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.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my new Weihenstephaner glass. Great fluffy white head that leaves super lacing. Body is a clear golden color.

Light aroma of yeast and slight note of hops.

Tasty flavor. Best lager I've ever had, bar none.

So easy to drink. A must have for lovers of this style.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light goldenrod with a large, stiff head that resembles meringue on top of a pie. A foamy, bulged cap sustains itself throughout, laying down some nice sudsy waves and sheets of lace.

S: A pleasant aroma consisting of light grainy malts, lemon, and grassy/herbal hops. The lemony aroma is quite impressive and adds a nice summery dynamic.

T&M: Flavor is of sweet grainy/bready malts, faint lemon and a slight grassy hop taste. Nothing too bold or complicated, but still a mightily refreshing, tasty brew. The body is light with a crisp carbonation and clean, lightly sweet finish.

D: My second beer from this brewery, and it's simply outstanding. I think I have found my quintessential summer session brew. It went down in three large gulps after the few initial sips it took to assess flavor.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is bright yellow and clear, lots of foam and nice lacing. Smells of light citrus and mild hops very faint overall. Taste is very crisp and light, nice clean citrus with mild malt and easy finish. I would consider this a very neat beer, nothing over the top but very well done and very refreshing. Never let down having this beer, always a fun drinking experience.

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Photo of scootny
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beautifully clear golden straw color. A dense and initially creamy head fills the top of my weiss glass. ( I accidentally grabbed this instead of the hefe ). The head eventually thins to soapy consistency and then a froth that covers the top of the beer as I drink. Decent lacing all the way down.

The smell is sweet malt, honey, grains and floral hops. Faint and delicate. A little corn and mustiness as well.

Taste is like the nose. Crisp but delicately malty. Sweet honey and light hops in the finish. A little banana and light biscuit/breadyness on the tongue as well. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is perfect . Light and delicate in carbonation and on the tongue. It's like the beer is kissing you in a dream.

Drinkability is beyond rating. You can spend days at the bar or wherever ( the backyard grill comes to mind ) drinking this and never want for anything else.

An excellent session beer and one to give those who may not like beer or only drink macro crud. Just wonderful.

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Photo of drtth
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear bright yellow color with a 1" foamy, finely bubbled white head that recedes slowly. Sipping creates patches and arches of leggy lacing.

The aromas are spicy grassy, herbal hops backed up by some nice pale malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the herbal, grassy spicy hops blending nicely with and being backed up the by sweetness of the malt flavors.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and both smooth and crisp form the reasonably active, finely bubbled carbonation. The medium length finish begins as all the flavors being to fade with the malt sweetness and other flavors disappearing first to leave some light herbal, grassy bitterness from the hops.

Very nice beer that I'd be happy to have again. It is on my list of lagers to have when found fresh and I look forward to having it again.

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a .5l bottle bought from the Park Slope Food Coop.

A: Clear golden and shimmering. Thick white head. A perfect looking helles.

S: Matly and sweet aromas.

T: Malty and bready. Sweet aftertaste, so good!

M: Very smooth. Light to medium bodied.

D: Extremely drinkable. All day long...

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Photo of Burt
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall Weizen Glass.

Golden yellow and clear, thick white head that dispersed quickly and left little lacing.

Sweet malt with a little citrus.

Slightly sweet up front, middle turns biscuit and malty, end is clean and crisp with a tiny bit of bitterness.

Great beer, lots of flavor. I could drown in a vat of this and die happy.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
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 BadBadger
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yum. An amazing and delightful refreshment: nice and crisp. Picked a growler of this up at Half Time beer store. It pours a light golden color, with a foamy white head. Smells faintly sweet. The taste is very understated and pleasant, simple yet delightful. A near perfect lager. And a definite session beer for a hot sweaty night. Search out and enjoy.

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Photo of generalnotsew
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice big frothy fat head. About as clear sunny yellow I have ever seen. Good looking for the style.

S: Nice zesty zingy lemony scent. Smells a lot like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

T: Kind of a weaker version of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale but not far off at all. Citrusy lemon with a nice malt backbone.

M: Exceptional. Very frothy and highly carbonated which is good for the style.

D: This part is thru the roof. I have never had a beer so drinkable. If I ever go to the sun this is what I will take with me.

I thought I was getting the Hefeweizen. This was a nice surprise. Wish I had gotten a whole six pack now. This is a very tasty and satisfying beer. I will try to have this many times again.

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Photo of wrightst
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The world's oldest brewery! What an extraordinary claim to fame! Brewing beer since 1040, this Bavarian brewery makes a range of quality, interesting beers. Like most older German brewers, they make a lot of noise about following the Reinheitsgebot, that fabled bad idea that fans of German beers still claim as a 'purity law'. That old law of 1517 was enacted on behalf of German bakers concerned about competition from brewers for wheat. Like many half-baked laws in societies the world over, why they didn't just pass a law saying "wheat is for bread, not beer" we may never know. Since then, it's morphed grotesquely into a purity law. Thankfully, German brewers managed to make good beer in spite of the law. Readers of this site probably know that the law was officially repealed in 1987. Weihenstephaner's "original premium" has a crisp, clean and light-bodied great taste. It pours light golden with a foamy white head. It's aroma and taste are good clean malt and mild hop. Drinkers of the beer axis of evil (you know the giants) should give this style and this brand a try. It's a very refreshing, every day kind of beer that can satisfy those afraid of the dark, but with enough complexity for people who find little interest in cars that only turn left.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a thick two finger head that slowly dissipates to almost nothing after five minutes. Carbonation is medium, the beer itself is a clear, pale yellow, looks exactly like buweiser or PBR.

The nose is at first almost musty, but with a slightly sweet, malty backbone that really becomes apparent after a few moments. The beer tastes quite light, there is a definite malty sweetness to this beer. It isn't sweet in the sickly sort of way in the manner of a BMC, but there is a malty toastiness there.

I am not a big lager fan in general, but this is a delightful beer. Shows you what a traditional munich hells is suppsosed to be! Very nice, I would try it again.

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Photo of DoShek
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured into a footed pilsner glass with two fingers of white head that dissipates quickly, light straw color, very clear, leaves almost no lacing on the glass

Aroma - light maltiness, grassy and floral hop aroma

Taste - very light almost honey-like sweetness, grassy hops at the end, dry finish, slight metallic twang

Mouthfeel - smooth and light, lively carbonation on the palate, crisp

Drinkability - wish I had more, a great example of why Germany is known for lagers

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Photo of Ohiolager
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

weihenstephaner original premium 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)

11.2 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass. no fresh by or D.O.B.

this beer pours nice pale yellow, close to light gold. leaves a nice two finger head that doesn't stay around long, but gives way to severe rings of sticky lacing. as a thin layer of head remains on top.

the smell is that of apples, honey, a touch of grapes, all while a crisp note of noble hops lingers over your nose. uber inviting.

the taste mimics the smell. at first a touch of sweet fruits, followed by a crisp hit of noble hops, then it finishes a little dry but not as much as a German pilsner and not as much as hofbrau.

mouth feel is light, but that's OK. it feels just right. not over carbonated and is very crisp and refreshing. leaves you wanting another.

overall this is a must have. its drink ability is superior, tastes better than it smells and it's from the worlds oldest brewery. for an import, top that! my new favorite helles Munich lager move over hofbrau.

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Photo of rkinsella
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at a charming German restaurant in Stillwater Minnesota.

Appearance: Light yellow color, very light haze with visible carbonation. Nice foamy 1" head with great lacing all the way down the glass on all sides!

Smell: Very clean. Mellow and malty with just a note of sweetness and lemon.

Taste: Crisp, balanced, nice neutral aftertaste. Overall light and very tasty!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, lighter weight, nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: The taste got even better as the beer warmed slightly. And the last sip was as tasty as the first. The neutral aftertaste was the best surprise with this beer. Not only would I drink another, but I could easily switch to another style. I would say this is the ultimate summertime beer that would go with anything.

This is probably my new light lager of choice. Good thing the restaurant that has it on tap is only 15 minutes away:)

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Photo of Mojo
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours up a crystal clear pale amber with about two fingers worth of head and a little bit of lacing. The nose is bread, earthiness, and sweet apples. Mouthfeel is close to perfect with just the right amount of carbonation. Taste is fairly mild, but complex just the same. An understated sweetness giving way to an understated bitterness on the finish and no lingering aftertaste. I've had this bottle for a couple of months and just kept passing it over. It is easily one of the finest offering I have tasted as of late.

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Photo of rabsten
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp, clean, clear. Prototypical German lager. Bright, clear golden pour, white and fluffy head with lacing. Can read a newspaper through the body. Clean, light sweet malt aroma. Bright, slightly bitter flavor with bready after notes. Crisp mouthfeel without getting too dry. Very nice.

I won't get it often but will enjoy it when I do.

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Photo of cpmau11
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a bottle into a stella glass. Poured perfectly with a 1 and half inch head. Clear golden color, head stays fairly prominent through most of the beer. This beer taste amazing. It's one of my favorite bavarian style helles lager. You can truley taste the hallertau hops that they have been using for hundreds of years. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and light. Truely meant to be enjoyed out of a liter mug or tall style glass. The only other bavarian style lager that rivals this one is Augustiner.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Been a long time since I had this one, but with it being easily accessible and popping up on my radar again recently, what the heck, I needed something good. Bottle served cold and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 08/09/2010.

Pours out a wonderfully carbonated pale amber color with a huge and towering head of white foam that just sticks to the sides of the glass with great retention. It craters out after a little while, but still, very, very solid look here overall with a light haze that lets me know this is a lively beer.

Aroma is light, bananas, cloves, touches of light grains and a nice and well rounded breadiness that seems to bring it a very nice balance to the profile. Warming brings hints of light grasses, a touch of an herbal feel to it and a nice and well rounded light fruit note. Crisp, clean, refreshing and smooth, that is really all you need to know here. The flavor is wonderfully balanced as a crisp and clean light grassy flavor washes across first, smooth with hints of cloves and herbal touches that give it that little bit extra. Light hops in the finish provide a gentle drying and the overall balance is very well defined. So clean and easy drinking it is impossible to have just one and this goes down simply like water.

Overall one of the best, and easily the most solid lagers you could ask for. Easily accessible and deserved of a place in everyone's fridge.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: clear golden straw yellow. 2 finger frothy white head that hangs around

s: sweet caramel malts, lemongrass, slightly earthy bitterness, a hint of dry crackers

t: those sweet malts upfront, followed by a big hit of freshly baked bread. there is a faint earthy (noble) hop presence in here that does not so much add bitterness, as it keeps the malt from becoming too sweet. on the back you pick up a little of that lemongrass and grains. extremely smooth

m: on the fuller side of light. carbonation is normal - not too high

o: one of the smoothest beers you can drink. sweet, crisp, refreshing, with a real clean flavor. I have never had a bad beer from Weihenstephaner, and this one is no exception

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Photo of Gauss
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers I've ever had. It's feel is incredible. So smooth, and tasty. The wheat is prominent in the best kind of way. If you find it, try this beer!

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Review was done by pouring a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass
Appearance: Light golden in color as well as clean and clear. Head measures about 2 fingers when initially poured but dissipates quickly. It's what a lager is expected to look like.
Smell: Very clean smell. Subtle bread/yeast aroma.
Taste: Similar to the aroma, with hints of bread. Very clean tasting, as expected from a great lager. No skunky flavor at all.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied beer with light amount of carbonation that goes down extremely easily.
Overall: In my opinion, this beer is the quintessential lager. If you are looking for a clean tasting lager, then definitely try this beer.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a bottle into a Pilsner glass. Pretty light yellow color, inch thick creamy head. Not a lot of lacing.

Not a strong smelling beer, but more typical of a lager.

Taste was very light and refreshing. Some malt, some hops to balance, but overall a very mild tasting brew.

LIght and refreshing mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated but not overdone.

Extremely drinkable. I could definitely drink a lot of these in a row, especially out on a hot summer day.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found this 1 pint and .9 ounce bottle at my local grocery store on their discontinued shelf and thought since it was on sale I'd give it a try.

A-It pours a nice clear golden color with a nice white head.

S-The nose is nothing overpowering, but smells malty with a nice spicy hop aroma.

T- It tastes similar to the smell. It has an exceptional balance with a nice slightly spicy hoppy bitterness throughout. This beer finishes fairly clean with no real lasting aftertaste, which I like.

M-Slightly carbonated, not too thin or to thick, just about right.

D-This beer is highly drinkable and would recommend it to anyone.

Overall, this is my first Munich Helles Lager that I know of and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I cannot say enough about this beer's balance. It is very easy drinking and I hope to drink more in the future.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into pilsner!

Three finger off-white head, vigorous carbonation!

Smells of fruit, barley, yeast, bread, and hop.

Tastes, fruit, citrus, barley, yeast, breads, and a bitter finish

Mouthfeel: thinner

Overall, not a bad beer at all! I strongly endorse this one. This is the kind of beer you want on a summer afternoon.

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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