Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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90
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2,282 Ratings
Weihenstephaner OriginalWeihenstephaner Original
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,282
Reviews:
893
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
12.41%
 
 
Wants:
191
Gots:
383
For Trade:
0
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Photo of jglaw1
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

Photo of mishi_d
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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Photo of Bdubz94
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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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
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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Photo of captaincoffee
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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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
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

Photo of Vetbidder
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really light straw colored see through look with a white head. Grassy euro skunk scent with some malt background. Flavor really translates in a good way from the nose. Slight grassy hops with a bready slightly sweet malt flavor ending with a touch of bite. Thin crisp feel to this Helles. Awesome for a lager.

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

Photo of caburdette51
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vasu_aitharaju
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SuomenAmerikkalainen
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dvesilly
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JPadilla
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmorris15
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I realized I hadn't yet typed up my notes from years ago on this beer, so I used that an excuse to buy it again. Runs $10.99 (plus tax and deposit) per sixer in NYC if you know where to look.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Iconic label design with the classic Weihenstephaner font. 11.2 fl oz/330ml format. Branded pry-off crown cap.

5.10% ABV. "Original premium Bavarian style" is the closest the label comes to offering a style. (Their website clarifies it's indeed a helles lager). 215 kcal per 0.5L pour. 21 IBUs. 11.6% Gew original wort.

Brief notes below:

APPEARANCE: Classic white colour head with ample frothiness and cream. Yellow-copper body. It's darker in colour than I remembered - hardly the bright vibrant yellow body one imagines in a German bierkrug. But it's clean and clear, lacking any visible yeast/lees and indicating obvious filtration. Head retention is good - ~8 minutes. Thick lacing clings to the glass as the head recedes.

I remembered this boasting more vibrance, but it's a decent looking helles lager. Maybe my bottle is old?

AROMA: Yeah, I'm thinking I got an old bottle. Muted musty 2 row and Munich malt is all I detect, along with some grassiness from Noble hops and maybe even some metallic or vegetal off-flavours. It's a shame; I remembered this much better. I guess I'll continue with notes on what this drinks like when it's older, and compensate with a fresh review at a later date...

TASTE: Munich malts and grassy hop notes. Some mustiness, skunked flavour, and metallic off-flavours.

Had I not bought this directly from a distributor, I doubt I'd continue with my review at all.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, light-bodied, unrefreshing.

OVERALL: I got a bottle from a distributor that just isn't in its prime; I've had this before many a time and it was much tastier. Even old and possibly skunked, it's still drinkable - which I guess says something about its quality. I guess with how old Weihenstephan is, there's something oddly appropriate about me having gotten an old six pack. Still, if this low rating (which I don't stand behind at all and intend to rectify in the future) does anything, I hope that it encourages Weihenstephan to start bottle dating so situations like this (i.e. having to give one of the most classic paragons of the style a ludicrously low rating) can be avoided.

Low C (2.77) / AVERAGE

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Photo of drmeto
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a clear straw golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-spicy,honey,doughy,citrus,herbs
T:
-citrus,apple,spicy,bready,pears,tea,herbs,sugary malt
-light to medium bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium,soft carbonation
-light body
O:
Basically a very good,spot-on Helles Lager.

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Photo of Curt3
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lovely 1 pint plus 0.9oz German style brown bottle. Beautiful weihenstephaner label stating 'Original Helles' though I've had the same brew marked original premium in the past. Poured into a Weihenstephaner glass.

A - faint yellow golden. Much like 24k gold. Just a brilliant bright look with superb clarity and a white head leaving ood stick.

S - bright lemon with a faint hint of fresh grass. Doughy, breaded malt valances well with a slight hint of sweetness and crisp clean hops.

T - lemon, grass, fresh fruity hops, a nice sweet biscuit malt and some faint spices balancing out a near perfect finish.

M - smooth and highly approachable lager. Texture has a ridiculously balanced feel allowing me to drink it all day. Finish is crisp and refreshing but never losing its beautiful flavor.

O - ahh.. the often overlooked Weihenstephaner.. It's an absolute genuine treat. This German lager is as it should be, beautiful and approachable allowing anyone to appreciate it's grand, unprecedented character. The Weihenstephan Premium oozes class and is a must try for any craft beer drinker as well as those who want to sample one of the world's actual great lagers.

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Photo of Tinfang
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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