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 Sammy
2.11/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A bit of malt in aroma.Light yellow, with fizzy head that dissipitates, a big brewery beer. Fairly low in taste. Crisp and clean, so fortunately no aftertaste and boring. Grassy herbal leading to metallic and airline fuel,and low in malt. Thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a minor upgrade over the other lousy euro beers. pours golden and clear with a decent white foam head an inch or so high. smells like there might be a little hops in this one, behind the light pale malt aroma is a crisp bitterness that really stands out after drinking hopless stuff all summer. the flavor indicates that its no ipa or anything, but there is a slight hop presence in the finish that is a very welcomed feature. its crisp and clean in the finish, quite enjoyable. mouthfeel is consistent with the style, a little more body and a little less carbonation. overall a trusty go to brew in a market saturated with awful beer.

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Photo of spycow
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my great uncles favorite beer that he found in Germany while he was fightin in WWII. He managed to bring some home with him when he was done with his service. He passed away after a freak accident not much longer after he got home. My grandmother (his sister) still has one of the bottles that he brought back with him of this beer. After she had showed it to me I made it a point to go get some for her and I to drink together.

The beer poured out as a golden copper color, it had a thin fizzy white head. Not much lacing. The smell was a little on the lager skunk side. There was also some slight aromas of grass in there too. The taste was crisp and clean the grass was there but had some hops to balance it out. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad it had a good texture to it. Overall, I wasn't in love with the beer and it's one of my least favorite styles. I didn't mind this beer too much and would drink it again for sure.

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that took a long time to fade into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and also left lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell has lots of aromas of bready malts along with some hints of grassy and spicy hops.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is rather malty but there are just enough hops to cut through and add a very slight amount of bitterness. While this came in a green bottle, no skunkiness is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a good representation of the style while also being very drinkable. I could see this as a good choice for someone who is first getting into beer and wanted to try a Munich Helles Lager for the first time.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can. I can't help but be reminded of the "Skittlebrau" beer that Homer asks for in that classic Simpsons episode when I come across this particular offering.

This beer pours a clear, bright, yet pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy white head, which leaves a pock-marked wall of cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells of bready and grainy pale malt, a bit of somehow separate crackery and biscuity character, more than a hint of that gassy Euro Pils essence, and grassy, somewhat stanky (even in this serving vessel), and leafy hops. The taste is grainy and very cereal-forward pale malt, some minor apple and pear fruitiness, a further bit of wet Continental breakfast biscuit, and more somewhat acrid herbal, grassy, and stanky hoppiness.

The carbonation is moderate in its typically workaday frothiness, the body a pleasant enough medium weight, and a bit oily, from which it recovers well enough, I suppose. It finishes off-dry, the slightly boozy (but not really) graininess rearing up a tad, and little more.

Overall, this is a decent enough Helles Lager, and while the Euro-feel is strong in this one, I'm not grokking a lot of so-called 'originality' here. Drinkable in quantity, I'm sure, but not as a singular pleasure, as it is marketed here in Alberta's vast beer-scape.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can into Guinness pint glass in Belfort, France. Reviewed live.

A: 2.5 finger head of no cream, bad thickness (i.e. it's thin), and average retention. Clear dark yellow colour.

Sm: Cream and fresh faux-crystal Munichy festy hops.

T: Cream, barley, and the aforementioned hops in an underwhelming way. Simple but quite refreshing. Built and balanced well for the style. Would make a fantastic fest beer.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with adequate coarseness on the climax to bring out the flavour, but not too much as to stay through the finish and fail to be refreshing. Complements the flavours but isn't a perfect match by any standards.

Dr: Average ABV, decent quality, and very drinkable. It shouldn't win any awards, but it's worth a try for any beer fanatic.

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a fizzy, clear, straw-yellow color with a small, short-lived, whtie head. No lacing.

S - It smelled fairly sweet. Grains and corn notes plus a slightly floral aroma.

T - It tasted sweet with a subtle bitter kick. Again, grain/corn tastes.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay import. Nice on a warm spring day.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a golden colored beer with a standard head. Aroma is quite weak with only some malt coming out of my glass. The same applies for the taste, which is quite weak. I don’t have a lot of experience with helles and this leaves me with the feeling of macro crap lager.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It had been quite awhile since I had one of these when I was in a local tavern I decidrd to get it.Poured a yellow/straw color with light head,somewhat of a sweet smell to it lightly metallic.Some mild bitterness and slight fruitiness but real light in flavor.Pretty easy to drink,better than alot of domestic lagers.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -39%

Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear, bright yellow body with a tall, airy, white head. If nothing else, at least it looks inviting.

Smell: Light notes of malts matched with equally light, mild notes of spicy, faintly grassy hops.

Taste: Mellow, simple flavor of malted barley. Lightly sweet throughout. Just a touch of spicy, grassy hops and bitterness to provide balance. Finishes dry and clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pleasantly surprising, this one. Quite refreshing and nothing but ease to drink down.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber with a smattering of the finest floaties. An occasional slow moving bubble is formed on the bottom of the glass and makes its way up to a head that is rich cream in color and several fingers in height. Multiple splotches of sea foam lace are strewn about and are the capper on an above-average appearance.

I'm not impressed by the aroma. The beer smells like less than fresh grain with a musky, and musty, noble hop overlay. There are no lemony or even grassy aromas that would bring it up a notch and make me want to take a drink. The nose's biggest sin is that it isn't even helles (bright). I know that 'helles' applies to the appearance, but there's no reason that it couldn't apply to the aroma and the flavor as well.

Lowenbrau Original isn't much better on the palate. The flavor is anything but bright and expressive, despite the adequate quantity of both malt and hops. Hoppy bitterness wins out over malty sweetness, just as the style demands. Still though, the nobles aren't presented in the best light possible and, just as in the nose, come across as drab.

I keep drinking and drinking, hoping for some interesting flavor to emerge from the muddle and give me something to describe. If it hasn't happened yet (mid-bottle), it ain't gonna. Bitterness, never that great to begin with, gives way to malty sweetness on the medium length finish; just the opposite of the usual order of things. It's a pretty easy beer to drink, I'll give it that. The only question is, would I want another bottle. Nope.

The mouthfeel is appropriate, even as it fails to make an impression. It's closer to light than to medium and isn't overly bubbled. No better than middle of the road.

I remember the U.S. version of Lowenbrau, but I don't remember which one of the Big Three brewed it (note: it was contract brewed by Miller). Therefore, it was with some interest that I popped the cap on Lowenbrau Original. That interest was short-lived once I ran it through its paces. There's really nothing here to get excited about, nostalgia or no nostalgia.

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Photo of Jason
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz green twist ... "Original Munich Formula" is stated on the label. No freshness date seen.

Appearance: Straw yellow in colour with a thin white lace which comes from a light champagne like carbonation.

Smell: Quite clean with faint grassy herbal hop and a hint of grain.

Taste: Crisp and light bodied with a handful of malt texture on the palate. Light yet prickly spicy hop bitterness holds its own to flavour the brew. A touch of sweetness hovers on top after the hops fade ... the finish runs clean with a pinch of residual sweetness. Doesn't taste like it was over filtered nor are there any off flavours.

Notes: Not bad ... not bad at all. Surprise surprise, this brew has taken a turn for the better now being brewed in Canada under contract by Labatt. Decent use of hops to balance the malt ... enough to suffice any beer geek and not too much to turn the macro drinker away. Give it a try ...

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I brought a 500ml can of Lowenbrau Original home from a recent trip to Europe. The beer pours a clear pale golden hue, with one finger of foamy white head, which slightly laced on the glass. It smells of grain and saaz like hops. The taste is grain and malt with slight hops. The mouthfeeel was medium body with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer to session.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of dvmin98
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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