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

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 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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Ratings: 426 |  Reviews: 171
Photo of Gtotango
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pale yellow liquid with a white head floating atop.
Smell is a decent blend of malt and hops with a bready note and grass.
Taste is the same mix, malt, hops, grass and bread.
Medium bodied and smoother than most lagers by far. Somewhat fizzy carbonation. A decent lager but nothing great.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of MarshMan71
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of Fatehunter
4.02/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finger of head, clear, light straw color with lots of bubbles.
Smells nice with apple and pear predominating.
Sweet beginning taste, a little pear, medium bitterness from the middle on, short finish.
Normal light and crisp texture with moderate carbonation.
Overall a pretty good example for the style.

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Photo of beergoot
2.92/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear, pale gold body with a very thin, short-lasting, fizzy head; very little carbonation in the glass. Light grain aroma. Thin, grainy flavor with a light hop bitterness. Light-bodied, crisp and dry finish.

An unexciting lager with little depth or complexity. Drinkable but not something to get fired-up about.

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Photo of Brad007
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold with no head into my glass. Ample carbonation. Looks interesting as it is. Hopefully it tastes good too.

Sweet, crisp, grainy. Wait, can you really put the last two together? Regardless, nothing out of the ordinary here.

Yep. Sweet and grainy here. Ordinary. Clean. I'd like to say drinkable as well. Then again, bud is supposedly drinkable as well.

Finishes with a touch of breadiness. Nothing offensive.

Better than their IPA that I had, despite the fact that they're different styles. I guess it's all in the approach and they approached this style admirably.

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Photo of WDJersey
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of barnzy78
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours crystal clear & golden, fairly thin white head dissipates quickly to thin layer of foam, leaving some lacing. Aromas are typical for a lager of this style...grassy, biscuity, lager yeast, metallic. Tastes are mild with toasty grain, metallic, grassy hop, lager yeast, finishes sharp & very clean. Thin body, moderate carbonation. Nothing spectacular here. Pretty average.

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Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of JoeLacy
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of sea-dweller
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

3.8/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6'er of this at my local supermarket while there to pick up ingredients to make nachos. Had never tried any of the brews from Weinhard's, so was kind of curious as to what this would taste like.

Poured in to a pint glass, this looks like your average C-M-B macros. Smell wasn't anything special and the head from an aggressive pour was maybe two finger, which dissipated a little slower than your average macro. The taste, however, made up for the shortcomings of the presentation. First thing that struck me, which I haven't really seen noted on these reviews, was the spicy body. Kind of reminds me a bit of Sam Adam's Winter Lager, which is a spicy, winter brew. This one is spicy up front, with a bit of hop at the end, but not a lot. In between is a biscuit flavor that actually forms a good 3 pronged taste bud attack. This is a good winter beer, what with the spicy flavor.

Overall, a very good beer that really isn't a huge leap over the macros, but definitely won't be confused with them when somebody tries one. A good cold weather beer that I'll buy again at the $5.99 price for a 6'er. BTW...drank 3 of these with my nachos and they went great together. Easy drinking all the way.

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Photo of baos
3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes bottle into beer mug. Nice golden appearance with lacing here and there when swirled, but not that great looking. Nose is nice probably cascade, pale malty notes. The taste well I just chewed up two v's so that made the flavor a bit medicinal. Yes have a script, for all the baomoves out there who were wondering. Light carbonated mouthfeel, but not bad, this would make a good hot sun brew. I bought it at a local supermarkt marked down to 5 something... It was worth the price. Better than bud, volks.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Semi-transparent golden in appearance, with decent carbonation. Lace is pretty spotty but present, nonetheless.

Nose is grainy and malty. Seems adjunct and corny to me.

Taste is mild and watery. No sense of hops at all, despite the bottle's claim. Not sure if this was a better beer before SABMiller bought the name, but this one's really pretty uninteresting. Avoid.

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Photo of bigbeers84
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of digitalflood
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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 TMoney2591
2.61/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Reachin' into the old man's private stash, eh? I'm always up for a little mischief... This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises straight corn (in the form of both kernel and syrup) and what may or may not be some mild wheat. Sad, insipid smell, really. The taste brings in more of the same, though now my suspicions regarding the wheat are confirmed, and the culprit is shown to be Pigpen-style dirty. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation, a watery feel, and a drying finish. Overall, a sad, mostly lifeless little beer, one hardly deserving of its title. I'd hate to see what he throws away...

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Photo of bzach
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.89/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clear pale yellow with a scant head that reduces to a slight foam ring. I am actual;y getting a few spots of lace on the glass. Some bubbles rising. Nice bright color and really good clarity.

I do not have a cold, or an olfactory condition. My nose is in the glass. My nose is right on the bottle. Really really trying here. Just the slightest aroma (maybe it is my breath) of light malt (as this warmed, it opened up a bit more; still super mild).

This is just over the line from adjunct brew. Light malt, some light corn coming thru too. A little vegetal as well, but that clears as the palate does. Mild bitter in the finish. Fairly crisp and clean (a big plus), and I don't get any of that BMC-type sour aftertaste. But wow, is this is an eyelash over the line from being crap.

Lighter bodied and full tingly carbonation. Good mouthfeel. Dries out a bit and that works very well.

I am really putting time into this review. I'm trying to be very fair and aware of what works.It almost seems like they took an adjunct recipe and pulled out all of the bad elements, but didn't replenish with anything good. It is not the flaw of content, but what is missing. This is a safe beer brewed to appeal to the BMC crowd, but marketed as better than that. Private Reserve? What kind of shit is brewed for the common man then? I saw 2 other offerings from this brewer, and while I usually give multiple shots at redemption, this will not be the case for these guys.

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Photo of emerge077
2.24/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by date of "Jan 07 13" so it's well in code. Served in a tulip glass at a cool temperature. The pastoral label betrays a bland macro lager in the bottle.

Bright pale gold, initial finger of white foam with a drippy halo of soapy foam. Rapidly rising carbonation. Looks good so far.

Smells a bit vegetal, lager yeast, a little stinky sulfur. Tolerable at first, as it warms the telltale signs of DMS rear it's head.

Astringent feel, sharp co2 bite of carbonation, fizzy. Light corn aftertaste, lingering unpleasant cooked veggie flavors of DMS. Thin and fleeting feel, not much in terms of redeeming qualities, starting to feel a headache coming on also. A bit harsh and unrefined with the DMS off flavors being a dealbreaker. Big pass on this.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.56/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a yellow-hued, bubbly (soda-like) body of good clarity with a medium-small, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Mealy-scented cereal malts, incredibly faint citrus, and a slight touch of DMS. Not diggin' it, Henry.

Taste: Flaccid cereal maltiness with a sweet edge to it kept in check by a slight sulfury hint. Very weak citrus hop character. Lightly bitter. Drying, crackling finish from the carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, but watery. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Insufficient on many levels.

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Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 12% out of 100 with 426 ratings
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