Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner OriginalWeihenstephaner Original
2,323 Ratings
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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Photo of Strike00
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a very pale clear amber, almost yellow with a white head.
S: Has a bready yeasty smell with some nice sweetness to it.
T: sweet, crisp, and clean. A bready flavor with a smooth sweetness and a slight hop finish.
F: Awesome. Smooth, creamy and easy to drink.

O: Great beer. Glad I finally got around to trying it.

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured clear, pale yellow with a foamy white head.
S: There's a gentle aroma of pale malts.
T: The flavor is nicely balanced between the pale malts and noble hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and on the palate and is relatively smooth and crisp.
D: It's very refreshing and easy to drink - a great choice for a session beer.

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Photo of johnrobe
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cast and mold for a light euro lager, I just wish more domestic craft brewers would add some of the lesser known German styles to their lineups, but I digress. This brew pours a pale gold with a scant brilliant white head. The aroma is a wonderful amalgam of herbal and spicy hops (Hallertau on parade!!), grain, and some light malt. Balance is the hallmark of this brew. Herbal hops, simple sugar maltiness and a slight breadiness are combined beautifully. Spot on for style...any maltier and it'd be a Dortmunder, any hoppier a Pilsener. Sign me up for a keg! Prosit!

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Photo of brushpig
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found 6 pack at Hahns liquors in Chicago

Cloudy pale yellow appearance, frothy lace with good retention

A nice mild lemon aroma with a bubble gum sweet malt smell

The taste was well balenced between the clean lemon hoppyness and the doughy yeast and malted grain flavors. As the aroma I sensed a buble gum sweetness in the taste, with a smooth transition to alcohol in the finish.

This is a extremly drinkable Lager that was very enjoyable.

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Photo of MFMB
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Whewwwww a few of these and I'm ready to chase a few German Trannys around a Munich bath house nekkid! Wink Wink :)

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Bright, clear yellow with a finger of head that dissipates quickly and falls to a moderate white cap. Minimal lacing.

S - Spicy hops are the most immediate smell, nearly identical to a good pilsner. Slight sweetness from the malt in the background.

T - On the whole, I think helles lagers are bland at best, but Weihenstephaner has made this style shine. A burst of spiciness comes on strong, giving slight suggestions of scallion and chive. Vague, but semi-sweet malt provides a light but solid backbone, something like lightly sweetened, raw, cookie dough. A small bitterness kicks in late palate providing a nice mild balance to the malt. Finishes clean.

M - Medium to light bodied, and on the low end of high carbonation. I think I want this beer crisper and lighter, but it's a tough call.

D - Damn good. Highly drinkable and not overly bland as seems to be par for the helles style. One of the most remarkable aspects of this brew is it's complete lack of wet dog and metallic flavors, something that I find always creeping into lagers and pale lagers especially. Well done.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Decent amount of visible floaters and cloudiness. Slightly hazy yellow body. Unlike other Weihenstephaners, the head didn't explode from the bottle. Poured a small one finger head with medium retention.

Smell - Grassy, mildly skunky, almost a very faint banana smell. Very powerful bouquet for a lager.

Taste - Slight honey finish. Very hidden grapefruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy mouthfeel for a lager, especially if you're used to American Adjuncts.

Drinkability - For a lager, a very good beer. Perhaps one of the best. Had to remind myself to rate within the style.

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Photo of S7R4nG3
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being less of a lager-person and sticking more to good dark ales, I was a bit weary of Weihenstephaner's Original, but as their flagship brew I knew it was a necessary drink!

A: Pour was a nice golden with minimal head allowing a nice amount of light to permeate, adhering to the style very well.

S: Aroma had a very nice yeasty maltiness with a slight citrus flavor and the great flowery hop character apparent in all good lagers.

T: Very light and refreshing, with a nice hop bitterness that balanced well with the nice malty character again adhering to the style perfectly.

M: Very nice carbonation giving it the very light refreshing character that aids the flavors while still coating nicely allowing one to fully embrace the flavor.

I didn't particularly care for this brew, simply because I have grown away from many lagers, but if I ever want an excellent German lager you can be sure I'll pick up some more!

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Photo of DogFood11
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with orange around the edges, nice pillowy white head that laces thin islands, supported by lethargic but plentiful carbonation. Crystal clear body.

Well balanced between the hop presence and a light malted counter. Grassy smell doesn't translate over to the taste. This brew has a zip to it that impresses and keeps it interesting. I think its the smashing carbonation clasing with the smooth, silky body. Nice match. Finishes with a lemony citrus cleansing.

Weihenstephaner beers have this subtle complexity which I cannot explain. I guess thats what happens when your the oldest active brewery in the world.

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Photo of vancurly
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a) White frothy head, leaves a decent sudsy head. Pale yellow, dark straw

s) Lovely aroma upon opening the bottle. Once in the glass, is fairly restrained, with a grassy note, some grain & bready malt. Unlike other lagers, no funk, no sulfur....perfectly fresh

t) Perfectly balanced lager. Herbal, green hop flavours, medium bitterness, slightly toasty pale malt. Crispbread.

m) Quite crisp, with a dry finish. Evenly balanced, and freshens the palate for more.

d) Very refreshing, covering many functions. An ideal thirst quencher, an ideal session beer, but also the perfect starting lager at a dinner party, in the finest glassware.

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Photo of brureview
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a translucent light golden color in a Pilsner glass with a 3 finger head. A beautiful looking beer.

Light fruit and malt wafted from the head.

Carbonation was mild and transitioned to the taste. This happens in a well balanced beer where the carbonation blends seamlessly into the taste.

Taste: fruit, malt and hops. A standout lager. Slight bitterness.

This is a world class beer. Easy to drink, yet complex.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy gold, two finger head.

S- Noble, spicy hops with a hint of malt sweetness.

T- Wonderfully light malt sweetness boasting just enough complexity to keep things interesting. The sweetness is kept in line by just right amount of noble hops, which further add to the complexity.

M- Perfect.

D- I'll prolly grab a sixer in the near future.

A very good example of the style. Also a great lawnmower beer with good complexity. Simply Wunderbar.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours like most lagers. Not much happening with the smell. Taste is very good. Crisp with just the right amount of hop, malt and all else. Sweet taste with a bitter bite that makes German lagers German. Could drink this all day. I wonder how this tastes in Germany?????

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dheacck11
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a beautiful gleaming clear yellow gold. 2 fingers of light fluffy white head fading slowly.

Nose is nice a light, hints of straw and grass, maybe just a little bit of lemon. Overall grain predominant.

Taste is wonderfully smooth. Some honey and lemon initially, followed by a simple but lively crisp maltiness. Finishes with a touch of dryness, but does not overwhelm the juice flowing throughout.

Body is a lovely medium thin. Lots of juice throughout. Quite refreshing.

Been reading about about Helles lagers over the last few days. This is a great example, and really a lovely, delightfully refreshing beer. Not my favorite style, but so good to have once in a while, and great for a session or on a hot day after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of chcmiller
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance on pour is wonderful. Very light color; very clear. It has a bright white three finger head that disapates quickly to steady, lacy thin head. The aroma is sweet, citrus, yet rather earthy. The taste is not strong; but somewhat hoppy. Finishes very clean and somewhat dry, leaving me eager for another. The feel is very smooth and pleasant, not thin. Carbonation is rather high, but pleasant. This beer is very drinkable, one of my favorites so far.

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Photo of Nucleosynthesis
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of henryclay_
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Prospero
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,323 ratings
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