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 timtwoface
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While I'm a fan of lagers, there aren't many that wow me. This beer is among that group - but it's still very good for a basic, delicious lager with a nice smoothe easy-drinking taste with no aftertaste. The price-point at under $1 for a stubby bottle is nice, too. I'm a fan of supporting Henry Weinhard's brews so I would always consider this a beer I'd gladly purchase again in the future.

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Photo of Huffaroma
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of phattman073
4/5  rDev +29%

Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +29%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +29%

Photo of DavidST
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, Jan 09, 12 date on the bottle. Pours a light yellow color with a small white head which it quickly dissipates. The smells are light of floral hops with light malts. The feel is light along with the taste, some bread malts with a light hop bitterness (very light).

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Photo of mjurney
4.12/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, clear. Carbonation is moderate. Thin head.

Clean and crisp. Sweet grassy.

Grainy up front along with crisp bitterness in the finish. Very nice grainy character, cereal and hay like with touch of sweet caramel. Spicy hops towards the end, yet very crisp.
Body is light-medium, well carbonated.

Crisp finish. Slight spicy-grainy aftertaste.

Pretty good for a basic lager.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve

Appearance: golden straw, medium head, and some lacing.

Smell: malts, hops, and some grain.

Taste: malts, grain, and faint hops.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a decent brew. It does not have any strong flavors, but it seems well balanced and easily drank.

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Photo of claytong
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance - straw color with minor head (about one inch). head dies off pretty quick like and has minor rim lacing then none

smell - grass, some minor citrus/grapefruit hops. tid bit of malt

taste - grass and malts, minor hops, neither corn nor rice is strong making it a lot nicer than a lot of its style

mouthfeel - not too bad thickness. maybe something i like about this a lot, its good solid medium body. pretty good carbonation. drinkability is also pretty solid.

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Photo of isualum12
2.37/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

app-Yellow gold with white lace on top. lots of activity in bubbles
smell- skunk....reminds me of cheap beer I drank in college.
Taste- Not as bad as it smells. Not great though. skunky still with a bite. You can taste the barley to me.
mouthfeel- carbinated
overall- It is a weak tasting with a bad aftertaste. I cant recommend it. To many better choices in this price range.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear golden color with not much white head, but the glass had been sitting out for a little while. Rich aroma is mainly fruity - pear and apple - with some malt and a hint of hay. Malty, fruity, slightly sweet flavor has a hoppy hint and is quite enjoyable. Texture is smooth and quite fizzy.

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Photo of hoppyhampy
2.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by date is 6/13/11. Pours a very clear, very light yellow with two fingers of light, airy foam and almost no carbonation. Head quickly disappears and leaves no lacing. Nose has a fair amount of bitter hops with yeast and light, subtle malty notes. Mouthfeel is flat and watery. Palate has mildly sweet malt with grain flavors. Slightly bitter, hoppy finish. At the end of its shelf life and doesn't taste that old, but definitely doesn't show all that well in any aspect either.

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Photo of HugePlume
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A- Straw yellow color, with average head. Head dissipates quickly. No lacing'

S- Lots or straw and alfalfa like sweetness, some dry fruity apricot like hops in the background.

T- Sweet cereal and grassy malts, some bitter hops build as you go, kudos to being detectable. Better than the macros here.

M- Nice balance of carbonation and a little chewiness.

O- Drinkable, but if I am going to have a cheapo lager I'd rather have a Rainier or step it up to a full-sail session.

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Photo of Snow81
3.86/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden yellow that's clear as class

Smell: grassy and malty

Head: nice white head, but dies out pretty quickly

Taste: Reminds me of Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar which is there Pale Ale, but the maltyness has been dropped in and the sweetness has left. Nice maltyness

Weight: Nice body on this medium carbonation

Finish: Grassy, granny, and malty

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Photo of philbertk
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Henry Weinhard's, Blitz-Weinhard Company--Henry's Weinhard's Private Reserve Beer--2002 12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Pilsner--Clear rich bright golden color. Mild creamy lacy head. Mild floral Saaz hop front. Smooth mild creamy light sweet caramel butter body. Mild balanced light hop end. No adjunct notes. Tasty Macro Pilsner. Sampled 5/23/2003.

Henry Weinhard's, Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company, Full Sail Contract Brew--Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve Premium Beer--2006 12 oz. Bottle. 4.80% ABV--15 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Pale Lager--Mild head. Clear thin light gold color. Mild zesty hop front. Crisp tangy thin mild butterscotch caramel All Malt body. Refreshing slightly tangy crisp hop spice end. Pils Pale Lager. Nice Macro! Sampled 12/28/2006. First Sampled in 1983 after moving to NW from Michigan. My introduction to real beer as opposed to Macro swill.

Henry Weinhard's, Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company, Full Sail Contract Brew--Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve Lager--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 4.80% ABV--15 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Pale Lager--Tight mild lace head. Clear bright thin golden yellow color. Tangy Pils hop front. Crisp refreshing smooth mild butterscotch Pils malt body. Clean smooth balanced mild citrus hop spice end. Nice Lager. Sampled 10/17/2005.

Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company--Full Sail Brewing Contract Brewer--Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve Classic Northwest Lager--2010 12 oz. 4.80% ABV. 15 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Pale Lager. Lacy foamy very white head. Clear bright thin yellow gold color. Mild floral Pale Lager delicate hop front. Crisp zesty mild butter caramel delicate tasty Pale Lager body. Refreshing smooth mild hop clean crisp light citrus end. Balanced, smooth, good Lager. Sampled 2/9/2011. 6-Pack purchased for $5.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 8/29/2010.

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

Found one in the fridge while visiting family in Seattle, so popped it open and poured it into a tall glass. Bright orange / yellow color with lots of carbonation and a cloud-white head. Smell had that typical macro aroma. Flavor was pretty good. A bit bready, some malt, not a lot of hops. Mouthfeel was thin and a bit watery, but that made this beer just smooth enough to be easily drinkable. If you like lagers, then it's an OK choice. But with all the choices in WA, this beer falls towards the bottom of my list as to what I would spend money on.

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Photo of TheMadJack
2.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Pilsner Glass.

A: Simple, clear yellow with lots of fizz. Moderate formation of a bright, white head.

S: Faint hops on the nose, mostly flowery and just a - what's that funny French word? - soup├žon of pine. A scarce bit of fruit in the malts, which are otherwise cereal and dry grass.

T: Very even, mild flavor that is mostly malt. Clean tasting at first, but with a mildly sticky finish that actually brings out a barley flavor.

M: Light, smooth, and crisp. A little sticky at the end, but otherwise very refreshing and unobjectionable.

D: Well, it beats a Bud or Miller in terms of flavor, even if it's in that it lacks the odd essences of those macro brews. To put it simply: High Drinkability due to Low Funk. Otherwise, it's about on a par with them.

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Photo of echoes
3.72/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a glass.

A: Pours a golden yellow color that is very carbonated/bubbly. Head is pure white, very bubbly and dissipates slowly leaving little lacing.

S: Very earthy-malty smell (hops/yeast). Also a hint of a floral or citrus-type scent.

T: Slightly bitter. Has a yeasty, (roasted?) malts taste such as barley and hops. Slight bitterness.

M: Light, airy, and smooth. Not sticky. A bit fizzy but not much.

D: Goes down easily enough. Not sure there is enough in this to make me want to have another but I could drink more if offered.

Fits the APL style pretty well in my opinion. Comes off as a kind of a light beer yet better than a light beer, if that makes sense. I like it but overall it isn't one of my favorites.

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Photo of Andrew644
1.76/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Light gold with a head that very rapidly dies down.

S- Not much smell, very faint malt smell with the no hop smell.

T- Little flavor, it is hard to taste the most important aspects which is the malt and hops.

M- It does have good mouthfeel though and the good carbonation is probably the only strong aspect of the beer.

A- poor drinkability, yes it would be easy to put away a lot of these but I don't think I would enjoy it, the flavor just isn't there.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.52/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - clear bubbly brass color head died fast and leaves little lacing. Constant carbonation.

S - some surprising, slightly bocky meaty hops. No yeast but a few pale malt smells.

T - spicy hoppy initial flavors meaty transition and then a slightly malty finish way better than you'd expect for a little guy like this.

M - the continued carbonation leads to some fuzzy mouthfeel. Hops give a bitter pucker but it's fine.

D - needs to be a hot day and a cold beer but this is better than bud or heiny without a doubt.

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Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is being done by someone who actually loves lagers.
This beer pours and looks just like any other, no surprise.
The aroma and flavor is what I expect, nice with no sour "after bite".
Price is right in there with the rest, if I'm in a mood for a light, simple brew..this is a good choice.
I rate this one as being good.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, another ubiquitous 'craft' find at your local grocery store south of the 49th parallel...and why does the name of this brewery make my inner teenager smile? Oh yeah - it sounds like something the Simpsons would come up with. Blitz...Wine...Hard...

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, silken, and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves some plain, random swaths of chunky lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of mildly musty citrus pith, sort of crisp grainy pale malt, and some unfortunately skunky root vegetables. The taste is decent barley-centered grainy malt, some softly phenolic yeastiness, a bit of generic citrus, and further leafy, weedy, and dead floral hops.

The carbonation is average in its titillating frothiness, the body just on the light side of yer typical middleweight, and mostly smooth, the hops not contractually obligated to break any virtual knees here. It finishes mostly off-dry, the malt hanging tough as the weedy, herbal hops become increasingly skunky as things warm up.

An ok pale lager, I suppose, the so-called big single 'C' hops doing what they can, but overall it leans a little too much toward the typical stank of its much more lowly competitors. Adequate, I suppose, if you need to wean one of your Bud-happy bros, but otherwise, better American-made lagers are surely available out there.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.22/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was an outstanding beer, and I was happy to find it while driving through Minnesota (it's not available in Louisiana). It has a thick, creamy, off-white head, and a clear, amber color. Carbonation is quite high. The aroma is of barley and hops, and the smell is sharp. The taste is excellent, with good hop balance and deep beer flavor. It finishes crisp. The mouth-feel is light and watery. I'd love to be able to buy this on a regular basis.


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Photo of SassyBootblack
2.54/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Oh boy, my old college favorite. Leftover in the fridge from when my Mom visited. The old girl can't put them away like she used to, poor dear.

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear and yellow, attractive amount of bubbles. Thin head.

Smell: Sweet corn.

Taste: Thin with a corn sweetness being predominate.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery.

Drinkability: Not the most impressive lager out there, but nothing too terribly wrong with it. If I may damn it with faint praise, it is good for the price (but only in the Northwest).

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Photo of PintOHops
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - Ultra clear & ultra carbonated yellow color with a fizzy 2-finger head that dissipated pretty fast. A thin ring held atop the beer for the entire consumption but left no lacing.

S - Pretty simple, I get some yeasty notes, a bit of cracker, with a bit of citric hops that dominate.

T - Upfront is clean grain flavors but not like your average Bud, it gently unfolds into a nice citric like hop flavor, reminds me of Schlitz Lager really. Finishes with subtle bitterness and citric hops.

M - Moderate to highly carbonated, around medium bodied but slightly below I'd say.

D - About as drinkable as it gets, you could really session this one all night. It's very simple, clean, and cheap, I got a 12pack for 9$ bucks. I'd buy it again but in place of my usually quaff lager, Schlitz. Nothing wows me about this beer but it's good.

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