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Weihenstephaner Original Helles

Rating: 3.95

My seventh beer from the Weihenstephan brewery now and the first helles lager from the brewery, although I have previously reviewed their Festbier/Oktoberfestbier märzen offering but didn’t enough it too much in truth. This is a beer that I managed to stumble upon in Brewdog’s Glasgow bar over the weekend and seeing as it comes from one of my favourite brewery’s, I made sure to order myself a pint of what was my first new Weihenstephan beer since reviewing their Korbinian doppelbock offering in January of last year; sadly I had been unable to find any new offerings from the brewery when in Germany last year.

Weihenstephaner Original Helles

Appearance (4/5): This one sits a very clear and quite light amber to pale straw colour in the glass and is topped with a half centimetre tall, foamy white head that holds fairly well. Clarity is good with this beer and it’s quite a still looking beer as it sits in the glass.
Aroma (7/10): The beer is a slightly subdued one on the nose initially, there is some nice corn and light malts coming through early on though and these are followed but some touches of citrus and a little spice. The beer seemed quite clean and balanced on the nose with a touch of sweetness and some bread notes towards the end; a simple but a well executed nose.
Taste (8/10): Starting with some nice lager malts and a couple of earthy hops, this one is again quite a simple beer that has some nice citrus touches in there along with a bit of sweetness. The bread malts from the nose make an appearance around the middle and there was some grassy flavours starting to dominate after that before some light bitterness and touches of spice seen things out.
Palate (4/5): This one was a very well-balanced and clean beer on the palate with quite a crisp feel to proceedings. The beer came through with a medium body and similar carbonation levels making it a very easy on to drink with some nice touches of bitterness and spice plus a light tang towards the end.

Overall (17/20): Another very nice beer from Weihenstephan, apparently it’s not only wheat beers that they know how to brew well. This one was a very well balance and easy-going beer that’s crowning glory was definitely how simple yet well done it was with everything going together well to make an excellent lager. There was a good balance between the sweet touches, grassy hops and the bitterness that ran through the beer with nothing seeming to dominate and everything going down easily; a classic helles beer and one that I’d definitely go for again.

Brewed In: Freising, Germany
Brewery: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
First Brewed: Brewery since 1040
Also Known As: Weihenstephaner Original Premium
Type: Munich Helles Lager
Abv: 5.1%
Serving: Draught (Pint)
Purchased: Brewdog, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.30

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  1. July 29, 2016 at 08:11

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