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Ettaler Kloster Edelhell - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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BA SCORE
85
very good

55 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-01-2005)
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Reviews by WMBierguy:
Photo of WMBierguy
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold. Had a head that remained for a few minutes, but left little to no lacing down the glass. The taste is a little "maltier" (for lack of a better term) that the typical hell lager, with little to no hint of hops. Overall, this beer was enjoyable. Nothing really unique or notworthy, but definately worth a try.

WMBierguy, Aug 27, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finding a well made traditional German Hell can be difficult I count myself lucky for finding this one,poured into a .5 liter stein a clear shimmering medium gold with a fluffy white head.Light honeyish esters in the nose as long as some overipe pear bready malt not much hop was noticed just a bit of grean leaf.This beer is quite firm in its maltiness slighty sweet with honey notes and quite bready like others have noted, leafy,minty hops come thru and linger lightly.Its delicate but firm its not wimpy but is refreshing,this is very well made and the brewers at Ettal should be commended.

oberon, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of generallee
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

generallee, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

bishopdc0, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of pmcadamis
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A big three finger bone white and frothy head rises above a deep golden clear brew that shows lots of little champagne bubbles. The head gets rocky on it's way down to a good finger, and deposits lots of dry lace on the glass. Outstanding retention too.

S - Sweet buttermilk pancake malt with some pilsneresque saltine cracker notes, and some metallic aromas too. Gently floral and very brittle to my nose. Tapioca and mashed baby food. Raindrops on flowers in the spring. This is subtle, but if you pay attention it's a beautiful killer.

T - Sweet cornbread and biscuits initially, with a sweet honeyed midpalate and a metallic twang of mineral water at the finish. Very well structured and playful. Absurdly balanced.

M - Light bodied, but firm with middling carbonation and a brittle metallic ....almost like aluminum feel in my mouth. Really interesting and tongue tickling.

D - Insane. This is session nirvana. It's somewhat complex but not mind-numbingly so, and it's light, crisp, and clean enough to really tie one on. Prickly bubbles on the tongue and interesting flavors and aromas make this a really nice choice for a spring or summer outdoor drinking session.

pmcadamis, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of sfprint
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

sfprint, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color with an average white head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing or cap. The smell is quite faint. I pick up some very light grassy hop, doughy malt. The taste is a bit more pronounced than the smell. Light biscuit malt and light grassy hop, maybe slightly citris as there is some bitterness in this brew. The feel is light but not watery, fizzy carbonation, well balanced. Not nearly as malty as other helles or grassy. However it is quite balanced and very easy to drink. Good summer brew.

Gmann, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a Tall glass mug. The liquid is a double thick pale gold with slow moving carbonation. The Head is white three fingers and fluffy. Not much lace but the is a heavy malt brew for sure.

The smell is good, a beautiful Bavarian biscuit bomb it is.

The taste is great, big bready malt delicate balancing hops. This is what you want when you say "Mass Helles, bitte".

The mouthfeel is right on.Big close to full body, great thick, sticky, chewy, viscus liquid.

The drinkability is great find it now drink it fast freshness counts, Wow a very nic Helles to be sure.

Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of ghowehattrick
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

ghowehattrick, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle from State Line.

A: The lagerbier is the yellow color of semi-dehydrated urine with a strong clarity. Less than a finger of head resulted from each pour.

S: The aroma is that of baked multi-grain bread, full of pale malts.

T: Very bready, the lager is full of pale biscuity malts that take on a green apple flavor, concentrated at times. A touch of earthy hops pushes the beer close to pilsener territory before pulling back. The finish is soft malts, nearly liquid bread.

M: The mouthfeel is restrained, strong on the malts with enough hops to keep things balanced.

D: Very drinkable with an alcohol level that is spot-on for a quaffable pale lager.

akorsak, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of tugdriver7
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hope the bottle I bought to try was old (no date stamp to be found). I had high hopes, but the beer fell short. Nice deep yellow color, creamy yet dissapating head, slight hops in the nose, and a moderately rich mouthful. Unfortunately, the taste was more Kolsch than Helles; and while there was a nice balance of malt and subtle hops on the tongue, there was a somewhat overriding and annoying cardboard taste. And, as the glass warmed, a stronger astringent alcohol came through. Obviously not the best sample (I hope) but not something I'd seek out and pay premium price for.

tugdriver7, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle picked up at the Coop over the weekend for $2.50 .. poured into my small Schneider Weisse glass... my bottle says 5.2%

1" head drops leaving no lacing... very clear.. pale gold.

Aroma is very clean and grainy .. little room for anything else.

Flavor is a palate postcard of what a good helles is... pale malts ... lite malt sweetness and just enough body to balance the touches of hoppy bitterness... very clean.. an exercise on restraint from a very skilled brewer... Slight spicy hop flavor raises its head as it warms.. but still plays second fiddle to the up front malts.

This is the first time I've ever seen this beer in Boise.. I am glad that I was able to try it... fantastic and puts most other helles I've had to shame... No doubt I could drink this all day and never get bored. I can see myself in Germany enjoying mug after mug after mug ... but I can also see myself hammered and stumbling/getting lost on the way back to the hotel... because this is an amazingly drinkable beer.

JohnGalt1, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this bier from a 1/2 litre bottle.

A: pours a nice hazy, gold color with a decent head that dissipates fairly quickly. Minimal lacing. A good looking bier.
S: Nothing like the last reviewer detected--maybe his bier was very old. I found a mild lemon, general citrus aroma that was unassuming and not a bother when trying to drink it.
T: A crisp lager taste that follows the aroma pretty well. Nothing spectacular here but nothing bad iether.
M: Nothing a problem with the mouthfeel, just not too exciting.
D: A good bier to drink many of; alcohol content is at a good level to where that is possible.

Overall, I would recommend this bier. It is a decent bier, but not in the top tier. Prosit.

nocheinsbitte, May 03, 2009
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

metter98, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of supercolter
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, but kinda slightly above average all over.
The appearance is golden with some head and lacing.
Smell is good but a bit weak.
Taste is good, but the aftertaste is wierd. Hard to explain, maybe chocolate without sugar.
Mouthfeel is good.
Drinkability is fair.

supercolter, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of hopbar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Klosterbrauerei Ettal
Bottle
Stange

If you ever visited Ettal you know two things: one, you must try there beer and two, the entire village (which is only about all of 20 houses) turns off every light by 10 PM at the latest. So, when the restaurant closed at the Hotel Blaue Gams, my brother and I needed some more beer. Luckily, there was a wedding taking place in one of the small hotels in Ettal so, like experienced wedding crashers, we sent in some locals to bring us back some six packs.

A: Golden yellow beer with a two finger head.

S: Very sweet smelling; not as hoppy as the traditional German beers we had been drinking in Munich a day earlier.

T: Smooth, sweet, malty flavor. Very balanced.

M: Lots of good carbonation.

D: Wish I could have brought some home. Just an all around great, sessionable brew. Plus, the story made the beer taste that much sweeter.

hopbar, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of johnnybelgians
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

johnnybelgians, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of geexploitation
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean, filtered gold with brilliant yellow highlights and a head that leaves lacing in spite diminishing to a slight ring by the end. Aroma is of bready malts, muddy soils, unripened apples and a touch of mint. Taste is quite smooth, with the apples up front, followed by a big light grain note in the mid-palate. The mouthfeel is full and creamy while maintaining a light touch throughout, although a bit of raw alcohol on the finish detracts a bit. Overall, well balanced, intriguing, smooth and refreshing while displaying a robust taste. An excellently executed balancing act, and an excellent beer.

geexploitation, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle

Pours a beautiful clear golden color with a thick white head that maintains. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is light and fairly malty and crisp but somewhat bland.

Taste is light as well. Some caramel maltiness, but not nearly as crisp as the aroma. Finishes rather bland.

Light body, nice carbonation.

A rather light and bland brew. It's decent as a thirst quencher, but that's about it.

MaltyGoodness, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of TheSarge
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours quite nicely and makes about two fingers thick of white head. The body is ultra clear and gold in color

This doesn't smell so nice, though. It smells a little oxidized and metallic.

The taste is a little weak, and nothing to write home to momma about. However, it's crisp and very clean.

This is a good thirst quencher, and not complex at all. Edel-Hell makes for a good high end BBQ brew.

TheSarge, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of carteravebrew
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

carteravebrew, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of crossovert
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

crossovert, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving virtually no lace. Clear amber color. Slight malty nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is balanced with some sweetness, clean finish. $2.99 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. Label has ABV at 5.2%.

jdhilt, May 08, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark golden yellow color. A two finger head falls to a thick surface layer in a few minutes. A spot or two of lace showed up on the glass.

Smell: grassy with some faint malt sweetness.

Taste: a mild grainy malt profile here. Some grassiness and a mellow bitterness are the only other flavor tones that are discernable.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Very crisp a some soft dryness from start to finish. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: a nice refreshing summertime beer. For some it may be a bit boring, but I think this style should be in everyone's rotation.

Gavage, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +6.4%

bigred89, Feb 22, 2013
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Ettaler Kloster Edelhell from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.