Weltenburger Kloster Urtyp Hell - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
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3.5/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
07-07-2012 03:02:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.48/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
09-19-2005 14:03:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.05/5 rDev +15.1%
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
03-12-2012 21:40:35 | More by brentk56
3.78/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
06-22-2011 07:03:17 | More by womencantsail
3.5/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
02-17-2014 21:30:35 | More by oberon
4.38/5 rDev +24.4%
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.
04-30-2011 02:02:35 | More by largadeer
3.03/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
01-22-2009 03:57:06 | More by Halcyondays
3.03/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
05-30-2004 03:00:42 | More by Zorro
3.3/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
11-02-2002 21:32:17 | More by Bighuge
4.33/5 rDev +23%
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.
06-04-2011 22:37:51 | More by HopHead84
3.25/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
07-14-2010 03:19:13 | More by flagmantho
British Columbia (Canada)
3.88/5 rDev +10.2%
When in Leavenworth in the fall, drink lots of German beers. This is good example of the style and a great beer to start off the evening session. Very light with a huge head this is a malty take on the helles style. The finish is dryish and I found quite refreshing. Good beer that has more flavour than the colour suggests
10-03-2008 16:12:13 | More by canucklehead
3.55/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
08-27-2004 00:46:18 | More by allengarvin
3.8/5 rDev +8%
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.
10-03-2003 04:06:22 | More by beerguy101
3.83/5 rDev +8.8%
This is a pretty good, but rather sweet, basic helles bier.
Gold, it has a small white head slowly shrinking.
Aroma is light cooked barley, yeasty bread dough, apple and herbs - definitely a helles but not as characterful as many.
Taste is grain, herb, mineral, with lemon and apple dominating the finish and aftertaste along with some grain. Overall, it's a bit on the sweet side.
12-13-2009 06:41:24 | More by Offa
3.23/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
11-13-2005 03:36:27 | More by PorterLambic
3.65/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
09-29-2005 15:42:16 | More by paterlodie
4.03/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
07-03-2008 07:43:01 | More by ElGordo
3.48/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
06-09-2014 06:31:39 | More by GONZALOYANNA
3.35/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
05-17-2006 02:50:23 | More by falloutsnow
3.95/5 rDev +12.2%
a crisp helles... not too fruity... a hoppier version of the barock hell. a split hair from a good pilsner. foam creeped out of the bottle while i got the glass. clear golden... almost green. nice hay nose. with a very sublet sweet. very light... very well balanced. palate of like honey, protein, hay, and soft mint finish with a honey malt undertone. breadier than the norm. fruitier than a pilsner. sweet finish with a nice body. smooth. simple.
06-02-2009 06:08:18 | More by rtepiak
Weltenburger Kloster Urtyp Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
81 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.