Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacStinson
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of depechemode1983
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a semi dark gold in color. Carbonation rises to the top. The head is thick and white with great retention. Tons of even lacing all around the glass.

The nose is full of grains. Its dry, malty and leaves no lingering aromas. Hops profile is mildly present. A nice earthy quality.

The taste mimics the nose right down to the T. Taste like liquid bread with some slightly bitter hops to give it character.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and refreshing. Top notch beer.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blackrobe
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No direct dating, code of "7327" which translates to 8/13/17, 9.5 months since brewing.

Pours a clear straw yellow with two fingers of creamy white head that sticks around. Each swirl of the glass bring a whole new finger/finger+half of head, awesome! Nose of honey, earth, slight spiciness (clove and coriander), wheat and pilsner malt. Bread and fresh banana coats your mouth on first taste, almost like an effervescent banana pudding. I also get a light citrus, pilsner malt and almond after swallowing. Medium-light smooth body, goes down super easily. Low bitterness and a ever so slight sourness. I'll definitely be picking up some more of this in the future. If this is how it tastes 3/4 of a year since brewing, I can't wait to try it fresh!

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

Clear amber with a modest white head. Very pretty aroma: flowers & honey. Taste is not very very sweet, not very bitter, slighly dry. Mild hop flavor, earthy flavors, hints of breadliness. Thin but good carbonation. Excellent balance & delicious.

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Photo of BenMaalouf
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Livyatan1996
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Matuhg
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brookfieldglass
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The set up: Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tall blocky DAB mug.

The look: The beer pours a clear straw color with one finger foam head that retained decently with a good amount of lacing on the glass as the beer was consumed.

The smell: Full notes of bread-y malts with grassy/earthy hops. I'm also detecting some floral scent with this one as well. This is one of the most pleasant and balanced aroma's that I've smelled with a lager in general.

The taste: The taste is much like the smell/aroma. Very well rounded and pleasant to consume.

Mouth-feel: Starts out somewhat dry and generally stays that way. Moderate carbonation, medium body and finishes just a bit bitter.

Overall: I've long been consuming this beer but figured it was time for a review. I believe this particular beer to be the pinnacle of the Helles Lager style and it never ceases to amaze me. This is very balanced beer that is true to the style and gives you just enough complexity to keep it interesting while maintaining enough simplicity to be a good "go-to" beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2 11.2 oz bottles poured into a giant German mug that is capable of holding 2 bottles of beer.

Crystal clear straw yellow. 1 finger of rich foamy white head. Light carbonation.

Cracker, honey, hay, and a noble grassiness.

Lightly sweet balance of cracker and honey malts. Touch of grassy / earthy hops. A hint of hay.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Balanced by the Gods. Brewed by uber-men. A perfect Helles Lager.

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Photo of Heftklammer
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nick_perry
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow appearance with a foamy one finger white head. Lot of rising bubbles. Spicy, earthy hop profile. Sweet malt backbone. Very carbonated feeling. Light and refreshing, but still full of flavor.

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Photo of blackmagik2272
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this beer for sure. It was purchased for me as a gift and the person thought they were buying me the hefeweissbier. While this may be the original, I prefer the hefeweissbier more. It is a yellow bright lager that produces a pleasing white foam. There are mild hoppy notes, but not much, and it has pleasant fresh spicy taste, but not to the degree the hefeweissbier is able to produce. A session or summer beer \m/

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/10/18, consumed 4/21/18

L: Crystal clear light gold with a big white head that left really good lacing.

S: Strong and full notes of bready malts with grassy & grainy hops. Lesser notes of floral and earthy hops. A slight sweetness present. One of the best aromas from a lager that I've had.

T & F: Follows aroma, well-rounded, a little sweet. Solid bitterness.

O: Terrific Helles lager, one of the best I've had for sure. Great full aroma and taste for a lager.

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Photo of jwc553911
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 2,438 ratings