Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Style: German Helles

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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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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2.77/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I realized I hadn't yet typed up my notes from years ago on this beer, so I used that an excuse to buy it again. Runs $10.99 (plus tax and deposit) per sixer in NYC if you know where to look.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Iconic label design with the classic Weihenstephaner font. 11.2 fl oz/330ml format. Branded pry-off crown cap.

5.10% ABV. "Original premium Bavarian style" is the closest the label comes to offering a style. (Their website clarifies it's indeed a helles lager). 215 kcal per 0.5L pour. 21 IBUs. 11.6% Gew original wort.

Brief notes below:

APPEARANCE: Classic white colour head with ample frothiness and cream. Yellow-copper body. It's darker in colour than I remembered - hardly the bright vibrant yellow body one imagines in a German bierkrug. But it's clean and clear, lacking any visible yeast/lees and indicating obvious filtration. Head retention is good - ~8 minutes. Thick lacing clings to the glass as the head recedes.

I remembered this boasting more vibrance, but it's a decent looking helles lager. Maybe my bottle is old?

AROMA: Yeah, I'm thinking I got an old bottle. Muted musty 2 row and Munich malt is all I detect, along with some grassiness from Noble hops and maybe even some metallic or vegetal off-flavours. It's a shame; I remembered this much better. I guess I'll continue with notes on what this drinks like when it's older, and compensate with a fresh review at a later date...

TASTE: Munich malts and grassy hop notes. Some mustiness, skunked flavour, and metallic off-flavours.

Had I not bought this directly from a distributor, I doubt I'd continue with my review at all.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, light-bodied, unrefreshing.

OVERALL: I got a bottle from a distributor that just isn't in its prime; I've had this before many a time and it was much tastier. Even old and possibly skunked, it's still drinkable - which I guess says something about its quality. I guess with how old Weihenstephan is, there's something oddly appropriate about me having gotten an old six pack. Still, if this low rating (which I don't stand behind at all and intend to rectify in the future) does anything, I hope that it encourages Weihenstephan to start bottle dating so situations like this (i.e. having to give one of the most classic paragons of the style a ludicrously low rating) can be avoided.

Low C (2.77) / AVERAGE

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
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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