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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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387 Ratings
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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)
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Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For about 18 months in the mid 1990s, you could get this beer and its stable mates in the Chicago area. Than as quickly as it came, it vanished off the shelves. I recently was in the PNW and had a chance to sample it again.

Beer poured a nice golden yellow with a decent sized head. The foam quickly vanished and it did leave some slight lacing.

Beer has a clean smell. You get some grain and a hint of hops and malt. I wish there was a little more to the nose here.

Taste is solid but not earth shattering. Beer tends towards the slightly sweet side of the equation, but the hops keep it in check. Some adjunct grain taste slips in, but it is not to distracting. Taste is much better than the standard macro lager.

This beer inhabits middle ground between macro blandness and the heightened tastes of a good micro. Similar beers/breweries in the Midwest include the Berghoff beers and the offerings from Leinenkugle. This is a good starter or lawnmower type beer.

Redrover, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light, clear yellow with a big, thick head that went down slowly and laced the glass.

Smell – Typical grain aroma with a tinge of cheap sweetness.

Taste – There’s some more sweetness that comes out in the taste, mostly sucrose, and the grain isn’t as bad as it smelled. There’s also some hoppy dryness that helped this one out.

Mouthfeel – Light body, bordering on medium, with a somewhat refreshing dryness. Almost no carbonation.

Drinkability – It’s better than the Blue Boar.

RoyalT, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am going to be a little biased in my rating of this beer, as it was my first non-macro beer. Its not great, but it is a beer my Bud loving fishing buddy will drink, so I don't have to drink Bud. Light gold color, medium head. A light bodied lager style beer. Malts are slightly sweet and there is some hop bite. Nice smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of drewbage
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Henry Weinhard's the good cheap regional lager of the Northwest.

This beer has a little more character to it than the usual American lager, some of which is good and some not.

The beer is a darker shade of gold and clear without a trace of haze.

Aroma is malt dominated with a vague sense of corniness in it. Hops are present as a background character only.

The flavor is also dominated by the malt with a emphasis on a sweet finish that is just a little shy of cloying.

Overall, the beer is an excellent value and a good find in the realm of American Lager, but it could be easily improved by a few more hops in the brew.

drewbage, May 30, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok bought in the typical Weinhards shaped brown bottle..nice label with the crest.
OK this beer actually looked quite good when poured..nice firm gold colour with a nice sized head that stayed a while..very good carbonation strings..
The aroma however is average very faint malts and even fainter hops but its pleasant enough.
For a regional lager this is actually quite enjoyable..it is on the sweet side but for me its not too much..no hops to speak of just malts.
Very nice on the tongue
excellent drinkability..i could drink a 6 of these in a couple of hours easy.
I know a lot of folks in the West turn their noses up at Henry's but for the money we pay Weinhard's make good drinkable beer.

Reidrover, May 15, 2003
Photo of Rifrafboy
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours with a nice white head. Significant carbonation. Taste is kind of smooth, with a decent malt flavor. The hoppiness is very pleasant. This is somewhat light-bodied and refreshing. The first Henry's I've tried, but it won't be the last. Better than expected

Rifrafboy, Mar 24, 2003
Photo of budgood1
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out clear and gold. slight head fades quickly. no lace to speak of. sweet sugary aroma backed by faint earthy notes. quite sweet in taste...a sort of honey flavor is dominant...followed by some crisp hop bite. medium mouthfeel. pretty refreshing and not a bad rendition of the lager style. the sugary sweetness is a bit overdone, which would make it hard to drink too many of these. this would make a good summer quaffer or lawn mower beer.

budgood1, Feb 14, 2003
Photo of ADR
2.25/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This and the Red Lager still show up at 1st Grand Avenue Liquors, I don't see the Porter or Blue Boar Ale anymore...

Very clear yellow with a decently persistant white head of small bubbles and it does cling a little to the glass -- hopefully indicating minimal stabilizers or foaming agents. Aroma is pretty fleeting, mostly a bit of yeasty bread malt. Starts rather honey sweet, then, a carbonated water impresion settles in. I try to get a hop impression but really don't. Not a huge corn syrup flavor (thankfully) but really pretty tasteless with a semi unsettling finish that I wouldn't call crisp like a nice Pilsner.

ADR, Feb 05, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pleasant rather sweet malt aroma. Gold, clear, foamy white head. Couldn't taste anything until drink was completed. Rather sweet, but not too much. Slight dryness on the short finish. Fairly smooth but fully carbonated. A bit thin. Pretty average overall. Sweeter than most and too sweet for my taste. I enjoyed this more in my youth, before I discovered multiple styles of brew. But something different to offer limited beer drinkers.

garymuchow, Jan 06, 2003
Photo of Gusler
2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Gusler, Nov 30, 2002
Photo of BeerManDan
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light yellow in color with a pleasant smelling aroma. I like this better that the other major brew's. I wait for it to go on sale and then serve it to people that come over to visit that don't know the different's between premium an non-premium beer. This is the better of the major beers, I think.

BeerManDan, Oct 16, 2002
Photo of sinistersteve
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much head off of this copper colored lager. Taste is a bit plain. The aroma is a bit wheaty. Nothing too much to brag about this beer. It's cheap, it's cold, and it's better than Bud.

sinistersteve, Sep 29, 2002
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Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.