Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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very good

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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 shbobdb
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

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".

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MarkSCCOT
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of templar316
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of cypressbob
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
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