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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 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 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 tavernjef
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 pint .9oz bottle - Tarnished brown gold color with alot of action inside brimming to the surface a large, quick-to-grow, bone white head of foam. Lacing sticks in minimal spots and strings while keeping a pretty solid skim on top. Once the bubbles settle down, upon closer view, there's a ton of floaties inside creating its brownish murk thats bending the light inside dulling its glare because of it. Quite interesting...hmmm...I wonder what that means to the taste if anything.

Aroma is clean and a touch grassy with hints of candy bar sweetenss and chocolate bread.

Taste is fantastic for the style, not that I've had many, but wow does this stuff have a wonderful flavor of chocolate malting and sweetness. I swear I was drinking a porter...but this is yellow? What gives? Yum is what gives! OK, so there's more to it then that, but I'm loving that candy bar/chocolate bread thing goin' on in this. There's some slight grassy Hallertua and/or Saaz-like hop zip, some crunchy bread crusts drizzled with honey, and some very finely cared for caramel and vanilla notes. But the chocolate, oh the chocolate is amazing. Its not thick really, its just there in a well mannered and smooth toned faction that really takes this stuff to a whole nother level of appreciation. Not sure if this was bottled wrong or something, but what ever it is or whatever they did, it needs to be done again...and again. Are those floaties tiny dustings of chocolate malts?

The overall feel is quite smooth and renders a solid medium body with a small herbal-like hoppy touch and succulant carbonation all wrapped up in a chocolate bread dough sweetness.

This is and will be a new must-have-around-all-the-time beer. And at only 5.1% its drinkability is outstandingly sessionable. Great stuff! Hope the next bottles I buy are exactly like it...please...no off bottling...please.

Photo of PatandDavid
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my type of beer.

Served in a wonderful Burgerbrau glass, tall with a lovely thick solid base, nice glass.

Beautiful golden color, smell is like a meadow (yes, a meadow). Lovely when poured with a proper head (aided by the glass), that dissipates while drinking.

It must be the Hallertau hops, because drinking this is like drinking flowers...the taste is of dried grass, hay...or my new favorite: a meadow. It has very slight sweetness, but the perfume and taste is really, really good.

I would drink this again and again. An outstanding beer, lovely aroma and taste, and at 5.1% alcohol, I can indulge all day long.

pat

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 UncleJimbo
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at Bukowski's in Cambridge, MA. (Thanks to PatandDavid for recommending it.) 16.9 oz brown bottle.

This helles poured a hazy, golden color with tall(!) white foam that lasted and lasted, but eventually did leave lace as it receded. The smell was malty, floral, and effervescent. The taste was a wonderful bread/biscuit malt flavor with an excellent balance of floral hops. The mouthfeel was initially a bit sharp on the tongue, but then became very smooth and mellow. The body was medium with a crisp finish. The floral hops were present throughout. This was a very, very nice beer, and I hope I can find some in a store near me.

9/18/03
Have since found this in a store near me, and it is now one of my all time favorites.

Photo of budgood1
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a slightly hazy, golden straw colour...ample head and lace. extremely aromatic...big time german noble hop aroma...take the normal euro hop aroma and ratch it up a couple notches. smells great! the taste is all euro...it's all about the aromatic hops. becks times two. or three. minus the skunk notes. anyway...the maltiness really backs up the flowery hop load and provides the drinker with an extremely accurate interpretation of what most german brewers are trying to accomplish when brewing a pils, or in this case, a helles. unfiltered for our enjoyment...this may be the best lager i have ever tasted out of deutchsland. full of flavour and unbelieveably slammable. near perfect mouthfeel. this beer is great.

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

From the great brewing state of Bayern comes yet more quality suds. Pours a fierce whipped egg white covered chunky golden. Nose is all baklava: honey, allspice, roasted pistachios and phyllo. lip-smackin' sugar draught is instantly jumped by tough hop leaves that were harvested from thirty foot stalks, and they know it. This is not a beer that is going to assert itself like a door-to-door bible salesman though. It is here to slide effortlessly down our pipes, caress our buds and remind us that a good brew can be as natural as a morning pinch.

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.

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.

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 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 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 AlexJ
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours beautifully, glowing, hazed apricot amber in color with 3 fingers of fluffy froth topped by rocky peaks. Retention is epic and lace coats my Maredsous goblet.

Aroma is soft and inviting, light notes of caramel, honey, dried hay, lemon candy, spiced yeast, and herbs. Subtle, but nice.

Flavor is creamy malt sweetness upfront with soft fruity tones accentuated by dried grass, lemon custard, fruity yeast, biscuits drizzled with honey, and light hop bitterness in the form of grassy herbals and floral tones.

Body is just below medium, very creamy teaxures, with a thirst quenching and highly quaffable nature. This pairs exceptionally with the spicey Vietnamese noodle bowl I made for dinner. I could easily drink this by the bucket.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeast-laden pumpkin that fades to amber at the margins. I was greeted with a rifle crack on top popping and the visible evidence of abundant carbonation is obvious during and after the pour. A massive, pillowy cap of pale gold-tinted ivory fills the pint glass, beneath which I see a few fingers of beer that is as busy with bubbles as with yeast. Several broken rings of sea foam lace are the only (minor) negative when it comes to the appearance.

The nose is exceptionally clean and is pretty evenly balanced between lightly toasted malt and noble hops. In addition to their earthy and floral characteristics, there's also a fruitiness that is nice. I haven't had enough beer of this style to know if this one fits within the guidelines or not, but I do know that I like the way it smells.

Hell Naturtrub is damn good beer. The malty side of the scales is weighted down at least as far as the hoppy side. This lager is subtle, yet is surprisingly flavorful at the same time. I can appreciate lightly toasted barley, baked almonds and herbal hops. Hallertau, while not usually one of my favorites, is utilized well here.

The mouthfeel is light and feels even lighter due to the still enthusiastic carbonation. It isn't intrusive or annoying in the least, but rather fits the beer well and keeps the mouth party hopping. Even the smallest pour generates an instant three finger head.

Wolnzacher Hell Naturtrub is my third keller bier (or maybe it's a zwickel bier, I have no idea) and is my favorite. The others were good, but this one has that 'certain something' that all really good beer possesses. It would go great with a ploughman's lunch. If you like flavorful lagers that look like a dream and don't stint on flavor, then you're sure to like, or even love, this one.

Photo of rajendra82
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive golden pour is quite hazy due to the unfiltered nature of the beer. Tall off-white colored creamy head is much better retained than most lagers. Aroma is light hops that are grassy (and a bit sulfury) with clean smelling malts. Taste is very balanced between malts and hops. The malts are sweet-sour and grainy, while the hops are delicate and aromatic. Unlike most other European lagers, the beer has a substantial body and a medium mouthfeel. This is an exceptional lager, which I offered to an uninitiated friend from work, and even he was impressed by the taste and smoothness.

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

Hazy pale golden appearance. CO2 bubbles rise at a rapid clip. A medium size ivory white head settles in eventually as a small airy coating of froth. Retention then is quite good. Some nice pils like maltiness and some soft floral hops as well. The mouthfeel is quite lively and active, but not bothersome. Body seems to be about medium or so. Flavors of pale malts, hay and slightly grassy hop tones intermingle. A little biscuity as well. Quite drinkable. Decent brew.

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

Poured hazy deep amber hue with a large frothy light brown head that lasted with good lacing.

Heavy toasted caramel malt aroma.

Medium body with a smooth texture.

Good moderate sweet toasted malt flavor with a moderate sweet finish of average duration.

Good complex brew.

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

Lovely, bright golden color, with a generous helping of snowy foam.
Aroma: soft, floral, perfumey, with a tiny touch of sweetness and spice, quite nice.
And then, even sweeter and smoother on the lips. Hops have a delightful impact on the tastebuds, lemony, honeyish, and yummy!
Light-bodied, but full-flavored. Goodness, it gets better. Starts good, then never stops.
Terrifically balanced, well-rounded, a great lager.

Thanks, UncleJimbo!

Photo of ElGuapo
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours to a very pale color with a whole bunch of sediment hanging around. the head is pretty nice, and it will stick around for a bit.
the aroma is filled with hops and hints of fruit. it also had an aroma i couldn't really put my finger on almost like grass.

a fine medium bodied brew with great smoothness. a little bit of tingling from the carbonation is welcomed. the flavor was excellent with malts starting you out with fruits in the backround. you then get a blend of hops that caps it off quite nicely. a doughy or bready kind of taste is with you throughout, and you are left with a somewhat dry finish in the end.

this was a very interesting helles to me. it was unlike others i have had before, and hopefully i will have more like it soon.

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 BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm! Spring is here! The weather is warming...time for more beers like this! The cloudy brass color with a frothy white head is a welcome sight. Hops, light malt and hay-like aroma, with a trace of cloves linger. The lightly sweet malt tames a sharp-edged back of the throat bitterness. Lime-like citrus taste mingles with traces of alcohol and make for a well-balanced, highly drinkable brew.

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