Wolnzacher Hell Naturtrüb | Wolnzacher Bürgerbraü AG

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Wolnzacher Hell NaturtrübWolnzacher Hell Naturtrüb

Brewed by:
Wolnzacher Bürgerbraü AG

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UncleJimbo on 07-01-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of jdhilt
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of jackndan
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Burgrbrau: a half liter bottle, with a small ring around the neck. It is a fine looking beer. Tannish brown, very hazy, lots of sediment in this brew.

Not a whole lot of head, despite a fairly vigorous pour. Slight Belgian lacing down the sides.

The taste is unremarkable: some malts, but this is a fairly light session brew in my view. Lightly flavored, with a mild aftertaste. Somewhat astringent, but easy to drink in the long run.


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Photo of Tballz420
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
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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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on September 25, 2005. This beer impresses me right from the start. The elegant bottle, with smooth special glass and interesting label. It pours, a hazy orange-tinged golden, bubbling away with nice carbonation, and a crystal white frothy head. Sweet and dusky malt aroma, with cranberries, crackers, and brown rice. A very "whole grain" waft. Flavor is effervescent, sweet, creamy and a little tangy, with a nice dry run of hops on the background. Extremely smooth, with some lemon and yeast notes. A little chewy and bready. Palate is a slighty coppery, but isn’t really bad. This is drinkable and delicious all the way through.

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Photo of genaro
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wolnzacher was a cloudy light gold color with a good full head. It also had good lace.The aroma was slightly spicey (cloves), grassy, and citrusy (lemon and orange peels). A mellow tasting beer with hints of caramel and citrus and sweetness. It had a nice hop bite and was well carbonated. The finish was dry and slightly bitter-sweet.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Todd
3.82/5  rDev -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 ...

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy burnt orange. tons of chunky bits of unfiltered goodness.

low carbonation that renders decent head that dissipates with nice lacing on glass.

Nose was uneventful with wow but got nice raw malt sniff

Taste was interesting but very good. It was as many stated the lager answer to real ale with rawness to the malt and hops that was enticing. Soft flavors and mildly hoped.

finish is smoth and short lived so you r ready for your next quaff pretty quickly.

My first Zwickel and I liked it alot

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Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of necoadam
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a murky orange/golden color with a huge head that takes a while to settle down. Almost looks like a light IPA in appearance. Smell consisted of hops, grassy aromas, hay-like aromas as well, some light malts. Taste was refreshing as well. Some bready malts with some herbal/floral hops to make it a crisp finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium. A pretty good brew. Unfiltered helles, gotta try more of these wonderful beers. Go grab this, just make sure it's nice and fresh.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Lupin
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eruptive pour filled with undying carbonation yields a stable, solid 2-inch head at once humbling with its naturality and frustrating with its stubborness. Perhaps it is a defense mechanism against too cold beer, forcing you to let it sit while the head settles down and the beer warms to room temperature.

What's there for you once the dust has cleared, however, is a snapshot of Germany -- its beers and pubs, yes, but also its brats, leiterhosen, and any other stereotype you can think of. I've never been there, but I will tell my children fond stories of Wolnzach from my youth, for this beer has captured a profile as honest and detailed as artifacts in a museum.

Lots of toasty biscuit and dough balanced with soft, noble hops that lend a dry hint of grassiness on the finish. Absolutely fresh malted barley flavor, like plunging my face into a bag of 2-row. The malt is rich, but clean. The carbonation is enormous -- like snow blowing upwards on the first day of a Midwestern winter -- yet never sharp or abrasive.

Though unfiltered, Wolznacher still tastes clean, hit with chill haze and evocative, jellyfish stinger strands of yeast, quite _creamy_, but otherwise not distinguishable enough to be its own style -- the zwickel -- of which this is my first. Very full bodied as it warms.

There is a depth to this beer in its malt -- rich, off-dry, never cloying, biscuity, toasty -- lending a true sense of what I expect German beer to taste like, which is also a premonitory act on this beer's part.

The hop profile shows you why these low alpha German hops are called "noble." Gently floral citrus reminds me of homebrew dry-hopped with Liberty -- a hop quite similar to the Hallertauer used here.

Grass. Lemon/lime. Peanut brittle. Chestnut. Brown butter. Milk & honey.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of diegominach
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ElGuapo
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of aracauna
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Wolnzacher Hell Naturtrüb from Wolnzacher Bürgerbraü AG
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 41 ratings