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Löwenbräu Original - Löwenbräu AG

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BA SCORE
75
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717 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 24
Gots: 33 | 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 kmo1030
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

kmo1030, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of BeerBob
4.38/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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”

BeerBob, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of LarryV
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

LarryV, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of Joey7F
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 :)

--Joey

Joey7F, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of jsolack
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Mouthfeel:
Light and crisp. Not watery at all.

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

jsolack, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

kbub6f, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of canoehornpoint
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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)

canoehornpoint, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

beerluvr, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of Mangus
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mangus, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

cypressbob, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of WesWes
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

WesWes, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very light and clear yellow in color with tons of effervescence and a nice, white, foaming head that even left a little lacing.

Smell – The aroma has some light hopping but otherwise is mostly grass with a bit of must.

Taste – The flavors here aren’t that bad. The hops come out much more at the taste. They are very delicate but take charge over the grassy malt. There’s also no sweetness to speak of at the finish, which makes this one very refreshing.

Mouthfeel – This is of course light-bodied. There’s a bit of dryness to be had as well,

Drinkability – Surprisingly fun to drink. It may seem a little cheesy at the grocery store, especially since it’s so widely distributed, but this one is worth a second look, especially if you enjoy the style.

RoyalT, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of marc77
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear auric hue. Thick, fluffy, persistent porcelain white head leaves meandering, but steadfast lace. Gentle, doughy sweet malt with a toasty, dextrin edge dominates the aroma. Grassy, peppery hops are secondary. Trace sulfur adds slight savory twang. Stately, functional and clean aromawise. In flavor, the prevalent malt character is intially of simple, grainy, white bread like pilsner malt. Becomes progressively drier and parching on the palate, with dessicated cracker notes riding parallel with subtle hay hints that retain a vestige of Saaz derived bitter grassiness. Immaculately clean in flavor and well brewed. Lightly bodied and very well attenuated, but quite brisk and thirst quenching as a result. Finishes abrupt, with a snap of maltose like sweetness and husky grain. Quite an enjoyable, simple, well crafted Helles that seems more apt for a sultry summer afternoon, not a frigid plains winter night. Shy in malt backbone, but it really doesn't need one.

marc77, Jan 23, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with a huge head that dissipated rather quickly.Its aroma sweet with malts and just hints of hops. It also had a slight hint of skunk. The taste was also sweet with a heavy dose of malts and still had the skightest bit of hops to offset the malt a little bit. It was a good beer. Much better than most American lagers.

CBFanWish, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of joecast
2.1/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

with a bit more abv than the average pale lager, i was expecting a bit more flavour. nope.
starts out with a very slight aroma and the flavour is about the same. almost tasted watered down. the bottle was well within the drink before date so not sure what happened with this one.
pretty much washes down without leaving any indication you ever drank it.

joecast, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of Beastdog75
2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Lowenbrau comes from one of the biggest breweries in all of Munich (and is now owned by Interbrew, I believe) and the beer practically has "macro" written all over it. While it is one of Germany's most mass produced beers, it is still much better than any of the big 3 American brewers, and better than that other German macro, Beck's. A few decades back, this was one of the top imports in the U.S., then Miller and Labatt started contract brewing it for North America. This is the true München produced brew that we get now, so this is worth at least one try.

Lowenbrau pours a bright yellow color with much fizz and a 1 finger foam that disappears in under 35 seconds. The smell was surprisingly unskunked and had some light malt aromas to it. Quite clean. In terms of the mouthfeel, it was the typical fizzy yellow beer mouthfeel. The flavor was quite crisp and clean. There is a light malt presence in this beer and notes of grass and hay. A good, slightly sharp hop bite is present in the finish. The malt and some dryness lingers in the aftertaste, and it rounds out with no alcoholic warmth.

This beer certainly isn't one to be heralded from the heavens, but it serves as a good thirst quencher. If choosing a German macro, I'd take this over Beck's any day

Beastdog75, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of Redrover
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green longneck with the classic label.

Beer pours a bright gold with a 2 inch white head. Great to see the Lion’s Brew back!

Beer has the classic Euro lager smell of subdued hops, a little spice, some malt in the background and kind of a fresh cut hay smell. No skunk aroma at all.

Taste is a nice combination of slightly sweet from the malt and just enough hops to keep things balanced. Not overly complex, but is an extremely easy drinking beer that is improved since it went back to its German roots.

I drank this beer a lot when it was brewed by Miller. It was fairly exotic at the time (early 1980s), but seemed to disappear by the early 1990s. I have had this fresh in Munich and I wonder if they make a slightly tamed down version for export.

Regardless, it is a nice smooth beer and one that I won’t turn down.

Redrover, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of koolk
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an off-gold colour with a decent head that is ever present.

Aroma is basic, with wiffs of citrus/floral hops and a touch of biscuity malt. Balanced and refined, I like it.

The palate is full of flavour! Spice malt mingles wonderfully with some fruity hop flavours. Its a real treat to drink this beer, considering it is on par price wise with some other imports of far less quality and flavour. Get some today!

koolk, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of BierManVA
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Average pour with minimal head and lace. Good smooth flavor with classic Lager attributes. Slight straw and hop aromas.

This bier has been around awhile and I find it a classic. Not the best in class mind you, but good none the less. Certainly pick this one up should you find yourself with limited choices.

John

BierManVA, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of diablo14
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

possibly the best german lager to drink from a stein, lowenbrau original is a great one from start to finish. doesnt get crappy as it warms up, which gets bonus points from me. not only that, but everyone i know whos been to an oktoberfest agrees that of the average german lager on the go there, this is the pick.

deeper in its golden hue than others, with a great beady white head that doesnt quit, even in a stein. an impressive effort. i guess you could say tho that if anyone should know how to do this it would be the germans. nothing complex on the nose, malts and hops there as required, still inviting nonetheless tho nothing huge. awesome malt backbone is where this really moves ahead of the pack. tastes sensational, big but still smooth and mellow with exactly the right amount of complimentary citrus blasts and a fantsic hop bitterness that says this is what any basic lager should aspire to.not complex, but superbly constructed. goes down magnificently if youve had one or a dozen. the thing i really like about this brew is that it does what good english ales specialize in. being an easy drinking but very tasty brew while staying well within itself. thing that makes this just a little better than the average though is that this is a german lager, not an english ale, and few standard lagers anywhere display this very desirable quality.

one of the best session beers you can get anywhere. especially for the price, lowenbrau original is what i classify as the standard for a lager thats tasty but never hard to drink. once again the germans show how its done when it comes to lagers. thank goodness for the reinheitgesbot.

diablo14, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a green 330ml bottle, with the turquiose and gold label, golden lion logo, and best before date stamped on. I have to admit, this is a fine looking lager, I'm impressed. Clear golden body, massive carbonation action, decent snow white head on the pour that actually increased as I let it sit for a bit (letting the beta German Breweries page download), which I have never seen before. Head lasts most of the way down the glass and leaves an intricate spiderweb of lacing. Nose is predominantly that of malt resembling sweet pastry, very faint floral hop in the background. Flavour is crisp and grainy, with a dry finish, this lager is more about mouthfeel that flavour. Grassy hops make an appearance on the finish as well. Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry. I must have gotten a great batch (compared to what has been reviewed before me), because I am pleasantly surprised with this lager, would definitely pick it up again. A mighty fine lager.

IronDjinn, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of mwrseeley
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A darker yellow than a lot of lagers I have tried. The head that comes with the pour is thick and reminded me of meringue but this promising start soon receded to a thickness of under a centimetre. A small amount of uneven lacing adhered to the glass.

Smell: Hops and sweet fruit. Pleasant.

Taste: Surprisingly, the initial malt flavour is a bit sour (and that ain't bad); the aftertaste is dry and rather nice and lingers on the palate longer than a lot of beers.

Mouthfeel: A very smooth taste in the mouth; the carbonation level suits my taste.

Drinkability: Nothing seriously wrong with this beer. It is from a famed German macrobrewery, of course, but a German beer factory is still head and shoulders above most others.

A good beer. I was a bit surprised, to tell you the truth. I was expecting swill and I got something else. It proves that some of the mass-producers of beer can take at least a modicum of pride in their work.

mwrseeley, Nov 11, 2003
Photo of Globetrotter
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tall brown long neck half liter bottle with the trademark blue label and lion symbol. Purity law? Duh. Best before 4/7/04, I opened it on 11/10/03.

Nice healthy clear gold under a fizzy white head that disappeared disappointingly quickly. By half way down the glass, there was no film, no collar, no lace. No good. The nose is nice and malty, while the mouth is very prickly and medium-bodied. The taste is malt, malt, malt - as it should be. There's a touch of hops in the finish, just to keep the brew honest, but the aftertaste is just malt. When I lived in Munich 20 (ugh! Is it really already 20?) years ago?), this was my least favorite Munich brew. Apparently, it or my taste buds or both, haven't changed.

Globetrotter, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale straw yellow, excellent clarity, with a few carbonation bubbles slowly rising to the top. A thick, frothy white head tops the beer, dissipating to a thick mist quickly, although retaining well.
The aroma is light and clean. Some crisp pils malt, perhaps a touch of toasted malt, with a slight soapiness. Refreshing peppery saaz hopping, with a bit of tettnang or hallertau herbal aroma.
The flavor starts with an excellent light pils maltiness, just a touch of toasted malt. Semi sweet and lightly grainy in the middle. A faint soapy flavor towards the finish. Pleasant bubbly mouthfeel, well carbonated. Light body, with a peppery, spicy saaz finish. Almost no aftertaste, just a touch of lingering grain.
A pretty nice beer, although I'd call it a pilsner. Some soapy flavor comes through, which I don't care for, but aside from that it's a refreshing, clean pale lager.

UnionMade, Oct 22, 2003
Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
75 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.