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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Ratings: 863 |  Reviews: 396
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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Photo of sisuspeed
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Crystal-clear, pale, golden-yellow color. Can easily see right through the glass. Small, foamy, white head on top that slowly dissipates. Webbed lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings up a mixture of light fruits and malt. Slight bit of peppery/grassy smell from the hops.

Sweet, yet crisp malts. Faint hop bitterness. The pepper like smell also comes through in the flavor, subtle, yet makes things more interesting.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Some prickliness throughout from the carbonation and possibly the hops.

Drinkability is good. It would be easy to drink many of these in a sitting, if you like the style. Likely to be refreshing on a hot summers day.

Overall, a pretty decent lager. Nothing really stands out, but nothing is offense. If you see it, give it a try.

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Photo of danetrain0101
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I nice yellow color with a light lace foam head.

Some light hops as well as grains with a dash of grass.

Very crisp with a nice micture of hops and malts.

Feels nice and smooth on the palate.

I could drink these all day. One of my favorite session beers (although I have a lot of session beers).

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

Has a straw color and an interesting lingering head that is not very large.
Smells just like a Helles lager should smell, light and yeasty.
Tastes light and is one of the more refreshing German beers I have ever had.
Has a nice carbonated feel to it.

I would drink this again. It is a pleasant beer.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow with a big foamy head that receeds a little, but lasts throughout the beer. Lively carbonation that is rather enjoyable to watch.

The smell is of fresh grain, water, and a little hops. This smells fairly nice, especially considering the price and attainaility. Gotta love those Germans.

Tastes of sweet malt and slight bitterness from the hops. Pretty standard with a little hint of some of the biscuity properties found in a German Pils.

In the mouth is manages some surprising body for the style. I was honestly expecting a rather watery mess, but it's quite nice in the mouth. The carbonation feels right, too.

Given the ABV this could be a ncie all-nighter. Very drinkable, but I don't see it taking the place of any of my mainstays right now. Not bad at all.

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Photo of ericj551
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lowenbrau Original pours a clear light gold with a thin head that only lingers with the lively carbonation. The aroma is mild and grainy, maybe some bitterness and/or astringency. The flavor is crisp just enough bitterness and hop flavor to meld nicely with the slight light malty sweetness. There is a bit of that astringency, and the finish is dry with a bit of graininess. The bit of flavor sets this one apart from the domestic equivalent, but not quite enough to really stand out.

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Photo of Moontang
4.18/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hefeweizen glass
Pale gold in colour, medium head that dissipates slowly, leaving plenty of lace. 4/5

Smell : Slightly acrid, hints of grain and hop flavour 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: a bit thin, not too biting in terms of carbonation

Taste: A lightly roasted grain flavour, with subsumed but present hops, definitely my favourite style of beer. 4.5

Overall Drinkability: 4.5 Very refreshing, tastes great, not too carbonated or thick to reduce drinkability, I could drink this all day. I can see why the Germans refer to beer as "the runny bread".

Other Comments:
This beer comes from the same city that made me fall in love with beer in the first place, it will always have a special place in my heart.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.61/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After some recent chatter about this beer over on The Bar Towel, I thought I'd pick up a can and revisit it. Why not? This was my go-to beer for a spell in the '90s, and I'm pretty sure I haven't had one since.

Pours a clear straw yellow with lively carbonation, very light. Laces and retains nicely.

The aroma is noble hops--somewhat grassy, slightly floral--and pils malt. Clean and sweet.

That taste is very clean and has a minty, herbal hop profile along with a restrained sweetness. Some graininess and toastiness in the malt and a little lemony in the finish.

Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

It's a nice, simple, easy drinking light tasting beer and, at $2.15 for a 500ml can, I might just have to pick some up next summer if I need a refreshing session beer.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.72/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale yellow with a minimal head that falls to a skim very quickly and lacing that is mediocre at best.

Nose is slightly sweet with lagery grain and minimal euro hop presence.

Typical euro pale lager. Minimally exciting, but fairly refreshing. Slightly sweet malt presence with crisp finish and minimal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is what you would expect, but it is slightly more viscous than your average macro.

Drinkability is solid as expected, a sessional german macro.

Overall, yeah, its one of those.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.62/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. green bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a soapy white head, fair head retention.

S: Nice moderately grassy hoppy smell.

T: Very light bready malt. Hops add bitter lemon and a noticable amount of skunk, Heineken-esque.

M: Soft carbonation, light-bodied, not really crisp or clean.

D: Fair enough, but I don't think I'll be buying it again, I'd be wary of the green bottle.

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Photo of tone77
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Has a mild, somewhat skunky aroma. Taste is rather bland, slightly bitter. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a very ordinary beer, nothing special here.

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Photo of recons54
3.61/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped by my favorite Beverage store in the entire state of Maine... Bootleggers Beverage Warehouse (Topsham, ME) and to my surprise they had an entire pallet of Lowenbrau on display! I hadn't had any since the 80's when Miller owned it. Now associated with INBEV I bought a 12PK (ONLY $12.99) and took a stroll down memory lane...

A: Straw gold color with a white head. Not too much active carbonation rising in this one. Very Good lacing.

S: Slight initial skunk, after that subsides there is a big pale malt character, and a faint hint at spicy hops, way in the background, slightly grainy.

T: Initial sweetness, almost honey like, a bit of hop spice in there too

M: Dry and lightly carbonated, pretty smooth, and a really clean finish.

D: I can drink a lot of this. This is one of the more flavorful lagers I've had. Do yourself a favor and pour this in a glass, it makes that initial "skunk" disappear.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, pale golden. Moderate head, that quickly dissipates. Smells of a very subdued hops presence, with some hints of citrus. Taste is also subdued. There are some hops detectable on the back of the palate, as well as some residual tartness. Mothfeel is a bit on the thin side. Decent drinkability, especially it seems in warm weather. This is a slightly above average brew, with no really outstanding traits one way or the other.

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Photo of thecarster1
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger head that dissipates quickly, crystal clear straw yellow coloring, fair amount of carbonation, i really like the look of the bottle/label for some reason.

s- smells like, well, beer, bright straw, grapey grain.

t- grainy, ever so slight bit of hops on the end, tastes almost a bit skunky, not overly impressive in any way.

m- on the thin side.

d- i guess it's drinkable, the munich helles isn't my favorite style but i've had better than this, it is refreshing though, and aside from the slightly skunky taste it goes down easy.

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Photo of yankiac
4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was definitely a good beer. Had a slightly better flavor than other beers of the same style, though not quite as drinkable in my opinion. This brew has a good overall balance to it. Nice sweet malt flavor up front and enough hops to finish it off.

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Photo of Brenden
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one's a pale golden yellow with a small white head that sticks around for a bit, leaving just a little thin lacing behind.
The smell is earthy and herbal with a grains backing, albeit light. Hops and malt may be there, but hardly. There's a light skunky note.
There's a good deal more malt and hops than the nose suggests with a solid balance. There's just a bit of sweetness with almost a tartness as it warms.
The mouthfeel is mostly crisp with moderate carbonation in a light body.
It's not a bad one to try.

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

Single bottle (no freshness date I could find) served in a pilsner glass. Nice yellow color - constantly bubbling the whole time in the glass with a white head upon pouring that shrank down to just cover the top of the beer. A small amount of lacing as you drink it down.

The smell is heavily of hops upon pouring. A little bit skunky at first that gets mild as you drink it.

Taste is what you would expect from a classic German beer - some hops which become stronger as the beer warms up, maybe a hint of something cider-like when its cold.

Mouthfeel - nicely carbonated and slick.

Drinkability - very nice and refreshing, but not hugely notable for me.

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Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
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