Löwenbräu Original | Löwenbräu AG

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Löwenbräu OriginalLöwenbräu Original

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Löwenbräu AG

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001

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Photo of mrfootball
4.97/5  rDev +49.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This isn't your father's Lowenbrau. It's the real thing.

Now that we're getting the REAL Löwenbräu here in the States, this has become one of my favorite standard beers. I try to always have this stocked while occasionally branching out into my other favorite styles, good ole German Löwenbräu from Munich will always have a place here. It pours like a real lager should golden. It's as it should be. Tasty, yet clean. Great with spicy food. I enjoy the hell out of it.

You should too.

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Photo of Anderbrau_IPA
4.85/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer after 4 years just gives good memories.
it has a unique taste, it feels like overcooked with somebitterness but sweetness somewhere down the middle, is just perfect.

Back in the years this beer was made locally here in Panama, and in a way Löwenbräu represents germany, but this is not the case.... perfect head, perfect color, a darker yellow.

the after taste i can say lives you with the feeling for more, like a dry mouth.

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Photo of KingSpank
4.73/5  rDev +42%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly, the best pilsner I've ever tasted. With its light feel, I could drink this all night, yet it still packs a punch. This is the kind of beer that I would like to permanently stock my fridge with, because it tastes great and there's no time that I would be "not in the mood" for it as I could be with exceptionally rich beers like, say, Storm King.

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Photo of BoSox5902
4.7/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a great german lager. way better than the self proclaimed king of beers which is also a lager. this beer has a great taste, pleasing to the palette lol. i can down a six pack of this no problem. its not terribly strong either so it doesn't intrude. good with a nice steak

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Photo of stirgy
4.63/5  rDev +39%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured out crystal clear, bright and golden. The head was white and frothy. Nice balance between the grain and the hops. Perfect bitterness. The finish was dry. I'm getting a slight pleasant sourness from this beer. In my opinion, this is a very good session beer and an almost flawless German lager. The price was well worth it @ $18.00 a case.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.46/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Wonderful straw yellow with a big fluffy white head, tons of carbination and lots of lacing after every sip.

S- some nice clean german hops, not overpowering

T- what a taste, nice and clean upfront with some nice hops in the finish.

D- clean crisp and refreshing with some complexity. oh so refeshing

Notes- munich helles is my favorite style and this is a spot on example
M- balanced mouthfeel, with lots of carbination very nice

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Photo of BeerLad98
4.4/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

First tackled one of these enigmatic brews in the winter of '92 with BeerLad96 and BeerLad 97, and since, all three of us have sunk many a golden pint. Full bodied, smooth mouth-feel and a prevelant bitter taste. Best served icy cool.


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Photo of stella77artois
4.4/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers. On the cheap side for a quality brew, and is incredibly smooth.

A - Pours light-golden brown, with a thin head.

S - Like a typical German Lager. Nothing really different.

T - Outstanding. Smooth and full of a bold, intense flavor. An almost perfect bitterness for my taste. Outstanding aftertaste, none of the skunky-ness that some Euro lagers have.

M - Like I said, very smooth and goes down easy. A slightly higher level of carbonation I'd say.

Overall, an excellent beer for any lager or German beer fans. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Lewinbrau
4.36/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this beer out of mini-keg (5 liters I think) that I had bought in the airport in Munich. I was completely surprised at how damn good it was and I want MORE of it right now! Is there a comparable lager (German or other) out there that is available to purchase in the US? My wife wouldn't like it if I had to make another trans-Atlantic beer run. :)

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Photo of BeerBob
4.35/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Löwenbräu “Original” pours a clear golden blond from a 12oz dark green bottle.

Head goes to about two fingers, then dissipates rather quickly to just a ring of foam, a bit of lace, and a few islands of froth in the center of it all.

Nose is of toasted malted barley, hops and a damp alcohol, just as it should be.

Taste is the same as the nose “toasted malted barley, hops and a damp alcohol”, again, “just as it should be”, plus the most welcome bite of carbonation.

Löwenbräu “Original” is a classic example of style... Long live Löwenbräu “Original”

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.34/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale and clear with a very nice and wide white foam head, excellent retention. Aroma is malty and hoppy, sutil. Taste is refreshing, sutil, with some sweet notes and noble hops. Very nice german lager.

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Photo of BeerTaster
4.23/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance remenicent of golden fields of grain. Smell crisp malt clean with a hint of nobel hop. Taste sweet grainy maltiness with just enough hop to balance. Mouthfeel Mediem body mediem carbonation. Drinkability an everyday beer that combines a respectible amount of flavor with great drinkability.

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Photo of sfprint
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, perfectly clear, bordering on a nitro head in appearance. 2 finger head, little rising carbonation.
S: Farily sweet malt/hop blend, though hoppier than most German lagers. Soft, refreshing.
T: Very controlled bitterness, perfect amount. Moderately sweet. Coming off the tap, not skunked at all. It really shocked me how well balanced and nice it is.
M: Soft carbonation, almost medium body, slightly astringent.
O: Very impressive for a German beer.

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Photo of georgegabriel
4.21/5  rDev +26.4%
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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Photo of yankiac
4.2/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was definitely a good beer. Had a slightly better flavor than other beers of the same style, though not quite as drinkable in my opinion. This brew has a good overall balance to it. Nice sweet malt flavor up front and enough hops to finish it off.

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Photo of ORM1
4.2/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm sure that nobody knows in US, but Lowenbrau is also brewed in Russia in St.Petersburg by Bravo International Co.
There are bottle (50 cl euro-bottle) and 50 cl can variants, and also draught.
Blue label with a freshness date and a notice of Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Law).
But in fact the name of the beer in Russia (and in Germany too) is Lowenbrau Original (not Premium Lager). Take a look:
ABV = 5,2%, gravity may be 11,5% or 12%.
In Germany original gravity is 11,8%.
Color of the body is light yellow, beer has a good head and very high carbonation. Smell and taste are very clean and round: vivid malt and light hop bitterness. There is some sweet aftertaste, but it goes well.
Very good impression...

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Photo of Moontang
4.18/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hefeweizen glass
Pale gold in colour, medium head that dissipates slowly, leaving plenty of lace. 4/5

Smell : Slightly acrid, hints of grain and hop flavour 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: a bit thin, not too biting in terms of carbonation

Taste: A lightly roasted grain flavour, with subsumed but present hops, definitely my favourite style of beer. 4.5

Overall Drinkability: 4.5 Very refreshing, tastes great, not too carbonated or thick to reduce drinkability, I could drink this all day. I can see why the Germans refer to beer as "the runny bread".

Other Comments:
This beer comes from the same city that made me fall in love with beer in the first place, it will always have a special place in my heart.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lowenbrau Original has a thick, stark-white head and a clear, bubbly yellow-golden appearance, with a decent amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet, lightly-toasted barley malt, and the flavor is of sweet, light malt, biscuit, and a pleasant hop bitterness in the middle and end of the sip. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Lowenbrau finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mostly dry, and highly drinkable. This is a very good beer.


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Photo of GreatLeo
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came in a 50cl can with best before date of 08/2005 drank in its traditional weizen glass.
Clear golden body, lots of carbonation when poured, soft white head on the pour thats last quite a while unlike most beers I've hadit lasted most of the way down the glass and leaves a web of lacing.
Flavour is crisp and grainy, with a dry finish, this lager is more about mouthfeel that flavour. Grassy hops make an appearance on the finish as well. Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry and quite refreshing especially after a long hard day at work. Lacks complexity and doesnt have a great shelf life but nevertheless a great weizen beer to say the least!

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Photo of Tilley4
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of my dad's favorites when I was a kid. I was reminded of that when my wife came home from the hospital (where she works) and told me about a German patient that she was treating. She told him I was a beer nut and he said that his favorite was "Lowenbrau" in a rough halted German accent. I toast this brew to my father and that elderly German man (who just passed away a few weeks ago).

Pours out into the pint glass a pale yellow color with a tremendous head...

Aroma is grainy and malty with a surprising hoppiness... Hmmm...

Damn, this is a good little lager here!!! Its clean and crisp with a sharp hoppy finish that complements the malt up front very well... Enjoyed several of these while eating some brats off of the grill and enjoyed the hell out of them...

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Photo of bierman2000
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good pale Lager from "vom Fass". Light in flavor but refreshing and low alcohol make this highly drinkable. It is a hoppy lager that has a nice malt finish. Great beer to drink with any food since it does not overpower. Not their best beer but much better than the U.S. equivalent.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just as I was about to throw up my hands in disgust at all euro lagers as being toohomogenous, i tried this beer. Looks and smells like many euro lagers, with their grassy malts, lack of head, and clear straw color. This has a more malt backbone to it, gives it a little substance that many euro algers lack. It makes it a bigger beer than it's comeptition, and better all-around in my book

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Photo of steinlifter
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a nice rich head, smell was a hoppy whiff, taste was very enjoyable, nice hop/ malt balance, great drinkability on this one..good example of Munich style, well crafted can't miss with this one..recommended. This used to be brewed in the U>S, and was inferior to the "new" brew back in Germany where it belongs, Thank God for the meister braus!

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Photo of MTNboy
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has very transparent gold color. The head is slightly off white and full as is the lace.

Smell: It has a very clean and crisp smell. Great hop and malt tones.

Taste: Very balanced in flavor just like the smell. It is grainy and grassy.

Mouthfeel: One of the thinner lagers for Munich.

Drinkability: This is a great all around beer.

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Photo of billybob
4.01/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear golden straw color with a white frothy two finger head that fades quicky to just cover the beer and a fair amount of lacing. grassy, herbal earthy smell. grainy malt taste with a herbal hop slightly bitter finish. mouthfeel light, grainy, crisp, good carbonation. try lowenbrau and steamed clams, it's the best.

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