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Löwenbräu Original - Löwenbräu AG

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BA SCORE
76
okay

700 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 22
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Löwenbräu AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001)
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Reviews by NOLANDMAN:
Photo of NOLANDMAN
3/5  rDev -8.8%

NOLANDMAN, Dec 22, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It had been quite awhile since I had one of these when I was in a local tavern I decidrd to get it.Poured a yellow/straw color with light head,somewhat of a sweet smell to it lightly metallic.Some mild bitterness and slight fruitiness but real light in flavor.Pretty easy to drink,better than alot of domestic lagers.

oberon, May 23, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 500ml can. Golden pour with a minimal head. Very little carbonation.

Smell: Mildly hoppy with hints of amlt and somem floral notes.

Taste: Light hoppiness and maltiness combine for a decent balance. Sweet notes throughout. Floral. A decent body for a pretty generic brew.

Mouthfeel: Full and crisp. Smooth towards the finish.

Drinkablilty: while i acknowledge that this isn't the best beer going, i enjoy it for what it is. i don't mind having this every now and then.

Popsinc, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very light and clear yellow in color with tons of effervescence and a nice, white, foaming head that even left a little lacing.

Smell – The aroma has some light hopping but otherwise is mostly grass with a bit of must.

Taste – The flavors here aren’t that bad. The hops come out much more at the taste. They are very delicate but take charge over the grassy malt. There’s also no sweetness to speak of at the finish, which makes this one very refreshing.

Mouthfeel – This is of course light-bodied. There’s a bit of dryness to be had as well,

Drinkability – Surprisingly fun to drink. It may seem a little cheesy at the grocery store, especially since it’s so widely distributed, but this one is worth a second look, especially if you enjoy the style.

RoyalT, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid beer that you don’t have to be embarrassed about if you keep it in the fridge for your light beer drinking friends or for yourself when you want something light and drinkable.

Lowenbrau pours a bubbly, crisp, and light gold, almost pilsner like color. A thin lacey white head quickly disperses.

It smells German and is faintly skunky, however, it’s probably just about the least skunky import in a green bottle. It certainly puts Heineken, Becks, 1664, etc… to shame here.

There are also hints of yeast and mild hops.

The taste is balance and refined. It’s rounded and dry but not as dry as other light Munchen lagers. It has that malt taste common in many of Munich’s beers.

It’s a great food enhancer for bland stuff, calms the mouth when you’re eating spicy food, and can generally pair with just about anything.

One of my favorite light, macro type lagers. Good for watching TV or drinking with the GF.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of brownbeer
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color without head really. Clear and light enough to almost watch tv through.

The aroma has just a hint of skunk and light cereal grain. Not much going on but not as bad as I thought it could be.

Taste and body are light, pale malt is present but that's about it. Lackluster but not offensive.

brownbeer, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of Dmann
3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer to wash a good summer meal down with. This one poured a nice golden color with a small white head that faded quickly. Grain was at the front of the smell but did not overpower the small but good hop scent. The flavor was just what I was looking for today, nice and crisp with no skunkiness and a great flavor that quenched my thirst. Recommended.

Dmann, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

SuomiHobbit, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

FadetoBock, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of BeerDreadz
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 onz green bottle . No freshness date.

The appearance is a nice golden color with white head that's stays there for a while.

The smell did'nt make my expectations,i was hoping something more from this beer

The taste is really nice, not to hard ,some malt and hops present in the flavor.

It really feels nice,this beer was very , this is not the first time i drink this beer , but the over time a did'nt pay attention to the beer,just drink it.I would buy this beer more often.

BeerDreadz, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of Lazaro
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Lazaro, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +14%

generallee, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz green twist ... "Original Munich Formula" is stated on the label. No freshness date seen.

Appearance: Straw yellow in colour with a thin white lace which comes from a light champagne like carbonation.

Smell: Quite clean with faint grassy herbal hop and a hint of grain.

Taste: Crisp and light bodied with a handful of malt texture on the palate. Light yet prickly spicy hop bitterness holds its own to flavour the brew. A touch of sweetness hovers on top after the hops fade ... the finish runs clean with a pinch of residual sweetness. Doesn't taste like it was over filtered nor are there any off flavours.

Notes: Not bad ... not bad at all. Surprise surprise, this brew has taken a turn for the better now being brewed in Canada under contract by Labatt. Decent use of hops to balance the malt ... enough to suffice any beer geek and not too much to turn the macro drinker away. Give it a try ...

Jason, May 23, 2002
Photo of Rifrafboy
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the original German Lowenbrau, not the Miller knock-off. Pours pale straw, consistant with German pilsners. Not much head. Taste is a bit drier than most. Decent hoppiness. Malt is faint, but there. Aftertaste is dry with an alcohol twange. Overall, I liked it. I would buy it again if it was cheap.

Rifrafboy, Jan 03, 2003
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a few cans of this to enjoy over the weekend - the weather is improving and I felt like a lager on the patio.

Poured into a Czechvar fluted pilsner glass. Bright golden in colour, some visible carbonation, big frothy head that has some pretty sturdy retention. Not bad indeed.

Nose is some mild hops, floral notes, honey and grain.

Surprisingly decent lager that has some hops and other notes to go with it that I picked up in the nose. Easy to drink, though the carbonation is a bit sharp. Not too bad for a macro, I have to say.

Cheap, tasty lager. Nothing special, but when I'm hoping for a few cans of something I can enjoy without really worrying too much about it.

JohnnyBarman, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of recons54
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped by my favorite Beverage store in the entire state of Maine... Bootleggers Beverage Warehouse (Topsham, ME) and to my surprise they had an entire pallet of Lowenbrau on display! I hadn't had any since the 80's when Miller owned it. Now associated with INBEV I bought a 12PK (ONLY $12.99) and took a stroll down memory lane...

A: Straw gold color with a white head. Not too much active carbonation rising in this one. Very Good lacing.

S: Slight initial skunk, after that subsides there is a big pale malt character, and a faint hint at spicy hops, way in the background, slightly grainy.

T: Initial sweetness, almost honey like, a bit of hop spice in there too

M: Dry and lightly carbonated, pretty smooth, and a really clean finish.

D: I can drink a lot of this. This is one of the more flavorful lagers I've had. Do yourself a favor and pour this in a glass, it makes that initial "skunk" disappear.

recons54, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of SudsSurfer
2.5/5  rDev -24%

SudsSurfer, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

innominat, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of magictrokini
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imagine my surpise to see this still on a menu somehwere. Had a bottle at Marino's Italian in Pacific Beach. Not bad. Sweet, hoppy flavor with a light mouthfeel. Probably doesn't travel well, given the slight skunkiness. Good enough that I had several.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -8.8%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Swedes21
2.65/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Beer drank in a pint glass...

Appearance - Poured the beer in the pint glass and found it to be very clear and solid amber colour. Carbonation disappeared pretty quick and was minimal for duration of testing. Solid head slowly dropped off to a thin layer of head

Smell - hops and some grassy, overall smell was pleasant

Taste - not a smooth drinking beer, almost a slight bitter taste. A slow disappearing linger after taste.

Mouthfeel - You know there is a beer in your mouth, leaves mild hope taste

Drinkability - I could drink a few of these beers, however, would not be a preference.

Swedes21, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Bamabrew22
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had an icy cold bottle of this on a hot summer's day last week; the perfect setting for a classic Bavarian beer.

Poured straw to golden with a good smattering of fluffy, cloud-like head that hung around for quite some time. Smell was not much to speak of, light malt and grain, maybe a spice of hops. Taste was okay, just smooth and agreeable, more on the sweeter side. A noticeable hop presence. Perfect antidote for a really hot day. Enjoyable, but for those seeking more flavor or pizzazz, you might look elsewhere.

Bamabrew22, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of jsolack
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Golden yellow and crystal clear. Head if fluffy but doesn't stick around too long. Lacing is minimal.

Smell:
Sweet grainy nose. Mild smell... doesn't have the overpowering "skunky" smell that some lagers have.

Taste:
Nice grain flavor that is sweet in mouth. Finish is hoppy while not being too bitter. Overall a very nice brew.

Mouthfeel:
Light and crisp. Not watery at all.

Drinkability:
A very nice beer. It is light and refreshing without being like macro beers. This is a great everyday brew.

jsolack, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -8.8%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
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Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
76 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.