Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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very good

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002)
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Reviews by matjack85:
Photo of matjack85
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I got to try this at a friend's house while watching game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. 500ml brown bottle with no freshness date.

The beer poured a nice deep golden color, but I was a little surprised that it was more cloudy than clear. There was only a ½-finger of white head but it hung around for over a minute before fading to a thin rim. Lots of good lacing.

The beer had a grassy hay-like smell to it with some yeast and spices underneath.

Wow! Where did these flavors come from? The beer had some caramel malt sweetness to it, but I was surprised at the orange fruit flavor and funky yeast twang that was in it as well. Just a slight noble hop bitterness gave it a nice balance as did whatever spice they used. The end result was a really tasty brew.

Light to medium body with a crisp carbonation to it.

I really love this beer but can't get over how different the taste is from the smell.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into s 1/2 liter stein a chill hazed lighter golden with a fluffy egg shell colored crown atop that left broken glogs of lace as it settled slowly.Germal malt aromas,iron,a tinge of cripy bread,and honey.Flavors are sweetish upfront with some honey,maybe some light vanilla pod?Drying crisp finish makes it highly drinkable along with the sturdy mouthfeel.This is traditional top of the line malt driven Bavarian helles,very nice.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a nice orangish-yellow with a good head that stayed a bit and left some substantial, foamy lacing.

Smell – The grain is nice at the nose. It is sweet with hints of orange and grapefruit juices and also has a firm bitter balance.

Taste – This big malty lager starts very tight then opens up nicely with some light caramel flavors. The finish starts off bitter but ends with some big, creamy sugars.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied Helles is very smooth and creamy with lots of structure.

Drinkability – This was a great “first Friday” beer. Nothing ends the workweek quite like a good German lager.

Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear, straw yellow body with a small white head that leaves some speckled lacing. Aroma of spicy and grassy hops and toasted caramel. Light body has a zesty and tingly carbonation. Taste is dominated by a spicy hop bitterness. A spearamint tea note emerges midway through. Toasty and malty caramel is up to the task for balance. A solid German lager.

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of Byeast
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden color , just a bit of chill haze , and about a half inch of white foam.

Smell: malty , hint of golden raisin, maybe... tomato or v8 aroma?

Taste: a nice , soft , malty taste to this brew. Starts off with a slightly sweet , almost raisin like taste , then more bicuity malt moves in , some weird vegetable taste- kinda like tomatoes , and just a bit of balancing dry hop.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and very soft.

Drinkability: quite drinkable , would definatly be a good session brew. There is a bit of a wierd vegie flavor in there to me , but it grew on me as i quaffed.

Photo of nicnut45
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- A fine golden color. Noticed some fine floating particles. Very fine beady white head, just covers the top of the beer.

S- I could not smell this beer when I first poured it. So I let it warm up a bit. Still could not smell much. The only thing I could pull from this brew was the smell of river rock and maybe copy paper.

T- A soft alcoholic bite with the first sip. Pleasent soft malts upfront followed by a pronounced bitterness. Bitterness lingers a bit too long for my tastes in a helles. Super clean though. Hops are spicy and remind me of pizza seasoning.

M.F.- Carbonation is just right. Proper fullness for the style. Very nice.

D- Not a bad helles but just not my cup of tea.

Photo of appenzeller
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a frothy two finger snowy head. Fairly low in carbonation for the style.

Scent is subdued, slightly sweet and flowery.

Taste is pleasant, slightly sweet bready flavor, apple like and very feint hoppy overtones. Another reviewer mentioned blueberry, I taste that too.

Mouthfeel is light, very good but slighty watery.

Nice beer. I love this style and so it had a leg up to start, but this is a good (and very fresh!) brew, the only flaw being perhaps that it lacks quite enough bite and bitterness.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weltenburger Kloster Barock Hell
Code: 28581056

Appearance: Poured in stages to create a nice head, it's a clear deep-gold beneath two-fingers of frothy white foam. The head retention is very good, and the walls of lace that form as you tilt the glass break apart with each sip leaving rings behind.

Smell: Floral and just slightly grassy hops over a mildly sweet, grainy maltiness.

Taste: The floral hops suggested by the nose remain, combining well with the light note of sweetness in the grainy malt base. A firm bitterness balances it, and it finishes dry with lingering floral and grassy notes. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body, and smooth with a moderate carbonation that gently caresses the tongue.

Overall: An impressive, polished lager with a great floral hop character. Perhaps that's what the "baroque" label refers to. Very nicely done.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.88/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not quite a thrill a minute, but decent as German pilsnener-type lagers go. Pours a frothy head with big bubbles over a familiar German straw colord body. Low carbonation leaves a pleasing tickle. Somewhat doughy/biscuity malt action nicely counterbalanced by hops, unfortunately, its means neither is very noticeable. Goes down pretty nicely, at least. A touch of hop-bitter aftertaste remains on the tongue.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't review a ton of lagers, but I've been really impressed with the beers I've tried by this brewery recently, so figured I'd sit down with one for a more intimate meeting. Into my Grandpa's old WWII stein...

A - A light golden hue for the body, and a nice two fingers of head, which dissipated quickly.

S - Lots of sweet malt, balanced out with some light fruit (strawberry and melon?), and some sweet grassy hops. Balanced and rather powerful for the style, excellent.

T - Again, this is bigger than most Helles I have drank, but still manages to stay crisp and sessionable. Almost seems ale like with all the fruit I noted in this beer, with maple syrup and biscuit qualities. Hops balance very well, and left me with a very nice grassy, bitter finish. This has really impressed me, for sure one of the first non-Czech style pale lagers I have really enjoyed.

M - Crisp and not watery, what I was looking for.

D - Man, if they sold these in 6 or 4 packs... they would be expensive, but they would move a lot quicker off shelves. Always glad to find lagers that I like though, and will look for in the future.

Photo of shbobdb
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Ahhh, nothing beats a well done Helles. The only problem I have with this beer is that they went a little too artisanal with it. It pours a brilliant gold, and the mouthfeel is very thick and chewy. The nose has a nice blast of earthy hops balanced out with some light DMS and a good clean malt aroma. The taste starts off quite well, a nice mix of earthy noble hops and thick, chewy goodness. As is languishes in your mouth, the hop contribution fades and there is nothing but a nice clear sweetness. Unfortunately, as the beer goes down, this sweetness builds and it ultimately hurts the drinkability of this beer.

It is very good, a "sipper" in helles form. It would be ideal, except that I don't think a good helles ought be a "sipper".

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale brassy-lemon coloring has a brilliant clarity. A bready white head shows a great resistance to fall while the effervesce is medium and evenly spaced with a gentle uprising of micro bead carbonation. The lacing is thick and clumpy, sticking well to the glass walls with a good show of coverage. Overall a nice visual appeal, one you expect from a crisp lager in a pounder or mug with a good visual topping.

S: Think fresh green corn stalks for aroma along with a smidge of light buttered grains. Fresh barley, very clean and on par delivery with a light sense is well within the boundaries of expectations here.

T: Sweet dry barley grains with a balance of soft fresh noble hop cones. Again clean flavor, smooth easy malting with a nice level of hops per style. Sweet bready notes come about with a finish of subtle warming flowers of noble origins.

M: Nice massage from the steady and long lasting tingly carbonation on the tongue. Buttery slippery texture, light bodied affair.

O: Overall nice level of drinkability, not much to hold you back here making for an easy brainless downer. Helles is a style not often given the respect and craftmenship it deserves, and this fairs worthy to good by style. My gold standard for such continues to be Hacker Pschorr’s Munich Gold.

Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BeerSox
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into pilsner glass.

Clear straw hue with a white one finger frothy head that slowly settles to an even thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lace.

Light bready grains with a little bit of creaminess in the aroma. Very mild grassy hop aroma.

Lightly toasty grains with a little bit of a sweet sugary taste, which blends in with a creamy feel. The bitterness is low, with a touch of flavor from the hops. Full bodied with good carbonation; has a very smooth feel to it.

This is a very enjoyable Helles, and quite sessionable if needed. Smooth, creamy, balanced, and refreshing. Recommended.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle similar to the one in the picture into an imperial pint glass. This German lager had a clear light straw color with lots of fine carbonation winding its way up to a substantial bright white head that clung to life for a few minutes before receding down to a thin collar.
The nose sported the sweet aromas of grainy malts, floral hops and some orchard fruits like apples or pears. The dominant aroma came from the malts, though. Light-bodied and refreshing, Barock Hell had a nice clean malty taste, somewhat biscuity in nature, that easily stood up to the moderate amount of hops bitterness and mild level of spiciness in the finish. The fruitiness persisted throughout also, with light notes of apple and citrus making brief forays to the realm of detectability.
Overall, this proved to quite drinkable and enjoyable. One of this style that I'd be willing to come back to.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of smakawhat
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

A deep lemon and golden orange body, slightly hazy with some real microscopic rising carbonation. Head is supper creamy white, with a nice three finger cap and thick soupy like top. Creamed lacing on the glass with a soapy cling as well, bright white and thick. Just impressive.

Wow does this bouquet explode surprisingly. Huge hop herbal notes and sweet malt bready quality, with an incredibly smell of light honey and beeswax. Aromatic, spicy and real impressive. Fascinating bouquet, gives the impression a real big beer is coming.

Palate just coats like a giant paint brush. Huge, and thick and velvety cream notes all through everywhere. Banana slightly with a big note of honey candy and malt bread like action. Faint crisp finish, and even a steely fruit like aftertaste. Good malted bakery sense with a huge ester of banana to match.

This is unlike any helles I have ever had, and probably goes somewhere else for 5.6 abv. The result though is really memorable, absolutely love it.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle picked up today from Tres Bonne Cuisine for $4.. poured into my smaller weizen glass.

2 Finger meringue like head.. sticks around for a while and produces very respectable lace...

aroma is pretty much clean pale malts.. nothing else to mention here.

Pale malts from front to back with subtle sweetness in the middle... grainy with just a little bit of floral hoppiness.

Body is lite side of medium with smooth carbonation... very very sessionable... I wish I cold brew a helles this well.

Another very good beer from Tres Bonne Cuisine... I am impressed.. these brews are tasting very fresh.

4/4/4/4/4.5

Photo of largadeer
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt, half liter served in a Weltenburger stein. Clear golden body with an inch of froth, solid helles appearance. Clean and crackery pale malt and lager yeast aroma, not much to it but quite good for the style. Palate is great, lightly sweet up front with pils malt and crusty bread, honey-like in the mid palate with a bitter and dry finish. No frills, exceptionally clean and drinkable, this is great stuff.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Erdinger weizen glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy Golden colour with afrothy one fingered head that reduces quickly.

S - Sweet malts and yeast, a little green fruit also.

T - MAlt up front with some yeast notes a little grain follows witha floral hop bitter finish.

M - Light body and medium to full carbonation

O - A Decent session beer

Photo of mullenite
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light yellow/orange color with a soapy three finger white head. Decent head retention as it fades in to a solid cap on the top of the beer and then several minutes later a thick ring.

The scent is a bit on the weak side but primarily consists of sweet, floral fruits like pineapple, light citrus and apple while also having a spicy clove characteristic in the background.

The beer tastes very sweet from start to finish with a strong biscuit flavor paired with pears, apples and something that only brings blueberry to mind.

Mouthfeel is thin and light with fairly light carbonation. Despite its sweetness and lowish carbonation the beer does not leave a sticky feeling in the mouth.

Very easy to drink on this hot, humid night in Florida.

Photo of Chris84
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour an ultra clear yellow brew.

Smell is toasted musty grain and a mild hop perfume spicing.

Taste is sweet malt and a fairly strong dosing of hops. More bitter than your average lager almost plain bitter.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice lager with an assertive Bite to it.

Photo of Critters
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
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