of crisp grainy pale malt, and some unfortunately skunky root vegetables. The taste is decent barley-centered grainy malt, some softly phenolic yeastiness, a bit of generic citrus, and further leafy, weedy, and dead floral hops.

The carbonation is average in its titillating frothiness, the body just on the light side of yer typical middleweight, and mostly smooth, the hops not contractually obligated to break any virtual knees here. It finishes mostly off-dry, the malt hanging tough as the weedy, herbal hops become increasingly skunky as things warm up.

An ok pale lager, I suppose, the so-called big single 'C' hops doing what they can, but overall it leans a little too much toward the typical stank of its much more lowly competitors. Adequate, I suppose, if you need to wean one of your Bud-happy bros, but otherwise, better American-made lagers are surely available out there. (1,417 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.24/5  rDev -28.2%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (1,638 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.27/5  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. (352 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.56/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.61/5  rDev -16.3%
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... (718 characters)

Photo of jlindros
2/5  rDev -35.9%
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. (1,940 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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 (646 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
1.93/5  rDev -38.1%
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- (1,795 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,043 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
2.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (648 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +31.1%
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 ... (1,676 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.02/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.06/5  rDev -34%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.01/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.09/5  rDev -33%
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. (943 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: totally clear, true golden color with half a finger of white foam. Not too bad; I quite like the color.

Smell: sweet and a little grainy; not too bad.

Taste: quite similar to the smell, although more malty than grainy. It's a simple, smooth lager; on the whole not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with somewhat less carbonation than I'd prefer. OK.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. This is another brew which makes frequent appearances at band practice ($9 for a half-rack doesn't hurt, either). Keeps you hydrated! (579 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown1 2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains and malts. Taste is light, mild, some malts and grains, refreshing but a bit on the weak side. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while not terrible, is just meh. (265 characters)

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Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.