Löwenbräu Original | Löwenbräu AG

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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: 865 |  Reviews: 397
Photo of jsprain1
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks like an american macro, but has a shade darker than a macro.
S- Smells of grass, some malt, a tiny bit of hops. Very clean overall.
T- Tastes of grass and malt. Tastes like an american macro. But it has complexity beyond corn.
M- A bit watery but not bad. Carbonation was spot on.
O- Very drinkable. Definitely a candidate for my refreshment beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a six pack of this from a local ShopRite Liquors.

A: Pours a bright, straw yellow body with a small, white head with pretty nice retention and lacing.

S: A mixed, sweet and sour smell that kind of reminded me of a macro beer smell.

T: A slightly, sweet, honey-malt taste with a tangy, grapefruit aftertaste that was quite interesting.

M: A light and pretty smooth mouthfeel that was also pretty refreshing.

D: A nice, drinkable beer that was pretty good. I could see this as a solid beer to have during the hot, summer months. A pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of Drew966
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lowenbrau Original pours a pale yellow color with a white head from a green 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is grainy. The flavor is very mild, grainy at first, a bit malty and then some mild skunky type hops. Underwhelming, but not much different than any other macro lager. The last time I had a Lowenbrau it was a contract brew from Miller. This isn't really any better. I used to prefer the Swiss version, but I haven't seen one in years.

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

Pours a clear straw-gold with a thick white head that dissipates to leave a film. Some lacing.

Smells of malt with some grainy/grassy notes. Taste is much more malty than I would have expected from the nose. Pretty nicely balanced by hops at the end.

Overall, a really decent lager that should be quite sessionable.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has very transparent gold color. The head is slightly off white and full as is the lace.

Smell: It has a very clean and crisp smell. Great hop and malt tones.

Taste: Very balanced in flavor just like the smell. It is grainy and grassy.

Mouthfeel: One of the thinner lagers for Munich.

Drinkability: This is a great all around beer.

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Photo of Pleepleus
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from green 12 oz bottle a clear yellow color with a half inch of white head with steady bubble rise that reduced to a solid layer of foam and spotty lacing. Smells fresh and grassy with hints of malt. Tastes crisp and has nice balance of malt sweetness and a little spice. Light bodied and smooth drinking. I like this one, it is simply solid. Tonight is kinda special...let it be Lowenbrau.

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

A: Pours a very clear, light golden yellow color with a big frothy white head.

S: Faint malt aroma.

T: Clean flavor, some faint lemon bread notes for a finish. Soft herbal hopping. Simple palate, lightly hopped, and pretty smooth and much better then anticipated.

M: Thin mouthful with some funky malt off flavors upon warming.

D: Safe, unoffending lawnmower beer but still much better then any American macro counterpart.

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

Pours a straw golden colour with big sudsy head...Counted about six lines of carbonation floating up the brew. a little lacing.
I struggled to get to much from the aroma, maybe a little malts, but no real sweetness...more floral hops
At first a gentle grainy biscuity malt flavour, a little spicey, & ends with well balanced bitterness.
This is definately one of the more livey beers I have tasted recently - good carbonation & spicey (maybe acidic too)
If anything would have like a little more malty notes...but if I am panging for a lively beer without too much sweetness (for a thirst quencher) than this is a good choice.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
2.94/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

clear golden straw. thin head doesn't even leave a ring. no lace.
smell is of hay(?) and noble hops
not unlike warsteiner verum. light to medium body, fairly mild noble hops, some sweet light malt, semi-sweet finish. no lingering bitterness. but the flavor is just not very good imo.
seems like it should be crisper. drank this thinking it was a pils. certainly tastes more like a weak pils than a helles. balance is way off for a helles. way too similar to warsteiner.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Sudsy, two finger head comes up quickly and dies pretty fast, leaving a thin film. Minimal lacing. This brew is a bright, pale yellow, though not as pale as the average macro.

S - A biscuity aroma along with some slightly spicy hops, though they smell a bit like cheese.

T - Bland, biscuity malts dominate at first followed by a spicy hop presence that misses it mark. A strange grape-like (not vinous, but like the skin of a grape) follows, with a bitterness that tastes like the coating a pill. The brew is well attenuated, but there's a lot of seemingly off-flavors going on. Luckily, it's all fairly mild and some of it melds together well enough to create a decent beverage.

M - Spot on. Light, but not watery. High carbonation, crisp.

D - A decently drinkable brew, if forgettable. I was really in the mood for something light when I bought these, and those other five went down quite easy. Helles lagers are what they are; perhaps if I'd had more this would score higher.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
2.6/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium yellow/golden color with a small fizzy white head. Grassy, yeasty, and a bit skunk smelling (probably a bad bottle). Flavor was mildly bitter, more malty grains. Light bodied, decent carbonation, fairly smooth. Decent beer.

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Photo of changeup45
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's nothing to really get excited about here. It is drinkable however. Light-bodied and very light golden colored. Grassy malts, crisp, and a little bit of bitterness. Somewhat refreshing. There's not a lot to it but there's nothing foul about it and you could to a lot worse while mowing the lawn or sitting in the sun.

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Photo of prosper
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +11.3%
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 +16.2%
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 +14.3%
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 -2.4%
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 +11.3%
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 +43.3%
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 -14.6%
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%
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 +0.6%
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 +1.5%
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 -9.1%
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 +9.8%
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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