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Weltenburger Kloster Urtyp Hell - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 72
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 20.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Murph on 10-22-2002

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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 72
Photo of surfmeister
2.06/5  rDev -42%
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.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.38/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Was not impressed with this beer. It poured a nice yellow hue with hardly any foam at all. The taste was not all that impressive and I personally think that this beer was over aged. It had a flat and listless taste with a hint of sour on the tongue!

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Photo of kels
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of seanyfo
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
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

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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours yellow with an unispired white head, no lacing.

S: Heavy bread malt, cereal, light DMS.

T: Definite grain, saltine crackers, a bit of sweet malt, almost corny in the finish. No real hop character.

M: Pretty good body, not watery. Smooth and crisp, good carbonation.

D: A fair Helles, but there are much better versions out there. Fine enough to drink.

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Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow with a big, creamy head 2" tall. Left an island of foam that held on to the bottom of the glass. Vey bubbly which I assign to a not-so-clean glass.
Smell is grapes, malt, hops (light) with a hint of yeast.
Taste is hops, grapes, malt and grass with a touch of alcohol presence.
Medium/light carbonation with a mellow aftertaste
A decent brew but nothing that stands out.

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Photo of styrene
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small pilsner glass

Appearance: medium-yellow, practically no head to speak of, but there's a residue of lace down the side of the glass

Smell: grassiness with a bit of corn underneath. I wouldn't have expected the corn, but it's there.

Taste: Slight bitterness initially, followed by a roasted, toffee flavor. Aftertaste is bitter again, with a hint of iron.

Mouthfeel: the pleasant, subtle carbonation is really all that's keeping this beer afloat.

Drinkability: A decent session beer, but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light golden in color. Sporadic bubbles of gas surface evenly. Nice white fluffy head tops it off. Recedes to a thin film and laces adequately. Pale malt on the nose. Very slight noble hop aromas. Body is light to medium. Glides over the tongue fairly effortlessly. Light taste of a pils-like maltiness. Subtle noble hop spice notes. Pretty easy drinking brew. Could put back many of these on a hot day.

Thanks to Senior Shit and his wife for the sample.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow pour with an aroma of overripe oranges and a puffy head that dissolved rather quickly. Very light and refreshing with a fruity taste, but there's really not much to this stuff, it's pretty much a lawnmower beer. Crisp and refreshing hop finish, drinkable enough but not a standout.

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Photo of Jredner
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L, best before 1/12/12.

Light, clear yellow-gold, very effervescent. Head sticks around admirably, and the lacing is solid.

The aroma is muffled, with a slightly metallic and cardboardy thing. Woody hops in the background rescue the situation.

The flavor is light and quaffable. Pretty dry for a Helles, with a swift and clean woody-hoppy finish. Lightly tangy, mineral notes throughout. Malts are grainy and dry. The well-carbonated mouthfeel could be a bit softer in its approach.

Not bad, and nice and dry for a Helles, but I'll stick with this brewery's Dunkel in the future.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a large, foamy white head that dissipates over the course of several minutes. As the head descends, it leaves some moderate streaks of lacing along the glass, and swirling the beer leaves some small cascades as well. The body features a golden, lager-yellow color and is cloudy, though without any visible sediment.
Aroma smells strongly of honey with a backing of cracker-scented malt, though there's no detectable hop presence. Tasting reveals an introduction of bready maltiness, a middle of malt and hop balance with trace amounts of diacetyl like flavor(?), and ending with some mildly spicy hops. Despite the several detectable elements, the beer still comes across as slightly bland, uninspiring. Aftertaste is expectedly like sodabread.
On the palate, the beer comes across as medium-bodied with a gentle level of carbonation that melds well. Finish is quite dry and crisp, making another reach for the glass inevitable.
This is an easily drinkable beer, though nothing outstanding. Refreshing or a good beer to simply enjoy when one's in the mood for one, I could easily see myself drinking this regularly if I were a resident of the German town, though not a beer I'd actively seek out or desire to have around at all times.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly foggy lemon-amber (that clears over time) with pale banana edges. The cap is barely one finger in size despite a vigorous pour, is dingy white and lacks pizzaz. Like a bored party guest, it hangs around just long enough not to be considered rude and leaves no more than a stunted collar of lace.

The nose is like the noses on any number of nondescript pale lagers from the former Eastern Bloc. There's just enough sweetish grain and musty hops to pull it, kicking and screaming, to above average. It has plenty of power, but does nothing to distinguish itself in the end.

I feel the same way about the flavor. Urtyp Hell is okay beer, semi-enjoyable in its own way, even if it's barely a whisker above average. I continue to be reminded of a Euro pale lager rather than a Munich helles lager. The basics are a barely acceptable pale malt backbone and a respectable amount of musty hops. Like the head, the flavor needs an injection of pizzaz.

There's a pretty good balance between sweet and bitter, with the former marginally more prominent throughout. The finish is the most appealing portion of the flavor arc, although the mouthfeel has broken down by that point. A less than adequate amount of carbonation could have been predicted given the appearance of the head.

My experience with beer from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg has ranged from the exceptional (dopplebock) to the good (hefe weizen) to the average (Munich dunkel lager). Urtyp Hell falls squarely into the average category. I don't feel a need to drink it again.

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3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA.

Pours a clear light orange-yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and light fruits. Taste is much the same along with some honey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear pale golden color, with small head.

Aroma: malty, with a slight hop aroma.

Taste: Medium-low body, slightly sweet malt flavor. Hops are slightly evident in the finish.

A decent, refreshing lager, but nothing about it really stands out.

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Photo of RickyS
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow color with medium retention head that dissipates leaving a somewhat persistent layer of bubbles on top of the beer throughout the drinking. Smell malty, crackery with faint grassy notes. A tiny citrous component as well. The taste is sweeter than expected, very malty, bready, almonds with a faint earthy component. Relatively persistent in the aftertaste. Fizzy carbonation and medium body. Pleasant.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of MNJR
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't really know the difference between the two Weltenburger helles beers, except one has a higher ABV. The website has an English version, but it doesn't say much about the difference between to two helles beers. (http://www.en.weltenburger.de/urtyp_hell.htm) The Urtyp Hell is the lower ABV. It is a hazy golden yellow with a decent, foamy head. The flavor is what you want from this style of beer: clean, bright, smooth, with bit more malt character than hops. It goes down nicely. There is a slight gritty graininess in the motuhfeel, but nothing rough or bad. An all around sturdy, lighter bodied beer that hits the mark and does the job. I'd buy more, but I'm not in a big hurry to, since overall it impresses me as being a bit "normal" and nothing too special.

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Photo of MichaelGreene
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow, flowery smell.

Nice dry bitter beer. Not too much to say about this, not too many flavors, or anything to speak about. Just a good simple beer. What can I say, I would drink this on a hot day anytime. It was really good. Just simple.

Poured into my Pils glass. Not really much of a head to start with, but a thing ring stuck around. Light carbonation, I prefer a little more.

But again, a good beer, worth trying out and worth buying again. Simple but it works.

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Weltenburger Kloster Urtyp Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
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