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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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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.03%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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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Ratings: 399 | Reviews: 167
Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of RJLarse
2.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a six pack of Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve tonight. I’ve had Henry’s many times over the last 25 years, but I wanted to give it a good going over for a review. I poured this one in to a pint tumbler.

The beer is a pale gold color, and crystal clear with several streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Pours with a thin white head, which is gone in a flash, leaving a wispy film on top of the beer, with virtually no lacing.

The beer has a faint smell, a little like grain. It is not a robust smell, and not noteworthy.

The beer has a pleasant, but common lager taste. It has a faint and mellow malt flavor with a nice hop finish. The aftertaste lingers a little and is slightly bitter.

Mouth feel is thin, a little watery, but crisp and refreshing.

This is a drinkable beer, and probably a little above average for an American macro-beer. The flavor is not very robust, and I prefer something with a little more body, but for a “plain Jane nothing special bottled” lager, this one is not a bad choice.

Photo of sirxtasy
3.36/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks like a quality lager, not too pale, not too dark.

Smell: Smells more like Euro Pale Lager or All-Malt Lager than a cheap American Macro Lager.

Taste: Once again, tastes more like a EPL or AML than a cheap Macro, no off flavors.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant, full and natural.

Drinkability: For a cheap, tasty AML, reach for Henry's Private Reserve. I know of no lager in America that tastes so good for so little money (Yes, that's including PBR), simply a great session beer. At $9 and change after tax per 12 pack bottles, you can't go wrong.

Photo of hoffman
1.48/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours to a thin yellow color. Zero head zero lace. Very watery pour. Smell is of all grain...no hops. A sharp almost pungent mildew smell overtakes this one. The taste is poor, very typical tastes like a macro. More full mouthfeel than one would expect but not impressive. Do not drink this one. I was not impressed at all. Not a good example of good beer.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a golden yellow color with no head and no ring around the top of the beer. The nose is not really strong for anything, just a hint of soft grains and some corn. The flavor has a touch of honey sweetness, but no hop at all to be found. The feel is moderately thick with a nice carbonation for the feel. This is an easy drinking crisp beer, overall not all that bad, but still nothing really great.

Photo of KoG
1.9/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I've never been a fan of lagers, but I have had better.

Light yellow color that pours like soda and leaves no lacing after the fizz goes away.

Smelled slightly skunked, weird for a brown bottle, watered down bleh...

Taste, yep like stale water with some hops in it, not much though.

Left me surprisingly refreshed except for the terrible aftertaste which made me drink more to get rid of it. Still seems like water.

Drinkability is not a word I would associate with this beer.

Photo of donnebaby
3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks are clear gold, darkish, with not too much foam. Smell's strong, sweet malts, a little smelly. Taste is lager, with notes of sweet apples. A beer that totally tastes like beer. Some alcohol comes through, too. Pretty low carbonation, flattish.

Tastes kinda nasty the more I drank it, which brought drinkability scores down, but really it's just an average beer with some flavor.

Seems like a beer that could have a cult following for some reason, like Pabst. Not sure why, just has that feel to it.

Photo of Thrasher
3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Henry Weinhard's label has been purchased by SAB Miller, and this beer is being brewed in (I believe) Irwindale, CA. (The Hefeweizen and Amber Light brews are being brewed at the Full Sail brewery in Hood River, OR.) It's your standard American premium lager, AKA macro. And it's not half-bad. Pours a crystal clear platinum with a good head that dwindles to a thin ring. Aroma of yeast mustiness. The malts are strong and sweet, with bread crust flavors. A hop crispness balances the beer with a firm but restrained bitterness. Mouthfeel thin, but the hops get some good traction on the tongue and inner cheeks. The beer, as a whole, is clean and fresh-tasting, without any glaring off flavors. If it's not exactly exciting, it at least serves its purpose well, and I can't think of another American "macro"-style lager that is as good, for the price.

Photo of Tballz420
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This drink is a pale, straw gold color, small white head on the top. Light malt scent, same thing for the taste, with a touch of hops, mild acidic twang. The mouth is light/medium. This brew is nothing special nor is it worth seeking out. Just better than most macros.

Photo of Zorro
2.06/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Photo of beertaster13
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Private Reserve is a very drinkable american lager, much better than the major american labels. A great thing about Henry's is that a six pack is generally cheaper than Bud or any other of the major american beers. The taste is much better. The beer comes in the now famous 12 oz brown short bottle with a white label with gold. The beer pours a nice golden color with a bubbly/foamy head. The head vanishes after a few minutes but traces of foam will stick to your glass through out. The smell is of hops with a hint of grain. Sometimes I swear I smell a fruit flavor, but only sometimes but don't quote me. The taste is sweet and the hops are dry that calm this beer down to make it a very drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is full and sweet. This is the beer when you want a cheap local beer but don't want to go for the major crap. Can't stress this enough, average beer but much better than Bud, Coors, Miller!

Photo of woemad
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Half-rack bought at Safeway. This was on sale and cheaper than my usual "cheap/don't feel like wasting good beer right now" beer, which is Kokanee. Call me an old softie, but I liked this better when it was brewed in Portland rather than Tumwater, WA. Although I was born in Oregon, I've been a Washington resident since the age of 1. Nevertheless, I don't like to see any NW institution get too big for the area that made it successful (hear that, Boeing?). But I digress...
This beer poured a gold color with a medium, fizzy white head that vanished quickly, though a white foam veneer remained at the top for most of the beer's time in my glass. There was a slight amount of lacing. The smell was primarily of sweet malts. Hops are almost totally absent from the scent. The taste was again of mild, sweet malts, with a tiny hop presence. Hey, this is a NW beer! Don't try to tell me you couldn't find any hops! This IS very drinkable, with its very mild demands upon the palate and relatively low abv. This is a sweetish (as opposed to Swedish) easygoing beer that would be good company drunk from the bottle while watching a game (Go 'Hawks, Dawgs, Eags, Mariners, 'Zags, Sups), and wouldn't screw up the flavor of Mac & Cheese from a box, but its really not worthy of anything else. To give it credit, I don't think it really aspires to anything better. .

Photo of Redrover
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of beerguy101
3.41/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of drewbage
3.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Reidrover
3.38/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
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

Photo of budgood1
3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of ADR
2.28/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Gusler
2.48/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of BeerManDan
3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of sinistersteve
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.