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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#5,252
Reviews:
938
Ratings:
2,419
pDev:
11.98%
 
 
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Photo of FBarber
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(Reviewed blind)
Pours straw colored. Almost completely crystal clear. Mildly effervescent. Pillow-y white head dissipates leaving a thin layer of white foam on top of the beer. Some white lacing is also left behind.

Aroma: Definitely skunky, but underneath that there are some bready malts, a touch of honey like sweetness on the nose.

Taste has notes of bready malts – reminiscent of fresh white bread. Hints of sweet honey come through. Noble hop flavors with some mild bitterness come through on the back end. Somewhat more bitter than expected but that may be due to age in this one.

Vibrant prickly carbonation. Medium bodied. Light dryness on the finish, but by no means “dry”.

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Photo of Ltdsaint
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothmanscott
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear pale gold producing a frothy, large 3 finger, moderately lasting, white head that recedes to a attractive dome like island mound on a thin surface cap, a moderate collar & leaves behind a finger of lace. Moderate effervescence rises from the bottom especially from the stem attachment of the tulip as I drink. Aroma is very delicate: cracked grain, biscuit, grass, lemon zest, herbal & lemon hints. Taste is intense compared to the delicate nose: pale malts, biscuit, floral, honey, lemon & grass. Finishes fruity & full flavored with a hint of sulfur. Aftertaste is drying but lightly sweet, grass & earthy herbal. Lightly bitter with a pleasant carbonation prickle this beer is oh so drinkable. The only negative is a faint sulfur hint deep in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, wet, tongue clinging & soapy with a fine prickle. Like most Weihenstephaner beers, Original is very pleasant & refreshing.

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Photo of BierRichter
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jbbdrinker
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was seven months old, but still held up very well. Helles is one of my favorite styles of brew and there are a lot of great offerings, especially local craft breweries. That being said, this is like the poster child of what a tasty beer can be. Thick, fading head and a subtle, balanced fragrance. The color is interesting. It's just south of amber with shades of orange. The flavor is of spiced malt and resinous hops. The brew has medium carbination and a sweet and tart aftertaste that leaves me craving more.

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Photo of dcotom
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer! Poured from 0.5-litre bottle into a pilsner flute. Appearance leaves nothing to be desired. Stunningly clear golden yellow color, with a ton of fluffy white head that left a curtain of lacing as it eventually receded into a spotty cap. Big aromas and flavors of bready malt, grassy and herbal hops, tart apple cider, and a hint of spice. Medium mouthfeel, with adequate carbonation and a hint of bitterness and tartness lingering on the finish. This one is a true tribute to the brewer's craft.

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Photo of TaunusKnudsen
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kyleyhoopster
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of QuentinDishaw
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of EMH73
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a one and a half inch fluffy white head that left lacing all the way down the glass. Smells and tastes of bready malts, light hops and a very mild spicy quality. Medium bodied for the style, well carbonated, the definition of clean and crisp.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 16.9 oz bottle. This a great looking beer. Clear golden, plenty of small carbonated bubbles, with nice, fluffy white head. Clean smell. You know it’s German, but without the skunk of some of the others in this style.

Tasres great, malty, with just enough earthy hops flavor and clean, crisp mouthfeel. This is an outstanding Helles. I really enjoyed this one.

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

Pours a golden color, moderate carbonation, and a lace of head. Smell is a little skunky like Heineken. Taste is quite malty, slightly bitter. Overall it’s one of the best Helles Lagers I’ve had.

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Photo of Sevinup07
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A crisp, clean helles , nice aroma of grass and biscuits. Flavor is subtle, not to be confused with weak. Sticky lacing coats the sides of the glass. Nice example of the style!

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Photo of chunkymayo101
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Krgolfr4
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of FreeMoney14
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another great offering from this legendary brewery. It is a great Helles lager and has German characteristics written all over it. Fluffy white head, lacing for days, a noticeable but not over powering hops flavor, and most importantly great/easy to drink. This is my first time having this beer and it will not be the last. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml bottle into glass. Label stamping for dates is '5437 16:09:28'.
Body is very clear, pale straw color. White pillowy head settles to thicker cap. Extensive lacing.
Bready aroma, with fruity hops. No esters, minimal spice.
Taste is bready malt, and fruity/floral hops. Very balanced.
Thinner mouth feel, but it's a lager. Very slight bite at the back end, but balanced by malts and hops.
A very sessionable beer. One sip leads to another, no taste fatigue.

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Photo of jondoeworks
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SFC21
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teslagod6
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 2,419 ratings