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Löwenbräu Original - Löwenbräu AG

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700 Ratings

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 22
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001)
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Photo of magictrokini
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

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 Riccymon
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured gold/yellow from a 12 oz. bottle with a quarter- to half-inch of white, dishwater head--about what I expected from the style. Smell is a little weak, though there is some floral and a bit of citrus. Taste is enjoyable and somewhat sweet and includes lemon and a little pepper. The light flavors and body finish nicely, and if I didn't prefer a little more variety, I could probably drink a few of these in a sitting.

Riccymon, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Absumaster
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%

A bright, yellow colored beer with a fizzy head.

Smell of raw malt, with some grainy notes. A fresh and almost lemony hop smell, which is not strong.

Taste is light with a mild lemon taste on top of a lager malty taste. A great drinkability, with a bitterness that is lower than the average German pilsner.

Absumaster, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of rjimlad
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Pale straw colour with thin head that dissipated quickly. Very little aroma apart from a slight maltiness but then I seem to be challenged in the olfactory department. Flavour is malty with a slight grassiness and a bit doughy as well. Not overpowering but well balanced and very drinkable with a long bitter finish. A good thirst quenching beer for everyday use. There's a lot more interesting examples out there I'm sure but this is readily available and inexpensive.

rjimlad, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of TommyW
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%

A- Pours a clear, yellow with about a half inch head that quickly fades. Leaves no lacing.

S- Smells of grass, a little malt, and a hint of citrus.

T- Tastes follows the smell pretty well. Grass and some malt as well as a touch of sweetness. There is a slight aftertaste that reminds me of the tange of a grapefruit.

M- Pretty thin. Carbonation is very good.

D- Very drinkable beer. Very refreshing and light.

Overall, this would be a good beer for a hot day. Not a beer with a lot of complexity in any aspect, but definitely refreshing.

TommyW, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%

A: Gold with good clarity and moderate carbonation. Soapy white head has OK retention and leaves behind some lace.

S: Grass, lemon and a bit of sweet malt.

T: Well balanced if not overly complex. Sweet malt in front followed by a pepper and lemon bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean.

M: Medium-light body with the right amount of fizz.

D: One of the better mainstream German beers. A cut above Beck's and St. Pauli Girl.

Rayek, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
2.15/5  rDev -34.7%

A - Crystal clear and as golden yellow as a first morning void, this beer has a small wispy cap of a few soapy bubbles. Some filmy lace is left on the glass. This isn't the best looking beer, honestly. Whipping the beer around the glass a bit does bring up a small head, but it dissipates quickly.

S - This smells a lot like puffed corn cereal...what's that stuff called? Kellog's Corn Pops. This smells exactly like Kellog's Corn Pops, with maybe a hint of lemon juice spritzed over the top. Not bad, but pretty mundane.

T - Like the nose, this is pretty restrained and boring. There is a musty hint of floral and spicy hops, but it's only a hint. This tastes a lot like a Heineken or some other bland Euro lager.

M - A bit acrid at first, this rounds out in the midpalate before finishing bone dry. This beer actually makes me more thirsty for having sipped it.

D - Blah. This isn't terrible, but it is very uninteresting. A below average beer for the style. I'll pass next time.

pmcadamis, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%

One of my favorite mass produced euro-lagers. Basic beer that always seems to hit the spot. Aroma is slightly grassy but never skunky. Nice light golden pour, good white head, moderate lacing. Mouthfeel is fresh and crisp. Good malt backed flavor, touch of hops.

kinger, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of avalon07
2.1/5  rDev -36.2%

A: Poured from a bottle to a flute glass. Had a yellow color and a completely clear texture. There was about a quarter inch of creamy head, but almost no lacing.

S: Smelled of typical green bottle skunk, along with some hops and malt.

T: Had some bitter hops, malt, a little citrus and a skunky quality. Thin and uninteresting.

M: A below average amount of carbonation and an oily finish.

D: I'm actually surprised this beer has an overall B- grade. This is just like most macrobrews - no character or taste. Pass.

avalon07, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into my Guinness tulip pint glass

Appearance: A nice golden color with an absolutely beautiful head. Every time I have poured one of these I got a perfect head. My good friend described it as looking like "A beer commercial."

Smell: Mostly grassy with a hint of sweetness and hops.

Taste: Sweet and balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin but smooth with very balanced carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high drinkablility and is very refreshing.

Good, solid beer. I was expecting it to be a bit thicker, but it turned out to be just fine. This is a beer I will probably look to at some point in the future.

Mosstrooper, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of jsprain1
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%

A- Looks like an american macro, but has a shade darker than a macro.
S- Smells of grass, some malt, a tiny bit of hops. Very clean overall.
T- Tastes of grass and malt. Tastes like an american macro. But it has complexity beyond corn.
M- A bit watery but not bad. Carbonation was spot on.
O- Very drinkable. Definitely a candidate for my refreshment beer on a hot summer day.

jsprain1, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%

Got a six pack of this from a local ShopRite Liquors.

A: Pours a bright, straw yellow body with a small, white head with pretty nice retention and lacing.

S: A mixed, sweet and sour smell that kind of reminded me of a macro beer smell.

T: A slightly, sweet, honey-malt taste with a tangy, grapefruit aftertaste that was quite interesting.

M: A light and pretty smooth mouthfeel that was also pretty refreshing.

D: A nice, drinkable beer that was pretty good. I could see this as a solid beer to have during the hot, summer months. A pretty good beer overall.

maddogruss, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of Drew966
2.9/5  rDev -11.9%

Lowenbrau Original pours a pale yellow color with a white head from a green 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is grainy. The flavor is very mild, grainy at first, a bit malty and then some mild skunky type hops. Underwhelming, but not much different than any other macro lager. The last time I had a Lowenbrau it was a contract brew from Miller. This isn't really any better. I used to prefer the Swiss version, but I haven't seen one in years.

Drew966, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a clear straw-gold with a thick white head that dissipates to leave a film. Some lacing.

Smells of malt with some grainy/grassy notes. Taste is much more malty than I would have expected from the nose. Pretty nicely balanced by hops at the end.

Overall, a really decent lager that should be quite sessionable.

philipquarles, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%

Appearance: It has very transparent gold color. The head is slightly off white and full as is the lace.

Smell: It has a very clean and crisp smell. Great hop and malt tones.

Taste: Very balanced in flavor just like the smell. It is grainy and grassy.

Mouthfeel: One of the thinner lagers for Munich.

Drinkability: This is a great all around beer.

MTNboy, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Pleepleus
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Poured from green 12 oz bottle a clear yellow color with a half inch of white head with steady bubble rise that reduced to a solid layer of foam and spotty lacing. Smells fresh and grassy with hints of malt. Tastes crisp and has nice balance of malt sweetness and a little spice. Light bodied and smooth drinking. I like this one, it is simply solid. Tonight is kinda special...let it be Lowenbrau.

Pleepleus, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Pours a very clear, light golden yellow color with a big frothy white head.

S: Faint malt aroma.

T: Clean flavor, some faint lemon bread notes for a finish. Soft herbal hopping. Simple palate, lightly hopped, and pretty smooth and much better then anticipated.

M: Thin mouthful with some funky malt off flavors upon warming.

D: Safe, unoffending lawnmower beer but still much better then any American macro counterpart.

beerthulhu, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of WHROO
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a straw golden colour with big sudsy head...Counted about six lines of carbonation floating up the brew. a little lacing.
I struggled to get to much from the aroma, maybe a little malts, but no real sweetness...more floral hops
At first a gentle grainy biscuity malt flavour, a little spicey, & ends with well balanced bitterness.
This is definately one of the more livey beers I have tasted recently - good carbonation & spicey (maybe acidic too)
If anything would have like a little more malty notes...but if I am panging for a lively beer without too much sweetness (for a thirst quencher) than this is a good choice.

WHROO, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of brewmudgeon
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%

clear golden straw. thin head doesn't even leave a ring. no lace.
smell is of hay(?) and noble hops
not unlike warsteiner verum. light to medium body, fairly mild noble hops, some sweet light malt, semi-sweet finish. no lingering bitterness. but the flavor is just not very good imo.
seems like it should be crisper. drank this thinking it was a pils. certainly tastes more like a weak pils than a helles. balance is way off for a helles. way too similar to warsteiner.

brewmudgeon, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Sudsy, two finger head comes up quickly and dies pretty fast, leaving a thin film. Minimal lacing. This brew is a bright, pale yellow, though not as pale as the average macro.

S - A biscuity aroma along with some slightly spicy hops, though they smell a bit like cheese.

T - Bland, biscuity malts dominate at first followed by a spicy hop presence that misses it mark. A strange grape-like (not vinous, but like the skin of a grape) follows, with a bitterness that tastes like the coating a pill. The brew is well attenuated, but there's a lot of seemingly off-flavors going on. Luckily, it's all fairly mild and some of it melds together well enough to create a decent beverage.

M - Spot on. Light, but not watery. High carbonation, crisp.

D - A decently drinkable brew, if forgettable. I was really in the mood for something light when I bought these, and those other five went down quite easy. Helles lagers are what they are; perhaps if I'd had more this would score higher.

PatrickJR, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of mtstatebeer
2.6/5  rDev -21%

12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium yellow/golden color with a small fizzy white head. Grassy, yeasty, and a bit skunk smelling (probably a bad bottle). Flavor was mildly bitter, more malty grains. Light bodied, decent carbonation, fairly smooth. Decent beer.

mtstatebeer, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3/5  rDev -8.8%

There's nothing to really get excited about here. It is drinkable however. Light-bodied and very light golden colored. Grassy malts, crisp, and a little bit of bitterness. Somewhat refreshing. There's not a lot to it but there's nothing foul about it and you could to a lot worse while mowing the lawn or sitting in the sun.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of prosper
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%

Dark straw color. Lots of dense foam & lacing. Moderate carbonation, appropriate for style. Floral smell, with a whiff of hops. Some sulfur/skunk. Flavor is a nice balance of acidity from the carbonation, a slight bitter zing from the hops with lots of light grassy malt and light floral notes. Very, very dry which makes it crisp, refreshing and highly drinkeable. Definitely above average, though not exceptional.

prosper, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%

The bottle I drank was actually from Germany with the name "Undestadt" on it. Slightly different than the American output, but I digest.

A - Light yellow, moderate head, dissipates moderately, with moderate carbonation, moderately speaking.

S - Peach and light malts.

T - Peach, light malts, and honey.

M - Slightly dry, but passable.

D Good, but others are better examples of both the helles and lager classes.

MisterClean, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of 1whiskey
3.85/5  rDev +17%

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. This is somewhere in the netherland between "straw" and "golden". Crystal clarity, with active carbonation.

Nose is mostly herbal and a tad skunky unfortunately. Maybe some DMS in there as well. Not real promising, to be blunt.

Taste is mellow and malty...a faint whisp of spicy hops in the finish. Not real complex but it sure tastes good on a 103 degree day. Simple and pleasurable.

Mouthfeel is fairly slick, carbonation is high but appropriate for the beer. This is really easy to drink...only the skunk factor detracts. On tap it would be deadly.

Overall I really enjoyed this and could see myself knocking back a few on such a warm day as this. The price is very reasonable for an import and is makes this a high quality alternative when you just want a simple, easy lager but want better quality than BMC. I'll likely be working this in to the rotation in the future. Now if only the bottles weren't green...

1whiskey, Aug 16, 2008
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