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Löwenbräu Original - Löwenbräu AG

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BA SCORE
75
okay

744 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 29
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Löwenbräu AG visit their website
Germany

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 MMansfield
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of witster18
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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...:)

Photo of Rudgers73
3.07/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of steinlifter
4.05/5  rDev +23.9%
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!

Photo of moonman00
3.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of Noxious26
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of fido
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Photo of therica
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of jdoherty
2.95/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of nekronos
2.68/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.33/5  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.

Photo of vancurly
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Photo of beckje01
3.84/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of Deconstructionis
2.87/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of stephendr
3.46/5  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

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.46/5  rDev +36.4%
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

Photo of bunbury
4.85/5  rDev +48.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer after 4 years just gives good memories.
it has a unique taste, it feels like overcooked with somebitterness but sweetness somewhere down the middle, is just perfect.

Back in the years this beer was made locally here in Panama, and in a way Löwenbräu represents germany, but this is not the case.... perfect head, perfect color, a darker yellow.

the after taste i can say lives you with the feeling for more, like a dry mouth.

Photo of Hibernator
4.01/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lowenbrau Original
12 oz green bottle
L 27051 N listed on the bottom of the front label
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a golden yellow with an awesome, sudsy head on top. The retention on the head is marvelous and much better than I was expecting. Mini carbonation bubbles race to the top of the glass. Fluffy patterns of sticky lace cling to the glassware.

Very clean aroma with whiffs of German hops and light grains.

Incredibly smooth lager yeast mouthfeel with flavors of grains and sweet honey. Crisp taste with a solid hop presence that is refreshing and enjoyable.

This beer reminds me a of a clean lager and crisp Pils.For the style, I think this beer is really on point. I must have a fresh sample because this beer is much better than I remember it in the past.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.72/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. A darker shade of yellow liquid is a little thin on carbonation. The 1 finger head is white with small bubbles.

The smell is of a very nice malt and a little hops.

The taste is of medium malt, lemon and a nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel is of thin body and a sharp malt bite, carbonation is a little flat here.

Drinkability is good, Nothing of note to mark it down. But it does not wow you. MK

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a straw yellow color with a smaller head of white foam that dissipated quickly. Medium to medium low level of carbonation. Aromas were light, with traces of grassy grains and yeasty bread being noted. Taste was fair for the style; medium light malts, some floral hops, the typical German buttery note that is consistant with the style. Mouthfeel is fair, but rather uneventful. Drinkability is north of average. A good Helles Lager. Worth trying.

Photo of utahbeerdude
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visual: Light, clear gold color; creamy, persistent head, and lots of visual carbonation.
Aroma: Nice spicy hop aroma to start, fades a bit but is persistent throughout.
Flavor: Nothing flashy. Balance at start between bitterness, hop flavor, malt and carbonation, not much else until finish when the bitterness spikes. Aftertaste fades rather quickly.
Mouthfeel: Good body balanced by carbonation.
Overall: Good balance and cleanness make it quite drinkable.

Photo of davidchollar
3.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this has to be the best beer available in japan for the price. i don't know why, but this is cheap - very cheap. it's about $1.50, whereas boston lager is twice as much at about $3.

looks like beer. alright i'm not going to go through all the categories with this one. there's not much to say, but it's not half bad. if you got a cold one of these and you're thirsty, it will do the trick. i gotta say, the taste actually makes me think munich helles lager, not so much macro lager, which is a good thing. dammit. this beer convinced me to bump its score up now that i think about all the crappy j macros that i've paid more for, and been less satisfied by.

it makes me happy that this (as of this review) is sitting at a solid 80. worth a try.

Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
75 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.