Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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:
2,313
Reviews:
905
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
12.38%
 
 
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Reviews by DrDemento456:
Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Snagged a 16.9oz bottle of this for around 3 bucks. Into a mug.

A - A stunning 1/2 inch of foamy white goodness atop of a crisp bright yellow.
S - Soft malts and crisp hops meets some lager yeast and bready goodness.
T - One of the cleanest lagers I have ever drank. Hops and malts are harmonized with mild touch of corn and syrup like malts.
M - Dangerously drinkable as I type I am halfway through the bottle. Would love to have a mini keg.

Overall every beer I picked up by these guys has been amazing. Will have to track down their Festbier next. Worth the price tasty and smoother than water.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of gregb13
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The quintessential German lager. Had several times but felt compelled to praise it tonight in review form, after I'd sampled it out on the patio after a long day.

Aroma - grassy, a little pungent, very inviting.

Taste/feel - so clean, lightly sweet, a little bitterness, goes down so so smooth.

If it gets any better than this, I've not found it.

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Photo of panduji
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An exceptional example of a Munich Helles Lager. The best there is IMHO. I'm an avid home brewer and have been trying to replicate this beer right down to the water chemistry for quite some time. No dice yet!

Crystal clear pale in color.
High carbonation level
Barely detectable hop aroma and flavor
Smells like a biscuit out of the oven
Tastes very slightly malty and bready with a very clean finish

It's perfect!

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Photo of Jason
4.86/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz sleek euro brown bottle with the boasting words “Oldest Brewery in the World” on the label, freshness date is on the back label.

Appearance: Very hazy from the yeast with a pale yellow hue, varied bubbled white lace that holds a great retention and stays until he beer is gone.

Smell: Very mild lemon astringent aroma and a light cookie like malt sweetness with a trace of hops also in the nose.

Taste: Well structured and rounded carbonation cradles the delicate light to medium body, the clean hop bitterness is evident with a soft lemon like twang. Malt flavour is similar to a lightly baked biscuit from fresh milled malted grain. Both hops and malt meld together to form a perfect blend, yeast complements by adding a touch of nuttiness. Light feel of alcohol towards the end with the lingering effects of the malt, yeast and a long drawn out faded hops finish.

Notes: A lager in the raw, in its authentic natural form. This is the quintessential lager in the world. Bow down to the true lager and you will be one with beer. This is the best of the best hands down.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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 mobrado
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
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 hoppytobehere
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best lagers I've ever had. Weihenstephaner never disappoints. Glad this comes in sixers. Slight hop bitterness, smooth cereal malt tones. Refreshing as hell.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Nickholland
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is what a lager should taste/look like. Yeasty/bready flavor/smell with a hint of lavender? and a light hop balance. Delicate, creamy and goes down easy. This is one elegant beer. What Heineken wishes it could be. One of my top 3 lager/pilsners and I've had many.

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

I rate this as my favorite lager in the world,incredible fruity aroma and taste.Not a wimpy beer by any stretch,the house yeast imparts a great floral-fruity aroma,love this beer in any form but am crazy about it on tapT.Weihenstaphan is one of the great breweries in the world for a reason.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear pale gold and a couple of fingers of ivory head; sparse lace left behind

S: grassy, grainy, flowery fields; some bread and yeast...

T: crisp and clean drinking pale grains; hints at grasses and hay; something citric, maybe lemony; something herbal and rustic, too

M: lean and tight, crisp and clean-drinking, moderate bitterness, smooth and light-bodied

O: what I presume to be exemplary of the style, rounded off by my lack of familiarity thereof, presents as an easy-drinkin' beer, session-able and light, with a stable of core flavor elements

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Photo of bankboy66
4.76/5  rDev +17.8%
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 nobledust
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Beerwithoutallthehops
4.85/5  rDev +20%
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 BayernMunchen3113
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Been brewing since 1040... Yes, I think they have the brewing process down! Weihenstephaner is THE standard.

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Photo of JRed
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clear golden in body with white, frothy head that stays. Aroma of Hop spice, grass, and sweet, honey grain. Tastes of Hop spice, grass, honey grain, some background pear. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Delicate and nuanced in flavor.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Light and clear yellow in color with a decent head.

Smell – This is a nice, quality grain aroma with a touch of spicing.

Taste – This spicing comes out much more at the taste. It’s difficult to pick them out, but they seem to be light yet sharp. There’s a touch of medicine to this one as well, but the strong and flavorful grain covers things up nicely. The finish is a sweet sucrose-type of flavor that works nicely.

Mouthfeel – There’s some very light carbonation to this refreshing light to medium-bodied lager.

Drinkability – This is an excellent session beer and a wonderful example of the style.

Comments – This has the same flavor profile of an American macro: grain and man-made sugar. But here it is done with class using quality ingredients and the expertise of the oldest brewery in the world.

Update – I first reviewed this in 2004 with a 2003 vintage so thought that I would re-review it with a 2005 bottle. I’m glad that I did. I got a much better head than the original review so raised the Appearance from 3 to 4.

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Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't went wrong with a Weihenstephan before; it's funny how I've had many of their other brews before the "original", so I guess I finally owe it to myself to try it. It pours a straw and banana tinted yellow color with exception clarity - not quite Kristallweissbier clear, but pretty damn close. It showcases some slight volatility, producing a big, bubbly, bone-white head that maintains its slow decent into a skin and leaves some great lacing behind. This one's a beauty!

The aroma contains a bunch of maltiness, right off the bat; soft and light, yet dominant and recognizable all at once. Raw biscuits, crackers, and previous Bavarian yeast cloud my nostrils, followed up by a brief interruption of faint Noble hops; slightly leafy and musty are the hops, and while noticeable, they certainly play secondary to the extraordinarily well-crafted malt bill. Some light lemon zest and a spritz of citrus finishes things off. This beer smells very pure, fresh, and honest. I like that.

A slightly metallic toned abundance of pale malts engulf my palate after taking a gulp. Not a sip, but a gulp - this beer is about as easy-drinking as they come. The flavor is slightly more "toasted" than the aroma showed, giving off baked bread and toasty crackers as opposed to their lighter, raw counterparts. Once the stronger barley and grain flavors subside a bit, the Noble hops jump in again with their signature musk and leaf flavor, injecting a subtle dryness and a mellow, yet commanding bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste.

Extremely well balanced is this lager, with a seemingly perfect mix of hops and malts, both sides waging war for dominance in the flavor profile while the sum of them remains controlled enough to let the drinkability of this beer shine like a star. The aftertaste is a pretty rewarding concoction of Noble hop bitterness, briefly toasted and bready malt, and crisp, clean, lager yeast. It's got a smooth yet sharp mouth feel from the high amount of carbonation. Light bodied, as most helles lagers should be.

No kidding, Weihenstephan does it again. I'm beginning to think that they can do no wrong, as there isn't a beer by them that I've tried and haven't liked. I'm starting to grow more fond of the Helles Lager style, and this is a good place to start for anyone who is venturing in that direction, as well. Can't say I like this one as much as Schlenkerla's helles lager (it's that smoke, baby), but it's still damn good and oh so insanely drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of MadScientist
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium yellow with excellent clarity. A bright white head of compact bubbles that is dissipates fairly quickly leaving a thick ring of foam around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate grainy and somewhat sweet with a low hops aromas that are flowery and spicy. Faint DMS, no diacetyl, no esters
T: Grainy and very slightly sweet, a nice balance of low hops bitterness
M: A nice softness on the palate probably from the pils malt with a medium body and medium carbonation.
O: It take a lot to impress me with a lager and this one certainly does. Not only excellent for style but just a plain excellent beer.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of J2L
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of sdsimkins
5/5  rDev +23.8%

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