Andechser Vollbier Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | 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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Reviews by joe1510:
Photo of joe1510
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Binny's - Willowbrook

Vollbier is lemon yellow with a glow so bright it's like staring into the sun. Clarity is near perfect and large carbonation rushes to the surface. A crackling, fizzy white head easily rises to to two fingers in height eventually settling but to nothing short of a finger. Spotty lacing clings here and there with each tilt of the glass. This is how a helles should look.

The nose is rich and reeks of German craftsmanship. Barley smells as if it was just husked and freshly cracked, very bright and clean. An underlying, soft, bready sweetness compliments the graininess well. A note of grassy noble hops wrap it all up into a tidy little basket. When I think of beer in the all encompassing sense of "beer" this is what I picture it smelling like.

Malty sweetness leads the way in the flavor department. That clean, white bread sweetness sets the base while delicious, clean, crisp husked barley adds pop and zest. There even seems to be a lemon brightness. The hop profile remains soft and grassy but there's a faint touch of florals as well. This beer can be drank by the gallon.

A light body washes over the tongue before zesty carbonation picks up the pace. The carbonation is enough that it leaves a prickliness along the sides of the tongue. Soft sweetness lingers briefly on the swallow before a long, drawn out drying leaves me parched, needing more.

Andech's Helles, whether on tap or in the bottle, is a sheer joy to drink. It's all sunshine and rainbows. Crisp, bright, delicious. Grab yourself a .5 liter and drink up, ladies!

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grain, lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast, grain and a thin malt character that is quickly followed by some malt sweetness. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for a lighter German-style lager.

Photo of BeerIsland
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got this at Bierkraft in Brooklyn while picking up a wet hop Blue Point bottle. This refreshing and tasty beer is very bright in the glass poured from the 500 ml bottle. Golden hay notes overlay the malt nose. Great balanced flavor with plenty of heft for a helles. Even better as it warms up. This is a very well made, extremely enjoyable beer.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale straw gold, rapid carbonation visible. Billowing foam settles to a clingy, soapy white collar after a few minutes. Bright clarity, maybe the slightest haze towards the end of the bottle.

Aromas of minerals, grass, and fresh bread.

Bready malt, lemon pith, quenching with a dry grassy finish. Very clean, Light bodied, crisp and well carbonated. It has a prototypical and flawless Helles blueprint. Very drinkable and worth trying if you like the style.

Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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 JohnGalt1
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Draft at Bittercreek... Surprised to see this one... Very clear light golden with a short lived white head... Grainy pils malt and light spicy hoppiness are the key descriptors here... A little sweetness to take this out of the German Pils area and not nearly as hoppy or bitter... Nearly perfect for the style... Very happy I stopped in at BC tonight.


Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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 LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Schaumburger pilsner glass. Pours a light golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention due to active carbonation, moderate lacing. Aroma of bready with hints of biscuit malt, grassy hops and lemon. Flavor is slightly sweet bready and biscuit malt, grassy, slightly peppery hops, light citrus and a touch of wheat. A nice, lingering light lemon, hop and malt aftertaste to the finish. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. A light, pleasant helles lager that hits all the right notes. Flavor is not intense, but appropriate for the style. A very nice beer for drinking with a meal for non intrusive malt and hops. Sessionable.

Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thick collar around the edge of the glass and some bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of floral and grassy hops as well as. Ready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly resembles the smell, except that the malty flavors seem to stand out a little more in front of the hops, the latter of which contribute
M: It feels medium-bodied and very clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is an excellent representation of the style and has lots of flavors of malts and hops. If you put a blindfold on me, I could picture myself drinking this in a Biergarten in Germany.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

@ Atwoods, Somerville MA

Stepped outside myself and ordered a beer with the tap handle I liked best. It was white with a brilliant lizard green country scene.

Gold with a white head and an eye catching tap handle for whatever that's worth. Doughy and slightly grassy floral aroma. Tastes spring-y green apple and and honey. Full, plush body. I've had a few good lagers lately (Tarnation comes to mind) but this is the best of the bunch.

The good tap handle =good beer theory works. Sometimes.

Photo of ppoitras
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" white head over the clear very light golden brew. Head lasts well, with lasting chunky lacing. Aroma is sedate and balanced.

Taste is sweet to start, touch of citrus in the middle, to a rounded bitter close. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, smooth, and drinkability is nice and easy. Session-worthy.

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super hot day, this should go down nicely.

Pours crystal clear, golden pilsner color, some bubbles streaming up to reinforce the thick creamy 1+ finger head that never seems to go away, like a thick rich creamy solid white mass head that leaves lots of foamy lacing, that leaves nice notches as I sip too.

Nose is pretty much like a nice pilsner, toasty pilsner malts, grainy, a nice soft decoction like layered complex malt base, with a nice soft lager note underneath, very faint grassy noble hop note.

Taste is more of the same, as expected from a true German Bavarian Lager. Soft layered malts, decoction most likely, nice complexity in the malts, soft, little grainy, nice toasty pilsner malts, so soft it just flows over the tongue like a liquid pillow. Hops come through a bit more this time, mild to a bit bigger bitterness overall, with a nice grassy noble hop flavor. Soft but crisp lager character too, very faint minerality, and touch of a lager like fruity note. Finish is crisp and soft, quite dry, bit more grassy noble hop bitterness.

Mouth is lighter bod, nice soft pillowy feel, great carb.

Overall what I expected it to be, a great German Bavarian lager, light and drinkable with plenty of complex flavors, lighter complex flavors but still all there, nice hop profile, etc. I could drink beers like this all day and not feel a thing.

Photo of WunderLlama
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a glass beer stein

Clear yellow with carbonation creates a thick white foam cap. Settles into a thin layer of bubbles with nice lacings.

Grainy hops, sweet malts, floral hops.

Fresh grain , clean smooth taste with carbonation of the front of the tongue. Hint of bitterness at the back of the tongue. Overall, smooth , light mouthfeel.

Great, clean, fresh, smooth Munich Helles lager. It's what Budweiser wants to be. Eminently quaffable , you can sit Ina bier garden and drink mas after mas after mas of this beer. I've had it at Andechs and this reminds me of Munich. Repeatable beer.

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a pale yet clear straw yellow color. Some good white froth and lacing.

(S)- A nice dry but grainy aroma. Slight biscuit and honey sweetness in the background.

(T)- Again, a slight dry grainy aspect but with this really crisp yet smooth honey biscuit character. Ever so slight grassiness at the end.

(M)- Light and dry yet ever so slightly sweet. Great carbonation level and a crisp yet refreshing quality.

(O)- A really nice crisp and refreshing beer for summer. Great traditional beers like this get lost with all the big sours and barrel aged monsters coming out of everywhere.

Photo of mmmbirra
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

0.5 liter bottle
Very pale, very clear. Perhaps too pale.
Smells of fresh fresh gently dried grains. Very clean.
More fresh grains with a little malt sweetness. The perfect amount of dryness and hoppiness to finish it off. Smooth.
Goes down way too quick. So clean. Has everything a perfect helles should have, with a perfect soft but noticeable bitterness, and doesn't have any of what brings downs so many other inferior ones.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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 justintcoons
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Crystal clear pale straw with a 1/2 finger of white head. Moderate carbonation.

Apple cider, pear, and cereal grains.

Fresh pressed red apple and Bosc pear. Light notes of bread, caramel, and cereal grains with a touch of lemongrass.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Simple and refreshing. Expertly balanced with only a touch of sweetness.

Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

One finger starting head but it settles quickly and leaves nearly no lace (just a couple of spots). The liquid is light gold and nearly clear.

Creamy corn aroma. Grainy and a bit sweet.

Leans to the malty side with a cross between grain and pale malts. Decent hop in the swallow. The aftertaste is brief and leaves a milky taste in my mouth. Quite rich for the style, low carbonation.

Photo of draheim
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL into a weizen glass. Pours a pure crystal clear golden color w/ a fluffy white head, bright lively carbonation. Looks great.

Aroma is light and floral, mildly grainy.

Taste is a delicate balance of clean crisp water, pale malt, and floral Old World hops. Straightforward and unadorned, but certainly not lacking in complexity or craftsmanship. Refreshing and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is soft and light, but no watery. Matches the subtle taste profile expertly.

Overall a very nice, refreshing lager that I could drink all day long.

Photo of archyquaffer
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
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 JCBears
2.89/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

appearance: Crystal clear, very pale nice head forms quickly

smell: sweet hops are strong in this one. Bit hard on the nostrils

taste: Not impressed especially for the brewery. It tastes like a Busch League pils (no pun intended)

mouthfeel: A bit watery and over hoppy for my tastes

overall: Frankly a disappointment. I would not get this beer again as I would get most of their other, kind of a shame.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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 steveh
3.19/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

How about another old friend for review 400?

A -- Rather hazy, very pale gold with a white head that settles more quickly than I'd expect.

S -- Light bready malt, some light spicy hops, and mild DMS.

T -- Good breadiness up front, a light citrus note with some grassy-herbal hop flavors, a sweeter breadiness in the finish and herbal hops in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a medium-light body and. There's a mild astringency in this beer that isn't right to style and somewhat surprising.

O -- After remembering such good things about Andechs, and thoroughly enjoying the Hefeweizen, I'm just a little surprised at how lackluster the Helles is. The malts are good, but rather weak and carry a drier, crackery character that I find in some Bavarian Helles that don't prove to be my favorites.

Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright and clear, light gold with a fluffy white cap. Good head retention overall and lacing was spotty on the glass. Soft malty aroma with notes of floral and grassy hops, almost bready. Mild bitterness, floral and grassy with malt sweetness and slight mineral flavour. Sort of spicy in the finish, but this was mild in character and balanced by the malt and more pronounced bitterness at the end. Medium/light bodied, moderate to low carbonation, on the dry side, soft on the palate, decent texture. I quite enjoyed it.

Photo of Givemebeer
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful straw colored. Filtered - clear. Frothy light white head Good not great retention and lacing. Aroma is mostly floral, with some spiciness presumably from some of those wonderful noble hops. Taste follows the nose with a cracker like malt base. Incredibly balanced and delicate. Great beer. I can only imagine drinking this in Germany on a warm summer day. Body is a little too full bodied for my taste. I put this the smallest notch below Weihenstephaner Original.

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