Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,307 Ratings
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 Ssippisam
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MacMalt
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into wheat beer glass. It's a pale golden yellow in color, perfectly clear, with a thick, bright-white head and lacing. The smell features yeast with floral hops and a hint of citrus. The citrus comes through in the taste but it finishes slightly bitter. It is delightfully light and crisp and super easy to drink. This is a perfect German lager.

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Photo of carteravebrew
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Domingo
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(NOTE: This is a review based upon an imported bottle. I've had it straight from the source but didn't make any notes...however this bottled version tastes virtually identical based upon memory for reference)

Pours a light yellow-golden color. It's not going to blow your mind or push any boundaries, but it's the standard pale lager color. Not quite as dark as a Hacker-Pschorr or Augustiner, but is right in the middle of the pack. Like all good helles biers, it forms a large white fluffy head that'll hang around all day.
The smell is of grain, hops, sweet clover honey, and a little yeasty spice. It smells a little sweeter than most.
Flavor starts off with a little sweetness, and then it moves to grain. Hops hit in the finish. It's very much a "pure" helles that isn't trying to be a pils in disguise. The balance is perfect.
It's god a nice texture because of the head, but it drinks like the best water you've ever had.
Wonderful stuff. Probably the best pure helles around (Edelstoff's technically an export).
This is the ultimate example of what a lighter colored lager should be.

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

Photo of mmorris15
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Served from a 500 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Beer is a straw to light golden color and absolutely clear. The head is white and creamy. It fades to just a thin layer but leaves lacing on the glass. A very attractive beer.

S - The aroma is well balanced between sweet-smelling malt, pilsner grain and noble hops. It smells subtle but smooth.

T - The taste is more tilted toward the noble hops bitterness and flavor than the aroma was. I don't taste the malt roundness I was expecting from the smell. Still, it is exceptionally clean and easy to drink. There is a slightly sweet finish.

M - The body is light to medium with little carbonation feel. No alcohol burn. This is a smooth and easy-drinking beer.

O - This is a very clean and well-made Helles. It is not my favorite style, but this is clearly an excellent example.

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Photo of Spider889
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of breadwinner
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really hard-pressed to even write reviews for some of the Bavarian helles, as it's clear that we just don't get them fresh enough in this part of the country to really sample them in peak condition. This one was about 5 mos old. Unmistakable whiff of DMS on the nose, which I understand is within reason for the style but still a bit jolting if you're not accustomed to drinking beer with obvious DMS. I concede that, by the end of the glass, it mellows out and actually starts to work in unison with the malt and noble hop character to provide a sort of saline note that's actually somewhat pleasing. Palate is subtle but tasty, not overbearing malt, definitely not grainy, a touch sweet, faint traces of noble hops for balance, and drinkable as heck. It's an incredible thing to create something so light, almost watery, and yet satisfying. Easy to down this one in a flash. Overall, good stuff that I pray I get to sample at the source some day.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


12oz bottle. batch code 9518. tasted in late may 2009.

clear. vigorous pour gives decent, creamy head. slowly fades to thin constant layer. great lacing.

no "off" aromas this time.

up to cellar temp, things are still nice and clean, with no off flavors. malty with light balance of noble hops. as it gets even warmer, some fruitiness appears, but doesn't distract.

light to medium body. smooth. light resinous feel near finish, crispened by carbonation, which also brings fluffiness.


12oz bottle with batch number 3438. tasted in early april 2009.

pale golden straw. almost clear, with possible chill haze and some bottle sediment. 1.5 finger head fades to thin wispy layer and ring. splotchy lacing, with more further down the glass.

aroma: lightly toasted malts, aromatic noble hops, with a rich sulfurous note, but also a hint of DMS.

taste: bready malt with note of yeast fermentation, quickly met by noble hops and a mild to moderate bitterness, but again some DMS. huh? what?

the DMS seems to fade from the taste and aroma a little later on. can't understand why...

light body, almost watery, but smooth with touch of momentary astringency near the finish. crisp carbonation with more body and flavor lift.

this was the last bottle in the sixpack. earlier bottles were consumed several weeks earlier, and were much more enjoyable without the DMS character.

will try to re-review.


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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Ardeer
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of phishbone23
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of fox227
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Hmmm. Not the best head. Not as good of tasting. A little dry.

I have to admit I picked this up not reading the level too closely. I thought I was buying the Hefeweisen. After a couple sips I figured out my error.

This beer is clear with much less head and a smell that is hard to quantify. The finish is pretty dry. This is a good tasting beer. The taste is still kind of bready with fruit, maybe pear. I find it a little light tasting, but I am used to drinking strong full bodied beer.

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Photo of ChrisinRI
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of roadhouse
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a crystal clear sparkling yellow with a two finger white head. For a pale yellow lager it looks pretty damn inviting. Thick coating of lacing is left behind on the glass.

Aroma is grainy, a tiny bit of light noble hops. Very mild.

Flavors is grainy, some biscuity malt flavors, and a bit of spicy/herbal noble hops flavors towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, pretty smooth. Refreshing to the max.

I have started to develop an appreciation for the Munich Helles Lager and I think this stuff is damn good. It's a bit expensive for what it is, and I think Spaten is almost as good, only a 12 pack can be had for about the same price as four bottles of this.

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Photo of browniewithnuts
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Bottle into stein.

Pours clear yellow gold, thin white creamy head, tons of effervescence.

Nose is a bit grassy, some mildly sweet light malt.

Taste is sweet, light cereal flavor with a very restrained soft grassy note at the end. Finish is very clean, light malt, not much else.

Light bodied, with a dry, light but active carbonation.

Another Weihenstephaner that I could drink until the beer stops flowing - light, welcoming, but still flavorful and satisfying.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Greasy
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 3/24/2009 (bottle):

Pours an extremely clear, light yellow colored body, fizzy, not cloudy at all. Big creamy white head, quickly diminishing. Very malty nutty aroma. Fresh malty smell. Some graininess, but not a strong aroma overall. Sweet taste, some nuttiness. Refreshing and clean tasting. Tastes much better than it smells. Very quaffable. Some breadiness in the taste. Wow, this is very tasty, I am shocked, based on the light color and aroma. Soft palate.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear light yellow with medium foam. The smell was of a hoppy and citrus nature. The taste was of hops and a lemon citrus flavor, with a dry bitterness that I was not impressed at all with. This lager was not what I expected from this brewery.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a stein. Light gold color, excellent clarity, and a creamy white head that leaves behind spotty lacing. Sweet malts in the aroma with a touch of spice from the hops. Clean and malty in the flavor as well but great balance with the hops. Medium bodied, full of flavor, and ridiculously easy to drink. Soft carbonation bubbles rise to the surface throughout the beer. A classic Helles lager, one of the best I've had to date.

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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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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,307 ratings.
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