Ettaler Kloster Edelhell - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
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3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured into pint glass from bottle. Date near neck of bottle unreadable.
A thick, soapy white head from the pour, bright clear golden color. Smells sweet, clean, fruity. Fresh,light inviting smell. First sip was a pleasant taste of light grass with very subdued hop flourishing at the end. All around light impact on the palate but pleasant. Low to moderate carbonation, somewhat drying effect. Nice, uncomplicated drink.
11-21-2013 00:48:44 | More by ghowehattrick
3.06/5 rDev -18.6%
Part of my uprising at Novare Res
Poured by the server into a tall handle Kulmbacher glass.
Classic helles golden yellow with a thick white head.
The nose is clean honey and grainy aromas
The taste is of a helles very german no hops slight sweetness with a hint of honey. The beer finishes very dry.
09-24-2013 21:05:18 | More by bishopdc0
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
A - Poured out a pale, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of floral notes with grains and caramel.
T - It tasted of toffee and caramel with a light banana-like flavor. It had a very subtle hop bitterness.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager with a dry finish.
O - This is a pretty tasty German Helles. Usually can't go wrong here.
07-13-2012 16:37:26 | More by zeff80
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
Glad to see this making to my area. I'm always a helles fan, and this is a good one that really does remind me a lot of the fresh ones in and around Munich.
Pours a rich gold color with just the right amount of foam for a bottled lager. It's actually a few shades darker than most. It's still gold (not amber), but it's a deeper gold.
The flavor profile/nose is straight ahead bready pale malts. No playing around with hop character or balance at all here. While most helles beers are malt-focused, this one is even more so. It reminds me a little of the slightly stronger Spezial hell beers, although it lacks that slight heat or booziness that accompany some of those. Hops are there in the finish, but are only for a final bittering element. Even with the malt focus, it stays light and fresh tasting without being a bore.
Good stuff, and as long as I keep getting it fresh - I'll happily get more.
Like pretty much all examples of the style, this isn't going to make you rethink what beer can be - but it's delicious and drinkable any time.
05-16-2012 13:38:54 | More by Domingo
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: yellowish-golden hue with a clear body and a nice effervescence. Head is one finger of frothy white foam.
Smell: lightly malty aroma with a tiny hint of grain and some nice fruity overtones. I rather like it.
Taste: much like the aroma, a light malt with a little bit of grain and some sweet fruitiness. Quite good.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a high level of carbonation and a big creaminess. Great!
Overall: this is a highly tasty and drinkable Munich lager. I would gladly quaff liters of this stuff if given the opportunity.
03-29-2012 18:21:58 | More by flagmantho
3.03/5 rDev -19.4%
500ml bottle. No freshness date, which must only be for exported beers because in Germany they all have dates.
It pours a somewhat mundane gold with a lousy head. This may be a bit oxidized unfortunately. We will see.
It also smells old. Old hops, old malt. Just stale.
The flavor is also stale, but drinkable. Any hopes of noble hop flavors and aroma has fallen by the wayside.
It is a good beer at heart but this just isn't fresh.
08-09-2011 23:08:19 | More by crossovert
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 0.9oz bottle into a into a mug. The label has no freshness date or abv.
Appearance: It has a bright, deep golden color with great clarity and nice active carbonation that helps support the head. Its head builds up tall, light and fluffy from an aggressive pour. This quickly settles to a thin covering that holds on well. Lacing is spotty and slick.
Smell: The nose has a light pale maltiness with a touch of raw grain and a light bready sweetness. This is balanced by a nice crisp floral/spicy hop character.
Taste/Palate: It starts with a good pale malt base that also brings some mild bready and caramel sweetness. This is backed up with firm floral/earthy/spicy character that balances the malt. The palate is medium bodied, crisp and well carbonated.
Notes: This is a great all-around drinking beer. It’s nicely balanced and wonderfully drinkable.
04-16-2011 17:43:56 | More by generallee
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly dissipated. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grainy malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very balanced; the malty sweetness and flavors of grainy malts are held in check by a very slight amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and extremely smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: This beer goes down very easily; I could easily drink a few of these in a single sitting whether they came in half or full liter mugs. It's very sessionable.
11-24-2010 02:21:48 | More by metter98
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
A: Light, golden orange with a fluffy, quickly dissipating head.
S: Wow, strong funny german malt smell. Very sweet.
T: Interesting, this is that Budels Honey beer done right. Still just a hair too sweet perhaps, but otherwise very nice. Honey first, smooth and tasty. It's strange because I don't really perceive the malt or hops very much. Mostly honey, which isn't an ingredient.
M: Exceptionally soft with a sparkly edge.
D: Too sweet to say that I'd drink this often. But for it's style, it's great.
08-04-2010 21:20:42 | More by sfprint
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased from the monastery in Ettal.
A: Pours a golden straw color, transparent in the glass with active effervescence up the center. The off-white head is energetic and frothy, remaining at least half-a-finger thick through the duration of the drink, and deposition splotches of lacing down the sides.
S: Noble hops, giving it a grassy aroma, and a lesser presence of light malt.
T: Surprisingly tasty for a 5.2% brew. A good balance of flavorful hops, grassy and leafy, with a solid malt backbone.
M: Light-bodied, high carbonation. Pretty pleasant on the palate.
D: Quite drinkable. We had several helles lagers in Munich, and this compared favorably.
10-19-2009 20:19:38 | More by Arbitrator
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass. Golden in color with a small white head. Aroma is quite bready and malty with caramel and toast as well. Significant fruitiness makes this a real pleaser on the nose. More breadiness in the flavor. Really quite biscuity and bready, nearly amber ale like. Body that seems to be a bit sticky and sweet. Not a bad beer by any means. Perhaps a bit thin. Finishes pretty clean. Still very drinkable.
08-14-2009 19:49:47 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.35/5 rDev -10.9%
500 mL bottle,
A: Pours yellow, with a full white head, good lacing, nice half-liter of German lager.
S: Bready malt, some fruit and honey.
T: On the sweet side for the style, honey, rose petals, with a nice noble hop balance. Relatively light in flavour, though interesting.
M: Firm, light body, holds up as a beer, moderate carbonation, refreshing.
D: Not a bad drinkability, though in the end I wanted a little more out of the flavour. With this going for almost twice the price of the fantastic Paulaner Helles, I think I'll have to pass on this one next time.
05-31-2009 20:37:24 | More by Halcyondays
2.4/5 rDev -36.2%
A: Clear light gold, great retention, good lacing.
S: Yeast, some hops, sweet honey.
T: Really bready, watered down flavor. Not very good at all.
M: Undercarbonated, non-astringent, watery, light-bodied.
D: Not very drinkable. Doesn't go down easy because of taste.
05-21-2009 00:11:30 | More by ralree
4.1/5 rDev +9%
pour is a hazy golden yellow. with a moderate head. smell of apples and caramel. which is the malt forward taste. apples, honey, pollen, caramel, very mild grassy lemon zesty. a delicate breadiness. sweeter than most but still subtle. good beer. some vanilla even. will have throughout the next couple of months for sure.
05-11-2009 07:55:51 | More by rtepiak
Ettaler Kloster Edelhell from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
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