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Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 115
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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: 71 | Hads: 115
Photo of templar316
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beutiful golden yellow color, with a fluffy white head that blossoms above the top of my brewery stein. Nice retention and lacing as well. The aroma opens bready, and finishes with a flowery hop character. The flavor explodes on the tounge a perfectly subtle balance of hops and malt, with an incredible stoney finsh. This is exactly what beer this color should taste like. Perfect after a long hot day and exactly what beer this color should taste like. With a nice creamy finish and delicous aftertaste I could drink this all night.

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Photo of steveh
4.79/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had some earlier good luck with a few beers from this brewery, thought I'd see if I can keep the streak going.

A -- Slightly hazy straw to light gold color with a thick, firm, white head that lasts good and long.

S -- Big sweet, bready malt nose. That German malt character I always look for.

T -- Big malts again in the flavor -- breadiness that starts sweet and finishes dry with just the faintest balance of spicy hops throughout and some mild toasty bread character in the finish. This is what a good Helles is all about.

M -- Light to medium light body with a soft, leaning ever so vaguely to spritzy, but not with any carb bite.

D -- Outstanding. I'm gonna remember this one every time I get a craving for a good Bavarian Helles.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of Offa
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a solid, very tasty helles.

Golden, it has a huge, off-white head that shrinks slowly to a foamy ring and leaves a tiny bit of lace.

The aroma has a lot of bread, hay, juniper, herbs, and honey. It's wonderful, full-bodied and complex.

The taste is also very nice, a solid, lively helles character with plenty of bread, honey, herbs, and lemon. It's lively and crisp. However, the feel is a little on the thin side, slightly watery.

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Photo of Procrastinator
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1-pint 0.9 fl. oz. brown bottle purchased for $2.99 out of intrigue. Poured into Nonic pint glass. No freshness dating can be found.

Appearance: bright golden body with towering, dense, sticky, white head that slowly breaks down, but never completely goes away. Lacing continues throughout the beer. Carbonation remains at all times directly below the head.

Smell: scents are simple and clean with peppery hops and lightly toasted bread crusts. I would love to try this fresh at the source.

Taste: flavors match scent profile with lightly toasted grains, breadiness and peppery, spicy hops. The sweetness is mild resembling honey.

Mouthfeel: enjoyable carbonation on the lighter side of medium body. Well balanced.

Drinkability: very enjoyable all around beer. Nice flavors, scents and easily drinkable. This would be a great transition beer for BMC drinkers.

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Photo of matjack85
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a bottle of this at State Line about a week back.

Light orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is what I'd expect from a good helles. Maybe just a touch of haze? The nose is decent. Surprisingly, there's a little sulfur up front, and the malt character is very rustic, with a raw, grainy bouquet. There's also a delicate hop character, light and with earthy aroma. Not the cleanest of lagers, there's a touch of yeast here, reminding me of a kellerbier. I'm initially disappointed, but this is really growing on me. And part of the reason for this the reason it tastes. Delicate and complex, this is a joy to drink. Light, earthy hop flavor with a little lemon as well, there's a firm bitterness that balances the malt flavors here. Rustic, a little bready and with a touch of cotton candy, this is top notch. Drying on the finish with a firm bitterness, a little earth and some bread. Excellent stuff, this.

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Photo of ccrida
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Barock-Hell is chill hazed dark gold with larger white head, large bubbled with decent last and pretty heavy lace.

Smell is sweet cereal grains, with some honey and flowers.

Taste is damn good, crisp, fresh grains, pleasantly but not overly sweet. Kind of simple, but wow is this tasty and well made.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, light bodied.

Drinkability is high, this is an awesome lager. Wow, I don't drink many lagers, but in the last few days I've had some of the best I've ever had...one local, and this one from Bavaria, pretty much the opposite side of the world. The only ding on drinkability is this isn't the cheapest, by the bottle, although it was honestly pretty much the same price as the draft keller bier I was referring to from Deschutes.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Weltenburger Kloster Barock Hell has a very thick, frothy, off-white head, a hazy, bubbly, yellow-gold appearance, and lots of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of rich, pungent barley malt, sourdough bread, yeast, and a slight cream cheese cake icing note, that one will get with Genesee Cream Ale. Taste is of sweet, bold, barley malt, a slight hop balancing bitterness, and lager yeast. Mouthfeel is medium, and Weltenburger Kloster Barock Hell finishes on the dry side, a little dirty, and highly drinkable.


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Photo of Scoats
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan and John of the Dan and John Beer Page for giving me a 16.9 bottle of this wonderful beer

Reminscent of Paulaner Munich Lager; it is a very light lager with mellow but assertive hops. Subtly smooth with no harshness.

A triumph of the gentle touch.

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Photo of mullenite
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is beautiful. thick cream white head about three fingers tall. tight white bubble with nice lace. yellow golden color with small particles throughout. the head smells of a bright honey and caramel. a bread with hints of apple and vanilla. extremely light. extremely delicious in the first minute it hits the air. the beer is straight malt style with a neutral bitterness. yet it still manages to have a very mild straw finish. a crisp mouth feel with apple fruit, very subtle sweet citrus, caramel, honey, and a mild earthy dry finish. i think i found my summer beer.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£2.29):
This one was another really good beer from Weltenburg, definitely a brewery that seems to constantly deliver for me and this one was no exception. The beer was very smooth and really easy to drink, the palate being a particular highlight but the taste and smell were not back either. Very refreshing and with some good fruits and citrus coming through as well, this one was a great beer and one well worth picking up.

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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear pale yellow color. Huge 3"+ fluffy head lasts a log time.

Smell: some grass and saaz hop bitterness is detectable and pleasant.

Taste: bready malt is well balanced with some lemon zest, honey, grass, and noticeable spicy saaz hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Brief aftertaste as the bread, grass, and spicy hops linger briefly on the tongue. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: superb session lager. Easy to quaff and somewhat refreshing. Find some of this and enjoy it.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.


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Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a crystal clear light golden straw yellow colour... white head poured big, thick and billowy then faded quite slowly to nice thickish layer... quite a lot of carbonation races to the surface... some wispy sticky lacing..

Aroma - Nice strong peppery and grassy hops, nice light biscuity maltiness, light honey sweetness, some light sweet graininess, light sea salt notes, freshly cut grass, good juicy spicy fruits (limes, apricots, apples), pear drops, some basil herbiness...

Taste - Nice strong biscuity malts, juicy fruits (lemons, apples, pears), light sugary sweetness, doughy traces, some saltiness, good peppery / spicy hop bitterness, grassy..

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry but becomes smoother the more you drink... light bodied... extremely quaffable - i could easily see myself drinking this all night...

Overall - An excellent example of a Munich Helles... well worth a try...

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stuffed Sandwich

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Fairly sweet on the nose. Slightly bready on the nose with some sweet sugar notes and a touch of corn. Light fruit notes of apple and a light floral hoppiness to the beer as well.

T: Pale malts with a touch of a cracker character and some bread. Sweet light fruitiness of apples and a touch of sugar. Definitely some grainy and a little bit of corn. Light floral hop qualities.

M: Light in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Really easy to drink and really clean and pleasant.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a good of shade, slightly dull yellow. Hardly any bubbles , and very little to no head. Just a small ringof foam that holds on till about three-quarters through the half liter of beer. Very light grassy, pilsnery, crystal, malty goodness hits you with the first sip. Te finish s a tangy light hop finish. The palate is a little dry, tangy, but very refreshing. Great beer to be served in big mugs.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer to look at. Healthy, Ivory white loose head has alot of staying power and leaves behind DNA with every pull. Bright golden/yellow body with swirling angry carbonation.

Smell is of sweet grain and saaz like hoppy backer.

This is a balanced brew all the way around. Soft, light, sweet malts are easily balanced out by a slightly spiced drying hop backer. Mouthfeel is smooth up front and sharpens up towards the end. Carbonation snaps in to finish this off, although a peppery hop backer gets stuck for a few seconds.

Very subdued and mellow in all areas. Really a treat and well put together. Easily a sessionable product, it held my interest till the end and I was dissapointed to have to move on to something else.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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".

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Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
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