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Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding
879 Reviews
Weihenstephaner OriginalWeihenstephaner Original
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
879
Ratings:
2,244
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
19.85%
 
 
Wants:
190
Gots:
366
For Trade:
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Reviews: 879 | Ratings: 2,244
Photo of GimpyCane
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For several months now I've been indulging myself with IPA, DIPA, Stouts, IRS, Porters, and Pale Ales. This weekend I decided to try some German lagers such as this one. Poured a clear blond hue with a small frothy one inch white head. The head last throughout the drink and left a good amount of lacing. The aroma was faint yet my wife and I got a whiff coliander, light sweet bread, fresh cut hay and strangely enough clean barnyard (weird). The flavor was lightly malty sweet from start to finish, nice fizzy carbonation, clean and crisp. Overall, we like this brew alot and glad we picked it up. The drinkability is easy and very refreshing.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very light, clean, minimaly vibrant gold with a variety of bubbles at different speeds moving towards the top. Head is white and sudsy with cavernous bubbles through out the mass.

S: Corn pops, cooked vegetables, little bit of copper coin and banana.

T: Calcium carbonate like flavor right off the get go. Noble hops and slow lagered malts add the trademark German taste. Moves towards some metallic moments leaning towards the copper side. Finishes with a grassy flavor sort of like green tea.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel but a bit prickly.

D: This is a session beer that goes well with almost any food. That said, there is nothing profound about this beer which will enable it to stand out in my mind.

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Photo of GregBrewski
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This one complements my Weihenstephan 0.5 glass very nicely. It pours a light golden color with a thick white head that leaves some lacing. It smells sweet, of malt and honey. Tastes sweet as well, not too sweet though. The malt and honey type taste are evident, so are the slight hint of hops. This is a very light and crisp brew. Very easily drinkable.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger white head that fades to a ring leaving no lace. Clear amber color. Light bodied and light carbonation. Nose is lemony. Starts with some sweetness, mild flavor, hoppy/lemon finish. $2.99 for a 500ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City,IA.

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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 jdoherty
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very typical Bavarian beer, a better than average lager

A: Golden yellow color with a head which rises and dissipates very quickly. Very transparent color as well

S: Very faint smelling, although it is in accordance with purity laws so there are only 4 things in there.

T; Tastes a slightly malty flavor with the carbonation somewhere closer to flat than bubbly

M: Extremely smooth taste, as light as a beer can be.

D: What can I say, its very drinkable, but nothing special

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Photo of thefenst
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark straw with a similar color head.
Smells like most lagers do.
Taste is mainly malts, and the aftertaste is almost that of a red wine. Interesting.
Mouthfeel is sweet, almost syrupy. With that being said, however, the beer retains a crispness due to the level of carbonation.
I normally like ales better than lagers, but this one was surprisingly drinkable.
Recommended, but I like Weihenstephaner's wheat beers better.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a pale golden color, with a foamy white head that dissapates fairly quickly but laces nicely, a little bit of champagne like carbonation bubbles rising through the glass

S- faint malty sweet smell, little bit of caramel smell there, light hop aroma present, but not very

T- nice refreshing malty sweetness, with a good clean hoppy bitterness at the finish

M- good carbonation, nice tingley mouthfeel, light-medium body

D- exceptionally drinkable, goes down super easy, tastes good, would be even better off tap, a reasonably priced (about 2.50 for a bomber) session beer, would buy/recomend

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Photo of Dizzy
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pourks pale yellow with white head which dissipates quickly. Not a strong aroma, faint malts. Flavor is malty sweetness balanced nicely with hop flavor and bitterness. Medium-thin mouthfeel with a very clean finish. This would be a great session beer, but price is a little prohibitive. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a Wehenstephaner glass with German-like accuracy. If the glass were 1/2 of an inch shorter, I'd need to pour, let the head settle, then pour again. Nope. One shot precision.
A clear, straw-like body with a fluffy, bright white head. Really pretty beer.
The smell is so much better than the Spaten Lager, Hacker-Pshorr Lager or Warsteiner. This has a floral hoppy aromatic to it with a malty backbone hidden beneath.
The taste is super crisp and clean. Sweet, but with a nicely balanced bittering behind it. Again, you can taste the hops that your nose alerted you to.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy, moderately carbonated.
Drinkability is dangerous.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours golden yellow with good carbonation (this brewery really knows how to make a beer look good). The white head is abundant, and this looks like the most typical lager in the world.

Smell: I love caramel aroma in lagers, and thi scombines with honey and sweet malted barley to be pretty fantastic. It also has an airy aroma from the hops.

Taste: Bitter malted barley and what I'm guessing are noble hops (correct me if I'm wrong), combine with a slightly bready taste to make this a tad better than average.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and well carbonated, this beer is nice, but a little too bitter.

Drinkability: This seems like a standard lager, but it's still much better than the american macro version, but I still don't love it.

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. The bottle was marked with the brewery code "1056". Not sure what that corresponds to, but the place from which I bought it has a pretty high turnover.

Appearance: Clear, medium yellow, with a big white head. Head drops quickly to next to nothing.

Smell: Fairly weak smell. A little bit of sweetness with some citrusy and grassy notes.

Taste: Smooth, goes down really easily with just a little sweetness on the tail end. After you have had a few sips, you start to pick up some of the bop bitterness, but it is not very pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Fairly high carbonation level, enough after putting up an impressive head.

Drinakbility: Just what you look for in a lager of this type. Nice blend if flavors without anything being too forward.

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Photo of therica
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice yellow with a huge foamy sloshy near-white slurpy head in a clean stein. I'm surprised to read that some others experienced otherwise.

Smell-- not much, other than hints of beer.

Taste-- a bit more watery than I was expecting, but a good lightweight flavor all-around. Mild malts, mild flowery hops, very mild bitter.

Mouthfeel-- again, a bit watery yet floral with only a mild malt & hops reminder. A slightly flat finish with a mix of the taste, but one that I appreciated and enjoyed for a few minutes.

Very drinkable. One that I hope to find on-tap some day and will probably find it even more drinkable in-session.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served from a pint+ bottle at a Des Moines coffeehouse. There were three artists exhibiting their work and a live pianist making for a nice atmosphere, but the E. European owners stock mostly pilseners or lagers and the occasional American-brewed ale in their small beer fridge.

Looks very inviting and pleasant. Active head lapping up the side of the pint glass - 2+ fingers that receded as the beer disappeared. Smell was a little underwhelming, a bit grainy but not much going on here.

Taste was likewise a little boring. Very little distinguishing flavor - could have been a Radegast as easily as a Red Stripe. The mouthfeel was very thin, nothing springing out at the drinker. The high drinkability score comes from the fact that you feel like you could drink a case of these.

Possibly skewed because I'm an 'ale' person, but I thought if anyone would make a helles/lager that I liked, it would be Weihenstephaner. Apparently you just can't pull that much flavor out of those ingredients.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh so pretty pale straw yellow...crystal clear in the glass.
A solid two finger white head that slowly melts to deliciously sticky lacing.
Aroma is a bready lager yeast smell with a touch of candied lemon (very faint).
Taste is wonderfully smooth...soft sweet malt...maybe a hint of wheat drying and spiciness...light but solid hop on the end.
Very drying mouthfeel in the aftertaste, yet very, VERY clean in the mouth.
I love this...This is the best lager I have ever had.
This is clean, bright, refreshing and so very, very balanced.

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Photo of Iguana
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, golden, basically that not so beautiful carbonated urine color.

S: Really not much, hints of wheat malt but really have to look for it.

T: Not as bad as I would have thought, pretty smooth and sweet.

M: Very sweet almost syrupy with a crisp finish, not to bad.

D: A great hot day beer, really refreshing and not too terrible tasting.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a pilsner glass from the 500mL bottle.

This beer pours a clear golden yellow with a decent white head that dissipates to a thin film without much lacing. The smell is sweet and malty, crisp and clean. The taste is also malty up front but has enough hops to balance out the flavor There is a good mouthfeel, a little on the thick side for what it is but still quite good. Overall a great beer to tailgate or cool down with in the summer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a sticky white head. Aroma is grassy malt and a faint smell of hops. This is a really good smelling lager. Taste is biscuity with a slight amount of citrus and hops. Overall, this is a world class lager from "The world's oldest brewery".

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Photo of weeare138
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike Maltbie for this...
Appears a hazy, pale gold with a small white head that quickly fades out into a small bubbly collar. Tiny speckles of lace are left around the glass.
Smell is of yeasty bread, light caramel, tofee, and candied corn.
Taste is of the same aromas with a gentle hoppy citrus.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, mildly sweet and like candy with a crisp bite.

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Photo of Phatz
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: The clarity is spectacular. It pours a pale golden color and showcase tremendous carbonation activity. The lacing is spotty and ideal.

Smell: This beer has the essence of freshness. What does that mean? I'm not exactly sure how to explain the super fresh cut grain aroma and the sweet malt only added to it. There in a nice light floral hop aroma as well.

Taste: Everything about this beer is simple and clean. It is not big and complex in the American style. It is classically simple and tasty making it incredibly sessionable. This must be one of the most thirst quenching lagers I’ve tasted. It is built with a solid malt backbone and sprinkled lightly with a floral hop character. It is as simple as that. The aftertaste lingers on and on with a nice clean dry feel.

Mouthfeel: crisp light and very easy this beer is exceptionally crisp and clean with a lip smacking dryness and a tingly finish.

Drinkability: If you are looking something complex to analyze this is the wrong choice. If you are looking for a case of a quaffable authentic German Lager to serve at your next cook out this summer there would be few better choices than Weihenstephaner Original.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of Litterbean
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with a bubbly head and barely noticeable carbonation.

Grainy aroma with grassy, herbal hop notes.

Taste is slightly sweet, with crisp grain flavors. Hops are subtle with the above grassy flavors.

A very easy-to-drink, simple, and thirst-quenching lager.

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Photo of klewis
3.22/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a masive bone white head comparable to Weihenstephaner's hefe. I've never seen a lager with so much head and lacing.

S: Malty with an aroma of hay and spices.

T: A very unobtrusive and bland taste with flavors of malt and honey.

M: Light-bodied with fine carbonation and a crisp and clean finish.

D: Not bad, but not my cup of tea, er... I mean beer. Sure, this stuff goes down like water, and I could pound them all night, but why would I want to? Gimme something with more taste.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tastes like a pure,classic, German, Helles Lager. Very well balanced hops and malt with a nice refreshing hop bitterness and slightly spicy malt to it as well. Perfectly balanced. The only complaint I have, the beer doesn't have a whole lot of finish. That said, this appears to be intentional for this style, as it goes very well with food, and is an excellent thirst quencher (but still complex) on a hot day.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here it is the finest beer I have ever tasted.

Poured from the 16.5 oz bottle into a large pilsner glass

A- perfect straw yellow and cristal clear with a big off white head and lots of carbination/ Lacing on the glass everywhere and after every sip

S- wonderful, german bier smell . Pungent hops but not too overpowering. the best smell a beir could have.

T- perfect hops upfront with a clean clean clean finish. very refereshing very quaffable.

M- the perfect balance not to thick or thin with the perfect amount of carbination.

D- perfect the ultimate easy drinker with tons of hop undertones to add to the complexity. Perfectly balanced perfectly refreshing. The ultimate bier in one of my favorite styles

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Photo of Cresant
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this undated 12 oz. into a pint glass. Label inkjet 8095. Created two fingers of puffy head that faded to a thin cap. An active bead rose through a clear golden body.

Smelled of whole wheat bread. Floral, clean and slightly minty(?)

Tasted malty and tart. Mildly hoppy. Refreshing.

Smooth texture that developed a tingle as it warmed.

Quenching and pleasant.

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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