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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Photo of prosper
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark straw color. Lots of dense foam & lacing. Moderate carbonation, appropriate for style. Floral smell, with a whiff of hops. Some sulfur/skunk. Flavor is a nice balance of acidity from the carbonation, a slight bitter zing from the hops with lots of light grassy malt and light floral notes. Very, very dry which makes it crisp, refreshing and highly drinkeable. Definitely above average, though not exceptional.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottle I drank was actually from Germany with the name "Undestadt" on it. Slightly different than the American output, but I digest.

A - Light yellow, moderate head, dissipates moderately, with moderate carbonation, moderately speaking.

S - Peach and light malts.

T - Peach, light malts, and honey.

M - Slightly dry, but passable.

D Good, but others are better examples of both the helles and lager classes.

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Photo of 1whiskey
3.81/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. This is somewhere in the netherland between "straw" and "golden". Crystal clarity, with active carbonation.

Nose is mostly herbal and a tad skunky unfortunately. Maybe some DMS in there as well. Not real promising, to be blunt.

Taste is mellow and malty...a faint whisp of spicy hops in the finish. Not real complex but it sure tastes good on a 103 degree day. Simple and pleasurable.

Mouthfeel is fairly slick, carbonation is high but appropriate for the beer. This is really easy to drink...only the skunk factor detracts. On tap it would be deadly.

Overall I really enjoyed this and could see myself knocking back a few on such a warm day as this. The price is very reasonable for an import and is makes this a high quality alternative when you just want a simple, easy lager but want better quality than BMC. I'll likely be working this in to the rotation in the future. Now if only the bottles weren't green...

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautifully transparent and golden, with enough carbonation to be enchanting in a pilsner-style glass, and to put a slight head. Little lacing, however.

The nose is lightly malty, with just a hint of hops

Like the smell, the taste tends toward a mellow smooth malt, with just a bit of hop on the finish.

The mouthfeel is refreshing and crisp, without having overpowering carbonation.

A great lighter lager to drink on a hot summer day with light highlighting the rising bubbles. But a bit weak on the finish. Overall, it is easy to down two or three of these in succession on a lazy evening.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml green bottle with the term "malt liquor" and "drink cold" (no shit Sherlock) on the label. On to the beer:

Pale straw on the pour and in the glass, filtered clean, with a spongy head at first, as the beer rests in my stange. The nose gets saltine crackers, hay, and a little bit of imported skunk. So far things are looking alright. The taste, particularly the mouthfeel, is where things start to become mediocre. The body is light and watery. Not a whole lot to taste here; bite of pale malt upfront, then tamed hops sprinkle onto the palate. Malt sweetness is thin tasting.

I believe this used to be one of the better selling imports in the US not very long ago. With a number of better German lagers on the market today, Löwenbräu's hay-day in the US is long gone. It's a good plain Munich lager, if that isn't an oxymoron.

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Photo of TwinSox33
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz pry-off cap bottle. Yay! It's brewed back where it belongs again..Munich!

Appearance: pours a medium golden yellow with a small head that quickly dissipates into a whispyness that laces the glass.

Smell: smells of slight floral hops, and very clean grain.

Taste: Malt, Malt, Malt! The malt profile is smooth and hits you up front. This beer is well balanced, with a punch of spicy hops in the end. There is also a bit of lemon or citric fruitedness to the hops as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as silk! Leaves you wanting another mug.

I love it! My new favorite German lager, move over Beck's!

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Photo of BoSox5902
4.7/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a great german lager. way better than the self proclaimed king of beers which is also a lager. this beer has a great taste, pleasing to the palette lol. i can down a six pack of this no problem. its not terribly strong either so it doesn't intrude. good with a nice steak

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Photo of cjgator3
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz green bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a.pale golden yellow color with a decent white head. The aroma is slightly skunked with some grainy malt and grassy hops. The taste is some malt up front with a dry finish that provides a quick bite from the hops. There are definitely some off-flavors in the taste that hurt the drinkability for me. The mouthfeel is thin bodied and fizzy from the high amount of carbonation. Overall, this is not a horrible beer by any means but I am not a huge fan of this beer.

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Photo of audirs4s
1.51/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I've read all of the other reviews on this beer and I don't understand how it's consistently receiving high or even average marks. This is probably one of the worst beers I've ever had. Maybe the one I had was skunked, but my friends who drank the rest of the case assured me it tasted normal.

It started out OK with a light crisp start and then it was all down hill from there. It had a very strong bitter/sour aftertaste that made it incredibly hard to finish. I always finish a beer no matter how bad it tastes, but I really struggled on this one.

If I ever come by it again I'll try it just in case the one I had was skunked. Until I do though, my advice is to stay away.

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Photo of TerryW
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Won't blow you away, but won't turn you off either. Plain Jane across the board - clear straw colour, pretty much headless, mild aroma and middle of the road taste profile - but competently made. This is one you can safely offer your non-beer informed friends, and it stands up fairly well once the cold is off it.

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Photo of Kyle987
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light head and lacing. Clear, golden body. The flavor is both very enjoyable and very complex; faintly sweet for one moment, then with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Fairly high carbonation, with a tingly mouthfeel. Not my favorite German lager, but still quite good overall.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A light gold body with some light carbonation and minimal lacing. A faint grassy hop smell and slight husk. A dry, sharp hop bite on the tip of the tongue that leads to a lightly rough going over the tongue, leaving my mouth a little dried out. Not much in hop flavoring or malts to speak of in the taste. Not too bad, and not that good either.

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

Appearance: Medium golden in color with a nice cloud top head and lively carbonation, good lace.

Aroma: Riich and malty with herbal hops and some subtle grassy notes mercifully free of any skunk.

Taste: Begins with a slight tingling of carbonation, followed by rich and slightly sour malt flavors and then a momentary fruit-like sweetness. Midway through the taste, bitter hops notes appear. These carry on to the somewhat dry finish and linger ghost-like at the back of the mouth.

Mouth feel: Quite good, smooth, soft, fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Really exemplary for the style. In short, very nice.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce green glass Euro-style longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Update: 2007-06-22: The label notes "Imported from Munich, Germany".

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Photo of Matty1918
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass...A golden yellow with a nice white head that didn't last too long. Good carbonation.

Aroma is of grains and light malts. Not too much going on.

First sip is pretty good....very minimal hop character but it blends nice with the grains. Little bubbles bounce of your tongue as you let this brew sit in your mouth. Very light and is a good session beer. I'd buy this again.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear straw color, with about a quarter inch of fluffy white head.

S: Mostly a grainy scent and some crisp malt.

T: Mostly a sweet grainy taste and a bit hoppy.

M: Thin, smooth mouthfeel with some active carbonation.

D: Pretty easy to drink, although it's not really something I would drink regularly, I wouldn't mind having a few.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of my dad's favorites when I was a kid. I was reminded of that when my wife came home from the hospital (where she works) and told me about a German patient that she was treating. She told him I was a beer nut and he said that his favorite was "Lowenbrau" in a rough halted German accent. I toast this brew to my father and that elderly German man (who just passed away a few weeks ago).

Pours out into the pint glass a pale yellow color with a tremendous head...

Aroma is grainy and malty with a surprising hoppiness... Hmmm...

Damn, this is a good little lager here!!! Its clean and crisp with a sharp hoppy finish that complements the malt up front very well... Enjoyed several of these while eating some brats off of the grill and enjoyed the hell out of them...

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Photo of BeerTaster
4.23/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance remenicent of golden fields of grain. Smell crisp malt clean with a hint of nobel hop. Taste sweet grainy maltiness with just enough hop to balance. Mouthfeel Mediem body mediem carbonation. Drinkability an everyday beer that combines a respectible amount of flavor with great drinkability.

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Photo of santa109
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at 40 degrees. Label says that is was produced in Munich, Germany and imported. Best before date is January 2009.

A: Poured a clear pale yellow with about a finger of head into a pils glass. The head fades away fairly quickly into a thick film constantly replenished by a lively rush of bubbles.

S: Mostly grainy and herbal hops. Nothing spectacular in this department. Just a clean lager smell.

T: Clean, somewhat crisp initial malt domination with a hint of hops to balance it out shortly afterwards. Bit of a lingering sweet finish.

M: Pretty smooth feel with the lively carbonation tingling the tongue but in a good way. Feels refreshing.

D: Very easy to drink as with most beers in this style. I would have no problem having a few.

Overall, a fairly nice lager with a very decent price tag. Enjoyable in the summer, after a day of work and just before supper.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Poured a clear yellow color with very slight orange hues. This beer is highly carbonated and the pour produced a large head of white foam that quicly disapated into a a spotty film. Bubbly lacing clung to the glass throughout.

S - Slightly bitter malt aroma with a mild skunkiness.

T - Crisp and slightly bready up front followed by slightly bitter dry hop finish. Nothing new or exciting, but not bad. Typical European Helles/Plisner flavor.

MF&D - Crisp, light and refreshing. The combination of good carbonation and thin body make this an easy beer to session. Well worth the $5.99 I paid for the 6pk.

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a fizzy, clear, straw-yellow color with a small, short-lived, whtie head. No lacing.

S - It smelled fairly sweet. Grains and corn notes plus a slightly floral aroma.

T - It tasted sweet with a subtle bitter kick. Again, grain/corn tastes.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay import. Nice on a warm spring day.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

found this with the other recent german brews i also picked up in beijing

green bottle with "best by" of 10/08

clear, golden straw color, decent head soon fades to wisps and thin ring. lacing is sparse.

there is some skunk, but at least it's not overpowering. underneath, you can still get some toasted malts, grassy hop, and even an almost-fresh, yeasty note.

fortunately, the skunk fades even more for the taste, so you can definitely get to the sweet malt foundation. balanced hop flavor and bitterness comes in and continues into the semi-dry finish.

surprisingly smooth, lively carbonation.

if you can get this fresh, or somehow guarantee that it hasn't been left out in the light, go for it. out here in china, with the premium price you pay, it's usually not worth the gamble however.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 3.5
Poured two fingers of frothy white head that steadily reduced. Great clarity in the pale gold body with what looks like light carbonation.

Smell - 3.0
Pure, strong skunk upon opening and no use-by date means this beer may have been out of date. Skunky smell faded but never left, aroma is of mildly sweet pale malt and grains.

Taste - 3.5
Next to Aussie macro lagers, this is bloody good as it does not possess any stale or metallic flavours. Next to most German pale lagers I see this as being a bit below average. Smooth malt sweetness, toasty, savoury in the middle, low hop profile, finishes dry with an average aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light, fine carbonation, a little less than I consider desirable, but coupled with the light weight in the mouth, this beer slips down ever so easily. Very quenching.

Drinkability - 4.5
Extremely sessionable, the 5.2%ABV is barely noticeable. One of the best summer lagers out there.

OVERALL - 3.55
Trying to account for this beer being quite possibly not at its best, this is still a fairly average German lager. Better than Becks, but falls short of anything German starting with a W. I'd gladly drink one if offered, but this is not memorable enough to go back to. Decent value at $3.60 a bottle.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very bright yellow supports a finger and a half head.

S- Ever so slight hint of green bottle skunk but this is forgivable due the wonderful spicy hop aroma.

T- Sweet grainy malts battle it out for dominance with spicy hops throughout only to lose in the end.

M- Tangy carbonation, otherwise great.

D- Goes down just as effortlessly as BMC.

IMO this has a little more hop pressence than a typical helles. Even though it may lean a little more toward a german pils, its still an enjoyable refreshing brew.

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Photo of dnichols
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce green capped bottle into a pint glass. My bottle was labeled ""Imported from Munich Germany" and asserted that it was "A product of Germany". Others who have reviewed identified it as a brew produced in Canada. I wonder if it is a split production run with some in NA and other in the fatherland.

A: It poured an odd green tinted yellow colored body with a minimal white hed that receded fast to a ring around the collar that supported a nominal almost non-existent lacing.

S: The aroma was dominated by a wet grass and musty smell with a hint of malts and hops. Not a particularly pleasing smell.

T: It tasted of grains and semi-sweet malts. There were subtle hop flavors that gave the brew some character. The brew was overall well balanced and refreshing.

M: The beer was light-bodied with a refreshing mouth feel and dry clean finish.

D: The overall profile was pleasing and refreshing. It was surprisingly, especially considering its uninspiring appearance and smell. Not a bad complement to a spicy pizza or Mexican dinner.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very solid lager. This is in my current 'rotation' of beers, and is admittedly one of my favorites. I could drink this all the time. The aroma is a bit skunky and oaky. The flavor is far from unusual, more perfection of what everyone else is doing than a differnt way of doing it. Goes down easy and leaves the drinker satisfied at the end. A wave of sorrow hits me when I finished the first bottle empty.

Alas I cannot find it near me anymore.

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