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Löwenbräu Original - Löwenbräu AG

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BA SCORE
76
okay

700 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 22
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Löwenbräu AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001)
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Photo of billybob
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear golden straw color with a white frothy two finger head that fades quicky to just cover the beer and a fair amount of lacing. grassy, herbal earthy smell. grainy malt taste with a herbal hop slightly bitter finish. mouthfeel light, grainy, crisp, good carbonation. try lowenbrau and steamed clams, it's the best.

billybob, May 28, 2007
Photo of SaltyLime
1.75/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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

SaltyLime, May 16, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw-gold color with a big foamy white head. The head doesn't last all too long, but it leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: A bit of malty grains and grasses.

Taste: Malty taste consisting of various grains, plus a hop spicyness with some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, slightly grainy but generally smooth. Very good carbonation for this type of beer.

Drinkability: Though not amazing, there's definitely enough here to keep me interested, for sure.

Rather enjoyable lager. Easy to drink and there's not really any negatives. Worth having again (and I have...).

mithrascruor, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 66cl bottle, imported, brewed in Munich, bottled in the UK, best before Dec 2007, drank March 2007.

Poured into my Veltins glass (three times), it looked every inch a lager, sorry pilsner, light golden blonde with a small white head that soon turned to nothing.

Odourless almost, a bit of hops and barley malt if you try hard enough to sniff for a long long time.

Good balanced beer, ideal for a hot summers day, not the best pilsner/helles/lager on earth, but certainly not the worst either. All in all a pleasant drink.

BlackHaddock, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have a friend that went to Germany, and came back swearing by this beer. I don't know if its his favorite but i searched it out to try. Its not my favorite but is a good session beer. Its clean tasting and smooth/easy to drink. This beer is alot better than the macro lagers, definatly worth a try.

Redwood21, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours golden yellow with a white head that tapers off into lacing. Smell is of hops and grain. Flavor is not bad but kind of bland and boring. Hops and malt can be tasted but nothing exciting or delicious. Given that its average on everything else it has average drinkibility. Its not hard to drink but if I would opt for many other beers over this one.

PittBeerGirl, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a remarkably clear straw-yellow with a golden tinge. Moderate bone white cap leaving a decent lace.

Aroma: Lots of malt, bread, maybe some corn.A bit of caramel. Noble hops, should be nice.

Taste: Very nice light flavour. Sweet up front with a moderate bitterness in finish. Lots of bready malt. Nicely balanced. As it warms, it gets significantly worse.

Mouthfeel: Love the mouthfeel in this one. Creamy, but not too creamy. Nice light feel, but lots of substance. Loads of body.

Final Statement: Not bad at all. I really don't like lagers, but this isn't too bad. It's one of the cheapest imports which makes it all the more pleasing. Suitable for summer days and refreshment. Definately worth a shot if you like the style.

MMansfield, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of witster18
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

solid beer.... pours a light golden color with a wispy 1/2" head. Sweet Malt on the nose along with a little alcohol.Some lacing. pretty nice balance here...pleasant sticky mouthfeel goes nice with those tongue tingeling grassy hops...lots of hops for a light colored lager....and that 'REAL BEER' taste that seems to slowly be dissapearing on today's market. Becomes even more flavorful at about 45degrees..all kinds of interesting stuff happening at slightly warmer temps instead of going terrible like American Lagers... .very grassy finish with that great familiar bitter, Euro Pale kick. The faintest citrus..say ...aaaa..lemon-juice/lemon-ade.. I wish this was easier to find again. An extremely solid and flavorful lager with the stuff that you should taste instead of what you shouldn't. A good sessionable brew. I want 10 more! Lipsmakin goodness....and priced rt for the quality...7.99/six....at that price it dominates the market for quality and taste. If your a hellas or a light bodied lager that maintains a good mouthfeel fan...then Lowenbrau is for you. The fruit of Edelhell...the euro skunk of Heiny...and the good sticky qualities of Dortmunder GOld...this brew is nice for the price. I'm pretty sure all of it is imported now. Harder to find than it was 15 years ago... ...a personal favorite because of high score on mouthfeel and grassy hops for an easy drinking light-colored lager. Nice bottle too. I can't beleive some here have said it's equal or just above massprolag's....not true...it's an obvious cut above. Everyone should remember this is a German Brewed, whole hopped, hellas lager that gives you a beautiful grassy hop bitter, peppery bite....to the untrained palate this could come off as skunky ...I realize the green bottles skunk easier which brings me to ask...where are some of the reveiwers here buying their beer and do they drink anything other than Bud and Miller...because Lowenbrau is A STAPLE...no other accessible lager gives this blance of Hops, Mouthfeel, Bite, and sessionablity... Mom, this is what I want for Christmas...:)

witster18, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into an American pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. The beer is crystal clear and pale yellow. Slightly skunky hops are present with hints of citrus. The head was originally about 1/2" with a hard pour and quickly boiled down to a mere covering of thin foam. Moderate carbonation. The taste is of hops, citrus, a decent amount of maltiness, and a creamy finish. The body is slightly thick, but leaves a residual oiliness in the mouth.

Rudgers73, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of steinlifter
4.08/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a nice rich head, smell was a hoppy whiff, taste was very enjoyable, nice hop/ malt balance, great drinkability on this one..good example of Munich style, well crafted can't miss with this one..recommended. This used to be brewed in the U>S, and was inferior to the "new" brew back in Germany where it belongs, Thank God for the meister braus!

steinlifter, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of moonman00
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on bottle and on 5 litter keg.

Pours a nice light golden color, with fair head.

The smell is fresh, malty and some grass.

It tastes also malty and fresh, with smooth bitterness and fair carbonization.

As a common Euro lager, is very refreshing for those hot days.

moonman00, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale golden straw with a white medium head which fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was mostly Saaz (or other noble) hops when first poured coupled with a malty character which had a bit of caramel. The aroma was clean with some spicy hop notes.

The flavor was malty with a clean character. The malt had a light impression of caramel but mostly seemed to be barley. Some lightly spicy hop flavors were notable and the bittering was enough to keep the malt character in it's place.

The finish was even into dry with very light lasting impressions of malt and spicy hops which faded in the aftertaste. The body was medium with a carbonation level that was just a bit lower than expected. The beer was a nice Helles lager, very clean and drinkable. It was not very complex, but was certainly a good example of the style.

12 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of Noxious26
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml green bottle had at a beer/wine tasting dinner held at my friend's (Jen & Mike) home. Thanks to Scott for bringing this along!

Pale gold and clear. Firm white billowing head.

Aroma is dominated by grassy hops with a hint of breadiness in the background.

Grassy and skunky hops lead off with some breadiness. Hops take over after the carbonation rush to a skunky/grassy finish. Aftertaste is mild hops and moderate in length.

Crisp mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

Reminds me of a cross between Warsteiner and Heineken. Some elements of a euro lager and some elements of a german pilsner. This isn't my favourite, but it isn't bad either. Wasn't a favourite of most people at the dinner.

Noxious26, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of fido
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is easy to find here in my city.

It pours a nice clear golden color, large foamy head and some lacing; Smell is of hops and malty, I think a little bit skunky; Taste is sweet, malt and fruity; Mouthfeel is crisp; Medium body and good carbonation; Very drinkable.

¡Salud!

fido, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of therica
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Der Löwenbräu in Cologne, Germany (Köln). Of course, it was the house-beer.

Very nice-- better than expected after mediocre US-export versions by the same name.

Pronounced from an English perspective-- LOOV-en-bray, by the way.

Appearance Not much head by the time it made it to the table, but still a nice appearance although I was more interested in eating their delicious food and knocking off some good beer.

Smell-- nothing overwhelming or noteable, just malt and hops and some florals.

Taste-- smooth, enough to keep me reordering. I'm sure the on-tap version had a lot to do with the appeal. Went well with the meal-- very well.

Mouthfeel-- hard to say when drinking with a meal but nothing offensive.

Drinkability-- if I hadn't been tempted by a few other beers to try at the time, this would have served well for allnight drinking-- nothing overly "whooa yeah" and yet very consistently delivering.

therica, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a golden color with about an inch white head with good lacing. It smells like grain, grassy hops, malt and a bit of lemon. It tastes the same way, but it starts off with malty sweetness and finishes with a hop bitterness, although the aftertaste doesn't linger for too long. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. The drinkability is good too, it goes down easy. Overall I think it's a decent beer. Not great, but good enough to drink here and there.

bluejacket74, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of jdoherty
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was certainly a disappointment. I was expecting a lot more taste but it seems very similar to American macros.

A: The appearance was a bland golden color with only a minimal head. Slow rising carbon bubbles make it seem flat

S: Hops and honey are difficult to detect until at very close range. I was shocked by the lack of any discernable smell from a distance, and no subtlety

T: Literally the exact same taste as Heineken. If one removes the overwhelming skunk smell of Heineken, it is Lowenbrau. Extremely bland

M: A good tingle from the carbonation, but the beer as thin as water

D: Smooth, thats what makes it so popular. You can drink it like water. Just because its an import doesn't make it better.

jdoherty, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of nekronos
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

NOthing special, a regular GErman beer, better than most macros but with that honey alike smell, maybe the hops they use in Bavaria. Teh head is quite impressive, but the taste is a little incipit. The colour is somewhat greenish in some features but in general Golden.

nekronos, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of BDTyre
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting your typical euro macro lager, but this actually isn't bad.

Light golden appearance with decent white head. Lots of tiny champagne like bubbles.

Clean malt smell, faint hop zest. Not unpleasant, but not terribly exciting. Could stand to be a bit more hop, at the very least to add some excitement.

Okay taste. Malt, hop zest and a minor bit of skunk. Caramel background, with bread and citrus tones. Clean and crisp, but not terribly stimulating.

Seems a bit overcarbonated, but a decent drinkable lager, better than a lot of European lagers on the market.

BDTyre, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz green bottle

Lowenbrau Original was golden in color with a thick white head. The head had good retention and left some lacing behind. The aroma was lightly malty. The taste was a little sweet upfront, with good mix of malt and hop flavors, and had a fairly dry finish. The body was light to medium with medium carbonation. It's a decent lager and I'm glad to see that it is once again brewed in Germany rather than being contracted out to the US.

afinepilsner, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of vancurly
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold, white persistent frothy head. Good bubbles.
Aroma of fresh pale malt, and noble hops. A subtle sweetness/cara note is also present.
Crisp flavour, fresh and balanced. Good malty character, hop back palate. Nice aftertaste.
A well-balanced beer, medium body & bitterness, long aftertaste.
Compared to other European lagers I have tasted recently, this is above average.

vancurly, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of beckje01
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a LowenBrau Glass.

A - Light gold lots of head and a good amount of activity.

S- Slight skunk smell but not overpowering.

T- Light hop with a little malt mixed in.

M- Crisp yet light just a very nice feel.

D- Easy to drink overall Its pretty good and better then I expected.

beckje01, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of Deconstructionis
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My Dad always claimed that back in the old days (50s) the original Lowenbrau was a great beer and it was ruined when it began being brewed under license in North America. when i saw the "original" label I gave it a try. Either this isn't the Lowenbrau my Dad praised or Dad didn't know a great beer. (Back then there really wasn't much opportunity to try great beer in this country, so who knows.)

This is simply not very good. Very slightly darker than an American macro it is otherwise almost indistinguishable-- foamy head, lots of bubbles. The smell is more potent than a macro but not particularly appealing -- straw, very slight hops. Taste is most readily compared to a non-skunky Heineken . Despite a light body it isn't particularly easy on the palate or stomach.

Deconstructionis, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of stephendr
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dull yellow appearance –almost no head, small bubbles across the top of beer– nose is crisp with indication skunk and hops– Light body – bright, smooth and refreshing taste - aftertaste is medium with a slight skunk quality Dull yellow appearance –almost no head, small bubbles across the top of beer– nose is crisp with indication skunk and hops– Light body – bright, smooth and refreshing taste - aftertaste is medium with a slight skunk quality

stephendr, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of mcarroll10177
4.47/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Wonderful straw yellow with a big fluffy white head, tons of carbination and lots of lacing after every sip.

S- some nice clean german hops, not overpowering

T- what a taste, nice and clean upfront with some nice hops in the finish.

D- clean crisp and refreshing with some complexity. oh so refeshing

Notes- munich helles is my favorite style and this is a spot on example
M- balanced mouthfeel, with lots of carbination very nice

mcarroll10177, Aug 09, 2006
Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
76 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.