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Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

Weltenburger Kloster Barock-HellWeltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell

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BA SCORE
88
very good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 90
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%


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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matjack85

Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 09:52:38 | More by matjack85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I so wanna make some sort of Obama joke, but, alas, the spellings just don't mesh... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear lemon-straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises barley, mild flowers, and a strong twinge of lemon rind that shocks from the start through to the middle, not unlike a bolt of pain from the sciatic nerve when that uppity ganglion group gets grumpy. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger sense of lemon, but one that is simultaneously milder, softer, less rind-y. A vein of lightly-buttered biscuit pervades in a constant undertow, providing a nice semi-counterpunch to the lightly-fruity aspects. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly creamy feel. Overall, an enjoyable helles, something I could see drinking regularly with ease.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 21:07:38 | More by TMoney2591
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 14:21:51 | More by jonb5
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thierrynantes

France

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 17:47:52 | More by thierrynantes
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zeff80

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 02:36:24 | More by zeff80
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dankster

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 19:48:36 | More by dankster
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jgurley

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 19:38:55 | More by jgurley
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 22:45:25 | More by beerthulhu
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 15:36:29 | More by NeroFiddled
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 16:15:36 | More by eric5bellies
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 06:27:31 | More by corby112
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nicnut45

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 20:28:53 | More by nicnut45
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 03:23:36 | More by DefenCorps
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flagmantho

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 04:36:08 | More by flagmantho
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 21:15:30 | More by oberon
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appenzeller

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 07:57:00 | More by appenzeller
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beertunes

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 20:45:23 | More by beertunes
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crossovert

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle " From the oldest Monastery-Brewery in the world. Since 1050". Says is is malt liquor and contains hop extract on the bottle.

Pours a nice gold, darker for a Hell. A verrry nice fluffy white head that nearly brims over and lots of fizzy bubbles racing towards the foam.

Not much of a smell here, possibly because of the hop extract, you only get a pinch of malt.

This is a nice lager that tastes a lot like a robust pilsener. Roasty, bready malt, leading into a nice hop bite, there is both hop and hop extract in here. Has a dry finish.

The mouthfeel is average, it has a dry watery quality and at the same time biting carbonation.

Overall a decent lager but nothing ultra special here besides the taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 23:54:21 | More by crossovert
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steveh

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 20:24:18 | More by steveh
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 05:56:18 | More by Mebuzzard
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mullenite

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 09:27:03 | More by mullenite
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rtepiak

Poland

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 05:02:07 | More by rtepiak
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roadhouse

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 04:43:19 | More by roadhouse
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Halcyondays

California

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 03:11:21 | More by Halcyondays
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Procrastinator

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 19:02:37 | More by Procrastinator
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Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
88 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.