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 Bookseeb
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a golden straw with a very thin to no head. Smell seems a bit mor malty than most macros. Taste has a light citrus and malt with a club soda, along with the carbonation. Mouthfeel is light, smooth and dry. It's been awhile since I've had one of these and I won't be in any rush to have another.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has such a great name. Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve. It wreaks of aristocracy and I love it. The name, not the beer.

The label says it from bottling #151. Not really sure what that means. Pours a pale golden color. Very shiny, not much head. Screams weak pale lager from the get-go. The nose is faint. Dry and malty, but bland and weak. It also tastes malty but again bland. There is a slight residual sweetness that I can detect, though. Not much in the way of hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry.

Eh. This is an entirely forgettable beer. Do people really love this stuff? Maybe. It could very well be a regional attraction. I could see this being the Shiner, or the Natty Bo, or the Lone Star of the NW, that people love because it's brewed in their backyard and has a history to it. Still, it's a mediocre beer all around and I just can't quite see the attraction.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: dark straw body with some white head that fizzes up and fades pretty quickly

s: sweeter lager malts with a smidgeon of citrusy/fruity hops

t: ok; some citrusy hops with macro malts; some apples

m: macro

d: better than budweiser and coors but worse than some other premium macros; i won't buy it again; also a huge disappointment since their root beer is so fing good

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale lemon peel topped by two fingers of bright white foam. Enough carbonation is feeding the head to keep it from deflating too quickly. It looks acceptable enough and is leaving a reasonable amount of lace in ragged rings. Not bad, not great.

The aroma is 90% American macro lager. That is, it smells like untoasted cereal grains and little else. Thankfully, the brown glass bottle has helped keep the skunks at bay. The other 10% is a smidgen of Cascade hop citrusiness. I like the decision to brighten up a pale lager with that particular hop, even if it is subtle.

Private Reserve tastes exactly like it smells. In other words, it tastes like any number of the higher quality macro lagers with a shot of lemon citrusiness from 15 IBUs' worth of Cascade hops. The malt provides slightly more sweetness and the hops provide more bitterness and more flavor than is typical. Balance is the end result.

I would have to have them side-by-side to be 100% sure, but this beer is a better bet than Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar Ale (which is supposed to be a cream ale... but isn't). Maybe this bottle is fresher, who knows? If properly chilled, I'd take PR over the BMC lagers any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

The mouthfeel is light, edging toward medium, and doesn't deteriorate on the finish. It's also lively without being overly buzzy. No letdown here at all.

Private Reserve is a pretty highfalutin' name for such a simple beer. No matter what they call it, I found a lot to like in this drinkable, quenching little pale lager. I'd much rather be surprised up to a slightly above average beer than be disappointed down to one.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep urine color with little carbonation. Taste is kind of smooth, with a decent malt flavor. The hoppiness is very pleasant. This is somewhat light-bodied but better than most Macro Lagers. The first Henry's I've tried and probably the last.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow, lots of carbonation, and a modest head. I was surprised that a head didn't form more easily considering the style.

Nice light fruitiness that I wasn't expecting; some typical lager yeast; not a whole lot else

Taste & Mouthfeel
Yum, super clean lager! If this were truly macro, then it would be a great one to choose from as it's very clean. The mouthfeel is a big plus on this as it has a bite to start off with and a creamy finish.

Light but tasty and nothing offensive about it. Pretty solid for what it is. I wouldn't normally buy this, but I wouldn't complain if someone handed me a bottle.

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Photo of SargeC
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep yellow with a fizzy, macro-head.

Smell: Grassy hops, malt.

Taste: Good clean flavor. Malt with a grassy/herbal hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Smooth with dry features. Very low carbonation for the style.

Drinkability: Solid, tasty beer. Not a bad alternative in the macro market.

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Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's one I used to drink at the beach on Oahu sometimes

Pours a slightly effervescent straw color with 3+ fingers of eggshell meringue-type head. Below average lacing & below average head retention

S: Some cereal & lemony scents

T: Cereal notes along with some lemony hops up front. A bit of dryness & grassyness comes through and some honey malts as this warms. Finishes with little citric hop snap along with some lemony notes, plus dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied & very soft with moderate carbonation

Drinks pretty easy for a macro, I could have a couple before moving on to something more substantial. I'd take this over BMC any day

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Photo of ctownsoul
2.13/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass a clear, straw colored brew with a 1.5-2 inch head. Smell was on the malty side with a hint of citrus coming through. Hops were on the faint side

Taste was a bit malty with a slight hoppy finish. Nothing too special here. Carbonation levels were good, but it was more like drinking plain carbonated water than beer. I can easily see how people can easily down a few of these

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Photo of shadow1961
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve Lager pours 2 fingers of
foam over a clear deep yellow brew. Carbonation is steady,
the nose is light malt and lager yeast. The flavor is slightly
sweet light barley malt and a bit of corn up front with a ghost
of some kind of hop in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and
smooth- not too thin, either. Not a bad representative of the
American Macro Lager style. The problem is, there's only so
much lawn to mow, and so very many choices...

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Photo of jneiswender
3.9/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at a BBQ in Pullman Washington. Poured into a pint class. Nice brown color, different.

Great sweet smell, with some hops present.

Great malt, chewy, cereal flavor. Much more malty than others in this style. Hops is the afterthought with this brew.

Can easily drink these all night though.

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Photo of dnichols
2.28/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had a 12 ounce bottle served in a cooled pint glass at the Headquarters Bar in Mineral, Washington.

A: It poured light amber tainted gold with a bone white anemic head that disappeared fast leaving a small collar and a hardly noticeable lacing.

S: It has a bold floral hop aroma with a hint of citrus (diluted orange).

T: There was a whisper of sweetness from the malts that was quickly overcome by the bite of the hops. There was a sour aftertaste that diminished my desire to take the next sip.

M: Light body, with a somewhat refreshing dryness. It had almost no carbonation and a noticeable bitter aftertaste.

D: Easy beer to drink during a long session. However, it is highly carbonated and a bit hop heavy.

Comment: Not my cup of beer…it bitter, too tasteless, too thin. Weinhard’s makes a very good root beer.

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Photo of Spikester
3.77/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear amber with a small white head. Has some minor lacing.
Aroma is grainy.
Taste is sweet malts, a little soap, a fair amount of hop bitterness. Slightly too much carbonation for best drinkability.
An exceptional macro-brew. Too hoppy for the Bud crowd, a nice introduction toward the micro-brew taste. In other words, will not please the micro or macro drinkers but a nice transition beer.
No bad attributes and usually priced just a little above the macros. A great barbeque beer. Now brewed in Hood River Oregon by Full Sail. This is the best of the Henry Weinhard line IMHO.
Revised original review from 7-28-2007.

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

This beer was the messiah back in my dirt poor college days. Often on sale for 8.99 a twelver, it tasted far more expensive than it was. What it lacked in pedigree, it made up for in efficient flavor.

Just a touch of hops (again, surprising in a beer of this price), crisp, clear, amber colored with a nice, lemony after-taste. Just a clean, easily consumable product.

I miss.

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Photo of flexabull
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer to go with the Garlic Brats I was cooking for dinner.

Pours a clear gold color, a bit brighter than your typical Macro, has a small white head on top.

Aroma are of grains, sweet corn, maybe a touch of crisp hops as well.

Taste is crisp, and with a decent mouthfeel for a macro. Fairly creamy malt flavor,s a bit sweet, and a touch dry as well.

A pretty decent macro. One that I don't mind falling back on when around macro drinkers. It's a decent lager, that is easy to drink.

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Photo of Night
2.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with mild orange tones and a large, rocky, white head with a touch of cream. Medium to thick lacing. Aroma is faint and sweet: basic bread malts and northwest hops. Mouthfeel is light, mildly crisp, and a touch creamy. Flavor to match aroma – lightly sweet malts dominate with a sourdough / pine hops bitter undertone. Faint citrus hops throughout; corn in the finish. Aftertaste is clean and mildly bitter.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Northwest classic, enjoyed on numerous occasions. Thursdays are $1.50 Henry's pints at Capt. Ankeny's in Portland, figured I'd finally scribble down some notes as I watched the Cubs beat the Mariners (my two teams) in interleague play while downing a slice of pizza.

A: Crystal-clear, pale straw yellow. Crowned with (I'm being generous) 1/2-finger of foamy white head. Loads of fast-moving carbonation zipping to the top, constantly replenishing a thin film (once the head died down). Beautiful sheeting lace, definitely a plus when ranking any beer style, macro-lagers included.

S: Not bad, not good - really not much of anything. I grade this as 'average' only because I think most beers of this style smell pretty much like nothing (or maybe they smell worse - hence I should grade this higher?). What I do get is a little malt sweetness, a trace of hops and some corn.

T: Dry, bready/crackery malt. Hops are light and crisp. A pleasant touch of lemony/sourdough. Corn sweetness with a bit of spice zest. A better than average macro-lager, flavor-wise.

M: Crisp & clean, fresh and dry-finishing - all as expected. Pretty nicely carbonated, light-medium mouthfeel but not 'watery', the downfall of so many macro-lagers.

D: An easy-drinking, thirst-quenching beer. Nothing fancy but one I'd pick up an occasional pint of or a six-pack just to have around.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours from 12oz bottlea clear light gold with a large head of foam that hangs around quite nicely and has some nice sticky lacing.

The smell has a hoppy nose to with a touch of malt....typical of the style.

The taste has a slight lemony hop flavour up front with some sweet malt in the background and finishes crisp and dry. A good thirst quencher is what it is and that's not a bad thing at all.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10/28/06- Had while vacationing in Montana last year.

Presentation- 12oz bottle. No freshness dating to be found. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Dark golden pour. Large foamy one inch plus white head. Large chunks of lace left behind.

Smell- More malty notes than anything, maybe a whiff of grain as well. Standard.

Taste- Definite grainy flavor. Also a slight canned corn taste as well. Digging deeper there is some dark roasted malt.

Mouthfeel- Higher on the carbonation scale with little aftertaste.

Drinkability- A bit better than the run of the mill macro. Has a bit of character and was pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle celebrating the brewer's 150 years into a pilsner glass. The beer is golden and clear with a nice inch to inch-and-a-half white head. Head fell in on itself, minimal lacing is left behind.

Smell: Soft aromas. Slightly grainy with just a little floral hoppyness.

Taste: Slight (and I'm probably overstating the slight here) sweet malt. Just a tiny amount of hop bitterness on the finish. Very typical of the style I guess.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, well carbonated and lively with a crisp clean finish (sounds like a commercial don't it?).

Drinkability: Ridiculous easy drinker. I polished off a six tonight no problem. Afforable too, about the price of any BMC six pack of bottles. I may grab some more of this again.

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Photo of eballard
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light yellow in color with a light head. It has a light hops smell and a clear grain smell. The taste is very balanced not too hops and not too malt. This beer has a clean feel and a refreshing after taste. It is very drinkable and would be had to beat. If you’re looking for a hard beer this is not your beer but it will quench your thirst for a well brewed beer

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle to a lighter yellow color with a small 1/8th inch head of foam. Hints of lace, medium level of carbonation. Aromas of light floal hops and medium bodied malts are noted. Taste is middle of the road, right down the center; malt, hops, water, light grain. Rather bland, but not offensive. Mouthfeel is pretty good, crisp and bubbly. Very easy to drink. Not bad. Kind of boring. Special thanks to Dubbercody for the sample.

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

Pours a pale straw color topped by a stark white head that shrinks from an inch to a thin layer very quickly. Aroma is very neutral - not bad, just not much there. A hint of malt and adjunct grains, with a little bit of corny sweetness. Palate is pretty well-developed, a good sweet malt character with a touch of corn and just a hint of astringency. Body is light and creamy, lending the beer a highly drinkable quality. Great on a hot summer day, although not nearly as special as it was when it was brewed down on Burnside instead of down in goddamn California.

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Photo of scottoale
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. brown bottle pour a nice gold with a half inch bubbly snow-white head. Just a few dots of lacing, decent micro bubbles in the carbonation.

Smell is mild malt with a citrus hop balance and some sour notes off the back. Tasting much the same as it smells with lemon peel giving a bite to the finish. Fairly refreshing, very light in body with a fizzy, yet chalky mouthfeel to it.

Pretty average macro lager, not my style of preferance.

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Photo of drinkdankbrews
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: I poured this brew into a paulaner mug. It poured a yellow color like that of budweiser.

Smell: smells like a japanese lager. It must have been brewed w/ rice.

Taste: It tastes like a generic macro-lager. It sort of resembled the taste of a Canadian beer called Molson. There was no sign of any strong hops.

Mouthfeel: I took a big swig of this and was disappointed. There was a watered-down taste and no signs of any great hops.

Note: I have had this beer before. It is not something i'd buy again for the price of 9.99. I would rather drink miller high life. It resembled a kolsch but was way harder to drink! If your in the market and you see this beer dont bother with it. It does not fade and it gets old after the 3rd brew.

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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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