Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner OriginalWeihenstephaner Original

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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

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

When I read the reviews from other BAs I had to relook at the bottle to see if I was drinking the same thing. Several said there's was cloudy or hazy. Mine was kristall klar and a pale straw colour. I got no phenolics that some reported but a malty grassy aroma and similar taste. There was a crisp sparkly mouthfeel but otherwise nothing overly complex. It sure is drinkable and I really enjoyed drinking it but it's not overly interesting. If I was going to a BBQ and this was available I might take it but then I'd probably just buy the hefe and be really happy.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden with a white fluffy head
S - Slightly fruity with a distinct green apple smell
T - More green apple with a crispy hops flavor and a hint of caramel-y malt at the finish. Very simple and clean - shockingly clean in fact - no off-flavors
MF - Very clean with a medium-light body. Very slight mouth-coating
D - I could easily see myself having 6-8 of these without a problem (not saying I could operate heavy machinery or anything like that, of course!!)

Very pleasant beer - not my cup of tea typically but it makes for a very nice change once in a while - this would be excellent in the summer.

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Photo of Matty1918
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden color with a nice foamy, white head. Lots of lacing that lasted to the very last sip.

Aroma was of slight malts and grain. Almost like a freshly cut lawn.

This was avery good tasting lager. Very drinkable. A faint tatse of lemon zest at the end. A nice crisp lager.

Very drinkable and will look to but these more often.

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

Pours with a straw coolor and with a thick fluffy head that stays with the beer. Overall smell is floral and grainy, very delightful. This beer has one of the crispest hop bites of any helles I have had. Very potenet saaz hops are complimented by a rich pilsner malt that possesses a noce clean taste that has some grassy notes. Mouthfeel is drying yet pleasant and it puts a smile on your face making you long for more. This is a gold standard for this style.

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Photo of gabe23
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear straw color with a large, bright white head. Good retention with scattered lacing.

S - Grassy with a little bit of lemon. A touch of malty sweetness, but honestly, the aroma is very mild and not complex.

T - Very mild flavor with a graininess and some mild hops, though not much bitterness to speak of. A slight estery yeast flavor is also present, as well as a metallic tinge. Finish is clean with practically no aftertaste.

M - Very light body with moderate carbonation. Quite watery compared to most lagers and pilseners that I've had before.

D - Light and crisp, this one is definitely an easy drinker.

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Photo of MOB210SA
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty excited to finally try a beer from "The oldest brewery on Earth." I've seen this on shelves but not my usual type of beer I'd buy. I was in the mood I guess when I grabbed 2 different type of German beers. This being one of them. I noticed that on the label it say "Malt Liquor," which I'm sure is just a legal term that is being used, not that it is similar to 211. Since, 1040? Holy S***!

Large pillowy, bone white head that rose very quickly from the regular pour. About four fingers from the pour, died to 2 then stays a nice half finger the rest of the way. After the initial expansion, it settled back to a nice retaining frothy top. Some scattered lacing is present. The beer itself is light golden, almost straw in color. A little further into the glass, more lacing became evident.

The nose is slightly yeasty, with some wheat/oatiness. A little hoppiness, and light malt.

My first sip I noticed a light metallic hoppiness. I say slightly bread-like. I'm not great at picking out flavors on beers like these. I would just compare it to good tasting oaty, health/nutrition bar. Overall, It tastes like a decent, solid beer.

This beer is light not quite medium bodied, so- low, and low carbonation. It makes it super smooth and very drinkable to say the least.

As soon as I took my first couple drinks, I realized this beer goes down super easy. I could easily finish a huge German Stein/mug full. I won't get this again, probably because I want to try their other styles. This was good though, and I would grab one If you see it.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beauty pours a clear yellow with minimal head retention and a minor amount of lacing.

Light hops on the nose and a crisp pilsner smell.

Clean and refreshing and crisp with a smooth aftertaste. This beer is very easy to drink and quite delicious even though I am enjoying it out of season. Weihenstephaner is one of my favorite German breweries with good reason.

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

Pours a straw-gold that you can almost see your TV through. Appetizing snow-white head about a finger and a half thick that dissipates to a thin ring. Sticky lacing is persistent and goes all the way up the glass.

Nose is nice and grassy, with an almost wine-y note. Taste is crisp and bracing--saltine crackers, green apple, fresh cracked pepper. The mouthfeel is, in a word, glorious. Smooth on the tip of the tongue, then seeming to evaporate off your tongue leaving a crisp, somewhat spicy finish.

As I've gotten older, my palette has turned a little bit more towards pilsners and pale lagers. I don't know yet where this one ranks among its brethren....but it's way up there. A beautiful beer.

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Photo of jiggahertz
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Straw yellow translucent beer with a nice frothy 3 finger head really nice lacing.

S: Wheat, some hops, corn and alcohol on the nose.

T: Sweet and tangy lager. Mild biscuity malt on the front, floral hops on the back end.

M: longish residue for the style, medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable lager, a great session beer.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant medium straw color with yellow hues. Bright white thin head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing in the glass.

Lemon peel, coriander, celery seed, white button mushrooms, saltine crackers and a slight whiff of ammonia.

Lemon zest, white bread, melba toast, cilantro and a very light bitterness in the finish, but balanced.

Medium bodied with a slightly watery texture. Medium length, well carbonated and clean on the finish.

Very easy drinking and sessionable.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bttl into "Perfect Pint" glass
Was bottled 1036 which is about 8 months old, so not exactly fresh
L- pours clear blonde, with fluffy white head, quickly dissipating
S- doughy yeast aroma, real clean not much else
T- similar to nose, real dough on the tongue, clean on the linger, with slight floral spicy finish
F- light bodied, but the doughiness does show up on the feel as well
O- as explained by the bros this is a pils with more malt, that shows up for me in this beer as some serious dough, drinks cleanly not 100% balanced decent Helles

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

Lots of hype to live up to. This beer was easily challenged by Spaten and Paulaner.
appearance: beautiful yellow/gold, awesome head
smell: malty, nutty, full, really nose filling
taste: wow major disappointment, a little watery, not living up to the promise of it's smell
mouthfeel: superb, foamy, filling, robust
drinkability: could spend many happy hours with this one
Note: Being a lover of this style, I was a little disappointed, $8.65 a six pack? It should be the second coming. It wasn't. Buy Spaten for two bucks less.

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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