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 OlaB
3.53/5  rDev +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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Photo of dkgdiablo
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +13.8%
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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Photo of FLima
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of machineglen
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
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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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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