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

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Henry Weinhard's Private ReserveHenry Weinhard's Private Reserve

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395 Ratings
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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.03%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | 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 AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow, stark white head with decent retention and good lacing.

Nose has some crisp cascade-like hops and a good dose of lagery grain.

Wow! Extremely well done. For a good sessionable lager this is tough to beat. As much of a mAIcro as HW is, this one is masterfully crafted. A nice amount of crisp hop presence without going into pilsner territory, and a very, VERY clean grain bill.

Mouthfeel is ideal for the style.

Drinkability, well, its hard to find anything better. Super slammable, cold, summertime, lawnmower, barbeque awesomeness.

Overall a very clean and very enjoyable lager. Incredibly drinkable and refreshing. Very well done.

Photo of redneckchugger
4.74/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours fizzy yellow little to no head or lacing
Citrus hops on the nose with what i term a "lager scent" that is that clean smell from lighter lagers
taste is almost solely light citrus hops, very refreshing, very clean, quite delicious.
This is the single best session beer i have ever had. As far as beers meant for enjoying with friends at a BBQ etc, this is perfection.

Photo of Vito
5/5  rDev +61.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a lifelong West Coast native, but for some reason I've never gotten around to trying Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve. Well, the time is now.

Appearance: Poured into a clear glass beer mug, the beer has a golden color and a medium-thin head. Lookin' good, so far. Nice packaging, too -- the beer comes in a short brown bottle that really stands out from the macrobrew crowd.

Smell: This beer flat-out smells good, with traces of whole-wheat toast aroma. Excellent.

Taste: This beer tastes great. Very light whole-wheat toast and mild hops are the dominant flavors. Without a doubt, this is the most well-balanced AAL brew I've ever tasted.

Mouthfeel: Once again, excellent. Just enough carbonation to tingle your tongue, but without the usual macrobrew "soda pop" texture.

Drinkability: I drank four more of these straight out of the bottle after I sampled the first one in a beer mug. Exceptionally high drinkability.

Overall: Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve gets my highest recommendation. It's a fantastic all-purpose beer, with an exceptional blend of high-quality ingredients. Classy enough to impress the microbrew crowd, drinkable enough for your next chugging session.

Photo of Monsteruss
3.12/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The foam was very light wheat in color, bubbly and dissapated quickly. Color was light golden yellow with hints of amber. Smell had bitter fruit notes with an even amount of hops and wheat. Taste - a dominate bitter introduction with hops and barley balance and wheat undertones. Mouthfeel - light to medium-bodied and not too carbonated. Drinkability - it's ok but better than the mainstream American pils ans lagers.

Photo of washburnkid
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Given to me by my neighbor a few weeks ago. I'm finally getting around to cracking it open.

A: Aggressive pour yields 2 fingers frothy white head. Brew is somewhat hazy, and pale straw in color. Surprisingly good head retention and lacing. Nice looking appearance for the most part.
S: Grainy, some hay and earth. A bit of sweet malt and grassy hops.
T/M: This brew is highly carbonated with some heavy grains and a bit of cooked veggies. Quick smack of grassy hops to give it a bit of complexity. The liquid is really syrupy in my mouth, which is better than the watery brews often found in the style.
D: A great beer to introduce BMC drinkers into the craft world. A bit more complexity than what those folks would be used to, but nothing overwhelming on the palate.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- I like the chubbier style bottle...just gives a little more class than usual I think. Thick foamy white head that doesn't disappear immediately, but actually leaves a moderate layer over the beer. This is a clear, lightly colored brew....kind of a dried grassy look. There's even some moderate lacing around the glass. It looks like there is some big scale carbonation here though.

S- This has a reasonably weak aroma I have to say. What I do pick up is some light malts, a dusty grass smell, mild alcohol and a very weak hop aroma in the backround. Overall, a fairly uninspired aroma profile, but this isn't unexpected either, being an adjunct lager.

T- It's not bad, but not great. On the front of the palate, the adjuncts come through. It is reasonably sweet at first, with the grainy malt up front, followed by a neutral corn flavor. The back end does provide what Weinhard's intended....a yeasty/bready flavor that really isn't unwelcome. Unfortunately, the finish leaves a sweetish note on the palate and the cascade hops don't really come through at all.

M- I say this area is slightly above average. It's actually quite smooth, and the large bubbles provide a clean crisp finish. It does have some body....I'd say leaning towards medium.

D- While I wouldn't complain about drinking this over an extended period out or watching a hockey game at home, I'd more likely have 2-3 of these then move on to something with more character. It is refreshing and makes a nice summer beer. It is definitely better than the average North American Lager....I recommend at least giving this one a try.

Photo of teejay76
2.62/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Transparent yellow.

Smell - Light hops, maybe some citrus.

Taste - Watered down hops.

Mouthfeel - Smooth...but see above for why.

Drinkability - Easy to drink.

Overall - Not impressed, do not recommend, and won't be buying it again.

Photo of prodgerm
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow with good head which fades to a lace, then just a ring around the glass. Some hop smell and light hop taste, little malt taste, the corn grit comes through. Good mouth feel for a beer of this type. They used to make this beer with a Hazelnut flavoring which was interesting. I always have a "Hank's" when I'm in Portland, OR.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours your standard golden body with a large frothy white head. Head has pretty good retention and creates the "mold spot" look when it dissipates, first time I've seen this in an adjunct.

S: Smells of light malts with some graininess and slight citrus.

T: Light malts with some graininess. Small amount of a lemon flavor overall, not the best adjunct but better than many.

M: Not what I expected, the carbonation isn't as strong as it looks and the body is much heavier than I expected...almost makes me forget I'm drinking an adjunct.

D: I actually enjoy this beer, it tastes above average which makes it all the better. One of the best I've had. Especially not bad seeing as how a pait $1 for a six-pack just because it was one day over expiration date.

Photo of tbeck
2.57/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow that is clear. Develops a thin white head that dissipates quickly into a narrow collar. Slight laciness. Aroma is musty barley with a slight hoppiness. Taste is primarily cereal grains with a bit of hops. Thin and water texture. Not a terrible beer, might work on a hot day sitting outside. Not recommended as a session beer.

Photo of SickBrew
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured from a bottle with about one finger of fine head that left some light lacing. It is light yellow and crystal clear like most standard macro lagers. Nose is grainy, slightly musty and not altogether great.

The brew taste a bit better than is smells with some decent malt flavors coming through, but the could be support by a slight hop kick. There also a bit of that sweet corn DMS in there. Body is medium light and carb is fair. Overall this is a beer than I'd try again.

Photo of Bockrules
3.02/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a mug

A - Pours a straw gold a two finger head that quickily dissiaptes into nothing. Leaves minimal splotches of lacing.

S - light malt smell with a hint of hops. Not much here

T - Alcohol and a bit of sweetness up front followed by a sweet malt body with a hint of noble hop flavor. The finnish is clean with a slight corn-grit flavor. Adjunct flavors are quite present in the finish.

M - Lively carbonated with a thin body. Needs to be thicker.

D - Had this with Christmas dinner at my Grandparents house. Not much better (if at all) than the big three. Certainly not a beer i'd seek out at the store.

Photo of colts9016
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a golden amber color with carbonation and a little head.
Nose; sweet and malty with a little bit of lemon and grass.
Taste; roasted malt, caramel malt,little grass and some corn.
Body; is thin but not watery.
Finish; nill overall very good easy drinking beer

Photo of magictrokini
1.83/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dear Mr. Weinhard:
Why do you continue to perpetrate this fraud upon us? Your beer is not a micro or a craft brew. I know this is not actually out of your own private stash. You claim this beer has an "outstanding pleasant taste," when it clearly does not. It pours a fake clear gold with a mediocre white head. It has a sour, grainy aroma replete with straw. It is watered down, skunky, and bitter. The taste just gets more and more sour and stale as you continute to drink. Fake honey and malt flavors do not blend well with the wooden, NOT resiny, but wooden hops. Please, for the sake of all that is good and decent in this world, stop selling this beer.

Photo of Rayek
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale gold with a fluffy white head that sticks around longer than I expected. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Dry malt and a hint of lemon citrus.

T: Better than the average macro. Well balanced. Malt is mostly raw grain. Bitterness comes on with a marginal lemon twang that makes this beer fairly interesting to drink.

M: Light body has a bit too much fizz.

D: I remember this beer being a big deal when it first hit the market. Better than most macros. Certainly decent for a session.

Photo of Offa
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty standard, simple, but solid, clean American lager.

Fairly deep gold, it has a smallish white head that soon shrinks to a thin foam, which itself gradually recedes to a ring.

The aroma is very pleasant, flowery sweet lager with grain, apple, hints of grass and pine.

The taste is a nice, pleasant grain with lemon, apple, smoothly sweet before a very faintly grassy-piney bitter finish leaving a lingering, tingly faint bitterness and soft grain aftertaste. The bitterness, though, is very faint and overall the beer is on the sweet side. However, it has pleasant taste, is nice, clean, smooth, crisp, and very drinkable.

Photo of atliens81
3.9/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a 6 pack from Hyvee supermarket. Poured from a bottle in to a glass. First thing I noticed about this beer is that it was extremely refreshing. Hence, the exceptional rating for drinkability. I could really see this being a good fit if you were looking for a beer to drink if you were pulling an all nighter with some friends. As far as the actual taste and aroma... there's not a ton going on here. No hoppy taste, or bitters really. It's actually got an almost sweet sorgum-eque flavor to it. But overall, no overpowering taste to it. It's just a good, crisp, smooth, and extremely drinkable beer. I would absolutely drink it again.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Private Reserve poured a clear straw color with a quick dissipating foam head and some sea foam lacing.

The aroma was a bit lemony and the taste was grainy and tart. In the mouth it was crisp and highly carbonated. Overall it was not bad for the big macro lagers. I would probably drink this before the other large ones.

Photo of MTNboy
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- An average yellow color with a straw hue. Average head and lace.

Smell- Typical macro grassy aroma.

Taste- It is very mild beer but not bad. Earthy and crisp with good malt and hop tones.

Mouthfeel- Light with a lot of fizz.

Drinkability- It was not bad. I would drink it again.

Photo of Mardukk
2.97/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Medium golden color with little to no carbonation

S: Grassy alcohol smell...not much of a smell really

T: Little to no taste, very low carbonation. Slightly malty and somewhat sweet increasing the drinkability. Less taste than almost any beer I've ever had (not all bad considering some of the off tasting beer out there).

M: Somewhat light mouthfeel but more to it than the macro light beers.

D: Scarily drinkable, I could accidentally drink way too many of these due to the lack of taste and it's smoothness.

If you're looking for a beer with no taste that's very easy to drink...this is the beer for you. I'll not seek this out again.

Photo of Bookseeb
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a golden straw with a very thin to no head. Smell seems a bit mor malty than most macros. Taste has a light citrus and malt with a club soda, along with the carbonation. Mouthfeel is light, smooth and dry. It's been awhile since I've had one of these and I won't be in any rush to have another.

Photo of Atlas1
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has such a great name. Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve. It wreaks of aristocracy and I love it. The name, not the beer.

The label says it from bottling #151. Not really sure what that means. Pours a pale golden color. Very shiny, not much head. Screams weak pale lager from the get-go. The nose is faint. Dry and malty, but bland and weak. It also tastes malty but again bland. There is a slight residual sweetness that I can detect, though. Not much in the way of hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry.

Eh. This is an entirely forgettable beer. Do people really love this stuff? Maybe. It could very well be a regional attraction. I could see this being the Shiner, or the Natty Bo, or the Lone Star of the NW, that people love because it's brewed in their backyard and has a history to it. Still, it's a mediocre beer all around and I just can't quite see the attraction.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: dark straw body with some white head that fizzes up and fades pretty quickly

s: sweeter lager malts with a smidgeon of citrusy/fruity hops

t: ok; some citrusy hops with macro malts; some apples

m: macro

d: better than budweiser and coors but worse than some other premium macros; i won't buy it again; also a huge disappointment since their root beer is so fing good

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.01/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.