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Löwenbräu Original | Löwenbräu AG

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Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001

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Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Haven't had this since I was living in Toronto a year ago. Would get it in 473 ml cans at a very competitive price. (For fellow Americans , beer there is quite expensive due to government control of sales). For example I could get this for cheaper than a Bud, Molson, or even PBR.. go figure.

It's a fairly decent representation of the style. Very easy drinking, malt forward, but with a hop presence. Generally this was my fall back.. when I didn't really know what to get or had no particular mood for anything I would grab this and it was always a good choice.

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Photo of Noelan
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured froma 473ml can into a european stein. The can is an attractive light blue with gold trim.

Look: Clear, golden yellow. Significant head that has excellent retention. Great lacing. 3.5

Smell: hops and malt, some sweetness and citrus. 2.75

Taste: Bready malt flavour, hints of hops. slightly bitter, sweet finish. 4.0

Feel: Well carbonated, great finish.

Overall: 3.75

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.33/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bright straw color with dense pearly activity. Slightly frothy white 3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with faint lacing. Flavors of sweet roasted grains, faint skunk and metal, a bit floral, and weak noble hops. Lots of sweetness, low bitterness. Slick medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Light finish, lingering syrupy sweet roasted malts, and very faint grassy hops. Very fresh but watery, not very flavorful. Overall the quality is mediocre.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.34/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale and clear with a very nice and wide white foam head, excellent retention. Aroma is malty and hoppy, sutil. Taste is refreshing, sutil, with some sweet notes and noble hops. Very nice german lager.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Löwenbräu Original: but a copy of the Original because this can was produced at the Edmonton AB-InBev/Labatt facility.

Pours from the can a lovely pale gold, absolutely perfectly crystal-car. Two fingers of loose foam that recedes fairly quickly, but there are a few spiders of lacing. Smell is light: cracker, gentle bitter greens, slightly spicy hopping, a touch of biscuit. But well-balanced, not tremendously hop-forward (not even as hop forward as a German pils). Taste echoes: absolutely super crisp, clean, and mild. Crackery/pale malt, light vegetal/bitter greens, faint herbal, that skunkiness-without-skunking some German beers have (and I remind you: a canned beer). Light-ish body without being watery, lively carbonation.

As a (say) accompaniment to pizza or wings, I quite like Löwenbräu Original. It's crisp, clean, refreshing. It shares a lot of characteristics of American Adjunct Lagers without weird aftertaste or hyper-sweetness. The real crime, however, (and I'm hardly the first person to say this--there have been lawsuits, if I recall correctly), is the way AB-InBev is trying to pass this off as an import at import prices when I could drive four hours down the road and get it direct from the brewery. Drop the premium schtick, and maybe I might put this into semi-regular rotation.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Couldn't tell any difference between the lighter yellow and darker yellow (pilsner or helles)on this one. Hit the skunky lager notes for sure.

Taste was a bitter, highly carbonated, yeasty affair, mildly noble hopped. I heard so much about the difference in where this beer is made, but its just average Euro pils stuff to me if done blindly.

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Photo of BeerLad98
4.4/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

First tackled one of these enigmatic brews in the winter of '92 with BeerLad96 and BeerLad 97, and since, all three of us have sunk many a golden pint. Full bodied, smooth mouth-feel and a prevelant bitter taste. Best served icy cool.


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Photo of Jsteez
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty standard helles and not much to write about. It's a better version of an adjunct lager. I'd drink it again if offered, though. It's better from a can rather than a green bottle.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from 500ml brown bottle into pilsner mug.

L) Light golden clear , with relatively thin white head for a helles. Head disappeared quickly to a film.

S) Fairly pungent hallertau hops as well as a decent malt hit.

T) Nice soft bready Munich malt flavour, hint of fragrant hops. No bitterness, a very faint sweetness on the finish.

F) Refreshing with no bitterness. Less fizzy than a lot of German lagers.

O) I wasn't expecting this to be a stand-out Helles, but it is actually pretty good although not quite in the league of Augustiner and Tegernseer. Recommended for any lager fans.

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Photo of chi251155
2.22/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

it looks good with golden clear color. But it has very little smell even when swirling.
Taste like water with a little bitterness at the end. Very light and watery.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, Clear golden, minimal cream head. Malts, cereals, mature yellow fruit. Watery with almost no taste, some cereals and a hint of bitterish ending.

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Photo of izzy91
1/5  rDev -70%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

What's is going on here???? How do people actually consider this a good beer? It is TERRIBLE. It's smells like a bundle of hay. They were pouring $5 schooies of this stuff last night and it's easily the worst beer I've ever had. Drink real beer like VB, export or New. Not this crap, I feel sorry for any tasteless person who considers this a good beer.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Crystal clear light golden body with a thick soapy head that disappears.

Wasn't expecting any hop based on the 4 month old can but it's there. Honey sweet malt.

Herbal hop flavor. Really light hop bitterness. Bread and honey malt. Light bodied and crisp.

Pretty nice option for me at the moment in the Balkans.

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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 1D). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L048416. AROMA: moderate-low sweet malt aroma with moderate hop aromas. no DMS. APPEARANCE: pale gold with a thin white head. TASTE: slight sweet malt flavour. low bitterness that lingers. finishes sweet. PALATE: low body with low carbonation. OVERALL: a bulk helles, a bit on the watery side

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

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Photo of samparkique4
3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

overall 3.68
fruitful beer
very citrusy and med sour on palate
german technology craftingship
mild yellow with a diminished white head. Mild cornish and light wheaty aroma. Smooth malty and slight cornish flavoured
sweet and hoppy. The flavor is dry hoppy on a good malty background

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a tall can of this well-known commercial example of a Munich helles lager in the classic blue and gold colors. This brew pours a lemon drop yellow with a massive amount of white head (unless you choose to mitigate this with your pouring technique, but this way you will get more of the aroma). Releases an aroma of pale green malt and bread yeast, smells sweet with a lot of fruity green grape character and a bit of a skunky sour tang. Palate is sweet white bread, bicarbonate of soda, apple, sour vines candy, grass, hay, and some white pepper spice. Maybe a subtle undercurrent of cherry pit which could very well be something I am inferring for an unknown reason. Fairly thin body and quite dry as per the style, but in all honesty I get a fair amount of sweetness here too that was detectable even by the non-beer geeks who accompanied me. Despite the massive billowing head, the beer was only moderately fizzy and perhaps I let much of the gas escape during the pour. Finishes fairly dry with a lingering green noble hop spicy bitterness that evokes melon rind. All in all, a pretty complex and tasty yet delicate brew that hits the right stylistic notes, even if it is a bit on the sweet side. I could detect no obvious flaws.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dusty mustard color. Very light. Greenish highlights on the edges. No head to be seen, just some anemic tracing on the top of the beer.

Aroma, initially, leaps out of the glass -- dank, oily grass, and a hint of old-school skunk (albeit, not in a bad way). This quickly fades, however, and a less effusive, modern euro-lager smell replaces it. Thin notes of violet and white pepper emerge.ç

Taste is incredibly light; lots of pure, cool water, followed by more white pepper. Clean, with no major off flavors. Not a whole lot of there there, either.

Mouthfeel is a bit low, but with a beer this thin, it´s either this, or the whole thing would turn into seltzer. Not great, but improving it isn´t just a matter of carbonation -- a more wholesale change would be needed.

Overall, not bad, but not particularly interesting either. Seems too thin and mild to hold up to food, and not enough flavor to be interesting by itself. Inoffensive, but is that something to be celebrated?

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Photo of tbeckett
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A - Poured light golden with strong carbonation and bright. One finger of white head left drapes of lace and a half finger of retention. Seemed about right.

S - Grainy, sweet malt, a bit corny, some honey.

T - Sweet grain, honey, plesant noble hop note.

M - Effervescent with a light to medium body and a little honey in the finish.

O/D - Well done but not awe inspiring. For the style it's pretty tasty and the price is right. Drinkable.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice light gold color with 1.5 fingers of head that subsides rapidly. Some trace lacing left around ring of glass. A few small bubbles appear after initial pour. Soapy residue remains for some duration.

Smell - Mild bready biscuity malts, grassy notes and a faint sweetness there with many Helles Lagers.

Taste- Initially a bit sweet as expected (maybe honey), then transitioning into very mild and inoffensive grassy and mild bread flavors. Hops virtually non-existent.

Mouthfeel - Cool, wet, not rich or heavy but not thin or light either. Medium bodied with medium / low carbonation that adds to its quaffability. Crisp and palate cleansing doesn't necessarily leave you hanging for more, but does leave you wanting more sensation on your tongue and in your mouth.

Overall - Solid beer all around and while not the gold standard of the style, certainly an affordable, accessible entry that is inoffensive as can be but is a huge improvement over the general swill.

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Photo of Olek4374
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a can from my liquor store in search of trying a greater variety of western European beers.

Poured into a pilsner glass with a nearly insignificant amount of head - there is about one finger's worth and it dissipates almost as quickly as it appears. The colour of the beer itself is very pale yellow, but it sort of has a shiny sheen to it. Maybe it's the condensation on my glass, but I've seldom seen beers this pale be so appealing to look at.

The smell of the beer is really malty without much depth to the aroma. It smells sweet, and doesn't have a whole lot of depth to it. I would have hoped for a little more hoppiness from this beer, since helles lagers are not usually devoid of hop bitterness like this, but let's taste it first before we are too brash.

Well, there's a good hit of carbonation when you first sip it. The maltiness is pretty evident, but the real pleasure for me is the great fruity undertones that this beer possesses. There's a great green apple flavour going on here - it reminds me sort of like Ephemere from Unibroue, and I gotta say, it's very nice.

Overall, it's a pretty decent lager. The hoppiness is not as strong (or existent at all, for that matter) as I would have liked, but the beer looks great and has a fantastic, clean taste with fruity undertones. There is an off chance I'll but this again.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.4/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers. On the cheap side for a quality brew, and is incredibly smooth.

A - Pours light-golden brown, with a thin head.

S - Like a typical German Lager. Nothing really different.

T - Outstanding. Smooth and full of a bold, intense flavor. An almost perfect bitterness for my taste. Outstanding aftertaste, none of the skunky-ness that some Euro lagers have.

M - Like I said, very smooth and goes down easy. A slightly higher level of carbonation I'd say.

Overall, an excellent beer for any lager or German beer fans. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Top Hops over the weekend, having never tried this before. I expected this to be a lot like a Euro Pale Lager and for the most part, it was. This wasn't terribly "bright" and even though there wasn't any filler to be detected in this, this had all of the characteristics of a mass-market beer that would go down easily and feel like grain from start to finish.

The pour to this was light - nearly clear with a mildly frothy head that quickly dissipated. Of course, the hue was golden with hardly any accompanying head and a moderate amount of carbonation and bubbles that were present from start to finish. Lots of grain and bread to be found here, with a moderate amount of cereal, straw, and sourness in the back. This was not a quick quaff as the brightness of the up-front notes was drowned out by the lemon-like tartness and astringency in the back. Thankfully, there were just enough bubbles here to scrub most of the harshness clean for the next sip, which is all I took at a time.

Sure, this could qualify as a session beer, but I can't see anyone downing more than one or two in a sitting. While this wasn't a drain pour, it certainly wasn't anything worth remembering either. There could have been more of a bread/biscuit/potato chip starchy fullness to this to give the beer more body but alas, this was pretty watered-down and somewhat generic. While not as bad as other European beers in green bottles, not much stood out about this either. This is only worth giving it a go if you've never tried it, as previously was the case with yours truly.

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Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
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