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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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 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 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.

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 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 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.

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