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Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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879 Reviews
Weihenstephaner OriginalWeihenstephaner Original
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.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
Reviews:
879
Ratings:
2,244
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
19.85%
 
 
Wants:
190
Gots:
366
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 879 | Ratings: 2,244
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright yellow in color, solid 3/4" white head, above average retention. Aroma hit the heavy bread notes.

Lemon, bread, pale malt, noble hops. Lots of carbonation, comes off as crisp. Floral. Relatively light bodied. Dry. Its a neat little beer, but I dunno. Too much of an American hophead or something. The cost seems up there. Light sweetness, a heavier body than the color of the beer would indicate.

I don't see much different between a Euro lager and this, this just seems to have more of a malt bill along the same lines.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It's good. It's more than good. Beautiful light golden yellow with a very slight head. Smells like rich malts and slightly grassy and spicy, yeasty too. Tastes like fresh sourdough bread, the absolute cleanest and crispest of lagers, as all Weihenstephaner beers are. Has an almost creamy mouthfeel and the perfect body to be quite drinkable. Perfect as a one off pairing with a meal or as one of a few in a session. Overall one of my favorites, perhaps my second favorite Weihenstaphaner offering after their Kristallweissebier.

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Photo of nobledust
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: the prettiest pilsner of them all.

S: skunk, I've had it before but maybe it was just this bottle. Malts, fresh white bread

T: clean, bread, a little bitter/skunk. The quintessential lager in my book.

F: great carbonation, creamy. 5/5

O: a must have.

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Photo of lastmango
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured very yellow with a white fizzy three finger head. Minimal lacing. Slight yeasty aroma. Tastes like bread with a slight floral hop flavor on the end. Very clean and crisp with a light to medium body.

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Photo of bankboy66
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like someone else previously said....if you don't like this, you don't like beer. Pretty much what every brewer wants to be for this style. The only downside is it is on the heavy side. It won't be a permanent fixture in my fridge but I will drink this periodically until I die. Must try.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Review was done by pouring a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass
Appearance: Light golden in color as well as clean and clear. Head measures about 2 fingers when initially poured but dissipates quickly. It's what a lager is expected to look like.
Smell: Very clean smell. Subtle bread/yeast aroma.
Taste: Similar to the aroma, with hints of bread. Very clean tasting, as expected from a great lager. No skunky flavor at all.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied beer with light amount of carbonation that goes down extremely easily.
Overall: In my opinion, this beer is the quintessential lager. If you are looking for a clean tasting lager, then definitely try this beer.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is bright yellow and clear, lots of foam and nice lacing. Smells of light citrus and mild hops very faint overall. Taste is very crisp and light, nice clean citrus with mild malt and easy finish. I would consider this a very neat beer, nothing over the top but very well done and very refreshing. Never let down having this beer, always a fun drinking experience.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bttl into "Perfect Pint" glass
Was bottled 1036 which is about 8 months old, so not exactly fresh
L- pours clear blonde, with fluffy white head, quickly dissipating
S- doughy yeast aroma, real clean not much else
T- similar to nose, real dough on the tongue, clean on the linger, with slight floral spicy finish
F- light bodied, but the doughiness does show up on the feel as well
O- as explained by the bros this is a pils with more malt, that shows up for me in this beer as some serious dough, drinks cleanly not 100% balanced decent Helles

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

look: Light golden, very clear. Sparse white head.
smell: Subtle malt and subtle citrus.
taste: Much like the nose. Light and crisp. A marvel of simplicity.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow to light gold in color with a light amount of fine sediment within the body. There's a fingernail of eggshell white around the rim and covering the majority of the top. The aroma is of pale malt and faint German bittering hops. I taste a very gentle dose of pale malt with a bit of a sourdough flavor. There's also a touch of German bittering hops in the back of the palate. The mouth is very smooth and quaffable.

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Photo of mobrado
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let's be honest, if you don't like this beer, you don't really like... beer. As clean and as drinkable as humanly possible. Hard to imagine how this could be improved upon.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This delicious beer has a good taste, wonderful hops presence, good maltiness, pours a nice head (doesnt every beer??? dumb category) and has a wonderfully delicious beer aroma.

Awesome beer. I tried a Krombacher last year (I wont be able to this year because the local distributor decided not to carry it any more and Georgia's ancient and stupid laws allow the distrib. to do as they please) and enjoyed it immensely. This beer reminds me of that, but I think it is better because it has a fuller taste and the hops are not as obvious as with the Krombacher. Both are certainly good and I would never deny either- if offered.

IPA and all the hops based "craft" beers? You tire me with your excessive HOPS and HOPS and HOPS.

Weihenstephaner is a great example of a great German beer that has a great taste and is thoroughly enjoyable from the first sip to the last.

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

A: Clear, slightly hazy, pale yellow, fluffy white head, great lacing

S: Bread, slightly hoppy

T: Sweet malts, followed by the bitter hop taste to balance

M: Light

O: Great lager. Just what you would look for as a light summertime beer.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you want to show someone what German Helles is, this is the finest example I can think of. And that is not to take away from Hofbrau or Paulaner and others. It has that wonderful, malty character that so many so-called Helles just don't have. This is the beer that made me start home-brewing nigh onto 40 years ago. What a fantastic beer!

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow this stuff is delicious. Golden pour with thin but clingy white top. Aroma is bready with faintest hop just detectable. Flavor is remarkable bready malt that's so smooth and a little sweet mid-sip. Finishes clean. Simple and fantastic.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into willybecher glass no date that I could understand

A: light gold in color great clarity not much of a head but it was a soft pour

S: smells like a pilsner with that slightly acidic spicy peppery nose

T: very similar to the nose with a soft bready finish that isn't as harsh as a pilsner

M: light crisp with a softer feel not as carbonated as I thought it was going to be

O: it really doesn't stand out much from the macro beers the big boys offer its smooth light and lightly bready on the finish with a spicy peppery pilsner nose.

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Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The lager to end all lagers. It really is that good. Here I get bottles that are four to five months old , and they are still top notch. The catch is of course the price. Around 13 bucks for a sixer, so I often will pick up something else.. But I'll put it this way. If it was of a similar price to other awesome craft lagers I enjoy, then I would never buy anything else.

The standard for Helles Lagers in my opinion, and as one of my top styles Im of course in love.

Germany in a bottle!

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Photo of Jraiona
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. It was a beautiful clear golden color. The smell as well as the taste was crisp,clean, with a sweet note. I felt it had a nice balance of body with some slight but pleasant bitterness. This could easily become a favorite.

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

The appearance is like a pale apple cider, crystal clear with a small head leaving lace that trails down the glass slowly. Smells of grain, corn, bread, honey and straw. Taste is heavy on corn, bread, straw and yeast. Vanilla, honey, grass, crackers, pilsner malt and faint hops squeak their way in. Exceedingly crisp and clean, light bodied but full of flavor, an absolutely perfect beer to pair with the warm days ahead. This is a lager done right.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks clear and nice. Smells like... A lager. Taste is subtle malt sweetness at first, and as you drink it becomes even sweeter. Very "rounded" as they say. No hops. A little bitterness is present at first, but as the beer warmed and I drank, bitterness became overtaken by the malty sweetness. Very tasty and full tasting. Could use a touch more IBUs, attenuation, and/or carbonation.
I enjoy the maltyness, but wish there were less residual sugars.

Overall, this is what I imagine a Budweiser SHOULD be.

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Photo of zimm421
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Appears a perfectly clear crisp, bright yellow with a nice white head that never fully recedes. The nose is bready malts, and a touch of lemony hops. The taste yields nice clean malts, soft breadiness, and lemon citrus through the finish. The feel is smooth and creamy, yet still has a beautiful crispness to it. Overall, this beer is a wonderful lager that has the ability to pull you away from the over-hyped big in your face beers. A home brew of this style has drawn me into lagers and this can do the same.

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Photo of Chris_Mills92
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great looking lager! Bright and golden.
Smell: Very mild but a bit like opening a loaf of bread. Once I noticed it though I couldn't seem to smell the beer anymore.
Taste: A little lemon and I noticed what to me was coriander but from other reviews a lot of people notice pepper so I think it was right in between on that note.
Feel: Slightly dry with a bubliness at the lips that didn't reach the tongue. Pretty refreshing.
Overall: Best Lager? Very Possibly! I'll have to try some other for a good side by side comparison but the beer is amazing.

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Photo of erk0607
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Straw, clear, light, effervescent, golden yellow.
S: Honey, bread, farmer's field.
T: Farmer's field, grainy, light hops, lemony, pepper.
F: light, crisp smooth.
O: easy to drink, very delicate flavors make for a refreshing beer.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: [4.25] Beer is a transparent golden to yellow color. It forms a 1/2 finger of white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a ring around the edge of the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (5.1%) and there is a date code that says it was born on (10/20/15)

S: [3.75] Pungent lager scent of corn, crackers,

T: [4.50] Really bold flavor bringing forward crackers, malty backbone, some corn/grain taste. Later there are mild hints of caramel on the finish.

M: [4.00] Very easy to drink - but still has a medium or more body.

O: [4.00] I was wow'd by the flavor and the body at 5.1%. This is easily my favorite German beer. It is hitting everywhere. Many lagers fit into a tin, plain flavor profile. This is amped up quite a bit. I really like this and the flavor and the body combine to make it an A beer.

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

L - flawless. The clearest dark straw I have ever seen with creamy frothy head.

S - wow. Potent rich bready yeasty classic Bavarian beer

T - stellar. So much flavor into.so a light drinkable beer. Extremely bread with a ridiculously light but potent bitter bite back.

M - I've use "creamy" before but damn, this beer epitomizes it. I almost don't feel the carbonation yet it's ANYTHING but flat.

O - as my 571the beer rating and probably 800th beer I've clearly been chasing too many bourbon barrel stouts and fresh dipas. This is a case purchase in the future.

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