Löwenbräu Original | Löwenbräu AG

Löwenbräu OriginalLöwenbräu Original
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001

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Ratings: 854 |  Reviews: 396
Photo of Swedes21
2.67/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Beer drank in a pint glass...

Appearance - Poured the beer in the pint glass and found it to be very clear and solid amber colour. Carbonation disappeared pretty quick and was minimal for duration of testing. Solid head slowly dropped off to a thin layer of head

Smell - hops and some grassy, overall smell was pleasant

Taste - not a smooth drinking beer, almost a slight bitter taste. A slow disappearing linger after taste.

Mouthfeel - You know there is a beer in your mouth, leaves mild hope taste

Drinkability - I could drink a few of these beers, however, would not be a preference.

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Photo of BBP
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- A pale gold with excellent clarity. Little head which faded quick.

S- Grassy and bready, subtle hops.

T- Light and simple. Bready malts with a background of hops. Slight lemon taste. Grains have a spot in there too. Nothing impressive, but smooth and done well.

M- A bit watery and harder on the tongue. Fairly carbonated.

D- Good beer, but on the light side. Doesn't pack much punch, but isn't too disappointing.

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Photo of DrJay
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear and yellow with a fizzy, bright white cap that quickly fell. Slightly sour aroma, floral and grassy with a bit of malt. Light bitterness, sweet malts, lingering spicy and grassy notes in the flavour. Clean profile. Light bodied with above average carbonation. Not bad, but sort of uninspired. The aroma rubbed me the wrong way but it wasn't really bad. My suggestion is to grab some Skittles and make yourself some Skittlebrau.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - clear pale almost straw yellow, nice medium size fluffy white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Average carbonation bubbles. Minimal lacing.

Smell - hops, grassy, herbal

Taste & Mouth - dry, slightly bitter, mild hop taste, citrus and herbal botes.

Drink - a nice lighter tasting mildly hoppy beer. Perfect for a hot summer day. I could easily drink a few of these.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - bubbly clear golden, nice white head the retained well, dissipating to islands and laced well
S - light bready malts and some grassy and metallic hop scents, fairly standard lager smell
T - a little more flavour than the standard canadian lagers, the hops are a little more pronounced with a resiny tinny taste, and a very clean freshness, nice for outdoors
M - thin and carbonated but smooth, dry's out on the finish, fairly average lager in this respect
D - this beer is made for chugging, the tastes are subtle but fair, but the combo of thin, crisp, and refreshing make you forget where the last one went

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Photo of rowey77
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw in color with a quick-to-leave white head.

Some grains and a faint grassiness.

A mild hint of grassy hops and some slightly musty grains.

Light and heavily carbonated.

Finishes very crisp and dry, but the mustiness threw me off a bit. Its not offensive though, and not a bad choice for the style.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into pint glass june29 2010

A clear pale straw yellow with a fair amount of bubbles feeding a loose soapy head that has decent retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S some grassy hops and some sweet grains and some bubblegum of all things

T not far from the smell but a little more hops and the bubblegum has gone away

M light in the mouth and the bubbles makes it lighter still, smooth beer and no problems here

D I could drink a few of these without complaints and a warm day would sink them with ease

I wish our big name beers were as easy to swallow as this perhaps I'll keep dreaming

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Photo of philphilphil
3.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not a bad beer. i love that munich helles flavour.

A - clear light, correrct colour.
S - very litttle
T - lovely helles taste. Smooth and soft without being boring or watery.
M - not too intense.
D - only restricted by price and availability, equally good, cheaper helles available in australia.

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Photo of roddwolff
2.79/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a pilsener Bayern glass, seems like apple soda, bright golden color, no foam, lots of bubbles. Smell: Sweet grain and herbal hops. Taste: The same, sweet grain and herbal hops, but here the hops dominates most of the time. Mouthfeel: Crisp, sweet bitterness with dry finish, high carbonation and soft body. Drinkability: Easy to drink, have almost all the characteristics of a good beer, except the look.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This seemed promising at first glance. Nice clean ultra-light golden hue. Not much head but decent carbonation.

After the pour, the aromas and flavors were at their zenith. That doesn't imply they were incredible (I'll explain later). What I smelled I can only describe as wet, oxidized copper, musty grain, and a most subtle hop scent.

Initially (the first 2-3 sips), the flavor was okay - a subdued pilsner twang, with sweetness upfront that, in the end, finished crisp, ever-so-slightly sour, and, ultimately, real dry.

I don't know what happened after that. In just a minute or two, the aromas all but disappeared and the flavor got stale (not skunky). I can't even say that it became watered down. With every sip, my mouth became increasingly parched. Nothing was left to enjoy about this beer.

The entire character of the beer upped and left. I'm not sure if it was due to it being old or spoiled. But I don't care because, either way, I don't feel like it's worth going back to. There's plenty of other better German bottled beers out in Beerland.

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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 tzieser
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a .5L Lowenbrau dimple mug

a: bright golden color in appearance with a decent one finger head that settles pretty quickly. not bad

s: sweet grainy malts, with subtle notes of grassy hops. not too strong, but i wasn't expecting otherwise

t: pretty clean flavor throughout, as all good helles should be. aforementioned sweet grainy malts take the forefront and are balanced by a decent showing of hops. crisp, dry aftertaste keeps me craving more

m&d: decent outhfeel; drinkability is good.

not a bad helles, but I think I'd rather go for a Weihenstephan or something

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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 eat
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is 100% clear and almost without colour. One of the lightest beers I've ever seen; it looks like a glass 3/4 full of water topped up with cheap apple juice. Barely any visible carbonation. A finger of airy white head recedes to a hazy covering. Almost no lacing.

Smells of grain, yeast, astringency, light earthy German hops, and sweet, very pale malt. Pretty average.

There's more flavour than I was expecting from such a pale beer. It's actually fairly well balanced with a decent amount of peppery noble hops. Hoppier than North American versions of crappy light lager. Light pale malt, grain. A little alcohol shows on the finish. Very simple, not unpleasant.

The feel is average at best. Unsubstantial light body and moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly drying.

I remember enjoying this beer years ago, but that was in comparison to Molson Canadian and Budweiser. Lowenbrau really isn't too good a brau. I'd like to think "lowen" in German means "average", but I'm sure that's not the case. I guess I'd order it if it was the best option but I'm not sure I'd want to be drinking somewhere where this was the best option...

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Photo of weeare138
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a transparent light gold with a 2 finger head of white fluff that slowly fades into a pillowy cap and collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of sweet malt, peanut shells, biscuit, wet hay, perfume, and a touch of skunkweed.
Taste is of the aromas with a chewy, semi-sweet flavor that keeps things interesting enough to have another sip. This is best suited for drinking with food items...perhaps some spicy Southwest food, or Chinese.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, and grainy.

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Photo of rednrag
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just heard yesterday that they're not gonna import Lowenbrau anymore, so I thought I'd better do this quick.
One of my very first imports, this holds a special place in my heart. I thought Lowenbrau might never recover from the debacle of the past when it was brewed under license by Miller, but it seems to have returned to it's former glory.
If I ever return to Munich, I will look it up. Until then,goodbye Lowenbrau. Sure goona miss ya.

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear light yellow color with less than a finger of white foam for a head. Head receeds fairly quickly leaving a thin film of lace along the glassware. Aroma has a slight distinct green bottle beer smell which is minorly skunky but also has a bit of sweetness minorly reminescent of corn rather than grain. Once a little warmer than ideal, it has a very minor hop presence in the backend of the nose. Taste is light and refreshing and includes flavors of grain, biscuit, slightly skunky and minorly buttery notes. There is a lingering sweetness of grain left in the mouth. Modest amount of carbonated leaves the beer feeling quite light and quite drinkable.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color without head really. Clear and light enough to almost watch tv through.

The aroma has just a hint of skunk and light cereal grain. Not much going on but not as bad as I thought it could be.

Taste and body are light, pale malt is present but that's about it. Lackluster but not offensive.

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Photo of JMD
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with small white head that fades quickly. Leave some small lacing on the glass.

S: Clean, Grainy and earthy. A hint of light skunk that ruined the aroma a bit for me.

T: Light clean taste. Grainy with some fresh fruit. Light hops as well.

M: Light bodied, but creamy. This beer isn't over carbonated like many American Macros.

D: This is a nice light lager that goes down easy. I could easy drink a six pack of these on a hot day.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light clear apple vinegar color. Quickly retreating head with a few archipelagos of lacing left in the glass.

S - A bit of rosemary-esque hop. Straw. Pale malt. Light pilz hops. After warming almost no smell

T - Very average. Smooth, light, but not much character. Lightly malty and sweet but not much to say about hop or malt. One trick pony. Aftertaste of mild lemon grass and hay.

M - A bit of an alcohol / club soda sting, but mostly smooth

D - Smooth and easy going down. Could be good with a lot of food as it won't dominate any flavors. It's kind of a tofu of beers. Switzerland. Neutral ground.

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Photo of NicholasSchell
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear straw color, very little head, very bubbly.

S- Grainy, spicy/floral hop profile, lightest honeyish sweetness in the nose.

T- Stays pretty true to the style. Much like a Czech Pilsener only sweeter. Honey in the finish.

M- Medium body, well carbonated.

D- Very drinkable, good for a warm spring day.

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Photo of confer
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a beers of the world gift box so not sure of the age.
Pours crystal clear solid yellow with a rapidly dissipating head.
Smell is malty sweet.
Taste is very subdued. Sweet with a stale aftertaste.
I drank this a lot 30 years ago and I used to enjoy it then. It was the exotic import. Now I don't believe I would look for it again.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with no freshness bottle. Little or not head after pour into a pint glass. Smells like cooked cabbage and boiled meats. Taste is like cooked cabbage and herbs. Maybe some rosemary and tea leaves. No real head or carbonation. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Not bad jus not something I would reach for again.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.66/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Clear golden yellow color with a white head that left a few spots of lacing.
Smells European, hops and a little grainy.
Taste is not bad for the style, a bit sweet with some gentle bitterness on the back end.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Easy to drink and pretty refreshing.

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Photo of dstc
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a huge white head. Head falls slow to a minimal one. Decent thin lace.

Thin grainy aroma, mild skunkiness.

Nice, rather sweet malt and grain taste. Mildest of hops.

Thin to medium bodied. Fuller than I was expecting.

Good beer. Easy drinking and a worthwhile beer.

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Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
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