Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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

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#2,241
Reviews:
913
Ratings:
2,351
pDev:
11.98%
Bros Score:
4.51
 
 
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Photo of FreeMoney14
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another great offering from this legendary brewery. It is a great Helles lager and has German characteristics written all over it. Fluffy white head, lacing for days, a noticeable but not over powering hops flavor, and most importantly great/easy to drink. This is my first time having this beer and it will not be the last. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml bottle into glass. Label stamping for dates is '5437 16:09:28'.
Body is very clear, pale straw color. White pillowy head settles to thicker cap. Extensive lacing.
Bready aroma, with fruity hops. No esters, minimal spice.
Taste is bready malt, and fruity/floral hops. Very balanced.
Thinner mouth feel, but it's a lager. Very slight bite at the back end, but balanced by malts and hops.
A very sessionable beer. One sip leads to another, no taste fatigue.

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Photo of jondoeworks
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SFC21
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teslagod6
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottvanbelois
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of YoungMtn52
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden billowy pour with a thick cloud of bright white head leads to a crisp but mild hops flavor and light, bready finish. I like this brew...will buy it again.

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Photo of chriswjr
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jonmbell
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a moderate, soapy, bright white foam with good retention. Medium light, bready, pilsner malt aromas with faint earthy hop aromas. No esters. Medium light bodied with medium carbonation and a light creamy feel through the middle. Medium malty and bready flavors up front followed by medium light hop bitterness through the middle. Light, earthy, herbal hop flavors from the middle to the end. Finished crisply and dryly with light bready notes. Beautiful in appearance, delicate malt and herbal hop characters, perfectly balanced with an incredible crisp clean finish. The quintessential helles lager. Easy drinking and very refreshing.

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Photo of SBlobaum
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArnoldBlumenthal
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Devonking
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 123321123321
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rindir
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ben1313
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drumpf
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Great German session beer.

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Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a top notch lager. One of the best out there.

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Photo of joe1510
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle
$3.49
Binny's Montgomery, IL

Weihenstephaner's Original is one of the better looking beers that I have seen in a while. The 24kt gold body absolutely glows in the glass. Clarity is at or near 100% while singular, large bubbles mosey to the surface. The foam is soapy and craggy after easily forming on the pour. A finger plus of clean white crown. When you think of of "beer" this is the beer that you are picturing in your head.

The nose is clean and crisp with a near perfect roundness. Fresh cracked grain starts it off and is the main driving force. A soft sweetness adds some depth before a well rounded floral note wraps it up. That floral quality is met with a faint herbalness and a squeeze of lemon. My mouth is watering.

The flavor is exactly as the nose described. It's freshly plucked and cracked grain off the bat. A soft cereal grain sweetness pops up in the middle with that soft, complimentary floral hoppiness. A squeeze of lemon brightens up the finish. This beer has the perfect balance and it so well rounded and soft that it's a pure joy to drink.

The body sits squarely between light and moderate. There is a plushness present that is almost unrivaled. Carbonation is undetectable, you can tell it's there by the movement but not by the feel. It's an incredibly soft beer. Drinkability is off the charts high.

Weihenstephaner Original is one of the better beers I have had in a long time. I had forgotten the greatness of this beverage over the years. It's plush, clean, crisp, and all around perfectly well made. While the drinkability is sky high it's best to sit back and slowly enjoy the perfect simplicity of each sip.

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Photo of rabbott2
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Redneckwine
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into tulip

Look - Looks about like any other light lager, light golden and crystal clear. Poor head retention mostly, but a wispy cap remains for the long haul. I do like how little carb bubbles float to the surface though.

Smell - It's a struggle to get much aroma off this beer, but what's there is light, sweet, clean and a bit doughy. Grassy and a whiff of sulfur.

Taste - A flavor explosion compared to the smell, it's the smell times 100: Sweet doughy malt up front, very crisp and clean, hopping is modest but definitely noticeable: grassy mostly and a bit herbal. A sort of light, fruity grape essence permeates the experience. Mild, drying bitterness balances things out perfectly in the finish. Finish is pretty long with flavor compared to an average pils.

Feel - Very, very smooth medium-light body. Carb is moderate and tight. Crisp and clean to the max, the descriptor "crushable" comes to mind immediately.

Overall - So crisp, so clean, so smooth, and so much flavor. This beer does not disappoint. I could enjoy one of these any time, any day of the year. It just tastes "classic" and incredibly refined. Stellar lager.

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Photo of SpaethJam
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From the 550 ml. bottle marked 5077-12:06:49. Sampled on November 14, 2017.

Bright sunlight yellow pour underneath a lingering white foamy head. Lacing while it fades.

Enticing aroma of white toast, dough, biscuit, sweet pale malts, grass, and lemon zest.

The mouthfeel is light to medium but very smooth on the palate.

The taste has a wonderful biscuit and bread sweetness to start with a clean, crisp mild to moderate bitterness to finish. Just a wonderful beer all around.

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 2,351 ratings
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