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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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
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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3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +36.7%

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2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
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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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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2/5  rDev -35.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3.04/5  rDev -2.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -27.7%

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4.09/5  rDev +31.5%
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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Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.11 out of 5 with 426 ratings
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