Weihenstephaner Original
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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German Helles
Ranked #3
Ranked #2,915
4.11 | pDev: 11.92%
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Weihenstephaner OriginalWeihenstephaner Original
Notes: A good beer takes its time. The long storage makes our yellow bright lager, “Original”, a flavourful beer enjoyed with fine poured, white foam. With a mild hoppy note and its pleasant fresh spicy taste, it goes very well with salads, poultry, stews or with a hearty snack. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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Photo of laketang
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear bright straw with a nice foamy white head
Bread , sweet malt, mild hop notes.
Mild hop bitterness, Brady m as it balance. Slight citrus note.
Refreshing and crisp drinker.
Easy drinker. Real good light lager.

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Photo of joeagain
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the better helles style beers imported to the US.
Pours a nice yellow-golden color with a dense white head, the latter staying right down to the end.
Notes of warm baked bread and spice greet the nose. The flavor is very much like the nose, the hops though spicy, aren't overdone for the style.
Very good body, quite creamy with spot on carbonation.
This is one of my favorite beers to have when sitting in the sunroom looking out over the yard. Sort of gives that Munich beer garden feeling to it all.
One small note of caution here; make sure if you buy the beer "off the floor" that it has not been sitting in a hot, badly ventilated area. Even if not exposed to light, this beer is delicate enough to take on a winey/sourish note if not handled well. In short, buy it in an establishment that knows their beer!

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Photo of gvickery
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look is pale gold with dense white head with a whipped cream consistency. Smell was a little weak, I think the bottle I had was getting old. What was there was white bread, a slight sweet quality, and some slight grassiness. The taste was where it was at for me. Soft, semi dry with a luscious feel. It was very enjoyable but very filling as well. Probably won't be knocking down a 12 pack anytime soon. Very similar to a German Pils but not as hoppy.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One fingers white head with decent lacing and low retention on the most boring lager color known to man.
I liked this one however with its biscuity malt not too overbearing and a pronounced oak quality. Nose in addition had a touch of hay and grassiness. And taste also shown some corn sugar and possibly a touch of molasses and pepper. One nice melded flavor which only got lager-yeasty towards finishing the glass.

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Photo of Amendm
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2-oz. bottle needed a strong pour into a 16-oz. mug for a finger of creamy white foam with some large bubbles, average retention and spotty lace. Clear light golden straw color, bright with rising fine bubbles. There's that over-ripe banana and mild spicy clove smell I have come to love over the years, toasted grain, yeast and a grassy funk in the background.
Semi-sweet and mildly bitter, malty rich and lager yeasty, the taste is made complex from the meld of ingredients and how the bold smell adds character. Becomes neutrally sweat with a slight increase in bitterness at the quick, clean finish. Clove and pepper linger. Medium body, rich and smooth from reserved carbonation. A pleasure to drink and view, beautiful bright gold color in sunlight.

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Photo of cowtownhorn
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you're into a german helles, here you go. It's disappointing you can't get all six Munich breweries here in the states. Spaten, Paulaner, Hofbrau, Hacker-Pschorr, ...that leaves us Lowenbrau and Augustiner.
Having had fresh Bavarian beer, and seeing how they deliver it over here in bottles, I really wish there was some american much more intelligent than I, who could convince them to start shipping this over in CANS to enhance the freshness.
And all of them. Augustiner would command such a premium price I can't believe they haven't yet. Lowenbrau? Fresh? Bring me their Dunkel. I don't live in a backwater with no demand, I live in a major metro area.

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Photo of kflorence
4.81/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear, pale golden color with minimal head and lacing. Carbonation looks a bit low. Buttery and light on the nose with sweet corn, floral and grassy hops, light fruit and a hint of bubble gum. No discernible off-notes. Honestly one of the best smelling lagers out there. Taste follows the nose quite well. A pretty balanced mix of malts and hops, although the hops come through a bit more on the swallow but not in an overly bitter way. The malts are light... butter and crackers. The hops are grassy with notes of lemon zest. This is one of the smoothest beers I've ever tried. It's light bodied but has a bit of chewiness. The carbonation is low, but it still tingles the tongue. Finishes crisp and dry. Very refreshing and dangerously drinkable. This is the hallmark beer of the German Helles in my opinion as it offers the best characteristics of the style in terms of flavor and drinkability. Even it's journey across the sea from Munich to the west coast has not diminished its quality. Prost!

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Photo of beersampler6
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly nice, safe, decent tasting brew with some nice looking golden color and fluffy white head. Just a little spotty lingering lacing but formed a couple of rings. Smells faintly of some grain, corn, malt and caramel. Didn’t really detect any hops. Taste follows the nose to a T. Again, was expecting more hops but instead I was hit with a good amount of malt sweetness that was almost too much. It would have been nicer to have more balance and depth in this beer. Clean, mild, thin mouthfeel and decent carbonation but it faded somewhat as the beer warmed. A decent effort but I’d definitely opt for others in this style.

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Photo of markkyronaylin
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In truth , i was intending on purchasing the hefeweizen , but i picked up a bottle of this by accident. Worked out quite well in the end.

Look : Looks pretty neat alright . Clear , golden , thick frothy head on top , quite appealing

Smell : Nice buiscuity aroma , malty , somewhat grassy i suppose , smells like a rather nice helles.

Taste : Tastes even better , slight sweetness , somewhat fruity, no bitterness, remarkably drinkable.

Feel : Goes down a treat , very smooth , moderately carbonated.

Overall : Although not what i intended to buy , i enjoyed this beer very much , and it's very sessionable nature means that i'm likely to drink a whole bunch more of it in the future . Good beer indeed.

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Photo of Juno106
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The true definition of clean, crisp and dry. Lightly hopped. Smooth and easy drinking. One of the best helles/lagers out there. I have no complaints with this one. A truly outstanding beer. Prost!

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Less than a finger of dense head. Color is a radiant straw gold

S: Grassy spicy nose. Some light biscuity corn bread.

T: Tastes like it smells. Lightly hopped and lightly malted. Taste of grains. Slight nuttiness. Almost no carbonation.

O: Smooth as can be. Finishes refreshing and clean. Mine was a room temperature, but I can imagine that a cold one would be perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy head, which dissipated quickly, over a clear gold body. Malty grassy smell. Taste is clean and crisp, perfectly accompanying a fried chicken and potato salad dinner. If I'd have never been initiated into the craft beer world, I'd have thought this is the epitome of what beer is supposed to taste like.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A golden colored pour with a head which leaves nice lacing down the glass. Grainy on the nose with slight scents of corn. Taste is underwhelming and but has a very dry finish and a good hop presence. It is also has a clean taste. It may be a little hoppier than most of the style. Nothing to sneeze at. This is a quality quaff but there are many American and German versions that render this one in the middle somewhere.

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Photo of yuriyt
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into glass from bottle. Brilliantly clear copper color with substantial foam. Aroma is faint, bit of malty honey and a faint hint of spice. Malty flavor with a bit of honey-like sweetness persisting. Bitterness well balanced to the malty notes. Light body. A classic example of the style, consistently enjoyable.

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Photo of German-Helles
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle, code 4468 I don't know what that means. Two fingers of pure white fluff that lasts & lasts over a clear gold beer with plenty of little bubbles floating up. the smell and taste are bready with a little sweetness, very little bitterness. This is tasty stuff, perfect with a snack or a sandwich. A little tingle in the mouth from the carbonation. The beer stays covered with foam right to the end. This has got to be the standard all German Helles will be judged by

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with a 5368 code on the label. (opened 2-12-19).
1/2" white head. Golden, clear and clean beer. Head retains at a cap and leaves a little lacing.
Grainy and soft bread/dough aromas. A touch of grassy / spicy hops.
Clean malt base and a some grass...muted overall in flavor and aroma.
Light body, soft mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Short finish.
Overall, so-so. Expected way more.
Not sure what the dating code means here so I'm going to go 3.75 across the board.

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Photo of shambeano
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass.
Look: Pours a clear gold. About 2-3cm of fluffy head with tight little bubbles. The head sticks around for ages, leaving lacing down the sides.
Smell: a bit of bready malt, a little grainy, and some grassy hops.
Taste: Malt driven flavour. Bread, crackers, toast, honey. A little sweetness. A touch of grassy or herbal hops. Bitterness is at a great level for drinkability.
Feel: light and refreshing. With tingly little bubbles,
Overall: very well balanced and incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is part of my BJCP training/study, so I'll be reviewing this to the style guidelines. 4A. Munich Helles.

Pours a decent smaller foamy head that retains fairly well, mild lacing, crystal clear golden pilsner color

Nose brings very malty-complex mild sweet malty grain aroma, obvious decoction mash malt complexities, mild background grassy hops, layered toasted malt, right on so far

Taste moderately malty, toasted pilsner like malt but a bit softer, a bit of a perceived malty-sweetness, more layered malt complexity thanks to decoction mash, a mild hop bitterness bringing more grassy noble hop flavors, fair balance favoring the malt, dry finish, a bit more malty but clean, has a slight bitter taste like it has a bit of age on it, bottle code is 7208, maybe July 20, 2018? Actually the more it warms, the more the malty complexity shines, and it gets quite enjoyable.

Mouth is medium to a little lighter and softer bodied, smooth soft lager, carbonation is a bit on the lighter side for the expected profile, but nice otherwise

Overall this is a solid beer. Maybe a bit old and less of the sweet malty complexity as I expected on the taste, maybe due to lighter carbonation not there to break up the palate, but otherwise nice. Can't wait to compare to the Festbier and Helles Bock.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Faint smell of grass and wheat. Decent lacing for a lighter beer and moderate carbonation, similar to their pilsner beer, but with a light body. Good beer overall. Beer snobs will rate this low due to this resembling a mass-produced lager, but if you have a discerning palate, you can really tell the difference.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle

Pours a little over a finger of white head into my can-style glass. Body is crystal clear, and the lightest shade of yellow in color. Large amount of bubbles coming up. Overall looks good so far.

Haven't had too many helles's recently (I bought this assuming it was a straight up German lager, but upon smelling it, I knew it had to be something else). Nose is noticeably sweeter than other euro lagers, less grassy hops as well, and less hops in general. Slight bready note, which is quite nice, and seems unusual for such a light malt bill. Once looking for it, DMS is present, which is apparently acceptable. Very sweet overall, but not gross, at least not yet. It smells quite nice, and to style, minus the welcome bready notes.

Flavor is good. First thing that pops out is a relatively noticeable mineral feel. Breadyness, sweet malt, and a little DMS are all intertwined. The mineral feel is probably a nod to very good attenuation, because while it tastes a little sweet, it is dry as well. The slightest touch of hops hit towards the beginning/middle of the palate. I feel like I usually notice hops towards the end in euro lagers. It's a very nice flavor, maybe a touch light for me, but that's the style I suppose. Not to beat a dead horse, but the bready malt does help add a good amount of character here.

Mouthfeel is nice. The carbonation is quite high. Body is very light. Feel is very balanced, sweet in some areas, but probably more dry overall.

Drinkability is obviously very high. Nothing wrong at all, light, tasty.

Head retention was pretty good for a lager. Didn't hang around extremely long, but the film was nice, and lingered a while. Lacing turned out very nice, pretty thick from top to bottom. Very good looking lager.

Overall this is a very good beer. Not exactly my favorite style, but while it is veeeery light it does have some unique flavors other lighter lagers don't.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent yellow with a finger of white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is light, hitting notes of pilsner, and bready malts with clove and a metallic taste coming through. Flavor profile follows suit, hitting pilsner, bready, dry malt notes with clove and a metallic taste adding a little bit more. Mouth feel is medium-thin, with a light effervescence. Overall, a crisp sipping, simple beer. Not much else to say.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16.9oz bottle.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a excellent representation of what a lager should taste like.
The look and presentation is beautiful. Classic design on the bottle is simple and elegant. The aroma is rich and vibrant, roasted and toasty barely malt with some bright tang. Overall the smell is dank in the best way possible. The taste is bold for a lager. Very rich, almost burnt peanut with tang. Very malt forward with balance of slight citrus in the middle and end to round out the beer. The finish is not totally dry, it leaves you wanting another sip. This beer is the damn smoothest beer ever, so silky going through the pallet all the way to the swallow. The feel is the perfect medium creamy along with depth. This is one hell of a beer. The beer reminds me of Heineken, in fact you could tell me it was Heineken and I wouldn't have questions or complaints. Overall this beer cant be beat, I hope you give it a try. I will have to say that the price was slightly high but I guess it's justified. It you run across this beer, buy it!

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Photo of antonyliu
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 0.9oz bottle poured into a flute glass


Medium-light yellow, straw-gold color, semi-clear; Frothy eggshell head very slowly decreasing to a thin head, leaving uneven lacing on glass.

Earthy, floral, coriander, banana, malty sweetness, some clove

Honey, malt, grain, a little fruity, sweet with a little bitterness, tiny hint of skunk

Crisp, medium body, medium-high carbonation


I love this beer. It’s refreshing, easy to drink. It has a nice balance of sweetness, character, carbonation, and bite. Purchased bottle for $3.99 in Southern California.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear gold with a decent white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: A little skunky. Honey, straw, butterscotch, and malt.

Taste: Sweet, honeylike malt. A little bitter biscuity aftertaste. Very limited hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thicker than average, highly carbonated.

Overall: Except for a little skunk on the smell, a very solid and tasty lager.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow gold color. Medium light body with at least average carbonation.
Aroma is malt, yeast, bread /dough, a little floral and grainy
Taste follows the nose, not very bitter with just a bit of sweetness

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