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Wolnzacher Hell Naturtrüb - Wolnzacher Bürgerbraü AG

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BA SCORE
89
very good

41 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 23
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wolnzacher Bürgerbraü AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 07-01-2002)
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Photo of Todd
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1pint 6oz brown bottle. No freshness date. Naturally unfiltered. Poured into a long fluted glass.

Appearace: A cloudy dirty peach/blonde beer with, at first, a rocky white foam head. Settles to a thin, semi-translucent lace.

Smell: Metallic, slightly toasty, mild esters, soft spice and grass.

Taste: A smooth beer with an even, medium-body. Flavourful malt character that's toasty / bready / cracker-like with pale malt sweetness folded in. Light fruity banana. Delicate hop bitterness that peaks with a bit of lemon, rind, salt and notes of herbal-like spice. A bit metallic- and mineral-like throughout. Yeast / nutty flavours come through a bit towards the dry grain finish.

Notes: A unique helles. Love the fact that it's unfiltered ... gives it an extra "raw goodness" edge. Well worth a try ...

Photo of Jason
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz slender Euro style brown bottle with no freshness date. Some sediment on the bottom of the bottle, make sure you carefully decant as to no get yeast in the glass.

Appearance: Hazed dusty golden colour with a fluffy white head that slowly subsides to a thin bubbly lace. Haze goes away a little after the beer warms up a bit.

Smell: Doughy aroma of malt and yeast, some herbal hop in the nose also … other than that it is quite clean.

Taste: Deep rolling crispness is laid down by a smooth carbonation. Lots of fresh pale malt in the mouth, cracker like and sweet grain. Hopping is clean with a slightly sharp bitterness, spicy and herbal flavours linger on and on. Yeast a bit thick with a nutty and earthy taste. Semi-dry and clean in the finish.

Notes: Pure and flavourful. Unadulterated with a fresh and lightly raw malt and hop balance. A lovely brew that paired well with bratwurst, kraut and German potato salad.

More User Reviews:
Photo of cokes
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Misty golden-orange with a patchy greying head.
Nose is a cannon blast of German hops, probably simply hallertau. It begins with a bit rubber (wait a moment or two before inhaling), then it blossoms into a pulpy orgy of orange, rosemary, mint, and thyme.
Begins bready and raw. Dry. Then into a dessicated fruitiness provided primarily by clementines. Yeast adds some further dough, but is otherwise clean. At this point, it's all hops. Like an India Pale Pils. Brittle herbs and mint leaves, then fruity again as the orange qualities switch over to hop-devired. This is a lesson in German hops.
This is a lesson in rapture.
Pushing full bodied with a streaming carbonation.
This is so enjoyable and fresh-seeming that drinking is effortless.

These guys are amazing.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of permanent foamy head, creamy mouthfeel medium, easy drink. Zesty and refreshing that went with several courses over supper. A bit of hay, lots of crystal malt and some European hop bitterness, fizzy carbonation. I can drink this all weekend at its 5% a.b.v.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From their website, "B. United International has been drawn to this brewery and its products by brewer Nikolaus Starkmeth's passion and philosophy on brewing. While it is normal to attend school to become a brewmaster in Germany, he has, instead, learned his craft through close personal apprenticeships at many of the best breweries in Europe. Although, Nikolaus has been tested by the Handwerkskammer in order to receive a brewmaster title, the unorthodox learning method has liberated him, somewhat, from the rigid structure of the German brewing scene. The hallmark of his style is the approach he takes to his beloved Hallertau hops. Hops are very important to Nikolaus, but not because he is trying to create a very bitter beer. Rather, hop bouquet and flavor are highlighted. He uses only aroma hops, even for bittering, and he uses only whole hop flowers. His attention to detail in mashing provides beers with wonderful body and malt flavor. The end result is a perfectly balanced beer". Original gravity 11.5P/1.046sg
A carefully decanted pour reveals a surprisingly clear golden body. A yeast swirl added to the glass, however, returns the character that the brewer intended with a cloudy orange cast beneath a thin but creamy white head. The bouquet expresses a rich grainy malt and some bright floral & grassy hops. Very nice. A very fine and moderate carbonation combines with a light body to create a lightly crisp and then gently creamy mouthfeel that's quite enjoyable. The flavor expresses a fairly rich and grainy, almost wort-like, maltiness that's gently infused with mildly spicy floral hop character and backed by a firm hop bitterness. It finishes dry with some residual malt and lingering bitterness. If only the head retention was better, this could be a real winner. Still, absolutely well done and quite unique! Really well-worth seeking out for it's unique character.

Photo of jackndan
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Burgrbrau: a half liter bottle, with a small ring around the neck. It is a fine looking beer. Tannish brown, very hazy, lots of sediment in this brew.

Not a whole lot of head, despite a fairly vigorous pour. Slight Belgian lacing down the sides.

The taste is unremarkable: some malts, but this is a fairly light session brew in my view. Lightly flavored, with a mild aftertaste. Somewhat astringent, but easy to drink in the long run.

Meh.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on September 25, 2005. This beer impresses me right from the start. The elegant bottle, with smooth special glass and interesting label. It pours, a hazy orange-tinged golden, bubbling away with nice carbonation, and a crystal white frothy head. Sweet and dusky malt aroma, with cranberries, crackers, and brown rice. A very "whole grain" waft. Flavor is effervescent, sweet, creamy and a little tangy, with a nice dry run of hops on the background. Extremely smooth, with some lemon and yeast notes. A little chewy and bready. Palate is a slighty coppery, but isn’t really bad. This is drinkable and delicious all the way through.

Photo of OatmattStout
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy burnt orange. tons of chunky bits of unfiltered goodness.

low carbonation that renders decent head that dissipates with nice lacing on glass.

Nose was uneventful with wow but got nice raw malt sniff

Taste was interesting but very good. It was as many stated the lager answer to real ale with rawness to the malt and hops that was enticing. Soft flavors and mildly hoped.

finish is smoth and short lived so you r ready for your next quaff pretty quickly.

My first Zwickel and I liked it alot

Photo of tugdriver7
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up completely ignorant of its Keller Bier designation and stumbled on to one of the most incredible beers I've ever had. It looked a touch darker than a helles in the glass, with a nice head and great, clean, balanced smell of hops and malt in the nose. The taste was something altogether unexpected. It is the closest thing to "perfect" I've ever tried. The deep malty taste was balanced perfectly with hops--just enough--and the overall first impression was to grab the bottle, look at the label, and say, "Wow, I may have found my favorite beer." A bit expensive (in the larger bottle), but I savored the whole thing, right down to the last swallow. Well worth seeking out. And one more reason to be a Beer Advocate.

Photo of Lupin
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pint bottle. $3.39 or $3.99 at New England Beverage Co. in Orange, CT. Second tasting. This is the 'wolznacher hell' without the 'naturtrÜb.' Not sure if there's much of a difference.

Pours a friendly amber with a head that will more than likely require a pause in your pour. Decent retention, had to work through a little bit of it to get to the beer in a standard pilsner glass. Eventually settles down to about 1/8" of a nice foamy layer atop the beer. Minimal lacing. Large chunks of yeast float freely at the bottom of the glass.

Smell is rather neutral. Almost undetectable hops.. Some spiciness. Nothing too profound.

I gave my dad a sip of this one because he's compared just about every beer I've given him to schneider aventinus or schneiderweisse, which is his favorite beer--even though he's moved on to mostly drinking single malts. Sure enough, 'reminds me of schneider weisse.' What doesn't? He liked it, though. I told him I wanted to get another bottle and cellar it, but this was the last one in the store. He made some comment about how drinking 'two of those would get (me) all screwed up.' At 4.7%? He understimates me.

As for the taste, there's really not much to it. I've actually been tempted to add a little lemon or lime to this beer at the end. There's no bitterness whatsoever and neither the hops nore the malt really stand out. Nevertheless, it's not watery in the least. Just a very mild citrus tart/tinge from the hops. I'm not sure why they have them on the bottle, though.

As you near the end of his brew, note the density of the yeast on the bottom of your glass. I've only had two bottles, but there was a mound about 1/4" tall at the bottom of one and nowhere near as much in the second.

This is definitely a great starter beer, and a good beer for just about anything. Very refreshing, just nothing that really smacks you in the face as being particularly memorable. I will be buying it again.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Immense thanks to CaptainCougar Bottle-conditioned, a good sign. Shining golden, opaque and cloudy with a huge amount of yeast particules in suspension. Unfortunately, the silky white head quickly diminishes to a film. Aroma of cookie malt, deliciously doughy. Fresh cut bread, honey and lemony malt. Admirable soft hallertau providing flowery and herbal flavors. Envelopping yeastiness (lemon pie crust). Ain’t this beautiful? I would score this among my favorites if the malty cookieness was just a bit more expressive. Oddly, the yeast seems to take more place than the promising malt here. On the other hand, the moderate tartness and banana/lemon fruitiness makes it the ultimate sunny day companion. Furthermore, this is an infinitely delicate and soft beer, a princess wearing satin with a decent bite in the form of a fresh and crisp hallertau finish. The body is thin-medium, silky smooth with gentle carbonation. Fabulous rendition of an helles. I could contemplate its glory for a whole summer. Were it more available, this would be my one and only beer to convert neophytes to the light.

Photo of aracauna
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a lager done right. The aroma is full of flowery noble hops with the promise of malt to come. The flavor is seriously malty in the way that I like pale beers to be. The flavor is a little doughy. Not really very bitter though. I wasn't expecting the body to be hazy but the dark golden body is hazy. The head is lively and large, Burgerbrau must like carbonation. Very good Helles.

Photo of TheSarge
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours nicely to produce a good amount of sticky white head. There is a lot of carbonation noted, and the body has a hazy golden body. Head retention is pretty dang good.

The aroma is lemony, powdery, and a new mown hay characteristic.

The taste is lemon drop with a biscuit and grainy finish.

This feels very foamy and bubbly. It has a kind of dry and powdery finish.

Overall this is very well balanced and makes for a great session beer. I've always been partial to keller biers.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled sample in a glass mug.
The brew pours a slightly hazy orange with a bleached white creamy head of about 1/2 cm foaming up and hanging around most of the sampling. A rich grainy malt aroma dominates but also allows soft floral hop notes to show through. Overall the aroma is but appealing.

The beer is average bodied and small tingly carbonation is present. Flavor is similar to nose with grainy lager malt hits mixing with a grassy hop bite at the finish. Rather clean finish after the quick bite. Nice and crisp brew, just not overly complex.

Photo of jdhilt
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a thick white head that leaves a lace. Not much carbonation, mellow flavor the yeast is not noticeable. According to their site they also brew this as filtered - a normal helle - but this is fine with a good mix of hops and malt with a slightly hoppy finish.

Photo of horndecker
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orange, almost peachy look to it., with a bright off-white head. Has a fine foam with a bit of stickiness. Nice. The brew is murky and full of sediment. Pour carefully if you don't like yeasty bits.

The nose is pine, apples, grapefruit, and earthy yeastiness. Very nice, very inviting.

At first taste a mineral hoppy wash is followed by smooth solid malt underneath. Some fruit appears, perhaps a grapey character. A mineral hop bitterness heads toward a dry finish. The aftertaste is a bit orange pekoe. With it's hop prescence and decent malt it has some echoes of a pale ale. But then it's cloudy and unfiltered, with a bit of a funky yeast thing. Pretty nice. Very nice.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Gave it a solid pour, but no hardly any head formed. What head did form was pretty close to white in color. Glowing hazy apricot straw in color. Strong weisse beer smell, a little bit of spicy malty fruit. Very little carbonation in the body. Fruity sweet hop flavor balanced by a fresh wheat maltiness. I love the aroma, but the lack of carbonation kelled the appearance and mouthfeel. I'll be picking up another bottle in a couple of weeks because I think this ones a dud.

Photo of brakspear
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle conditioned unfiltered helles from Germany....a true rarity.

Because it is unfiltered, I let it cold condition in the refrigerator for quite a while, thus, unlike some of the other reviews, I had a crystal clear body, deep golden in body with no haze or sediment. The head rose and fall quickly with little to no lacing.

The aroma is filled with both a nice maltly biscuity nose and a slight flash of hallertauer hops.

The taste is crisp and refreshing with a generous malt in the fore, followed by a nice snap of hop bitterness in the finish. Crisp but still has a nice malty mouthfeel.

I enjoyed this helles a lot, I imagine this is closer to some of the original helles than some of the mass produced versions exported to the U.S. Well worth a try if you enjoy German lagers.

Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale malt scent with a peppery yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth and fruity pale and light crystal malt flavor with a spicey yeast taste. It goes down easy and finishes with a tart aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a fine beer. It has excellent flavor. I love the fruity tartness. It mixes well with the malt bill. This is a good drinker.

Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of necoadam
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a murky orange/golden color with a huge head that takes a while to settle down. Almost looks like a light IPA in appearance. Smell consisted of hops, grassy aromas, hay-like aromas as well, some light malts. Taste was refreshing as well. Some bready malts with some herbal/floral hops to make it a crisp finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium. A pretty good brew. Unfiltered helles, gotta try more of these wonderful beers. Go grab this, just make sure it's nice and fresh.

Photo of Tballz420
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Huge white head on top of a murky deep orange colored brew. Lots of little carb bubbles rising up. The head leaves behind some thick lace. Sweet malt nose is pretty enticing. Maybe im unfamiliar with the style, or maybe this brewery really lots carbonation, but this beer is extrememly bubbly. If thats the style, im sorry, but i think it detracts from the beer considerably. Zesty maltiness, light bitter hops. Not my favorite.

Photo of allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown (bottle-conditioned, so no points down for that) with a small but fluffy white head. Richly floral and grassy hop aroma. Pleasant bitterness with a lot of flowery & citrusy hop flavor. Malt is light, slightly nutty. Finishes somewhat yeasty with with a little bit of residual sweetness, but bitterness keeps it mostly dry and clean. Highly carbonated, with a light, spritzy mouthfeel.

The second beer I've had from this brewery (the other was the Roggenbier). Both are highly individualistic and interesting offerings for their particular styles.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear golden with an amber hue. The head was off-white, almost golden and moussy. It lasted forever...to coat, not lace, the glass.

The aroma was malt and fruitiness. The fruits were frangrant and pineapple is one that comes to mind. Slight yeast aroma was present.

The flavor was nice with a maltiness at first and a decent bittering in the middle which then becomes drier. Well done with a slight fruitiness.

The finish was well balanced with malt and bitterness in concert to leave a neutral palate with just a hint of fruitiness in the aftertaste. The body was medium.

I really enjoyed this beer and will look for it again...

16.9 ounce bottle.

Photo of OldSock
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Explosive foam flows out of the bottle instantly as I pop off the top of the beer. A gigantic bubbly off white head takes up most of my mug after the rushed pour. When the head subsides to a thin off white spattering after a few minutes I am left with an amber/orange hazy brew with little particles of something. It looks completely unlike any lager I have ever had.

Smell – Yeasty esters with a spicy hop and solid sweet toasted malt aroma. Certainly more of an Ale aroma, probably because this is one of the older lager styles.

Taste – Lots of estery character with spicy and grassy hops and complex toasty malts all milling around together as the beer passes over my tongue. But there is something else in the end that is new to me; it’s sort of kind of like apples that have sat out for a few hours and then were mixed with bread dough, it’s almost reminiscent of some Hefe Weizens that I have had. I can certainly imagine people centuries ago drinking a beer like this, it really does taste both like it is nutritious and like it has been sitting in a dank cellar for years.

Mouthfeel – Exceptionally smooth, with a medium body. It just seems to slide down with only a little prickly carbonation on the tongue.

Drinkability – No off flavors, or unpleasantness. Just really interesting, and easy to drink. This is the first Keller/Zwickel for me, and I am looking forward to trying another.

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Wolnzacher Hell Naturtrüb from Wolnzacher Bürgerbraü AG
89 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.