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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Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into my mad Fox glass. Bright golden yellow color with a large, pillowy white head filling the top two inches of the glass. Nice head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a nice balance of crisp, sweet, grainy, pale malts and a herbal, grassy, hoppiness. I get some crisp, slightly tart fruitiness to it as well. Very nice for the style.

The taste shows a little more of the sweet, pale, grainy malts to it up front. In the finish I start to get a little more of the herbal hoppiness coming out to add some balancing bitterness. Some of the crisp, tart, fruit like flavors are there in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very good beer of the style. Nicely flavored and well balanced.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed January 1, 2012. Poured a 330 mL bottle into a flute glass.

A: Poured a clear golden straw yellow with a one fingered creamy head.

S: This is oddly one of the strongest grassy smells I've taken in from a beer. Reminds me of a white wine. A green apple taste comes through quite nicely with a bit of hay & grains on top. I honestly quite enjoy this smell.

T: Sweet grassy bread-like qualities comes through. There is a dash of spice thrown in which makes it that much better. The grasslike quality is oddly my favorite thing of this drink.

M: This goes down nice and smooth. This carries nice due to its carbonation.

O: This fits the style of a Munich Helles Lager quite nicely. I never really was a fan of this style, but with the grassiness that this gives it's quite beautiful. I love nature in my drinks: oak, pine, and grass. This will be something that I will like if I could find it in large quantities.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a flute
A: Pale yellow with a thin stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom; a thin head quickly disappears. Almost looks like a sparkling wine.
S: Grass, corn, dough, lemon. Light but nice.
T: Grain (corn/wheat), dough, light hops, a bit of grass and citrus. Crisp and complex. Very tasty.
M: Very pleasant. Light and crisp with a hint of sparkle.
O: This should be a nice light quaffer. Instead I'm sitting here sipping it slowly- it's just that complex and enjoyable. And this is during December- I can't wait for summer to get here; I'll buy it by the case.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of IPhantom
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw-gold that you can almost see your TV through. Appetizing snow-white head about a finger and a half thick that dissipates to a thin ring. Sticky lacing is persistent and goes all the way up the glass.

Nose is nice and grassy, with an almost wine-y note. Taste is crisp and bracing--saltine crackers, green apple, fresh cracked pepper. The mouthfeel is, in a word, glorious. Smooth on the tip of the tongue, then seeming to evaporate off your tongue leaving a crisp, somewhat spicy finish.

As I've gotten older, my palette has turned a little bit more towards pilsners and pale lagers. I don't know yet where this one ranks among its brethren....but it's way up there. A beautiful beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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