Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Style:
Lager - Helles
Ranked #27
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,463
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 8.93%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
140
From:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  8
Gots
  7
SCORE
87
Very Good
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A 1 Pint 9 fl.oz bottle with a very colourful, Germanic looking label depicting a picture of old buildings set in a green valley. Advertised as "From the oldest Monastery Brewery in the world (Since 1050)".
Wow, this beer pours a very, very light pale straw color, almost looks like it has a "watered-down" characteristic. The head is huge but soon settles to a ¼” thin but perfectly white collar. Nose is of malt, sweet malt and not much else. Introduction is of a crisp sweet maltiness, low mouthfeel with some feint bitterness in the finish. There is not much else to say about this beer really, sort of non-descript, vaguely memorable, a very restrained beer, subtle, but somehow - this a really great drinking beer.

Nov 15, 2002
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templar316 from Pennsylvania

4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beutiful golden yellow color, with a fluffy white head that blossoms above the top of my brewery stein. Nice retention and lacing as well. The aroma opens bready, and finishes with a flowery hop character. The flavor explodes on the tounge a perfectly subtle balance of hops and malt, with an incredible stoney finsh. This is exactly what beer this color should taste like. Perfect after a long hot day and exactly what beer this color should taste like. With a nice creamy finish and delicous aftertaste I could drink this all night.

Oct 09, 2007
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

A deep lemon and golden orange body, slightly hazy with some real microscopic rising carbonation. Head is supper creamy white, with a nice three finger cap and thick soupy like top. Creamed lacing on the glass with a soapy cling as well, bright white and thick. Just impressive.

Wow does this bouquet explode surprisingly. Huge hop herbal notes and sweet malt bready quality, with an incredibly smell of light honey and beeswax. Aromatic, spicy and real impressive. Fascinating bouquet, gives the impression a real big beer is coming.

Palate just coats like a giant paint brush. Huge, and thick and velvety cream notes all through everywhere. Banana slightly with a big note of honey candy and malt bread like action. Faint crisp finish, and even a steely fruit like aftertaste. Good malted bakery sense with a huge ester of banana to match.

This is unlike any helles I have ever had, and probably goes somewhere else for 5.6 abv. The result though is really memorable, absolutely love it.

Nov 18, 2014
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timon from California

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ya, the smell is not anything special here. Taste is typical for the style, with wheat, banana, and pear flavors. The look is generic, except for the head, which is very compact and fluffy. The mouthfeel is the winner here. Very syrupy for a 5.6 beer and the head is DELICIOUS--so fluffy and soft. A nice one to drink on the regular, if only the price were more local than import...

Jan 29, 2021
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beerguy101 from California

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color. Small head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied helles. Malts are light and biscuty. Hops are floral and crisp. Overall it is kind of fruity, orange, lemon and apricots. Touches of ginger and raisins. Well balanced. Light and refreshing. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Oct 03, 2003
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oberon from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into s 1/2 liter stein a chill hazed lighter golden with a fluffy egg shell colored crown atop that left broken glogs of lace as it settled slowly.Germal malt aromas,iron,a tinge of cripy bread,and honey.Flavors are sweetish upfront with some honey,maybe some light vanilla pod?Drying crisp finish makes it highly drinkable along with the sturdy mouthfeel.This is traditional top of the line malt driven Bavarian helles,very nice.

Jun 09, 2010
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Suds from Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a big white head that settles into dense tufts of foam. The aroma is extremely malty and sweet (it almost smells like a sweet fruit juice). The taste is light and sweet. Not a great finish...slightly sticky and unsatisfying. Very easy beer to drink, though...and I could see myself enjoying a good number of these.

Apr 18, 2003
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weltenburger Kloster Barock Hell
Code: 28581056

Appearance: Poured in stages to create a nice head, it's a clear deep-gold beneath two-fingers of frothy white foam. The head retention is very good, and the walls of lace that form as you tilt the glass break apart with each sip leaving rings behind.

Smell: Floral and just slightly grassy hops over a mildly sweet, grainy maltiness.

Taste: The floral hops suggested by the nose remain, combining well with the light note of sweetness in the grainy malt base. A firm bitterness balances it, and it finishes dry with lingering floral and grassy notes. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body, and smooth with a moderate carbonation that gently caresses the tongue.

Overall: An impressive, polished lager with a great floral hop character. Perhaps that's what the "baroque" label refers to. Very nicely done.

Jun 07, 2011
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Scoats from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan and John of the Dan and John Beer Page for giving me a 16.9 bottle of this wonderful beer

Reminscent of Paulaner Munich Lager; it is a very light lager with mellow but assertive hops. Subtly smooth with no harshness.

A triumph of the gentle touch.

Nov 07, 2002
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AudioGilz from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The head forms immediately and is huge and fluffy. It then dissappears quickly. The beer is pale straw in color with good clarity.
The aroma is pretty much mellow sweet malts, and maybe a touch grainy too.
Nothing exciting in the flavor department, just some sweet malts and a little bit of hops in the finish. It's pleasant to drink though and definitely would be a great session beer. The hops in the finish is what hit me as making it highly drinkable. It keeps just interesting enough to be happy.

Apr 09, 2003
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WMBierguy from Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy gold. Has the typical head that one would expect from a Helles, and it left tracing down the glass. The beer had a midly malty flavor, though not overpowering and not cloying. There was a hint of hops, but not much more. Overall, a fine example of a Munich helles. Try one and enjoy.

Mar 14, 2007
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Gavage from Nevada

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear pale yellow color. Huge 3"+ fluffy head lasts a log time.

Smell: some grass and saaz hop bitterness is detectable and pleasant.

Taste: bready malt is well balanced with some lemon zest, honey, grass, and noticeable spicy saaz hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Brief aftertaste as the bread, grass, and spicy hops linger briefly on the tongue. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: superb session lager. Easy to quaff and somewhat refreshing. Find some of this and enjoy it.

Oct 10, 2007
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Boilermaker88 from California

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle similar to the one in the picture into an imperial pint glass. This German lager had a clear light straw color with lots of fine carbonation winding its way up to a substantial bright white head that clung to life for a few minutes before receding down to a thin collar.
The nose sported the sweet aromas of grainy malts, floral hops and some orchard fruits like apples or pears. The dominant aroma came from the malts, though. Light-bodied and refreshing, Barock Hell had a nice clean malty taste, somewhat biscuity in nature, that easily stood up to the moderate amount of hops bitterness and mild level of spiciness in the finish. The fruitiness persisted throughout also, with light notes of apple and citrus making brief forays to the realm of detectability.
Overall, this proved to quite drinkable and enjoyable. One of this style that I'd be willing to come back to.

Jul 08, 2004
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RoyalT from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a nice orangish-yellow with a good head that stayed a bit and left some substantial, foamy lacing.

Smell – The grain is nice at the nose. It is sweet with hints of orange and grapefruit juices and also has a firm bitter balance.

Taste – This big malty lager starts very tight then opens up nicely with some light caramel flavors. The finish starts off bitter but ends with some big, creamy sugars.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied Helles is very smooth and creamy with lots of structure.

Drinkability – This was a great “first Friday” beer. Nothing ends the workweek quite like a good German lager.

Sep 07, 2004
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DrunkMcDermott from Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not quite a thrill a minute, but decent as German pilsnener-type lagers go. Pours a frothy head with big bubbles over a familiar German straw colord body. Low carbonation leaves a pleasing tickle. Somewhat doughy/biscuity malt action nicely counterbalanced by hops, unfortunately, its means neither is very noticeable. Goes down pretty nicely, at least. A touch of hop-bitter aftertaste remains on the tongue.

Dec 01, 2004
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steveh from Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had some earlier good luck with a few beers from this brewery, thought I'd see if I can keep the streak going.

A -- Slightly hazy straw to light gold color with a thick, firm, white head that lasts good and long.

S -- Big sweet, bready malt nose. That German malt character I always look for.

T -- Big malts again in the flavor -- breadiness that starts sweet and finishes dry with just the faintest balance of spicy hops throughout and some mild toasty bread character in the finish. This is what a good Helles is all about.

M -- Light to medium light body with a soft, leaning ever so vaguely to spritzy, but not with any carb bite.

D -- Outstanding. I'm gonna remember this one every time I get a craving for a good Bavarian Helles.

Jul 17, 2009
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass pale golden with a white head which rose well, but fell rapidly as it laced at the glass.

The aroma was lightly malty with a caramel aspect and a light fruitiness and little in the way of character.

The flavor was lightly malty with a more substantial bittering component that was more English is nature than German in flavor.

The finish was even with only a light hop flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation rather low. A pretty boring beer, nothing bad, but nothing to seek out.

16.9 ounce bottle. Code date 20.01.02 H.

Apr 02, 2006
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merlin48 from Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear, straw yellow body with a small white head that leaves some speckled lacing. Aroma of spicy and grassy hops and toasted caramel. Light body has a zesty and tingly carbonation. Taste is dominated by a spicy hop bitterness. A spearamint tea note emerges midway through. Toasty and malty caramel is up to the task for balance. A solid German lager.

Sep 01, 2008
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cypressbob from Northern Ireland

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, served chilled in an Antoon Konninck mug

Pours with a rich yellowy body, completely clear. Thick dense and pretty creamy egg white head, great retention also. Lots of mounds of lacing up and down the glass

Smell, whiff of alcohol, fresh grist, lots of biscuity malt aroma coming off. Some freshly ground black pepper, slightly perfumey, a few sugary tainted esters floating around in there too. Some almost belgian yeast character also, fresh melon and a touch of citrus

Taste, crisp and crunchy malt. Spicy and alcohol tinged bittering hops, some grassiness also. Some sweetness from the malt but its backed up by a solid hoppy bitter dryness on the finish. Peppery sharpness from the hops followed by some quinine like aftertaste, little bit of mild fresh fruit like cantelope.

A refreshing and very flavourful lager, really hit the spot

Aug 29, 2007
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale lemon with superfine bubbles that take their time joining a wonderful looking bright white crown. The foam has quite a bit of character and is a pretty good lace maker as well. This is a good looking helles that is as clean and as bright as any I've seen.

The nose, while decent, is less impressive. Its best feature is its balance, if one cares about such things. Slightly sweet pale malt is countered by mildly musky hops, with the total being no greater than the sum of the parts. I wish I could figure out the dating code because I'd love to know how fresh my bottle is.

Barock-Hell is a fraction more hoppy on the palate. Otherwise, the same elements described for the nose are still present and accounted for. Unfortunately, all of the hop bitterness made the trek across the Atlantic, but some of the hop flavor didn't (which is another reason I'd love to know when the beer was bottled).

Thankfully, the metallic nature of the first few ounces is no longer present. What's left isn't overly special and is closer in personality to a hoppier than usual Euro pale lager than it is a Munich helles lager. Having said that, those two styles overlap to some extent; at least by my palate. I am enjoying the grassy spiciness more and more as I get deeper into the bottle.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and is surprisingly well-carbonated. The flavor profile may not be overly 'helles' (bright), but all those bubbles ensure that the mouthfeel is. I'm still not inclined to reward it with a high score.

With the exception of their doppelbock (Kloster Asam-Bock), I haven't been bowled over by Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg beer. Barock-Hell is yet another better than average offering that does nothing to excite my taste buds or make me want to give it another go round.

Mar 05, 2007
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Zorro from California

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour an ultra clear yellow brew.

Smell is toasted musty grain and a mild hop perfume spicing.

Taste is sweet malt and a fairly strong dosing of hops. More bitter than your average lager almost plain bitter.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice lager with an assertive Bite to it.

May 29, 2004
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SCW from New York

4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 04, 2015
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Gaisgeil from Michigan

3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale yellow with a thick and frothy head, lots of lacing left along the way. Nose is quite light, a bit grassy, a bit weak on that end. Taste is very light, yet smooth and a bit creamy. A light hop presence followed by a yeasty character.

Overall fairly pleasent and satisfying, refreshing though not overly interesting. A very good session beer, easily thrown back in multiples if so inclined. Not my particular cup o' tea, or pint of beer as it were.

Slàinte!

Mar 16, 2005
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wl0307 from England

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 06/12/08, served chilled in a pint size pilsner glass.

A: pours a pale straw hue, coming with a pillowy white foamy head and rather moderate and steady flows of carbonation; uneven sheets of lace are left behind.
S: pretty light in malt intensity but still full of graininess with a touch of corn-starch and melted crystal sugar; a swirl gives rise to a pleasant floral-honeyish aroma and a mildly hayish note almost as from English or Czech hops, plus a faint sourness of a true lager, but overall the aroma is understated.
T: a lovely swallow of lightly honeyish malts leads towards a light touch of sugary citrusness on top of a very focused grainy taste of malts (slightly like a lighter version of pale bock), while the hop aroma and a faint spicy+grassy bitterness provide a very soothing aftertaste before reaching a clean finish.
M&D: while it's clean and crisp on the mouthfeel, the carbonation also remains pretty restrained and not too lively; the superior texture plus little sign of alc. makes this stronger version of Helles a pleasant beer to quaff. I can't think of anything bad about this lager. But, if anything, it's the slight lack of character. Considering the nice balance and superbly clean flavour profile, however, really this is a very well-executed product.

Aug 13, 2008
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scruffwhor from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a good of shade, slightly dull yellow. Hardly any bubbles , and very little to no head. Just a small ringof foam that holds on till about three-quarters through the half liter of beer. Very light grassy, pilsnery, crystal, malty goodness hits you with the first sip. Te finish s a tangy light hop finish. The palate is a little dry, tangy, but very refreshing. Great beer to be served in big mugs.

Mar 05, 2008
Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 140 ratings