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Löwenbräu Original - Löwenbräu AG

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748 Ratings

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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 31
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001

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Photo of jarmby1711
2.94/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhat of a not too exciting , not unpleasant style of beer.
It has a maltish smell that quickly becomes metallic.
The style should be more malty than A Euro lager which I didnt think this was.
Its well carbonated adn cleans the palate, but average,
Drinkable but not to die for

Photo of Pepeton
3.16/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not very impressed by this one. Although it's drinkable in a hot afternoon.

Pours a yellow golden, with a nice compact white head that leaves a lasting lacing.

It's smell is grainy and a bit skunky, which is always a turndown for me.

Taste is crisp, round and even hoppy.

Mouthfeel is bitter and a bit dry.

Not my favorite Pilsener, but can have another.


Photo of tjd25
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Soft velvety head fading on a pale golden color body. Smell of grainy malts with light notes of caramel. Something fruity too, a little bit like pumpkin soup. Taste of malts, a little bit more caramel than grain, slightly syrupy. Hints of citrus, accentuated by the carbonation. A dry hoppiness gets chewy and stays on the palate. Something enjoyably fruity gets quickly overwhelmed by the graininess of the malts and the dry hoppiness. Mouthfeel is quite round overall, with the seltzer like carbonation that sweetens and balances the brew. Decent.

Photo of bark
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Löwenbräu is a classic imported beer in Sweden, and probably the trendiest one during the 70’s and early 80’s, but it is a more or less forgotten beer nowadays. Spendrups Bryggeri in Sweden brews it under licence from Löwenbräu.

Anyway, the colour is pale straw yellow and the white foam forms a semi-compact slowly sinking head.

The smell is sweet and malty with a bitter touch. I found some notes of soap (!) and bitter almonds. Quite clean and rather mild…

The taste is dry with some creamy malt and some discreet aroma hops. In fact, the taste is very neutral, making the beer very drinkable although not very exciting. The aftertaste is kind of neutral with some refreshing bitterness and a small buttery note. Not bad at all.

The carbonation is average in all ways.

An OK and very drinkable lager.

Photo of wl0307
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this bottle at my local Sainsbury's supermarket in East End London. The BB date is 06/06/06.

A: served in a 300ml weissbier glass, it pours a lemon-yellowish hue, coming with a tight, foamy white beer head lasting very well and leaving equally tight lacing. The carbonation is extremely fierce at first, but gradually quiet down to sparkling wine like fizz.
S: light aroma of lager malts, lightly-toasted bread, a mildly sour, limey aroma of hops and, most distinctively, some baby-asparagus-like refreshingly sweet and grassy note.
T: profound as well as lively malty flavour prevails upfront, while the hop flavour is apparently restrained; a clean, nearly crisp mouthfeel is left at the back of my tongue, along with a very mild bitterness towards the finish.
M: the mouthfeel is quite soft, with just enough grainy flavour sustaining throughout without doing too much to leave an overly rich and sugary taste in the end. Overall it's quite balanced with clean and nice mouthfeel, though it could use a bit more bitterness to become more enticing.
D: very refreshing Helles lager, thirst-quenching as much as easy-drinking.

Photo of pootz
3.32/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Revisited this after putting it down some years back. I used to drink it because I felt it was a notch better than domestic macro sudz....it isn’t really...just more prevalently hopped....like most macro beers this one has had the character sucked out of it in the filtering stage.

Poured a medium straw color...smallish white cap...too much carbonation. Odors of skunky over-boiled hops and a whiff of malt. Started weak but peppery from the carbonation then the malting is detectable with a too-quick dry finish punctuated by the hop "tinnyness". If you like "Beck's" you’ll think this is about equal in character. Malt is a bit too thin for my tastes and a tad over rated as an import.

Photo of BeerNutta
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one of the foreign premium range. (Becks, heineken etc...)

A = Golden in appearance

S = Light hoppy fragrance with that usual grassy aroma.

T = Refreshing sweet malts followed by a crisp hop finish.

M = Moderately Carbonated. Thirst quenching carbonation!!

D = Reletively cheap for a euro macro larger.

If you are new to the beer game and you like Budwieser or Heineken. Try Lowenbrau. These aint great beers. But they taste different enough for you to be able to taste the difference. Baby steps in beer differences are good. You can apreciate the differences in taste so that you can make a decision in what you may or may not like. Some beers in the Top 100 are great beers. But for a newbie who's been drinking macro lagers. May not appreciate them as such. Whoa, I rambled off the track a little. Thats my 2 cents.

Photo of granger10
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much darker pour than I expected. There was a cloudy bronze color to it with a medium sized frothy head. The head diminishes quickly. Aroma is very grassy with a bit of floral notes in there and a slight spicyness. Taste gives me more of a cereal grain base with a little sweetness which is soon dried out by a nice hop spicyness. Slight bitterness comes into play and holds the flavor into the dry and rather abrupt, crisp finish. Thirst quenching, refreshing, slightly interesting. Nothing more, nothing less. Great to have to down a few after working outside in this summer heat all day.

On a side note, this was my grandfathers favorite beer when he was younger so it's a little sentimental to me. But I tried to be objective while reviewing it.

Photo of kbnooshay
2.64/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured yellow with a creamy head, nothing special. I was hoping the skunk wouldn't knock me down but it did. My girlfriend thought a skunk had entered the room, and i don't blame her. The taste though lacked the skunk. The taste is very light and sweet. Light hops if any. The mouthfeel was a little watery. Overall though it is very drinkable and refreshing(as long as you don't smell it.

Photo of karst
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden with a high rise head that used all the freeboard of the Paulander witbier 0.5 L. glass. Then settled almost as fast leaving the upper 1/3 empty and lightly laced. A much diminished head persisted most of the duration. Light aroma of grassy grain, bready yeast and maybe a little hops. Taste was little of the same especially the bread. Mouthfeel toward the top end of style. Enjoyable to drink. Good for a pils but a little wanting for Munich Helles.

Photo of Backer2004
3.52/5  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 +26.9%
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
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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
3.69/5  rDev +12.8%
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
3.47/5  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
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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
2.67/5  rDev -18.3%
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
3.62/5  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
3.5/5  rDev +7%
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
3.42/5  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
2.97/5  rDev -9.2%
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
3.16/5  rDev -3.4%
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
4.05/5  rDev +23.9%
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
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
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 -8.3%
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.

Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
75 out of 100 based on 748 ratings.