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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 mobrado
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let's be honest, if you don't like this beer, you don't really like... beer. As clean and as drinkable as humanly possible. Hard to imagine how this could be improved upon.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This delicious beer has a good taste, wonderful hops presence, good maltiness, pours a nice head (doesnt every beer??? dumb category) and has a wonderfully delicious beer aroma.

Awesome beer. I tried a Krombacher last year (I wont be able to this year because the local distributor decided not to carry it any more and Georgia's ancient and stupid laws allow the distrib. to do as they please) and enjoyed it immensely. This beer reminds me of that, but I think it is better because it has a fuller taste and the hops are not as obvious as with the Krombacher. Both are certainly good and I would never deny either- if offered.

IPA and all the hops based "craft" beers? You tire me with your excessive HOPS and HOPS and HOPS.

Weihenstephaner is a great example of a great German beer that has a great taste and is thoroughly enjoyable from the first sip to the last.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, slightly hazy, pale yellow, fluffy white head, great lacing

S: Bread, slightly hoppy

T: Sweet malts, followed by the bitter hop taste to balance

M: Light

O: Great lager. Just what you would look for as a light summertime beer.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you want to show someone what German Helles is, this is the finest example I can think of. And that is not to take away from Hofbrau or Paulaner and others. It has that wonderful, malty character that so many so-called Helles just don't have. This is the beer that made me start home-brewing nigh onto 40 years ago. What a fantastic beer!

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow this stuff is delicious. Golden pour with thin but clingy white top. Aroma is bready with faintest hop just detectable. Flavor is remarkable bready malt that's so smooth and a little sweet mid-sip. Finishes clean. Simple and fantastic.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into willybecher glass no date that I could understand

A: light gold in color great clarity not much of a head but it was a soft pour

S: smells like a pilsner with that slightly acidic spicy peppery nose

T: very similar to the nose with a soft bready finish that isn't as harsh as a pilsner

M: light crisp with a softer feel not as carbonated as I thought it was going to be

O: it really doesn't stand out much from the macro beers the big boys offer its smooth light and lightly bready on the finish with a spicy peppery pilsner nose.

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Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The lager to end all lagers. It really is that good. Here I get bottles that are four to five months old , and they are still top notch. The catch is of course the price. Around 13 bucks for a sixer, so I often will pick up something else.. But I'll put it this way. If it was of a similar price to other awesome craft lagers I enjoy, then I would never buy anything else.

The standard for Helles Lagers in my opinion, and as one of my top styles Im of course in love.

Germany in a bottle!

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Photo of Jraiona
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. It was a beautiful clear golden color. The smell as well as the taste was crisp,clean, with a sweet note. I felt it had a nice balance of body with some slight but pleasant bitterness. This could easily become a favorite.

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Photo of anon
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The appearance is like a pale apple cider, crystal clear with a small head leaving lace that trails down the glass slowly. Smells of grain, corn, bread, honey and straw. Taste is heavy on corn, bread, straw and yeast. Vanilla, honey, grass, crackers, pilsner malt and faint hops squeak their way in. Exceedingly crisp and clean, light bodied but full of flavor, an absolutely perfect beer to pair with the warm days ahead. This is a lager done right.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks clear and nice. Smells like... A lager. Taste is subtle malt sweetness at first, and as you drink it becomes even sweeter. Very "rounded" as they say. No hops. A little bitterness is present at first, but as the beer warmed and I drank, bitterness became overtaken by the malty sweetness. Very tasty and full tasting. Could use a touch more IBUs, attenuation, and/or carbonation.
I enjoy the maltyness, but wish there were less residual sugars.

Overall, this is what I imagine a Budweiser SHOULD be.

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Photo of zimm421
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Appears a perfectly clear crisp, bright yellow with a nice white head that never fully recedes. The nose is bready malts, and a touch of lemony hops. The taste yields nice clean malts, soft breadiness, and lemon citrus through the finish. The feel is smooth and creamy, yet still has a beautiful crispness to it. Overall, this beer is a wonderful lager that has the ability to pull you away from the over-hyped big in your face beers. A home brew of this style has drawn me into lagers and this can do the same.

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Photo of Chris_Mills92
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great looking lager! Bright and golden.
Smell: Very mild but a bit like opening a loaf of bread. Once I noticed it though I couldn't seem to smell the beer anymore.
Taste: A little lemon and I noticed what to me was coriander but from other reviews a lot of people notice pepper so I think it was right in between on that note.
Feel: Slightly dry with a bubliness at the lips that didn't reach the tongue. Pretty refreshing.
Overall: Best Lager? Very Possibly! I'll have to try some other for a good side by side comparison but the beer is amazing.

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Photo of erk0607
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Straw, clear, light, effervescent, golden yellow.
S: Honey, bread, farmer's field.
T: Farmer's field, grainy, light hops, lemony, pepper.
F: light, crisp smooth.
O: easy to drink, very delicate flavors make for a refreshing beer.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: [4.25] Beer is a transparent golden to yellow color. It forms a 1/2 finger of white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a ring around the edge of the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (5.1%) and there is a date code that says it was born on (10/20/15)

S: [3.75] Pungent lager scent of corn, crackers,

T: [4.50] Really bold flavor bringing forward crackers, malty backbone, some corn/grain taste. Later there are mild hints of caramel on the finish.

M: [4.00] Very easy to drink - but still has a medium or more body.

O: [4.00] I was wow'd by the flavor and the body at 5.1%. This is easily my favorite German beer. It is hitting everywhere. Many lagers fit into a tin, plain flavor profile. This is amped up quite a bit. I really like this and the flavor and the body combine to make it an A beer.

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

L - flawless. The clearest dark straw I have ever seen with creamy frothy head.

S - wow. Potent rich bready yeasty classic Bavarian beer

T - stellar. So much flavor into.so a light drinkable beer. Extremely bread with a ridiculously light but potent bitter bite back.

M - I've use "creamy" before but damn, this beer epitomizes it. I almost don't feel the carbonation yet it's ANYTHING but flat.

O - as my 571the beer rating and probably 800th beer I've clearly been chasing too many bourbon barrel stouts and fresh dipas. This is a case purchase in the future.

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Photo of tlema1
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: straw, thin white head
S: biscuit and malt
T: smooth, light malt flavor, slightly sweet
F: great mouthfeel for such a light bodied brew
O: great lager

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Photo of hopsputin
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: clear golden straw yellow. 2 finger frothy white head that hangs around

s: sweet caramel malts, lemongrass, slightly earthy bitterness, a hint of dry crackers

t: those sweet malts upfront, followed by a big hit of freshly baked bread. there is a faint earthy (noble) hop presence in here that does not so much add bitterness, as it keeps the malt from becoming too sweet. on the back you pick up a little of that lemongrass and grains. extremely smooth

m: on the fuller side of light. carbonation is normal - not too high

o: one of the smoothest beers you can drink. sweet, crisp, refreshing, with a real clean flavor. I have never had a bad beer from Weihenstephaner, and this one is no exception

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Photo of flyingpig
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint on-tap at Brewdog Glasgow (£4.30):
Great stuff from Weihenstephan, apparently it's not only wheat beers that they know how to brew well. A very well balance beer that's crowning glory was how simple & drinkable it was. Everything went together well to make an excellent lager; there was good balance between the sweet touches, grassy hops & the bitterness with nothing seeming to dominate & everything going down easily. A classic helles beer & one that I'd definitely go for again.

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Photo of Strike00
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a very pale clear amber, almost yellow with a white head.
S: Has a bready yeasty smell with some nice sweetness to it.
T: sweet, crisp, and clean. A bready flavor with a smooth sweetness and a slight hop finish.
F: Awesome. Smooth, creamy and easy to drink.

O: Great beer. Glad I finally got around to trying it.

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Photo of Gauss
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers I've ever had. It's feel is incredible. So smooth, and tasty. The wheat is prominent in the best kind of way. If you find it, try this beer!

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Photo of moodenba
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've had many mediocre lagers that were highly rated, so I wasn't too hopeful when I picked this one up. A lot of pale beers seem to me to be too austere, possibly described as dry or tart. Weihenstephaner original surprised me with its great mellow flavor.

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Photo of MACrist
4.87/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For the style.
LOOKS: Light golden, champagne like bubbles rising up. Finger of creamy/foamy white head, leaves a nice little layer on top of the beer and a nice little bit of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: White crusty bread, grassy, corn husk, clean.
TASTE: Just like aroma, with a nice pleasant lasting bitterness on the finish.
MOUTHFEEL: Light body, dry, crisp and refreshing. Great carbonation, but not over the top and cheap feeling.
OVERALL: This ain't no McLager boys and girls. If you know someone that says they hate lagers...serve them this beer.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

holy god d*&^!

"What is the one beer you would choose if there could be only one beer?" Right now I think it would be this one as it is hard to imagine getting tired of it.
pours a light gold with a one finger head that leaves tantalizing remnants; somehow the bubbles look just right.
what a classic beer smell. bready, noble, fresh, integrated, authentic, nostalgic--reserved and understated yet powerful, hard to do it justice in print, while the flavor can be (inadequately) described using the very same descriptors. maybe a few cases down the road, better words will come. everything complements everything else, with a medium body carrying the perfect measure of snappy hop flavor and bready malt into the finish.
Finally got around to trying this one after many years of slowly checking out virtually every other helles and pilsner available. Suddenly, it was like I was experiencing the very archetype of drinkable beer, of which the others were merely imperfect copies. this is my view through 2 bottles. if later sessions manage to leave the same impression, the rating may well need to be adjusted upward (from an already lofty 4.73).

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Photo of talo589
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my second beer from Weihenstephaner. I went for the Original this time around. I basically just check out whatever my favorite Minneapolis stores, Grand Wine & Cheese (on Lake St.) or Elevated (on Hiawatha), have in stock for foreign beers. I say this to give you an indication of my novice-level reviewing. As an apparently prolific brewer, Weihenstephaner gets stocked at both places frequently. Despite not being the freshest (at least a few weeks from being fresh?), this beer tastes quite good. None of the thinner, skunky aspects of many prolific american brewers. The flavors aren't completely masked in hops either. Very light and fruity, while still tasting like beer. Refreshing, yet still substantial - those qualities I like best in beer. The Original has a straightforward lager flavor, while being more complex than many lagers. My reference point for a Helles Lager is the Surly Hell. While I love Surly, I appreciate the Weihenstephaner's more complex flavor - not overly laden in hops.

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Photo of Tele
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 1.15.16

A: 4.5 Pours a clear, yellow-gold. The fluffy, nearly white head has good retention and leaves lots of lace.

S: 4.25 Classic aromas. Bready, toasted malt, lemon, minerally, mild hops, and a bit of pepper.

T: 4 Similar to the nose. Barely sweet with lots of toasted cracker, malt, lemon, with a peppery, grassy finish. Finish is a bit watery after the beer warms a bit.

M: 4.5 The body is creamy and crisp at the same time with good carbonation and a dry finish.

O: 4.25 This is a great example of the style – like a pilsner but a bit more mild and creamy. Good amount of flavor without being too heavy or intense. Great stuff!

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,244 ratings.
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