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 warpedrevolution
2/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light, clear gold with a foamy white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Aromas of cracker, biscuit, minerals, straw, and grass are apparent on the nose. I'm not picking up any of the lemon and lime scents I generally associate with Cascade hops.

T: Notes of mineral, biscuit, grass, straw, and minerals are balanced by subtle traces of pine, lemon, and lime. The finish is dry and clipped with notes of minerals, lemon, and biscuit most noticeable.

M: Light-to-medium in body, crisp, and dry. Carbonation is quite active. Very drinkable.

O: This one is just kind of meh. I mean it's really not bad for the style, but it is also not great either. Just sort of a mediocre effort. I wouldn't turn it down if it were offered to me or if it were the best option I had on-tap, but I highly doubt I would go out of my way to track it down again.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.42/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1 1/4" finely frothed white head of average life. The body is the classic clear straw yellow but seems a touch brighter. Smells of malt and mild hops, and less grassy than some other BMCs. Taste is a light smooth malt, very clean, with cracker undertones and a slow zing of a fizz. Easy drinking, uplifting, satisfying, yet not a big departure from mainstream lagers either. Decent. Note although it's apparently an Oregon brand mine came from Milwaukee.

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Photo of maplacek
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of JoostFricke
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Damn after really enjoying the amber lager I am irate to see such a low rating for this beer. I will not let this distract me from my own personal one.

A - Wow is that clear. Granted I have seen a lighter shade of yellow but I guess I expected a deeper hue of golden yellow. Head is fairly good giving me a 1/2 inch that takes a while to settle despite the fizzy nature of the style.

S - Faint corn and adjacent lager smells. I do have to say it doesn't smell skunky one bit but as mild as other brewery takes on the style. Eh...

T - Simple, refreshing, and well mild. Corn is there and also picking up some malt, hops, and grains but all is reduced back. Simplified to woe even the simplest of BMC drinker. Not bad or good just drinkable.

M - Light and not as fizzy as I expected. Passable.

Overall I still have the IPA but feel I paid too much mixing and matching these for 10 bucks a sixer. Ow well its not my favorite style to boot.

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Photo of ToMakeEndsMeet
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Hellpop65
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of KarlosT
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer at the Amesbury Beer Festival on Sep 22 2012.

Most of the beers were served from bottles into small 3oz plastic pixie cups.

Although I took notes on the 20+ different beers that I tried, it is difficult to remember all of the details associated with each beer. My apologies to readers of these notes. However, I did pay attention to my overall scores, and noted what I thought were unique positives and negatives w/ each beer.

Note that for me:
< 2.5 = would not finish the beer
3.0 = drinkable beer, but likely would not buy again or look for
>3.5 = will try to buy again in the future

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Photo of mebummer
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of tmars13
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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

12 oz. bottle purchased in a six-pack at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a very light yellow crystal-clear body with a good inch of persistent white head. Grainy malty aroma lightly wafts from the beer. Grain, cooked vegetable, and a slight sweetness comprises the flavor. Aqueous body with ample carbonation. Fairly quaffable. Not bad. Not great. A par-for-the-course American-style pale lager. Worth the five dollars per six-pack, but no more.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.24/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass as per usual.

Very pale light gold color with tremendous clarity and brightness. Almost straw in color, to be honest. The head barely formed and fizzed away to some surface residue.

Slightly corny aroma. Faint hop aroma mixed with stewed grains and some cracker notes. Not much else to say. Pretty muted and unimpressive, in general. Clean for a pale lager, I guess.

Watery. Light hops that I can take notice to. Surprising in this brew. Tastes great for just a pale lager. Malts are quiet, but clean. More cracker notes with just the hint of warm biscuits. Could definitely be thicker in flavor.

Thin-to-medium body. Light carbonation, too. Extremely drinkable.

Not too shabby for an APL. I'd take a few more of these down, no problem.

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Photo of jtierney89
1.5/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

beautiful crystal clear golden color with a thin white head. Semi-sweet corn husk and undercooked biscuit on the nose.

Taste is semi sweet with some off flavors. Slightly sour, a little too acidic. Definitely some strange off flavors going on, not sure what they are but not liking them. Not a good beer even at the cheap price. For whats supposed to be a lager, to much off fruit flavors. Not as clean as it should be.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear golden color with a white head that thinned out leaving some thin rings of lacing.

S - sweet and grainy with a little citrus rind.

T - like the aroma it tastes sweet with a wisp of citrus rind bitterness before finishing sweet.

F - light bodied, crisp and easy to drink.

O - it's ok.

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Photo of Gww1864
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Kunstman
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of beerpadawan
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of BDIMike
3.39/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden lager color. There is almost no carbonation and no head is created. Very flat looking.
Smell is very nice for an American pale. A strong wheat and biscuit base has a nice West coast hop tinge to it.
Taste is nice. A very nice balance between the biscuit wheat tastes and the hoppiness.
Mouthfeel feels flat as well. A little bit of thickness, but no carbonation and a very flat feel.
A nice balanced beer. A good drinkable American pale, but nothing special.

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

Poured into a 12-oz mug, this is a crystal clear very light gold beer with a small, dissipating head. The nose offers mostly grainy notes, but with a bit of floral, lightly citrus hops. Taste doesn't offer much more. It's grainy malt with just enough bitterness to keep you from mistaking it from a generic macro.

I'm not sure why Whole Foods was carrying this. The "Private Reserve" makes as little sense as Michelob "ultra". It's a pretty label, but it's all show with no substance. Don't buy.

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Photo of troyvar
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
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 59rockabilly
4.5/5  rDev +45.2%

Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
3.1 out of 5 based on 425 ratings.
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