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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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Photo of hopsolutely
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright and light straw coloured lager. Very predictable aroma and taste of the stereotypical "Euro-lager" ilk...

Aroma is of pure golden barley, while the taste also has mild hop bittering elements in the finish. Certainly not "dry & clean", but not an offensive lingering corn-sweetness.

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Photo of bogus564
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz, poured into a tall Pilsner glass.

I have my Steak-Umm sandwich at the ready, and I'm feeling good. I learned recently that if you add salt, pepper and garlic powder, it's awesome. Time to have another beer, and away we go...

A: It's more of a yellow gold than a golden gold, if that makes any sense at all. With a careful pour, it produces a minimal wheat-colored head. It's slight on the bubbles as well.

S: Hops, grass, wheat and citrus are on the menu, just as I'd have expected. At this point, the sandwich smells just a little bit better.

T: It's a nice beer, kind of like the polite friend you send to pick up your girlfriend while you wait down the street in your car. It tastes like it smells, and it's not overpowering. In combination with the savoriness of the sandwich, it's even better, though.

M: Good, again bordering on very good. It's carbonated nicely, light in body, the palate likes it, and it leaves a slightly dry finish. It's what you can ask from this stlye of beer.

O: Good beer, it doesn't disappoint. It's ideal with this Steak-Umm sandwich. I wish I'd cooked another, but that would be gluttony; besides, now I can have another beer. Cheers for now.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Into a pilsener (also noted in pint glass, nothing changed):

A: totally clear yellow body with a small white head that doesn't last even ten seconds

S: wheaty grassiness with the slightest hint of malt

T: wheaty grassy hops, slightly bready, slightly sweet yet bitter

M: light, very sessionable, smooth nothing harsh on the tongue, grassy aftertaste

O: decent for the style, easy to drink. I would have it again.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance; clear yellow with the slightest bit of haze. White head that doesn't last long but the film leaves messy lacing.

smell; not too much going on, some weak grassy hops are perceived with only the slightest hint of malt.

taste; very bland and grassy hops with some slight bready malt flavors in the finish. Fitting to the style just weak and uninspired in comparison to other selections.

mouthfeel; pretty nice on the palate, comforting and crisp with a refreshing finish. A very light and easy drinking beer.

overall; not really anything to go crazy over, just a solid, easy to drink beer that has it's time and place.

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Photo of jsisko01
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates quickly. Has decent lacing.

Smell - Slightly sweet, skunky, bread, and a hint of citrus.

Taste - Slight bit of citrus and skunky.. Bread notes and mild bitterness. Seems a little watered down.

Mouthfeel - Has a little zing to it. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall - Not a bad beer, as long as you don't mind the skunk.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
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 treque
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: in its color is an average lager somewhere between amber and orange, completely translucent. it presents small bubble carbonation, the carb is constant and generates an average white foam with retention of the same qualities.

S: malts are perceived in the aroma. very lightly smell

T: With a bitter taste from beginning to end but the end is not very deep and ends semi dry.

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Photo of atis
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear gold with large head that soon dissipates to foamy layer, no lacing. Aroma is some malt, faint grassy hops.

Taste is sweetish malt with grassy hops and weak notes of citrus. Mouthfeel is crisp and light with moderate carbonation.

Unsophisticated and very drinkable Helles for an excellent price.

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Photo of MP72
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale gold with almost no head after the first minute or so.
S-bread,slight grassiness
T- munich malts with a nice hop character @ the finish

M-light bodied with medium carbonation

O- Not bad at all but a bit lacking after the likes of Hofbrau and Weishtephaner. Nothing wrong at all with this brew and definitelty a lot better than the macros and easy to drink.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looked like a sad pilsner moreso than a helles lager, not that there's a ton of difference, but just looked that straw yellow. Tons of skunk aroma. I like that.

Taste, more skunk, light body, fizzy, its all good, I knew what I was getting into. Wet hay properties. Lingering spritzy bitterness. Almost non existant hopping. Couldn't really tell the difference between this and the Canadian or US Lowenbrau. A decent choice on a hot day.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.61/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The advertisement for this used to be "Tonight..Let it be Lowenbrau"; I say let's not but say we did!

The scent upon opening was skunky, (when will some brewers learn not to use clear or green glass for bottling!) Pours nice yellow medium head. Taste is neutral beery no bite kind of bleh. Will quench a thirst, but, so does water!

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice, straw colour with a decent 2 finger fluffy white head which doesn't linger. I like the slow, steady bead feeding the head.

S- Faint grassy, floral hops. Not much on the nose, but still not too bad.

T- Fairly simple taste. There seems to be a slight citrusy sweetness upfront followed by some hops followed by a bit of a slight metallic skunk. I have to admit that I do quite like this. It is definitely light on the palate, but still, it has just enough flavour to be tasty.

M- Light and crisp. Fits utterly perfectly to the style and adds a good deal of refreshment. Can't complain here.

O- This is a fairly tasty, quite refreshing lager- no more, no less. Nice and light and very sessionable while not compensating much on taste is a fairly good combination in my opinion.

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Photo of ckollias
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Golden clear lager with a thick 2 finger white head that quickly dissipates but leaves a nice trail down the glass and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Sharp aroma of grainy malts and grassy hops aroma. Not overwhelming or overpowering, just sort of there.

T: Very clean and mellow, brew with a simple sweet malt flavor throughout. Similar to the smell there is a grassy hop flavor with a little of bitterness balance. Finishes dry and clean.

M: Light body and medium carbonation.

O: Just a so so beer. Nothing really special here – I’ve had this beer a couple of times and every time it never really impresses me.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this many times but never taken the time to review it. Pours a clear pale golden colour topped with a puffy one-finger head. Lasts a few minutes before dissipating to a cap, with lots of lacing on the sides. The smell isn't very intense but it's a nice mix of grassy hops and pale grain malts.

Taste is a little sweet at first with barley malt, leading into a mildly bitter grassy hop finish with a touch of lemon. Simple, but strong and very clean-tasting in my opinion. Thin to medium-thin mouthfeel; a little heavier than an EPL. Medium carbonation; very smooth-drinking.

Nothing fancy about this stuff, it's just a decently-made Helles lager. Not really worth going out of my way for, but this is available almost everywhere and is better than 80% of the swath of EPLs next to it IMO. An enjoyable brew in any season.

[Updated Jan. 3 2014]

Picked up another can - this time comparing it side-by-side with Spaten and Hacker Pschorr Munich Gold (the only other two Munich lagers I can find around here). This is a serviceable lager that gets the job done when I can't find Spaten around anywhere. Lowenbrau was one of the first imports I ever tried (after maybe Stella and Carlsberg) and I still think it's a good beer.. I will never understand how the aforementioned 'big name' Euro lagers are so profitable when higher quality lagers such as this are so widely available - and selling for less!

Final Grade: 3.49, a B-.

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Photo of stjaernstoft
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Löwenbräu, ABV: 5.2%.
500 ml can, 13.70 SEK (including refund) at Systembolaget.

Appearance: Pale golden colour and a quite nice, white head that leaves quite quickly.

Smell: Citric hoppiness, freshly baked bread, and dishrag. Somewhat unpleasant, yet intriguing.

Taste: Nice and clear aromas of bread and citrus (lemon). Medium bitterness. A little watery. Tasteful, for sure, but I feel something bothering me in the background - it may be the dishrag.

Mouthfeel: It's softer than I expected, and the small body vs. the bitterness makes it very gulpable - but kind of useless for other purposes. (The higher rating is obviously for the thirst-drenching abilities.)

Overall: All-in-all a rather tasty lager considering its price - despite the dishrag. I find it better refrigerator cold as it preserves its "crisp", and it does a nice job drenching my thirst on a warm summer's day.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
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 decimator
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml can poured into a pint glass.
ABV 5.2%

A - Poured a clear yellow with a 1cm head which quickly vanished. Minimal lacing. Looks pretty average.

S - Light sweetness hits first, a bit of sour, and some grassy hops in the background.

T - Sweetness up front, some sourness in the middle and some mild bitter hops in the finish. There's a slight unpleasant tartness which isn't helping my enjoyment.

M - Average carbonation. Body is light.

O - My appreciation for this one isn't as high as it used to be. Pretty average stuff.

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Photo of rarbring
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear pale straw colored with hints of green and gold, the head is high and white, settles rather slowly and leaves good lacing.

The smell is slightly sweet, white bread, then grass notes, hay and a dash of lime.

Starts sweet, bread notes, then some lemon acidity, a fresh grass bitterness.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, rather soft texture, refreshing, medium to small body, a slightly dry finish.

An easy consumable lager, could have a more bitter bite to balance sweet and sour notes. A bit nostalgia, was more or less the first beer I choose to drink when I came to age ...

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Photo of evlu1441
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a normal golden lager colour with thick foamy head that quickly settles.

The smell is slightly grainy, but not unpleasant.

The flavour is rich and malty, but slightly sweet. It is very smooth and highly drinkable.

Overall, I wouldn't rave about this beer. It's good, but not enough character for my taste.

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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 Derranged
3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I used to drink this often 10 years ago. Last year I tried it again, and it was horribly skunked. Note that I am skeptical about beer in green bottles. It's hit or miss.

Moving on:

Got reintroduced to this beer. Poured from an 330ml (11.2oz) bottle into a stemmed pokal.

A- Dark golden color, thin white head that dissipates quickly, not much retention on the glass.

S- Sweet malts, floral notes, some hops and skunk.

T- Sweet malts dominate. Some mild hops in there.

M- Very thin and flat.

O- If this is not skunked, which is a big if, it's pretty enjoyable. Nothing spectacular. It's a simple and decent beer that is reasonably priced.

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Photo of skypup
2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

.5L bottle served in a straight sided Pilsner glass

Pale straw color with one finger head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

Slight malty with hints of citrus

Smooth/ diluted with definitive taste that leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.
O.K. Drinkability. This is a typical mass produced European light lager (Helles). While it isn't the best beer in that category it certainly isn't a bad beer.

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Photo of mnrider
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz green bottle. label say's 11.2 oz? Since 1383, damn that's old.

A: Pours a bright golden clear yellow. Medium white head with plenty of carbonation. Little retention with a little more lacing.

S: Clean with a slight sweetness and some faint grains.

T/M: Light bodied, crisp and a balance of spicy hops and sweet dry malts. Finishes with a bitter dry hop aftertaste.

D: Good. Pretty much what I was expecting from this brew. Light on the taste, yet there's enough to keep me happy. Worth a try for sure, but not something I would really have again.


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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this because I am living in Jordan and there is not much else to drink. Tastes much better in Germany than it does here...

Pours straw yellow color with a very weak fizzy head. There is a nice looking carbonation coating the side of the glass though.

The smell and taste are both slightly bitter, but not in a pleasant sort of way. Maybe something about the way the hops mix with the grain is not perfect. The flavour is not complex, it is good, but does not quite satisfy. It is easy to drink but you expect more from a Bavarian beer.

The mouth-feel is perhaps a bit light, but I have not had a beer in a long time so I don't really care. The carbonation is nice. The beer is a bit plain, but I don't really have any other options in Jordan. If I were back in Germany or the US I would get something different.

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