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Löwenbräu Original - Löwenbräu AG

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Löwenbräu OriginalLöwenbräu Original

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379 Reviews

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Reviews: 379
Hads: 791
Avg: 3.33
pDev: 24.32%
Wants: 35
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Löwenbräu AG visit their 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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Reviews: 379 | Hads: 791
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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Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice, straw colour with a decent 2 finger fluffy white head which doesn't linger. I like the slow, steady bead feeding the head.

S- Faint grassy, floral hops. Not much on the nose, but still not too bad.

T- Fairly simple taste. There seems to be a slight citrusy sweetness upfront followed by some hops followed by a bit of a slight metallic skunk. I have to admit that I do quite like this. It is definitely light on the palate, but still, it has just enough flavour to be tasty.

M- Light and crisp. Fits utterly perfectly to the style and adds a good deal of refreshment. Can't complain here.

O- This is a fairly tasty, quite refreshing lager- no more, no less. Nice and light and very sessionable while not compensating much on taste is a fairly good combination in my opinion.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Golden clear lager with a thick 2 finger white head that quickly dissipates but leaves a nice trail down the glass and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Sharp aroma of grainy malts and grassy hops aroma. Not overwhelming or overpowering, just sort of there.

T: Very clean and mellow, brew with a simple sweet malt flavor throughout. Similar to the smell there is a grassy hop flavor with a little of bitterness balance. Finishes dry and clean.

M: Light body and medium carbonation.

O: Just a so so beer. Nothing really special here – I’ve had this beer a couple of times and every time it never really impresses me.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this many times but never taken the time to review it. Pours a clear pale golden colour topped with a puffy one-finger head. Lasts a few minutes before dissipating to a cap, with lots of lacing on the sides. The smell isn't very intense but it's a nice mix of grassy hops and pale grain malts.

Taste is a little sweet at first with barley malt, leading into a mildly bitter grassy hop finish with a touch of lemon. Simple, but strong and very clean-tasting in my opinion. Thin to medium-thin mouthfeel; a little heavier than an EPL. Medium carbonation; very smooth-drinking.

Nothing fancy about this stuff, it's just a decently-made Helles lager. Not really worth going out of my way for, but this is available almost everywhere and is better than 80% of the swath of EPLs next to it IMO. An enjoyable brew in any season.

[Updated Jan. 3 2014]

Picked up another can - this time comparing it side-by-side with Spaten and Hacker Pschorr Munich Gold (the only other two Munich lagers I can find around here). This is a serviceable lager that gets the job done when I can't find Spaten around anywhere. Lowenbrau was one of the first imports I ever tried (after maybe Stella and Carlsberg) and I still think it's a good beer.. I will never understand how the aforementioned 'big name' Euro lagers are so profitable when higher quality lagers such as this are so widely available - and selling for less!

Final Grade: 3.49, a B-.

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Photo of stjaernstoft
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Löwenbräu, ABV: 5.2%.
500 ml can, 13.70 SEK (including refund) at Systembolaget.

Appearance: Pale golden colour and a quite nice, white head that leaves quite quickly.

Smell: Citric hoppiness, freshly baked bread, and dishrag. Somewhat unpleasant, yet intriguing.

Taste: Nice and clear aromas of bread and citrus (lemon). Medium bitterness. A little watery. Tasteful, for sure, but I feel something bothering me in the background - it may be the dishrag.

Mouthfeel: It's softer than I expected, and the small body vs. the bitterness makes it very gulpable - but kind of useless for other purposes. (The higher rating is obviously for the thirst-drenching abilities.)

Overall: All-in-all a rather tasty lager considering its price - despite the dishrag. I find it better refrigerator cold as it preserves its "crisp", and it does a nice job drenching my thirst on a warm summer's day.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my great uncles favorite beer that he found in Germany while he was fightin in WWII. He managed to bring some home with him when he was done with his service. He passed away after a freak accident not much longer after he got home. My grandmother (his sister) still has one of the bottles that he brought back with him of this beer. After she had showed it to me I made it a point to go get some for her and I to drink together.

The beer poured out as a golden copper color, it had a thin fizzy white head. Not much lacing. The smell was a little on the lager skunk side. There was also some slight aromas of grass in there too. The taste was crisp and clean the grass was there but had some hops to balance it out. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad it had a good texture to it. Overall, I wasn't in love with the beer and it's one of my least favorite styles. I didn't mind this beer too much and would drink it again for sure.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can into Guinness pint glass in Belfort, France. Reviewed live.

A: 2.5 finger head of no cream, bad thickness (i.e. it's thin), and average retention. Clear dark yellow colour.

Sm: Cream and fresh faux-crystal Munichy festy hops.

T: Cream, barley, and the aforementioned hops in an underwhelming way. Simple but quite refreshing. Built and balanced well for the style. Would make a fantastic fest beer.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with adequate coarseness on the climax to bring out the flavour, but not too much as to stay through the finish and fail to be refreshing. Complements the flavours but isn't a perfect match by any standards.

Dr: Average ABV, decent quality, and very drinkable. It shouldn't win any awards, but it's worth a try for any beer fanatic.

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Photo of decimator
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml can poured into a pint glass.
ABV 5.2%

A - Poured a clear yellow with a 1cm head which quickly vanished. Minimal lacing. Looks pretty average.

S - Light sweetness hits first, a bit of sour, and some grassy hops in the background.

T - Sweetness up front, some sourness in the middle and some mild bitter hops in the finish. There's a slight unpleasant tartness which isn't helping my enjoyment.

M - Average carbonation. Body is light.

O - My appreciation for this one isn't as high as it used to be. Pretty average stuff.

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Photo of rarbring
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear pale straw colored with hints of green and gold, the head is high and white, settles rather slowly and leaves good lacing.

The smell is slightly sweet, white bread, then grass notes, hay and a dash of lime.

Starts sweet, bread notes, then some lemon acidity, a fresh grass bitterness.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, rather soft texture, refreshing, medium to small body, a slightly dry finish.

An easy consumable lager, could have a more bitter bite to balance sweet and sour notes. A bit nostalgia, was more or less the first beer I choose to drink when I came to age ...

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Photo of evlu1441
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a normal golden lager colour with thick foamy head that quickly settles.

The smell is slightly grainy, but not unpleasant.

The flavour is rich and malty, but slightly sweet. It is very smooth and highly drinkable.

Overall, I wouldn't rave about this beer. It's good, but not enough character for my taste.

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Photo of sfprint
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, perfectly clear, bordering on a nitro head in appearance. 2 finger head, little rising carbonation.
S: Farily sweet malt/hop blend, though hoppier than most German lagers. Soft, refreshing.
T: Very controlled bitterness, perfect amount. Moderately sweet. Coming off the tap, not skunked at all. It really shocked me how well balanced and nice it is.
M: Soft carbonation, almost medium body, slightly astringent.
O: Very impressive for a German beer.

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Photo of Derranged
3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I used to drink this often 10 years ago. Last year I tried it again, and it was horribly skunked. Note that I am skeptical about beer in green bottles. It's hit or miss.

Moving on:

Got reintroduced to this beer. Poured from an 330ml (11.2oz) bottle into a stemmed pokal.

A- Dark golden color, thin white head that dissipates quickly, not much retention on the glass.

S- Sweet malts, floral notes, some hops and skunk.

T- Sweet malts dominate. Some mild hops in there.

M- Very thin and flat.

O- If this is not skunked, which is a big if, it's pretty enjoyable. Nothing spectacular. It's a simple and decent beer that is reasonably priced.

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Photo of skypup
2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

.5L bottle served in a straight sided Pilsner glass

Pale straw color with one finger head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

Slight malty with hints of citrus

Smooth/ diluted with definitive taste that leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.
O.K. Drinkability. This is a typical mass produced European light lager (Helles). While it isn't the best beer in that category it certainly isn't a bad beer.

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Photo of mnrider
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz green bottle. label say's 11.2 oz? Since 1383, damn that's old.

A: Pours a bright golden clear yellow. Medium white head with plenty of carbonation. Little retention with a little more lacing.

S: Clean with a slight sweetness and some faint grains.

T/M: Light bodied, crisp and a balance of spicy hops and sweet dry malts. Finishes with a bitter dry hop aftertaste.

D: Good. Pretty much what I was expecting from this brew. Light on the taste, yet there's enough to keep me happy. Worth a try for sure, but not something I would really have again.


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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this because I am living in Jordan and there is not much else to drink. Tastes much better in Germany than it does here...

Pours straw yellow color with a very weak fizzy head. There is a nice looking carbonation coating the side of the glass though.

The smell and taste are both slightly bitter, but not in a pleasant sort of way. Maybe something about the way the hops mix with the grain is not perfect. The flavour is not complex, it is good, but does not quite satisfy. It is easy to drink but you expect more from a Bavarian beer.

The mouth-feel is perhaps a bit light, but I have not had a beer in a long time so I don't really care. The carbonation is nice. The beer is a bit plain, but I don't really have any other options in Jordan. If I were back in Germany or the US I would get something different.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear yellow color with fluffy 1 finger head that disappeared rather quickly. Some lacing on glass

Smell - skunky

Taste - crisp and nice bite from the noble hops.

Mouthfeel - ok

Drinkability - perhaps the skunkiness was just due to the fact I bought this as a single out of the fridge at the liquor store. It is somewhat nice to drink. This was the first beer I had back when I was 16 years old and haven't had one since 1993 until I went back for a revisit. It actually is not a bad beer and some respectable flavorings. I'm glad I went back for a revisit.

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

I still remember the common commercials for this when I was growing up. Ironically it seems hard to find now and I guess I was lucky to stumble upon some in an obscure little store. Poured a 3" head which slowly dissipated to nothing. Clear straw yellow. Sweet corn with a slight zing, very much like American styles but with a longer finish. Basically American +1.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very yellow color with small carbonation. Virtually no head at all, just a thin lace. Normal grassy and herbal hop smell. Taste is just good, not too unique. Light bodied. Herbal hops and a little sweetness toward end. This beer is so ok, worth drinking. Not much wrong with it. Very drinkable.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow appearance with a small amount of solid head. Smell is grassy with hops. A bit malty.

Taste has a nice balance of malt and sweetness, some spices and has a very good hop taste. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing. Has a lingering malty aftertaste.

Overall this is a lighter tasting beer, but it is easily drinkable with a good balance of tastes. Worth a try, seems like a good summer beer.

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Photo of Raymando
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great appearance and head with a not so great smell. At first its bitter and has some bite to it. I have noticed the colder it is the better. Surpassingly, even with the bitter initial taste it is a smooth beer and very drinkable. My friends and I can go through new case in one night.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.39/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had in a tall beer glass
A: light yellow, clear, decent 2.5-finger head that quickly dissipates; very few carb beads
S: stinks; macrobrew machinery stench all over it
T: very simple, non-complex beer; very little hop profile
M: overly watery
D: it's certainly not the worst macrobrew you could get, but why bother?

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Photo of JayS2629
1.83/5  rDev -45%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of A380
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light gold with a not so over the top head which does dissipate quite quickly. lacing is not really great..
Taste is pretty ok. nothing too bad about it but nothing really outstanding either. its pretty unoffensive and comes with a lot of grain taste to it. kind of like becks from the can. aftertaste is slightly dry/ bitter but it is nothing bad at all. overall a pretty drinkable beer and its nothing worth complaining of.

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

From the 11.2 flo. oz. bottle no. L-24901-N. Sampled on November 5, 2010. When is the last time you had a Lowenbrau in the USA? If it has been awhile you might be in for a pleasant surprise. Instead of the tasteless corny beer of the 1980's and 1990's, it is now the original recipe imported from Germany. The pour is a carbonated yellow with about a half-inch of fizzy, longlasting head. For a green bottle the skunkiness is muted in favor of malts, thin yeast, and a slightly hopped background. The taste is tart but clean with barley malts and light hops to wrap around your throat. If you gave up on Lowenbrau years ago it might be worth another shot. Best beer around? Hardly. But drinkable and likeable.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can served in a chalice.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color forming a medium aired white head. Medium retention and some lacings left

S: Quite simple in the nose: Sweet grains, mainly. Also Lager yeasts and grassy hops in the end. Bready and a bit Metallic.

T: Taste is pretty much like the nose. Very malty and bready. Metallic taste is evident. Light but nice grassy and earthy hoppy end

M: Light body and good carbonation. Mild bitter aftertaste

O: A simple, easy drinking and refreshig German Lager. One of the best Euro Lagers I've ever had

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Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
76 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.