Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,283 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a high score from the Bros, so lets see what its all about.

Pour is very bright yellow, foamy white head on top, and very lively carbonation. Looks good.

Smell has loads of corn, but theres some other stuff going on. Light grassy notes, and a bit caramel.

Oh my. Very light and sweet. Some cereal grains, and a light hint of caramel. Small grassy taste as well. Even some light bready notes. One complex Munich Helles. Wow.

It finishes so clean and smooth. Super flavorful, yet still goes down like a light lager. This is what Americans should be aiming for.

I dont think Ive ever had something so light, flavorful, and under-appreicated.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
Bottle date code 6401. Which I think means it was bottled on the 6th day of the 40th week of 2011. Which would be Oct, 7th, 2011 if I did it right.

A- Pours a clear straw yellow with 3 fingers of foamy white head that has some staying power and leaves some mild lacing on the glass.

S- Grassy hop aroma mixed with bready malts. A little bit of skunk. Might be a little too old.

T- Follows nose well. Crisp and refreshing for being as old as I think it is. Ends with some light earthy flavors.

M- Decent amount of carbonation makes it refreshing, and a light body makes it an easy drinker.

O- A solid lager from a solid brewery. Weihenstephaner never disappoints, but I would love to try a super fresh one.

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Photo of chasmandocharles
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of fields336
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, poured into SA PP glass

A: light yellow, 2 fingers white pillowy head, leaves slight lacing, dissipates quickly. decent carbonation

S: bready malts, grassy, earthy hops, floral, grain, toasted bread

T: grain, bready malt, grassy, floral, toast, herb/pepper, grape skin

M: Slight sweetness but mostly dry. highly carbonated, refreshing

O: Delicious. would buy this any day, especially a beach or pool day. refreshing

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Arriving in a pint glass, it's the usual light golden color. Extremely clear. The slight mustache of foam evaporates rapidly, leaving the beer virtually flat on the tongue.

It does have a nice aroma. The best feature is the long nose of toasted English muffins. Otherwise, it's the definition of "beery." Rather sweet with a honey flavor. A touch of hops without much distinction. Not much else.

For all the praise as a classic German beer, it tastes like another dull lager in my experience with it on tap at Pizza Port in OB. I really like their wheat beers, so I might try this again but in the bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pure, translucent, golden yellow with a soft, fizzy cap of pure, white head that fades to a thin lacing

S - grassy, malty, faintly grainy, hoppy

T - bitter, malty, grassy, a bit sweet, cereal grains, a hint of corn

M - smooth, well carbonated, light to medium bodied

This is a well put together, quaffable beer. It has enough flavor to keep you interested, it's perfectly to style, and it's very refreshing. I'll definitely give this a go again.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of tobelerone
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold bodied beer with a big fluffy white head that settles very slowly; excellent lacing. Mild bready malt aroma with lighter floral, herbal hoppiness and a hit of fruit. Crisp and clean taste; lots of bready malt, restrained sweetness, some floral hops, again a bit of fruitiness, decent bitterness and bite. Medium-light bodied with good carbonation and a very refreshing and clean overall feel.

A classic and beautifully crafted German lager and an easy drinking, quenching choice on a hot summer day. Superb session brew too. This defines the Helles style.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bubseymour
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - nice golden lager with 1 finger head and 1 finger head that quickly disappeared

S - bready and malty.

t - When relatively fresh this is an absolutely fabulous German style lager. One of the best flavored ever. Nice grain and breadiness. You will be hard pressed to find a beer this flavorful at 5.1% ABV

M - very refrreshing and pleasant

O- A very fine lager from Germany.

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4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The helles lager is what God drinks on a summer afternoon. It is the Platonic ideal of a cold beverage on a balls-hot day. If Jesus drank beer, he would spend August in Munich, guzzling helles lagers all day and then screaming his brains out at the Bayern Munchen opening match. It is crisp, it is light, it smells like the soft breeze of a country wheat field on a warm day, and it gets you just drunk enough to get up and keep moving, and not so drunk you decide it's time to go home.

The Weheinstephaner is an excellent example of a helles lager. The Augustiner is still my favorite (though I haven't had it in a while), but the Weheinstephaner has that perfect, light, bready German flavor, and that clean, lightly bitter taste that balances perfectly but, like the selfless working-man's beer it is, doesn't linger too long, because it understands that you have places to be and things to do. It is a fizzy yellow beer, yes, but it German lagers are the paradigms of all fizzy yellow beers, and this one still has a nice, creamy head and light lacing down the glass that belies a beer with much more class and style than Americans expect from fizzy yellow beers. If all your friends could be exemplified in fizzy yellow beers, then the helles lager is your well-dressed European friend who's a very nice guy and tends to pick up surprisingly attractive women. And it smells like the south of Germany. It smells like a great vacation. It smells like summertime.

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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a pale gold and is as clear as a pane of glass. White, 2 finger head with good retention. The resulting lace is respectable, especially for a lager.

Smell - Clean grains, grassy hops and just a faint touch of skunkiness.

Taste - Sweet, grainy malt flavors. A subtle hint of sour lemon in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Moderate body and smooth as all hell. Refreshing. The carbonation lends to a lively, crisp bite.

Overall - I'm not big on lagers, but this one is fantastic. Reminiscent of Heineken, only much, much better.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of stewart124
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with spritzey white head and visible carbonation.

Nose has plenty of doughy malt to offer with grapes and grassy notes.

The taste really hits home. Plenty of light maltiness and sweetness. Some grain and straw notes to go along with a bit of peppery bitterness. Very delicate. Sweetness hits and the beginning than moves towards a dryer note.

Very nice Helles lager and one that hide from me on the shelves. Delicious and so easy to drink.

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,283 ratings.
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