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

Pours a decidedly clear, pale straw color. Topped with a hefty cake of white foam that dissipates quickly with some lacing, especially at the top of the glass. Clean, grassy nose with only faint hits of skunkiness. (Admittedly, I may be looking for some.) Taste is better than expected, though certainly not great. Light bready taste with a reasonably dry finish. Nothing complex here, but drinkability is noteworthy. Mouthfeel is oilier than preferred.

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

(12oz bottle)-- The appearance is a clear straw yellow color/golden with a thin white lace. Sprity carbonation. On the nose the aroma is fairly clean, light grassy herbs, and some faint grain. Mouthfeel is crisp, tingly and a little spritzy. On the palate the flavor consisted of hop bitterness, hints of grain, little grassy and mild sweetness as it warms. Tasty brew...

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The whole case of green bottles my friend bought the other day made it to Meadville, PA all the way from Munich without going skunk. I've had several arguments about Lowenbrau being brewed by miller. Only one of their offering is actually brewed by miller and the rest I believe are imported to North America by Labatts. I could be wrong but thats what I have figured out on the topic.

Golden color with white head. Body is active with bubbles rapidly floating to top. This beer's aroma is one of its strong points. Rough aromas of bread and apples unconciously pull the drinkers mouth to the bottle. Flavor is much the same; this is a balanced brew. Little noticeable hop-like flavors. I could and did drink quite a few of these in a night.

Not bad for a $20 a case import, but there is much better domestic micros out there for comparable price.

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light, golden beer with a decent head that sticks to the side of the glass until your glass is empty. A mild hoppy aroma with not a lot of carbonation.

Taste is pretty smooth & clean but bland. No real aftertaste makes for a good zaufing (my anglo-phied translation of zaufen, German for guzzle according to my relatives) beer.

This is the 1st beer I remember my dad drinking when I was a kid so maybe it has a soft spot in my subconsious.

Overall its not bad but nothing to write home about.

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

This is the original German Lowenbrau, not the Miller knock-off. Pours pale straw, consistant with German pilsners. Not much head. Taste is a bit drier than most. Decent hoppiness. Malt is faint, but there. Aftertaste is dry with an alcohol twange. Overall, I liked it. I would buy it again if it was cheap.

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

Big brown bottle, blue label.
Shiny yellow straw color. Fizzy white head. Some off smells to start. Sour bread dough smell. Once over the smell, taste is crisp and refreshing. Bready malt presence, not grainy though. Hop kick is very refreshing. Dry finish, no aftertaste to mention. Easy to drink, light bodied. A good alternative beer to big boys. I had it with bachelors night dinner of leftover bbq chicken and mac and cheese.

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Photo of Anonmatel
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a perfect bridging beer. i.e. getting Macro drinkers to start drinking something different.
Pours a nice head, but it dies too fats, light golden colour.

It's extremely in-offensive, slight hops, breadlike, sting spicy (if you understand that one), little to no aftertaste.

Comes in a green bottle which suprisingly it wasn't that skunky.
I'll drink it again if it's offered to me.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I read a couple of reviews that this beer is not as good as it is in Europe. I really can't tell you this 'cause i didn't tasted it in America in Europe though it's a VERY well processed beer with nice appearance and well carbonated. Taste it to see for yourself

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Photo of Shiloh
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A well balanced dry brew with no after taste....the colour is exellent as a rich golden offering and the head slowly disapates to a slim white collar around the lip of the glass. The taste is quite good but leaves to quickly disapointing the consumer...which unfortunatly is me, resulting in a lower score.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I suspect there is some confusion between this beer, and the Lowenbrau Premium Lager. Most likely they are one and the same. My bottle says "Lowenbrau Original" in big letters, with "Premium Lager" in tiny print at the top of the label. Also it is closer to a helles; the hops are not prominent enough to be a pils. My guess is they switched labels only very recently, and that those reviewing the Premium Lager were drinking the same beer as the one I am drinking now.

Standard yellow lager, green bottle syndrome overpowers the nose, a decent maltiness provides a tasty base (a sign of helles), little in the way of hops although the finish is nicely and subliminally dry. Appeasing mouthfeel with thick foamy head. Recommended for just about anybody, even macro-swillers, but try to get enclosed 12-packs - this green bottle thing really sucks.

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Photo of bditty187
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was half way through this beer before I realized it came in a green bottle. Ha, no skunk! Anyway…

It poured a really pale yellow with a white head of a ½ inch. The aroma was creamy, hoppy, and grassy, in other words, a typical European Style-Lager. There is nothing wrong with being “typical”. If you like the style you should have a Lowenbrau! Overall, it is above average where it counts (taste and drinkability).

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

Another one of those "evil twin" beers. In Europe, it has a great taste. In America, it just does not make the crossing. I find that it tastes a little better than Bud, overprocessed

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off-- Best freakin' beer commercial theme song EVER!!!!


Green bottles do not help with first impressions. Pours nice, fluffy and pilsener-like. Color is very very light. Aroma is dry and grainy. Hops dig in with a very astringent bite in the foretaste. Body is pretty dry, but quenching. Hop bite tags the lower back reaches of the tongue before going down the chute and finishing clean.

"Here's to good friends..."

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

When I tkink of Lowenbrau I think of the 70's. I still remember the advertising of this brew as being something alittle upperclass when out on the town.Back then it was. I guess id order this out at a nice dinner if all the has were macro & the green "H" beer. This is a good classic german pilsner thats not bad with a meal. It has a good head and lace and the taste is not overpowering. ( good table manners )

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the first beers I ever tried when I first got into this whole thing. Nice and golden at the pour with a great head on it, the aroma was a sign of things to come for me in the way of European beers. Very nice.

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

Thick head, quickly settles to thin lace. A good lager, but nothing very complex and nothing really stands out. Probably not as good in bottle or can, but tasty from the pump.

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

I'm giving this beer solid 3's, as it doesn't excel in any category, but has nothing I can find fault with.

Lowenbrau pours pale golden, with a quickly vanishing head. Aroma is slightly sweet for a lager.

Reinheitsgebot accordance is always a good thing, and there's an understated hops presence here, but nothing exotic. Basically tastes like a typical American or Canadian lager, but with the added bonus of no adjuncts. This brew will be a measuing stick when I try my hand at homebrewing: if my first product is at least this good, I'll be happy.

My only complaint is paying premium price for a totally average beer, even if all "better" beers should match or exceed Lowenbrau's quality. To separate the good from the non-good, look no further.

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Photo of psugrad98
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber in color, with moderate head with large bubbles. Smells somewhat hoppy and spicy. Taste is fresh tasting with good hop bite. Finishes off sweet than it starts. A slightly above average brew.

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

Presentation: 12 oz green twist ... "Original Munich Formula" is stated on the label. No freshness date seen.

Appearance: Straw yellow in colour with a thin white lace which comes from a light champagne like carbonation.

Smell: Quite clean with faint grassy herbal hop and a hint of grain.

Taste: Crisp and light bodied with a handful of malt texture on the palate. Light yet prickly spicy hop bitterness holds its own to flavour the brew. A touch of sweetness hovers on top after the hops fade ... the finish runs clean with a pinch of residual sweetness. Doesn't taste like it was over filtered nor are there any off flavours.

Notes: Not bad ... not bad at all. Surprise surprise, this brew has taken a turn for the better now being brewed in Canada under contract by Labatt. Decent use of hops to balance the malt ... enough to suffice any beer geek and not too much to turn the macro drinker away. Give it a try ...

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Photo of rastaman
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Its OK, drinakble clean, slightly sweet at the start and then a crisp bitterness, fairly light on in body and flavour.

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Photo of ORM1
4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm sure that nobody knows in US, but Lowenbrau is also brewed in Russia in St.Petersburg by Bravo International Co.
There are bottle (50 cl euro-bottle) and 50 cl can variants, and also draught.
Blue label with a freshness date and a notice of Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Law).
But in fact the name of the beer in Russia (and in Germany too) is Lowenbrau Original (not Premium Lager). Take a look:
ABV = 5,2%, gravity may be 11,5% or 12%.
In Germany original gravity is 11,8%.
Color of the body is light yellow, beer has a good head and very high carbonation. Smell and taste are very clean and round: vivid malt and light hop bitterness. There is some sweet aftertaste, but it goes well.
Very good impression...

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Photo of packetknife
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice pale gold, holds a small head. Nothing like I expected, not as hoppy. It was kinda dry on the finish. Served cold it is crisp with a hint of spice. Seems readily available up north, never saw it in the south.

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