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Löwenbräu Original | Löwenbräu AG

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Löwenbräu OriginalLöwenbräu Original

Brewed by:
Löwenbräu AG

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001

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Reviews: 389 | Ratings: 830
Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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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 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 josanguapo
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Alcampo. In Teku glass. After dinner. Very refreshing, with a noticeable grassy bitterness and just the adequate amount of sweet notes to provide it some taste without tiring

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Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Haven't had this since I was living in Toronto a year ago. Would get it in 473 ml cans at a very competitive price. (For fellow Americans , beer there is quite expensive due to government control of sales). For example I could get this for cheaper than a Bud, Molson, or even PBR.. go figure.

It's a fairly decent representation of the style. Very easy drinking, malt forward, but with a hop presence. Generally this was my fall back.. when I didn't really know what to get or had no particular mood for anything I would grab this and it was always a good choice.

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Photo of Noelan
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured froma 473ml can into a european stein. The can is an attractive light blue with gold trim.

Look: Clear, golden yellow. Significant head that has excellent retention. Great lacing. 3.5

Smell: hops and malt, some sweetness and citrus. 2.75

Taste: Bready malt flavour, hints of hops. slightly bitter, sweet finish. 4.0

Feel: Well carbonated, great finish.

Overall: 3.75

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.33/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bright straw color with dense pearly activity. Slightly frothy white 3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with faint lacing. Flavors of sweet roasted grains, faint skunk and metal, a bit floral, and weak noble hops. Lots of sweetness, low bitterness. Slick medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Light finish, lingering syrupy sweet roasted malts, and very faint grassy hops. Very fresh but watery, not very flavorful. Overall the quality is mediocre.

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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 headlessparrot
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Löwenbräu Original: but a copy of the Original because this can was produced at the Edmonton AB-InBev/Labatt facility.

Pours from the can a lovely pale gold, absolutely perfectly crystal-car. Two fingers of loose foam that recedes fairly quickly, but there are a few spiders of lacing. Smell is light: cracker, gentle bitter greens, slightly spicy hopping, a touch of biscuit. But well-balanced, not tremendously hop-forward (not even as hop forward as a German pils). Taste echoes: absolutely super crisp, clean, and mild. Crackery/pale malt, light vegetal/bitter greens, faint herbal, that skunkiness-without-skunking some German beers have (and I remind you: a canned beer). Light-ish body without being watery, lively carbonation.

As a (say) accompaniment to pizza or wings, I quite like Löwenbräu Original. It's crisp, clean, refreshing. It shares a lot of characteristics of American Adjunct Lagers without weird aftertaste or hyper-sweetness. The real crime, however, (and I'm hardly the first person to say this--there have been lawsuits, if I recall correctly), is the way AB-InBev is trying to pass this off as an import at import prices when I could drive four hours down the road and get it direct from the brewery. Drop the premium schtick, and maybe I might put this into semi-regular rotation.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Couldn't tell any difference between the lighter yellow and darker yellow (pilsner or helles)on this one. Hit the skunky lager notes for sure.

Taste was a bitter, highly carbonated, yeasty affair, mildly noble hopped. I heard so much about the difference in where this beer is made, but its just average Euro pils stuff to me if done blindly.

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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 Jsteez
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty standard helles and not much to write about. It's a better version of an adjunct lager. I'd drink it again if offered, though. It's better from a can rather than a green bottle.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from 500ml brown bottle into pilsner mug.

L) Light golden clear , with relatively thin white head for a helles. Head disappeared quickly to a film.

S) Fairly pungent hallertau hops as well as a decent malt hit.

T) Nice soft bready Munich malt flavour, hint of fragrant hops. No bitterness, a very faint sweetness on the finish.

F) Refreshing with no bitterness. Less fizzy than a lot of German lagers.

O) I wasn't expecting this to be a stand-out Helles, but it is actually pretty good although not quite in the league of Augustiner and Tegernseer. Recommended for any lager fans.

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Photo of chi251155
2.22/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

it looks good with golden clear color. But it has very little smell even when swirling.
Taste like water with a little bitterness at the end. Very light and watery.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, Clear golden, minimal cream head. Malts, cereals, mature yellow fruit. Watery with almost no taste, some cereals and a hint of bitterish ending.

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Photo of izzy91
1/5  rDev -70%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

What's is going on here???? How do people actually consider this a good beer? It is TERRIBLE. It's smells like a bundle of hay. They were pouring $5 schooies of this stuff last night and it's easily the worst beer I've ever had. Drink real beer like VB, export or New. Not this crap, I feel sorry for any tasteless person who considers this a good beer.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Review: Can of Lowenbrau beer 5.20%ABV

Löwenbräu is brewed under the famous Bavarian Purity Laws. This should mean that this beer is full of natural flavours, crisp and clear and fully balanced with its taste, a quality assured product from Germany. A place where a well crafted beer is expected and anything less is simply not tolerated by the locals.

The appearance was of a gorgeous golden yellow colour that had a very good head and great lacing. Looked so good I couldn’t wait to begin drinking the beauty!

Found a faint aroma, smelt mostly of what a normal smelling lager should be like, malty and refreshing.

Was a lovely tasting drink that had no strong flavours or bitter aftertaste to it, just an awfully good session drink.
A clean, crisp, smooth and well balanced beer, Löwenbräu was really easy to enjoy. A good pure Deutsche lager. Refreshing.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Crystal clear light golden body with a thick soapy head that disappears.

Wasn't expecting any hop based on the 4 month old can but it's there. Honey sweet malt.

Herbal hop flavor. Really light hop bitterness. Bread and honey malt. Light bodied and crisp.

Pretty nice option for me at the moment in the Balkans.

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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 1D). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L048416. AROMA: moderate-low sweet malt aroma with moderate hop aromas. no DMS. APPEARANCE: pale gold with a thin white head. TASTE: slight sweet malt flavour. low bitterness that lingers. finishes sweet. PALATE: low body with low carbonation. OVERALL: a bulk helles, a bit on the watery side

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

I have to mention the can which is one of the most attractive I've seen. Beautiful duck egg blue with great old style lettering and lion symbol. And the gold gives it a touch of class... even in a can.
Pale straw appearance with thin head but good lacing lasting to the end of the drink. Good carbonation in a tall pilsener glass.
Smell is very mild. A hint of hops and some lemon and honey just about detectable.

The taste is very well balanced and super easy drinking. There is, however, just enough herbal hop bitterness and lemony sweetness to make this beer recognisable as a helles lager.

A very subtle but well made German beer with less bitterness than pilseners.

I rate this 78/100

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Photo of samparkique4
3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

overall 3.68
fruitful beer
very citrusy and med sour on palate
german technology craftingship
mild yellow with a diminished white head. Mild cornish and light wheaty aroma. Smooth malty and slight cornish flavoured
sweet and hoppy. The flavor is dry hoppy on a good malty background

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a tall can of this well-known commercial example of a Munich helles lager in the classic blue and gold colors. This brew pours a lemon drop yellow with a massive amount of white head (unless you choose to mitigate this with your pouring technique, but this way you will get more of the aroma). Releases an aroma of pale green malt and bread yeast, smells sweet with a lot of fruity green grape character and a bit of a skunky sour tang. Palate is sweet white bread, bicarbonate of soda, apple, sour vines candy, grass, hay, and some white pepper spice. Maybe a subtle undercurrent of cherry pit which could very well be something I am inferring for an unknown reason. Fairly thin body and quite dry as per the style, but in all honesty I get a fair amount of sweetness here too that was detectable even by the non-beer geeks who accompanied me. Despite the massive billowing head, the beer was only moderately fizzy and perhaps I let much of the gas escape during the pour. Finishes fairly dry with a lingering green noble hop spicy bitterness that evokes melon rind. All in all, a pretty complex and tasty yet delicate brew that hits the right stylistic notes, even if it is a bit on the sweet side. I could detect no obvious flaws.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dusty mustard color. Very light. Greenish highlights on the edges. No head to be seen, just some anemic tracing on the top of the beer.

Aroma, initially, leaps out of the glass -- dank, oily grass, and a hint of old-school skunk (albeit, not in a bad way). This quickly fades, however, and a less effusive, modern euro-lager smell replaces it. Thin notes of violet and white pepper emerge.ç

Taste is incredibly light; lots of pure, cool water, followed by more white pepper. Clean, with no major off flavors. Not a whole lot of there there, either.

Mouthfeel is a bit low, but with a beer this thin, it´s either this, or the whole thing would turn into seltzer. Not great, but improving it isn´t just a matter of carbonation -- a more wholesale change would be needed.

Overall, not bad, but not particularly interesting either. Seems too thin and mild to hold up to food, and not enough flavor to be interesting by itself. Inoffensive, but is that something to be celebrated?

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Photo of bylerteck
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A - Poured light golden with strong carbonation and bright. One finger of white head left drapes of lace and a half finger of retention. Seemed about right.

S - Grainy, sweet malt, a bit corny, some honey.

T - Sweet grain, honey, plesant noble hop note.

M - Effervescent with a light to medium body and a little honey in the finish.

O/D - Well done but not awe inspiring. For the style it's pretty tasty and the price is right. Drinkable.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice light gold color with 1.5 fingers of head that subsides rapidly. Some trace lacing left around ring of glass. A few small bubbles appear after initial pour. Soapy residue remains for some duration.

Smell - Mild bready biscuity malts, grassy notes and a faint sweetness there with many Helles Lagers.

Taste- Initially a bit sweet as expected (maybe honey), then transitioning into very mild and inoffensive grassy and mild bread flavors. Hops virtually non-existent.

Mouthfeel - Cool, wet, not rich or heavy but not thin or light either. Medium bodied with medium / low carbonation that adds to its quaffability. Crisp and palate cleansing doesn't necessarily leave you hanging for more, but does leave you wanting more sensation on your tongue and in your mouth.

Overall - Solid beer all around and while not the gold standard of the style, certainly an affordable, accessible entry that is inoffensive as can be but is a huge improvement over the general swill.

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