Blind tasting review
Löwenbräu Original
Löwenbräu Original

Family Pale Lager Style Continental Lager
Country Germany ABV 5.2%
Producer Spaten-Löwenbräu-Gruppe (InBev)
Price $$ Packaging 12oz/355ml, 16.9oz/500ml bottle; 12oz/355ml can
Characteristics Bitter, malty, refreshing

Overview Löwenbräu, or “Lion’s Brew,” is the most widely avilable Bavarian beer in America, but it’s the least respected of the six major Munich breweries amongst Bavarians. It was ubiquitous in the United States during the 1980s, but that was under the regional production of Miller. In recent years, the Löwenbräu in North America has been exported from Munich.

Flavors and aromas This beer shows some sweet-smelling pilsner malt in the nose, along with a bit of skunkiness and very mild noble hops. The palate finds a reasonable balance of mild grainy malt and slightly spicy hops, with a bitterness that softly lingers into the finish. As this warms in the glass, the graininess of the malt and the bitterness of the hops become more pronounced.
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