1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Henry Weinhard's Private ReserveHenry Weinhard's Private Reserve

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

387 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 387
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.97%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | 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:
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 387 | Reviews: 166 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mercatonero
3/5  rDev -3.5%

mercatonero, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of motherofalldogs
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

motherofalldogs, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of OregonMicrobrew
3/5  rDev -3.5%

OregonMicrobrew, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Hoolihan
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Hoolihan, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty nice one finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is completely white and is surprisingly a little fluffy and creamy looking. However, I can literally hear the bubbles fizzing away. Head retention is frankly better than I thought it would be, I still have half a finger of head left, better than most adjunct lagers. I know this isn't an adjunct lager, but I've had it before and it might as well be. The lacing looks like it will actually be pretty nice, but we wont know for sure until I get down the glass. The body is pretty damn transparent, but I suppose it's not the clearest beer I've ever seen. Carbonation looks like it's just through the roof. Overall it's actually not a horrible looking beer considering everything, the body is pretty crappy, but what can you expect with a lager. The head is actually nice though, lacing looks like it will be good, and the head is still hanging in there. The smell is just your standard adjunct lager smell, super sweet, pretty sour smelling. Pretty carbonated smelling too. extremely pale malts on the nose. Overall it's just your standard adjunct lager smell, not that great. Not a horrible smell, but nothing more than a miller or coors. Taste is just the same, adjuncts, corn, etc. Very sour, slightly bitter, pretty darn sweet. I mean it has more flavor than a BMC, but it's just the same overall as they are. Just very sweet overall, really it's not that watery, which is good, but it just doesn't have anything else going on other than sweetness and some sourness. Overall better than BMC, but just barely. The mouthfeel is actually pretty good for an adjunct lager. Somewhat dry on the mouth. Also, it's not nearly as carbonated as I thought it would be, the carbonation is more medium than high. The body is obviously super thin, but for sure not the thinnest lager I have ever felt. Not a bad mouthfeel at all. The drinkability is obviously super high, it's extremely light, and it's not ever 4% ABV. Overall I wish there was more to say about this beer, but there really isn't. It's not a terrible beer, but it's not much more than a BMC. It has more flavor than your standard lager, but it's not necessarily a better flavor. Overall not terrible, but not something I really want to have again.

As I drank more and more of this beer, it did get quite a bit smoother, further backing up that 3.5 rating for the mouthfeel. It went down really well. The taste got a little nicer too, just a nice easy beer, no real problems with the flavor. With that being said, I don't really think I'm going to change my grade.

The appearance turned out to be actually pretty darn good. The lacing was really outstanding for a lager. For the first half of the glass the lacing was literally just one big lace, no wholes or anything on the lacing. As I got down to the second half the lacing started to break up a little bit, but it was still thicker than your average lacing, and it followed me all the way down the glass to boot! Really...the body wasn't very good, but it was a lager after all. The lacing and head were so great that I think I'm going to have to give it a 4 for appearance, even if that is too generous.

MaltsOfGlory, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of mike727
4/5  rDev +28.6%

mike727, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of edwardkersh
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

edwardkersh, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of 12packpoet
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

12packpoet, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of TrojanWheels
3/5  rDev -3.5%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of strongaf
3/5  rDev -3.5%

strongaf, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of MaxOfMetal
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

MaxOfMetal, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

animal69, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of timtwoface
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While I'm a fan of lagers, there aren't many that wow me. This beer is among that group - but it's still very good for a basic, delicious lager with a nice smoothe easy-drinking taste with no aftertaste. The price-point at under $1 for a stubby bottle is nice, too. I'm a fan of supporting Henry Weinhard's brews so I would always consider this a beer I'd gladly purchase again in the future.

timtwoface, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Huffaroma
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Huffaroma, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of phattman073
4/5  rDev +28.6%

phattman073, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +28.6%

scootercrabb, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of DavidST
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, Jan 09, 12 date on the bottle. Pours a light yellow color with a small white head which it quickly dissipates. The smells are light of floral hops with light malts. The feel is light along with the taste, some bread malts with a light hop bitterness (very light).

DavidST, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of mjurney
4.13/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, clear. Carbonation is moderate. Thin head.

Clean and crisp. Sweet grassy.

Grainy up front along with crisp bitterness in the finish. Very nice grainy character, cereal and hay like with touch of sweet caramel. Spicy hops towards the end, yet very crisp.
Body is light-medium, well carbonated.

Crisp finish. Slight spicy-grainy aftertaste.

Pretty good for a basic lager.

mjurney, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of megahurts4
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve

Appearance: golden straw, medium head, and some lacing.

Smell: malts, hops, and some grain.

Taste: malts, grain, and faint hops.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a decent brew. It does not have any strong flavors, but it seems well balanced and easily drank.

megahurts4, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of claytong
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance - straw color with minor head (about one inch). head dies off pretty quick like and has minor rim lacing then none

smell - grass, some minor citrus/grapefruit hops. tid bit of malt

taste - grass and malts, minor hops, neither corn nor rice is strong making it a lot nicer than a lot of its style

mouthfeel - not too bad thickness. maybe something i like about this a lot, its good solid medium body. pretty good carbonation. drinkability is also pretty solid.

claytong, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of isualum12
2.4/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

isualum12, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear golden color with not much white head, but the glass had been sitting out for a little while. Rich aroma is mainly fruity - pear and apple - with some malt and a hint of hay. Malty, fruity, slightly sweet flavor has a hoppy hint and is quite enjoyable. Texture is smooth and quite fizzy.

Cyberkedi, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of hoppyhampy
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by date is 6/13/11. Pours a very clear, very light yellow with two fingers of light, airy foam and almost no carbonation. Head quickly disappears and leaves no lacing. Nose has a fair amount of bitter hops with yeast and light, subtle malty notes. Mouthfeel is flat and watery. Palate has mildly sweet malt with grain flavors. Slightly bitter, hoppy finish. At the end of its shelf life and doesn't taste that old, but definitely doesn't show all that well in any aspect either.

hoppyhampy, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of HugePlume
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A- Straw yellow color, with average head. Head dissipates quickly. No lacing'

S- Lots or straw and alfalfa like sweetness, some dry fruity apricot like hops in the background.

T- Sweet cereal and grassy malts, some bitter hops build as you go, kudos to being detectable. Better than the macros here.

M- Nice balance of carbonation and a little chewiness.

O- Drinkable, but if I am going to have a cheapo lager I'd rather have a Rainier or step it up to a full-sail session.

HugePlume, Mar 22, 2011
Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.