Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner OriginalWeihenstephaner Original

Brewed by:
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 RenoZymurgist
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thin head that dissapeared quickly leaving a nicely carbonated, clear, light amber lager. Aroma is of sweet malt accentuated by a light hopiness. The taste is a very nice blend of german hops with a clean finish. The body is light and this beer is full of carbonation that is very fine. Overall this beer is very drinkable and as it warmed a little it became more balanced and smooth.

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

A good basic, old-school, German lager beer. This is a dark blonde beer with a whispy head. The aromas are heavily malty and slightly hoppy. The taste is malty as well, with some nice hops in the background. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing and the drinkability is great, especially in the summer heat. A good basic beer.


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Photo of TheDM
3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was a highly carbonated pour which immediately filled my glass with a white head of small bubbles and a light transparent yellow orange color. Its aroma reminds me of fruits, but its taste is not fruity, but ... man I wish I was better able to describe my tastes. This one escapes me too. It is carbonated and smooth. Very drinkable and does not convey a high alcohol content. It was an easily drinkable beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear as a bell, pale yellow, brief white head.
Nose: plain as the nose on your face, dry, with slight citrus and honey, but pleasant.
Citrusy taste, but mild as mild can be in every way possible, mild and light, light and mild, sticking together like Mutt and Jeff, nothing can tear them apart.
Good, tasty, lip-smackin' texture, though, so, it's got that going for it.
Light'n'breezy, so, it's perfect when that's all you what, but frankly, it bores me to bits.
As good or better than, oh, say, 85% of all the lagers in the world.

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Photo of kevinl6
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is, without a doubt, one fine lager. Not much of an aroma from this one, but that seems to be the case with many lagers. Poured a very clear, golden color with minimal bubbles. This stuff is insanely easy to drink. I find it very hard to set the glass down once I've picked it up! Great beer for summer time also. If you like lager, definately give this one a try.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This lager poured a bright clear light straw color from its brown pint bottle. The head was a fluffy white and did not last long. A thin ring of bubbles clung to the liquid line and left a little lace. The aroma was only of malt and fairly subtle. The taste was of malt with a hint of chocolate. There was a slight hop bite. The mouthfeel was light. All in all this is a good beer but not a great one. I could see drinking this with a bunch of brats and potatoe salad.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw yellow/very light color with a nice white head and good carbonation. Grainy malt aroma with a light earthy hop scent. Nice graininess with good supporting euro hop bitterness but more amlty/grainy than hoppy. Light bodied, crisp and refreshing.

Very good but for the same price I'll go with the Hefe's !!!

($2.59 / 16 oz.)

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

Hmm, I only knew them from the Weizenbiers, didn't know they did a lager as well...

Golden straw in color, not much of a head. Smell is pleasant, slightly sweet and flowery.

I was suprised by the taste, didn't expect it to be as flowery as it was. Smooth sweet malt, maybe a hint of apples, although I always picture clover when I think of flowery. Slight bitterness in the end.

I would get this again, but I prefer slightly more carbonation and a bit more dryness in the finish. Not bad, just not the best I've ever had.

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Photo of Morris729
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden straw color with a puffy white head that quickly fades into a thin creamy lace. Nose is sweet cake-like malts with a bit of fresh cut lemon. Light to medium in body with a lively and crisp texture. Taste is sweet malt, lightly toasted bread, and fresh baked biscuits followed by some wonderful nutty yeasts and herbal hops with a touch of lemon. One of the finest lagers in the world.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

The head is big, white and dense, leaving thick sticky lacing. The beer is a clear yellow/gold.

The smell is simple, lagery. Same in the front, with some slight fruitiness. The middle is sweetish, a little corny, finishing dry and a little metallic. After the Hefe, this is a little disappointing. There's nothing bad about it, but there's nothing special about it either. It's actually not far off a good NA.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought in the 1 pint euro brown bottle.Nice traditional style label..oldest brewery in the world!!
I am slightly dissapointed with the appearance..yeah i know lager is meant to be yellow..but this is almost macro yellow very small white head..seen better looking lagers.
smell is very muted i do detect the floral hoppiness plus some weak malts..at least this smells fresh.
Taste is also a bit of a dissapointment, don't get me wrong, this is above average..sort of lemon grass..doughy flavour..slightlt astringent near the end of the sip.
Mouthfeel is reasonable though its slighly to dry for my taste.
Its drinkable ok ..goes down real well.

Notes..overall I am very dissapointed with my first taset of the worlds oldest brewery..this was a well brewed lager but very pedestrian..ordinary..give me a Paulaner lager or a Jahr hundert bier anytime.

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

Poured a clear light yellow with medium foam. The smell was of a hoppy and citrus nature. The taste was of hops and a lemon citrus flavor, with a dry bitterness that I was not impressed at all with. This lager was not what I expected from this brewery.

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Photo of cokes
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite a pale golden body, with a plump white head that only stays for a little while.
Lemon rind, rosemary, grasslands and breadcrusts on the nose.
Taste as soft as a pillow yet crisp as blistered 3-iron.
Begins with a light pils malt base suggesting hay and Summer fields. Replaced by a breadiness that is both crusty and lightly sweet. Touches of lime peek in, along with a definitive yeast bite that hints at vanilla. Finishes additionally herbal and grassy, with some peppery hop spice.
Ample streaming carbonation.
This one sits squarely atop Mt. Helles.

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

I would have to consider this to be the best beer labeled as a (pale)lager that I have had (edging out Paulaner Original Munich and Samuel Smith's). This beer is so clean and refreshing, no trace of skunk. Pours a relatively ordinary looking, pale glass of beer. Smaller, foamy head, which dissapates rather quickly. Refreshing, almost flowery smell and taste. This may be the "softest" beer I've ever had. To me, this is the kind of beer that would have a shot at converting some of the masses if they ever tried it. Just as refreshing as an American lager or even a wheat beer, not bitter at all. Weihenstephan is top quality, all the way. I love their beer, and nobody does any better with wheat beer or lagers.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with lots of suspended yeast, a moderately-sized show-white head, good irregular lace. Aroma consists of malt, spicy hops, and a slightly musty quality. Taste begins with a sweet, mild malt flavors, mildly spicy hops with hints of cloves and ripe bananas. The malt yields a pronounced sweetness from the middle of the taste to the finish. Alcohol notes are also distinct, but not overpowering. Lemon hops bring the taste to a close and linger well beyond its end. A very good beer that asserts an aura of quality.

Package reviewed was a pint brown longneck, which was labeled "malt liqour", this perhaps in conformance to Texas' curious laws regarding beer.

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

I rate this as my favorite lager in the world,incredible fruity aroma and taste.Not a wimpy beer by any stretch,the house yeast imparts a great floral-fruity aroma,love this beer in any form but am crazy about it on tapT.Weihenstaphan is one of the great breweries in the world for a reason.

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

16 oz bottle. Clear traditional golden yellow lager color. Fizzy white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles. Smell was very traditional lager beer. Old malt flavors. Tasted like your dads beer. Not bad at all though. Some faint carmel malt tastes. Malty undertone and finish is just fine for me. Sour kick. Aftertaste lingers for a moment then is gone. Recommended with a big hearty meal, perfect for spicy bratwurst on the grill.
Just a touch below the level of their wheat beers, which I think are really good.
This one is worth a try, especially as transition beer, and with grilling .

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

Pours a clear gold with a persistent white head... it's supported by what looks to be a million tiny bubbles rising in a fast and steady steam. The glass is completely coated in white lace as you drink it. Aroma is beautiful... plenty of spicy noble hops, supporting the grainy malt. Flavor is very delicate, but impressive. Begins with a somewhat sweet cracker-like malt flavor, which is balanced nicely by the spicy herbal hops. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Even though this may not be a style that I seek out very often, this is an extremely well done bier.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another excellent German Wheat beer. The cloudiness right away tells you so. The smell is enjoyable and refreshing. the taste is smooth, almost pillowy soft in texture. The hops are light. A well balanced flavour that speaks of genereations of craftsmanship.

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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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