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Andechser Vollbier Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Andechser Vollbier HellAndechser Vollbier Hell

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerIsland on 11-18-2013

Its head is firm and fine pored. Its aroma is pure and fresh from the cellar, with soft malty accents imbued with floral hoppiness.

Its light and soft body leaves a pleasant, tangy taste in the mouth. The mild sweetness marries well with the velvety bitterness of the hops. It concludes on a rounded, harmonious note.

Andechser Vollbier Hell is therefore a classical Bavarian Vollbier.
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Ratings: 122 | Reviews: 30
Photo of Oidmoe
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spoony
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 500 ml bottle (L2514 code on the bottle) to a pokal.

A-The beer is light golden-yellow in color. It is clear and shows quite a bit of active, chunky carbonation. The head is tall to start but fades to a cap that hangs around for a while. The foam is pure white. No lacing.

S-The aroma is on the sharp, hoppy end for the style with Euro-style floral flavors and some biscuit and cracker malts. Pretty clean and only semi-sweet for the style.

T-The taste is more malt forward than the smell. There is some honey, bread, and biscuit going on. I also taste a little bit of grain. The hops are milder, but still floral and lightly sharp in their taste; especially on the finish.

M-The carbonation is active, but not intrusive. The heft is medium and the beer is very drinkable.

O-This is a great lager. It drinks easily, packs a lot of flavor but doesn't overwhelm. I don't know enough about German beers to say if this is truly traditional, but a beer like this is what I think of when I think of good, light German lagers. I would happily drink more of this.

Photo of WestCoastBeerDude
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Time to finally review this, as had had before many times but never gotten around to it. Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep lemon and bright glimmering brass body, even looks like it has a hue of green to it as well. Perfect amount of carbonation rising from the bottom, fine some larger, some slow some fast. Head is soapy just bleach white but makes about two fingers tall, and hangs around only to dissolve shortly after. Manages a thick soapy collar.

Classic German nose. Dense malt and bakery thick qualities, hints at even some cantalopue like fruit sensations, almost kind of fresh melon. Nice density with a bit of sticky yeast quality but subdued enough to not be distracting. Seems more like a standard German pils than a lighter helles lager.

Palate though just brings the simple goods. Light crisp notes with just a hint of sticky yeast. Mild finish of lime and perhaps a bit of lemon zest poking out. Excellent crisp body, chewy quality mouthfeel as well. Excellent melding of flavors and balance matching hops and light malt density. Bright as all that can be.

A fantastic helles.

Photo of braican
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScaryEd
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of archyquaffer
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml (17 oz) Euro-brown bottle into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces a 3/4 inch frothy white head that dissipates to a creamy top. The beer is a pale golden with moderate carbonation.

Wonderful aroma of floral hops and pils malt (a touch of DMS). The flavor is semi-sweet, with notes suggesting honey, with earthy, grassy hop bitterness providing balance. Some light lemony notes make their presence felt. There seems to be a touch of skunk, but it's not too terrible. Light, almost spritzy mouthfeel.

With the touch of skunk, this beer unfortunately reminds me of a Heineken (which actually used to be one of my favorite lawn mowing beers). There is no freshness date on the label. I see these beers habitually being stored warm on a store shelf, with fluorescent light beating down on them. As it is, this beer is good but not excellent, and I think freshness might be an issue here. I paid 3-something for the bottle.

Photo of anteater
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of plaid75
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheStepChild
4.75/5  rDev +19%

500ml Bottle in SW burbs of Chicago. Traveled well no perceived off-flavors.

Ar: grainy-sweet cracker with moderately-low grass and lemon hop aroma with some spice notes. No esters.

Ap: Pale gold, clear, with a creamy white head.

Fl: Slightly sweet with a hint of graham cracker, malty profile with medium-low hop bitterness. Moderately-low spicy noble hop flavor with hints of fruit or lemon. Malt remains in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body with smooth malt lightly dry finish.

OI: My favorite helles (currently) due to the malt and hop flavors. Can't wait to try at the brewery.

Photo of DerekMorgan
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of deac83
3.95/5  rDev -1%

Photo of safaricook
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of nodder
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TMoney2591
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap in a tumbler at Mickey Finn's.

My lone non-MF beer today, I just had to go for a nice traditional German helles. This stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, mild greens, and a hint of biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, the hops brighter now, and the biscuit and greens sweeter. A tasty combination, to say the least. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, you gotta hand it to the Germans for continuing to produce solid, enjoyable, and--dare I say it?--refreshing beers like this one. Good times.

Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of keithmurray
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - _ clear golden straw color with white head

Smell - herbs, biscuit, bit of black pepper

Taste - grains, biscuit, cracker, black pepper in the finish

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, high level of carbonation, crisp and clean flavors

Overall - good edition of the style. A beer I will reach for ever now and again. Lovers of the style should drink this,

Price Point - $3.39/16.9 oz bottle

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY>

Pours a very clear golden yellow- when the sun shines on this one, it becomes the most brilliant golden sun color. Looks like a glass of sunshine. There's a half inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells pretty nice, grassy and floral hops. Subtle but nice aroma.

This tastes great, and shows that subtlety is sometimes needed in beer. Crisp, bready malts, soft floral and grassy hop flavors, some fruitiness from the yeast. Really tasty stuff.

This one is light bodied, with a very clean and crisp mouthfeel, and a medium amount of carbonation.

Probably the best Helles I've ever had, really quite pleasant.

Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle
A 4.25 - very pale golden body with impeccable clarity, plenty of carbonation, white head dissipates to a foam fairly quickly
S 4 - grassy & spicy noble hops, yeast, tangy pilsener malt
T 4 - refreshing, biscuity, pilsener malt, yeast, spicy noble hops, lemongrass
M 4 - creamy and smooth, lighter bodied, a bit tangy, finishes clean and balanced
O 4 - very solid Munich helles lager - easily among the best in the world. I'd drink this any time, any day.

Photo of NooseJustice
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DRBiser
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Jacobob10
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a 500 mL stein.

Clear straw color with a fizzy white head that dies down rather quickly. Grassy hops fill the aroma with soft bready pilsner malt notes. Clean lager taste. Light bodied and slightly sweet. So smooth and easy to drink. This is a benchmark Bavarian lager. Not sure if it's worth seeking out, but if you are a fan of Munich Helles you can do no wrong here. I could drink this all day long.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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Andechser Vollbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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