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Weltenburger Kloster Urtyp Hell - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 17.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Murph on 10-22-2002

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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: clear, very light straw-hued body with three fingers of foamy white head. Definitely helles, but the head seems to retain well and leaves a nice lace, so I'll call it good.

Smell: a hint of sweet malt, which I like, but mostly rather plain and uninspiring. Not bad, not great.

Taste: even moreso than the aroma, there's just not much here at all. Slight malt flavor and a touch of grain, but the overall flavor is quite watery. What flavor is there is good, but there's very little of it to go around.

Mouthfeel: body is very watery; there's no heft to it at all. The carbonation is low, but nice; it reminds me of club soda. I like club soda, mind you, but what I want to be drinking right now is a beer.

Drinkability: well, it's not an exciting beer, but it's entirely inoffensive and does possess some refreshing qualities. Quaffable, but not really worth going out of your way for.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I bought two bottles today one to drink now and one to drink with some of my homeade sausage German potato salad and spoetzl.Pours into a 1/2 liter stein a light to medium golden with a hint of honey color,a large blooming bone white head atop that settles slowly.Cleaner aromas with light toasted grain and mild honey-like funky sweetness.Flavors are also cleaner but with some bread dough and more honey sweetness,a light mineral note underneath.Not much in the frills department here but Iam not looking for that with this beer,I just wanted a good food friendly German lager and I got it.

Photo of nicnut45
4.52/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- A light golden straw color. Slightly hazy appears to be some fine sediment suspended throughout. Beautiful fine white head just coats the top of the beer.

S- A very faint light smelling beer. Smells super clean. Malts smell of pure maple syrup. Hops are very faint, I can hardly pick them up. Very true to the style.

T- Everything a helles should be. Clean malt tastes and low bitterness. The malts remind me of pancake batter though not as sweet. Very enjoyable.

M.F.- Not too light, not too heavy. I think this beer could benefit from a bit more carbonation to maybe bring more scents up to the nose.

D- This is one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. I should have bought more. I wish they made this in six packs.

Photo of DiUr
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear pale yellow, it shows a decent white head with good retention and nice lacing. Clean in the nose, i smell grains, grass, lemon and a hint of honey. The taste is a blend of malts, hops and lemon which stays uniform all along, with only a little sweetness in the background. It finishes dry with almost no aftertaste. Crispy mouthfeel, thin to medium body and great drinkability.

A lighter Helles which i find it to be slightly on the hoppy side and finely complements other offerings from this brewery. It will pair great with a wide variety of foods.

Photo of appenzeller
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light gold with a frothy white head, very slight floral/honey aroma. This is a very light, crisp, straightforward helles. Balance is good, malts are citruslike but feint, hops are subtle and floral. I suspect this may be a beer that serves well when fresh on tap, but it's simply too refined/subtle for even a helles and pilsner fan like me to find satisfying. It's like a "light" version of a helles . . . a step too far.

Photo of ElGordo
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Pilsner Urquell stange. Body is a deep golden color, topped by a tall, wispy white head that leaves some good lacing on the glass. Sweet aroma of bready malt, a good bit of caramel, and a hint of mild, fruity hops. Palate is mostly sweet, bready malt up front, with notes of caramel and just a hint of toffee. Some mild fruity hops come through towards the finish, leaving a bit of lingering bitterness on the finish. Body is light and ever-so-slgihtly sticky. This low-alcohol offering is definitely quaffable, and I'll probably be having more than a few of theses during the summer months.

Photo of Jredner
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beer World of Largo

The aroma holds sweet malt and some grassy hops along with some mild honey notes added to the mix. Bright golden/yellow with a lasting, two finger thick white head. Sweet honey-tinged malt fore. Grassy hops and bready maltiness are pervasive. Smooth on the tongue with a slight bitterness in the finish. German beers are all well made, but it amazes me how similar in taste different styles can be.

Photo of Murph
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, clear straw gold color with a big pillowy white head that sticks fairly well. A nice biscuity maltiness in the nose with some very weak hop presence as well. Big sweet maltiness from the start. Not big as in overpowering but definitely most of the taste. There is a nice, lighter, hop underprofile which keeps it just in balance. Nice sweet maltiness but not to the point of being cloying, medium body and fairly refreshing. Yet another nice beer from this brewery, I definitely suggest trying some of their products.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 500ml bottle just like the one pictured. Poured into an imperial pint glass. The coloration was a slightly hazed pale gold with moderate carbonation and topped by a brilliant white head that almost looked fake. Scant wisps of lace speckled the glass as the head gradually collapsed down to a thin collar.
The nose was unassuming and, aside from some fruitiness and floral notes, was really marginal. A lurking sour aroma caught my attention and was not well received. The taste luckily didn't carry the sourness picked up in the smell. Some modest sweet malt flavor made its presence felt before the gradual build-up of herbal hops commenced. Some light citrus flavor was noted also. The feel was light, crisp and clean.
This must be what Germans have in mind as a lawnmower bier. Light, refreshing but not sporting a whole lot of taste. Still, on a hot day I'd wouldn't mind reaching for one of these.

Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Crystal clear pale gold with a finger of sticky head that leaves scattered lacing.

Malty, creamy aroma. Doughy bread, little perceptible hop character. Lightly sweet, very clean.

So quaffable, clean and balanced. It's sweeter and lighter than Weltenburger's Barock Hell, though it's ultimately still a dry and crisp beer. Doughy pils malt steals the show, but there's a touch of grassy hop flavor, faint sulfur from the yeast. Finishes exceptionally clean, neither dry nor sweet. At the risk of abusing the word, it really is one of the most clean helles lagers I've tried. I'm not sure that I like it quite as much as the more dry and bitter Barock Hell, but it's an awesome beer all the same.

Photo of surfmeister
2.06/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: yellow/gold, satisfactory head which had adequate staying power.
Smell/Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: There is an annoying sour or "astringent" smell and taste to this beer. It is the prominent note, backed up by bitterness, these are the two strongest characteristics of this beer. Any actual malt and/or hop flavor takes a back seat. Sour and bitter alone are not a pleasant experience and that's what this beer gave. I rarely head for the drain, but I did with this one. Unpleasant.

Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Stange lager glass. Pale straw color, clear appearance. White froth creates close, small bubbled & lasting crown while leaves lacing & spots on sides. Sulfur, grainy & biscuit aromas. Crispy upfront shows slight citric zest notes. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Watery texture. Low bitterness but enough to balances maltiness. Citric bitter/sweet finish & dried aftertaste.

Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow brew with a very violent carbonation level.

Smell is sweet malt and grain and a bit of a horse blanket smell. Mild fruity smells too.

Taste is neutral and grainy with a bit of tartness to it. For some reason I can taste alcohol in this.

Mouthfeel is average.

An OK drinkable brew that reminds me too much of Budweiser.

Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a perfectly clear golden straw color with a finger or two of white head that dissipates before too long.

S: Slight skunkiness up front, but I don't get much of that after the first sniff or two. Definite adjunct quality to it, probably corn. Light floral hop notes and a hint of bread.

T: Sweet bready malts with the faintest adjunct sweetness on the back end. Earthy and floral hops to it with only the lightest bitterness. A little bit of yeast flavor in there as well.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A decent Helles, but not even the best I've had from Weltenburger.

Photo of kels
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This was one of the closeouts at the Vintage Cellar this month. I think I know why after drinking and reading other's reviews. This must have been sitting around awhile past its prime.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a short, thin, white bubbly head. The head retains pretty well at a 1/2 finger skim, and it yields light washes of slippery lace with each drink. Light carbonation is seen throughout the beer.

Aroma is definitely displeasing. Bubblegum meets honey meets spoiled grain. It's sickly sweet, and, while aspects of it aren't that off-style, something's definitely off.

Taste gives up a lot of lemon and wheat - a very clean and crisp taste. There's a good dose of honey sweetness, slightly cloying, with a hint of that bubblegum from the nose. Crisp green apple finishes the flavors. Well carbonated with a light syrupy film in the finish.

Drinkability is hard to rate. I can barely get past the nose to the beer, and even when I do, I don't find much worth making the trip for. I'll have to try again when a new shipment comes in and see if it's just me or if it's actually the beer.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light, soft floral aroma. Tall bright white head pops it way eventually stabilizing as a thin film leaving some nice lace. Transparent pale golden beers holds streams of briskly rising bubbles. Moderately light, crisp mouthfeel. Faintly sweet malt with equal doses of spicy hops and fresh dandelions ends with a grassy/herbal finish. Crisp beer with refreshing flavors. Simple but effective. Quite nice.

Photo of seanyfo
2.89/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

50CL bottle poured into my 50cl Paulaner Seidel.

A- Golden honey colour with a rocky 2 finger head that dissapates very quickly to leave a thin
crown.

S- Sweet caramel munich malts, some biscuit.

T- Sweet malts in the beginning, a bit sugary, syrupy grainy finish, doesnt taste very fresh.

M- A little flat, syrupy

D- This bottle was 2 months after best before date so not the best example. Too syrupy sweet
and lacked in carbonation. Will revisit with a
fresh offering later.

Photo of paterlodie
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 03-02-06. Nice appearance with good head and pale golden beer with litle haze and slightly opalizing. Nose is very malty and litle green malty and papery.Some green hops aswel with slight citrussy hint. Taste is litle sweet, liquorice, full malty but green again Overal quiet bombastic before bitterness comes in in aftertaste. Good brew non the less and tasting "old fashioned" but OK. Good carbonisation, fullness and balance make mouthfeel good. Drinkable and certainly something else as the regular Helles.

Photo of janubio
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow colour, with a good head and great retention and lace. Smell is clean, with herbs, citrus and spices. Clean palate, medium body. Taste of lemon, grains, herbs. Good and esay drinking beer.

Photo of fsimcox
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw, golden color. White foamy, bubbly head, dissipates slowly. Maintains the frothy head very well. Some lacing, but not much.

Smell of sweet malt, with faint hints of grass, and very faint hints of citrus and hops in the background.

Clean and crisp, a mild finish with a hint of malt sweetness. A little citrus in the finish, and a sweet bread aftertaste. No bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel is clean, easy to drink, crisp, some body, and some carbonation in the finish.

Not a bad Helles. I really like a good Helles, and I would gladly have another one of these beers. Smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of HopHead84
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/4/2011

Thanks to Arthur for the growler. Opened with Carlos at Lost Abbey.

A: Pellucid straw gold with a big white head. Lots of lacing. Good clarity and nice color.

S: Pilsner malt with notes of dough, grain, and bread. The malt is the most prominent aspect of the nose, with slightly spicy and herbal noble hop notes beneath. Very clean.

T: Pronounced Pils malt imparts grainy, bready, and doughy notes. The beer is slightly sweet, with a light noble hop presence which imparts a low bitterness and spicy notes. Finishes very clean with rich malt characteristics.

M: Light in body with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft.

Overall: A very good Helles.

Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light orange gold color. Head is small. Aroma is fruity and malty. A medium bodied helles. This one is as bone dry, on a nice mild malty backbone. Mild hop spiciness, touch of orange. Light and refreshing, yet it has enough flavor not to be boring. This would be a great summer beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Photo of steveh
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One from the Weltenburger Kloster, a favorite, that I haven't reviewed yet.

.5 Liter brown bottle with no clear freshness date. "Urtyp" meaning prototype, so I can only decipher this to be a typical Helles, or the brewery's original Helles.

A -- Very dense and long-lasting, light cream colored head. Very hazy golden color -- not great for this style.

S -- Good bready malts with light citrus and spice from hops. Low DMS back.

T -- Smooth and quenching bready malts up front with some light, lemony-citrus character back and lightly spicy hop bitterness in the finish -- all of the above lingering in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a chewy juiciness from good malts. Light-medium body.

O -- A very nice Helles if you're looking for a good example of the style. Very easy drinking and supplies just enough flavor character to let you know its made with quality ingredients, but not so much that you have to pay attention to each swallow. Very satisfying.

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy lemon color verging on gold; the modest head faded rather quickly, but did leave some generous splashes of lace behind

Smell: Bready, pilsner malts; very clean

Taste: Bready, up front, with a little bit of toffee sweetness in the malt; some mineral flavors arrived by mid-palate along with just a hint of grassy hops; clean finish, with the wrap-up just like the commencement

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: A really nice helles, but you have to get a fresh body; the overall average score on this beer suffers as many reviewers appear to have gotten an out of date bottle

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Weltenburger Kloster Urtyp Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
80 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.