Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,295 Ratings
Weihenstephaner OriginalWeihenstephaner Original

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Style: Munich Helles Lager

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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4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of angrybabboon
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 6/26/17

A: Yellow gold with some straw - very clear - pours with a medium sized white head, fades to a wispy cap and leaves some spotted lacing

S: Light bread and some noble hops - pilsner malts - light bread, bread dough, freshly baked bread, biscuits, pretzels - some lemon and touches of grass, earth - some bready sweetness and honey-like sweetness - subtle touch of spice from the yeast - lager yeast and something akin to bread yeast

T: Extraordinarily balanced and insanely drinkable - layered, thoroughly interesting malt profile - bread, bread dough, the inside of a soft pretzel, bread right out of the oven, touches of toast and biscuit - lightly grainy - soft pilsner malts - touches of lemon, grass - super clean lager yeast, adds just a touch of pepper and spice - no obvious off flavors - restrained sweetness, with a hint of honey, honey cereal - finishes clean with some lingering sweetness

M: Light body, crisp, medium carbonation, finishes almost entirely clean

O: Where has this OG been all my life?

It almost saddens me that I am just now learning about some classic German styles. Weihenstephaner Original is an absolute delight. It's on the mild side, as the style dictates, but the depth of flavor is just lovely. This is drinkability on another whole level.

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Photo of igl
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ADG2995
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mklmcgrew
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a pint glass

L: Pours a super clear light gold, with a 1-finger head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Light flowery hops, with some grain and a hint of lemon.

T/F: A nicely balanced flavor, with some malts upfront, a light hop presence, and only a little bitterness. Medium-light carbonation and a very smooth, easy mouthfeel.

O: One of the best lagers out there. Great taste, goes down super smooth, and at 5.1% ABV, you can pound a few of these no problem.

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3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaverCS
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The original

Pours a clear golden color with a finger of fluffy white head.

Aroma is of wheat, honey, a bit of oak, grain, and a bit of lemon.

Taste reminds me of Honey Nut Cheerios. Lots of grain character, tons of honey sweetness, and a crisp citrus note. One flaw is the rather light carbonation level; it could be better.

Overall, the beer is a super refreshing beer that is great for summer. I see it pairing well with summer citrus salad. It gets a 80/100.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours as clear yellow with essentially no head but (strangely) lots of bobbles from the bottom of the mug, like champagne. Aroma is a faint floral hops. Taste is hops-forward but without bitterness, malt sweetness adds body, bit of grassiness. Really crisp, clean, and classic.

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4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dd53grif
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the back label: "4476 13:13:36"

I want to note that this is a "one pint 0.9 FL. OZ." bottle that is imported to the U.S. and that the label is listed as "ORIGINAL PREMIUM"

Appearance: Brilliant, crystal clear, golden body with oodles of carbonation bubbles supporting a large fluffy, billowy, white head. Great retention. It looks like something out of a commercial.

Aroma: It has a light flowery hop aroma with a light lemon scent. There is a touch of a grain aroma that peeps through but it is quickly overtaken by a lovely lemony hop aroma. It smells great.

Taste: It has a nice sweet malt flavor up front with a bit of a toasty character. This is met in the middle with a light lime-like citrus flavor. It finishes with a light bit of sweet grain flavor along with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It is a light bodied beer that is extremely easy to just kick back and enjoy. There is literally nothing that detracts from the drinking experience. The beer is nice and smooth delivering a full palate of flavors and it finishes clean and off-dry.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer and I should note that as an import beer this one stood up extremely well. It is on my radar and I would love to try it in a keg or in Germany to see how it compares. After looking up the date code for 4476 it appears that it is either the 4th/14th/24th day of the 47th week of 2016 so it falls on 24DEC2016 which is just over 5 months old. Given this, I would recommend this beer (imported) within this time-frame. I would drink it again.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of americancontrarian
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of South2NW
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrewh995
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very clear golden color with a white head. Smells of malted grains and grape juice. Taste follows the nose and is incredibly delicious. Medium-light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. This is an incredible Lager, probably the best I've had.

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4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pours a crystal clear golden straw color. Gives a nice two finger head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma is is malty bread, some hops, lots of sweet honey and some spices.

Taste is sweet and malty. Honey with a bit of tartness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth as it gets. Light and easy to drink. Moderate carbonation. Hard not to take big gulps with drinking this easy.

Overall, a great light colored lager. Nothing crazy but it doesn't need to be. Simple, clean, and smooth.

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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw gold color with a layer of whipped head. Smells of malt but fresh and enticing. Taste is light and smooth, has a bit of delicateness. Good malt taste with a hint of spice.

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4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very clear yellow straw with a medium super-thick head like whipped cream...something I did not expect on a Helles Lager...that left a ton of lace. Nose is very clean, with a touch of lemon and a touch of fresh baked yeast bread. More depth in the nose then I've gotten from other helles lagers for sure. Taste is about the same as the nose, super clean and just a hint of lemon and biscuit. I would absolutely crush this beer on a hot day in the summer. Crazy drinkability. Great beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of redleg64
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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