Weihenstephaner Original Helles
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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From:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
 
Germany
Style:
Helles
Ranked #10
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,471
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 11.98%
Reviews:
1,023
Ratings:
1,633
Status:
Active
Rated:
Today at 09:52 AM
Added:
Dec 30, 2000
Wants:
  214
Gots:
  498
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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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Rated: 3.9 by Thunderduck22 from Ireland

Today at 09:52 AM
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Sabatinis in Exeter pa this afternoon.

Looks superb in the Weihenstephaner glass. Crystal clear golden yellow body with a generous bright white head. This retains throughout leaving rings of lacing.

Malty, grainy aroma.

On tasting, clean, smooth, cereal grain, even a nice light hop bite towards the end.

Mouth above medium, finish drying a lightly bitter.

Overall, very nice pint on a warm afternoon. A long drive prevents me from the desired second.
Friday at 08:20 PM
 
Rated: 4.24 by Brads96 from Florida

Aug 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.14 by DarrellK from Florida

Aug 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.52 by ALeX117

Jun 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Jun 26, 2022
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Reviewed by BeerBobber from Nevada

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Light gold in color with one finger of white soapy head. Carbonation bubbles popping everywhere.

Smell is malt sweet with some Euro lager grassiness.

Taste is grassy. Clean crisp biscuit. A bit of hop bite on the back taste.

Mouth is light with a dry finish.

Overall this is a good beer. For a fresh lager you cannot go wrong.
May 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.22 by raust from Texas

May 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Beecham from California

May 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.15 by cold_beer

May 07, 2022
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Rated by sglooney316 from Texas

5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I was very lucky to visit the Brewery on my trip to Germany. The beer from tap is great.
May 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Foyle from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 330ml bottle into pint glass. Sudsy off white head, mild lacing, mostly clear straw color, moderate carbonation. Pungent aroma of grassy hops and musty grain. Mouthfeel is light, slightly astringent. Flavors of cracker, grassy and herbal hops. Overall: nicely balanced and enjoyable.
Apr 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by DudMan from New Jersey

Mar 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.11 by sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

Mar 24, 2022
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear yerllow with soft, fine head.

Smell is bready and crackery with notes of citrus, rye and a hint of metal. Quite clean and crisp.

Taste is bready, crisp and clean and a bit creamy. Notes citrus, rye and grain. Soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and well carbonated.

Overall, a very good Helles, but I expected more. I think this may have been an old bottle.
Mar 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.07 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Mar 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.26 by lonestarshield from Texas

Feb 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a bright clear golden with white head. There's a certain level of staleness. It's grain forward with some hop bitterness to break it up. It's dry. It's clear something was lost here though. After consuming the Andechs Hell, this doesn't really hold up to that at all. Whereas the Andechs tastes like a vollbier, this tastes like it's stripped of its vollness. There isn't that level of richness.
Feb 08, 2022
 
Rated: 2.94 by stephenlee93 from England

Feb 06, 2022
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Reviewed by deleted_user_995920

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a translucent golden yellow with a small white creamy/foamy head. Smell is very neutral with a slight malty/earthy scent. Taste is bready and hoppy. Feels smooth, creamy, well balanced.Ample carbonation. medium body,finish is crispy almost semi dry-Overall this is a very good beer. I wish this example was fresher even though it is within the company's window of freshness which I personally feel is too long-
Feb 05, 2022
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Reviewed by spectru from Florida

3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
1/27/22 - my bottle looks the same but it says Original Premium instead of Original Helles - clear, pale, thin white persistent head, lacy; I don't smell a thing; mild, rich, nice flavor but nothing special; mouthfeel is okay but again, nothing special.
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Not bad, but not nearly as good as their Heffeweissbier.
Jan 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.69 by Rhetion from Florida

Dec 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.23 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

Dec 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by Tenebris

Dec 15, 2021
 
Rated: 2 by doctorgary from New York

Dec 12, 2021
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Reviewed by jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75
16oz can

Pours up beautifully golden and clear (upon closer look there is tons of suspended sediment) with a big fluffy white head. Smells like sweet corn, cracker malts and english hops. Drinks pretty hearty for what it is; it's like a heavily carbonated meal in a can. The grassy hops linger but up front it's all corny sweet malt.

Such stock beer-y beer, but not a bad thing in this case. Tastes like budweiser if bud was good and tasty
Dec 08, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Techichi from Texas

Dec 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.3 by Hoptometrist from Ohio

Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.72 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

Nov 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.63 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Nov 04, 2021
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours a completely clear, light-golden color with a strong white head. SRM of 6. (4.25)

Aroma: Moderate aromas upfront of noble grassy hops, followed by a smooth Munich pale cracker profile. Some yeast lingers on the end. (4.50)

Flavor: Grass and noble hops upfront. Turns into a light lemon and cracker flavor. This follows into yeast and pale white cracker malt finish. The yeast drys on the end.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Strong carbonation and yeast. A balanced finish between the hops and malts. (4.25)

Compared to Paulaner Original Helles 10/31/21: Pours identical. Stronger aromas. More noble grassy hops and yeast. Less rusty and earthy bread malt. A fuller body with more yeast and carbonation. Winner: Weihenstephan.

Overall: I used to thing Paulaner Original Helles was my favorite and the gold-standard for a German helles lager, but I think I've been decieved. This one surely beat that. It has an authentic noble hop grassy and lemon hop profile that well-balances the pale Munich cracker malts. A nice yeast to round it out. Fantastic in all attributes here. This is my new favorite helles lager. (Final Rating: 4.46)
Oct 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.18 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.33 by thewimperoo from Illinois

Oct 20, 2021
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Reviewed by hankp59 from New York

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Clear straw color, nice white head with lacing, lots of bubbles. The nose is malty. Sweet biscuity
with a nice bit of malt. The mouthfeel is rich for a lager. The finish has just the right amount of hops to keep the malt in check without descending into bitterness. This is what a refreshing lager should be. Go get some.
Oct 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Teika_Takahashi from California

3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Look: Pale yellow, thin layer of foam on top. Looks like normal pee, maybe slightly dehydrated?

Smell: Floral, citrus (grapefruit?), hoppy, bright, very fragrant, kinda yeasty, a little bit like white wine.


Taste: No alcohol taste, very light, bready and yeasty aftertaste, kinda like the best frat party beer you've ever had.

Feel: very carbonated, goes down smooth, not dry at all!

Overall: great beer to relax with, maybe even party with? maybe you down a couple of these and go hit on the hot cat girl rogue across the room? maybe even ask her out on a date? maybe even i dont know kiss her? just a suggestion (; (not saying that I'M the cat girl rogue but i do happen to be one hahaha (; (; (;)
Oct 10, 2021
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Not sure how I've never had this.

A clear light yellow with a dense white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is excellent, soft, doughy, bready, hoppy, light lemon. Lovely dough and soft lemon. Gorgeous.
Sep 25, 2021
 
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Rated by Captain68 from Russian Federation

3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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Sep 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.37 by faraday326 from California

Sep 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.09 by RollDamnTide from Florida

Aug 29, 2021
Weihenstephaner Original Helles from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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