Löwenbräu Original | Löwenbräu AG

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Löwenbräu OriginalLöwenbräu Original
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Löwenbräu AG
Germany
loewenbraeu.de

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
852
Reviews:
395
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
16.82%
 
 
Wants:
39
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121
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Photo of Spineypanda
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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 +11.1%
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 +6.6%
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 +25.5%
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 +8.4%
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 +11.7%
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 -21.3%
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 -9.9%
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 +8.4%
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 +0.6%
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 -11.4%
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 +26.1%
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 -2.1%
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 +5.1%
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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Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading fluffy head.Aroma is malty.Taste also is malty with some bread and hops.Overall a refreshing beer with no offensive flavors.Smooth drinking that goes down dangerously good.I would purchase again and recommend it!

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Photo of pvsob
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely pale gold color with a good two inch head that fades slowly, leaving a fair amount of lacing. Main aromas are light sweet malt, bready/grassy aromas, and just enough nobel hops to keep the sweetness in check. Flavor profile resembles the aroma characteristics. Nothing earth shattering here, but all in all this is a well balanced Helles with a light crisp mouthfeel and above average drinkability. If it's hot as hell and there's nothing but Macros available; grab a Lowenbrau or two. Prost!

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a light golden color with a nice white head, smell is pretty good, has a nice malt sweetness to it and a decent hop aroma as well. taste is average, doesn't have anything extraordinary to it but it is a solid munich helles, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite summer beers, lowenbrau, spaten, hofbrau are all becoming some of my go to summer beers. mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty good too

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Photo of sevopie
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | 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 TheTrevor
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After declining to review a bottle of this that was skunked as hell I managed to get my hands on a fresher one. The beer poured a light gold with a two-finger head. The smell was mostly sweet malt with just a bit of grassy hops. The taste starts off with some sweet malt that is quickly cut by the grassy hops that makes for a nice balance. The mouthfeel was a bit watery but with enough carbonation to make it crisp. A pretty drinkable little beer that's a good six-pack to grab if you happen to be going somewhere a bit more upscale than Macrobrew territory.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a thick white head that falls to a thin layer and makes moderate lacing. Clear, pale yellow color. Aroma is sweet and has a bit of spicy noble hops in it. Flavor is rather bland (maybe this one is old?) with a faint graininess and weak hop bitterness. Thin and watery and not very inviting as a session beer.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Löwenbräu Original is the beer that converted me from a BMC drinker. After almost 5 years, I'm surprised I've never reviewd this brew.

Here in its homeland, they use brown glass vice green, which I believe makes for a fresher beer.

When poured, Original produced about a 2.5 thick head. Retention is great! The body is a light golden color, and is very clear.

The aroma is a little faint, but lemony hops, and a slightly sweet cereal grain fragrance is detectable too.

This is a well balanced beer. It leans a little to the boring side, and lacks a little depth in the hops department, as compared to other helles brands.

Still, this beer is more than on par for refreshment, and makes for a decent semisessionable beer.

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

A- Pale yellow-gold colour, with some white head that dissipates in a short time. Loads of carbonation initially and no lacing whatsoever.

S- Not very appealing. Very grainy, with some dry malts and minimal hops.

T- Dry malts, with some lemon notes and very subtle apple undertones, which come out a bit later. The sweetness is balanced. The finish is moderately dry and very bready. Quite crisp overall.

M- Light body, with moderate carbonation. Smooth enough for a lager.

D- Very drinkable. A decent lager, overall. There's nothing off-putting in the taste and nothing extraordinary either.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 3 12oz beers into my Lowenbrau 1L beer mug. Why? I because I've got to, mister!

A- very light, pale yellow. Little carbonation. Not very impressive coloration.

S- Ugh. Nothing good coming from a deep smell off this beer. Smells like 'beer', and not in a good way. Thankfully, tastes much better than it smells.

T- Good. Suprisingly good for smell/appearance. Crisp and smooth lager. Light grains and faint sweet fruit. Bit of grassiness/earthiness, hops are all but absent.

M- Goes down easy. Well-balanced, if simple.

D- Extremely high. A good beer that you can drink a lot of and still feel pretty good. The 1L of Lowenbrau is a pleasant buzz. This beer is nice, drinkable, and good with some pretzels. Nothing special, but every once and a while I'll get a sixer and don't regret it.

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Photo of biegaman
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light straw infused with a splash of lemon juice. The beer's golden complexion and faultless clarity are justly displayed when held into the light, where its edges become bright and resplendent and its transparency magnified. Despite the consistent disbursement of bubbles no head ever forms. Some froth would of bumped the score even higher.

I don't even want to guess how many chemicals are in this beer. Humans developed a sense of smell to help us avoid potentially poisonous foods; my sense of smell is telling me to avoid taking a sip. (Turns out that off-putting smell can't entirely be attributed to the green bottles after all.) This reeks of ethanol-spiked corn syrup.

If my German is correct, Lowenbrau is claiming this to be a traditional Munich-style beer brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot purity law. If that were really case then what I should be tasting is a clean, slightly sweet malty profile with a grainy, bready flavour and an assertive noble hop presence that adds a crisp, spicy bitterness. Am I tasting this? Well, not exactly. Although in truth I'm not really tasting any chemicals or adjuncts either.

There's isn't much corn - where any - and the flavour is considerably cleaner than most North American examples. Perhaps I was wrong in assuming this would be laden with cheap synthetic fermentables? Perhaps this really is brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot? Maybe, but that still doesn't explain why I'm not sensing much malt (nor would it make sense of this beer's 12 month shelf life!)

Lowenbrau Original drinks quite well relative to other mass-produced lagers (whether exported or domestically made) but fares poorly as a true Munich Helles. Some of this may be the distance traveled; I'm sure this would taste better at the Lowenbrau beer hall in Munich, where, if the reviews on this site are any indication, Lowenbrau continues to make some considerably good beers in many of the traditional German styles.

Why would a talented brewery with a clear sense of place and tradition compromise their reputation (and their flagship beer) by exporting such a diminished, inferior imitation? Unlike most canned, mass-produced lagers, Lowenbrau is drinkable but it would take the right conditions for it to be honestly enjoyable. Anyone craving an authentic tasting Munich Helles might as well invest in a homebrewing kit or a plane ticket.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at Jersey's in Barrington, IL. No date on bottle.

A - A very light, adjunct lager color with a decent white lumpy head that went down fast but left lacing.

S - Skunky like Heineken with a dry wheat smell. Very much Heineken in smell and adjunct lager aspects like corn and cheap smelling sweeter malts.

T - Light and crisp but almost exactly like Heineken in flavor. Wheaty and dry with the slight skunk flavor.

M - Crisp and light with a very light body and decent carbonation bite on the finish.

D - Light and easy drinking. Not too much more than a light lawnmower lager in my opinion.

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Löwenbräu Original from Löwenbräu AG
3.33 out of 5 based on 852 ratings.
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