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

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Henry Weinhard's Private ReserveHenry Weinhard's Private Reserve

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

Style: American Pale 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

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Photo of Honeybadgers
4.1/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is it a craft brew? absolutely not. Is it about the same price as miller, budweiser, and all the other American simulated rice beverages? Yep. When held to its price point, this lager is downright outstanding. It's strong enough to have real depth of flavor without sacrificing any summertime drinkability, enough carbonation to survive a pour into a glass without being overly bubbly when enjoyed from the bottle, convenient twist off cap for said outdoor activities, and no strange or offputting flavors. No astringency, bitterness (hops or otherwise), resinous or tinny tastes. It's very bready and malty for a lager, with very subdued hops (particularly so for a PNW hopped beer) but it really does strike a fine balance. As someone who brews his own beer, enjoys craft brews of all sorts, but still wants something cheap that can be kept in the fridge in large quantities at all times, this has been my go-to beer for years now. Nobody tips their nose up when offered a henry weinhardts, when the alternative was a can of horrible, locally brewed rainier or any other mass market american brew.

To reiterate, you have to take into account the insane cheapness of this beer, and when that is factored in, it's just head and shoulders above anything else near the price point.

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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 rodbeermunch
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thin straw yellow appearance, flimsy white head that vanishes quickly. Aroma of sweet bread, old couch spilled beer.

Taste, sweeter, highly carbonated adjunct lager. Seems to have a tad more barley than your average one, but the sweetness still kicks in, woody edge to the lager yeast. Cascade hops. Prickly as fuck carbonation. Tad bitter than your average aal.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.12/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Quite possibly my favorite Pale Lager to date, other than a few that in my opinion are more like Pilsners or IPLs. I've flirted with this beverage off and on ever since I first encountered it in probably 2013, but was always appreciative of Henry Weinhard's line of sodas prior to that. The beer's appearance is a hearty, clear gold, with head just into off-white territory, very fine, and retaining well for the style. Aroma is one of the faintest I've yet encountered, but is noticeably honey-like and ever so grainy. On the mouth, the hops kick in early, but are nowhere near as bittering as in some similar brews, balancing well with the malt in comparison. It finishes very clean and is refreshing and drinkable. Mouthfeel is quite watery, but this to me this is half its charm, lending to its smoothness and quenching finish. Moderate, pleasant carbonation, adding more than it takes away from the overall experience.

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Photo of marcusy81
5/5  rDev +61.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For an American Made Lager Beer, this is Awesome, Delicious, its LAGER and if you know what this means, you know its quality amber type of beer and it tastes great, you wont even feel the 5% alcohol inside, its that good, i love it, and living in Northwest this is one of our most popular beer. love it.

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Photo of ibaconi
3.52/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My rating may seem a bit over-the-top, but I've decided that, in comparison with most of the commercially produced American pilsner beers, this one is quite attractive. Head and shoulders better than a typical Pudsqueezer, Millers, etc. My taste for American pilsners has been somewhat warped by the Czech, Pislner Urquel which is a magnificent example of what a commercial pilsner can be. Still, this beer is completely pleasant, easily drinkable (even for a novice) fishin' beer. AND in Utah at the liquor store it is less expensive than average (almost a buck a bottle cheaper than Pilsner Urquel).

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

Appearance: pours a 2+" sudsy white head that recedes quickly with mild lacing. Color is a clear straw with moderate carbonation present.
Aroma: mild aroma of lightly toasted grain and clean water
Mouthfeel: light and crisp with a mostly dry finish
Flavor: sweet barley malts (white bread) combined with a healthy hop bitterness in the middle and finish.
Overall: This is a nicely balanced and decent lager. It is more akin to Euro-style lagers than American macros in flavor.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks ok, drinks like a bland smash without enough cascade to give it some oomph. Feel wasn't too bad, pretty drinkable, but overall not something I was overly impressed with. I recall this beer being much better than this, so I don't know if that's from memory too long gone or that it's changed for the worst since days gone by.

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Photo of vkv822
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz : pint glass

Clear golden, with a fizzy, short lived white head.

Sweet, grainy malts. Light grassy, bitter hop finish. Nothing exciting, but I can't what it is, as it matches the style.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation.

A decent beer, nothing to write home about, but pleasant enough to drink without putting much thought into the flavor profile.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a straw color with a one finger fizzy white head. The head fades very rapidly, leaving only a thin level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and a bit of foam on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a grainy nature mixed with some smells of a caramel and corn sweetness. Along with these smalls are some lighter notes of a grassy and herbal nature as well as just a hint of a lemon citrus smell.

Taste –The taste begins with a rather bready flavor mixed with some lighter caramel and corn tastes. The taste upfront is rather smooth and refreshing remaining that way much throughout the taste. A bit of a grainy and grassy flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle to the end of the taste, but yet still melds well with the other flavors, maintaining a rather smooth taste. In the end, a light level of an earthy and herbal flavor come to the tongue, along with a slight increase in the sweet flavors of corn and caramel, to leave a somewhat sweeter, but rather pleasant and still crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are good for the lighter tastes and somewhat sweeter flavors of the brew making this a rather easy drinking beer.

Overall – A decent brew at a reasonable price. Quite easy drinking and flavorful in the sweeter department with a rather easy drinking taste making for a decent session/ social drinking brew.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a clear light golden amber with a thin white head with decent retention and light lacing. Light aroma of sweet malt and light hops, whiff of soap. Taste is mild sweet malt, grainy with light, friendly hops in the finish. Light bodied. A light, sweet lager, with a hint more malt and hop presence than a standard adjunct lager. Safe and boring with no off-notes.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.02/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear medium-golden body with a modest white head, which soon fades to a mere thin scattering of foam. Clouds of small carbonation rise swiftly to the surface. The lacing is thin and scattered.

Aroma: Modest hop aroma, likely Cascade, lends a little interest to an otherwise bland aroma of pale malt.

Taste: Opens with lightly toasted malts, soon followed by a modest flourish of Cascade hops. As the taste progresses, the hops are dominant against the backbone of pale malts, but in all, its a titanic struggle of two weaklings. The taste draws to a close with a slight, lingering hop presence.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with somewhat spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve is a macro lager in craft beer packaging. Although this is not a terrible American Pale Lager, one can do better for the price paid.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at CEFCO in Texas in August of 2013 for $8.99/ build-your-own six-pack plus tax.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.09/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottled 8/5/13.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable for what it is but there is nothing too exciting going on here.

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Photo of Vixie
2.44/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light clear yellow with a white head that sticks around for a few seconds.

Malt, lemon, corn, grass.

Starts out a bit citrus like, mainly lemon. Little bit of corn, hint of malt. The back end is what hurts this one, has something funky going on at the finish.

The feel is decent, a bit tingly going down.

If not for the funky aftertaste, this would be a decent beer. It is nice and light, and has more flavor than most mass market beers. Would be an ok beer for something on a really hot day if you wanted something to cool yourself down.

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Photo of beershrine
2.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: straw gold pours flat with signs of chemical head retention additives.

S: Aroma is sickly sweet corn & alchol in nose

T: Citrus sweet with notes of hops.

M: Low carbonation, no head with watery corn? flavor

Overall: Not a bad north american lager but not a good one either at least I can taste it unlike
those macro flavored brews.

Serving type: bottle

Priced at 10.99 a 12 pack

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Photo of soju6
2.81/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a pale golden color with a small head that fades to no real lacing.

S: Aroma is on the mild side with some citrus and just a bit of malt sweetness.

T: Taste follows with a bit of citrus and mild malt sweetness. Very light bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body and smooth. Fairly bland.

O: A decent non-offensive lager. Good as a lawnmower or BBQ beer.

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Photo of gmfessen
2.91/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Private Reserve is a clear, staw-blonde color with an active, fizzy white head. The nose is of lightly toasted grains and muted hops. Flavor reports more of the lightly toasted grains with a citrusy, slightly fruity finish. Hops are only to balance, they contribute little to the flavor of the beer, not exactly what I was expecting from a "Northwest-style lager". Mouthfeel is light in body with minimal carbonation. Overall not a bad beer but nothing exceptional either.

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Photo of Kooz
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pale yellow--looks indistinguishable from Budweiser, a touch darker yellow than Coors Light. Little head to speak of.

Smells slightly sweet and has that "mash" smell that you get a whiff of on brewery tours.

Tastes slightly bitter; there's a taste of burnt hops on the front-end, but a sweetness lingers. It's interesting, but not for me so much. Still, I can't score it poorly.

Very good mouthfeel. Swishes up to a nice, thick foam. Very full-bodied for such a crisp beer.

It's a good beer, not great. It's worth drinking, and picking up if you come across it, but it isn't among my favorites.

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Photo of jifigz
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Got one of these for free from the local 6-pack shop.

Pours a pale yellow color with a touch more color than your average american Macro lager. The beer smells quite sweet but there is a touch of fruity and floral hops...but just a touch. The head appeared and disappeared extremely fast and the beer looks very effervescent. The flavor of this beer is, well, basically like any macro American lager. It has tiny bit more hop flavor than a Bud etc and a slightly richer flavor. The MF is thin and crisp and bubbly.

Glad I had one for free, but this is basically crap. This is an average beer and nothing else. Very bland and boring. But it is what it should be for the style I suppose.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.93/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap aquired at a local 7-11 and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this is me first beer from this brewery. Best before June 10th, 2013. Label art is okay. This is their flagship according to the label.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of beige colour, okay cream, decent thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention. Body colour is a weak pale yellow; fairly dull. Transparent and translucent. The insane bubble quantity makes it appear overcarbonated; it's almost champagney. No lacing as the head recedes. Pretty bland looking.

Sm: Artificial lemon extract, artificial lime extract, pale malts, corn adjunct, straw, sugars, a bit of medicinal character, grains, and bland floral hops. Off-putting. Not at all inviting or fresh. I'm not looking forward to trying this. An average strength aroma.

T: Structurally brief, with no real depth of flavour. Bland corn and straw grains form the weak pathetic body. Some bland floral hops sit atop the foundation. Weak lemon zest - very artificial. Too sweet and sugary. Not very enjoyable at all, but luckily not watery either. Crappily balanced and poorly built.

Mf: Smooth, wet, overcarbonated. Poor presence on the palate. Not very full-bodied; empty and devoid of flavour. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well at all. Unrefreshing.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. Very mundane. Not worth the $2 I paid for it. I definitely wouldn't get this again; there are far better beers in the style - many of them even made by American macrobreweries. This stuff is garbage. Avoid.


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Photo of KajII
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

The pour was a crystal clear sparkling yellow with a small (less than 1 finger) white foamy head that reduced at a steady pace, down to a thin wispy film with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was mild of a light grain malt, light floral hops and a mild cobweb yeast with notes of caramel and an adjunct (corn I believe).

The taste was lightly bitter with a very mild caramel sweetness early on, and then became a tad bitterer and a bit grainy with a crisp adjunct presence towards the finish. The flavor lasted only a short while after the swallow, with the mild crisp grainy taste fading fast from the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a ticklish carbonation.

Overall this brew was definitely nothing special and typical of an American Lager, although it was crisp and refreshing and might be good as a lawnmower brew. If you like this type of beer that is...


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Photo of MichaelNickerson
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - pale yellow with a weak white head

Smell- strong grainy aromas

Taste - grainy typical lager tastes with a hint of sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel - decently smooth with a slight bitter aftertaste

Overall - decent, average american lager

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with some light golden yellow highlights and heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a very thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy and corn malts upfront with a touch of bready malts behind it. The corn aspect of the malts fades after the first couple of sniffs. Very light hints of grassy hops.

T: Moderate flavors of grainy and pale malts upfront which fade slightly as the beer warms up followed by some light flavors of grassy hops. Light amounts of bitterness that fade rather quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront.

O: This beer is easy to drink and refreshing but there is nothing exceptional about this beer that would make me want to purchase it again - though also nothing that turns me off from it. This is just a very mediocre beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Private Reserve of Henry Weinhard was a pleasant surprise.

Appearance was very good, pouring out a darkish yellow with a very white, fluffy head. It had staying power but with little lacing. The smell was a distinct barley which was one of the best I've experienced in a while. Mouthfeel was also good - just the right amount of carbonation with no watered down feel. It was an ale taste for a lager - not what I was expecting but good. Lighter an less bitter than a pale ale but with a strong lager taste. Overall, it was a good beer. I have to say I expected more from a beer labeled private reserve, but it will still be something I will be partaking of soon enough.

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Photo of Braz
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear gold with slight amber tinge. Head is very thin and white and disappears quickly. Not a great smell. Skunky oatmeal scent. Very light flavor. No bitterness and very mild sweetness. Would be fine for session I believe. Crisp dry body. Nothing special here. Might be superior to some of the macrobrews. Such a light taste that it would be well suited for the person who says they don't like beer.

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