Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
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3.53/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
03-05-2007 14:34:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
03-31-2011 07:12:41 | More by womencantsail
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
06-09-2010 21:15:30 | More by oberon
3.79/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
05-04-2013 21:07:38 | More by TMoney2591
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
07-24-2012 02:36:24 | More by zeff80
4.43/5 rDev +13%
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.
10-13-2010 00:49:53 | More by largadeer
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
Weltenburger Kloster Barock Hell
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.
06-07-2011 15:36:29 | More by NeroFiddled
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
02-01-2009 03:11:21 | More by Halcyondays
4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
10-10-2007 11:55:23 | More by Gavage
3.53/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
04-23-2011 06:27:31 | More by corby112
United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-13-2008 18:22:50 | More by wl0307
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
05-29-2004 02:50:11 | More by Zorro
3.55/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
05-04-2008 01:24:13 | More by DoubleJ
3.7/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
07-17-2009 05:56:18 | More by Mebuzzard
3.53/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
06-09-2011 22:45:25 | More by beerthulhu
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
09-06-2008 09:05:57 | More by JohnGalt1
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
05-29-2010 20:45:23 | More by beertunes
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
03-05-2008 03:17:53 | More by scruffwhor
4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
10-25-2008 02:33:01 | More by ccrida
3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
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!
09-11-2010 04:36:08 | More by flagmantho
Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
88 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.