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Weltenburger Kloster Urtyp Hell - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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BA SCORE
81
good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 17.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Murph on 10-22-2002)
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Photo of airhyatt
1/5  rDev -71.5%

airhyatt, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of surfmeister
2.05/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

surfmeister, Jun 10, 2004
Photo of BeerManDan
2.38/5  rDev -32.2%
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!

BeerManDan, Dec 25, 2002
Photo of jsh420
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

jsh420, May 21, 2014
Photo of kels
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

kels, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of seanyfo
2.9/5  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.

seanyfo, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -14.5%

ygtbsm94, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Zorro, May 30, 2004
Photo of Halcyondays
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Halcyondays, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of styrene
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

styrene, May 18, 2006
Photo of PorterLambic
3.23/5  rDev -8%
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.

PorterLambic, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of appenzeller
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

appenzeller, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

flagmantho, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of felipeprates
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

felipeprates, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Bighuge
3.3/5  rDev -6%
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.

Bighuge, Nov 02, 2002
Photo of Jredner
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Jredner, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of falloutsnow
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

falloutsnow, May 17, 2006
Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

PopeJonPaul, Jun 03, 2004
Photo of dasenebler
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

dasenebler, May 31, 2011
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

GONZALOYANNA, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

oberon, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of nu38
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

nu38, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 01, 2013
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Weltenburger Kloster Urtyp Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
81 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.