Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve | Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.

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Henry Weinhard's Private ReserveHenry Weinhard's Private Reserve
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Henry Weinhard's Private ReserveHenry Weinhard's Private Reserve

Brewed by:
Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malts: North American Select Pale Malt
Hops: Pacific Northwest Cascade Hops
Calories/12 oz: 150
Carbohydrates (g): 13.0
% Alcohol by Vol: 4.80
Bitterness Units: 15.0

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002

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2.25/5  rDev -27.9%

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Photo of RoyalT
3.11/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light, clear yellow with a big, thick head that went down slowly and laced the glass.

Smell – Typical grain aroma with a tinge of cheap sweetness.

Taste – There’s some more sweetness that comes out in the taste, mostly sucrose, and the grain isn’t as bad as it smelled. There’s also some hoppy dryness that helped this one out.

Mouthfeel – Light body, bordering on medium, with a somewhat refreshing dryness. Almost no carbonation.

Drinkability – It’s better than the Blue Boar.

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Photo of markallmon
4.5/5  rDev +44.2%

Photo of ThePostmaster
2.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours with a nice white head. Significant carbonation. Taste is kind of smooth, with a decent malt flavor. The hoppiness is very pleasant. This is somewhat light-bodied and refreshing. The first Henry's I've tried, but it won't be the last. Better than expected

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Photo of Billolick
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, with some sort of dating (best before?) etched onto the neck of the bottle. Dec1012

Private reserve American pale lager...whats wrong with this picture??

Pours very light and very clear. Minimal near white head, and just a few scant bits of fine lace.

Minimal grains on the nose.

Light in color, light in flavor. Crisp and yes easy drinking. On a warm summer day, many of these could be consumed and yes even enjoyed.

Bring on the warm days of summer and some spicy food.

Decent for the style is the best I can say here.

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Photo of aquazr1
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GuidedByVoices
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of magictrokini
1.83/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dear Mr. Weinhard:
Why do you continue to perpetrate this fraud upon us? Your beer is not a micro or a craft brew. I know this is not actually out of your own private stash. You claim this beer has an "outstanding pleasant taste," when it clearly does not. It pours a fake clear gold with a mediocre white head. It has a sour, grainy aroma replete with straw. It is watered down, skunky, and bitter. The taste just gets more and more sour and stale as you continute to drink. Fake honey and malt flavors do not blend well with the wooden, NOT resiny, but wooden hops. Please, for the sake of all that is good and decent in this world, stop selling this beer.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Thrasher
3.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Henry Weinhard's label has been purchased by SAB Miller, and this beer is being brewed in (I believe) Irwindale, CA. (The Hefeweizen and Amber Light brews are being brewed at the Full Sail brewery in Hood River, OR.) It's your standard American premium lager, AKA macro. And it's not half-bad. Pours a crystal clear platinum with a good head that dwindles to a thin ring. Aroma of yeast mustiness. The malts are strong and sweet, with bread crust flavors. A hop crispness balances the beer with a firm but restrained bitterness. Mouthfeel thin, but the hops get some good traction on the tongue and inner cheeks. The beer, as a whole, is clean and fresh-tasting, without any glaring off flavors. If it's not exactly exciting, it at least serves its purpose well, and I can't think of another American "macro"-style lager that is as good, for the price.

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Photo of HoppySeb
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Writing this review for at least the second time, the ol' neverending story about the merge in 2012 (or other reason(s)) have brought us here. A real thin, watery appearance, which lends itself naturally to have more clarity like Lake Tahoe, its all water. Aroma has that Weinhard's flava to it, probably the lager yeast they use, because it can be found almost universally in their beers.

Light graininess to the taste, a little bitter, noble hops, maybe a cascade or two thrown in there. High carbonation keeps the beer lighter on the palate. The yeast or something still stands out, a different bitter twang, although this may be exacerbated by the lack of a malt bill, I don't even know if this is two row, this could be six row.

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Photo of ADR
2.28/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This and the Red Lager still show up at 1st Grand Avenue Liquors, I don't see the Porter or Blue Boar Ale anymore...

Very clear yellow with a decently persistant white head of small bubbles and it does cling a little to the glass -- hopefully indicating minimal stabilizers or foaming agents. Aroma is pretty fleeting, mostly a bit of yeasty bread malt. Starts rather honey sweet, then, a carbonated water impresion settles in. I try to get a hop impression but really don't. Not a huge corn syrup flavor (thankfully) but really pretty tasteless with a semi unsettling finish that I wouldn't call crisp like a nice Pilsner.

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle on the bank of the McKenzie River (Oregon). No date or ABV found.

Clear golden body with excellent clarity and a fine head that leaves patterned lacing.
Medium plus carbonation and medium-light body.
Bready aroma with a touch bolder flavor than average for style.

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Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of tallfellapgh
4.75/5  rDev +52.2%

Photo of bunsteve
4.35/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It goes really well with an Italian sub sandwich. This beer is pleasing to look at, rich golden with a light head, both in color and quantity. There's no lingering "Budweiser breath" feeling. I noticed the hops are a little sweeter than some, which makes me want more. :-)

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Photo of richkrull
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, another ubiquitous 'craft' find at your local grocery store south of the 49th parallel...and why does the name of this brewery make my inner teenager smile? Oh yeah - it sounds like something the Simpsons would come up with. Blitz...Wine...Hard...

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, silken, and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves some plain, random swaths of chunky lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of mildly musty citrus pith, sort of crisp grainy pale malt, and some unfortunately skunky root vegetables. The taste is decent barley-centered grainy malt, some softly phenolic yeastiness, a bit of generic citrus, and further leafy, weedy, and dead floral hops.

The carbonation is average in its titillating frothiness, the body just on the light side of yer typical middleweight, and mostly smooth, the hops not contractually obligated to break any virtual knees here. It finishes mostly off-dry, the malt hanging tough as the weedy, herbal hops become increasingly skunky as things warm up.

An ok pale lager, I suppose, the so-called big single 'C' hops doing what they can, but overall it leans a little too much toward the typical stank of its much more lowly competitors. Adequate, I suppose, if you need to wean one of your Bud-happy bros, but otherwise, better American-made lagers are surely available out there.

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Photo of teejay76
2.62/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Transparent yellow.

Smell - Light hops, maybe some citrus.

Taste - Watered down hops.

Mouthfeel - Smooth...but see above for why.

Drinkability - Easy to drink.

Overall - Not impressed, do not recommend, and won't be buying it again.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden yellow with a good fingers worth of head, average retention, leaving behind a fine, semi-sticky lacing.

Smell - Smells of grainy malt and some grassy notes.

Taste - Starts with some grainy, bready malt sweetness, followed by a slight citrus hop bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel - Light in body. Carbonation lends to some decent crispness.

Overall - One of the better reasonably priced lagers on the market. Drinks closer to a pale ale than a lager at warmer temps.

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Photo of cgman1985
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of HugePlume
2.78/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A- Straw yellow color, with average head. Head dissipates quickly. No lacing'

S- Lots or straw and alfalfa like sweetness, some dry fruity apricot like hops in the background.

T- Sweet cereal and grassy malts, some bitter hops build as you go, kudos to being detectable. Better than the macros here.

M- Nice balance of carbonation and a little chewiness.

O- Drinkable, but if I am going to have a cheapo lager I'd rather have a Rainier or step it up to a full-sail session.

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