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Löwenbräu Original - Löwenbräu AG

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378 Reviews

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Reviews: 378
Hads: 797
Avg: 3.33
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 34
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Löwenbräu AG
Germany | website

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager | 5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pete's Place at Manas Airfield, Kyrgyzstan. Poured into a plastic cup (the only cup available). A bright yellow color with the thinnest head.

A dry and bright grain smell.

It has a nice mild bitter taste, a little bready, not heavy though.

Crisp and lighter feeling. Moderate carbonation.

A good beer for the style. Enough flavor to bring me back to it once in awhile.

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

a minor upgrade over the other lousy euro beers. pours golden and clear with a decent white foam head an inch or so high. smells like there might be a little hops in this one, behind the light pale malt aroma is a crisp bitterness that really stands out after drinking hopless stuff all summer. the flavor indicates that its no ipa or anything, but there is a slight hop presence in the finish that is a very welcomed feature. its crisp and clean in the finish, quite enjoyable. mouthfeel is consistent with the style, a little more body and a little less carbonation. overall a trusty go to brew in a market saturated with awful beer.

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Photo of Samljer
2.26/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Serving can, poured into budweiser lager glass.

Pale gold, like straw, best way to describe it would actually be "urine in water".

Thin 3/4 finger head, dicipated fast, no lacing.

No detectable odor other then a light "carbonation" on your nose.

mouthfeel is like carbonated water, actually it feels exactly like Perrier water.

Taste is very light, almost non-existant, but whats there is straw like and a touch of lemon.

Carbonation is very heavy, hits the back of the throat like chugging soda. Which drowns out what little flavor it had.
People with sensitive asohpagus may get hiccups after they swallow, but they dont stay. "as happened to my mate".

Overall, not a good beer, but to each their own.

After all that being said, slamming one back in the hot sun
is going to feel so so good, its so much like water.

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

330ml bottle

A- Transparent, pale golden body with quite a lot of carbonation showing up. 1 finger, white, fizzy head that quickly recedes to near nothing at all. No lacing

S- A clean, grassy, slighlty bitter note takes the main stage, supported by a crisp, slightly toasted grainy feel.

T- Sweeter than the smell suggested. Grainy malts with a good dose of crackery crispness. Mild fruitiness showing up (lemon, honey). Slight, delicate herbal finish

M- Light body with decent grainy crispness and carbonation to bring a bit of life

O- Decently refreshing, not interesting at all. Totally average, score fits perfectly

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lowenbrau Original has a thick, stark-white head and a clear, bubbly yellow-golden appearance, with a decent amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet, lightly-toasted barley malt, and the flavor is of sweet, light malt, biscuit, and a pleasant hop bitterness in the middle and end of the sip. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Lowenbrau finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mostly dry, and highly drinkable. This is a very good beer.


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Photo of TheHammer
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden body with a finger of head that didn't lace but did manage to stick around. Low but steady carbonation.

Smell: Smells like roasted barley with some sweet honey notes in the background and the barest touch of dry grass. Nothing offensive, nothing exceptional though. It certainly could be stronger.

Taste: Starts with a sweet grainy malt that draws in a bit more sweetness as more barley texture comes out. It builds up to a light grassy crescendo with a slight peppery note that cleanses the palate well.

Mouthfeel: There is a slight sweet malt aftertaste that is nice, and it's subtle enough to build up well. The transitioning of the beer is well done as well but the carbonation falls flat a bit too quickly.

Drinkability: It's medium bodied, so it's a little bit harder on the system then most lagers, but it's refreshing and the aftertaste keeps you sold on it. I could happily drink this all night.

Final Thoughts: All in all, just a very simple and well done beer. This is what the generic lager should be instead of what big brewing has made it into. It could use more complexity, but I'm not that inclined to hold that against this beer too much.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.82/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz bottle poured into a 1/3 liter mug

A - Bright Yellow color, little head with some lacing, decent activity

S - Buttery biscuits

T - Rich, buttery malt, bitter spicy hop bight to round everything out

M - Nice level of carbonation leaves the palate clean, easily drinkable

O - A great lager and example of the variety.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a half finger head with little retention or lace, yellow body, pretty ho hum
scent is bready malt with grassy hops, some light fruit

taste follows the nose with some sweet malt and a little pepper

Light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, slight bitterness, easy drinking with a little more comlexity and drinkability than the typical euro trash

Would drink it again in a pinch

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Photo of Converge
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 can poured into a 22.3oz weizen glass.

A - Pours an effervescent golden color with a steady stream of bubbles feeding a soapy white white about two-finger high off the pour. Minimal head retention, hardly any lacing.

S - Barley malt, toasty grains, and light grassy notes upfront. Some honey sweetness in the background, with a touch of mustiness to it as well.

T - Mostly just clean and unoffensive. Watery graininess permeates the palate here. Light barley malt and subtle honey sweetness. Finishes with gentle grassy hops that just give the finish here the faintest touch of flavor. No real aftertaste. Overall it's alright, but does little more than any other lager.

M - Fizzy carbonation with the body remaining very light. Undeniably watery, but I suppose most macro-lagers are. It's at the very least a refreshing brew, however.

D - Overall, this beer seriously lacks in the flavor department and delivers a rather 'clean & crisp' lager feel, minus the adjuncts and skunk. A simple summer afternoon beer and nothing more.

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Photo of jonb5
3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Third of a litre serving, in a Löwenbräu glass. Pale colour, two finger head, clear. Crisp noble hop aroma, almost a bit like a north german pils smell. Tasted a hint of orange, was malty with balanced sweetness and a slightly wheaty finish. Fair amount of gas. Easy drinker, thirst quencher. Good beer.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
2.6/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden with a one-finger head that dissipates almost instantaneously. Spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Skunked. Green bottles suck, brewers. A moderate smell of hops and light smell of malts is behind the skunk.

Taste: Moderate skunkiness, moderate hops and biscuit malts, mild bitterness throughout. End is watery and grassy.

Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body, high carbonation, smooth.

Overall: Not a very good beer, just below par. They need to not use green bottles and need more flavor!

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Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice light golden color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Has a clean aroma of grain and bit of citrus.

T: Taste starts with a mix of citrus and some sweetness that turns to a nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp and refreshing.

O: Decent beer, not a bad as some would like you to believe. Good for a few.

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Poured a nice golden colour with two fingered with frothy white head that disappears to a thin head.

S - Wheaty aroma with citrus and light malts.

T - Sweet malts up front with a slightly bitter and citrus taste to finish

M - Medium Carbonation and light to medium body

O - A well balanced beer that lacks a little flavour depth but is crisp and refreshing and one that I actually enjoy on a hot day.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-served cold , poured into a stein yellowish/ gold , minimal head that quickly dissappeared
S-wheat with hints of citrus nothing over powering
T-smooth , mellow munich malts , nicely balanced brew
MF-light to medium in body , good carbonation , easy on the palate , no bitter aftertaste
Ov-very easy to drink beer , that has it's time and place

Cheers LampertLand

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright and light straw coloured lager. Very predictable aroma and taste of the stereotypical "Euro-lager" ilk...

Aroma is of pure golden barley, while the taste also has mild hop bittering elements in the finish. Certainly not "dry & clean", but not an offensive lingering corn-sweetness.

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Photo of bogus564
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz, poured into a tall Pilsner glass.

I have my Steak-Umm sandwich at the ready, and I'm feeling good. I learned recently that if you add salt, pepper and garlic powder, it's awesome. Time to have another beer, and away we go...

A: It's more of a yellow gold than a golden gold, if that makes any sense at all. With a careful pour, it produces a minimal wheat-colored head. It's slight on the bubbles as well.

S: Hops, grass, wheat and citrus are on the menu, just as I'd have expected. At this point, the sandwich smells just a little bit better.

T: It's a nice beer, kind of like the polite friend you send to pick up your girlfriend while you wait down the street in your car. It tastes like it smells, and it's not overpowering. In combination with the savoriness of the sandwich, it's even better, though.

M: Good, again bordering on very good. It's carbonated nicely, light in body, the palate likes it, and it leaves a slightly dry finish. It's what you can ask from this stlye of beer.

O: Good beer, it doesn't disappoint. It's ideal with this Steak-Umm sandwich. I wish I'd cooked another, but that would be gluttony; besides, now I can have another beer. Cheers for now.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Into a pilsener (also noted in pint glass, nothing changed):

A: totally clear yellow body with a small white head that doesn't last even ten seconds

S: wheaty grassiness with the slightest hint of malt

T: wheaty grassy hops, slightly bready, slightly sweet yet bitter

M: light, very sessionable, smooth nothing harsh on the tongue, grassy aftertaste

O: decent for the style, easy to drink. I would have it again.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance; clear yellow with the slightest bit of haze. White head that doesn't last long but the film leaves messy lacing.

smell; not too much going on, some weak grassy hops are perceived with only the slightest hint of malt.

taste; very bland and grassy hops with some slight bready malt flavors in the finish. Fitting to the style just weak and uninspired in comparison to other selections.

mouthfeel; pretty nice on the palate, comforting and crisp with a refreshing finish. A very light and easy drinking beer.

overall; not really anything to go crazy over, just a solid, easy to drink beer that has it's time and place.

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Photo of jsisko01
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates quickly. Has decent lacing.

Smell - Slightly sweet, skunky, bread, and a hint of citrus.

Taste - Slight bit of citrus and skunky.. Bread notes and mild bitterness. Seems a little watered down.

Mouthfeel - Has a little zing to it. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall - Not a bad beer, as long as you don't mind the skunk.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I brought a 500ml can of Lowenbrau Original home from a recent trip to Europe. The beer pours a clear pale golden hue, with one finger of foamy white head, which slightly laced on the glass. It smells of grain and saaz like hops. The taste is grain and malt with slight hops. The mouthfeeel was medium body with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer to session.

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Photo of treque
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: in its color is an average lager somewhere between amber and orange, completely translucent. it presents small bubble carbonation, the carb is constant and generates an average white foam with retention of the same qualities.

S: malts are perceived in the aroma. very lightly smell

T: With a bitter taste from beginning to end but the end is not very deep and ends semi dry.

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Photo of atis
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear gold with large head that soon dissipates to foamy layer, no lacing. Aroma is some malt, faint grassy hops.

Taste is sweetish malt with grassy hops and weak notes of citrus. Mouthfeel is crisp and light with moderate carbonation.

Unsophisticated and very drinkable Helles for an excellent price.

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Photo of MP72
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale gold with almost no head after the first minute or so.
S-bread,slight grassiness
T- munich malts with a nice hop character @ the finish

M-light bodied with medium carbonation

O- Not bad at all but a bit lacking after the likes of Hofbrau and Weishtephaner. Nothing wrong at all with this brew and definitelty a lot better than the macros and easy to drink.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.61/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The advertisement for this used to be "Tonight..Let it be Lowenbrau"; I say let's not but say we did!

The scent upon opening was skunky, (when will some brewers learn not to use clear or green glass for bottling!) Pours nice yellow medium head. Taste is neutral beery no bite kind of bleh. Will quench a thirst, but, so does water!

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Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
76 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.