Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner OriginalWeihenstephaner Original

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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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Photo of rajendra82
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an accidental review, as I thought I was picking up the great Hefeweizen. After numerous attempts to stir in some yeast in my glass, I took a look at the label. Doh, this is not the Hefeweizen, this is the other beer with the identical blue label. Why they made them look so alike is beyond me, as the taste is quite a bit different.

This one pours out of the 500 ml, traditional Weihenstephaner bottle with a golden, crystal clear body, and a smallish head that is fleeting. There is no lace to speak of, so I will not talk about any.

The aroma is very strange. The closest thing I can think of is an old wooden log that has started to rot. As weird as that sounds, the aroma is not unpleasant, it is what I imagine fermented malt smells like, if not tempered by a lot of hops.

In the taste department, the malt is once again Kaiser. This beer has a sweet-sour, grain laden, strongly bready taste, that is similar to a Rye beer. I guess, this is why they call beer liquid bread.

This is a bit harsh on the palette, and lacks the smoothness that one comes to expect from a matured lager. This is what beer must have tasted like in the old days of black plague. I would take this over macro swill any day, but this is not sophisticated at all.

I will make sure I am picking up the right beer next time,

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Photo of necoadam
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think I've found my fall back brew. This is one of the easiest drinking beers out there with a nice crisp taste. Poured out a light gold color with a nice amount of carbonation that went away after a while. Smell consisted of some hops, slight yeasty aromas, a little bit of malts, and a hint of sweetness to it. Taste consisted of a dough-like flavors blended in with some hop bitterness and an ever so slight taste of lemons in there. Finishes on the sweet side a little, but not overpowering because the hop bitterness balances it out very well. I could drink these any time of the year. Crisp lager that goes down well and yet has a nice full body to it. I'm sold.

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

Hmmm. Not the best head. Not as good of tasting. A little dry.

I have to admit I picked this up not reading the level too closely. I thought I was buying the Hefeweisen. After a couple sips I figured out my error.

This beer is clear with much less head and a smell that is hard to quantify. The finish is pretty dry. This is a good tasting beer. The taste is still kind of bready with fruit, maybe pear. I find it a little light tasting, but I am used to drinking strong full bodied beer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold on the pour. Pretty big, fluffy head. Smells lightly of malty grass, and a tinge of hops. Light and crisp flavored, not meant to be a big beer. Still, above average for a lager. Their hefe-weiss and korbinian are much better, although I have no complaints about this.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a light yellow body, large foamy head, very good retention

Smell is fragrant, a hint of berries, but mostly a malty lager experience

Taste is simple, not particularly complex but refreshing a dry

A fairly decent lager, goes down easy

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

Brightly clear, light golden dulled yellow color with a thin white frothed cap that faded off quickly. Smell has a nice crisp and clean herbal essence with a soft, fresh bread roll dough. Quite nice, a firm crispness and sweet doughy breading for its nose, which really comes together as it warms. Taste is a nice crisp and clean hop, some dried herbal variants float around that are light and airy with a nice and firm bread dough sweetish malt backing. Totally reminds me of the dough used for white bread rolls or cresent rolls. Feel is a bit lighter on the body but the super clean, super crispness makes up for the lack there of. Kinda sweet and very smooth, quick crispness at first with a lightly dry breadish souring finish thats nice. A pretty darn good Helles thats easy, clean, crisp, and drinkably good. Yum.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden hue with a sizeable foamy head. Beautiful nose of floral hops and a hint of yeast. Surprisingly thin, almost watery body. More floral hops on the palate, balanced by the yeast and a touch of malty sweetness, with a very subtle biscuity character towards the finish. Very little aftertaste. Great German-style lager

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Photo of 99bottles
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Pours a very orangey golden color. Has a Nice little head of white bubbles that quickly fades to just a lace covering the top. somewhat murky body, but almost transparent.

Smell: The smell is of juicy pear, light yeast or malt, some citric lemon also.

Taste: Wow. That's beer. It's very refreshing, very clean and to the point. More pronounced malt flavor than in the smell, but not heavy at all. Tastes really fresh, even though it's probably not. I can't imagine what this would be like at the brewery. There is a faint resemblance in taste to a dopplebock. Sweet, bready. Really quite outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Good balance, not too heavy. Very refreshing feel, finsihes clean and smooth

Drinkability: Oh yeah. Maybe the easiest quaff I've had all year. I could see myself buying cases of this if I can find a place. Excellent. Maybe even moreso than their hefe. Oh shucks, they both rule!

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

Defining a Lager Bier. So many Ales get the nod now a days for flavor and power. People forget how difficult it is to brew a classic Lager because of all the crap macro on the market.

Perfect color and pour. A delicious balance of hops and malt. IMO, no true lager would rely on either more than the other. Balance is the key and several hundred years have figured it out with this brew.

If you ever find yourself in Munich, take the time to visit this Brwery, have a bier and some excellent food, and forget your worries.


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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden brew.

Smell is lots of grain, a bit of malt and perfume.

Taste is sweet with a clean grain flavor. There is a definite toasted flavor to this. Finishes dry with a nuts and bran flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable brew. A superb lager.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear pale straw color with a very creamy dense white 2-finger head. The smooth smell of biscuity malt and well balanced hops will start your mouth to watering. Wow! The taste again is smooth yet fairly complex despite the basic four ingredients with more of the malt and a bit more pronounced hop than the aroma revealed, and tapers into a light dry bitter finish. The mouthfeel is silky in this light to medium bodied beer. This is nice! Superb! Prosit!

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Photo of HardTarget
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Subdued citric fruits (lemon, orange) with a hint of malt.
Appearance: Clear pale yellow with a weak head of white.
Flavor: A bit of pear in the taste. Generally well balanced with some malt flavors coming out but not sweet. A very mild bitter in the finish, overall a fairly bland lager.
Mouthfeel: Medium light body with heavy carbonation.
Overall Impression: I thought I picked up the HefeWeissbier, and so was very confused when I started this. In comparison to its cousin, this just doesn’t seem right at all. On it’s own merits as a lager, it’s well balanced and has some mildly interesting qualities. A good summer thirst quencher, session beer, or a decent beer to help educate the masses, but nothing I’ll seek out in the future. Worth a karma point, but didn’t rock my boat.

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Photo of Mark
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I wanted something special for my 300th review, I have had everything available in the local stores that is special. I decided to try this lager because it has been really nice the last few days here in No. Cal. I thought a lager might go down well. Pale straw color that had a white head, retention was minimal lacing sparse. Aroma was weak but malt sweetness could be detected. Clean smooth malty base with minimal hopping. Some bitterness was detectable and I think some lemony notes. As far as lagers go it was refreshing which is basically what I look for. I can see putting a away a few of these on days like this, but then again, I'd rather have an Anchor. Drinkable if in the right situation.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured pale straw golden with a slight haze. The head was white and fell back to nothing in a few seconds. No lacing of the glass.

The aroma was malty and crisp. No hop aroma.

The flavor was slightly sour and dry. No hop flavor, a decent bittering backs up the malt. The flavor also is a little fruity.

The finish was dry and fruity. The body was medium light.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Considering how much I've enjoyed this brewery's weissbiers and doppelbock, I don't know what took me so long to try out their helles lager. It had a nice golden hue and a lot of carbonation working hard to sustain a frothy white head. As the beer went away, some spotty lace was left behind.
The nose was pleasing, of grains and straw and some spicy hops. The taste had a touch of breadiness to it and was fruity sweet before a zesty hops flavor came out in the finish. Light grasses and a hint of lemongrass were also evident in this crisp, clean brew.
Weihenstephaner Original was pretty tasty and went down smoothly and quickly. Another top-notch brew by a world-class brewery.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden sunshine hue with a nice frothy white head specks of lace form as the head dwindles. Aroma: Nice bready cereal grains, yeast mix of dough sweentess with Hallertau hops. Taste: Clean tasting cereal grains, noble hops are here as well very balanced. Mouthfeel: A bit thin but decent carbonation is here. Drinkability: Very nice helles straight outta Munich, classic in all regards.

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

Lots of hype to live up to. This beer was easily challenged by Spaten and Paulaner.
appearance: beautiful yellow/gold, awesome head
smell: malty, nutty, full, really nose filling
taste: wow major disappointment, a little watery, not living up to the promise of it's smell
mouthfeel: superb, foamy, filling, robust
drinkability: could spend many happy hours with this one
Note: Being a lover of this style, I was a little disappointed, $8.65 a six pack? It should be the second coming. It wasn't. Buy Spaten for two bucks less.

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Photo of stirgy
2.83/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very clear with a frothy white head of foam. Lightly carbonated. Fresh aroma of earthy grassy and slightly lemony grains. Slight metallic taste, sweet grainy body with a decent bite. Can’t get over the metallic taste. It’s ruining the enjoyment here. Other than that this seems like a very clean and highly drinkable lager beer. Not as crisp as a hoppy pils, but more flavorful than your regular premium American lager. I will have to sample this one again.

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

Cast and mold for a light euro lager, I just wish more domestic craft brewers would add some of the lesser known German styles to their lineups, but I digress. This brew pours a pale gold with a scant brilliant white head. The aroma is a wonderful amalgam of herbal and spicy hops (Hallertau on parade!!), grain, and some light malt. Balance is the hallmark of this brew. Herbal hops, simple sugar maltiness and a slight breadiness are combined beautifully. Spot on for style...any maltier and it'd be a Dortmunder, any hoppier a Pilsener. Sign me up for a keg! Prosit!

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Photo of palliko
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the oldest brewery in the world - and their experience shows. Aroma: A mild citrus, lemony, with a hint of floral/fruity bouquet, followed by a sweet malted nose. Taste: Good carbonation, just-right body, kept from over-sweetness by some citrus hop bite, biscuit malt and perfect yeast. Oh, my gosh! Where has this beer been? The finish features a light, perfectly dry, silk-glove slap from alcohol and a lingering hoppy finish. Did I mention this is the best Lager I have ever tasted? Why has no liquor store I have ever been in not featured this beer? And only $2.69 for 1 pint, .9 oz.! Around $7 for a sixpack. If you haven’t tried it – go find some now!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Light and clear yellow in color with a decent head.

Smell – This is a nice, quality grain aroma with a touch of spicing.

Taste – This spicing comes out much more at the taste. It’s difficult to pick them out, but they seem to be light yet sharp. There’s a touch of medicine to this one as well, but the strong and flavorful grain covers things up nicely. The finish is a sweet sucrose-type of flavor that works nicely.

Mouthfeel – There’s some very light carbonation to this refreshing light to medium-bodied lager.

Drinkability – This is an excellent session beer and a wonderful example of the style.

Comments – This has the same flavor profile of an American macro: grain and man-made sugar. But here it is done with class using quality ingredients and the expertise of the oldest brewery in the world.

Update – I first reviewed this in 2004 with a 2003 vintage so thought that I would re-review it with a 2005 bottle. I’m glad that I did. I got a much better head than the original review so raised the Appearance from 3 to 4.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this pup pours a pretty clear pale yellow with a nice white head. the aroma is slightly grassy and lemony with a faint sweet bread like malt and just a touch of hops to round things off. the taste like the nose with nice a nice breadlike (biscuit) malt and sweet grain with a clean resfreshing baby hop bite. light bodied and so damn smooth, a great lager for washing down spicy food. its a simple great beer.

paid $7.99 for a 6 pack.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This lager pours a very pale, clear yellow, with just a minimum of white headiness. It has a characteristic lager smell: a touch of citrus mixed with a good balance of sweet malt and a foundation of light hops. The taste is mellow and lightly refreshing, and there's a hint--just a hint--of ginger. The mouth feel is clean and sparkling. The one complaint is that it is farily expensive; hence only average on the drinkability scale.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden and-well, very lagery. A soft blanket of white head fades quickly to a whisper. Aromas are soft with barley and sweet malt featured. Crisp and refreshing in the mouth with fairly bold flavors for the style. Sweet grain and freshly baked bread come to mind. A true to the style brew, yet overpriced in our market. Paid 3.50for the pint+ bottling. I can get the Hefe for Less!!

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear gold color. A thin white head goes to the top but quickly fades away. The aroma is a bit thin, mainly malt and hops. The taste is crisp but also a bit thin and matches the aroma. It is quite drinkable but it seems to be missing something. Over all, slightly above average.

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 2,371 ratings