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 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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Photo of Freshie
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a debate awhile back with friends about the oldest beer in the world. I did some research here on BA and kept seeing this pop up. I guess there is still some debate about it, but I saw it at my local good beer store so I bought it.

Pours a clear, crisp golden color, with light bubbles rising to the light head. Smells of bready malts and a very light citrus rind.

The taste is very light and clean. With grain/bread malt and spicy hops in good balance. The carbonation lends a helping hand to the overwhelming sense of crispness.

Very clean and crisp. Pure.

A nice change of pace from the more heavy American and Belgians I have been having lately.

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

This brew pours a pale golden color. The head is small and recedes quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is what it should be for a helles lager: mildly malty with a hint of saaz. It is actually quite amazing how the aroma is so vocal with such mild tones. The taste is refreshingly malty. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is one of the best "small" beers I have had to date. It is very refreshing, interesting and easy to drink, and leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with massive white puffy head. Smell is of sweetish malt and pleasant. Taste is full of firm malt and gives a nice crisp taste sensation. Finish is more of the maltiness and leaves a very refreshing feeling in the mouth. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I didn't know what to expect from Weihenstephaner's "original", but I'm impressed. Pours clear and gold, with a nice white head that sticks around and a perpetual upward cascade of tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass to the head. The smell of this beer is classic lager -- biscuity aromas predominate, but there are some green smells and hops in the background. This beer tastes a lot like what breweries smell like -- rich, fecund malts with a smoothness to them and a baking-bread note in the background. The finish is all biscuity malts and then a slight, beautiful hoppy snap.

This is one beautiful lager. Practically perfect, it's got an interesting taste (but with a lager smoothness) and is highly, highly drinkable. Wow.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yum. An amazing and delightful refreshment: nice and crisp. Picked a growler of this up at Half Time beer store. It pours a light golden color, with a foamy white head. Smells faintly sweet. The taste is very understated and pleasant, simple yet delightful. A near perfect lager. And a definite session beer for a hot sweaty night. Search out and enjoy.

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Photo of wingman14
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A yellow color with floating yeast, picture a coors with less head and more yeast.
S: Smells like yeasty beer with floral hints.
T: Knowing the history of this beer made me want to try it. I am impressed with its history but its taste was different. It is very yeasty, like drinking dough almost with a floral hint. Different and interesting, but not impressive.
M: Very light, I didnt find it as thick as other reviews. A bit thicker than your watered down macros.
D: An average beer for me. Impressed by how far beer has come. To me this is worth trying just to have something that puts a spin on the usual beer. I wouldnt pay too much for it though. Something different but not outstanding, but could drink plenty of these in one sitting.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a brilliant golden color with a white head that, although not that thick, leaves tremendous lacing. Appears to have minimal carbonation in the glass. Smells of bready malts and spicy German hops with a subtle hint of pear cider. The hops run the show in the nose. The malt is very clean, nutty and bready, with a spicy hop kick at the end. Just a perfect helles lager. Very smooth mouthfeel and softly carbonated. A flavorful session helles lager. Awesome.

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Photo of jamesdergen
2.28/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a foamy white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Slightly spicy/grassy hop aroma with some sweet grainy malts in the background.

Taste: A letdown after the decent aroma. Very mild hop profile thats overshadowed by the dominant plastic-tasting overly sweet maltiness that is reminiscent of some weaker porters. Kind of a chemical aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Too carbonated and kind of syrupy. Too thick for a lager.

Drinkability: Mouthfeel is too heavy and the taste a bit too offensive for me to finish.

What a disappointment. I grabbed this bottle thinking it was the famous Hefeweizen (label is very similar) and figured this would be similarly tasty, but I was woefully mistaken. I would recommend avoiding this one.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.58/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Weihenstephaner Original

Appearance- almost clear yellow with a decent lacing head.
Smell- light and sweet malt slight grassy hop. Smelled slighty like a champagne mixed with a pear cider?!
Taste- light and sweet malt. Light peach flavor and watery.
Mouthfeel- clean and crisp like drinking a watered down iced tea.

Overall- a HUGE disappointment. This is beer?! C'mon now, little flavor with no [email protected]

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Photo of Melchizedek
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light gold with a big effervescent head.

Slight sulfury skunk with a yeasty, grainy aroma - in the mouth, smooth and light with lots of grainy malt. The taste is a little thin and clean, but it's quite pleasant; there's almost no aftertaste. This stuff's about as drinkable as it gets, no objections here.

Perfect sessioner, I'd say, no bitterness, so no hop intrigue, but hey - sometimes this just hits the spot. Lovely.

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Photo of russpowell
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with 2" bubbly white head that quickly drops to nothing. No lacing or head retention

Smell: Slight sweet maltiness and not much else

Taste: Sweet with slight grainyness and hops bite. Slight citrus taste on finish. Very clean tasting

MF: Well balanced but way undercarbonated

highly drinkable, will try again I know from previous tastes this beer is better than this. Having said that, all those samples were within 50 miles of the brewery!

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

0.5L bottle.

This is not a style that I'm that familiar with, so I was excited to finally grab this one out of my fridge and give it a go.

Poured a light golden with a lot of carbonation. A good white head that hung around for a reasonable amount of time.

A sweet aroma with some hops evident, but not overpowering. The taste was very smooth, light with a mild hops bitterness at the end. There was also some sweet, floral notes that came through.

The mouthfeel was mild and slightly dry. Quite light. Refreshing. Overall, this was very drinkable. Not aggressive with a very crisp feel and a nice balance. I'm certainly glad I have another one in my fridge. A beer that goes nicely with food and beyond.

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Photo of Andreji
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

another beer I managed to try at the Munchen Flughafen on my two hr. layover between Barcelona and Wien.

I guess munchner helles is not weihenstephan's strength. I mean, the beer is just average. there is nothing exciting to it, it doesn't even have that occasional pleasant sweetness some in the same style manage to differ themselves for plain lagers.

Refreshing, nonetheless. I stick to the other Weihenstephan offerings.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up by mistake thinking it was the hefe! I was pleasantly surprised though, as it went great with my pizza. It pours with perfect clarity, a straw gold color with a medium white head. The aroma is vaguely sweet with a hint of spicy hops in the background. These two elements switch places in the taste. A nice classically German hoppiness presides for the majority of the taste. Not a huge amount of bitterness, but filled with a grassy, florally element. There is a nice malty sweetness that provides a counterpoint to the hops. This is a very crisp and clean beer with a beautifully dry finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and prickly from a fair amount of carbonation. It goes down easy so it's fairly drinkable. A very nice, crisp lager that goes down very easily.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Classic 16.9 fluid ounce bottle that has a much cleaner metric equivalent at a half litre, and it’s easier to say too. I have only reviewed the Korbinian before but the overall style of the main and neck labels have a vaguely familiar style and generic look to them. Listed at alc. 5,1% vol.

Appearance: Soft pale straw with lemony gold highlights. Gentle low count streamers rise to the underside of the creamy cloud like white head that is expansive at first but settles with some confidence to a ¼” thick cap covering. Lost of milky carbonation and a lively body when gently swirled.

Nose: Lightly toasted malts mingle with a gentle soft sweetness. Low level hops have a resilient fresh grassy feel to them. Hints of brewers yeast in there, with some freshly baked White bread to balance it.

Taste: Impressively clean, didn’t get much sweetness in the flavor profile in this fresh sample, which is the way I like it. The grassy hops have a delicate herbal character and there is some spiciness here too. Finishes with a toasted malt sweetness and hints of the yeast that just peeks through, but the swallow is clean and the lingering taste is that of a very good Helles. Moorish.

Mouthfeel: Classy feel, well cushioned with a “soft sink into” feel that is extremely attractive. Has a well defined feel with clean borders but no sharp edges.

Drinkability: Fresh samples of this are dangerously drinkable and highly quaffable. The gently fire-roasted hoppy burps are gorgeous in their simplicity and attractive feel.

Overall: Drink this one fresh to get it at its very best and it is unbeatable!! However, I do find that older samples soon turn sweet and into a bland corny mess that tastes like an American macro, why is that I wonder? As this is one of my favorite German Helles Lagers, I cannot believe that I never reviewed it before now. Hey maybe I just enjoyed drinking it too much to sit down and write about it. Well now that I do, it’s fair to say that (when fresh at least) this is a damned fine excellent brew - solid stuff that I could drink all day. An Original-Original for sure.

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Weihenstephaner Original from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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