Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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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Reviews: 886 | Ratings: 2,259
Photo of Jpinoniemi
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer and glad it is readily available in the Cleveland area. I have a good friend who was skeptical, but is now a believer as well. As member Ohiolager said - "move over Hofbrau". Hofbraus is good too, but this beer is my pick at the moment.

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

Smell: Light crisp bread like malts

Appearance: Golden and clear.

Taste: Much like the smell. Light and crisp with delicious bread like malts. Just the lightest kiss of hops. Extremely drinkable.

Mouth feel: Very nice. Prickly carbonation.

Overall: Just an outstanding lager. Extremely thirst quenching and a perfect example of style. No wonder this beer has been pleasing drinkers since 1040.

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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 bready with a ridiculously light but assertive bite back from the hops.

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

One of the very best lagers in the entire world. I've tried hundreds of beers, and have found none to eclipse this beer in the Lager style. Do yourself a favor and try this beer. Can sometimes be found in your local Ingles Beer department.

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

This is the best beer your money can buy. 9.99 a six pack is a deal of a lifetime for such a fine beer. Enjoy this beer regularly and keep them producing this. For the price nothing can or will ever match this in style or expertise! Highest recommendation. I just wish I could find this on tap in Bowling Green, KY.

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

Light, pale yellow straw colored, clear body; thick, white, frothy head that dissipates into a finger's-width ring. Lots of bubbles.

Aroma: very grassy hops; some hay; grainy.

Grassy flavor, with a noticeable, clean, pleasant grassy hop pucker. Some light bread crust. Grainy backbone.

Mouthfeel: light and watery, and carbonated.

Finish: dry, crisp, refreshing.

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

I think this is the best example of a perfect Helles Lager. The head is light and quickly dissipates, and you are left with an incredibly drinkable and very subtle beer with just about no aftertaste. The flavors come in so subtlety and leave this perfect ever so slightly sweet taste that you will completely miss if you don't look for it. The second best part is that it is so light and that you can easily drink a few liters before you even know what hit you.

If you are a Helles Lager fan, this is a prime example along with Lowenbrau Original. Absolutely fantastic beers.

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

The best crafted beer that I've had. Consistency is always there. Clear with a large white head, perfect carbonation. Perfectly balanced between spicy floral hops and a biscuity malt backbone. Incredibly clean and easy to drink. Finish is mostly dry and leaves you wanting another sip. Always a pleasure to drink.

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

Weihenstephaner Original is perfect is its utter simplicity. A master study in the complexities of minimalism.

This is everything that every basic everyday lager that has ever existed anywhere in the world has ever thought or wished it could be, but for whatever reason has failed to become.

This beer is a clarion call to every lager brewer in the world to aspire to excellence.

Absolute lager perfection. Like a fresh baked cracker with a kiss of clover honey and a dusting of fresh hops washed down with water from a mountain spring. Clean and crisp like a perfect spring day.

My vote for what should be in the dictionary when you look up "beer".

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

Perfect lager. Better be perfect if it's been brewed for over one thousand years. Seriously though, what a badass beer. Pours hazy yellow/orange, with a nice frothy head that never goes away and decorates the sides of your glass as you drink it. Obviously an extremely meticulously crafted beer all the way through, the definition of well balanced. Hop profile that will leave you craving more.

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

This is one fantastic bier. Let me just go so far as to say this...this was the bier I had at my wedding. Enough said. It is light and crisp in the aroma department, and the head, like many good German biers do, fades to a lace. The first sip is incredible. There are slight hints of malt, grains and hops. Once at the bottom of the glass, there is anticipation for the next one. Perfect balance between aroma, flavor and drinkability. Best had in a ceramic half liter mug. This is a German staple. Prosit!

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

This is an outstanding Munich helles, a style which I generally love, anyway.

Golden, it has a huge white head that steadily shrinks to a permanent 1-inch head and leaves very nice lacing. The aroma is wodnerful and full-bodied, bread, honey, light pine, flowery citrus. The taste is outstanding with a strong bready quality, grain, pine, honey, hints of lemon and hay, sweetish and full-bodied, faintly oily, with a light, balancing bitterness. It's incredibly drinkable yet very tasty with full, clean, even flavours and light, interesting complexity.

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Photo of mjurney
4.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear, straw color. Tons of fine carbonation rising. Nice fluffy bright white head.

Clean and crisp aroma. Grassy, sweet biscuits, a little spiciness.

Body is clean and crisp, yet full of bready goodness. Bready, biscuit, grassy, slight lemony, spicy towards the finish.

Probably the best Munich Helles Lager I ever drank.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here it is the finest beer I have ever tasted.

Poured from the 16.5 oz bottle into a large pilsner glass

A- perfect straw yellow and cristal clear with a big off white head and lots of carbination/ Lacing on the glass everywhere and after every sip

S- wonderful, german bier smell . Pungent hops but not too overpowering. the best smell a beir could have.

T- perfect hops upfront with a clean clean clean finish. very refereshing very quaffable.

M- the perfect balance not to thick or thin with the perfect amount of carbination.

D- perfect the ultimate easy drinker with tons of hop undertones to add to the complexity. Perfectly balanced perfectly refreshing. The ultimate bier in one of my favorite styles

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Photo of BlakeDaSnake
4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - head of the beer last awhile and appear hoppy

S -Nothing that isn't normal

T - I really enjoyed the taste of this beer...It has a great after taste that makes you enjoy every gulp!!

M - Light on the pallet and smooth on the tongue

O - This is the best premium lager I've yet to taste. I like everything about which atest to why this brewery has made it since 1040 A.D.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of manchester81
4.94/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I visited my parents in Texas recently and was in search of great beers that are unavailable to me in Alberta. While I was initially attracted to the Stone offerings, I thought a good Hefe would quench my thirst, brought on by the Texas heat. I spotted a Weihenstephan and made a note to grab a bottle upon my exit.

I poured the Weihenstephan as soon as I got home. The beer was golden and clear. This from a world class Hefe? Something was up. Checking the label, I realized that I grabbed a lager instead.

Every once in a while, a mistake can lead to a great discovery, and my lazy beer shopping paid off this time. Quite simply this is the best lager I have ever tasted. With its assertive taste, it puts macro lagers to shame and the balance it achieve can be matched by few craft brewers.

I guess this isn't the most descriptive review, but my opinion should be clear. If I had to drink one beer for the rest of my life, this would be it. Oustanding!

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Photo of GibbonsTheBeerGuy
4.94/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For my first review, I'll write up one of my favorite warm weather beers. This is a perfect lager, one of the best I've ever had. Light floral nose with honey notes. Delicious, full mouth feel and crisp refreshing flavor, honey, honey. Sweet without being cloying, one sip begats another until its all gone. Love this beer.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I didn't know what to expect from Weihenstephaner's "original", but I'm impressed. Pours clear and gold, with a nice white head that sticks around and a perpetual upward cascade of tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass to the head. The smell of this beer is classic lager -- biscuity aromas predominate, but there are some green smells and hops in the background. This beer tastes a lot like what breweries smell like -- rich, fecund malts with a smoothness to them and a baking-bread note in the background. The finish is all biscuity malts and then a slight, beautiful hoppy snap.

This is one beautiful lager. Practically perfect, it's got an interesting taste (but with a lager smoothness) and is highly, highly drinkable. Wow.

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Photo of palliko
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the oldest brewery in the world - and their experience shows. Aroma: A mild citrus, lemony, with a hint of floral/fruity bouquet, followed by a sweet malted nose. Taste: Good carbonation, just-right body, kept from over-sweetness by some citrus hop bite, biscuit malt and perfect yeast. Oh, my gosh! Where has this beer been? The finish features a light, perfectly dry, silk-glove slap from alcohol and a lingering hoppy finish. Did I mention this is the best Lager I have ever tasted? Why has no liquor store I have ever been in not featured this beer? And only $2.69 for 1 pint, .9 oz.! Around $7 for a sixpack. If you haven’t tried it – go find some now!

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Photo of RandomExile
4.91/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: pale straw, perfectly translucent; fluffy eggshell head; fades with clingy foam; sudsy persistent lacing, sometimes scattered or scant
S: light and pure malt, undertones of yeast, honey
T: per the nose, it tastes of honeyed malt and gentle yeast, and a faint aftertaste of grape and apple
M: silky smooth, light-bodied but with presence, barely dry in that your palate is continually whet for the next pull
O: There is simply nothing off, or in need of improvement about this beer (with the minor note that I would enjoy more lacing from an aesthetic standpoint as the glass drains: really, that's it). It's a masterful example of its style, near-infinitely drinkable and easily paired with chicken, veal, noodles, vegetables, sausage ...

500mL / Weizen Glass /

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Photo of rand
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Toronado's Weihenstephan Oktoberfest night, served into the brewery's mug.

A: Clear and straw-yellow, the brew yield a foamy head that never fully recedes. Ample carbonation, looks like soda.

S: Crackery malts are layered by crisp, yeasty aspects. Lemon-pepper, a little oak at the edge of the aromas. A touch of grassy straw notes accent this surprisingly vibrant bouquet.

T: Notes of sweet corn are quickly met by drying hops. The palate is clean, snappy, with suggestions of citrus and salt mid-sip. Oak and grain-husk play off a slightly sweet, almost buttery aspect. Finishes dry, fast, and smooth. Almost no lingering residuals.

M: Chewy and creamy for the style, belies expectations.

Hands-down the best example of the style...possibly the best lager, period. There are no flaws in this brew, the epitome of Reheitsgabot production.

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Photo of Fentonious
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a delicious beer. Immediately you taste the wheat followed by a malty character that lingers for just the right amount of time. This is an exceptional lager from a treasured brewery. I have not had a Weihenstephaner that I have not loved. I highly recommend the beer as a classic example of a German lager.

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Photo of matcris
4.87/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For the style.
LOOKS: Light golden, champagne like bubbles rising up. Finger of creamy/foamy white head, leaves a nice little layer on top of the beer and a nice little bit of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: White crusty bread, grassy, corn husk, clean.
TASTE: Just like aroma, with a nice pleasant lasting bitterness on the finish.
MOUTHFEEL: Light body, dry, crisp and refreshing. Great carbonation, but not over the top and cheap feeling.
OVERALL: This ain't no McLager boys and girls. If you know someone that says they hate lagers...serve them this beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.86/5  rDev +20.6%
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 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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