Löwenbräu Original
Löwenbräu AG

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Style:
German Helles
Ranked #326
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
76
Ranked #47,607
Avg:
3.31 | pDev: 16.92%
Reviews:
415
Ratings:
899
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Year-round
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4.7/5  rDev +42%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Near-perfect, if not, perfect classic German lager. Some people may sneer at my review of this common lager from this big producer, but these guys must have being doing something right from the start, and maintained their brewing skills very solidly over time to become so big, and hold strong for so long in Germany where good breweries are not exactly in short supply. This was the lager that made me fall in love with German lager all those years ago.
Yeah, it might seem boring to some lager professionals, but as a normal Jo Bloggs lager lout, I once took a trip to Berlin Beer Festival, and tasted many great lagers along the long line of tents, but was still impressed by this classic brew when I reached their massive tent at the end. They might be a big player, but they are still damn good at producing this lager. Can't say that about many big brewers of lager at all.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.14/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a tallboy can. Straw color with white head. Sweet malt aroma. Light body. Neutral sweet malt flavors. Just ok, not offensive but nothing really stands out either.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the large pint-sized can, it pours a clear light golden yellow with a nice thick white head that slowly dissipates as you enjoy it. In the nose, a touch of bready malt. In the mouth, the same, very smooth overall.

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Photo of drmeto
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

L:
-pours a clear straw golden with a small to medium,foamy,grey-ish head
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-grainy,apple,sweet malt
T:
-Follows the nose + floral,cardboard and faint banana
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Easily the worst flagship Beer of Munich's "Big 6".
A lowest common denominator sort-of Pils/Helles/Euro Lager.It's Anheuser-Busch personified.

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drmeto from Germany, May 07, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is my favorite of the German big market brews. Although every city in Germany and most bigger towns have their own local, and many of them are better, this is in my opinion the top of line of the mass produced German beers. I lived in Germany and also Eastern Europe and opt for this as the fridge-stocking beer any time I could find it.

Very malty, like all good German beers, string aroma, highly carbonated. As I said, you can often find even better beer on tap in the Ratskellers all over Germany, but if anyone wants to know what a good German beer should taste like, this is the product they should try.

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prc1966 from West Virginia, May 06, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had the fake Lowenbrau in the 70's. It wasn't to bad. Managed to get a case of it 15 years ago and it was an exceptionally smooth beer. It's a shame you can't get it in the States.

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Photo of elnachooo
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cerveza con una gran cabeza blanca; de cuerpo ligero y baja carbonatación. En su aroma se percibe la malta y un toque herbáceo. En boca es suave, moderamente dulce y con un sabor a malta agradable.

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Photo of RichardLeahy
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From 330 ml bottle. L. Appears appropriate. S. A definite fruit tinge for mine, within a light grainy waft. T. Taste is similar, but not sweet particularly. Starts with grain, then fruit/herby middle and a dry finish. F. Light carbonation and light mouth feel. O. I am a big fan of this beer and have been since I first tried it many years ago. I don't drink it often though, but bought a 6 pack the other day and am enjoying it as much as usual. Something about the fruit tinge, not sweet or powerful, that I like.

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RichardLeahy from Australia, Nov 30, 2018
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3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank in a 1L mass at Lowenbrau Keller in Munich.

Warm gold served with 2 inches of head that slowly settled

Smells of graham cracker and grain.

Taste has above average bitterness / hop presence for the style. Very clean and crisp.

Slightly under carbonated, but that makes large quantities very drinkable. Lighter body.

Overall, clean, solid, refreshing

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TrojanRB from California, Sep 28, 2018
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2.45/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Brewed by Labatt here in Canada! Overall it is better than macro Canadian lagers but way below Geman brewed Hacker Pschorr Münchner Gold Hell or the real, on tap, German brewed Spaten Original Munich Beer.
Too light tasting compared to the real thing!
Don't waste your money! Buy Hacker Pschorr Münchner Gold Hell for what a Helles should taste like!
The real thing in brewed in Germany and on tap is actually a decent lager, brewing it in Canada hasn't done it any favours but it is well priced! And now they are destroying Spaten by allowing Labatt to brew it as well!

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Photo of buschbeer
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can
Served in a pokal glass

This beer pours a brilliant golden color and is topped with three inches of off white head that leaves spotty lacing.

It smells like milled grain.

The taste has that grain flavor but enough bitterness to make me forget about it after a couple of sips. The finish is clean.

Medium to light bodied.

It is not too bad. It is refreshing after a long, long day of work. It goes down easy.

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Photo of monkist
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh man, we are making history change now! We are finally rewriting those dark pages of our sad past when we had to drink these beers made in Hungary. Some of the German or Austrian beers for some reason were made in Hungary, only for the Hungarian market. It meant that we were left with crappy, corny beer and I never liked beer back home because of this. Of course I hated Löwenbrau too, for being that bad of a beer.
And then, decades later, only recently I learned that those beers were only made in Hungary "after the original licence" - so I was eager to try the real ones! It wasn't rwally a quest but every time I came across the originals I gave them a shot. And found that they were much better than the p*ss that we used to be drinking.
This original Löwenbrau is just the same. It has no corn, no sickening yeast, no low quality ingredients, no sharp overcarbonation. It is actually quite okay! Here you can imagine that this is actually a real beer and you start feeling the ingredients in there as well.
At the same time however, halfway through you start recognizing the hints of the hops and malts that we in Hungary tried to reproduce and which lead to this terrible taste. I slightly feel that in here too, although not to a sickening extent.
So what I can say: it was great to finally try the original of this and it's much better than what I've known. But as a boring german lager, sorry but it will never be my favorite.

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monkist from Hungary, Jun 22, 2018
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3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very solid beer, with good flavor and mouthfeel. Well balanced on its own, but I found that it was a bit too bitter when eating with food. Could enjoy a glass by itself but won't order with a meal again.

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MKV from Belgium, May 12, 2018
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3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served via keg at the bar upstairs of the Piccadilly railway station in the city centre of Manchester
Löwenbräu Original
Bevis Maun
Spaten-Franziskaner-Löwenbräu-Gruppe by Löwenbräu Original
Bevis Maun is drinking a Löwenbräu Original by Spaten-Franziskaner-Löwenbräu-Gruppe

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EmperorBevis from United Kingdom (England), Mar 30, 2018
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3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 1/13/2018. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A bit fruity/yeasty, but not overwhelming. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal/grassy/spicy hop bitterness on the finish. An odd touch of metal that went away through the glass. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Nicely clean on lager flavors, minimal fruity/yeasty notes. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a good Helles. All around good robustness of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV, but a little weird on mouthfeel. Nothing but clean pils malts and solid noble hop balance. A nicely enjoyable offering, and great style example.

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superspak from Michigan, Feb 24, 2018
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3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: poured with slight white foam, hardly classifiable as "head", very clear and very light colour (3-5 SRM?), low moderate carbonation.

Smell: Typical lager smell, grassy, grainy, slight malt sweetness

Taste: Akin to smell, with some spice, possibly ethanol, slightly herb-y.

Feel: Thin, moderate carbonation, slightly alcoholic, dry.

Overall: I am worried I got a bad batch (for $11AUD it makes sense) but this was underwhelming. Okay, not bad, but nothing more.

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3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light gold color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Aroma is hops and malt. Tastes of hoppy bitterness with a hint of sweetness at the finish.

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dd53grif from Michigan, May 30, 2017
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3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: pours a gold yellow clear color.not much head to speak of.

S: grains, bread , herbs,hops and some honey notes. Tough the aroma is kind of weak.

T&F: follows the nose in much of the ways. Some light malt notes, with herbal hops in the finish.good bitterness in the finish,and the aftertaste have a decent lenght.medium bodied with a crisp bite on the tongue.all in all refreshing feel on this beer.

O: even if this is not a top shelf beer and it,s a lot of other german helles that is much better, it is a fairly drinkable and refreshing beer. I had no problem enjoy this

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OlaB from Norway, Jan 08, 2017
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3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I first started drinking Lowenbrau in 1992, but by the year 2000 it seemed as if the taste was different and that they changed the recipe... anyone else notice a change in the taste??

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dkgdiablo from Florida, Dec 18, 2016
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3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle with bottling date of NOV16 into stein glass.

L: Straw gold color, finger width head with solid retention.

S: Grains, herbal and grassy hops, clean.

T: Clean and refreshing flavor, decent amount of malt, hops shine through brilliantly. Lasting flavors are not bad at all.

F: Crisp! Light body and average ABV make this refreshing.

O: Solid beer.

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Photo of janubio
3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale golden colour, with a big head that lasts forever, leaving a big lace. Aroma of grains, herbs, clove. Fresh creamy palate, medum body and good carbonation. Taste of grains, cloves, herbs, fruits. Great refreshing beer.

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janubio from Spain, Nov 29, 2016
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3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Classic from youth. This blue can was a sure item in all collections.
Bright golden color with a thick four fingers head with great retention and leaving some laces. Good for the style.
Aroma with predominant notes of bread and grassy hops.
Flavor with notes of Pilsen malt sweetness, crackers, grassy hops, something metallic and a bit of paper that later fades away, lager yeast and hints of flowers. Dry aftertaste with a low to medium bitterness.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
Commercial reference for the style. Decent Helles, it could be a bit more attenuated in my opinion, but sure its balance is still tuned up to style.

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FLima from Brazil, Nov 05, 2016
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3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 473 ml can into a pils glass.
moderate fisheye head, no lacing, disappeared in a few minutes. Very clear golden colour, looks like a macro-lager, only slightly darker. Gave it a sniff, got a bit of bread, pale malt, no hop aroma. Tastes good definitely malt forward, pleasing bitterness, just a hint of hop flavour, and what I did get for hop was on the earthy side, no citrus. mouthfeel was light, borderline too thin, but not watery. I bought it with fond memories of Munich,thinking it was imported, I was disappointed to find it was brewed under license by Labatts, however it was still a decent Helles, I would buy it again (if it was on sale).

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machineglen from Alberta (Canada), Oct 29, 2016
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3.14/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour is a crisp yellow with semi foamy head and no real lacing to note. Smells of some grain, mild hops and slight malt. Taste is really nice, smooth flavors of mild malty hops and some graininess mixed in with a slight citrus on the finish, very nice beer and has been a favorite of mine since I was old enough to drink, always a good beer when you come across it.
Cheers

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4.21/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A real classic. A rich, golden-yellow hue, smooth and hop-forward taste, and generally quite carbonated. Great served ice cold in biergartens here on a hot summer's day.

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