Weihenstephaner Original | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner OriginalWeihenstephaner Original

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a sticky white head. Aroma is grassy malt and a faint smell of hops. This is a really good smelling lager. Taste is biscuity with a slight amount of citrus and hops. Overall, this is a world class lager from "The world's oldest brewery".

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Photo of weeare138
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike Maltbie for this...
Appears a hazy, pale gold with a small white head that quickly fades out into a small bubbly collar. Tiny speckles of lace are left around the glass.
Smell is of yeasty bread, light caramel, tofee, and candied corn.
Taste is of the same aromas with a gentle hoppy citrus.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, mildly sweet and like candy with a crisp bite.

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Photo of Phatz
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: The clarity is spectacular. It pours a pale golden color and showcase tremendous carbonation activity. The lacing is spotty and ideal.

Smell: This beer has the essence of freshness. What does that mean? I'm not exactly sure how to explain the super fresh cut grain aroma and the sweet malt only added to it. There in a nice light floral hop aroma as well.

Taste: Everything about this beer is simple and clean. It is not big and complex in the American style. It is classically simple and tasty making it incredibly sessionable. This must be one of the most thirst quenching lagers I’ve tasted. It is built with a solid malt backbone and sprinkled lightly with a floral hop character. It is as simple as that. The aftertaste lingers on and on with a nice clean dry feel.

Mouthfeel: crisp light and very easy this beer is exceptionally crisp and clean with a lip smacking dryness and a tingly finish.

Drinkability: If you are looking something complex to analyze this is the wrong choice. If you are looking for a case of a quaffable authentic German Lager to serve at your next cook out this summer there would be few better choices than Weihenstephaner Original.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Litterbean
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with a bubbly head and barely noticeable carbonation.

Grainy aroma with grassy, herbal hop notes.

Taste is slightly sweet, with crisp grain flavors. Hops are subtle with the above grassy flavors.

A very easy-to-drink, simple, and thirst-quenching lager.

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Photo of klewis
3.22/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a masive bone white head comparable to Weihenstephaner's hefe. I've never seen a lager with so much head and lacing.

S: Malty with an aroma of hay and spices.

T: A very unobtrusive and bland taste with flavors of malt and honey.

M: Light-bodied with fine carbonation and a crisp and clean finish.

D: Not bad, but not my cup of tea, er... I mean beer. Sure, this stuff goes down like water, and I could pound them all night, but why would I want to? Gimme something with more taste.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tastes like a pure,classic, German, Helles Lager. Very well balanced hops and malt with a nice refreshing hop bitterness and slightly spicy malt to it as well. Perfectly balanced. The only complaint I have, the beer doesn't have a whole lot of finish. That said, this appears to be intentional for this style, as it goes very well with food, and is an excellent thirst quencher (but still complex) on a hot day.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here it is the finest beer I have ever tasted.

Poured from the 16.5 oz bottle into a large pilsner glass

A- perfect straw yellow and cristal clear with a big off white head and lots of carbination/ Lacing on the glass everywhere and after every sip

S- wonderful, german bier smell . Pungent hops but not too overpowering. the best smell a beir could have.

T- perfect hops upfront with a clean clean clean finish. very refereshing very quaffable.

M- the perfect balance not to thick or thin with the perfect amount of carbination.

D- perfect the ultimate easy drinker with tons of hop undertones to add to the complexity. Perfectly balanced perfectly refreshing. The ultimate bier in one of my favorite styles

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Photo of Cresant
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this undated 12 oz. into a pint glass. Label inkjet 8095. Created two fingers of puffy head that faded to a thin cap. An active bead rose through a clear golden body.

Smelled of whole wheat bread. Floral, clean and slightly minty(?)

Tasted malty and tart. Mildly hoppy. Refreshing.

Smooth texture that developed a tingle as it warmed.

Quenching and pleasant.

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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Straw color, effervenscence, good head, awesome lacing

Smell: This is blasphemy but it smelled sorta like MGD. (There I said it now I'm not invited to any beer gatherings.Crap.) It does though smell like this but good if you can imagine that. There's some tea thing going on almost like Pu Ehr tea.

Taste: WOW! Very new taste to me. It’s a pale ale but all tea like from the hoppage and a bit sweet. Makes me feel like harvesting grain.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth, thin, and a tad syrupy from the malt.

Drinkability: Hands down the easiest drinker ever. This is how people become alchoholics.

Nota bona: I looked on the label and read the words : "Cont. Malt Liqour, 12 FL. OZ." I about died when this happened. I was like oh I guess there is no reasoning to this universe. Then I found the beers style listed on here and was releaved. Keep on rockin' in the free world.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow straw color, very clear with a 1 finger white head.

Grainy aroma with slight sweetness and mild noble hops spicyness. Goes down smooth and very refreshing. Great flavor of crackery raw grains and mild sweetness . A bit of spicyness on the tongue. Nice finish leaves just a hint of maltyness.

Very enjoyable beer, as usual another great beer from Weihenstaphener.

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Photo of cbl2
2.77/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz bottle. No best by date.


Pours a crystal clear pale pale yellow with just a wisp of white foam on top. A little too insipid looking to be appealing.


Crisp and clean with a hint of citrus in the nose.


Dry and bitter with an offputting musky flavor to it. Not something I will try again. Weihenstephaner is usually fantastic, but this is more than disappointing.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Sparkly yellow-gold. Thin, soapy bubbles rise up and leave scant amounts of lace.

Nose is clean, precise, compact. Toasty grain, herbal elements, herbal hop-leaf. Pilsner malt.

Taste is hard to describe in its efficiency: this beer is brilliantly simple, ceaselessly pure, yet complex in its perfection. Within this beer there is nowhere for faults to hide, like playing a Bach fugue on an acoustic guitar.

Mouthfeel is like scrumptious, beer-y water. I could drink this by the tanker-truck full.

Beers like this make me wonder why things like BMC exist. Its severely drinkable, simple, inoffensive...but delicious. I think you could give this to a BMC devotee and a light might turn on (or off).

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Photo of brushpig
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found 6 pack at Hahns liquors in Chicago

Cloudy pale yellow appearance, frothy lace with good retention

A nice mild lemon aroma with a bubble gum sweet malt smell

The taste was well balenced between the clean lemon hoppyness and the doughy yeast and malted grain flavors. As the aroma I sensed a buble gum sweetness in the taste, with a smooth transition to alcohol in the finish.

This is a extremly drinkable Lager that was very enjoyable.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle it a tall glass mug. The liquid is a bright yellow with respectable carbonation. The head is a nice white 2 finger fluffy looking cotton puff and fades fast to a nice lace.

The smell is a tangy fruity yeast and hops blend. Some malt calling out.

The taste is soft sparse malt over come by a dry hops flavor. As it warms the malt becomes more pronounced and interesting.

Mouth feel is medium body, Good carbonation, and coating.

Drinkability is very good, i could drink several quickly, more a product of it's lake of of fence then anything spectacular. Drinkable and nice taste, better as it warms. Not the best of this type aus Bayern, but respectable.

Prost! MK

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Left less than a one finger head, no lacing. Body was yellow gold.

Smell - grassy, some herbs, also some esters, bananas.

Taste - grassy, some biscuity malt, slight sour skunkiness.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability - this is decent, not really great. It goes down easy, and is sessionable.

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Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a typical lager yellow (same color as Bud), with a small white, head that fades fast. Leaves some lacing on the glass. More prominent smell than Bud, mild hops aroma. The taste is much better and more complex than American Macro lagers. Starts out with a mild hops taste. As you drink it, a malt flavor is more prominent in the finish. Nothing exciting here, basically a lager beer with stronger, better taste and a bit of complexity. Good with food and would be a good session beer. Mouthfeel is about right for a lager (a bit thin).

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Photo of jmz62565
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear yellow gold with a medium sized head. Nice ,but nothing really special looking. The smell is something special. Full of malt, lemon, floral aromas, and a bakery yeast that's awesome. The taste is crisp and clean with a malty background with floral, citrus, and mild hop flavors. The m/f is light and very well mixed. This is a very good beer that could be my new "lawnmower" beer. Cheers.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a bottle into a Pilsner glass. Pretty light yellow color, inch thick creamy head. Not a lot of lacing.

Not a strong smelling beer, but more typical of a lager.

Taste was very light and refreshing. Some malt, some hops to balance, but overall a very mild tasting brew.

LIght and refreshing mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated but not overdone.

Extremely drinkable. I could definitely drink a lot of these in a row, especially out on a hot summer day.

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Photo of blackie
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance: The pour gives a 0.5" white head that steadily falls back into the glass, leaving a layer on top. The beer is a slightly hazy pale golden in color.

smell: Honeylike pale malt sweetness, big, green and grassy noble hop aroma, and alot of sulfur.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is between medium and high, and the body a lighter medium.

taste: A somewhat honeylike pale munich malt sweetness up front, followed by a considerable sulfuric flavor. Light to moderate hop flavor and bitterness. Ok, but a little too sulfuric and vegetable like for me.

drinkability: Pretty easy, but not a very good beer. Many stale, sulfuric flavors to be found.

Single bottle bought from the Fayetteville Harris Teeter. The code "8024" is printed on the back label.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Poured a bright goldern yellow, and finished with a thick longlasting head and lacing.

The smell of sweet malt permeated this beer with no discernable hop aroma. This helles had a very smooth elegant and malty front end. The mouthfeel was almost luscious. The middle became drier, and it finished clean with little astringency or bitterness.

This is one of the finest examples of the Bavarian Helles style I have tasted.

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Photo of carln26
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a straw gold color topped by a white colored light head fed by champagne bubbles. This looks similar to a fine Czech Pils. The nose is very subtle. Slightly earthy, a little grassy hops followed by just a touch of caramel malt. The taste is classic Bavarian lager. The earthy hops come to the front of the flavor, followed by the light caramel I found in the nose. The hops lend a mild bitterness, and just a bit of herbal flavor. Nice light mouth feel, very soft on the palette. This is a highly drinkable beer, especially here in the summer months.The beer poured a straw gold color topped by a white colored light head fed by champagne bubbles. This looks similar to a fine Czech Pils. The nose is very subtle. Slightly earthy, a little grassy hops followed by just a touch of caramel malt. The taste is classic Bavarian lager. The earthy hops come to the front of the flavor, followed by the light caramel I found in the nose. The hops lend a mild bitterness, and just a bit of herbal flavor. Nice light mouth feel, very soft on the palette. This is a highly drinkable beer, especially here in the summer months.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle a light gold with a large head of foam that dissipated fairly slowly leaving a solid layer with lots of lacing.

The smell is nice...i detect earthyness, sweet malt and grain and some definite citrus.

The taste has a real good malt punch with plenty of graininess and a nice, citrus lemon presence that makes for an awesome balance. Yumm...it's very tasty and if I could get it locally, I sure as heck would! ;^)

Bottom line: This is *superb* Lager that deserves your attention!

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a light lager but wait, there's favor, and no skunky smell. Did somebody forget the corn, rice and green/clear bottles? Looks straw yellow and smells of pale, slightly bready/biscuity malts. Taste is sweet with a slighty citrus bitter edge. This reminds me of many other euro and macro lagers, but only in the sense that they tried to be this beer, but messed thigns up along the way. Best lighter lager I've had to date, a pleasure to drink on a hot day.

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Photo of danielharper
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Pours into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass with a pale yellow body (lots of carbonation) and a very thick white foamy head. Leaves lots of lace. For a lager, a very nice appearance.

S: Sweet, grassy ester, slightly sweet (notes of wheat present) but with no skunk. Not bad for the style at all.

T: Crisp, clean. A bit of corn aftertaste is slightly astringent and unpleasant, but overall sweetness helps the beer taste quite good. Best served ice-cold, though.

M: Thin, but heavily carbonated. Decent for style.

D: Fairly drinkable. I've used this beer in chili to good results, and served cold it's very refreshing and enjoyable. Not my favorite style, but for the style this is pretty good.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Revisit: 28 Apr 16
16.9 oz. Bottle

Been A While!

Poured into a true Squatters pint glass, a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice malty, yeasty, with some grassy/wheat notes, nice little hop note, little citrusy. The taste is very very nice malty, yeasty, hoppy, nice citrus note, nice sweetness. Medium body. Overall, an awesome brew, glad to have gotten a chance to try it again, and close by. Highly Recommended!

A - Pours a golden yellow color, nice carbonation, huge head, nice lacing thoroughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, yeast, hops.

T - The taste is very much malts and hops. Nice clean finish.

M - Light body, well round brew for sure.

D - Very drinkable. This is my first Helles, but it is my very first great tasting lager for sure. Absolutely an awesome brew, this is what an American Lager should taste like. Highly recommend, I'm glad I finally got a hold of one of these.

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