Wittmann Urhell
Brauerei C. Wittmann

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German Helles
Ranked #283
Ranked #44,423
3.45 | pDev: 10.72%
Brauerei C. Wittmann
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Photo of Griffin2
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml can into a Willi Becher pint glass.
L - Pours a clear straw yellow color with a slight white head.
S - Smells of crackery malts.
T - Tastes of bready malts with some spiciness on the finish
F - Medium body and carbonation
O - Pretty easy drinking helles.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint pale caramel + pale bright yellow colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of cereal grain + bready malts with a moderate amount of grainy + light fruit (green apple) sweetness. Light to moderate aromas of spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of cereal grain + bready malts with a moderate amount of grainy + light fruit (green apple) sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of spicy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades away fairly quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Fairly clean finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable enough but just not an exciting offering, something about the aroma/flavor profile of this beer just falls a touch flat.

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Photo of beertunes
2.51/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

16oz can, best by date of 05/21, Poured into 14oz teku. Poured a cloudy (much cloudier than is typical for the style) medium yellow color with over an inch of white head that had very good retention and lacing.

Lots of skunk in the nose. Underneath that, nice base grains and light, floral hops.

Pretty similar on the palate, skunk at first, malt and hops hiding in the background.

The body was fairly average, light (although, maybe a touch fuller than is the norm), smooth, and with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability was OK, would have been better without the skunk.

Overall, an OK-ish example of the style. Can't recommend it, but it's probably worth the tick.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

As tired as I am having of Helles during this Advent, I must come to the defense of this under-rated lager.
This is a pretty beer; clear, voluminous head that leaves a nice lace. Smells are mostly malt with some floral hops. Tastes are balanced from a malt-head's perspective, but the hops' after-taste could be metallic to hop-heads.

While Wittmann has an interesting lineup, I'd guess that all we will get from them in the States is this Urhell. Nonetheless, I give them a quick review... particularly short since I cannot find the English button. The pictures tell me that Kalea has included yet another traditional family Bavarian brewery, probably in the ex-urban Munich region. (In fact, Kalea also included them in the 2016 Advent Calendar.) The Calendar was given to me and I enjoyed it. But, I would not buy it unless Kalea included some micros that started up in the 21st Century. I found some interesting contemporary brewers in Munich this past May. Include them.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

500mL can, EXP 05/2021. A thick layer of white foam caps an almost clear golden bier. Floral, spicy German hops and pale malt for aroma. Lighter flavors and very refreshing with notes of biscuity pale malt, grass, floral and spicy hops. Light-to-medium body, very creamy texture, moderate carbonation, balanced finish. Pretty good overall - not the best of the pack and not the worst of the pack.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The aroma is grass,grain, malt,yeast,sour/fermented, skunky
Taste was definitely skunky, grass,hay,grain,malt,yeast
Not sure if it was just the can I had that got skunkified but it wasn't helping this beer at all. Even without that it still had a slight sour taste that dominated too much

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Photo of hman43
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours golden with a white head. head retention is good.

Smell: It has a grainy sweet aroma with hints of apple. There is a very low floral note to it.

Taste: It is grainy sweet with hints of apple and floral elements.

Feel: It has a medium light body and finishes quite sweet.

Overall, it is a rather sweet, grainy there with a few other elements.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The twenty-third, or dare I say dreiundzwanzigste, can in the Costco/Kalea 2019 Advent Calendar.
Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) can into a muffin top taster pint; best by 05/2021.
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark golden color with a two finger, foamy and fluffy, white head, half a finger of retention, and numerous, tiny, spicules of lacing.
S: Aromas of grasses and grains, maybe a tad of pepper.
T: Dry. Flavors follow the nose. Somewhat metallic bitterness, not a plus. A stale note thereafter, ?vanilla or corn.
M: Light bodied with low carbonation.
O: Drinkable, but not terribly interesting and the metallic quality is off-putting. I remember drinking out of steel cans when that flavor was derived from the packaging. Not the case here, though.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

L: stale, sticky, yellow oily appeal with an excessive soapy head

A: freshly mowed grass

T: creamy, light honey, metallic follows them vanilla

F: creamy and light

O: decent, but'd be better without metallic vanilla finish

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Photo of jkblr
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500mL can stamped EXP 05/2021 (19 months from now!) poured into a pilsner glass at fridge temp 5.1% ABV. The beer pours bright straw yellow with off white head. The head recedes slowly to a thick cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is faint with only a touch of pils malt. The taste is grassy, mildly bitter pils at first with a slightly oxidized mineral finish and aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, ok. I think this would’ve been ok if it weren't so oxidized. Another beer from the Costco box that didn’t impress.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear straw color with a very small white head of fizzy foam. The head fades rather fast to leave a tiny bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is quite light overall, with the biggest aromas being that of a caramel smell mixed with a bit of a bready and doughy aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready and slightly malty flavor with a bit of caramel sweetness. As the taste advances there are notes of a corn syrup sweetness as well as a little bit of an herbal and floral hop. The hop are very light, but add a nice dimension to the taste. A little bit of a hay taste and a touch more caramel come at the very end to leave one with a malty, and somewhat sweeter lager taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thinner with a carbonation level that is average to a little lower. A little higher carbonation would have been more fitting for the style, but overall the feel was pretty decent.
Overall – An alright lager that is a little sweeter but has a nice, light bit of dank hop to it.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale golden yellow in color, with a slight snow-white head, Thick, unbroken lacing coats the glass walls. The carbonation is profuse, fine-beaded, and slow-rising.

Aroma: The aroma is mainly defined by white bread, and a slight herbal hops presence, there are also very faint notes of alcohol, and some grassy hops.

Taste: Very slightly tangy pale malt, followed by a wave of noble, herbal and grassy hops. Notes of biscuit malt and citrus also appear. Finishes with light caramel malt, and a wave of herbal hops, with nicely balance the sweetness of the malt.

Mouth feel: Decently full and soft, pleasant, with just a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a 500 ml, 16.9 ounce steel can, served in a standard Pilsener glass. Beer number thirteen (December 13th) from the 2017 Costco Advent Beer Calendar. Expiration date on bottom of can is 03/2019.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml can poured into a Pilsner glass. Advent day 13? A clear golden orange with a one finger head that moves to a foamy lace before a sip is taken. The aroma is pale malt, some faint grass. The taste is pretty straightforward. Pale malts and bread. Carbonation is medium but soft, the feel is medium light. Worth a try.

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Photo of Buck89
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the Advent box. Clear golden color with a thick white head. Good retention. Floral, citrus aroma with some bready notes. Crisp bready taste with slightly sweet note. Good balance with floral and earthy hops - moderate bitterness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall a nice Helles. Above average offering from the box thus far.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with an orange tint. Two fingers of white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is pilsner, light wheat bread, and biscuits, with herbal and resin hops behind. It has a sugary bread smell. Flavor profile is light bread, and biscuit malts at first with sugary pilsner malts closing it out. Herbal and resin hops add extra flavor and sweetness to the finish. Mouth feel is a bit fizzy, but still crisp. Overall, a solid Helles Lager, with well crafted malt notes and balance.

Served in a 12oz shifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of txmilligan
5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth pour that resulted in a clear amber with FANTASTIC lacing. Great yeast aroma that leads to a smooth flavor with a wonderful creamy feel and great wheat tone. Lovely flavor, smooth and crisp. Outstanding beer!

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Photo of jenbooks
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Day 2 of the Brewer's Advent calendar. 500ml can, poured into a Weizen glass.

Pale golden, almost but not quite clear. Thick head, disappears slowly leaving lace.

Feels and tastes crisp and light, no specific flavor jumps out at me but it's smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pure gold with medium to heavy bubbles on the body. White head comes off a little thick, maybe a notch above half an inch. Settles after a few sips.

Smell: Bland hops, average at best.

Taste: Simple hops, little bitter. Has light sour notes to the brew but won't leave you lusting.

Mouth: Not sticky but thirst quenching.

Overall: Average brew, I wasnt expecting much just the second beer part of my advent calendar. Enjoy and always in a glass...Salud.

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Photo of josephandbrown
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is very light. I detect a little of that typical lager grain smell, but there is also a hint of hop floralness. On the whole the aromas are quite understated. The beer looks crystal clear, with a steady streams of bubbles. The color is straw to pale gold, what I would expect from the style.

The malt is also very light in this beer, much less present than the last advent calendar beer. Unlike the last beer, there is some hop presence. Based on the style and flavor, I believe Saaz hops were used. These hops, part of the "noble" family of hops, tend to have an herbal taste; in fact, I may be mistaking this aspect when I detect floral aromas.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Day 2 of the Bier Calendar. From the can, it pours a light yellow-gold color with a nice head. Mostly grain in the nose. The mouth follows with the light malt coming through in a good German Helles. Yum!

Also in the 2019 Calendar.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served from the can in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Day 2 of the 2016 Brewer's Advent Calendar. This one pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild grains, flowers, and a touch of grass. The taste brings in more of the same, the grains taking on a slightly oat-y character. The body is fairly light, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decidedly mild and unassuming beer, one that only impresses in its depth of mildness.

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Photo of Shadman
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First sample from the 2016 German Beer Advent Calendar. Cool looking can.

Quite pale straw yellow colour with a frothy thick head of foam after pouring it into a weizen glass.
Grainy malts and a slight dry grass aroma
As advertised the malts lead the way, alternating between slightly sweet dough and mild wheat bread. There's a noticeable gap of watery nothingness before the grassy, slightly spicy hops do their part to attempt to balance out things.
Decent feel although the carbonation tended to disappear too quickly, leaving things a tad flattish.

It's decent and solidly unspectacular.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml can, day 23 of the 2015 Costco Beer Advent Calendar - nice to see another different brewery represented in this so-called mixed pack.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of remote island group lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy pale malt, a bit of doughy and yeasty white breakfast biscuit, a hint of white grape juice, suggestions of ephemeral gasohol, and some decent earthy, grassy, and spicy noble hops. The taste is bready, doughy pale malt, a further grainy cereal sweetness, white wine lees, very subtle petrol notes, and some more zippy leafy, spicy, and wet grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate for the job at hand, via its plainly rendered frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a simple airy creaminess lending a helping hand. It finishes on the sweet side, the varied malty nature doing well to persist.

Another generic, if still well-made version of the style, the rounded malt the star of the show, with a pleasant enough supporting cast of old-school hops. Worthy of picking up if you're into such things, I would proffer.

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3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mainly yellow 500 ml can labeled "Unser Original". It's stamped on the bottom with a production date of July 2015 and a EXP(iration) date of Sept. 2016. 4.9% ABV
Appearance: pale golden body; clear and topped with a large, frothy white head that makes me think of whipped egg whites. The head is very durable and plenty of sticky white lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma: Lightly sweet; mix of mild malts and stronger, spicy hops; hints of biscuits and lemon.

Flavor: Lightly sweet. Spicy hops with lemon and hints of baked bread and caramel.

Light body and medium carbonation.

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Wittmann Urhell from Brauerei C. Wittmann
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 66 ratings