Löwenbräu Original - Löwenbräu AG
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1.4/5 rDev -57.4%
Wow, ok, maybe this was skunked, but it was horrible. Smelled pretty bad and tasted worse. I would rate this amongst the worst beers I have ever tried. My apologies for not having more to say, but I didn't finish this beer, just 2 swallows. I promise, I will try another one, in case this one was in fact skunked.
02-06-2008 00:58:43 | More by kboett77
1.45/5 rDev -55.9%
I really was not impressed with this beer. Right from the open it had a "rotten veggie" smell to it. The beer poured very nice in the glass, bright golden color, a little more clear than I anticipated. However, it had a good long lasting head. Very watery, and a chalky aftertaste. I dont think I will try this one again for a while. I have had better german "light" beers.
01-12-2006 01:55:44 | More by sauron681
1.45/5 rDev -55.9%
I've read all of the other reviews on this beer and I don't understand how it's consistently receiving high or even average marks. This is probably one of the worst beers I've ever had. Maybe the one I had was skunked, but my friends who drank the rest of the case assured me it tasted normal.
It started out OK with a light crisp start and then it was all down hill from there. It had a very strong bitter/sour aftertaste that made it incredibly hard to finish. I always finish a beer no matter how bad it tastes, but I really struggled on this one.
If I ever come by it again I'll try it just in case the one I had was skunked. Until I do though, my advice is to stay away.
07-17-2008 01:56:06 | More by audirs4s
1.63/5 rDev -50.5%
Served: Poured from a green (...) bottle into a pint glass. A foreshadow of things to come? I hope not, as I selectively chose my pack where I thought the least amount of light would be able to enter (and therefore destroy) the beer. Still, I didn't get my hopes up.
Smell: Smell comes first, because as soon as I cracked the cap just a bit, I got a very strong and unpleasant whiff of skunk. Immediate disappointment, before I even had the chance to pop the cap off. There may be a little bit of maltiness as well, but skunk dominates.
Appearance: Very light, piss yellow... carbonation bubbles are tiny and there's not lot of them. Crowned with a white, puffy head. Very disappointing, the head is the best part of its appearance. Even it goes away very quickly, though, leaving nothing but a skunked piss-like liquid.
Taste: The first couple sips of this beer almost made me gag--skunk once again takes the spotlight. There's a little bit of maltiness I could detect in the flavor, hidden away somewhere behind the light-struck hops. Very low bitterness--probably because the hops have already been torn to shreds. The background maltiness seems to be in the aftertaste as well, and is actually somewhat enticing.
Mouthfeel: This is where this beer shines. It's very light and has the potential to be easy to drink, skunkiness aside.
Drinkability: Because of the skunkiness, this beer starts off nearly impossible to drink. After half a glass, it's not as perceptible in the taste, or the smell. It gets easier to drink, the more you drink. Maybe it would be a good beer to drink when already pretty wasted, but definitely not to start a night off with.
Certainly not a good "first try." I can imagine an unskunked Löwenbräu Original being quite nice, but with the price and the bottle color, it's just not worth the risk of skunked shit. I haven't had too many foreign beers out of green bottles, but I'm already considering giving up on them. I think this was a waste of $6.49, and I will not buy it again unless I see it in better-protected containers (cans or fully-boxed bottles to block the light).
12-27-2007 02:42:00 | More by UltraZelda64
United Kingdom (England)
1.7/5 rDev -48.3%
Appearance: Very pale, clear, dingy, brassy yellow; almost the color of egg whites. White head is very fizzy but with adequate retention.
Smell: Skunk alert! Goddamn green bottle. A bit of bready malt, otherwise this is musty, uninteresting, and bland.
Taste: Very bland. Corn, a bit of grassy hop bitterness and old hop cheesiness. Clean and crisp, like mineral water. Overall, a stereotypically lousy beer worthy of much lampooning.
Mouthfeel: Actually somewhat chewy, while at the same time effervescent. Not bad.
Drinkability: (Yawn!) If you're looking for a bland, relatively unobtrusive beer, there are better and cheaper options out there.
01-17-2006 20:15:04 | More by soulgrowl
1.75/5 rDev -46.8%
Appearance - pale, clear light straw color, white head that disappeared in seconds
Smell - nothing
Taste - pungent skunk, grassy, rough bitterness
Mouthfeel - not bad, but hard to judge after the taste
Drinkability - unpleasant, rough to drink with a straight face
05-16-2007 20:15:39 | More by SaltyLime
1.83/5 rDev -44.4%
A- Pale clear yellow with thin white head, little retention and poor lace.
S- Hints of lemongrass, faint sweet malt, skunk, and grapefruit
T- Bitter grapefruit, skunk, citrus notes, sour lemon peel, notes of floral hops
M- thin and watery
D- Get past the skunk and bitter lemon and you'll find bitter asprin chalky, nasties.
12-25-2010 05:38:25 | More by JayS2629
2/5 rDev -39.2%
Bottle: Poured a golden colored beer with a standard head. Aroma is quite weak with only some malt coming out of my glass. The same applies for the taste, which is quite weak. I dont have a lot of experience with helles and this leaves me with the feeling of macro crap lager.
06-14-2004 15:10:01 | More by Phyl21ca
Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
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