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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 loren01
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear bubbly yellow color, good sized head with nice lace down the glass
S: Smell is floral and grassy.
T: Slight sweet corn/grainy flavor up front followed by herbal bitterness.
M: Light bodied, carbonation seems to be good.
O: This is a pretty decent pale lager. Would be a good session BBQ type beer on a hot day.

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

nothing special here. smells like a slightly more malty version of the american adjunct stuff, bittering hops only, and in small doses. flavor is fairly bland as well, some english style malts give it a decent profile, but its rather watered down. it does have a fairly crist finish, which serves it well. lighter medium body, decent carbonation. this is one of those beers that serves the purpose of being a better than mass produced lagers, but not being too offensive to the less adventurous palate. not a beer id suggest to any of my mates, but i might buy a 6er for my molson drinking old man.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
2.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty nice one finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is completely white and is surprisingly a little fluffy and creamy looking. However, I can literally hear the bubbles fizzing away. Head retention is frankly better than I thought it would be, I still have half a finger of head left, better than most adjunct lagers. I know this isn't an adjunct lager, but I've had it before and it might as well be. The lacing looks like it will actually be pretty nice, but we wont know for sure until I get down the glass. The body is pretty damn transparent, but I suppose it's not the clearest beer I've ever seen. Carbonation looks like it's just through the roof. Overall it's actually not a horrible looking beer considering everything, the body is pretty crappy, but what can you expect with a lager. The head is actually nice though, lacing looks like it will be good, and the head is still hanging in there. The smell is just your standard adjunct lager smell, super sweet, pretty sour smelling. Pretty carbonated smelling too. extremely pale malts on the nose. Overall it's just your standard adjunct lager smell, not that great. Not a horrible smell, but nothing more than a miller or coors. Taste is just the same, adjuncts, corn, etc. Very sour, slightly bitter, pretty darn sweet. I mean it has more flavor than a BMC, but it's just the same overall as they are. Just very sweet overall, really it's not that watery, which is good, but it just doesn't have anything else going on other than sweetness and some sourness. Overall better than BMC, but just barely. The mouthfeel is actually pretty good for an adjunct lager. Somewhat dry on the mouth. Also, it's not nearly as carbonated as I thought it would be, the carbonation is more medium than high. The body is obviously super thin, but for sure not the thinnest lager I have ever felt. Not a bad mouthfeel at all. The drinkability is obviously super high, it's extremely light, and it's not ever 4% ABV. Overall I wish there was more to say about this beer, but there really isn't. It's not a terrible beer, but it's not much more than a BMC. It has more flavor than your standard lager, but it's not necessarily a better flavor. Overall not terrible, but not something I really want to have again.

As I drank more and more of this beer, it did get quite a bit smoother, further backing up that 3.5 rating for the mouthfeel. It went down really well. The taste got a little nicer too, just a nice easy beer, no real problems with the flavor. With that being said, I don't really think I'm going to change my grade.

The appearance turned out to be actually pretty darn good. The lacing was really outstanding for a lager. For the first half of the glass the lacing was literally just one big lace, no wholes or anything on the lacing. As I got down to the second half the lacing started to break up a little bit, but it was still thicker than your average lacing, and it followed me all the way down the glass to boot! Really...the body wasn't very good, but it was a lager after all. The lacing and head were so great that I think I'm going to have to give it a 4 for appearance, even if that is too generous.

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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 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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Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
3.1 out of 5 based on 423 ratings.
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