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Löwenbräu Original - Löwenbräu AG

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737 Ratings

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Ratings: 737
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 28
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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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 BeerTaster
4.22/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance remenicent of golden fields of grain. Smell crisp malt clean with a hint of nobel hop. Taste sweet grainy maltiness with just enough hop to balance. Mouthfeel Mediem body mediem carbonation. Drinkability an everyday beer that combines a respectible amount of flavor with great drinkability.

Photo of santa109
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at 40 degrees. Label says that is was produced in Munich, Germany and imported. Best before date is January 2009.

A: Poured a clear pale yellow with about a finger of head into a pils glass. The head fades away fairly quickly into a thick film constantly replenished by a lively rush of bubbles.

S: Mostly grainy and herbal hops. Nothing spectacular in this department. Just a clean lager smell.

T: Clean, somewhat crisp initial malt domination with a hint of hops to balance it out shortly afterwards. Bit of a lingering sweet finish.

M: Pretty smooth feel with the lively carbonation tingling the tongue but in a good way. Feels refreshing.

D: Very easy to drink as with most beers in this style. I would have no problem having a few.

Overall, a fairly nice lager with a very decent price tag. Enjoyable in the summer, after a day of work and just before supper.

Photo of nasty15108
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Poured a clear yellow color with very slight orange hues. This beer is highly carbonated and the pour produced a large head of white foam that quicly disapated into a a spotty film. Bubbly lacing clung to the glass throughout.

S - Slightly bitter malt aroma with a mild skunkiness.

T - Crisp and slightly bready up front followed by slightly bitter dry hop finish. Nothing new or exciting, but not bad. Typical European Helles/Plisner flavor.

MF&D - Crisp, light and refreshing. The combination of good carbonation and thin body make this an easy beer to session. Well worth the $5.99 I paid for the 6pk.

Photo of zeff80
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a fizzy, clear, straw-yellow color with a small, short-lived, whtie head. No lacing.

S - It smelled fairly sweet. Grains and corn notes plus a slightly floral aroma.

T - It tasted sweet with a subtle bitter kick. Again, grain/corn tastes.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay import. Nice on a warm spring day.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

found this with the other recent german brews i also picked up in beijing

green bottle with "best by" of 10/08

clear, golden straw color, decent head soon fades to wisps and thin ring. lacing is sparse.

there is some skunk, but at least it's not overpowering. underneath, you can still get some toasted malts, grassy hop, and even an almost-fresh, yeasty note.

fortunately, the skunk fades even more for the taste, so you can definitely get to the sweet malt foundation. balanced hop flavor and bitterness comes in and continues into the semi-dry finish.

surprisingly smooth, lively carbonation.

if you can get this fresh, or somehow guarantee that it hasn't been left out in the light, go for it. out here in china, with the premium price you pay, it's usually not worth the gamble however.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 3.5
Poured two fingers of frothy white head that steadily reduced. Great clarity in the pale gold body with what looks like light carbonation.

Smell - 3.0
Pure, strong skunk upon opening and no use-by date means this beer may have been out of date. Skunky smell faded but never left, aroma is of mildly sweet pale malt and grains.

Taste - 3.5
Next to Aussie macro lagers, this is bloody good as it does not possess any stale or metallic flavours. Next to most German pale lagers I see this as being a bit below average. Smooth malt sweetness, toasty, savoury in the middle, low hop profile, finishes dry with an average aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light, fine carbonation, a little less than I consider desirable, but coupled with the light weight in the mouth, this beer slips down ever so easily. Very quenching.

Drinkability - 4.5
Extremely sessionable, the 5.2%ABV is barely noticeable. One of the best summer lagers out there.

OVERALL - 3.55
Trying to account for this beer being quite possibly not at its best, this is still a fairly average German lager. Better than Becks, but falls short of anything German starting with a W. I'd gladly drink one if offered, but this is not memorable enough to go back to. Decent value at $3.60 a bottle.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very bright yellow supports a finger and a half head.

S- Ever so slight hint of green bottle skunk but this is forgivable due the wonderful spicy hop aroma.

T- Sweet grainy malts battle it out for dominance with spicy hops throughout only to lose in the end.

M- Tangy carbonation, otherwise great.

D- Goes down just as effortlessly as BMC.

IMO this has a little more hop pressence than a typical helles. Even though it may lean a little more toward a german pils, its still an enjoyable refreshing brew.

Photo of dnichols
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce green capped bottle into a pint glass. My bottle was labeled ""Imported from Munich Germany" and asserted that it was "A product of Germany". Others who have reviewed identified it as a brew produced in Canada. I wonder if it is a split production run with some in NA and other in the fatherland.

A: It poured an odd green tinted yellow colored body with a minimal white hed that receded fast to a ring around the collar that supported a nominal almost non-existent lacing.

S: The aroma was dominated by a wet grass and musty smell with a hint of malts and hops. Not a particularly pleasing smell.

T: It tasted of grains and semi-sweet malts. There were subtle hop flavors that gave the brew some character. The brew was overall well balanced and refreshing.

M: The beer was light-bodied with a refreshing mouth feel and dry clean finish.

D: The overall profile was pleasing and refreshing. It was surprisingly, especially considering its uninspiring appearance and smell. Not a bad complement to a spicy pizza or Mexican dinner.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very solid lager. This is in my current 'rotation' of beers, and is admittedly one of my favorites. I could drink this all the time. The aroma is a bit skunky and oaky. The flavor is far from unusual, more perfection of what everyone else is doing than a differnt way of doing it. Goes down easy and leaves the drinker satisfied at the end. A wave of sorrow hits me when I finished the first bottle empty.

Alas I cannot find it near me anymore.

Photo of Antilochus
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's been in my beer fridge for months now.. I know... traded to me by a buddy who went to Deutschland during summer of '07.

Poured into a Stella Artois gold-rimmed glass.

Appearance is golden (deeper colour than a macro lager), small white head goes to nothing. Small bubbles rise up regularly.

Aromas are light sweet malt and spice, citrus zest, yeast. Very clean. Nothing big here, this needs to warm up a bit.

Super biscuity on the palate, malt richness. Some fruitiness, green apples, pears. Very zesty and easy drinking. Gets a bit yeasty towards the end but overall decently balanced with some mild bitterness on the back of the tongue. Quick reasonably dry finish. Surprisingly big and creamy body.

Definitively a Helles, props to Lowenbrau for not succumbing to EPLness. Too bad they can't put it in a real bottle though... honestly.

Photo of kboett77
1.4/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of mltobin
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

The appearance is a light yellow with a short white head, that quickly dissipitates.

Lowenbrau smells mildly appealing, light with some notes of barley and straw.

The taste is clean and better than most other macro lagers available.

MF is refreshing, but the after taste is kind of skunky.

Drinks easy, good beer to have few of when playing hold `em with your friends.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the Coop picked up yesterday for about $1.15... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

No real lacing.. crystal clear straw colored beer... short lasting 1" head.

Clean pale malts are the aroma.. and little if nothing else.. very clean.. a little grainy with low pale malts and the hops are there, only if I concentrate.

Suprising body given my preconceptions.. very smooth pale malt flavor and just enough bitterness... drinkable for days.

Not alot of negatives to say about this brew.. I honestly like it a bunch.

I honestly think this is my first Löwenbrä ... A good friend of mine who grew up in the Midwest says this was her "high school" beer... and honestly.. it's better than my memories of brews in 9-12.

Photo of KI9A
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, darker than normal yellow, white head, typical of macro-lagers.

Haven't had one of these since the early 1908's, when Miller owned them. Didn't know what to expect.

Aroma: Light citrus, and, yes, hops!

Taste: Light, detectable malt, and a hoppy finsh. Not a head bursting hop hit, but, yes, you can taste them in there. Finishes nice, clean, and refreshing.

This is a really decent session beer. I enjoyed this a bunch!

Photo of jneiswender
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a small pint glass.

A--VERY clear. champagne like color and fizz.

S--somewhat fruity. A little yeasty.

T--clean. crisp. both of these come to mind almost immediately. light on malt and light on hop flavor. Yet together the beer has some nice taste to it.


D--I half expected this to suck. Actually, I was pleasantly suprised to taste that it didn't. I could see myself drinking this again despite the extensive must do list.

Photo of berserker256
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I put my nose to the green bottle I didn't smell the skunk that I thought I might. So that was nice... Fresh batch. Appearance is moderate gold typical of the German lagers. Nice white head. Smells sweet-malty and kind of hoppy. As the aroma indicates, there's a nice rich malt flavor that provides some sweet flavor. And the hops provide a nice punch of bitterness. Nice consistancy. Not too thin or thick. Pretty drinkable but now I'm tasting a little bit of a bitter aftertaste. Decent Munich Lager. I'll bet it's better in a giant mug served by muscle-armed German broad at Oktoberfest.

Photo of fsimcox
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been living in Germany for 2 years now, and must admit I hadn't drunk any Lowenbrau until just the last 6 months.

In the States, I hadn't drunk Lowenbrau for over 5 years because it always seemed to be skunky. I visited the Lowenbrau Keller in Munich last summer, and had a Helles, and it was very tasty. So, I bought a few bottles at the local Getranke, and wow, it tastes very good.

So, since I've been drinking it for the past 6 months, thought I would write a review.

Pours a nice clear straw color from a 50 cl brown bottle (exp Nov08). White foamy head that dissipates quickly. Little lacing.

Smells malty, with a bit of hops and grass. Some of the typical sweetness one would expect in a Helles.

Tastes sweet up front, with just a hint of bitterness in the finish that lingers.

Mouthfeel is very good. A little creamy, with some body, but not too much. Some dry side effects with the hint of bitterness.

Not a bad beer in my opinion. Not the best Helles I've ever had, but I find it smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of rrob311
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack of this a few months ago.

A- The appearance is normal.

S- This beer is funky skunky when you first open it.

T- I personally like the taste of this beer as long as its fairly cold. It is rich in flavor/hops.

M- mouthfeel is average to me.

D- I can drink a few of things and get a good buzz off of them.

Photo of UltraZelda64
1.63/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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).

Photo of jayfarley3
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass from 12oz bottle, pours a pale straw yellow color with a very small white head. smell is bland not a lot there just a little malt and grain. taste is light and crisp not a lot of flavor but very smooth and easy to drink. this beer is drinkable and would make a pretty good session beer.

Photo of Foxman
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a golden hue a step darker than straw. A finger of bright white head is somewhat persistent. Lacing is thinly ruled along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is as expected, with a Euro-lager mild skunkiness that is at least reminiscent of peppery hop spiciness. A light, underlying malt sweetness bleeds through.

Upon tasting, it is malt initially, sweet and with the merest hint of adjunct, which I actually think unlikely. The hops are biting and bitter, with a peppery note that spices things accordingly. The finish is very crisp, very bitter, and quite dry. It's not objectionable, nor is it remotely memorable.

Light bodied, it flows pretty much as expected, a bit more weighty than water and with a hoppy metallic glow in its wake.

I can remember my father and his buddies raving about this beer when I was a wee lad, in the late 60s and early 70s. He'd get a case once a year. I'm assuming it was better then than now to have engendered all the excitement. That's not to say it's bad. But in my wordiness, I seldom write a short review, and in this case, I simply can't come up with much to say because there's not a whole lot to write about. And yet, what's there is solid enough to allow it to be decently drinkable.
I guess I'll just have to take Dad's word for how good it was back in the day.

Photo of madjr80
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is really nothing to go out of your way for, but its not bad because you can get it in a 12 pack. very few beers are available in 12pks, but this is not a bad choice if you are picking from corona, bud, coors, heineken etc. The smell of it reminds you of the typical Dutch/German macro-brew. They probally look at this similar to the way Americans look at coors/bud. Overall i would drink this again, but it is not super. It golden with just a little bit of head. Decent pop to it, and minimal aftertaste.

Photo of Vancer
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew poured a crisp and clear golden straw, not a bad white head on top.

Good ol’ euro skunk was everywhere – upon opening, and during the pour. Quaff was a pleasant sharp and biting cooked veggies with malt – light on both aspects.

Lite bodied, this is a solid drinking helles brew, with a bit of a bark as it weighs in at 5.2% - except there are a couple I’d pick up before this one (Bitburger)

Photo of Graham5161986
2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice pale gold with one finger head that quickly dissapears leaving a thin film and nice lacing.

S: Crisp grassy hops and smooth malty sweetness

T: tastes of grassy hops dominate, but unfortunately falls off quite quickly leaving very little aftertaste and alcoholic bite

M: light, watery, and a ton of carbonation, smooth, but somewhat uninspiring watery finish

D: This beer is certainly easy to drink and, it's not that it doesn't taste very well, the flavours are there but they don't stick around long enough in my opinion.

Photo of shadow1961
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Löwenbräu was one of the very few "foreign" beers around
when I was a kid. Wiki says it was license brewed in the 'states
until recently. The TeeVee commercials told us to "Let
it be Löwenrbäu". It was one of the earlier green beers, I suppose
to differentiate it from Michelob, which had the sexy bottle and
gold foil. Or something like that.

Löwenbräu, after a hard pour, reveals a big stiff head over a clear
yellow brew. Carbonation is steady, and the nose is light barley
malt and lager yeast. The flavor is slightly sweet barley malt up
front, with a bit of a spicy herbal hop in the finish, and a little grass
in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, watery actually. Nothing super
special is going on, it's just another Euro Pale Lager. There's no
corn though, so it's a cut above the American equivalent. The irony
is, when it was around when I was a kid, this would have been
considered super strong- since it had some flavor instead of none at
all. And that version wasn't even made in Germany.

Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
76 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.