Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Bright yellow, almost appeared like it was glowing. Bright white head was never that tall and disappeared rathe quickly, but I also didn't pour it very well. Average lacing.

S: Smelled like a lager. Not the most original way to describe a smell, but that's the best way to put it.

T: Oh this tastes so good. Crisp, refreshing with a nice amount of hop bitterness and an ever so slight sweetness that lingers after swallowing.

M: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

O: I am not generally a lager guy, but this was terrific. The numbers I gave this do not necessarily reflect how much I actually enjoyed this beer. This is very easy to drink and very tasty, and since it is reasonably priced, it is very sessionable. I see myself drinking much more of this in the future.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a 1 inch foamy eggshell color head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Very thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and some grape-like fruity aromas. Taste is of malt/grain, white grape juice, and some other fruity flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a crisp mouthfeel with a bubbly quality. Overall, this is a very tasty and crisp lager that is very easy to drink. Much different from the other beers Weihenstephan offers but a good choice nonetheless.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's been too long since I've had a lighter beer and it's definitely been too long since I've had a German beer. Since it's getting warmer and warmer here in Texas, it makes sense to have a light and refreshing lager, especially one from the world's oldest continuously operating brewery.

Poured into my stange glass I'm greeted with a lovely beer. The head grows fast, so watch the pour. It's very bubbly, white, and has some good retention. There's a bit of lacing if you drink it in big enough gulps. The carbonation makes for a reverse "waterfall" of bubbles rising to the top through the absolutely clear and golden-yellow beer.

This has a strong grassy smell. Grainy, sweet, and slightly citrusy are the main aromas that come through. There's a yeasty, slightly sulfury aroma to it as well. Hops tingle the nose a bit. Grainy and sweet from the pale malts, along with a slight toastiness.

Oh, clean and tasty. Up front there's a bit of hop bitterness but quickly after the lager yeast and pale malt jump in. The yeast adds a nice funkiness, like a slightly bitter bread. Pale malts bring in toastiness and graininess. Sweetness is like that of fresh cut grass. Anyone chewed on a long piece of grass while hiking? That's what it reminds me of. There's just a tad of lemon citrus in there. No bold flavors but tasty and clean.

Needless to say, this is exceptionally drinkable. Medium-high carbonation tingles the tongue but it's smooth all the way down. It's medium-bodied but this beer is so clean every gulp goes down effortlessly.

This is what a lager should be like: slightly bitter, tasty, clean, drinkable, and refreshing.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pilsener glass, bottled 7/27/2011. Pours slightly cloudy golden straw color with a nice fluffy 2-3 finger white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing down the glass as you drink; with plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of lemon, cracker, black pepper, apricot, herbal, grass, and bready grains. Very nice, clean, and balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of biscuit, herbal, lemon, pepper, grass, and bready grains. Fairly dry on the finish as expected; with slight lingering notes of lemon, bread, grass, and pepper on the finish for a bit. Great balance of flavors. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with an extremely crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable, with no alcohol noticed at all as expected. Overall this is an excellent Helles lager. Plenty of well balanced flavor and easy drinking.

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5l bottle poured into a pilsner glass revealing a big foamy white head and a see through golden body.
The aroma brings forth citrus and grass.
The same taste as in the nose, but with added nutty and grainy qualities.
Clean, crisp, little drying, slightly medium bodied.
I love a good lager every now and then and this hits the spot. Augustiner may be better, but can’t get those here so this will do.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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2/5  rDev -51.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a big mug before a nice German meal in a great little deli, Ursula's Schnitzelhaus in Waynesville, MO.

Typical appearance for the style, yellowish with a one finger head, good lacing, bubbles, a touch of haze.

Smelled and tasted a bit sweet, grainy, with a mild hoppiness. Refreshing and easy to drink, a pretty tasty beer. I would certainly drink it again.

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 2,364 ratings