Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,282 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.

Added by kbub6f on 12-30-2000

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Photo of BigCheese
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle in April I believe

Really pale color, crystal clear. Thin white head.

Some bready malts in scent, a bit metallic, faint.

Some cereal pale gains, a little earthy and grassy hops, super clean yeast finish.

As sessionable as it gets. Light yet smooth body, very carbonated.

It's refreshing and a nice larger at price, but it's pretty bland. I've had better (augustiner)

Probably would be better on tap

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Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of rhuber
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has some retention. Lacing appears as if it will be pretty minimal. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a clear and light pale straw which glows deeper straw when held up to the light. The lacing is pretty much nonexistent.

Nose- Not much going on in this department. Lots of typical “beer”, lager/pilsner smell. Grain with bits of sourness. Little notes of spice, something akin to coriander. Sourness and spiciness fade fairly quickly but a nice, inviting whiff of grain remains. Sweet malt is apparent as well.

Taste- Initially, I get sweet malt and grain followed by some earthy, grassy notes from the noble hops. There are some mineral notes as well and what seems to be a hint of caramel (though I doubt caramel malts were used in this beer). Very well integrated but could use more presence. If I'm reading the bottle code right (6332), then time is most likely the reason. That being said, there are no obvious flaws and this beer is quite smooth. If the noble hops were more striking, this beer would easily go from above average to a solid beer. This would also help balance the sweetness of the malt which at times is too sweet. The sweetness, at times, shows a little white grape as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied but remarkably smooth. You expect a good amount of carbonation in a lighter beer but the lack of it in no way hurts this beer.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. Even if this isn't exactly fresh, this is what the macrobreweries should be aiming for.

Overall- Above average but I really need to try another example. If I am reading the bottle code correctly, this beer is almost a year old. Still, a fairly good beer in its degraded condition.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a clean pilsner glass

Sight: Stark white head that sits fluffy and full on top of a crystal clear, golden-straw body. Tiny champagne-like bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Light, bready nose signaling Pilsner malt, combined with subtle but present noble hop spiciness. No perceived esters and definitely no diacetyl.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, it tastes of bready, grainy malt. It also sports just a slight hint of sweetness, but this is a dry, well attenuated beer. The hops are a little earthy and spicy. This has a clean, crisp aftertaste with more malt. No presence of off flavors.

Feel: Dry, medium body and carbonation. Smooth and malty. No wine-like astringency.

Overall: Excellent lager, extremely drinkable/sessionable. One of the most highly regarded of the style by experts and novices alike.

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Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bnes09
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Transparent light straw colored ale with a thick, white head. Great retention and lots of lace lines. Crisp herbal aroma with some fresh grains and grass thrown in. Bready malt character in the flavor with rice and corn. Very well balanced with an herbal, grassy hop bitterness. Hint of garlic. Finish is crisp with lingering hop spice. Light bodied. Lots of bubbles. Highly refreshing. A tasty German lager which I could thoroughly enjoy year-round.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A light golden color, with about two inches of head that receded rapidly and left little to no lacing on the glass. There was very little carbonation visible.

S - Nice mix of floral hops and malty sweetness.

T - Tastes like a Euro lager with out the Euro funkiness, which is a good thing in my book. The dominant taste in the finish is a modest sweetness that makes the beer very easy drinking.

M - On the light side of medium. Pleasant, but nothing stands out here. This is actually the weakest (in my opinion) in terms of mouthfeel from the Weihenstaphaners that I've tried thus far.

O - Ridiculously drinkable beer, with perhaps a little more sweetness then I would expect and prefer. I want to give it higher rankings based on the others I've had from this brewery, and while it is tasty, there are many other options (from this brewery and others) that I would prefer.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jborg
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

5/5  rDev +24.1%

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

Pours a clear light gold color with a frothy one inch ivory white head that lingers, leaving small sheets of lacing as it dissipates.

Grainy, cracker-like Pilsner malt and a touch of malt sweetness are accented by lightly perfumey, floral hops.

Flavor is grainy, slightly sweet, with cracker-like dryness hitting mid palate. Floral notes and a bit of earthiness surface in the finish. There's a touch of hop bitterness, as well as a peppery note in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with moderate to a touch high carbonation.

Fairly malty, slightly sweet, with spicy noble hop character and a bit of minerally notes. Very clean, easily drinkable beer.

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Photo of bismarksays
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of brureview
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a translucent light golden color in a Pilsner glass with a 3 finger head. A beautiful looking beer.

Light fruit and malt wafted from the head.

Carbonation was mild and transitioned to the taste. This happens in a well balanced beer where the carbonation blends seamlessly into the taste.

Taste: fruit, malt and hops. A standout lager. Slight bitterness.

This is a world class beer. Easy to drink, yet complex.

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Photo of Kraig
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of safaricook
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good clean lager but somehow it does not excite me. There are a so many just a little bit more characterful Bavarian Helles or Austrian Märzen that excel this one. Therefore the mdeiocre rating. Though great example of the style, if you have difficulties getting this style at your place.

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Photo of redleg411
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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