Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,280 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Poured into a glass mug. Pours pale golden with a tall, white head and plentiful visible tiny bubbles. The head retreats, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. This is the typical helles lager smell. There's the bready and biscuit type malt with some grassy hops. The taste absolutely follows the nose. There's a solid malt profile here that has some biscuit notes. The noble hops add some grassy and spicy notes. The taste absolutely follows the nose. There's a solid malt profile here that has some biscuit notes. The noble hops add some grassy and spicy notes. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours straw yellow and very effervescent. Rocky and pillowy white head forms an impressive three fingers atop the beer and doesn't budge. Patchy clumps of lacing.

S: Sweet and bready with a light graininess- textbook use of Pilsner malt. Light aroma of grape skin. Hay. Grassy and slightly herbal hops make for a very evenly balanced nose, Very clean. Spot-on for the style.

T: Straw, biscuit and bread unfold on the palate. Pervasive grape skin fruitiness. Hops kick in mid-palate with grassy and herbal tastes and balance the beer perfectly. Drying finish of equal parts grain and grassy hops. Very clean, very crisp. Excellent.

M: Medium bodied with a nice, firm malt texture. Very creamy, filling in the mouth, and extremely smooth. Moderate carbonation provides just a bit of a lift and scrub. Great.

O: This is king of the Helles as far as I'm concerned. There is no flaw in this beer. A simple but pleasing style executed to perfection. It appalls me that this sits on the shelf. Put down your harpoons and halt the whale hunt long enough to drink and appreciate the truly great beers that are regularly at your disposal.

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

Lots of foam that is quite persistent overtime. Appereance and aroma what is expected from a Munich Helles Lager. Light body with good carbonation. Flavor of malt and raw grains, which keeps constant without any unwanted mutation. High drinkability, actually as high as it gets.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Ahhh, Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan - mighty bastion of the brave Germanic beers (and 'oldest brewery still running', yeah yeah we know that already). Weihenstephaner Original Munich Helles somehow slipped between the cracks of my own beer tasting knowledge only to rear its delightful head (not a beer euphemism) coincidentally during Oktoberfest [least likely coincidence ever]. Well here you are Mr. Original, let's see if you truly live up to the Weihenstephaner name!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stein.

A: Clear pale golden body with an (I kid you not) inch sized cappuccino froth white head. You can see some major carbonation action going on within the glass so it is little surprise the head sits proudly on top.

S: Interesting with its bold musty yeast upfront, appreciable grain base (more malt than corn aromas) in the middle and honey sweetness with subdued cut grass hops to finish.

T: Waited for the head to drop a little before tasting, not a fan of getting beer foam in my nostrils. Yeast really dominates the flavour, still musty but with a big bread dough wallop, followed by that honey, then the malt base and ending with a long dry grassy hop finish. Uniquely German in its own Helles Lager ways with that big yeast taste that you don't get with other Lager styles, and which can be off putting for people unfamiliar with Munich Helles.

M: Almost as hearty as a thick beef stew in the body and light in carbonation (surprisingly considering the prominent head).

D: The only if that would make this beer any better is if it was served in a masskrug by a buxom German girl wearing a dirndl... well one can dream. That aside it is a highly drinkable, likeable Helles that is true to the style "Prost!".

Food match: You could almost make a sandwich with the bold bread flavours in this brew, or in the least forego the slice of bread at meal time. German food is an obvious choice of course. Quiche would also pair well.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a mug glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow color. Clear. Forms a big bubbled aired white head. Medium retention and some lacings left

S: Sweet grains, bready Lager yeasts and flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Crispy cereals, sweet malts, bread, Lager yeasts, citrus hops

M: Extremely smooth and delicate Helles. Light body and decent carbonation. Balanced jops bitterness aftertaste

O: Extremely drinkable. My new favorite Munich Helles Lager.

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

Served from bottle into a sampler shaker. Poured a pale golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, spice, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, spice, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I was really quite impressed with what I found going on in this one for the style. It was very refreshing and inviting for the palate. This fact made it extremely easy to drink and I could see this one being enjoyed in fairly larger quantities without too much trouble. A solid offering from this brewery that I would not hesitate to suggest to anyone out there.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall lager glass. Golden color with three fingers of head; puffy like a cloud. Lots of beautiful bubbles floating up.
Fresh cut grain smell.
Soft metallic taste, bitter throughout but not off-putting. Some mild maltiness to it as well, bready.
Crisp, yet soft and smooth texture. Lot of carbonation and medium body.
Overall, delicious and good for you.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

11.2 ounce Euro bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. The label is a little different than the one on the BA photo (mine says "original premium").

Appearance - Honey color. Nice, fine cappacino like head that never completely disappeared. Minimal lacing.

Smell - It smells the way you would imagine a great lager would smell.

Taste - The malt/hops balance is perfect. The flavor is substantial. A wonderful German lager.

Mouth - Good. The flavor comes on quickly.

Overall - The prototypical German lager. Not too big. Easy drinking. Delicious. It's a shame Budweiser doesn't taste like this.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,280 ratings.
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