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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002

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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 hopley
4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

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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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of RadfordBrewing
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of benbjb
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of jjarreau
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Cvescalante
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Mortarforker
2/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of wac9
3.24/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

wanted to try something diffrent a good solid beer great color in the not weak not waterd down looks good in a glass , taste like yellow beer should taste like a good strong beer that doesnt lack taste a beer to be proud of enjoy this and have a nice day

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Photo of dsreeves
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of CoryR
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of OregonGrown7
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of ferrari29
3.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into Pilsener glass

A - Beer poured with golden clear body; one finger white foam which dissipate very quickly; plenty of carbonation; not much lacing formed on the side of the glass

S - Light scent; grainy corn smell

T - Beer has a slight grainy malt lager flavor and finishes off with a sweet taste; not much bitterness

M - Light creamy feel; some bubbly feeling over the tongue; overall very smooth and no tart or sour tongue feel;

D - Average sweet blend of malts and hops to give it a good lager taste; smooth and refreshing beer;

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Photo of MikeIN
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.75/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Inglewood
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of mcewesr
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Eric908
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Selderkin
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My local trader, tone77, dropped off about a case's worth of mixed bottles and CANs and I am interspersing the two over the course of this slow afternoon at Chez Woody.

From the bottle: "Our brewery's flagship award-winning lager."; "Brewed with Cascade hops from the 44th latitude".

I have a feeling that this will either evoke pleasant memories or invoke my wrath against whoever is bottling this in MKE, WI. I wanted to be a west coast sailor so badly that I self-negotiated my own transfer to an FFG out of Long Beach, CA and on a work-up cruise, we stopped in Kelso-Longview where I had this beer in its original iteration in 1986.

I cannot say much for head retention as it fizzed up briefly with a finger of bone-white head, but then it dissipated just as quickly, leaving mere wisps in its wake. Color was a sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity and evidence of carbonation. Nose was slightly metallic with a biscuit malt base and a grassy hop smell. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was about what I remember from nearly 27 years ago! It was a mildly hopped grassy flavor that I first noticed in the mouth and the finish had a bready/biscuit-like sweetness to it. I remember thinking that although it was not something wildly different like a Belgian ale, neither was it gag-inducing like so many mass-produced lagers of the time. I was not totally hip to the difference between lagers and ales, but I knew that one existed. This was a really pleasant semi-dry lager and a definite nod to the original. Obviously, they are not going to cop to their adherence to the original recipe, but this was a solid beer. Now, if they would just start CANning Henry's ...

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3.75/5  rDev +21%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of h4ger
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
3.1 out of 5 based on 423 ratings.
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