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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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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Photo of Olek4374
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a can from my liquor store in search of trying a greater variety of western European beers.

Poured into a pilsner glass with a nearly insignificant amount of head - there is about one finger's worth and it dissipates almost as quickly as it appears. The colour of the beer itself is very pale yellow, but it sort of has a shiny sheen to it. Maybe it's the condensation on my glass, but I've seldom seen beers this pale be so appealing to look at.

The smell of the beer is really malty without much depth to the aroma. It smells sweet, and doesn't have a whole lot of depth to it. I would have hoped for a little more hoppiness from this beer, since helles lagers are not usually devoid of hop bitterness like this, but let's taste it first before we are too brash.

Well, there's a good hit of carbonation when you first sip it. The maltiness is pretty evident, but the real pleasure for me is the great fruity undertones that this beer possesses. There's a great green apple flavour going on here - it reminds me sort of like Ephemere from Unibroue, and I gotta say, it's very nice.

Overall, it's a pretty decent lager. The hoppiness is not as strong (or existent at all, for that matter) as I would have liked, but the beer looks great and has a fantastic, clean taste with fruity undertones. There is an off chance I'll but this again.

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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 JohnnyBarman
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a few cans of this to enjoy over the weekend - the weather is improving and I felt like a lager on the patio.

Poured into a Czechvar fluted pilsner glass. Bright golden in colour, some visible carbonation, big frothy head that has some pretty sturdy retention. Not bad indeed.

Nose is some mild hops, floral notes, honey and grain.

Surprisingly decent lager that has some hops and other notes to go with it that I picked up in the nose. Easy to drink, though the carbonation is a bit sharp. Not too bad for a macro, I have to say.

Cheap, tasty lager. Nothing special, but when I'm hoping for a few cans of something I can enjoy without really worrying too much about it.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Top Hops over the weekend, having never tried this before. I expected this to be a lot like a Euro Pale Lager and for the most part, it was. This wasn't terribly "bright" and even though there wasn't any filler to be detected in this, this had all of the characteristics of a mass-market beer that would go down easily and feel like grain from start to finish.

The pour to this was light - nearly clear with a mildly frothy head that quickly dissipated. Of course, the hue was golden with hardly any accompanying head and a moderate amount of carbonation and bubbles that were present from start to finish. Lots of grain and bread to be found here, with a moderate amount of cereal, straw, and sourness in the back. This was not a quick quaff as the brightness of the up-front notes was drowned out by the lemon-like tartness and astringency in the back. Thankfully, there were just enough bubbles here to scrub most of the harshness clean for the next sip, which is all I took at a time.

Sure, this could qualify as a session beer, but I can't see anyone downing more than one or two in a sitting. While this wasn't a drain pour, it certainly wasn't anything worth remembering either. There could have been more of a bread/biscuit/potato chip starchy fullness to this to give the beer more body but alas, this was pretty watered-down and somewhat generic. While not as bad as other European beers in green bottles, not much stood out about this either. This is only worth giving it a go if you've never tried it, as previously was the case with yours truly.

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Photo of SonOfABrewer
2.49/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Not impressed with this beer. Smells like straight apple juice. Virtually no sweetness, though, and a sort of flat tasting bite. Thin bronze hue, slightly pleasant crisp mouthfeel, but not as crisp as my old standby, budweiser. Tastes pretty cheap, but I can sort of dig that kind of metallic flavor in that it personally brings back memories of getting drunk in college. Overall didn't like it, but it wasn't anything nasty, and beer is beer. Lowenbrau is ok.

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Photo of ktblue22
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not feeling this beer at all- I like my Helles(es)? To be super crisp, this lowenbrau fell flat for me . Not as clear as I like either - the appearance is like pale tinged yellow. Smell is a little off for me but its hard for me to pinpoint it exactly. Overall I would pass on this beer again, glad I tried it before getting the six pack

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First whiff after that bottle cap comes off is very disappointing smells strikingly similar to cheap lagers. For a beer that claims to adhere to the Bavarian Purity Law you wouldn't expect to nose to be so cereal laden.

Its a fine looking helles lager not exceptional a little above average. The taste is what redeems this beer because while it may smell cheap it certainly doesn't taste as such. This is a good mid range helles lager not too sweet, notable hop presence and bitterness to balance out that malt. Once again not exceptional but well done.

A good beer for its price, highly drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of TwilightTavern
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon pouring a very small small head formed, which dissipated almost immediately. It pours a medium clear bright gold.

It has a light malt aroma, and almost grassy. Though I've heard that some people are stricken with a smell immediately upon opening, it was barely noticeable to me and the smell seemed fairly weak. I actually had to hold my nose directly to my cup to notice anything of a smell.

The golden lager is hoppy upon taste, grainy and stale, with a mild to bitter finish with an after taste of harsh hops.

It is light bodied, with a medium carbonation on the palate with a bitter kick from the hops.

Löwenbräu Original is a satisfying beer that has a good balance of malty-ness and hoppy flavour. It is refreshing and a good representation of the style they are trying to convey. Above average Munich Helles Lager and a good german macro brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
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 jazzyjeff13
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml green glass bottle with a BB of May 2013. Picked up from Sainsbury's a while back as part of a 6-pack.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of light malt with hints of grass and stewed hops. Somewhat harsh, with a faint sulphurous staleness in the background.

Tastes of light malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of stewed hops, mild grass and faint wet grain. The background flavour is dry and harsh, with a stale quality. A restrained hop bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light and attenuated, with spritzy carbonation and a thin, watery body. Rather astringent, followed by an aftertaste of harsh stewed hops.

Meh - a pretty average lager. This is a shade above many macro products; at least the malt doesn't taste like it's been cut with adjuncts. However it lacks depth and hoppy notes, while the rather harsh finish makes for a sub-par experience. Quenches your thirst, but leaves you unsatisfied. No need to seek it out.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok Lowenbrau is named after the lion, my name means lion in an older version of a modern language, so really this beer and I are already connected in some sixth degree kind of way... plus I drank a fair bit of this when I was in Munich, which means I am familiar with the brew, this is however the first time I've taken a look at it with the objective eye of a beer reviewer.

Poured from a 330ml bottle in to a Pokal.

A: Presents with a clear golden (bordering on straw) body with a fluffy white head that fizzles down to a thin lacing. Appears lighter in carbonation than other Lagers.

S: Aromas of bread yeast hit upfront, followed by cut grass and an almost peach-like hint at play in the middle, finishes with typical Lager grains. The yeast is fairly prominent in the aroma.

T: This Lager has the aforementioned cut grass and grain base, the yeast is less obtrusive and gives it a sour note in mid palate, and there is a minor hop bitterness and an ethanol flavour at the end like a dry vermouth.

M: Watery body with a lightish carbonation... it is a Helles Lager though, and this is a characteristic of the style rather than a flaw.

D: Long, dry and not very eventful. It's a better Lager than many Lager's out there, however it is nothing to write home about.

Food match: Veal schnitzel with a side of bratkartoffeln mit senf and spargel.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pete's Place at Manas Airfield, Kyrgyzstan. Poured into a plastic cup (the only cup available). A bright yellow color with the thinnest head.

A dry and bright grain smell.

It has a nice mild bitter taste, a little bready, not heavy though.

Crisp and lighter feeling. Moderate carbonation.

A good beer for the style. Enough flavor to bring me back to it once in awhile.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3/5  rDev -9.9%
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 Samljer
2.26/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Serving can, poured into budweiser lager glass.

Pale gold, like straw, best way to describe it would actually be "urine in water".

Thin 3/4 finger head, dicipated fast, no lacing.

No detectable odor other then a light "carbonation" on your nose.

mouthfeel is like carbonated water, actually it feels exactly like Perrier water.

Taste is very light, almost non-existant, but whats there is straw like and a touch of lemon.

Carbonation is very heavy, hits the back of the throat like chugging soda. Which drowns out what little flavor it had.
People with sensitive asohpagus may get hiccups after they swallow, but they dont stay. "as happened to my mate".

Overall, not a good beer, but to each their own.

After all that being said, slamming one back in the hot sun
is going to feel so so good, its so much like water.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle

A- Transparent, pale golden body with quite a lot of carbonation showing up. 1 finger, white, fizzy head that quickly recedes to near nothing at all. No lacing

S- A clean, grassy, slighlty bitter note takes the main stage, supported by a crisp, slightly toasted grainy feel.

T- Sweeter than the smell suggested. Grainy malts with a good dose of crackery crispness. Mild fruitiness showing up (lemon, honey). Slight, delicate herbal finish

M- Light body with decent grainy crispness and carbonation to bring a bit of life

O- Decently refreshing, not interesting at all. Totally average, score fits perfectly

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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 TheHammer
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden body with a finger of head that didn't lace but did manage to stick around. Low but steady carbonation.

Smell: Smells like roasted barley with some sweet honey notes in the background and the barest touch of dry grass. Nothing offensive, nothing exceptional though. It certainly could be stronger.

Taste: Starts with a sweet grainy malt that draws in a bit more sweetness as more barley texture comes out. It builds up to a light grassy crescendo with a slight peppery note that cleanses the palate well.

Mouthfeel: There is a slight sweet malt aftertaste that is nice, and it's subtle enough to build up well. The transitioning of the beer is well done as well but the carbonation falls flat a bit too quickly.

Drinkability: It's medium bodied, so it's a little bit harder on the system then most lagers, but it's refreshing and the aftertaste keeps you sold on it. I could happily drink this all night.

Final Thoughts: All in all, just a very simple and well done beer. This is what the generic lager should be instead of what big brewing has made it into. It could use more complexity, but I'm not that inclined to hold that against this beer too much.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.82/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz bottle poured into a 1/3 liter mug

A - Bright Yellow color, little head with some lacing, decent activity

S - Buttery biscuits

T - Rich, buttery malt, bitter spicy hop bight to round everything out

M - Nice level of carbonation leaves the palate clean, easily drinkable

O - A great lager and example of the variety.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a half finger head with little retention or lace, yellow body, pretty ho hum
scent is bready malt with grassy hops, some light fruit

taste follows the nose with some sweet malt and a little pepper

Light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, slight bitterness, easy drinking with a little more comlexity and drinkability than the typical euro trash

Would drink it again in a pinch

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