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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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2/5  rDev -39.9%

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2/5  rDev -39.9%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
3.33 out of 5 based on 847 ratings.
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