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Löwenbräu Original - Löwenbräu AG

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701 Ratings

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 23
Gots: 32 | 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 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.


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
Photo of farHillsBrewer
2.08/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I saw it in the beer store and had to buy a 6. I had memories of a wonderfully balanced import from the 70's and earlier with a foil cover. What I thought was a classic German lager. This beer wasn't it. The looks are deceiving, as it could pass for a extra light malt based pilsner.
The germans must not have any respect for American drinkers, and they would be about 80% correct. But the other 20 percent are BeerAdvocates.
This beer should have delivered, and because it called itself "Original", I was basing my judgement on the high standards of German Imports.
Watery comes to mind. There was some slight maltiness and a hint of hops, but very unsatisfying and nowhere near the classic Lowenbrau of my youth.

farHillsBrewer, Oct 03, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, small head. A light bodied Euro-lager. Some flavor to it, but mostly a typical Euro-lager. Some malts, some hops, some flavor, but not much else. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nothing great, but OK.

beerguy101, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of edchicma
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow color with a faint smell of hops. Medium mouthfeel, with a malty flavor with a slight hoppy aftertaste. Nice head that dissipated quickly, lacing a bit on the way down the glass. Easy enough to drink, but I find myself leaning toward ales more than lagers, so I might be a bit prejudiced. Seems to me this tastes better than the ones I had in my younger days. As far as the lagers I tried, not bad overall.

edchicma, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I hadn't seen this beer in quite some time, the last time I had it was probably 20 years ago, when it was brewed in the U.S. At that time I considered it to be one of the better macros, not that it was all that good then. Now, brewed in Germany, I wondered if the change had put some life in the beer.

Poured a very pale straw. Some skunk in the aroma (green bottle, so to be expected). Firm mouthfeel. Some apple and grape notes in the malt, with a bittersweet finish. Not bad, and better than the run of the mill macro lager, but can't hold its own against even an average German pils, such as Bittburger.

Brent, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of slitherySOB
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this too wash down the taste of some bad beer. Had another, too actually enjoy. This has a similar taste too what I remember the Lowenbrau original being. But, I think this more hoppy. Poured a pale yellow, with a whoosh head that quickly settled down to a half finger. Left a thin, but steady, lace on the pilzner glass. Smelled a bit hoppy, not what I was expecting. The malt came through in the taste. Hops were evident on the back of the tongue. Crisp, very crisp mouthfeel. Sort of like a dry leaf. Better than most lagers in its class.

slitherySOB, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer in a beer bar. It was priced the same as the micros and it was marked as (supposedly) the "real" Löwenbräu. Well, it looks like a Bud. no head. Straw yellow. Smells like a typical macro, too. Tastes like it was made from rice. At least it feels clean and crisp and you can easily throw one of these tasteless brews down.

dwarbi, Jul 04, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 500ml can. Golden pour with a minimal head. Very little carbonation.

Smell: Mildly hoppy with hints of amlt and somem floral notes.

Taste: Light hoppiness and maltiness combine for a decent balance. Sweet notes throughout. Floral. A decent body for a pretty generic brew.

Mouthfeel: Full and crisp. Smooth towards the finish.

Drinkablilty: while i acknowledge that this isn't the best beer going, i enjoy it for what it is. i don't mind having this every now and then.

Popsinc, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ok It has been years since I had a Lowenbrau from Germany , 13 to be exact, I dont count the Lowenbrau we got here in America for so many years brewed in Canada.
Nice lievlly carbonated, pure golden colour, clear and handsome nice sized foamy white head.
Smell is the average German lager smell..hops very faint like rainwater.
This is actually not a bad lager..clean and crisp..with a nice hoppy aftertatse.Not complex but well done..not too dry.
Average lager feel on the tongue ok but nothing special..
All in all a most drinkable lager beer..went down well with the Pork Chops I cooked for dinner.
Certainlly much better than when it was brewed in Canada.

Reidrover, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of Andreji
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'05 Re-review:

Perhaps one of my gateway lagers, I hold some high esteem for one of the only imports in colombia. The pour is light straw, carbonated with clearer-than-normal bubbles within, and a rather medium clean white head. Malty smell, some alcohol and astringency coming off (not bad tho). The taste is rather nice bodied, sweeter than normal combining a balanced bitterness as well. Medium body makes it above average. Plus you can drink quite a few.

Andreji, Jun 07, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It had been quite awhile since I had one of these when I was in a local tavern I decidrd to get it.Poured a yellow/straw color with light head,somewhat of a sweet smell to it lightly metallic.Some mild bitterness and slight fruitiness but real light in flavor.Pretty easy to drink,better than alot of domestic lagers.

oberon, May 23, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another green bottle, another beer that tastes like the other green bottle guys. Anything that says premium lager is becoming pretty suspiscious in my mind. This one is extra pale in appearance, but not as bitter in the taste. Seems pretty smooth. Nothing special about this beer. Summing up, skip it.

Tballz420, May 01, 2003
Photo of yen157
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow gold with a thin, white lacing layer comprised of medium-small bubbles. Carbonation appears to be light. Mild grassy and slightly fruity hop aroma compliments grainy malt. Bitterness is up front in this one followed by some graininess and then some slightly sweet malt. Balance is nice and body is medium.

I have a pretty bad memory for taste, but I’m pretty sure I like this better now then I did a few years ago.

yen157, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent pale lager that is fairly middle of the road, but much better than American macro interpretations. Very clear light gold color with an adequate white head. Clean, crisp taste that provides a nice balance between the malt and hops. Just a bit of off nose from the bottling, but nothing of great concern on the sample. Dry finish and moderate body feel.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of KingSpank
4.78/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly, the best pilsner I've ever tasted. With its light feel, I could drink this all night, yet it still packs a punch. This is the kind of beer that I would like to permanently stock my fridge with, because it tastes great and there's no time that I would be "not in the mood" for it as I could be with exceptionally rich beers like, say, Storm King.

KingSpank, Apr 14, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good pale Lager from "vom Fass". Light in flavor but refreshing and low alcohol make this highly drinkable. It is a hoppy lager that has a nice malt finish. Great beer to drink with any food since it does not overpower. Not their best beer but much better than the U.S. equivalent.

bierman2000, Apr 09, 2003
Photo of Bruiser81
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer. It seems to be pretty popular at the local store so I thought I would give it a try. As soon as I popped the cap a very strong skunky aroma seemed to fill the whole room. Once I poured it into the glass it seemed to lose a lot of that skunky smell. It was a decent looking beer. A thick white head that lasted for most of the brew. The beer itself was a very light golden-yellow. The aroma was crisp with a little bit of hop bitterness detectable. There was also a slight hint of sweet malts. Taste was sort of grainy up front followed by sweet malts toward the end. There wasn't much of an aftertaste. I felt this brew may have been overly carbonated, it felt a little sharp on the tongue. Not a bad brew but certainly nothing special.

Bruiser81, Mar 29, 2003
Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
75 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.