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Weltenburger Kloster Urtyp Hell - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 17.48%
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:
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(Beer added by: Murph on 10-22-2002)
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Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

largadeer, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of MNJR
3.7/5  rDev +6%
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.

MNJR, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of kels
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
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 fsimcox
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

fsimcox, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of nicnut45
4.53/5  rDev +29.8%
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.

nicnut45, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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 appenzeller
3.25/5  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.

appenzeller, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of Offa
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Offa, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of czfreeman
4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Following the Lowenbrau Urtyp with this one, little exploration of the style.
Pours clean, nearly clear golden hay color. Light bubbling streams in the glass, produces a really nice head, foamy, light, leaving good lacing.
Smells light, bicuity malts, light bread, hop bitterness, touch of green citrusy hoppiness, overall bready with a squeeze of citrus, fits my idea of a Helles to a Tee. Really light punch of hops almost recalls a British Bitter. This is some really good stuff. Most other Helles are more of a focus on th quality and complexity of the malt, yielding a predominantly bready aroma, this one is really a feature of fresh grassy hops, providing a light lemony tang that is really enjoyable
Flavor reminds me of the Augustiner Helles, with an added Hallertau punch. Light bready malts, sweet citrus, a clean amount of carbonation, bitter mineral quality, finishing with a cleansing amount of Hallertau bite. Coming back to this beer several times really provides a fresh zippy bite of Hops, I've had several bottles prior to reviewing and everyone seems to be a little different
Mouthfeel is clean, light and ends with a pleasently bitter bite. This style is so great as it can pair with light appetizers, seafood, as well as heavy entrees with its cleansing properties. Good example of a classic style

czfreeman, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

rtepiak, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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 canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

canucklehead, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

.5L brown bottle, typical of other German beers. Pours out a straw to golden yellow with a lovely one inch head. Tons of bubbles make their way to the top.

Smell is light, sharp and crisp. Slight malt and a very slight trace of hops come through. Taste is kind of what I expected. Grass, malt and something slightly peppery comes through.

Overall, a very drinkaable beer with a light mouthfeel. Easy to drink and lower in alcohol, which is a nice break. I would buy this again but not before trying something new.

CharlesRiver, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of seanyfo
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
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 LungeRehm
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got it from a friend who brought it from the south, have never drunk it before. Serving type: standard 0,5l bottel, poured into a Pils mug

A: Large-bubbled foam which quickly fades but keeps a 1cm layer on top of the beer; bright golden color. Strong carbonation at the start, quickly vanishing.

S: malt slightly dominates the hops, both are not very distinct.

T: Heavier than a Pils, just as this style should be; flowery, citrusy hints at the same time. Very moderate bitterness.

M: slightly creamy which I found a bit surprinsing, feels like it's overly cabonating in the mouth, fresh bready taste with a citrusy finish.

D: Would recommend this beer, it's a well-crafted, but not exceptional one. A bit too much citrusy, almost sour final note like in some Hefeweizen.

LungeRehm, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of ElGordo
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

ElGordo, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of MichaelGreene
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

MichaelGreene, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

HappyHourHero, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of styrene
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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 falloutsnow
3.35/5  rDev -4%
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 Jredner
3.35/5  rDev -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.

Jredner, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of PorterLambic
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
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 paterlodie
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

paterlodie, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

allengarvin, Aug 27, 2004
Weltenburger Kloster Urtyp Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
80 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.