Weltenburger Kloster Anno 1050
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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #165
Ranked #33,884
3.75 | pDev: 10.13%
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: A 1 Pint 9 fl.oz brown glass bottle with a very colourful, Germanic looking label depicting a picture of old buildings set in a green valley. Advertised as the oldest Monastery Brewery in the world (Since 1050). Labelled as “Weltenburger Anno 1050” on the main label, with a neck label that also describes this as a 950th birthday beer. Some Birthday!

Appearance: A slightly hazy, but clean looking amber color. The head is white and massive at first, but this soon settles to a ¼” covering that remains to the end.

Smell: Grainy, wooden smell with a sweet caramel malt dimension. Has a fruity aspect also. Quite strange.

Taste: Has a slightly cloying sweet caramel introduction mixed with some grainy malt. This leads to a creamy toffee middle, and a grainy biscuit finish with some fruitiness

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation lends this beer a solid mouthfeel.

Overall: Brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot of 1516. But this tastes far from clean; in fact it is a rather ‘sticky’ beer. Not bad, but not one I could drink too much of to be honest.

Jun 01, 2003
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generallee from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 12, 2020
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BKotch from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 27, 2017
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Murph from Arizona

2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear bright golden color with a big fluffy head that settles to a film and leaves a nice trail down the glass. Weak smell of wheaty graininess and not much more. The huskiness carries over into the taste and makes it, initially, rather crisp but the brew turns to a malty sweetness that is a bit cloying and out of place. The brew is a bit cloying as mentioned and that really detracts from its mouthfeel, especially for the style. The beer is tolerable from a drinkability but why would I when there are so many better beers out there, including everything else that I have had from this brewery.

Oct 21, 2002
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beerguy101 from California

3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium copper color. Large head. Aroma is malty and fruity. A medium bodied Vienna lager. Malts are nutty and slightly sweet. There is also a touch of fruit. Hops are a little spicy. Smooth taste. Well balanced. Nice drinkable Vienna. Mouthfeel is full and round Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Oct 03, 2003
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mickeymac from California

2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It comes in a nice looking bottle but goes downhill from there. It pours golden-orange with a smallish white head and has little chunks of yeast floating about. Unfortunately, the smell and taste are almost non-existent. There's not much left to say.

Dec 15, 2002
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oberon from North Carolina

3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours lighter copper with a nifluffy two finger head that settles into a creamy-like top,aromas are quite fruity with a noticable sharp spiciness.Flavors are on the sweeter side but not cloying and quite grainy I notice as in the nose a touch of herbal sharpness in the finish.Seems a bit heavy for only 5.3% alc but I like it fruity and a little sweet but I wouldnt be able to drink this all day I dont think.This I would put in the Vienna style lager category or maybe a Fest beer but no way in hell a Kristall Weizen.

Jul 31, 2005
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Suds from Missouri

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a nice, big white head. The liquid is a cloudy, dark straw color. Aroma is slightly of citrus and caramel...and a bit malty. Tast is really nothing to write home about. Fleetingly nutting with medium bitterness and medium heft. Not a lot going on...can be on the sweet side. Drinkable and satisfying, but just not very interesting.

Apr 27, 2003
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken at the Zum Schneider in New York, June 30, 2007.

Pours a slightly hazy amber body beneath a full head of white froth that gently settles into a solid 3/4" cap. Average-sized bubbles rise steadily towards the surface, taking their place at the bottom of the slowly eroding cap. Minor spots and splashes of lace are left about the glass.

The nose is malty with an edge of caramel and a hint of Vienna-malt juiciness. Only slight background hops are present. Clean and direct. Welcoming.

The flavor is as might be expected - this is a slightly bigger version of a standard Marzen - mainly malty, even slightly biscuity and grainy, with the typical caramelish notes and subtle juicy fruitiness backed by grassy hops and a moderate, balancing bitterness.

It's quite easy to drink, and enjoyable the whole way through. It finishes dry with a swirl of grassy, and very subtly spicy hops, and a short lingering note of gently caramel-accented malt. Nicely done!

Dec 23, 2007
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rebel1771 from Florida

4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazey copper color with a decent head.

Smells of toasted malts dominate the aroma along with hints of citrus fruits.

The flavor is actually really nice. The same maltiness that dominated the aroma dominate the flavor. Along with the sweet maltiness is a bit of a herbal flavor that is quite nice.

All in all a very good beer, very smooth, I could have a few of these.

Dec 20, 2006
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CJRubes from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 15, 2019
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canucklehead from Canada (BC)

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Gold with a malty nose this a rounded beer that is full flavoured and very drinkable.Big head and nice malty nose The smoothness of the finish is a treat as this is one of the better OK fests I have had lately. Too bad it seems to be hard to find.

Oct 31, 2008
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a good long lived head. Looks a bit like rough cider. Comfortable looking beer.

Fruit, malt and resiny wood in the nose. Interesting, gets your attention, a pleasant noseful. Full mouthfeel. Solid, smooth and tasty. Dominated by sweet malt. Enough hops to keep it from being oversweet. Nice fruity character with herbal/spice notes similar to a wheat beer.

Good beer to melt into a chair with.

Jul 30, 2005
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a dark orange in color with brownish tones and a good, pure, white head that showed strong retention and left some cool-looking foamy pits on top of the liquid.

Smell – The malts here are well toasted and smooth. There is also a complex structure of sugars that I couldn’t quite dissect.

Taste – This one is super-sweet. The malts are laden with sugar syrup and a light, casky, chardonnay-type of woodiness. There’s a subtle hop balance that slows up the sweetness.

Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium-bodied Lager. It is heavy and chewy and finishes with a soft herbal bitterness. The ABV is evident.

Drinkability – This is straight German malt liquor. It’s not for the faint of heart but packs a good, solid punch.

Comments – This was originally entered on the site as a Kristal Weizen but is most definitely a German Lager.

Sep 10, 2004
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a fine glass of beer and a real dangerously drinkable dimpled mug, something about proper glassware still gets me stiff. a light but traditional take on the style, nicely foamy and frothy from the tap with some real gusto in terms of carbonation and zing on the palate. the balance is there, malty and earthy and with some sort of decadence to it, but its never really sweet or anything, and it ends up being something you could sort of slug into oblivion, at least thats how i feel. things like caramel and toffee are there, but there is a brilliance on the carbonation and a dusty sort of grounding old world vibe that keeps it from being big or overly rich, its smart and simple, classic and memorable almost instantly, and just one of those beers you shake your head and give thanks that it exists. there are so many more distinct and challenging and even better beers in this style, but a trusty steed like this is always appreciated, and i admire this for just being a very well executed example of a marzen without reinventing anything. we would all be lucky if we could drink something like this everyday, especially on draft. a winner in my book, and maybe the best one i have had from these guys so far...

Jul 11, 2019
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steveh from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"From the Oldest Monastery Brewery in the World." Gotta love that. Except that the label appears to be dated best by: March of '09. We'll see.

Poured into my tall Willi Becker.

A -- Nice clear, orange amber color with a thick, long-lasting, light tan head.

S -- Bready/yeasty malt up front in the nose. Just what I'd expect. Some very vague fruitiness back -- a bit off to style, but it's faint.

T -- Yeah -- that's the stuff. Big chewy maltiness with a breadiness that starts sweet and finishes dry. Faintest hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M -- Soft mouthfeel with a medium body.

D -- Terrific. I found a good, local source for this and plan to look for it more often.

Jul 01, 2009
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear amber golden with a white and frothy head which rose very tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was nutty with a nice Vienna/Munich character and a bit of a grainy note.

The flavor was nondescript with a bit of Munich malt, but nothing special. The beer was lightly malty but that was about it.

The finish was dry with a nice crispness that lasted into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly low carbonation. Not a bad beer, but missing complexity and interest.

16.9 ounce bottle. Code date 15.01.02 on label.

Apr 04, 2006
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merlin48 from Kentucky

3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle pours a clear amber body with a small almond head. Some sparse sketchy lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of caramel and spicy and earthy hops. Light medium body becomes a bit watery. Spritzy carbonation. Taste is toasted grain, caramel, and spicy and floral hops. Nicely balanced lager.

Nov 18, 2007
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Walnut from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 31, 2016
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surfmeister from California

3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice...
I had no idea what style this beer was supposed to be when I tried it, which made for a very interesting tasting. Coppery brown with a full, rich head, the murkiness did give it away as a wheat beer of some sort, nice malty taste with very subtle hopping, went down smooth, I was eager to have another and still didn't have a guess as to what style this was supposed to be. Kristal Weizen?, I've had other beers with that title that were just watered down Hefes. Well, I enjoyed this one and will try it again.

Apr 01, 2005
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tastybeer from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a light, olive-like cooper color. Big foam head that fades readily to a foamy soapy retention. Lacing is spotty and not bad. Nose is very bready, a little caramelly nicely toasty, fruity and spicey. Taste is pretty smoothly blended.and matches the smell well. Not bad, and especially since I've found this style lower on my list of favorite beer styles. Mouthfeel is smooth and mediumish. Good drinkability too.

Good and I may pick it up again. It doesn't bother me in anyway and is enjoyable.

Oct 27, 2006
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wedge from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold with a white foam head that leaves some solid, chunky lace. Bready, woody, black tea aroma with a bit of a spicy kick and a toasted nut skin quality. Smooth, lightly toasted malty sweet flavor and a mild hoppiness. There's a sweet, near gritty graininess thats actually very pleasant. Medium-light body is creamy in its low carbonation.

I'm not a huge Märzen fan but, this is a very pleasant beer. Seems to be a very accurate version.

Oct 27, 2006
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Dithyramb from Maryland

2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wasn't sure if I should go with this one. I know that it isn't available in the States any longer, but the guy at Dilly Deli kept telling me how nice it was. Some ink jet code on the back, but I was too lazy to check it out properly. I was told that the beer was at least three years old, but had "held up pretty well."
Looks just like the Uerige sticke I had the other day. Light burnt orange color with a weak, large bubbled head. Had little retention power, but had a bit of lacing. For a beer this old, there was quite a lot of carbonation feeding through the sides of the glass.
Fruity/earthy malt aroma with yeast.

Sorry, but as with my recent Sticke brew, this one came off as a weak home brew. The malts came off much like a can of syrup one would use to formulate a Mr. Beer container. Not horrible, I could note that there was some earthy malts with some bare hints of fruite, but not enough to warrant a try. Mouthfeel was almost non-existant. If the recent Lost episode wasn't so riveting, I probably would have poured half down the drain.

Sep 29, 2005
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Gagnonsux from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 25, 2017
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bdlusa from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 02, 2019
Weltenburger Kloster Anno 1050 from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 201 ratings