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Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 115
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg visit their website
Germany

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 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. (723 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear, straw yellow body with a small white head that leaves some speckled lacing. Aroma of spicy and grassy hops and toasted caramel. Light body has a zesty and tingly carbonation. Taste is dominated by a spicy hop bitterness. A spearamint tea note emerges midway through. Toasty and malty caramel is up to the task for balance. A solid German lager. (366 characters)

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.

RJT (522 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.41/5  rDev -13%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color. Small head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied helles. Malts are light and biscuty. Hops are floral and crisp. Overall it is kind of fruity, orange, lemon and apricots. Touches of ginger and raisins. Well balanced. Light and refreshing. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. (369 characters)

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. (909 characters)

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... (954 characters)

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. (279 characters)

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. (445 characters)

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. (745 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (724 characters)

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. (609 characters)

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. (461 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (775 characters)

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. (572 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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 (354 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
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. (1,037 characters)

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! (435 characters)

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. (902 characters)

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 (857 characters)

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. (496 characters)

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. (503 characters)

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. (740 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
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. (409 characters)

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