Löwenbräu Original - Löwenbräu AG

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767 Ratings

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Ratings: 767
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 35
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001

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Ratings: 767 | Reviews: 385
Reviews by fido:
Photo of fido
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is easy to find here in my city.

It pours a nice clear golden color, large foamy head and some lacing; Smell is of hops and malty, I think a little bit skunky; Taste is sweet, malt and fruity; Mouthfeel is crisp; Medium body and good carbonation; Very drinkable.


More User Reviews:
Photo of TreyDavidWood
4.65/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been so long since I was able to obtain any of this, I'm not sure I can fairly review it; however, I remembering enjoying it immensely around the same time I was introduced to Franziskaner, so I can only assume that if it compared favorably to one of my favorite beers, I would probably still enjoy it very much today if I could track some down, stateside.

Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Review: Can of Lowenbrau beer 5.20%ABV

Löwenbräu is brewed under the famous Bavarian Purity Laws. This should mean that this beer is full of natural flavours, crisp and clear and fully balanced with its taste, a quality assured product from Germany. A place where a well crafted beer is expected and anything less is simply not tolerated by the locals.

The appearance was of a gorgeous golden yellow colour that had a very good head and great lacing. Looked so good I couldn’t wait to begin drinking the beauty!

Found a faint aroma, smelt mostly of what a normal smelling lager should be like, malty and refreshing.

Was a lovely tasting drink that had no strong flavours or bitter aftertaste to it, just an awfully good session drink.
A clean, crisp, smooth and well balanced beer, Löwenbräu was really easy to enjoy. A good pure Deutsche lager. Refreshing.

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

I have to mention the can which is one of the most attractive I've seen. Beautiful duck egg blue with great old style lettering and lion symbol. And the gold gives it a touch of class... even in a can.
Pale straw appearance with thin head but good lacing lasting to the end of the drink. Good carbonation in a tall pilsener glass.
Smell is very mild. A hint of hops and some lemon and honey just about detectable.

The taste is very well balanced and super easy drinking. There is, however, just enough herbal hop bitterness and lemony sweetness to make this beer recognisable as a helles lager.

A very subtle but well made German beer with less bitterness than pilseners.

I rate this 78/100

Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Popsinc
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.41/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of Dmann
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
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 ...

Photo of Rifrafboy
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of recons54
3.61/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Swedes21
2.67/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of jsolack
3.72/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Light and crisp. Not watery at all.

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

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml green glass bottle with a BB of May 2013. Picked up from Sainsbury's a while back as part of a 6-pack.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of light malt with hints of grass and stewed hops. Somewhat harsh, with a faint sulphurous staleness in the background.

Tastes of light malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of stewed hops, mild grass and faint wet grain. The background flavour is dry and harsh, with a stale quality. A restrained hop bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light and attenuated, with spritzy carbonation and a thin, watery body. Rather astringent, followed by an aftertaste of harsh stewed hops.

Meh - a pretty average lager. This is a shade above many macro products; at least the malt doesn't taste like it's been cut with adjuncts. However it lacks depth and hoppy notes, while the rather harsh finish makes for a sub-par experience. Quenches your thirst, but leaves you unsatisfied. No need to seek it out.

Photo of Thrasher
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I suspect there is some confusion between this beer, and the Lowenbrau Premium Lager. Most likely they are one and the same. My bottle says "Lowenbrau Original" in big letters, with "Premium Lager" in tiny print at the top of the label. Also it is closer to a helles; the hops are not prominent enough to be a pils. My guess is they switched labels only very recently, and that those reviewing the Premium Lager were drinking the same beer as the one I am drinking now.

Standard yellow lager, green bottle syndrome overpowers the nose, a decent maltiness provides a tasty base (a sign of helles), little in the way of hops although the finish is nicely and subliminally dry. Appeasing mouthfeel with thick foamy head. Recommended for just about anybody, even macro-swillers, but try to get enclosed 12-packs - this green bottle thing really sucks.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looked like a sad pilsner moreso than a helles lager, not that there's a ton of difference, but just looked that straw yellow. Tons of skunk aroma. I like that.

Taste, more skunk, light body, fizzy, its all good, I knew what I was getting into. Wet hay properties. Lingering spritzy bitterness. Almost non existant hopping. Couldn't really tell the difference between this and the Canadian or US Lowenbrau. A decent choice on a hot day.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lowenbrau original lager is a classic beer out of Munich, that has found it's way into my faceted mug this fine evening. It pours with a golden with a nice foaming head that leaves trickled lace around my mug. With the aroma of the typical European lager which is a bitter hop background wrapped with some fine malts. Nothing extradordinary but it's too simple not to love, I would definitely partake in a few of these if I found my way to an Oktoberfest. The taste is crisp and full that leaves a pleasant slightly spicy aftertaste on the palate. Classic lager that comes roaring with a crisp sharpness only to mellow out as the high carbonation tickles the back of the throat. Very drinkable and for 20 bucks a case a great beer to throw down for a session of suds.

Photo of rastaman
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Its OK, drinakble clean, slightly sweet at the start and then a crisp bitterness, fairly light on in body and flavour.

Photo of LordofTime25
3.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours to a straw yellowwith a thin head that quickly disappeared to a tin pool in top. Good carbonation! LAcing on glass.

Smells like corn and a little skunky could be a little old.

Tastes a little skunky up front, after you are through that it is a nice clean taste of corn malts with slight bitterness.

Smooth and well balanced in the mouth!

A ok beer if it was the only thing avabile other than the US macro lager I would drink this.

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Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
75 out of 100 based on 767 ratings.