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Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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71 Reviews
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Reviews: 71
Hads: 118
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
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: 118
Photo of WMBierguy
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy gold. Has the typical head that one would expect from a Helles, and it left tracing down the glass. The beer had a midly malty flavor, though not overpowering and not cloying. There was a hint of hops, but not much more. Overall, a fine example of a Munich helles. Try one and enjoy.

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Photo of nicnut45
3.81/5  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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A 1 Pint 9 fl.oz bottle with a very colourful, Germanic looking label depicting a picture of old buildings set in a green valley. Advertised as "From the oldest Monastery Brewery in the world (Since 1050)".
Wow, this beer pours a very, very light pale straw color, almost looks like it has a "watered-down" characteristic. The head is huge but soon settles to a ¼” thin but perfectly white collar. Nose is of malt, sweet malt and not much else. Introduction is of a crisp sweet maltiness, low mouthfeel with some feint bitterness in the finish. There is not much else to say about this beer really, sort of non-descript, vaguely memorable, a very restrained beer, subtle, but somehow - this a really great drinking beer.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : malty and grassy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : hoppy flavours, with nice fruity finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Munich Helles Lager.

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Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0.5l bottle into a Weizen glass.

A. Pours a hazy yellow straw color with a healthy head and wispy lacing.

S. Strong malt backbone with some flowery hops.

T. Great example of the German use of bittering hops. Immediate malty yeasty biscuity taste with a flowery hop finish.

M. Moderate carbonation with a clean hop finish.

D. Pretty drinkable. Moderate abv and clean finish.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly, long-lasting foam. It left sudsy rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled somewhat spicy with some floral notes. There was a slight caramel nose, too.

T - Tasted of sweet breads and caramel. There is a slight spicy bitterness. Great balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager with a dry, clean finish.

O - I really enjoyed this brew. I've had quite a few Munich Helles Lagers lately and this was the most enjoyable.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, served chilled in an Antoon Konninck mug

Pours with a rich yellowy body, completely clear. Thick dense and pretty creamy egg white head, great retention also. Lots of mounds of lacing up and down the glass

Smell, whiff of alcohol, fresh grist, lots of biscuity malt aroma coming off. Some freshly ground black pepper, slightly perfumey, a few sugary tainted esters floating around in there too. Some almost belgian yeast character also, fresh melon and a touch of citrus

Taste, crisp and crunchy malt. Spicy and alcohol tinged bittering hops, some grassiness also. Some sweetness from the malt but its backed up by a solid hoppy bitter dryness on the finish. Peppery sharpness from the hops followed by some quinine like aftertaste, little bit of mild fresh fruit like cantelope.

A refreshing and very flavourful lager, really hit the spot

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Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with three fingers of creamy white foam and tons of apparent effervescence. Rather nice, if a bit light.

Smell: lightly malty and lightly grainy; not too sweet and not sour at all. The aroma strikes rather a good balance.

Taste: rich in flavor yet surprisingly dry. Again, malty and grainy flavors are in good balance and there's no unpleasant sour taste. Noble hops round out the flavor with a balanced bitterness. I guess I'm saying that "balance" should be the motto of this beer. As light-colored lagers go, this is damn good.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with an OK level of carbonation. Though it's got pretty good body for the style, this beer doesn't have a lot of creaminess; still, it is crisp and gets the job done.

Drinkability: very quaffable. I bet on a warm day it's even better, but I'm still enjoying this one here quite a lot indeed. These kinds of beers are made for drinkin', brother!

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another single from Las Vegas.

A: Golden straw, dense white head about a half inch thick, great retention, crystal clear very bubbly.

S: Sweet sugary smell, faint hops, malt sweetness

T: Tastes grainy, nice hop bitterness at the end, sweetness, very well balanced though, pretty dang tasty beer

M: Thin and crisp, a very refreshing beer, very carbonated

D: I could drink this stuff all night, a very drinkable and delicious beer!

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Photo of wl0307
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 06/12/08, served chilled in a pint size pilsner glass.

A: pours a pale straw hue, coming with a pillowy white foamy head and rather moderate and steady flows of carbonation; uneven sheets of lace are left behind.
S: pretty light in malt intensity but still full of graininess with a touch of corn-starch and melted crystal sugar; a swirl gives rise to a pleasant floral-honeyish aroma and a mildly hayish note almost as from English or Czech hops, plus a faint sourness of a true lager, but overall the aroma is understated.
T: a lovely swallow of lightly honeyish malts leads towards a light touch of sugary citrusness on top of a very focused grainy taste of malts (slightly like a lighter version of pale bock), while the hop aroma and a faint spicy+grassy bitterness provide a very soothing aftertaste before reaching a clean finish.
M&D: while it's clean and crisp on the mouthfeel, the carbonation also remains pretty restrained and not too lively; the superior texture plus little sign of alc. makes this stronger version of Helles a pleasant beer to quaff. I can't think of anything bad about this lager. But, if anything, it's the slight lack of character. Considering the nice balance and superbly clean flavour profile, however, really this is a very well-executed product.

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Photo of jonb5
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden colour, clear, medium fading head, good lacing. Aroma was initially reminiscent of a Premium Lager but this gave way to malt and vanilla and later yeast and berries. Tasted toasted honey, orange, malt, hints of grain and wheat. Finish was sharp, wheaty and slightly bitter. Texture slightly thick, heavy carbonation resulted in a coarse edge. Overall this was more of an Export than a Helles as it had that slightly in your face character. Was impressed by the depth which was better than normal.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle at Brass Rail, enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a willybecker.

The color is spot on with nice malt aroma and yeast esters are fruity with good flavor and mouthfeel. I would recommend this to fans of the German lager style. -very reasonable for the price.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a small dryness and a fruity, white grape-ish smell. In the taste, just like the aroma, dry fruitiness, with white grape being the the biggest flavor. A smooth and medium to small bodied mouthfeel and a dry lager like aftertaste. Nice fruitiness and quite smooth, nice lager.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear, bright yellow with a tall, fluffy, white head that had great retention and lacing.

The aroma was nicely grainy, with a gentle spicing of hops across the tongue. The flavors also fit the description above, and had a nice crisp, clean finish.

The body was nicely clean and round. Drinkability was terrific. I could easily spend a nice long day with this brew. Overall, a wonderful example of the style. A must try when you see it.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of seanyfo
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl bottle served into 50cl seidel.

A: Golden straw blonde body, with thick 3 finger head after aggressive pout. Lacing is good with lively beading.

S: Sweet grainy malts and grassy notes.

T: Crisp munich malts in the beginning which balances out with a grassy hop bite in the finish. Malts linger on.

M: Crisp, fresh and moderately carbonated.

D: Very tasty helles lager, crisp, refreshing and a nice malt sweetness/hop bite balance with the malt taking precedence as typical of the style.

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Photo of Das_Reh
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good German lager, tastes of husky grains and leafy hops. Hay, some citrus, and a little bit of white bread. Clean, tasty and thirst quenching. 4/5

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Photo of T100Mark
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 500 ml Euro Bomber poured into a Weltenburger dimpled glass mug (How cool is that?!).

Appearance - A bright (helles) yellow color. Slightly hazy. Almost the look and color of unfiltered apple juice. A big head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Fresh cut pineapple. Sweet. A whiff of sour.

Taste - Initial sweet fruit flavor. Mildly sour. The subtle hop flavors add a bit of citrus flavor to the mix. Delicious!

Mouth - Buttery. Fine carbonation.

Overall - I found another Weltenburger outlet in Southern California! Mattern Sausage, in Orange, carries the stuff. This is good news as Weltenburger is not available at BevMo, Total Wine, of High Times. This is a very nice lager. The flavor is subdued yet complex. Absolutely chugable. My only issue with this beer is that I wish it were a bit more aggressive.

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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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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 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 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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Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.