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Löwenbräu Original - Löwenbräu AG

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Löwenbräu OriginalLöwenbräu Original

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680 Ratings

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Ratings: 680
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 21
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +7.3%

At eyes her body is very limpid and a drak golden reminding me of nectar.
The head was very nice, when poured, but dissapeared very quickly only leaving a shy lace in my glass.

Smell of shy hops, banana and the "skunk" like smell is there not very present but still there to remind me of these smelly furry creatures.

Taste is quite average nothing to jump on wall, a tiny bit sweet, a shy fruity presence is there banana and something else I cannot put my hands on well kind of reminding me of pumpkin. There some touch of barley too. No great feel in mouth reminding me of juice not beer, but not that I dislike.

12-16-2004 07:27:22 | More by 3Vandoo
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +4.3%

Green bottle with classic baby-blue label, what a better way to say "Look at me, I drink imported beer!"
Pale straw yellow, little head, no lace. Slightly grainy smell with a touch of spicyness in nose. Sweet taste with same grainyness as smell, full flavor, but not full bodied. Continued carbonation give a refreshing clean finish, very drinkable for the masses.

12-10-2004 14:58:44 | More by BigBry
Photo of rdrummer

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -9.4%

I bought a six-pack of this because I had such fond memories of the Brauhaus in Munich. I also heard that it was once again being brewed in Munich. The idea that you can't go home again may have more validity than I thought. It could be that my tastes have changed, or this beer is not as good as it used to be.

It poured a pale yellow with little head and no lacing. The smell was reminiscent of the old beer but just not very interesting. The taste was bland with little to distinguish it from any macro brewed anywhere in the world. The distinctly "German" lager flavor that I used love seems lost in this beer.

11-27-2004 22:06:52 | More by rdrummer
Photo of beerceller99


3.15/5  rDev -4.3%

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear yellow color with a whispy white head. Spicy peppery Euro-hop smell. Light bodied with a watery mouthfeel. Taste is slightly sweet, but mostly grainy yeasty, nothing spectacular. Nice Leopard spot lacing on the glass.
I liked Millers version of this brew better.

11-07-2004 18:22:36 | More by beerceller99
Photo of TastyTaste


4.1/5  rDev +24.6%

Just as I was about to throw up my hands in disgust at all euro lagers as being toohomogenous, i tried this beer. Looks and smells like many euro lagers, with their grassy malts, lack of head, and clear straw color. This has a more malt backbone to it, gives it a little substance that many euro algers lack. It makes it a bigger beer than it's comeptition, and better all-around in my book

11-04-2004 18:44:47 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of santoslhalper


2.9/5  rDev -11.9%

Pours a very light gold color with a very nice head. Smells very hoppy and skunky. Tastes like it smells but with a nice little bite on the finish. Feels dry in the mouth, with no real kick. And as far as drinkability goes, again its just average. This is another average "green bottle" beer but I can see it tasting very good freshly brewed.

09-30-2004 02:08:27 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of kindestcut

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -8.8%

I had this beer on tap at the Addison, TX Oktoberfest celebration. I doubt I would have tried it unless it was at a German festival.

Again, like the Oktoberfestbier, the Original Lager I had was an outside pour from a portable keg, not the best of conditions.

The beer is pale yellow with a nice white head. I could see lots of carbonation. The aroma was rather light, clean and dominated by sweetness and vague hops.

The taste is nice but not overwhelming. As a helles lager, I expected more flavor and other breweries have done more with this style. The flavor is sweet, with a nice hoppy finish. But I was more impressed by the crispness. When the drinkability overshadows the flavor, you know there's a problem.

I would classify this beer as "average" all the way.

09-19-2004 00:17:06 | More by kindestcut
Photo of BobLuvBeer


3.98/5  rDev +21%

Grassy aroma. Minimal head, with quickly fading lace. Deep golden color. Mildly sweet flavor. Overall nicely balanced mouthfeel as it has a slight hop taste along with a nice background of malt. Not overly bitter, but sufficiently enough to be pleasing. Heavier feel on the palate than a typical lager. Finishes with a slight pine aftertaste, which is very pleasant.

08-21-2004 14:15:15 | More by BobLuvBeer
Photo of Gusler


3/5  rDev -8.8%

The beer spills from the 355ml green bottle a cloudless light gold color with the head dinosauric in size, foamy in texture and the color a brilliant white, as it dissolves the lace forms a thin white veil upon the glass. Nose is the standard lager/pils clean and fresh with a sweet malt backing, start is lightly sweet, the malt adequate, and the top cadaverous. Finish is moderately acidic, the hops apropos to the style, quite dry aftertaste, just the average light in body and flavor lager/pils, cannot say it is not refreshing, cannot really call it bad, it is what it is.

07-29-2004 18:37:41 | More by Gusler
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New York

3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker glass.

Appearance: Straw in color. The beer pours with a decent head, but it quickly fades. The head subsides to a slightly creamy foam lace.

Smell: Clean; with dusty grains and grassy hops dominating. Some green bottle skunkiness looms in the background.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing - the malts in this beer are nicely balanced out by the hops. The carbonation is rather vibrant and the finish is quite clean and crisp, and rather dry, with only some lingering sweetness in the background.

Overall: A nice Euro-lager this is. It's pretty average for the most part, but it's a good example for its style and one of the better mainstream German lager beers, beating out Beck's, Warsteiner, and St. Pauli Girl.

07-14-2004 04:02:16 | More by TagoMago
Photo of necoadam


3.38/5  rDev +2.7%

On-tap at Eli Cannon's

Came in a pint glass. Looked like a yellow/light golden color with some nice carbonation in there. I wished it had a little more in there, but that's ok. Smell was pretty clean, but yet light. The most noticable was some spicy hops, but even that was quite light. Taste had some of that spicy hop to it blended in with some grainy-like aftertaste. I would of liked to see some slight honey flavors to blend in with the spicy hops that were in there. But overall not a bad beer for the summer time.

07-05-2004 16:27:13 | More by necoadam
Photo of Zorro


3.35/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a clear light gold brew.

Smell is Munich malt and a mild perfume of hops, also is biscuits and hay.

Taste is mildly sweet and light flavored slightly tart with a noticeable biscuit flavor. Hops are well matched to the malt content, resulting in a balanced refreshing brew.

Mouthfeel is light.

A pleasant light brew, not a favorite but there are far worse brews.

07-04-2004 00:15:35 | More by Zorro
Photo of Dmann


3.98/5  rDev +21%

This is a great beer to wash a good summer meal down with. This one poured a nice golden color with a small white head that faded quickly. Grain was at the front of the smell but did not overpower the small but good hop scent. The flavor was just what I was looking for today, nice and crisp with no skunkiness and a great flavor that quenched my thirst. Recommended.

06-28-2004 09:33:47 | More by Dmann
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3.13/5  rDev -4.9%

straw colored. crystal clear with a thick white head that doesn't stick around too long. grassy eurohop aroma with light graininess. the skunkiness pretty subdued. sweet light malt character with some light hop betterness. crisp and refreshing but kinda watery. pretty drinkable it just doesn't have much to offer. i'd like to see more pronounced flavor.

06-23-2004 20:53:45 | More by kmo1030
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Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -39.2%

Bottle: Poured a golden colored beer with a standard head. Aroma is quite weak with only some malt coming out of my glass. The same applies for the taste, which is quite weak. I don’t have a lot of experience with helles and this leaves me with the feeling of macro crap lager.

06-14-2004 15:10:01 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BeerBob


4.38/5  rDev +33.1%

Löwenbräu “Original” pours a clear golden blond from a 12oz dark green bottle.

Head goes to about two fingers, then dissipates rather quickly to just a ring of foam, a bit of lace, and a few islands of froth in the center of it all.

Nose is of toasted malted barley, hops and a damp alcohol, just as it should be.

Taste is the same as the nose “toasted malted barley, hops and a damp alcohol”, again, “just as it should be”, plus the most welcome bite of carbonation.

Löwenbräu “Original” is a classic example of style... Long live Löwenbräu “Original”

06-05-2004 01:30:11 | More by BeerBob
Photo of LarryV


3.53/5  rDev +7.3%

Aroma has a slight but not overwhelming skunkiness to it. It seems to dissipate a bit after pouring. Clear golden color with a head that fades pretty quickly. Mouthfeel is creamy, yet not too dense. Slight twang of German hops fades to a light sweetness on the palate. Overall, not a bad brew. I think it would be refreshing on a hot summer's day.

04-28-2004 21:56:30 | More by LarryV
Photo of Joey7F


3.6/5  rDev +9.4%

This is what Heneiken is should be. Perfect lager for eating some pizza. The mouthfeel is surprisingly full for a lager, but no so much that it affects drinkability. Apparently this stuff, is now a lot better, I never had it the brewed in Canada version, so I heartily recommend this :)


04-13-2004 01:25:07 | More by Joey7F
Photo of jsolack


3.7/5  rDev +12.5%

Golden yellow and crystal clear. Head if fluffy but doesn't stick around too long. Lacing is minimal.

Sweet grainy nose. Mild smell... doesn't have the overpowering "skunky" smell that some lagers have.

Nice grain flavor that is sweet in mouth. Finish is hoppy while not being too bitter. Overall a very nice brew.

Light and crisp. Not watery at all.

A very nice beer. It is light and refreshing without being like macro beers. This is a great everyday brew.

04-03-2004 00:48:17 | More by jsolack
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Small, white, foamy head dies to film. Leaves no lacing. Clear, clear, yellow-gold beer. Smell is elastic bands. Seriously. It's kind of like skunk, but really more like soft rubber. The front is sweet, corny. A little oily, not too thin. Finishes dry and quite nutty. Some alcohol in there too. Corny aftertaste. Refreshing. Not bad at all.

04-02-2004 21:26:27 | More by kbub6f
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3.6/5  rDev +9.4%

I must first say, it was disappointing drinking this from a bottle after having it on draft. Why anyone would use green bottles... Pours a nice clear light golden with a thick white foamy head tht lasts well and sticks to the sides well. The aroma is sort of a mild skunkiness mixed with German hops. The taste starts light and turns to a sweet mellow maltiness with nice European hop finish that is a bit fuller than the start. It ends with a hint of skunkiness (probably due to the bottle)

03-21-2004 01:42:04 | More by canoehornpoint
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +21.6%

Exits the bottle and into the glass with a firm, white rocky head that sat about 1 inch above the rim of the glass...impressive! Pale golden-yellow liquid with a clean and crisp delicate malty nose. Tasting gives notes of light to medium mouthfeel with a nice balance of malt to hop, not too heavy either way, just...nice. The hoppiness carries thru to the clean and refreshing finish. A nice German lager that doesn't offend in any way. Very drinkable, especially out in the sun on this warm late Winter day. A bargain too I might add, $8.99 for a fresh 12 pack.

02-29-2004 19:55:17 | More by beerluvr
Photo of Mangus


3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Lowenbrau, a classic lager to grab when you get home from work and don't feel like spending one of the "special" beers in the fridge.

Pours a yellow fizz with a slight golden hue. Nice quick white head that settles to a very thin layer.

It has that skunky aroma like Becks and Heineken. It is what it is. Smells flowery, light, and crisp. I don't like the smell so much.

Certainly not a whole lot of taste there. A bit watery but with hints of fruity flowers amd light maltiness. Crisp on the tongue witha tangy mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer but not inceredibly great either.

02-26-2004 21:37:24 | More by Mangus
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.7/5  rDev +12.5%

Large Bottle, green

Faint smell of hops, nothing too strong coming through, some fresh grain

Pours with a light head which stays around for most of the glass.

Smooth lager with some nice fresh grassy hops, a nice level of bitterness

All in all, a great lager, is nice and easy to drink, not quite as good as the oktoberfest lager but this is one amazing session beer, plus its a bargin

02-21-2004 19:03:15 | More by cypressbob
Photo of WesWes

New York

2.73/5  rDev -17%

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is average. It is of pale malts and lager yeast along with a slight green glass skunkiness. The taste is not that impressive. It is light with a slight maltiness. It goes down slow with a bit of a breadlike finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is not a favorite of mine. The bread taste lingers and doesn't go well with this style.

01-25-2004 02:34:00 | More by WesWes
Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
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