Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Style: German Helles

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kbub6f on 12-30-2000

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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 CisPiece88
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cdubya
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pld
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of BenHoppy
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HeWhoHasBeer
2.94/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.45/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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 uncleotis
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KMcGrath
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.09/5  rDev 0%
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 Robertas
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bushwack
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TenguKappa5446
2/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Like budweiser.

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Photo of Nass
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's malty, bready, well balanced. This is one of the better beers that I have had from this brewery. Cheers! B

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Photo of JoeyJellico
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey3236
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T_Hass
3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sirsteve42
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ClintGoodman
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bsimpson91
5/5  rDev +22.2%
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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4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
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 jeschaefer
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Diamante
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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