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Löwenbräu Original - Löwenbräu AG

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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 27
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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 vancurly
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
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 +18.9%
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 -12.2%
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.

Deconstructionis, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of stephendr
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
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 +36.3%
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
Photo of bunbury
4.88/5  rDev +48.8%
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.

bunbury, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Hibernator, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
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

MuenchenerKindl, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Frozensoul327, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of utahbeerdude
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

utahbeerdude, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of davidchollar
3.53/5  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.

davidchollar, May 27, 2006
Photo of rjlemos
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Well guys, you know about that one... rather good munchner light beer. Good on almost everything, but exceptional on none (but drinkability, maybe).

Appearance - light golden, small white head

Smell - faint, but nice. Little hops...

Taste - rather good. Smooth, refreshing, light.

Mouthfeel - Light on presence and alcohol. Refreshing.

Drinkability - excellente, very nice to drink on hot days.

rjlemos, May 13, 2006
Photo of Cwrw
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tonight after work I just felt like a refreshing German lager, and so I picked up a six of the Lowenbrau, a beer I have not had in a very long time. I have always liked the classic light blue packaging, and the bottles are attractive enough, green with the blue and gold labelling. This is a respectable Munich brewer, after all, albeit one of the biggest and most commercial. The lion cap pops off and the beer pours a lightish honey hue with a snow-white cap of fine head that is extremely tight. The head has exceptional longevity, remaining full and creamy for the entire time I drank it. Very good rings of lacing too. As far as a good helles lager goes, this looks mighty tasty. Very grassy hops on the nose immediately, almost sourish. Dusty, with good malt backbone though, adding bready caramel notes. Maybe a little vanilla wafer, sourdough bread, and faint nuttiness. Not a lot going on, but nice balance. The taste is a little more malty than the aroma suggests. Sweet caramel malting, but with some nice pils-style hopping to add a little spice. Definetely not as sweet as some other Munich helles lagers. Like the aroma, the taste is just simply quenching and unoffensive. Lots of good biscuity malt with the hops a little dryness to the aftertaste. This went well with regular tortilla chips and Swiss cheese. The mouthfeel is fairly low in carbonation and easily drinkable. An amiable summer German quencher. Not overly exciting, but nothing I can pick holes in for its style. Solid.

Cwrw, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of jwc215
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have had this several times, and almost didn't rate it because it has a skunked character to it. I was waiting to taste one like I had in Germany, which was much better. I suppose that is not happening. My suggestion to this company is to use best drank by dates and a brown bottle.
It pours a light, bright yellow. Even though the color is very average for Euro lagers it has a nice, foamy head that is fairly well retained. The carbonation is moderate and steady.
The smell has small hints of a sweet, somewhat floral malty aroma, but the hops are obviously fairly skunked, producing a background of a skunky smell.
Unfortunately, it has a skunked flavor. I don't know why they use green bottles when it says "imported" on it and they know that it has to travel far. Beyond the skunkiness, which is present but not overwhelming, there is not much to say about this beer. It has some attempts at a floral sweetness, but is rather bland.
If it weren't for the skunk, it probably would not be so bad. There is still a nice malty sweetness and an overall refreshing feel to it. Unfortunately, it is not that drinkable because of the ever-lasting skunk background.

jwc215, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of mrfootball
4.97/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This isn't your father's Lowenbrau. It's the real thing.

Now that we're getting the REAL Löwenbräu here in the States, this has become one of my favorite standard beers. I try to always have this stocked while occasionally branching out into my other favorite styles, good ole German Löwenbräu from Munich will always have a place here. It pours like a real lager should golden. It's as it should be. Tasty, yet clean. Great with spicy food. I enjoy the hell out of it.

You should too.

mrfootball, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber with a smattering of the finest floaties. An occasional slow moving bubble is formed on the bottom of the glass and makes its way up to a head that is rich cream in color and several fingers in height. Multiple splotches of sea foam lace are strewn about and are the capper on an above-average appearance.

I'm not impressed by the aroma. The beer smells like less than fresh grain with a musky, and musty, noble hop overlay. There are no lemony or even grassy aromas that would bring it up a notch and make me want to take a drink. The nose's biggest sin is that it isn't even helles (bright). I know that 'helles' applies to the appearance, but there's no reason that it couldn't apply to the aroma and the flavor as well.

Lowenbrau Original isn't much better on the palate. The flavor is anything but bright and expressive, despite the adequate quantity of both malt and hops. Hoppy bitterness wins out over malty sweetness, just as the style demands. Still though, the nobles aren't presented in the best light possible and, just as in the nose, come across as drab.

I keep drinking and drinking, hoping for some interesting flavor to emerge from the muddle and give me something to describe. If it hasn't happened yet (mid-bottle), it ain't gonna. Bitterness, never that great to begin with, gives way to malty sweetness on the medium length finish; just the opposite of the usual order of things. It's a pretty easy beer to drink, I'll give it that. The only question is, would I want another bottle. Nope.

The mouthfeel is appropriate, even as it fails to make an impression. It's closer to light than to medium and isn't overly bubbled. No better than middle of the road.

I remember the U.S. version of Lowenbrau, but I don't remember which one of the Big Three brewed it (note: it was contract brewed by Miller). Therefore, it was with some interest that I popped the cap on Lowenbrau Original. That interest was short-lived once I ran it through its paces. There's really nothing here to get excited about, nostalgia or no nostalgia.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of Oxymoron
2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I don't understand why imports like green bottles. Pours a crystal clear sunny yellow color with limited head retention but good to note that the foam did remain through the tasting and left good lacing.

The smell is every so skunky. Funny how the vegitable smell comse out so much for a beer that follows the "reinheitsgebot" tradition. Undertones of sweeter malt and more noticeable phenolic aromas are noticeable as well.

The taste is soooo European lager. A pilsner sweet taste that mixes with a band aid/cardboard mix and comes out with a funk skunk taste. Really why the green bottle? The malt is a tad on the sweet side and a big notice from the bittering hops. A spicy to almost earthy appeal with the bitterness, is quickly lost and finishes crisp and cleanly. The aftertaste hangs on to the strong yeasty flavors and leaves a dry creamy feeling that is on the verge of chalkness.

The body has a mid feel is little carbonation. Overall this beer has a lot of mixed appeal with the fruity and skunkiness combo. I still don't understand the appeal of green bottles though.

Oxymoron, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of Luigi
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow with tons of carbonation bubbles. The head is white and sticky. Nice lacing around the glass. Smells mildly hoppy with grain the back ground. Taste very clean. A sweet malty grain helps balance out the spicy hop. Nothing over the top here. Light bodied clean and easy to drink. At $5.99 a six pack I would defenitely pick up this beer again on a hot day. Pairs well with any grilled burger or sausage.

Luigi, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of Mandrake
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly and leaves scant lacing. Smells slightly hoppy, but is dominated by malts and grain. Taste is light and equal parts malty sweetness in the beginning and hops in the finish. Nothing particularly special going on here, but nothing offensive either. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with good carbonation, adn drinkability is perfectly acceptable. A solid import lager that is a decent drink, but offers nothing beyond the ordinary.

Mandrake, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a yellow in color, light carbonation, basically no head, a little bit of lacing afterwards. Scents of slight malt and sweet. The taste is watery and a little malty, not much of an aftertaste to talk about. Light body. Drinkable, but not by much. I remember I use to like this brew alot years ago.

Wasatch, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
1.7/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Very pale, clear, dingy, brassy yellow; almost the color of egg whites. White head is very fizzy but with adequate retention.

Smell: Skunk alert! Goddamn green bottle. A bit of bready malt, otherwise this is musty, uninteresting, and bland.

Taste: Very bland. Corn, a bit of grassy hop bitterness and old hop cheesiness. Clean and crisp, like mineral water. Overall, a stereotypically lousy beer worthy of much lampooning.

Mouthfeel: Actually somewhat chewy, while at the same time effervescent. Not bad.

Drinkability: (Yawn!) If you're looking for a bland, relatively unobtrusive beer, there are better and cheaper options out there.

soulgrowl, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of sauron681
1.45/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I really was not impressed with this beer. Right from the open it had a "rotten veggie" smell to it. The beer poured very nice in the glass, bright golden color, a little more clear than I anticipated. However, it had a good long lasting head. Very watery, and a chalky aftertaste. I dont think I will try this one again for a while. I have had better german "light" beers.

sauron681, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of sockeye101
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad...apparently they've figured something out over the years since 1383.

It had a nice clear gold appearance with a decent white head and decent lacing. The head actually stayed around longer that I expected. Light and slightly flowery aroma, nothing skunky. The taste is very smooth with a nice full malty flavor....much better than I was expecting.


sockeye101, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very cool (old) logo. 'Stamped' imported from Munich Germany.
I don't often use my flute glasses so I decided to pour this beer into a flute. It really looked like champagne in that glass. It pours crystal clear (barely a yellow hue) with a sudsy white 2 finger head. Substantial carbonation and moderate to fleeting lacing. It really does look like a big brewery beer. I have recently had a number of Munich Helles Lagers, and determined it is not my favorite style but this beer is much better than most American-Macros, IMO, and certainly better than some of the other popular Euro Lagers that I’ve had. The smell was VERY reserved. There were some hints of malts and sugar with the classic muskiness; and a subtle suggestion of green (hops). As for the taste; well it is mostly boring but in summation here’s my account of what happened as I sipped: It had a nice, subtle malty flavor as it passes through the lips, there was a small sweet rush then a dry crispness as it sits on your tongue and a mild hoppy bite as you swallow, almost no after taste. There is a hint of sour left behind but everything about this style tends to seem small. Nothing to think about or ponder. A very straight foreword beer. I was surprised at the fact that there was no bitter after taste. On my tongue I could clearly pick out the bitter hops but it was the sweet malts were mostly all that stuck around (for only a few seconds before disappearing completely) in the aftertaste. It has a thin, crisp mouthfeel and because it is so light and so easy on the palate I'd find it very sessionable. To me this is not a beer for ‘appreciating’ it is a beer for ‘drinking’ -- while your working in yard or painting the house, ‘cuz it drinks like water. Not bad as long as these (humble) attributes are all your looking for.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of nomad
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Super clear pale, almost a little too industrial glassy to be honest, and pouring a whimper of a head with no lace.

Scents? Well, some sweet malt but almost corn-like in its sugary tone. Really struggled to get much else. Taste is right and crisp, though, yet with little malt backing. Thus, the herbal toned finish is amplified as is the slight creamy feel and flavor. Pale base malt crunch in the finish is interesting, at least.

I'd like to impugn its freshness but I can't since it was bought at a store that is run-by and caters to recent German immigrants. A delicate style, no doubt, I'd definitely try a fresh half-liter in Munchen for a more fair experience.

nomad, Dec 28, 2005
Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
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