Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner OriginalWeihenstephaner Original

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a 1 inch foamy eggshell color head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Very thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and some grape-like fruity aromas. Taste is of malt/grain, white grape juice, and some other fruity flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a crisp mouthfeel with a bubbly quality. Overall, this is a very tasty and crisp lager that is very easy to drink. Much different from the other beers Weihenstephan offers but a good choice nonetheless.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is textbook, exactly what this style should taste like! it pours a very light clear honey color, with an inch or so of lasting snow white head and jovial carbonation. the nose is less banana and clove than the others, but still there to some small extent, with soft and semisweet malts being balanced by a hopping only an old world german brewery could execute, this is the art of balance ladies and gentlemen. very mild flavor, grains first, bittering hops second, with the yeast sort of uniting both camps in a harmonious mixture of german purity and tradition. the yeast has some soapy complexion to it, and a touch of acidity, maybe citrus, to cut the malt sweetness. an impressive offering by any stretch, but the drinkability here is unrivaled. so clean and bright, perfect carbonation, expertly refreshing, and you cannot beat the price!

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured clear, pale yellow with a foamy white head.
S: There's a gentle aroma of pale malts.
T: The flavor is nicely balanced between the pale malts and noble hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and on the palate and is relatively smooth and crisp.
D: It's very refreshing and easy to drink - a great choice for a session beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll consider this beer a delicacy after tasting a lot of Light American Lagers recently. This beer opens with a hop-dominant nose of Noble hops, releasing a boquet of earthy, grassy, herbal notes. A sturdy backbone of pilsner malts offer support for the hops, while offering little in terms of sweetness or graininess. Any pilsner-type dms or acetaldahyde are swallowed by the hops. Delicate malt textures bleed well into the dryness of the hops and mild alcohols. Finishes light, crisp, and with a lingering hop flavor. Very nice beer, but perhaps a bit too hop-dominant to be considered balanced.

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

12oz bottle, a nice little find in Idaho Falls' decent downtown beer store.

This beer pours a clear, icy-looking pale yellow colour, with one fat finger of thin foamy white head, which leaves some ragged lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of crackery biscuit grain, and floral, somewhat spicy hops. The taste is sweet cereal malt, a bit of yeasty breadiness, and earthy, floral hops. The carbonation is average, the body a comfortingly solid medium weight, and quite smooth. It finishes still sweet and grainy, moving more towards a pastry bread nature, the floral hops trailing off.

A very flavourful lager - bright is indeed a good way to describe it. I could see putting back these easily - stein after stein.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale golden color with a nice white head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing

Smell: Malty biscuit nose with faint citrus hops in the background

Taste: Very clean; starts out with a good biscuit malt backbone which survives through to the finish; a spicy mild lemon citrus flavor joins the fray and provides a nice crisp finish

Mouthfeel: Typical lager mouthfeel with good carbonation

Drinkability: Although I'm not a big lager fan, this is a beer that fits the bill to a Tee; a good one for a summer's day at the beach

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Photo of largadeer
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a simple but perfectly executed lager. The smell and taste are similar; grassy, organic, hints of clove and citrus. Hops linger slightly (in a pleasant way) in the otherwise very clean finish. A bit thicker than I was expecting, there's a slightly creamy quality that I found highly enjoyable. This is hilariously drinkable stuff.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy/hazy, golden yellow color with a small, bubbly, white head. It did not last long or leave any lace.

S - It smelled citrusy sweet. Also, some clove and yeast aromas.

T - It tasted quite citrusy. Strong grainy flavor had a bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice lager. Everything from Weihenstephaner is quite good.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a weizen glass.

Pours a nice golden color with a tall white head and visible carbonation throughout. Good retention and lacing and a solid cap as it goes down. The nose is mostly bread with some light graininess in the background and some faint Noble hops. The flavor falls along the same lines with the breadiness of the nose constituting the main flavor, fading into a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Light body with good carbonation. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pilsener glass, bottled 7/27/2011. Pours slightly cloudy golden straw color with a nice fluffy 2-3 finger white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing down the glass as you drink; with plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of lemon, cracker, black pepper, apricot, herbal, grass, and bready grains. Very nice, clean, and balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of biscuit, herbal, lemon, pepper, grass, and bready grains. Fairly dry on the finish as expected; with slight lingering notes of lemon, bread, grass, and pepper on the finish for a bit. Great balance of flavors. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with an extremely crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable, with no alcohol noticed at all as expected. Overall this is an excellent Helles lager. Plenty of well balanced flavor and easy drinking.

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

I rate this as my favorite lager in the world,incredible fruity aroma and taste.Not a wimpy beer by any stretch,the house yeast imparts a great floral-fruity aroma,love this beer in any form but am crazy about it on tapT.Weihenstaphan is one of the great breweries in the world for a reason.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear, golden in color, with a bright white head that dies quickly. It does maintain a nice collar throughout the glass but the surface retains only whisps of foam. Outstanding aroma of bright, fresh, grainy, malty sweetness and a slightly herbal note, but without any distinct hops. The body is solidly medium and the carbonation level is moderate. The mouthfeel is crisp on the front of the tongue and filling at the back of the mouth. Starts with a bold malt note up-front - void of any hop character - that widens as it crosses the palate, then slowly reveals the presence of a gentle hop flavor. It finishes quickly at first, but creeps back in with a strong malt character and light hoppiness throughout the mouth . An interesting balancing act! A very distinct and unique beer brewed just outside of Munich. I see it as a strong version of a Munich helles rather than a Dortmunder-style export as the emphasis is on malt. It doesn't have the crispness of the Dortmunder beers. Still, one could argue it both ways. Exceptional!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Library Alehouse.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a half-inch thick white head which fades to the rim leaving spotty lace.

N: Grainy, yeasty, faint lemon citrus, grassy/hay, spring freshness.

T: Mostly follows the nose while being crisp and nicely clean.

M: Light body and semi-medium carbonation. Smooth, yeasty and grassy finish.

O: Easy drinking. I have to ask myself, self - why haven't you had this before???

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear golden-yellow body, capped with a white head.

S - The mild aroma is primarily grains, with hints of citrus fruits, hay and hops.

T - Largely follows the aroma. Bready grains with hints of citrus and hops. More sweet than bitter. I'd like this better if it were stronger; as it is, it tastes like a world-class light lager.

M- Light body with a medium-high amount of carbonation. Slightly dry and crisp.

O: An excellent if delicately-flavored lager that is easy-drinking and refreshing. Too light and too close to ordinary to be very interesting.

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

Acquired via trade from jhammerly, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of light malts, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste is light and very bready with a little bit of sweetness. The malt character is thin but is enough to give the beer substance. There’s a decent hops presence for the style. It’s the type of taste macro lagers should strive toward. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, the kick is ok, if I’m going to go with a light German lager this would be a pretty good choice. I could certainly drink several of these.

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Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Arriving in a pint glass, it's the usual light golden color. Extremely clear. The slight mustache of foam evaporates rapidly, leaving the beer virtually flat on the tongue.

It does have a nice aroma. The best feature is the long nose of toasted English muffins. Otherwise, it's the definition of "beery." Rather sweet with a honey flavor. A touch of hops without much distinction. Not much else.

For all the praise as a classic German beer, it tastes like another dull lager in my experience with it on tap at Pizza Port in OB. I really like their wheat beers, so I might try this again but in the bottle.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with a moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale and sweet malts with light to moderate amounts of spicy + floral hops

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale and sweet malts with a light to moderate amount of initial sweetness. There is a light to moderate flavor of spicy + floral + grassy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth and crisp.

O: Refreshing and super easy to drink - very enjoyable and a great example of the style. Definitely worth getting and I plan on getting it again soon (it's good for the summer).

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow body with a two finger high head of near-white foam.

Smell: It's a light, delicate nose, but the notes present display some pleasant fragrant hints of pils malt, herbaceous Noble hops, lemongrass, chewing gum, an effortless yeastiness, and maybe even a bit of DMS.

Taste: Sweetish, grainy backdrop of pilsener malts countered by some herbal, grassy Noble European hops and a clean, though somewhat subtle bitterness. Light yeastiness. Very small, very far-off hint of bubble gum and lemongrass. Hint of fruit on the lightly sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine beer, notable for it's easy-drinking, refreshing qualities, though, please, pass their hefeweizen.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Limpid bright light gold. Just a bit too dark to be called straw. The head is a shade dimmer than cotton white and resembles softly beaten egg whites. Firmer than expected, the foam stays humped in the center and leaves chunky scraps of attractive lace. The nose consists of somewhat distant noble hops with a kiss of lemon citrus.

Very lightly toasted crackery malt glides across the tongue and is then gone. Grassy, slightly lemony hops provide some bitterness without overdoing it. The body is light but not thin, and the finish is the very definition of dry and crisp, while retaining a modicum of sweetness to the very end.

This is a tremendously drinkable, thirst-quenching, refreshing Munich Helles Lager. Because I'm not a big fan of noble hops, the gentle flavor and light body is just what the doctor ordered. 'Der Rasenmaherbier' indeed. While not nearly the equal of their hefe weizen, Weihenstephaner Original is still pretty good beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with 2" bubbly white head that quickly drops to nothing. No lacing or head retention

Smell: Slight sweet maltiness and not much else

Taste: Sweet with slight grainyness and hops bite. Slight citrus taste on finish. Very clean tasting

MF: Well balanced but way undercarbonated

highly drinkable, will try again I know from previous tastes this beer is better than this. Having said that, all those samples were within 50 miles of the brewery!

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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 billab914
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into my mad Fox glass. Bright golden yellow color with a large, pillowy white head filling the top two inches of the glass. Nice head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a nice balance of crisp, sweet, grainy, pale malts and a herbal, grassy, hoppiness. I get some crisp, slightly tart fruitiness to it as well. Very nice for the style.

The taste shows a little more of the sweet, pale, grainy malts to it up front. In the finish I start to get a little more of the herbal hoppiness coming out to add some balancing bitterness. Some of the crisp, tart, fruit like flavors are there in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very good beer of the style. Nicely flavored and well balanced.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Crush, served chilled in a wine glass

A - A golden straw, w/ thin white head and fine bead.

S - Smell is of light malt and sulphur from the yeast w/ light nutty and sweet hints w/ a nice mild creamy odor

M - The feel is think and mild w/ creamy, dry and nutty textures as there is a mild fruit tinge in the subtle sweet malt

T - A creamy flavor w/ mineral taste from the yeast and hints of nutty grainy flavor w/ a hint of spice in the hops and tasty creamy malt flavor. The yeast in the beer is the flavor that stands out w/ mild malt + hop accent w/ light honey taste

D - A tasty lager, clean and well made w/ mild overall effect. The drinkability is good and would go best with sausage, since it has enough carbonation to cut the grease - a very good helles, a quality drinkable brew.

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's an update to a previously reviewed beer. That one had been skunked. This seems to be far more fresh.

Rocky head with plenty of chunky lace on the glass. Crystal clear with yellow straw color. There's a steady stream of fine bubbles continuously rising.

The smell is a combination of dry-ish malt and raw grain.

The flavor is similar to the smell. The taste is soft with a strong graininess to the tongue. The swallow is chewy malt. The aftertaste is slightly sour. The body is full for the style with a good level of carbonation.

Old review--
Very impressive head--long lasting and rocky as it abates. Nice spotty lace on the glass. Light straw in color and crystal clear.

This appears to have skunked. Behind that, this is a mostly malty smelling brew.

The flavor is an improvement from the smell. It is mostly creamy light malt flavors. Light on the hop, the aftertaste is mostly sour. Very good body for the style with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

I wonder what this would be like fresh--it has all of the makings of a wonderfully subtle and refreshing lager.

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Photo of Jason
4.86/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz sleek euro brown bottle with the boasting words “Oldest Brewery in the World” on the label, freshness date is on the back label.

Appearance: Very hazy from the yeast with a pale yellow hue, varied bubbled white lace that holds a great retention and stays until he beer is gone.

Smell: Very mild lemon astringent aroma and a light cookie like malt sweetness with a trace of hops also in the nose.

Taste: Well structured and rounded carbonation cradles the delicate light to medium body, the clean hop bitterness is evident with a soft lemon like twang. Malt flavour is similar to a lightly baked biscuit from fresh milled malted grain. Both hops and malt meld together to form a perfect blend, yeast complements by adding a touch of nuttiness. Light feel of alcohol towards the end with the lingering effects of the malt, yeast and a long drawn out faded hops finish.

Notes: A lager in the raw, in its authentic natural form. This is the quintessential lager in the world. Bow down to the true lager and you will be one with beer. This is the best of the best hands down.

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