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Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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BA SCORE
87
very good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 5
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 mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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...

mdagnew, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of WMBierguy
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

WMBierguy, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of Byeast
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden color , just a bit of chill haze , and about a half inch of white foam.

Smell: malty , hint of golden raisin, maybe... tomato or v8 aroma?

Taste: a nice , soft , malty taste to this brew. Starts off with a slightly sweet , almost raisin like taste , then more bicuity malt moves in , some weird vegetable taste- kinda like tomatoes , and just a bit of balancing dry hop.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and very soft.

Drinkability: quite drinkable , would definatly be a good session brew. There is a bit of a wierd vegie flavor in there to me , but it grew on me as i quaffed.

Byeast, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

DogFood11, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of falloutsnow
3/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

falloutsnow, May 18, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

GCBrewingCo, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint .9 ounce brown bottle- 14.02.09J marked on rear label.

I want to start by saying that I am questioning the conditions in which this bottle was stored before I got it.

Poured a dark caramel color with suspended particles of sediment (yeast?). Dare I say it appears to be unfiltered? The head was a thin white foam that disappeared quickly. Lace was nonexistent.

Smell was sweet roasted caramel malts, sticky caramel, buttery diacetyls and a hint of alcohol.

Taste was very similar to the smell.

Medium-light mouthfeel.

Overall I enjoyed this one. The appearance of this one really threw me off. I am a fan of cloudy and murky beers, so I got past it.

I would like to find another of these and try it and maybe review this one over.

EvilKeith, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of Gaisgeil
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale yellow with a thick and frothy head, lots of lacing left along the way. Nose is quite light, a bit grassy, a bit weak on that end. Taste is very light, yet smooth and a bit creamy. A light hop presence followed by a yeasty character.

Overall fairly pleasent and satisfying, refreshing though not overly interesting. A very good session beer, easily thrown back in multiples if so inclined. Not my particular cup o' tea, or pint of beer as it were.

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.88/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

RoyalT, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Boilermaker88, Jul 08, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Zorro, May 29, 2004
Photo of beerguy101
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

beerguy101, Oct 03, 2003
Photo of Suds
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Suds, Apr 18, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The head forms immediately and is huge and fluffy. It then dissappears quickly. The beer is pale straw in color with good clarity.
The aroma is pretty much mellow sweet malts, and maybe a touch grainy too.
Nothing exciting in the flavor department, just some sweet malts and a little bit of hops in the finish. It's pleasant to drink though and definitely would be a great session beer. The hops in the finish is what hit me as making it highly drinkable. It keeps just interesting enough to be happy.

AudioGilz, Apr 09, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 15, 2002
Photo of Scoats
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan and John of the Dan and John Beer Page for giving me a 16.9 bottle of this wonderful beer

Reminscent of Paulaner Munich Lager; it is a very light lager with mellow but assertive hops. Subtly smooth with no harshness.

A triumph of the gentle touch.

Scoats, Nov 07, 2002
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Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
87 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.