Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

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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Reviews:
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pDev:
11.98%
 
 
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Photo of TexIndy
3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a 500ml bottle. Poured a slightly hazy straw color with a small head that quickly disappeared. It had a light malty smell with a touch of sweet. It had a mild, slightly watered down taste. The mouthfeel was good with good carbonation. Overall, it was average and not worth trying again unless down to this or a macro. (One and done)

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

The beer pours a limpid light gold or straw color if you like with a blazingly bright white head that is meaningful in size, the lace thin clinging sheets to envelop the glass. The prototypal lager/Pils style nose, dominated by the malt, fresh and clean with a wisp of citrus, quite pleasing to the senses. Front is lightly sweet, the top wraithish, finish minimally acidic, the hops apropos for the style, droughty aftertaste that lingers on. Personally, my least favorite as it tends to be a tad to light in all categories, but trust me well worth the sample, and one fine beer especially here when you come in from the 115-Fahrenheit temperatures in the summer.

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Photo of budgood1
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

clear dark yellow color, nice head and a little lace. grainy aroma...no euro skunk.....wahooooooooo!!! perfect lager mouthfeel; smooth and refreshing with a crisp finsh. this may be the best lager i've ever tasted...soft malty/grain and mineral flavors with a nice hop accent in the end that melds with the crispness described above. no need to overanylize this brew. just enjoy...and contemplate why american lagers can't attempt to mimic this lager perfection. damn good!

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intensely fruity aroma, reminds me of sour apples. Medium-light body with a crisp feel. Nice fruit flavor in the mouth is well, with malt sweetness underlying and little if any hop flavor. Interesting beer, and pretty well balanced.

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Photo of Todd
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Called "Weinenstephan Helles exportbier" in Germany. Served in a branded 0.5l glass. Presented as a clear, bright, pale yellow/gold beer with a thin white sticky foam head -- good retention. Musty, light grain, clean aroma.

Smooth mouthfeel with a thin, soft rind hop bitterness. Notes of metallic flavours edge around a light malt sweetness with grain notes. Bitterness is a bit limey and snappy, with a grassy and herbal finish. Soft banana. Faint clove. Dry overall finish.

Had this at the "Ranke 2" in Berlin. Wonderful beer. Paired nicely with my bean and sausage soup.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not very impressive. you'd think in 1000 years they could have come up with some better qualities. Golden color with medium carbonation, thin head and bland lager flavoring. Finish was somewhat weak as well, and there was hardly any flavor left by the end of the glass.

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Photo of John
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light gold, substantial, steady white head. Fresh bread, light grain and herbal hop aroma. Light, but assertive malt, spicy hop flavor. Continuous stream of bubbles generated from the bottom of the pils glass. Made an excellent fajita accompanyment, but would be equally satisfying alone. Wonderful drinkability...wish I had another. Classic German pilsener/lager.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear, golden in color, with a bright white head that dies quickly. It does maintain a nice collar throughout the glass but the surface retains only whisps of foam. Outstanding aroma of bright, fresh, grainy, malty sweetness and a slightly herbal note, but without any distinct hops. The body is solidly medium and the carbonation level is moderate. The mouthfeel is crisp on the front of the tongue and filling at the back of the mouth. Starts with a bold malt note up-front - void of any hop character - that widens as it crosses the palate, then slowly reveals the presence of a gentle hop flavor. It finishes quickly at first, but creeps back in with a strong malt character and light hoppiness throughout the mouth . An interesting balancing act! A very distinct and unique beer brewed just outside of Munich. I see it as a strong version of a Munich helles rather than a Dortmunder-style export as the emphasis is on malt. It doesn't have the crispness of the Dortmunder beers. Still, one could argue it both ways. Exceptional!

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

Very pleasant peer. Clear, golden color. Herbal, continental aroma. White head doesn't last long at all. Mild maltiness, well balanced hop bitterness. Yeast and toasted malt tastes.

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Photo of tigerpaws
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes my friend "goindownsouth" had this beer at his wedding, that is me and him had this beer. We hid the good stuff in the car and slipped out to fill our ceramic steins (hey you gotta do what ya gotta do). This is one of the best german beers I have tried, the aroma is there but not to heavy and even in ceramic you can observe the belgian lace it leaves. While I prefer a more hoppy beer this brew goes down very smooth and easy. I will always remember it for that joyous occasion in PA...............PROST

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Photo of goindownsouth
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one fantastic bier. Let me just go so far as to say this...this was the bier I had at my wedding. Enough said. It is light and crisp in the aroma department, and the head, like many good German biers do, fades to a lace. The first sip is incredible. There are slight hints of malt, grains and hops. Once at the bottom of the glass, there is anticipation for the next one. Perfect balance between aroma, flavor and drinkability. Best had in a ceramic half liter mug. This is a German staple. Prosit!

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Photo of marc77
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden in hue and crystal clear as expected for a well - lagered brew. The white head settles into a moderate layer that leaves a respectable lace. Soft grainy malt notes, with a mellow, well rounded sweetness in aroma. The hop nose is mild, but green and herbal Hersbrucker is perceptible. Grainy, light bread and butter - like notes comprise the initial malt flavors, and residual pleasant and well calculated sweetness follows. The hop bitterness is quite low, yet it provides enough foundation to prevent overbearing sweetness. This brew finishes expectedly sweet, but hop bitterness and lightly toasty Vienna malt emerge on the back on the tongue. Weihenstephaner Original is a superbly balanced brew, and is a definitive example of the style.

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

Pours an appealing shiny crystal clear golden/straw color. On the nose are aromas of spice and herbs. Slightly smooth but also slightly sticky mouth feel. The same on the palate, a spicy/peppery herbal hop-ness presents itself all the way though to the end. Very refreshing brew and easy to drink…good brew…

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

Clear dark yellow, small to medium bodied head that lasts for about one minute. Just a touch of sharp aroma, mostly yeasty. Medium impact flavor with nutty tones typical of many Bavarian brews. Sustained malty flavors, just a hint of hop crispness. Nice lack of flavor fade, nice fullness for style. Nut-like taste circles the mouth before the swallow. Nice beer, good impact for what its supposed to be.

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

Well balanced malt and bittering/flavor hops. Mild malt, grain, hop nose. All the requisite lager characteristics with a little more depth. Well carbonated and drinkable.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a balanced beer. The yeast....so perfect

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Photo of Brent
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid - a quality lager.

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Photo of bk3nj
4.94/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow. that about says it. excellent.

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Photo of Jason
4.86/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz sleek euro brown bottle with the boasting words “Oldest Brewery in the World” on the label, freshness date is on the back label.

Appearance: Very hazy from the yeast with a pale yellow hue, varied bubbled white lace that holds a great retention and stays until he beer is gone.

Smell: Very mild lemon astringent aroma and a light cookie like malt sweetness with a trace of hops also in the nose.

Taste: Well structured and rounded carbonation cradles the delicate light to medium body, the clean hop bitterness is evident with a soft lemon like twang. Malt flavour is similar to a lightly baked biscuit from fresh milled malted grain. Both hops and malt meld together to form a perfect blend, yeast complements by adding a touch of nuttiness. Light feel of alcohol towards the end with the lingering effects of the malt, yeast and a long drawn out faded hops finish.

Notes: A lager in the raw, in its authentic natural form. This is the quintessential lager in the world. Bow down to the true lager and you will be one with beer. This is the best of the best hands down.

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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