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Löwenbräu Original - Löwenbräu AG

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738 Ratings

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Ratings: 738
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 Backer2004
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Glad to see this choice at the Breakfast Club in Charlotte, an all 80's club that even featured Mickey's Big Mouth. Better music than beer choices. A bit bitter for the style. Could not really tell an appearance since the place didn't even have pint glasses for our enjoyment. Typical Munich import that I still haven't aquired a great taste of.

Photo of GreatLeo
4.15/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came in a 50cl can with best before date of 08/2005 drank in its traditional weizen glass.
Clear golden body, lots of carbonation when poured, soft white head on the pour thats last quite a while unlike most beers I've hadit lasted most of the way down the glass and leaves a web of lacing.
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 and quite refreshing especially after a long hard day at work. Lacks complexity and doesnt have a great shelf life but nevertheless a great weizen beer to say the least!

Photo of allengarvin
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Exceptionally pale beer, almost no color at all. Many fine bubbles and a decent, frothy head, though. Aroma is sweetish, very grainy malt. Flavor, likewise, is mostly sweet, light malt, but a touch of bitterness comes through along with faint, floral noble hop flavor. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. A difficult style for American microbrew fans, because even good examples often seem bland. This example, though, is blander than most.

Photo of Opethsprite
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a misty yellow with a creamy head, but the strong, STRONG smell of skunk hit immediately. There was little else that I could find, other than a faint grassy smell. Shockingly enough, there was no skunk in the taste, just a very lush taste of ginger, grans, and grape/pear. Very delightful! It came inches within being too fizzy for my likes, but didn't quite hit it. This is easily a staple!

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

Why the green bottle? It already says "imported" in bold letters. Sheesh. Pours a light golden yellow with a small, ephemeral guaze-white head. The nose is sweet with honeyish bread malt, backed by a minor leafy hop spice. Taste starts with pleasant sweetish malts. Cookieish base stands out mid-palate along with light cardboard, as a dash of noble, spicy, and surprisingly-unskunked hops balances it out. Finish is clean with light bitterness and sweet grains. Not bad. Light bodied with lively carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Photo of tatterdash
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour a light golden with a foamy white head that laces quite well for a lager. Smell was hoppy and faintly of raisins... not unpleasant. Taste was nice smooth malt with the hops dropping by in the middle and staying for a good amont of time, but not overstaying their welcome. Mouthfeel was very smooth and pleasantly carbonated. This is a great session beer, especially in the summer... looking forward to the summer...

Photo of crookedhalo
2.65/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours your typical straw golden "beer" color with a shorter-lived head than the bottled version. Aroma is latent of the hopping levels the bottle seems to have, however the aroma is crisp with good, bready malt qualities. A faint hop tinge keeps it from being too malty for a helles. I definitely like the bottled version better. The draft version is lacking the defined crispness that the bottle has. It seemed rather dull in carbonation; and where I had it on draft is great in their draft tower(s) maintenence. Maybe it was a lifeless, stale keg... victimized by the Trans-Atlantic voyage.

Photo of mynie
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the Pale Euro Lager to end all Pale Euro Lagers.

Straw colored with a big head that doesn't stick around too long.

Surprisngly complex smell grain and banana, along with some apricots.

Tastes just a little sweet, with fruity malt up front and a little bit of dryness in the back. Subdued bananas throughout. Very nice, clean finish, very nice, creamy body.

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BigBry
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of beerceller99
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of santoslhalper
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of kindestcut
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.98/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TagoMago
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of necoadam
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Dmann
3.98/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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.

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.

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”

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.

Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
76 out of 100 based on 738 ratings.