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Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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BA SCORE
87
very good

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002)
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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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 falloutsnow
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two-plus centimeter head of white, dense, creamy-looking foam, which quickly collapses to a thin film atop the beer and leaves a fair amount of lacing along the sides of the glass. Carbonation is visible amidst the pale golden hay color, though the body is cloudy, indicating that it was unfiltered.

Aroma consists of floral hops and light malt, rather weak and unassuming. Tasting yields bright malt flavors and grassy hops, but again nothing very distinct. Aftertaste of grassy hops, little malt.

The beer comes across as medium-bodied with relatively weak carbonation levels that leaves the beer drifting around aimlessly on the palette. Finish is dry.

A rather placid German lager, though nothing offends any of the senses, there's little to recommend as well.

Photo of kanno
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of pinnser
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale yellow with a thick and frothy head, lots of lacing left along the way. Nose is quite light, a bit grassy, a bit weak on that end. Taste is very light, yet smooth and a bit creamy. A light hop presence followed by a yeasty character.

Overall fairly pleasent and satisfying, refreshing though not overly interesting. A very good session beer, easily thrown back in multiples if so inclined. Not my particular cup o' tea, or pint of beer as it were.

Slàinte!

Photo of dankster
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz brown bottle

A- cloudy golden with just a little head

S- very fruity almost belgium like. clean with a slight note of alcohol.

T- a little bitter imo for the style but over all not bad. really bubbley on the tongue and dry on the finish.

M- good carbanation but lacking a little on substance. watery and a bit thin

O- An ok beer. i got this as a gift so i cant complain to much but not something i would spend money on.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass pale golden with a white head which rose well, but fell rapidly as it laced at the glass.

The aroma was lightly malty with a caramel aspect and a light fruitiness and little in the way of character.

The flavor was lightly malty with a more substantial bittering component that was more English is nature than German in flavor.

The finish was even with only a light hop flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation rather low. A pretty boring beer, nothing bad, but nothing to seek out.

16.9 ounce bottle. Code date 20.01.02 H.

Photo of sholland119
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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 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 corby112
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting cap. Sporadic rings and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, grassy aroma with hints of light fruit, pilsner malt and soily, floral hops. Faint alcohol sweetness with subtle bread/yeast, biscuit, apple and pear.

Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a nice balance of bready yeast, crisp light fruit, biscuit/pale malt, earthy hops, grass and straw. There is a nice crisp, floral hop bite up front that lingers throughout over the sweeter malt, apple and pear notes into a dry finish.

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

Pale lemon with superfine bubbles that take their time joining a wonderful looking bright white crown. The foam has quite a bit of character and is a pretty good lace maker as well. This is a good looking helles that is as clean and as bright as any I've seen.

The nose, while decent, is less impressive. Its best feature is its balance, if one cares about such things. Slightly sweet pale malt is countered by mildly musky hops, with the total being no greater than the sum of the parts. I wish I could figure out the dating code because I'd love to know how fresh my bottle is.

Barock-Hell is a fraction more hoppy on the palate. Otherwise, the same elements described for the nose are still present and accounted for. Unfortunately, all of the hop bitterness made the trek across the Atlantic, but some of the hop flavor didn't (which is another reason I'd love to know when the beer was bottled).

Thankfully, the metallic nature of the first few ounces is no longer present. What's left isn't overly special and is closer in personality to a hoppier than usual Euro pale lager than it is a Munich helles lager. Having said that, those two styles overlap to some extent; at least by my palate. I am enjoying the grassy spiciness more and more as I get deeper into the bottle.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and is surprisingly well-carbonated. The flavor profile may not be overly 'helles' (bright), but all those bubbles ensure that the mouthfeel is. I'm still not inclined to reward it with a high score.

With the exception of their doppelbock (Kloster Asam-Bock), I haven't been bowled over by Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg beer. Barock-Hell is yet another better than average offering that does nothing to excite my taste buds or make me want to give it another go round.

Photo of Suds
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a big white head that settles into dense tufts of foam. The aroma is extremely malty and sweet (it almost smells like a sweet fruit juice). The taste is light and sweet. Not a great finish...slightly sticky and unsatisfying. Very easy beer to drink, though...and I could see myself enjoying a good number of these.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

Poured into a stange, this beer is hazy blonde-straw with a big puffy white head that holds well. The smell is mostly comprised of lemon notes and grass, while the flavor brings out more of the same. Maybe a little too much puckering lemon actually. Subtle hop bitterness is towards the back, and the beer has a light body with a kiss of carbonation. Solid in every other aspect, but the sweetness makes this borderline sessionable.

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L bottle from Vidalia before it closed, poured into a dimple mug after it was allowed to warm from fridge temperature.

Look is golden straw with a nice pillowy white head thate slowly recedes to a half-finger of bubbles that sticks around and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell is pretty subdued. Grainy, floral, it has that trademark munich helles something or other that i can't really nail down but not as strong as some others I have had (Ayinger, Victory).

Taste is pretty much as expected, fairly clean, light. There is the same graininess but there is almost too little going on here. This would be a really good beer to drink by the pitcher at a german bar but as far as an imported bottle enjoyed at home goes, I am usually looking for a bit more.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, light, moderately carbonated. Nothing distracting going on. Good.

Drinkability is high if you like german lagers, a good beer to be sure but not something to seek out unless German beer is really your thing.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint .9 ounce brown bottle- 14.02.09J marked on rear label.

I want to start by saying that I am questioning the conditions in which this bottle was stored before I got it.

Poured a dark caramel color with suspended particles of sediment (yeast?). Dare I say it appears to be unfiltered? The head was a thin white foam that disappeared quickly. Lace was nonexistent.

Smell was sweet roasted caramel malts, sticky caramel, buttery diacetyls and a hint of alcohol.

Taste was very similar to the smell.

Medium-light mouthfeel.

Overall I enjoyed this one. The appearance of this one really threw me off. I am a fan of cloudy and murky beers, so I got past it.

I would like to find another of these and try it and maybe review this one over.

Photo of musicman575
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City, California. I enjoyed a large 1-liter serving from a glass stein.

Filled to the 1l mark with the rest of the mug filled with a bubbly foam that stuck to my nose on the first gulp.

Not a very grainy beer. It smelled lightly of a spicy hop and tasted just so. With its strong carbonation and its light body, it was very crisp and refreshing going down, all the way to the bottom of the liter.

I may just be a weakling, but does anybody else think they oughtta make large drinking vessels with two handles instead of one?

Photo of roadhouse
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a semi-hazy gold color with lively carbonation. A one inch white head forms on top and settles to a nice cap that retains well. Upon closer inspection I can see lots of suspended tiny particles. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass. I'd rank it slightly higher if it weren't for the particles.

Aroma is grainy and bready with a touch of sweetness to it. A mild hop presence that is vaguely spicy and herbal.

Taste is sweet up front with more breadiness. Hops are evident, but certainly not bitter. They contribute more of a crispness to the beer and a mild herbal character. There is also a honeycomb like sweet undertone which is almost buttery that lasts from the middle into the finish before it is taken over by the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light. A nice crisp carbonation that is good for the style.

While it's not my favorite example of this style, this one was quite good. However, if it's on the shelf next to Weihenstephaner Original, I'm grabbing that.

Photo of jgurley
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a luminous gold with two fingers of white fluffy head. Laces well on my oversized pilsner glass. Smell of yeasty malt and lemongrass. Not a lot on the nose. Smooth malty flavor with a bit of lemony citrus sweetness. Nice vague hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Bubbly and light mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Extremely refreshing. Great pizza or pretzel beer. This would be a good stepping off point to get your BMC friends to try something new.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle, poured into an Imperial pint,

A: Pours yellow, real light head, white bubbles. Average head retention, no lacing.

S: Smell of baked country white bread, off-sweet, earthy hay-like hop notes.

T: A little sweeter than I expect for this style, still a good tasting brew. Malt definitely has a sucrose note, hints of berry when it warms up. Not terribly balanced the sweetness stands out.

M: Light bodied, smooth, mild carbonation. Refreshing.

D: A nice beer, a little more hop character would make a great brew. Nonetheless, a step up from the Urtyp Hell I had last week.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had trouble finding this beer on the database, but I think I found the right one. My bottle reads: Marke Weltenburger Barock Hell.

Whatever it is, it's a good Helles. It is very close to a Czech Pilsener, but does have less hops spice/aroma and more malt to it. it's cleaner and crispier than a German lager typical. Bright pour, huge head that settled nicely. Faint hops aroma overshadowed by the malt. A bit grainy...like corn. Very easy drinking. Served at about 50 degrees F, should have chilled it a bit more.

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Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
87 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.