Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner OriginalWeihenstephaner Original
BA SCORE
84.2%
Liked This Beer
4.08 w/ 2,317 ratings
Weihenstephaner OriginalWeihenstephaner Original
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,209
Reviews:
906
Ratings:
2,317
Liked:
1,950
Avg:
4.08/5
pDev:
12.25%
Alströms:
4.51
 
 
Wants:
192
Gots:
400
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of brureview
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of safaricook
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
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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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle

pours a pale yellow color with a nice white head. The smell is best described as crisp, earthy, citrusy. But mostly just as refreshing. You know this beer is gonna hit the spot before you even drink it. Taste does just that, very light and easy drinking crisp flavors of malts and hops. little citrus and lemon. Again, best described as simply "perfectly refreshing." Thirst quenching. Feel is astounding. Lighter side of medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down so smooth and easy. One of the easiest drinking beers you'll ever have.

Overall this is just great. Extremely enjoyable and drinkable. Dont see anyone who wouldnt like this (as long as they like beer!)

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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Snagged a 16.9oz bottle of this for around 3 bucks. Into a mug.

A - A stunning 1/2 inch of foamy white goodness atop of a crisp bright yellow.
S - Soft malts and crisp hops meets some lager yeast and bready goodness.
T - One of the cleanest lagers I have ever drank. Hops and malts are harmonized with mild touch of corn and syrup like malts.
M - Dangerously drinkable as I type I am halfway through the bottle. Would love to have a mini keg.

Overall every beer I picked up by these guys has been amazing. Will have to track down their Festbier next. Worth the price tasty and smoother than water.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 84.2% out of 100 with 2,317 ratings
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