Altenmünster Brauer Bier Urig Wurzig - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
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3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
There appears to be two entries for this beer here. This one (with rating B+) and another under Urig Wurzig (with rating D+), both with the same label in the photo. Such disparity!
Pours a slightly hazed golden yellow colour, with a crackling head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a slight collar of large white bubbles and a film that replenishes itself with the fine carbonation. It's a shame about the lack of head retention, but otherwise, it's a suitable looking Munich Helles.
Nose is pretty decent. Nice German grain character, with a rustic, cleansing crisp malt character, and just enough hops to balance—a slight hint of carbonic acidity and citric tartness. It's subtle, but it allows the malt to do its thing, and that's its job.
Taste is light, but pleasant enough, with a singing sweetness on the back that shies away from being sickly, what with the very light body, and the upswell of grain characters that give it a more savoury tone. Minimal hop bitterness, which is a little bit of a shame, because I can imagine the hops just cutting back the sweetness again a little.
It's a pretty decent stylistic example. Clean enough, with some classic characters. No, it's not a beer to knock your socks off, but beers of this style aren't meant to do that. It's just clean, correct and quaffable.
08-29-2011 08:25:33 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.55/5 rDev -2.7%
A- The quintessential, but distinctly unremarkable look of a typical lager. Hey, it's not necessarily a bad thing. The head does not stay around.
S- I'm surprised to note that a definite maltiness dominates the nose! Far from what I was expecting to be honest, as I thought this would be the familiar citrus/grassy smell. I am pleasantly surprised.
T- The taste, on the other hand, does not surprise at all. It is almost worthless for me to list what goes on here- all you need to do is look at the beer style to know EXACTLY what you're getting. I am noticing, though, that this does seem to finish quite clean. Bonus points for that.
M- A stereotypical carbonated, light mouthfeel. Meh, it isn't exactly letting the beer down.
O- Pretty good. Definitely better than all those macro brews, but a little lacking in some areas. Hugely sessionable.
08-16-2011 14:17:36 | More by aeolianshredhead
3.05/5 rDev -16.4%
A: Light golden, perfectly transparent. Head dissipates almost as quickly as it forms, with just a little remaining at the top.
B: Maybe it's because I'm getting over a cold, but I hardly detect any aroma at all. Maybe a slight hint of the hops, but that's it.
T: Light and savory - There's a certain richness that I almost want to describe as "brothy" if that's not too out there. I get more yeast as the glass gradually warms. Prominent malty flavor, very lightly hopped. This is a very subtle beer, although I wouldn't quite call it bland.
M: Nice and full bodied without being thick. Somewhere between a Pilsner and a heavier beer.
O: This is really quite unique - and what's unique about it is what it lacks. It's a very light flavor, but somehow I don't find it dull. There's no single feature of the beer that reaches out and grabs your attention, but somehow it all forms a very nice, drinkable finished product.
05-20-2011 20:24:38 | More by JoeyV
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
Perfectly clear golden colour with a thick, fluffy white head. Good head retention.
Mild malty aroma with a hint of herbal hop aroma. Very light.
Light malty flavour with a crisp, bitterness. Slightly grainy with just a bare hint of fruitiness.
Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation.
A nice, easy drinking Helles Lager with decent flavour. This is definitely not a challenging beer but a real step up from the standard Australian lagers.
03-15-2011 04:13:31 | More by dgilks
District of Columbia
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
A: Pours a bright, clear golden color. The clean white head is very tall, with a dense, frothy texture. Retention is very good, and a nice amount of soapy lacing sticks to the glass.
S: Doughy, bready maltiness in the nose. Somewhat grainy, with some sweetness. A bit yeasty and musty. Noble hops are pungently grassy and herbal, per the style.
T: Again, a doughy, bready character is most prominent. Yeast character is prominent, with some lightly fruity (white grape) notes. Noble hops are very pungent, with sharp floral and herbal character. Bitterness is fairly high for the style, building gradually into a strong bite. Slight alcohol in the finish, if that can be believed for 4.9% abv.
M: Medium body. Carbonation is perky but not overdone, lending a nice crispness. A dry, clean finish.
D: A raw, rather hoppy Munich Helles lager. The malt bill is definitely to style, but the hop presence is much closer to a pils than most other Helles lagers. It lacks some of the polish that the style typically has, but makes up for it with a bolder flavor and more assertive hoppiness. A nice offering at any rate.
01-16-2011 22:49:05 | More by Clydesdale
2.9/5 rDev -20.5%
Chilled 0.5l bottle with swing top cage and ceramic and rubber stopper. Poured into a tall Pilsner glass.
Bright golden amber body with a very crisp clean appearance and haze or cloudiness. Generated a huge white and fluffy mass of head that dried away fairly rapidly.
Aromatically, there isn't much to report other then a very soft yeast and peppered with malt aroma that is rather one dimensional and consistent.
In the mouth this is definitely very fresh, clean and crisp with malty notes and floral hops coming through.
Light to medium carbonation and light bodied. Overall there is not a lot to jump up and down with this offering, particularly so if you have tasted the style from many other German and Austrian brewers.
It is always hard to critique this style, mostly because of the close similarities between them and the brewers requirements to fit within rigid parameters. However, great examples always stand out and this definitely isn't a stand.
Having said that, if you want a Pilsner and you love the style and this available to you then I recommend trying it.
11-20-2010 12:27:15 | More by SleepyMonk
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
Poured from a 50cl bottle into a tulip.
A - Classic bier look! Beautiful finger of fluffy head with a golden ale below. Distinct column of carbonation bubbles streaming out from the middle of the liquid. Almost ad-worthy.
S - Malt & wheat. Typical Helles Lager.
T - Pale lager style, mildly wheat-like with an undercurrent of malt. Slightly sweeter aftertaste mixed with some more prolonged bitterness.
M - Slightly spicy on the tongue but with not much else going on..
D - Pleasant and easily drinkable but a bit strong on the wheat/malt thing at the start. No problem knocking back a few of these.
11-11-2010 11:37:16 | More by xylophonica
3.45/5 rDev -5.5%
Bought this on a short trip to Germany. 'Urig und Würzig'... the red label... It's been reviewed in several different identities, and I'm a little surprized to see the rating varies from A- to D+, when it defenately looks like the same product.
Looks golden colour, with a decent head, but hardly any carbonation.
Smell is faint... malty and little yeast, with some mild floral and citric notes.
Similar taste. Mild bitter aftertaste. Light body, missing the bubbles.
All in all an ok experience, but nothing special.
09-17-2010 13:48:40 | More by RuudJH
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
Had this beer in St. Goar, Germany on a trip around the continent. Small town, right on the rhine.
Smell: Malty aroma, bitter and hoppy notes.
Taste: This beer is balanced, bitterness with grassy hops and buttery notes. Medium carbonation, very drinkable, but overall there beer is nothing spectacular. But.. Helles Lager v American Pale Lager, hah, no comparison.
12-12-2009 21:09:34 | More by randawakes
4.85/5 rDev +32.9%
As good as a Helles gets.
Clean body, lightly bitter and dry aroma. Body is light but flavor is strong. Classic beer flavor with pleasant lasting aftertaste. The finish lingers. Something like this should be marketed in the US at an affordable price. BMC would clearly be exposed for the difference between what they market and what they actually make.
03-12-2009 19:21:47 | More by allboutbierge
United Kingdom (England)
3.05/5 rDev -16.4%
Brown flip-top bottle holding 0.5 litres of a golden yellow beer which I poured into a Berliner Kindl 0.5 litre straight sided glass.
The beer looked fine, clear and wholesome, a fair sized clean white head sat on top of the glowing liquid, hoped it tasted as good as it looked.
Odourless, normal pilsner/lager/helles nothingness. Am I the only person on BA who struggles to pontificate about these styles of beers aromas? It gets my standard lager score of 3.
Maybe I wasn't thirsty enough, maybe I wasn't hot enough. This was just a normal German light beer to me. OK, it was soft, clean and smooth tasting, but it was nothing special in any aspects. Nothing made it stand out from the crowd (apart from the bottle design).
09-23-2008 19:16:47 | More by BlackHaddock
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
The colour is medium yellow with a weak tint of gold. The high foam slowly sinks down to an uneven finger thick head. There are some traces of lacing.
The smell is very malty and fresh. Lots of bitter-aromatic hoppy notes. Some sweet notes and a hint of alcohol. But it is mostly malts going on here.
The taste is also very malty, but it doesnt get heavy. It is also balanced by a clean and robust bitterness and some light notes of grassy hops and buttery notes. The aftertaste is mild and very harmonic with flowery and bitter notes.
The carbonation is medium strong; small fresh strong bubbles.
This is a highly drinkable, uncomplicated beer with a lot of character.
08-31-2007 19:45:14 | More by bark
4.2/5 rDev +15.1%
Poured a tall, creamy, off-white head that lasted for a minute or so. Pale golden beer showcases a swarm of carbonation. A faint sweetness from the malt and bit of grassy hops make up the aroma. The mild grainy sweetness from the pungent hop flavor. It's a mix herbal hop flavor along with a chewing bitterness that make for a solid hop punch. The flavors hold strong well after you swallow the beer, and the bitterness sticks around into the next morning. A solid Helles Lager, and if you're into hops then this one is for you.
07-21-2007 17:04:28 | More by HappyHourHero
4.3/5 rDev +17.8%
Appearance is more then just ok pooring in with a thick and lasting head and a beautifull actually quiet dark golden beercolor. Nose is very malty, litle yeastarome and litle hops in the background. Taste is also full matly, "suffig", and full before going into a nice and bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is as expected from a Hell full and fresh. And hell yes I would love a couple more! Tasted bottle was best before 10-08-05.
02-15-2005 15:42:29 | More by paterlodie
Altenmünster Brauer Bier Urig Wurzig from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
83 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.