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Hell - Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2002

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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 27
Reviews by vince4953529:
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is yellow with an orangish tint. The head was rather modest.

Smell – This had some nice, grainy notes laced with orange peel. The hops were reserved but noticeable. This has a big nose.

Taste – The big, malty sweetness was full bore. It was very creamy and seemed to be a good mix of malts, caramel, and some frozen orange juice.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with some light carbonation. The big, creamy mouthfeel of this Lager was its strong point, IMO.

Drinkability – This is a big, traditional German bier that was meant for drinking at a pub, although I’ll pop a bottle of this from time to time.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Photo of Imbiber
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.42/5  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

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my cluster of German brews I picked up while on vacation last week, Aktien-Brauerei's Hell had me guessing just what I might be getting. I'd gotten on of their hefeweizens last fall that had gone sour and ended up being a drain-pour. Happily, this was much different (and better).
Poured into my tasting unadorned goblet, I observed a clear pale yellow beer with a lot of carbonation rising to a modest white head that quickly petered out. A fruity sweet aroma, kind of apple-like, and some grainy malts were the first smells I got. Additional sniffs netted some floral hops, not very strong but still noticeable.
The taste was quite nice; rounded, lightly grassy pale malts in the forefront followed by the fruity sweetness. A light brush of tropical fruit and citrus came to the lead and finished with a good crisp hoppy pop. The feel was light, crisp and dry.
Try as I might, I couldn't seem to make this beer last. It was gone before I knew. So, yes, this turned out to be one highly drinkable brew. This will make one hell *pardon the pun* of a refresher during the hot summer days to come.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.97/5  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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light straw amber with a half finger white head that dissipated to a thick cap with light lacing. Aroma of light biscuit and bready malt, mild citrus and light grassy hops. Flavor follows, dominated by biscuit malt and light grassy hops with hints of citrus grains. Light bodied with active carbonation. The dry wheat and biscuit malt flavor is nice and lightly supported by other gentle flavors, but nothing really stands out in this lager. Pleasant and easy to drink, but nothing to make me rush out to get it again.

Photo of largadeer
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of Atlas1
3.29/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of cdwil
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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...

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

.5L bottle served chilled in a tall pilsener glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale yellow. The carbonation on this sucker was incredible. The bubbles never stopped rising. I don't even think I've seen soda do that from start to finish of the glass. There was a big ol' fluffy white head at first. It then settled down to a small but thick layer of bubbles. Occasional flecks of foam were left on the glass.

Smell: Snappy and bright pilsener malts with lightly bracing Saaz (?) hoppy aromas. My mouth watered.

Taste: Mildly sweet pilsener malts followed by some herbal and grassy noble hops. Faint lemon and orange notes. Banana esters on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, effervescent, very crisp and clean. The beer that refreshes.

Drinkability: I could drink this stuff all day with no complaints. It's subtle, gentle, and oh-so-tasty. If this is Hell.. what must heaven be like? *cue rim shot* Thank you, I'll be here for 5 shows daily all this next week, you've been a lovely audience.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Photo of brakspear
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This helles is pale yellow in color with moderate creamy white head that laces in the glass. The aroma is a bit citrusy, which was unexpected in a helles. The taste is malty sweetness, but graininess and sourness also pops up. Any hops are very subdued. A very light-bodied helles, reminded me a bit of a Kolsch, but without the overt fruitiness. A decent summer quaffing beer.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 Pint 0,9 fl.oz. (500ml) thin, slender brown glass bottle. Has a neck, obverse and reverse labels, so often used by the Germans. The main label has a picturesque Germanic valley and a light blue border. Has an advertised established date of 1308 and stated conformance to the Reinheitsgebot of 1516 on the main label. Under the words, “Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren”, in Germanic font, the beer is listed as simply “Hell” in a blue color that matches that of the label border.

Appearance: Pale straw color with golden hints. A lively soft white frothy head at first, but this very quickly disappears to a thin collar head. Exceptionally pellucid.

Nose: Some biscuit and rounded biscuit malt in the average strength nose. Light floral hop aromas at times.

Taste: Soft rounded malts and light hops. The tastes are very reticent to reveal themselves at times. Low strength Malts and Hops with some fruity aspects. Very crisp, dry and extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, clean mouthfeel. Malts and Hops are there, but they hide away and are difficult at times to detect. Delicate?, or just under-whelming? It’s hard to tell. But I like it nevertheless.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable. The light tastes, average strength aromas and delicate mouthfeel make this more of a Light (Lite?) Lager Beer, but nevertheless; it is very drinkable, clean and crisp.

Overall: Very similar to the Jubiläums German Pils which I just had – but with slightly less Pilsner Malt character. A real quaffer though. A refreshing brew.

Photo of flagmantho
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light straw hue with no haze and a lazy effervescence. Head poured a relatively thin finger of white foam and leaves a little lace on the glass as it dissipates. Not especially interesting, but OK for the style.

Smell: lightly grainy aroma with a little dash of noble hops. There's just a tiny hint of plastic to this one; otherwise it's a pretty classic aroma for the style.

Taste: nicely malty with a moderate sweetness and a pretty good dose of noble hops. Bitterness is quite spot-on for the style. A pretty tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a surprisingly good creaminess. I like it quite a lot.

Overall: a very drinkable beer indeed. Definitely something I could see myself quaffing heartily on a hot summer day.

Photo of Bellonc
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

Photo of jaluria
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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