Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Style: German Helles

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 NJpadreFan
2.58/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Weihenstephaner Original

Appearance- almost clear yellow with a decent lacing head.
Smell- light and sweet malt slight grassy hop. Smelled slighty like a champagne mixed with a pear cider?!
Taste- light and sweet malt. Light peach flavor and watery.
Mouthfeel- clean and crisp like drinking a watered down iced tea.

Overall- a HUGE disappointment. This is beer?! C'mon now, little flavor with no [email protected]

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Photo of Melchizedek
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light gold with a big effervescent head.

Slight sulfury skunk with a yeasty, grainy aroma - in the mouth, smooth and light with lots of grainy malt. The taste is a little thin and clean, but it's quite pleasant; there's almost no aftertaste. This stuff's about as drinkable as it gets, no objections here.

Perfect sessioner, I'd say, no bitterness, so no hop intrigue, but hey - sometimes this just hits the spot. Lovely.

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Photo of russpowell
3.37/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with 2" bubbly white head that quickly drops to nothing. No lacing or head retention

Smell: Slight sweet maltiness and not much else

Taste: Sweet with slight grainyness and hops bite. Slight citrus taste on finish. Very clean tasting

MF: Well balanced but way undercarbonated

highly drinkable, will try again I know from previous tastes this beer is better than this. Having said that, all those samples were within 50 miles of the brewery!

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Photo of atigerlife
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

0.5L bottle.

This is not a style that I'm that familiar with, so I was excited to finally grab this one out of my fridge and give it a go.

Poured a light golden with a lot of carbonation. A good white head that hung around for a reasonable amount of time.

A sweet aroma with some hops evident, but not overpowering. The taste was very smooth, light with a mild hops bitterness at the end. There was also some sweet, floral notes that came through.

The mouthfeel was mild and slightly dry. Quite light. Refreshing. Overall, this was very drinkable. Not aggressive with a very crisp feel and a nice balance. I'm certainly glad I have another one in my fridge. A beer that goes nicely with food and beyond.

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Photo of Andreji
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

another beer I managed to try at the Munchen Flughafen on my two hr. layover between Barcelona and Wien.

I guess munchner helles is not weihenstephan's strength. I mean, the beer is just average. there is nothing exciting to it, it doesn't even have that occasional pleasant sweetness some in the same style manage to differ themselves for plain lagers.

Refreshing, nonetheless. I stick to the other Weihenstephan offerings.

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

I picked this up by mistake thinking it was the hefe! I was pleasantly surprised though, as it went great with my pizza. It pours with perfect clarity, a straw gold color with a medium white head. The aroma is vaguely sweet with a hint of spicy hops in the background. These two elements switch places in the taste. A nice classically German hoppiness presides for the majority of the taste. Not a huge amount of bitterness, but filled with a grassy, florally element. There is a nice malty sweetness that provides a counterpoint to the hops. This is a very crisp and clean beer with a beautifully dry finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and prickly from a fair amount of carbonation. It goes down easy so it's fairly drinkable. A very nice, crisp lager that goes down very easily.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Classic 16.9 fluid ounce bottle that has a much cleaner metric equivalent at a half litre, and it’s easier to say too. I have only reviewed the Korbinian before but the overall style of the main and neck labels have a vaguely familiar style and generic look to them. Listed at alc. 5,1% vol.

Appearance: Soft pale straw with lemony gold highlights. Gentle low count streamers rise to the underside of the creamy cloud like white head that is expansive at first but settles with some confidence to a ¼” thick cap covering. Lost of milky carbonation and a lively body when gently swirled.

Nose: Lightly toasted malts mingle with a gentle soft sweetness. Low level hops have a resilient fresh grassy feel to them. Hints of brewers yeast in there, with some freshly baked White bread to balance it.

Taste: Impressively clean, didn’t get much sweetness in the flavor profile in this fresh sample, which is the way I like it. The grassy hops have a delicate herbal character and there is some spiciness here too. Finishes with a toasted malt sweetness and hints of the yeast that just peeks through, but the swallow is clean and the lingering taste is that of a very good Helles. Moorish.

Mouthfeel: Classy feel, well cushioned with a “soft sink into” feel that is extremely attractive. Has a well defined feel with clean borders but no sharp edges.

Drinkability: Fresh samples of this are dangerously drinkable and highly quaffable. The gently fire-roasted hoppy burps are gorgeous in their simplicity and attractive feel.

Overall: Drink this one fresh to get it at its very best and it is unbeatable!! However, I do find that older samples soon turn sweet and into a bland corny mess that tastes like an American macro, why is that I wonder? As this is one of my favorite German Helles Lagers, I cannot believe that I never reviewed it before now. Hey maybe I just enjoyed drinking it too much to sit down and write about it. Well now that I do, it’s fair to say that (when fresh at least) this is a damned fine excellent brew - solid stuff that I could drink all day. An Original-Original for sure.

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Photo of scooter231
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, slightly lacking in good solid pigment, but very clear. Little head, some lacing. Smells... nutmeggy. Huh. Sweet and malty. Grainy and yeasty, with slight lemony citrus notes.

Taste is not exactly what you'd expect based on the nose. Much more bready and biscuity, even more grainyness. Sweeter than expected. The only thing that really matches the nose is the big hit of malts... and the lightly bitter hops in the background. Nuttyness? I detect nuttyness at the end. Yes, almonds.

Mouthfeel is fluffy, soapy, and bubbly. Very frothy, almost... cappuccino-foam-like feel. Actually nice. Overall fairly drinkable- light, nothing overpowering to the palate. But I wouldn't go after this that often.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle serving.

Clear golden body with a slight haze. 2 fingers of head from a fairly aggressive pour. Nice lacing as the head subsides.

Nose is mild malt with a hint of floral hops and maybe some citrus.

Flavor is characteristically German. Sweet malt up-front with the floral hop finish. Very thirst quenching and tasty. Made to be quaffed in huge mugs at a Fest or just in the local Gasthaus with friends. Excellent!

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean without being watery.

Drinkability is outstanding, top marks! I greatly enjoyed many beers like this during my time in the USAF in Germany. A fine example such as this just makes me homesick for more.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As clear as could be and a colour a bit deeper than an appealing golden yellow, which is a hue that just doesnt appeal to me
There is plenty of Malt in the nose and the palatebut doesnt drift off to a bland sweetness , rather it meanders to savoury ending
there is a thick to oily feel in the mouthbut still manages to cleanse when you start to think it will maybe start cloying the tastebuds.
Malt dominated drinks are probably not for me , however I think that this is a touch above average

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Photo of stcules
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden color, creamy and compact head. Lightly veiled.
Malty, delicate, cereals, Hallertau.
Malty taste, delicate, at the beginning. The it becomes more rough, with metallic and astringent notes.
Dry, it left a bitter and grassy hop.
Quite light body.
The hops, not too fresh, modify the delicacy of the first impact.
Hop in the aftertaste, but a little stale. It lowers the drinkability.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with orange around the edges, nice pillowy white head that laces thin islands, supported by lethargic but plentiful carbonation. Crystal clear body.

Well balanced between the hop presence and a light malted counter. Grassy smell doesn't translate over to the taste. This brew has a zip to it that impresses and keeps it interesting. I think its the smashing carbonation clasing with the smooth, silky body. Nice match. Finishes with a lemony citrus cleansing.

Weihenstephaner beers have this subtle complexity which I cannot explain. I guess thats what happens when your the oldest active brewery in the world.

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Photo of shererjt
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale to medium yellow and crystal clear. Nicely carbonated with a clean, white, well retained head. Aroma is predominantly grainy/malt/sweet and what I have come to referred to as "sulfate-y", as many beers from Munich are. Some hops in the nose but the malt dominates. Relatively mild taste; malt takes the lead but the hops provide a strong background, particularly in the aftertaste. Body is on the thin side of medium. Drinkability can only be described as outstanding; this one goes down great and leaves you wanting more.

An outstanding representation of the helles style, though a little on the hoppy side compared to many. It's very accessible to macrobrew drinkers and does a nice job getting folks interested in "better beer". Also makes a great, if somewhat pricey, session beer.

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Photo of Todler
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six at HY-Vee in CF last week. This one's a good 'all purpose' drinker. Pours nice, not a lot of foaming. Some lacing. Taste was smooth with a very mild sour yeast flavor with good hop and malt balance. They must use some of their hefeweizen yeast in this because it had a similar tartness, just scaled down. I enjoyed this one and I'd buy it again. I can't say it will change your life, but definately worth trying.

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

The color is a cloudy golden with not much in the way of head or carbonation. The aroma is of light doughy malts with yeast smell mixed in. The taste is more of the same, classic Munich malt taste with some grain taste towards the finish. Yeast flavors accenuate the malt body and provide a mild fruitness. I found this to be a good session beer, but still a little bit below the quality I was expecting. Then again, I don't know how long this has been sitting on the shelf. I bet it's truly excellent on-tap in Germany.

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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at AJ's at the end of July for $1.59.

This straw colored brew poured a nice head with decent head retention. Nose is malty and perhaps a slight hint of a fruit. Taste starts with malts but is dominated by a subtle hop finish. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Overall this is a tasty little lager that I would recommend!

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Photo of Onceeven
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been criminally neglecting lagers for quite some time now.. I think I needed to drink this beer to set me straight. This bottle has been beckoning at the beer store for the past six months, so I put an end to its incessant stare and took it home.
Nothing special from the pour. Creamy white head lasted a few seconds then dissipated to nothing. No lacing to speak of, I was having doubts right off the bat. A spicy but subtle hop aroma greeted my nose, like a good German pils, but with a malty backbone. Sweet and bready, wonderfully balanced. The taste is spicy and slightly prickly with a subtle candy-like sweetness. Remarkably smooth, and satisfying yet still flavorful.
Didn't think I'd ever like a helles this much. Well done.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

presentation: 16.9oz. bottle with weihenstephaner's typical front label. "the world's oldest brewery" (since 1040) is donned on the front. "imported by bavaria house corp. wilmington, nc" also on front label. 5.1% abv. also printed on the label is: "brewed under the purity law of 1516". gotta love that!

appearance: pours a super clear, bright wheat colored tower of bubbling brilliance in a pilsner glass. huge meringue-like head that dissapates sparatically like pouring model glue on styrofoam. good lacing and sticking.

smell: clean lager like aroma. wheat and a touch of citrus and hops. some sweet cake-like malty undertones as well. alcohol after warming and swirling.

taste: malty for a lager, but i think this is good for this style. lightly spicy hops are lingering in the background. very clean taste. lightly astringent dry finish with a hint of lemon poppyseed cake.

mouthfeel: mouthfeel is excellent for a lager. there is such a smooth, crisp feel to this light bodied brew. light carbonation. being light and crisp, you'd think the swallow would be harsh like a macro, but nope. swallow is velvet. love it!

drinkability: are you kidding me? this brew was gone after the first sip. i won't be able to keep this in the fridge.

overall: please note that this is far from my favorite beer. it's far from my favorite styles of beer. however within the style, i must rate this beer high. it's fantastic!

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Photo of BeerNutta
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Do Weihenstephaner know how to make bad beers?

A = Golden Amber color.

S = Sweet malty smell with a light hop infusion.

T = Sweet malts and fruits. (apples?) Crisp hop finish. Very nice!!

M = Moderate carbonation. If anything I would say I wish it was slightly less carbonated. Just ever so slightly. Its borderline fizzy.

D = Great. Relatively cheap for such a great beer.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured extremely clear yellow golden that had an active head of multiple sized bubbles. This head fell pretty quickly to leave a very still looking beer with only a few bubbles rising as it stands. It would have been nice for it to have a bit more retention

Aroma: Typical well-crafted Helles...it smells like a milkshake. There are toasty aromas by the bucket load, but the malty sweetness is the dominant characteristic of the aroma. As it warms a bit, the hops are starting to peek through the abundant malty aromatics

Taste: It has a really clean flavor profile. There is a tad of hops noticeable when you first taste the beer, but they step back and let the beer finish balanced toward the malt in the finish like this style dictates. The lack of carbonation makes this particular example seem heavier on the palate than it should in my opinion.

Opinion: This is a super flavorful beer! I just love this style, because you have a beer that is as light as a Budweiser sitting in front of you that has so much to offer your palate! They are beautiful when well crafted, and this is one of them. I believe that there must have been something up at the brewery when they bottled this batch, because it seems under carbonated. There was a good amount of off-gas when I opened the cap, so I don't think that it leaked...besides the fact that it still tastes good. I will definitely be drinking this beer again...and probably review it again because I think that this bottle is an anomaly.

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Photo of woemad
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber (size listed as "16.9 FL.OZ.") purchased at The Cheese Monger's Shop in Leavenworth for $2.99.

Poured a very slightly hazy straw-gold color, with a big, fizzy white head that, while noisy, was not long for this world. No lace at all.

The smell is lightly malty, with a mildly spicy hop presence.

The taste is similar to the smell, though the flavor comes out more. Fizzy yellowish beers are not generally my thing, but I'd like them more if more of them had flavor like this one. The maltiness is lightly sweet, the hoppiness is mildly herbal, but packs a slight peppery spiciness. This is a very tasty light bodied beer, and is quite nice on a fairly hot day like today.

A you can guess, it's pretty light bodied. While I prefer something with a little more substance (or, in the case of my beloved porters and stouts, a LOT more), this would be quite nice to quaff in quantity on a hot day. Apparently the world's oldest brewery makes a lawnmower beer!

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Photo of slyke
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the friends who introduced me to this beer a few years ago. I don't drink enough of it, but each time I pick it up, I savor it.

Appearance: Clear yellow/gold with a small, but persistent white head.

Smell: Pretty balanced as the style should be. A bit more hops than malt in the aroma.

Taste: Again, pretty balanced as it should be. Taste is a bit more malt than hops.

Mouthfeel: Real good. Just, again, as it should be.

Drinkability: A very quaffable lager. I especially enjoy this one on summer evenings.

This is an excellent beer. Coming from the oldest brewery in the world, it should be. They must be doing something right to have stayed in business since 1040. Anybody up for a Weihenstephaner millenium celebration in about 35 years?

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Photo of mobyfann
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid .60EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 500mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 07.07.2005

Pure golden base, medium white head, great retention and initial signs of laces less so later in the consumption process. The smell is like any other helles, weak hops, mild malts.

Taste is pretty smooth, decent aftertaste, very light in both malts and hops but a great balance. No true signs of harshness in the mouth, one of the best beers in the world in this department. If it tastes a little better it would receive the drinkability 5.0, but it is just a basic Helles with great looks and mouthfeel. An impressive session beer.

Final Thought: Well, Weihenstephaner makes another great beer but it could increase the flavor of this one.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16.9 ounce bottle poured into a goblet. No freshness date to be found and I would bet this is older than it should be... it has certainly been in temperatures that weren't beer friendly.
Pours a hazy, light amber color with some good bubbling and a decent amount of lacing for a lager.
Smells... Belgian! well, almost. It's probably the malts but I'm getting smells that remind me quite a bit of Belgian yeasts. Very bold scent, doesn't smell old or skunked, I personally enjoy it a great deal. More fragrant than any lager I've come across.
Tastes rich and malty... reminds me of a witbier in a lot of ways. Mouthfeel is pretty thick for a lager, with a lingering aftertaste that I can't quite place though I know I've tasted it before... I don't mind it one bit.
A bit too sweet to be super drinkable but I'd be happy with another pint.
Great bang for the buck beer.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A lager I can enjoy and the spouse likes it, too! Reasonably priced also.

Clear bright gold with bridal white head and columns of carbonation. Nose was a bit bready, but simply the lack of a corn smell in a beer this color is enough to make it a winner. Taste was light and smooth. This is the answer to those macro folks who "can't taste their beers" because it has just enough crispness, just enough hop bite to make it a quenching, if a tad boring, and satisfying beverage. The mouthfeel is a little too thin, but never watery, for my taste. Consuming these should not be an issue for anyone who even remotely likes beer.

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