Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,313 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.

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Photo of americancontrarian
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 500ml bottle
Glass: Pilsner glass
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif., on Jan. 5, 2013
Price: $3.49
Misc.: Part of the bottle reads “Brewed under the purity law, of 1516.”

Poured a pale golden clear color with 3-4 fingers of frothy white head. Average lacing. Above average retention.

Smelled skunky malts, including corn, cereal (Cheerios), hay, bread, honey and grass.

Tasted a lot smoother and lighter than the smell. Got corn, Cheerios, honey grass and a bit of lemon.

Light-to-medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. Clean and refreshing.

Not a bad beer, I guess my first of the kind, although it reminded me more of a light lager than anything else. Weihenstephaner is just so good. I’m 3-for-3 now with two more to drink in my fridge.

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Photo of socon67
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a light lager but wait, there's favor, and no skunky smell. Did somebody forget the corn, rice and green/clear bottles? Looks straw yellow and smells of pale, slightly bready/biscuity malts. Taste is sweet with a slighty citrus bitter edge. This reminds me of many other euro and macro lagers, but only in the sense that they tried to be this beer, but messed thigns up along the way. Best lighter lager I've had to date, a pleasure to drink on a hot day.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden yellow body with a bright white head on top. A fair amount of sticky lace clings to the glass.

Floral hops overlay a delicate malt aroma. Grainy and a bit doughy and rounded out by a fair bit of peppery spice.

Malts come through on the palate with a strong cereal grain note before the spice of the Noble hops comes in. Notes of honey and lemongrass can also be detected.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, and light bodied making for a very refreshing beverage. Overall, these Germans are onto something here with such a refreshing and easy drinking beer. Would love to have this one fresh from the source.

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Photo of billyshears
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - 1+ finger foam; straw color with complete clarity.
s - Grains, light hops, a bit of sweetness
t- Subtly sweet lemon, grassy flavor. Light malts compliment well; hops linger a tiny bit on the back end.
m+d - Light mouthfeel with significant carbonation; very crisp, which works well for the style. Quite drinkable.

My father doesn't like my beers because they "taste like flowers." I was able to turn him on to this though. I generally dislike lagers (well, American adjuncts), but a great lager.

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Photo of Benish
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RTitus
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very excited to see this in the grocery store because with the temperature rising I have been craving more crisp lagers. Twelve ounce bottles brown (other German brewers take note).

Poured a pretty light gold, very clear and natural looking. Thin white head that dissipated leaving a cap for a few minutes. Lots of bubbles, this looks like a great thirst quencher.

I did not get much smell off this one at first, but as I drank I started to notice a little bread and a hint of something citrus.

The taste is where this brew shines. A perfect crisp beginning with a little lemon and a sweet without adjunct bread. Bitter and sour are balanced so well. This is just excellent and shows how the style should be, why can't the macros make beer at least close to this.

So far this beer has just been an upgraded version of what most people think of as "beer", but the mouthfeel on this sets it into a category of its own. A brisk carbonation and a grainy mouthfeel gives this beer a substantive distinction. I have to say the graininess was a suprise but I liked it. It melds with the carbonation well. This beer also has a dry finish that keeps you sipping.

On a sad side note, I offered one of these to a friend, who tasted it and said "Wow thats good, tastes just like Miller High Life." I just stared at him.

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Photo of jaluria
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden-yellow color with a frothy white head. Medium-high carbonation. Aromas of malt, honey, and hops. The flavor is dominated by sweet malt with a crisp juicy texture, slightly chewy. Hops and malt are well balanced. Honey and light fruit flavors upfront, with bread and malt flavors in the finish. Overall, this is enjoyable and an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear golden yellow color with a bubbly white head that left some good lacing.

S - bitter, earthy hop and lemon peel aroma.

T - sweet malts and bitter hops are very well balanced.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

D - very easy to drink a few of these.

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Photo of ADZA
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale straw colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head with nice lacing,it has a really nice honeycomb,rice pudding aroma to it with some hops noticeable aswell,it has an above average mouthfeel with nice hints of real malty,malty hops and a nice creamy finish,a very nice beer thats very easy to drink and could drink all night.

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Photo of Guzzler78
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a transparent golden straw appearance. Small head with minimal lacing. Finely carbonated-nice bubbles!
Smells somewhat sweet. Spicy notes from the hops.
Tastes and finishes nice and crisp. Very well balanced beer-some bitterness balanced with sweet malt flavors. Some lemon zest comes through as well
Fells nice bubbly and smooth in the mouth.
Could drink more than a few of these at a sitting.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: A crystal clear, golden yellow beer with a two finger satin white head that laces the glass well.

Aroma: Dried hay and honey, mild notes of green apples and smoky, toasted biscuits.

Taste: Sweet with flavors of cotton candy and honey. Vague flavors of green apple tarts and fresh baked bread. Subtle, very tame flavors of bitter, floral Saaz hops in the background to complement the sweetness. A very clean, refreshing taste.

Feel: Dry and saccharine. Medium bodied. Moderately carbonated. Crisp, but not exactly ""bubbly"" or overtly fizzy.

Overall: Would love to be able to travel to the brewery one day and sample this fresh.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a massive four fingers of frothy head, which reduced rather slowly. The colour itself is very pale straw, looks only slightly carbonated.

Smell - 3.5
Actually smells quite like a shandy, a real lemonade scent. Otherwise I can smell sweet malt and a little hops, although the overall smell is quite mild.

Taste - 4.0
Wow, this goes down so easily! The first surprise is how sweet the beer is, although it does not taste overly malty. Flavours include bread and a bit of lemon. The finish is slightly hoppy and bitter, and very fresh. Nothing extraordinary here, but the freshness really prevails.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Feels a little watery at first, then thickens before it goes down. Carbonation is low, perhaps a little lower than preferable for this kind of beer, but then most are over-carbonated so this is a welcome change if anything.

Drinkability - 4.5
Considering I have never seen this on tap anywhere, I would hesitate to call it a session beer. However the alcohol is moderate and it goes down extremely easily, even for a lager. Not hugely interesting though, so I'm not craving a second.

OVERALL - 3.95
As of now, this is probably the finest lager I have ever tasted. The freshness and lack of skunky tastes put it leagues ahead of most mainstream lagers. The price is on the high side, but not unreasonable considering the quality. There are certainly more interesting German beers out there, but this one reeks of quality and makes for very enjoyable drinking.

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Photo of scaryguy4u
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of theopholis
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a brilliant clear yellow/gold color, with a huge fluffy, rocky white head, nice lacing on the glass too. Excellent head retention.

Smell- Aromas are quite grainy, slightly malty. A hint of bittering hops with some lemon zest.

Taste- Nice and crisp, very refreshing. Finishes dry, but not tannany. No strong flavors, but very nice subtlety and balance. Very refreshing

and god carboantion.

Overall, this is really good. This is a super refreshing and thirst qunecher

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Photo of bmwats
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hay colored hue. Pours a giant, foamy, white head. Pervasive rising effervescence. Craters slowly leaving plenty of dry residue behind as it does. Lots of dry, sticky, beer ring lacing. Head continually renews.

S: Hay, grass, yeast, and sourdough.

T: Tastes like smells. Well-balanced with a bit of lemon zest.

M: Light body, crisp, and pristine. Lingering touch of bitterness. Very well constructed.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is excellent. Giant head, effervescence is pervasive, tons o' lacing. Nose is hay, grass, and traditional bready components. Well-balanced light combination of bread and lemon citrus. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of CassieLester
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dzu
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,313 ratings.
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