Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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 meatmallet
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear pale yellow color with white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Malty aroma with a slight bit of hopps in it.

T: A light malty flavor with a slight touch of honey and some hops.

M/D: Overall not a bad beer but not really one of my favorite styles. Nothing really stood out to me.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Perfect golden color. The color, head and lacing give the brew the overall look of an IPA or imperial pilsner. Because of the look, its feel is almost disappointingly thin. But that's only because it has an imperial look. Otherwise, it still has a feint honey taste with solid body for the style. A solid B.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured Weihenstephaner Original into a mug.

A - Pours a bright clear golden with a finger of white head.

S - Some light bread, biscuit, malts. Faint hops and some skunk.

T - Light malts, more bitter hops in there as well. Mid palate getting more bread and light malt flavors. On the aftertaste just a pinch of bitter hops comes through.

M - Smooth with medium carbonation with medium to light mouthfeel.

O - A good Helles. Enjoy! Cheers!

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

Cast and mold for a light euro lager, I just wish more domestic craft brewers would add some of the lesser known German styles to their lineups, but I digress. This brew pours a pale gold with a scant brilliant white head. The aroma is a wonderful amalgam of herbal and spicy hops (Hallertau on parade!!), grain, and some light malt. Balance is the hallmark of this brew. Herbal hops, simple sugar maltiness and a slight breadiness are combined beautifully. Spot on for style...any maltier and it'd be a Dortmunder, any hoppier a Pilsener. Sign me up for a keg! Prosit!

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

presentation: 16.9oz. bottle with weihenstephaner's typical front label. "the world's oldest brewery" (since 1040) is donned on the front. "imported by bavaria house corp. wilmington, nc" also on front label. 5.1% abv. also printed on the label is: "brewed under the purity law of 1516". gotta love that!

appearance: pours a super clear, bright wheat colored tower of bubbling brilliance in a pilsner glass. huge meringue-like head that dissapates sparatically like pouring model glue on styrofoam. good lacing and sticking.

smell: clean lager like aroma. wheat and a touch of citrus and hops. some sweet cake-like malty undertones as well. alcohol after warming and swirling.

taste: malty for a lager, but i think this is good for this style. lightly spicy hops are lingering in the background. very clean taste. lightly astringent dry finish with a hint of lemon poppyseed cake.

mouthfeel: mouthfeel is excellent for a lager. there is such a smooth, crisp feel to this light bodied brew. light carbonation. being light and crisp, you'd think the swallow would be harsh like a macro, but nope. swallow is velvet. love it!

drinkability: are you kidding me? this brew was gone after the first sip. i won't be able to keep this in the fridge.

overall: please note that this is far from my favorite beer. it's far from my favorite styles of beer. however within the style, i must rate this beer high. it's fantastic!

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

Pours a very clear light golden color with a very tall white fluffy head. Appears very effervescent. Smells of grassy hops, slight citrus notes (lemony) and sweet, toasted sugar aromas. Taste is more citrus-y than the smell, with a prominent lemon flavor that melds with some hop bitterness and a very slight malty flavor backing it up. Extremely light and refreshing...finish is crisp and clean with a faint hop bitterness lingering. Very drinkable, with a light body and high carbonation.

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Photo of nickynick
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice golden color, with about a one finger head. The head lasted only a minute or so. Good lacing though. Smell was good with malt and hops. Taste was very good. Sweet, and malty. Hint of citrus, and the right amount of hops on the back of the mouth. Was very crisp. Mouthfeel was good. Light and crisp. Drinkability of this of this beer was good. It was crisp and refreshing. Seems like a good summer beer. This might be my new BBQ beer.

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Photo of JoLight
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light, pale yellow straw colored, clear body; thick, white, frothy head that dissipates into a finger's-width ring. Lots of bubbles.

Aroma: very grassy hops; some hay; grainy.

Grassy flavor, with a noticeable, clean, pleasant grassy hop pucker. Some light bread crust. Grainy backbone.

Mouthfeel: light and watery, and carbonated.

Finish: dry, crisp, refreshing.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pale, gold colored with crisp clarity. Constant stream of tiny bubbles that rise to the top, maintaining the 1/2 inch creamy head that leaves very respectable lacing all down the glass.

S: A little bit of sweet malt. A touch of hops, grass, and a little citrus. Most likely lemon. A little underwhelmed with the nose, honestly.

T: Well, this makes up for the nose! A nice sweet malt throughout, with tiny hints of citrus and hop bitterness that meld together perfectly to create a clean and pleasant balance. It finishes with a dash of alcohol spiciness and warmth and lingering yeast. Overall very clean and crisp flavors.

M: Light, to medium body with a delicate carbonation that packs just enough of a punch. This lager wields astonishing drinkability.

O: Man, this is the lager of lagers. It's usually not really my style of choice, but I could see myself ordering this again on a rare occasion. Crisp, clean flavors mixed with an exceptionally smooth feel make this one of the most pleasant lagers to be had.

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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 wolfinthemirror
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***I am reviewing the Original PREMIUM, not just the original***

Pours a transparent, piss yellow color, identical looking to an adjunct lager like Budweiser, but the head has a bit more substance, seems to want to stick around.

In the smell I get skunky characteristics. Wheat malt, earthy yeast, and not much else.

taste is somewhat weak, reminds me a lot of your typical american lager/pilsner, marketed under a foreign name.
grains, light malts, and not much hops.

light bodied, moderate carbonation. crisp and smooth.

Drinkability is very good, as with most lagers. Though I do not feel this particular beer is all that unique enough for me to buy again. Definitely a good german lager, however.

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Photo of bearrunner44
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very light golden color. The color is nearly indistinguishable from macrobrews like Old Style, Stroh's, or Miller High Life. There isn't much head. Most of it fades quickly, but the remnants of the head leave some decent lacing on the side of the glass. Overall, it's pretty average to look at.

Smell: Light, bready malt.

Taste: The mouthfeel is a little thin, but the carbonation is low enough to keep the beer from feeling soda-like. The taste mostly consists of toasty malt, and there's a very, very light touch of citrus-tasting hops in the finish. This is a very simple, straight-forward lager.

Verdict: Not bad for what it is. It's not especially complex or flavorful, but it's a nice, easy-drinking, malty lager. I'm not sure it's worth paying import price for it all the time, but it's a nice beer all the same.

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Photo of hiku7
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliantly clear pale gold with a creamy, foamy 1-finger white head. The head dissipates quickly, but is easily revived with a swirl.

Fresh grain aroma dominates (pilsner malt) with a background of spicy noble hops. Some light floral notes from the hops. No esters or diacetyl.

Initially tastes sweet and grainy, plus a slight spicy noble hop bitterness, but the bitterness quickly fades. No esters or diacetyl. A slight tartness in the finish balances the malt nicely. Slight mineral taste is present as well.

Medium light body. Medium foamy pleasant carbonation. Slight carbonation bite in the finish. Finishes fairly dry, without much bitterness.

This is a simple straightforward enjoyable lawnmower beer with good malt flavor. Very drinkable. Classic helles example. I really enjoyed this beer and would have it again.

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Photo of tigerpaws
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes my friend "goindownsouth" had this beer at his wedding, that is me and him had this beer. We hid the good stuff in the car and slipped out to fill our ceramic steins (hey you gotta do what ya gotta do). This is one of the best german beers I have tried, the aroma is there but not to heavy and even in ceramic you can observe the belgian lace it leaves. While I prefer a more hoppy beer this brew goes down very smooth and easy. I will always remember it for that joyous occasion in PA...............PROST

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Photo of guitarmage
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Vibrant, clear, pale, straw yellow, lots of little bubbles rising up the glass. Decent head retention, nice sea-foam white lacing floats on the top of the beer. Good looking.

Smell: Light and malty, round, a light grassy hop character, lightly metallic, phenolic.

Taste: Nice light sweetness gives way to a light grassy hoppiness, very clean, finishes a little citrus and puckering.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, hard, nice even gentle carbonation, dries up and evaporates.

Drinkability: A good lager, I haven't tried specifically munich helles lager, but this is refreshing and flavorful for a lager.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Poured a bright goldern yellow, and finished with a thick longlasting head and lacing.

The smell of sweet malt permeated this beer with no discernable hop aroma. This helles had a very smooth elegant and malty front end. The mouthfeel was almost luscious. The middle became drier, and it finished clean with little astringency or bitterness.

This is one of the finest examples of the Bavarian Helles style I have tasted.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a cylinder glass.

A: Nice and clear and light-gold in color with a fairly substantial white head.

S: Crisp pale malt aromas balanced by a sharp noble hop character. Quite stimulating and refreshing, despite what some may call "all-too-familiar" scents.

T: Again, a pleasant crispness and well-rounded malt and hop flavors meld seamlessly to create and authentic lager experience. What more is there to say?

M: Somehow, I expected the body to be a tad more substantial, but the more I drank of it, the less this bothered me. Light body and plenty of carbonation, with a clean, mouth-watering finish.

D: An ideal session beer. Great balance, not too strong. Fantastic.

Overall, a wonderful German lager. Crisp and refreshing, light and playful, a great beer for almost any occasion. Might also make a decent stepping-stone beer for those who need such a brew (you know who you are).

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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 BelgiumBill
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured 2 11.2 oz bottles into a Seidel which produced a white foamy head.

Smelled of grains, rice, and light spice, herbaceous.

Tasted much like it smelled, with grains and herbaceous qualities. Citrus and lemongrass.

The beauty to this beer is how it is perfectly balanced. When I think of "beer" this is probably the quintessential example of lager. Forget Bud, MGD, or the others; this is a reasonable price and great beer for the same occasions.

While I am always trying new and different crafts, this is one to stay in the fridge all the time.

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Photo of n00tz
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear yellow tinged body, light carbonation, half-centimeter head that diminishes quickly.

S - Sweet fruity malts, light florals, and a grassy/herbal hops note.

T - Floral and citrusy hops, very pilsner-like with a sense of grain, malty back end.

M - light, with an active carbonation when it hits the tongue.

D - Impressive response to a Czech Pilsner.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up by mistake thinking it was the hefe! I was pleasantly surprised though, as it went great with my pizza. It pours with perfect clarity, a straw gold color with a medium white head. The aroma is vaguely sweet with a hint of spicy hops in the background. These two elements switch places in the taste. A nice classically German hoppiness presides for the majority of the taste. Not a huge amount of bitterness, but filled with a grassy, florally element. There is a nice malty sweetness that provides a counterpoint to the hops. This is a very crisp and clean beer with a beautifully dry finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and prickly from a fair amount of carbonation. It goes down easy so it's fairly drinkable. A very nice, crisp lager that goes down very easily.

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Photo of xare
2.45/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Don't believe the hype. Everybody has different experiences and tastes. Weihenstephaner doesn't live up to my desires.

Appearance was somewhat disconcerting to me. Appeared as a pale, somewhat hazy (yet clear) apricot color with a thin head that disappeared quickly. Carbonation was constant.

Smell was of corn and malt. Rather average with nothing to discern from just the aroma.

Taste was actually worse than Budweiser's. It doesn't rather work out for me because it tasted just like a vienna lager crossed with a macro American lager... except with a slightly worse taste.

Mouthfeel was decent with a very full body but later on with the brew, began to get heavier the more I drank it. Definitely wore on and then the carbonation gave out during the back end. A bit below average in my view.

Drinkability wasn't great. I almost finished the beer but when it went flat during the last eighth or so of the beer, I had no desire to finish off the beer as the taste didn't appeal to me. I have no desire to hunt down this beer to drink, especially when I could spend the same money on a beer I like.

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Photo of GibbonsTheBeerGuy
4.94/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For my first review, I'll write up one of my favorite warm weather beers. This is a perfect lager, one of the best I've ever had. Light floral nose with honey notes. Delicious, full mouth feel and crisp refreshing flavor, honey, honey. Sweet without being cloying, one sip begats another until its all gone. Love this beer.

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Photo of RandomExile
4.91/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: pale straw, perfectly translucent; fluffy eggshell head; fades with clingy foam; sudsy persistent lacing, sometimes scattered or scant
S: light and pure malt, undertones of yeast, honey
T: per the nose, it tastes of honeyed malt and gentle yeast, and a faint aftertaste of grape and apple
M: silky smooth, light-bodied but with presence, barely dry in that your palate is continually whet for the next pull
O: There is simply nothing off, or in need of improvement about this beer (with the minor note that I would enjoy more lacing from an aesthetic standpoint as the glass drains: really, that's it). It's a masterful example of its style, near-infinitely drinkable and easily paired with chicken, veal, noodles, vegetables, sausage ...

500mL / Weizen Glass /

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,261 ratings.
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