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Hell - Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG

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86
very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.43%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2002)
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-01-2014 13:16:43 | More by wrightst
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Bellonc

Spain

3/5  rDev -22.7%

11-01-2013 13:05:39 | More by Bellonc
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap. Lager glass. Enjoyed on apr´13. Pale straw color, crystal clear appearance. White froth creates a close crown showing fairly good retention. Subtle malt grain flavor yields to a clean bitterness. Sparkling sensation. Very light body. High carbonation. Watery texture. Dry bitter finish. Very easy drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2013 20:01:41 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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ZachRusk

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

05-20-2013 15:55:38 | More by ZachRusk
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-14-2013 01:48:56 | More by spycow
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-09-2013 23:37:38 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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cdwil

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16%

12-30-2011 21:46:32 | More by cdwil
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vince4953529

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-15-2011 04:32:44 | More by vince4953529
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John_M

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Saw this on tap at the Apex today, and just figured I couldn't say no.

The beer pours the expected solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing honey, sourdough bread dough, and a hint of sandlewood. The flavor profile replicates the nose, except there's something of a marshmellow flavor as well that is quite attractive. Mouthfeel is where this beer really shines, and makes one understand why some folks are such lager fans. This beer has something of a buttery, light creamy mouthfeel, with a long, rich, yet dry finish. The balance in this beer is amazing, with everything seemingly in the right preportion. Drinkability is amazing... I could easily drink this beer all day and all night.

I can see where one might long for something more exciting after a while with this beer, but otherwise, this beer is so easy to drink, its just mind boggling. Yumm...

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 02:20:53 | More by John_M
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HopHead84

California

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/24/10

Thanks Chris!

A: Pellucid yellow gold with a soapy two finger head that recedes after a minute.

S: Malt character is lightly grainy with no sweetness. Lager yeast imparts a subtle green apple character and a little DMS. Hops are floral and grassy with a dash of spiciness.

T: Lightly bitter with a slightly grassy and spicy hop profile. Malt imparts just a little sweetness, it's mostly dry with grainy and crackery notes. The crisp finish displays a touch of sweetness with a light yet insistent bitterness.

M: Upper moderate carbonation, dry and crisp.

Overall: Though the ABV is far too high to be a Helles proper, this is still a very good and very refreshing Lager. I'm struggling to resist the urge to quaff this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 01:02:26 | More by HopHead84
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Aktien's helles lager rests in the glass a slightly hazy shade of pale gold. It's initially topped by two fingers of frothy foam, but that settles in time to a thin cap that leaves scattered webs of lacing clinging to the glass.

The nose is delicate and mild. I catch whiffs of clean pale malt, light grassy hops, ripe lemon. There's a faint vegetal character as well.

It's remarkably clean and balanced in flavor. Dry crackery malts appear first, followed by a mild zesty hop note and a hint of honey-like sweetness. It's light and crisp, dry on the whole, exceptionally clean and refreshing. It finishes on a dry note, only mildly bitter. At the risk of abusing the word "clean", this really is a wonderfully balanced and crisp lager. This is the sort of beer you could drink all night and not get sick of. In fact, I think I'll do that.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 23:35:15 | More by largadeer
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dyan for this one.

A: The pour is a crystal clear golden color with a fluffy white head on top.

S: A crisp lager nose with notes of sweet malt and spicy and earthy hops. Not terribly complex, but nice.

T: A really nice clean lager with some pleasant sweetness with perhaps a touch of fruity tartness (apples and lemons?). The hops are floral with just a mild bitterness.

M: Fairly light on the tongue as you might expect from a lager, but not watery at all.

D: Not usually my favorite style, but this one is really nicely done. Good clean flavors and a really refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 02:05:48 | More by womencantsail
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Offa

California

4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent helles.

Golden, it has an airy-bubbly, medium white head that shrinks steadily to a foamy ring and leaves a hint of lace.

The aroma is a full, pleasant, soft and sweet helles. It has grain and very flowery, herbal hops.

The taste is full-bodied grain, strong green apple, and light, airy, but very fitm, persistent herb. It has nice light sweetness and bitterness, with a firm, complex apple-herbal finish. It goes extremely well with food, which actually accents its flavours.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 17:17:20 | More by Offa
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a beer! The one bottle I drank at Max's this weekend turned out to be an absolute winner.

Brilliant clear light yellow with a dense white head with great retention. Very clean on the nose with a mild hop character and an incredibly fresh lemon character, along with a biscuit/cracker-like character. The palate is excellent, opening clean with a mild bitterness with a blend of earthy and lemony hops. Mild malt presence is noted, with some sugar and bread. Restrained and beautiful, this is a fantastic beer. The mouthfeel is phenomenal - silky smooth and yet crisp, moderately carbonated. The finish is outrageous, long lasting with a mild bitterness, a touch of malt and just brilliant. Through the roof, I just might have to drive back to Max's for more of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 17:44:11 | More by DefenCorps
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a pin glass the liquid is pale gold with very nice carbonation. The head is a good 3 fingers off white and leaves nice lace.

The smell is like a fresh nut bread.

The taste follows fresh nutty malt with loads of doughy bread.

The mouthfeel is a bit thinner then medium and the carbonation is very good.

The drinkability is very good a very nice example of a great brew style. Prosit Und Zum Wohl. MK

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 23:11:42 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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DogFood11

California

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice fresh version of this Munich Helles Lager. Poured into a pilsner glass it has an easily managed solid finger of tight head. Fine carbonation and a cascading effect after each pull. Light yellow in the same shade as most macro lagers.

First impression was that this struck a nice balance between bready and slight toasted malts. It combined once again rather even with a zippy and dry hop presence. Slightly sweetend corny grain lays down nicely towards the finish.

A wonderful representation and interesting to the last pull. Very approachable and easy on the palate. Nice to see some lighter german lagers arriving fresh and well taken care of.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 02:01:58 | More by DogFood11
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jaluria

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, pale-golden color with a frothy, thick head. The head was a soft white color and once it dissipated, it left behind a touch of lacing. A high level of carbonation could be detected. Aromas of subtle (floral) hops, juicy white grapes, citrus, yeast, and grass. The taste had more malt flavors than the nose would have indicated. Nice fruity undertones with a hoppy finish. Soft and mild with a slick texture. Overall, this is a crisp and very refreshing beer with nice flavors and a smooth finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 23:52:51 | More by jaluria
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BigJTrucker

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife chose this for me. 1pt 0.9 oz bottle , Bier Stein, Eugene, OR. Light yellow, Decent head. Very highly carbonated. 10 minutes after pouring, bubbles still rise fairly steadily. Smells like one would expect this type of beer to smell, not unpleasent, but nothing amazing either. Doesnt assault the palate with a barage of flavor. Very easy to drink. Wouldn't mind having this again at another time.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 09:14:37 | More by BigJTrucker
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Atlas1

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Aktien Hell pours a pretty golden color from the bottle. You can practically see right through it. A decent frothy one-finger head forms but soon dissipates. It does, however, leave a noticeable lace down the glass. The aroma is sweet and buttery; very floral with, perhaps, hints of lavender. I am not at all a lavender fan, but this smells quite nice to me. The taste, however, leaves a little to be desired I'm afraid. Some butter here, and some lemon, and a very discernable alcohol flavor which detracts from the whole beer. I think this may be an older beer, simply because I believe this would be a tastier beer when fresh. I may be wrong here, but I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. Mouthfeel is sturdy. Overall, I'm a bit disappointed here in the Hell, but I'm also going to give it another try to see if I get a different perspective with perhaps a fresher bottle. We'll have to wait and see. Until then, this gets a rather mediocre review.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 01:48:51 | More by Atlas1
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AChamberlain

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

.5l bottle from the Park Slope Fod Coop. $2.05.

A: Golden with a half inch head that stuck around for a while.
S: Bready. Malty.
T: Bready, but a little too much alcohol flavor for my taste.
MF: Medium bodied. Smooth and luscious.
D: Superrrr drinkable. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 01:52:57 | More by AChamberlain
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Imbiber

New York

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500ml bottle stamped "02 04", so I'm guessing it may have been brewed 2 years ago (though it tastes fresh enough).

Colour is hazy pale gold with very little head, below average carbonation. The aroma is hoppy and grassy. Taste is balanced but not too assertive with malt and hops. The mildly hoppy aftertaste is pleasant. Basically refreshing and an easy-to-drink brew; a good thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 14:19:15 | More by Imbiber
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Rezzin

California

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It's been a while since I've had a lager and I forgot just how bright and clear these beers can be. Looks like a great summer time beer. Thin head doesn't stay around long.

S - Grainy and somewhat fruity with some citrus notes. Smells a little hoppy too.

T - Wow, this was good! This is my first beer of this style and I really like it. Clean and refreshing taste. Mostly grainy with some maltiness (just a tad) and nice fresh hop bite to it. The finish seems a little sweet with a tiny citrus aftertaste.

M - Clean and crisp. Refreshing - ahhh... I should be drinking more of this stuff. This stuff goes down easy - before you know it it's gone. Well carbonated.

D - I could have several of these without even thinking. Time to look for 6 packs if they sell them.

I found this at a local liquor store and plan on picking up a few more. I recommend this one - it's good.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 03:00:53 | More by Rezzin
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Dukeofearl

California

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle bought at this great little German deli/sausage/meat/grocery specialty store in Calimesa, CA that I just discovered. OK, I just love the name- artwork showing a quaint German town surrounded by a field, and the name "Hell" in Gothic letters right above it. And I thought the Belgians had a sense of humor in naming their beers!

Pours a pale lager yellow with a decent, but not huge and frothy white head that is fed by carbonation of large soda pop-like bubbles from the side and bottom of my half-liter "Buble Bier" mug.

Aroma is fresh and clean, slightly sweet, very grainy with a slight sharpness that screams nice hop profile! I can't clamin that this is the best Helles I have ever smelled, but it's pretty good. Balance is very nice.

Flavor is a very nice follow-through of the aroma profile, with the hop bite in the finish being slightly stronger than what I expected from the aroma. But very tasty. Grain is dominant in the beginning, transitioning to the hops later in the swallow.

Mouthfeel is cleand and pleasant, but just slighty watery. This, however, helps drinkability, because this seems to be made to just slide down the throat, which is what is happening while watching the NFL this day.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 21:01:17 | More by Dukeofearl
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beautiful and well-rounded example of the Munich helles style pours a crystal-clear straw-gold body beneath a tall head of frothy bright-white foam that holds quite well and leaves some thin, but nice, lace throughout the glass.

The nose is malty and just a touch sweet, with a whiff of floral and grassy hops, and a gentle waft of yeasty sulphur.

It's surprisingly smooth and dextrinous in the mouth with a medium body and very fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests with a lightly sweet, grainy, and bready malt that's accented by floral and lightly spicy hops; and backed by a firm bitterness that leads to a dry finish.

It's not complex, but it's not supposed to be! It's intended to be drinkable, and it is! Very well done!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 23:22:04 | More by NeroFiddled
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stcules

Italy

2.53/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow, quite full. Decent head. White, compact. Some bubbles. Clear.
Malty smell. Lightly hopped. Maybe some biscuit note.
At the taste, the same notes, with a slight rise of the hop presence. Hop not very fresh, anyway.
But decent, overall. Light in body.
Very malty aftertaste. Classic hell. Maybe grren thea notes.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 19:30:56 | More by stcules
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Hell from Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG
86 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.