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 RonaldTheriot
4.22/5  rDev +35.7%
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 -18.3%
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 +14.1%
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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Photo of JosiahS
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint. Straw or apple juice color. Gave a 1/2 finger white head that is non-existant after half a minute.

Smell is of mild citric hops and vegetables.

Taste is of grain and a nice citric hop flavor that is carried throughout. Lingering malt helps to round things out.

Mouthfeel is light but a little more full than say, a macro light lager would be. Moderate CO2 gives it a nice crispness.

A decent lager, very drinkable.

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Photo of sondance
4.73/5  rDev +52.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Henry's is a simple delight. Used to be my main brew but I ventured off to the pale, red and amber ales; discovered Lowenbrau.

Then last week I bought a 12 pack of HPR after having ignored it for about a year It is clean, solid, unpretentious and uncomplicated. Finishes well, no lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of Briken
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden yellow with a big off white head that disipates fairly quickly. There is a clean pale malt and citrusy hop aroma. Taste is a crisp pale malt nicely balanced with a nice lemony hop presence. A slightly astringent taste on the finish which could possibly be an adjunct effect. A good full-bodied but crisp carbonated mouthfeel.

This beer was kind of a surprise. My expectations were fairly low so that would be a factor. It's surprisingly robust for a cheap lager and were it not for the slight lingering aftertaste it would be rated higher. Although I will say by the end of a 24 oz. can, I had had enough.

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Photo of remmyreel
4.15/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A sixer of HW's private reserve is ultra cheap at my local liquor store, so I'm always grabbing these. The first time, it was just because I grabbed whatever was cheapest. But it turns out it's really good!

Citrusy smell & taste, relatively light and doesn't leave me too bloaty, and the backtaste is exceptional.

I'll probably keep getting it until the store runs out of it :)

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Photo of flagmantho
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: totally clear, true golden color with half a finger of white foam. Not too bad; I quite like the color.

Smell: sweet and a little grainy; not too bad.

Taste: quite similar to the smell, although more malty than grainy. It's a simple, smooth lager; on the whole not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with somewhat less carbonation than I'd prefer. OK.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. This is another brew which makes frequent appearances at band practice ($9 for a half-rack doesn't hurt, either). Keeps you hydrated!

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow, stark white head with decent retention and good lacing.

Nose has some crisp cascade-like hops and a good dose of lagery grain.

Wow! Extremely well done. For a good sessionable lager this is tough to beat. As much of a mAIcro as HW is, this one is masterfully crafted. A nice amount of crisp hop presence without going into pilsner territory, and a very, VERY clean grain bill.

Mouthfeel is ideal for the style.

Drinkability, well, its hard to find anything better. Super slammable, cold, summertime, lawnmower, barbeque awesomeness.

Overall a very clean and very enjoyable lager. Incredibly drinkable and refreshing. Very well done.

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Photo of redneckchugger
4.74/5  rDev +52.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours fizzy yellow little to no head or lacing
Citrus hops on the nose with what i term a "lager scent" that is that clean smell from lighter lagers
taste is almost solely light citrus hops, very refreshing, very clean, quite delicious.
This is the single best session beer i have ever had. As far as beers meant for enjoying with friends at a BBQ etc, this is perfection.

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Photo of Vito
5/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a lifelong West Coast native, but for some reason I've never gotten around to trying Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve. Well, the time is now.

Appearance: Poured into a clear glass beer mug, the beer has a golden color and a medium-thin head. Lookin' good, so far. Nice packaging, too -- the beer comes in a short brown bottle that really stands out from the macrobrew crowd.

Smell: This beer flat-out smells good, with traces of whole-wheat toast aroma. Excellent.

Taste: This beer tastes great. Very light whole-wheat toast and mild hops are the dominant flavors. Without a doubt, this is the most well-balanced AAL brew I've ever tasted.

Mouthfeel: Once again, excellent. Just enough carbonation to tingle your tongue, but without the usual macrobrew "soda pop" texture.

Drinkability: I drank four more of these straight out of the bottle after I sampled the first one in a beer mug. Exceptionally high drinkability.

Overall: Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve gets my highest recommendation. It's a fantastic all-purpose beer, with an exceptional blend of high-quality ingredients. Classy enough to impress the microbrew crowd, drinkable enough for your next chugging session.

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Photo of Monsteruss
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The foam was very light wheat in color, bubbly and dissapated quickly. Color was light golden yellow with hints of amber. Smell had bitter fruit notes with an even amount of hops and wheat. Taste - a dominate bitter introduction with hops and barley balance and wheat undertones. Mouthfeel - light to medium-bodied and not too carbonated. Drinkability - it's ok but better than the mainstream American pils ans lagers.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Given to me by my neighbor a few weeks ago. I'm finally getting around to cracking it open.

A: Aggressive pour yields 2 fingers frothy white head. Brew is somewhat hazy, and pale straw in color. Surprisingly good head retention and lacing. Nice looking appearance for the most part.
S: Grainy, some hay and earth. A bit of sweet malt and grassy hops.
T/M: This brew is highly carbonated with some heavy grains and a bit of cooked veggies. Quick smack of grassy hops to give it a bit of complexity. The liquid is really syrupy in my mouth, which is better than the watery brews often found in the style.
D: A great beer to introduce BMC drinkers into the craft world. A bit more complexity than what those folks would be used to, but nothing overwhelming on the palate.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.19/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- I like the chubbier style bottle...just gives a little more class than usual I think. Thick foamy white head that doesn't disappear immediately, but actually leaves a moderate layer over the beer. This is a clear, lightly colored brew....kind of a dried grassy look. There's even some moderate lacing around the glass. It looks like there is some big scale carbonation here though.

S- This has a reasonably weak aroma I have to say. What I do pick up is some light malts, a dusty grass smell, mild alcohol and a very weak hop aroma in the backround. Overall, a fairly uninspired aroma profile, but this isn't unexpected either, being an adjunct lager.

T- It's not bad, but not great. On the front of the palate, the adjuncts come through. It is reasonably sweet at first, with the grainy malt up front, followed by a neutral corn flavor. The back end does provide what Weinhard's intended....a yeasty/bready flavor that really isn't unwelcome. Unfortunately, the finish leaves a sweetish note on the palate and the cascade hops don't really come through at all.

M- I say this area is slightly above average. It's actually quite smooth, and the large bubbles provide a clean crisp finish. It does have some body....I'd say leaning towards medium.

D- While I wouldn't complain about drinking this over an extended period out or watching a hockey game at home, I'd more likely have 2-3 of these then move on to something with more character. It is refreshing and makes a nice summer beer. It is definitely better than the average North American Lager....I recommend at least giving this one a try.

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Photo of teejay76
2.62/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Transparent yellow.

Smell - Light hops, maybe some citrus.

Taste - Watered down hops.

Mouthfeel - Smooth...but see above for why.

Drinkability - Easy to drink.

Overall - Not impressed, do not recommend, and won't be buying it again.

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Photo of prodgerm
2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow with good head which fades to a lace, then just a ring around the glass. Some hop smell and light hop taste, little malt taste, the corn grit comes through. Good mouth feel for a beer of this type. They used to make this beer with a Hazelnut flavoring which was interesting. I always have a "Hank's" when I'm in Portland, OR.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours your standard golden body with a large frothy white head. Head has pretty good retention and creates the "mold spot" look when it dissipates, first time I've seen this in an adjunct.

S: Smells of light malts with some graininess and slight citrus.

T: Light malts with some graininess. Small amount of a lemon flavor overall, not the best adjunct but better than many.

M: Not what I expected, the carbonation isn't as strong as it looks and the body is much heavier than I expected...almost makes me forget I'm drinking an adjunct.

D: I actually enjoy this beer, it tastes above average which makes it all the better. One of the best I've had. Especially not bad seeing as how a pait $1 for a six-pack just because it was one day over expiration date.

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Photo of tbeck
2.57/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow that is clear. Develops a thin white head that dissipates quickly into a narrow collar. Slight laciness. Aroma is musty barley with a slight hoppiness. Taste is primarily cereal grains with a bit of hops. Thin and water texture. Not a terrible beer, might work on a hot day sitting outside. Not recommended as a session beer.

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

This brew poured from a bottle with about one finger of fine head that left some light lacing. It is light yellow and crystal clear like most standard macro lagers. Nose is grainy, slightly musty and not altogether great.

The brew taste a bit better than is smells with some decent malt flavors coming through, but the could be support by a slight hop kick. There also a bit of that sweet corn DMS in there. Body is medium light and carb is fair. Overall this is a beer than I'd try again.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a mug

A - Pours a straw gold a two finger head that quickily dissiaptes into nothing. Leaves minimal splotches of lacing.

S - light malt smell with a hint of hops. Not much here

T - Alcohol and a bit of sweetness up front followed by a sweet malt body with a hint of noble hop flavor. The finnish is clean with a slight corn-grit flavor. Adjunct flavors are quite present in the finish.

M - Lively carbonated with a thin body. Needs to be thicker.

D - Had this with Christmas dinner at my Grandparents house. Not much better (if at all) than the big three. Certainly not a beer i'd seek out at the store.

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Photo of colts9016
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a golden amber color with carbonation and a little head.
Nose; sweet and malty with a little bit of lemon and grass.
Taste; roasted malt, caramel malt,little grass and some corn.
Body; is thin but not watery.
Finish; nill overall very good easy drinking beer

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Photo of magictrokini
1.83/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dear Mr. Weinhard:
Why do you continue to perpetrate this fraud upon us? Your beer is not a micro or a craft brew. I know this is not actually out of your own private stash. You claim this beer has an "outstanding pleasant taste," when it clearly does not. It pours a fake clear gold with a mediocre white head. It has a sour, grainy aroma replete with straw. It is watered down, skunky, and bitter. The taste just gets more and more sour and stale as you continute to drink. Fake honey and malt flavors do not blend well with the wooden, NOT resiny, but wooden hops. Please, for the sake of all that is good and decent in this world, stop selling this beer.

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Photo of Rayek
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale gold with a fluffy white head that sticks around longer than I expected. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Dry malt and a hint of lemon citrus.

T: Better than the average macro. Well balanced. Malt is mostly raw grain. Bitterness comes on with a marginal lemon twang that makes this beer fairly interesting to drink.

M: Light body has a bit too much fizz.

D: I remember this beer being a big deal when it first hit the market. Better than most macros. Certainly decent for a session.

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Photo of Offa
3.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty standard, simple, but solid, clean American lager.

Fairly deep gold, it has a smallish white head that soon shrinks to a thin foam, which itself gradually recedes to a ring.

The aroma is very pleasant, flowery sweet lager with grain, apple, hints of grass and pine.

The taste is a nice, pleasant grain with lemon, apple, smoothly sweet before a very faintly grassy-piney bitter finish leaving a lingering, tingly faint bitterness and soft grain aftertaste. The bitterness, though, is very faint and overall the beer is on the sweet side. However, it has pleasant taste, is nice, clean, smooth, crisp, and very drinkable.

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Photo of atliens81
3.9/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a 6 pack from Hyvee supermarket. Poured from a bottle in to a glass. First thing I noticed about this beer is that it was extremely refreshing. Hence, the exceptional rating for drinkability. I could really see this being a good fit if you were looking for a beer to drink if you were pulling an all nighter with some friends. As far as the actual taste and aroma... there's not a ton going on here. No hoppy taste, or bitters really. It's actually got an almost sweet sorgum-eque flavor to it. But overall, no overpowering taste to it. It's just a good, crisp, smooth, and extremely drinkable beer. I would absolutely drink it again.

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Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.11 out of 5 with 428 ratings