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Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

871 Reviews
Weihenstephaner OriginalWeihenstephaner Original

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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 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 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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Photo of erz316
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in Brooklyn Brewery pokal glass

A - a pale yellow with a slight haze, bubbles coming up from the bottom (very persistent), and a white head lacing some lacing.

S - the most obvious note to pick up on is the wheat; this makes the base notes which allow the zest of the hops to contrast in a really nice and noticeable way and the and some zesty element.

T - the swallowing of the beer lets one notice the crisp intensity of the carbonation and also the dryness of the alcohol, something not apparent from just holding the beer in my mouth. the finish culminates in a wheaty-booze-ness that is great, while the aftertaste is quick to fade but is a faint (and i do mean FAINT) hint of the orange zest from the hops.

MF&D - I think I should mention I am drinking this at about 3 in the afternoon, I couldn't wait untill 5, (as my sister says, "its always 5 o'clock somewhere!") therefore I find this beer amazingly easy and pleasing to drink. though a bit thick, I do not find this to be a detriment, only it holds it back from being perfect for this style. Though the consistency is really great for a beer, and does indeed make me want to drink it all night.

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Photo of Morris729
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden straw color with a puffy white head that quickly fades into a thin creamy lace. Nose is sweet cake-like malts with a bit of fresh cut lemon. Light to medium in body with a lively and crisp texture. Taste is sweet malt, lightly toasted bread, and fresh baked biscuits followed by some wonderful nutty yeasts and herbal hops with a touch of lemon. One of the finest lagers in the world.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Perfectly clear, light gold color. Medium sized white foam head, slowly dissipating to a thin film. The aroma carries a grainy, hay-like maltiness with a touch of lemon zest. Very clean and well-rounded, with a faint sweetness.

Clean taste of biscuity malt, paired with a moderately bitter hoppiness that complements it well. With a hint of lemon and a dry grassiness it speaks of long summer days. The body is light but holds up well with a decent push from the carbonation.

I'm not sure why I have avoided this beer for so long, but it truly is a world class lager. Clean, yet flavorful, with an amazing drinkablility. You can't go wrong here...

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

12 oz. bottle tried 15 Mar 2009. Bottle looks very similar to the picture but with 'Original Premium' in the main label instead of 'Original'.

Poured in 0.4 L BBK stein. Large foamy stark white head. Medium carbonation. Bright almost neon yellow, slightest hint of haze. Aroma of light malt, lemon, mineral. Lightly malty, somewhat lemony. Faint bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste is malty sweet. Light body and alcohol.

Refreshing and easy to drink, very well done.

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Photo of Chris_Mills92
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great looking lager! Bright and golden.
Smell: Very mild but a bit like opening a loaf of bread. Once I noticed it though I couldn't seem to smell the beer anymore.
Taste: A little lemon and I noticed what to me was coriander but from other reviews a lot of people notice pepper so I think it was right in between on that note.
Feel: Slightly dry with a bubliness at the lips that didn't reach the tongue. Pretty refreshing.
Overall: Best Lager? Very Possibly! I'll have to try some other for a good side by side comparison but the beer is amazing.

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Photo of PsychoJedi
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Will you smell that! So much what a good German beer should smell like! Traditional golden look, but maybe a tat on the lighter side. The head is something else foaming up nice a thick and high that makes you say, "yum!" Taste is a little lacking from my usual German brand. Grading apples to apples, German beer should have a little more flavor. But it goes down extra smooth. You can chug this beer, but should a German beer be like that? Notably, it's the world's oldest brewery, though that is likely misleading since it is likely not made the same way as in the year 1040. It's more likely a marketing ploy. The beer seems to be like it's competing with American Lagers instead of German Lagers.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Talk about tasting something "again for the first time." This is one of the first real Germans I tried (after the obligatory Beck's) and thought it was good. But I really didn't appreciate how good until years later, drinking it again as an experienced (IMHO) BA. The color is nice, somewhat cloudy pale yellow; with a fresh, subtle malt/hops in the nose. Thinner mouthfeel, but very nice taste that balances the pale malt flavor with a distinctly fruity or citrus (?) hops flavor that makes it extremely refreshing to drink. According to a German wine lover I know, the taste is reminiscent (if subtlely so) of a crisp German Riesling Kabinett. Very good--and something that I've served to BAs and "macro" lovers alike, with equal rave reviews. Truly a universally popular German helles.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A = Bright clear pale gold color, small lacey bright white head with good retention, heavy lacing on glass as head recedes.

S = light smells of fresh grain fields, honey, yeast. Very refreshing after a hot day outside.

T = Great balance between noble hops flavors and sweet subdued malt. This is a nice light yet flavorful lager.

M = Light to light-medium body, decent mouthcoating, perfect carbonation level and feel.

D = Very good drinkability, a nice light lager that is just a pleasing light lager.

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Photo of marc77
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden in hue and crystal clear as expected for a well - lagered brew. The white head settles into a moderate layer that leaves a respectable lace. Soft grainy malt notes, with a mellow, well rounded sweetness in aroma. The hop nose is mild, but green and herbal Hersbrucker is perceptible. Grainy, light bread and butter - like notes comprise the initial malt flavors, and residual pleasant and well calculated sweetness follows. The hop bitterness is quite low, yet it provides enough foundation to prevent overbearing sweetness. This brew finishes expectedly sweet, but hop bitterness and lightly toasty Vienna malt emerge on the back on the tongue. Weihenstephaner Original is a superbly balanced brew, and is a definitive example of the style.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with a decent head.

Aroma of pale malts and hints of fruit shine through.

Crisp and flavorful. Juicy, fruity characteristics (apple, maybe?) are hinted at, citrus bursting through the middle. Cracker-like aftertaste. Surprisingly full-bodied.

Another wonderful beverage from Weihenstephan. I can't get enough of their beers.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear, very light straw colored body with a huge, fluffy white head.

Fresh grain with a bright, herbal, floral pop on the nose. Uniquly pleasing.

Flavors are soft and inviting. Grainy, crackery malt flavors, light honey notes, peppery, floral hops leave a faint touch on the finish.

One of the smoothest, creamiest lagers you will ever have.

The flavors may be simple, but this is a nearly perfect lager and a nother example of what makes Weihenstephaner so amazing. It looks great, it smells wonderful, the flavor is simple but very balanced, perfect mouthfeel and I want to drink it all night. What else can you ask for?

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Photo of BarrelO
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Light straw-colored gold color with a nice fluffy head.

S: Malty sweetness, lemony citrus, noble hops.

T: Amazing. Light sweet bready malt, lemony, grassy. Just a kiss of the hops, as another brewery once said.

M: Light and smooth.

D: An outstanding beer that never fails to impress. This is about as good as it gets when it comes to pale lagers.

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 871 ratings.
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