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Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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BA SCORE
87
very good

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002)
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Photo of steveh
4.83/5  rDev +23.5%

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.

steveh, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

Mebuzzard, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of mullenite
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

mullenite, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

rtepiak, May 07, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

roadhouse, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

Halcyondays, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Procrastinator
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

Procrastinator, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

Offa, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

OWSLEY069, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of ccrida
4.38/5  rDev +12%

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.

ccrida, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

4/4/4/4/4.5

JohnGalt1, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev -2%

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.

merlin48, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

BeerSox, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of wheelinshirt
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

.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.

wheelinshirt, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of wl0307
3.95/5  rDev +1%

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.

wl0307, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

DoubleJ, May 04, 2008
Photo of seanyfo
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

seanyfo, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

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!

pokesbeerdude, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

scruffwhor, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of shbobdb
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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".

shbobdb, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.3/5  rDev +10%

Don't review a ton of lagers, but I've been really impressed with the beers I've tried by this brewery recently, so figured I'd sit down with one for a more intimate meeting. Into my Grandpa's old WWII stein...

A - A light golden hue for the body, and a nice two fingers of head, which dissipated quickly.

S - Lots of sweet malt, balanced out with some light fruit (strawberry and melon?), and some sweet grassy hops. Balanced and rather powerful for the style, excellent.

T - Again, this is bigger than most Helles I have drank, but still manages to stay crisp and sessionable. Almost seems ale like with all the fruit I noted in this beer, with maple syrup and biscuit qualities. Hops balance very well, and left me with a very nice grassy, bitter finish. This has really impressed me, for sure one of the first non-Czech style pale lagers I have really enjoyed.

M - Crisp and not watery, what I was looking for.

D - Man, if they sold these in 6 or 4 packs... they would be expensive, but they would move a lot quicker off shelves. Always glad to find lagers that I like though, and will look for in the future.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of MarkSCCOT
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

MarkSCCOT, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

Gavage, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of templar316
4.85/5  rDev +24%

Pours a beutiful golden yellow color, with a fluffy white head that blossoms above the top of my brewery stein. Nice retention and lacing as well. The aroma opens bready, and finishes with a flowery hop character. The flavor explodes on the tounge a perfectly subtle balance of hops and malt, with an incredible stoney finsh. This is exactly what beer this color should taste like. Perfect after a long hot day and exactly what beer this color should taste like. With a nice creamy finish and delicous aftertaste I could drink this all night.

templar316, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of cypressbob
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

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

cypressbob, Aug 29, 2007
Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
87 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.