Andechser Spezial Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
I get the Reinheitsgebot. I really do. And this was proof to me that there's something to it besides economic success for grain growers in 16th Century Germany. 500 ml bottle hand-carried just a day ago from Germany by C,N & E (Thanks!!). Part of a multi-pack souvenir selection. They got to go to the Andechs Monastery, but this was the next best thing for those of us that didn't go to Oktoberfest. The bottle had a May 2012 freshness date. Yeah, that fresh. Deep gold in the glass with a nice frothy lemon-tinged head. Taste was rich, slick malt with a hint of fruity hops and a nice, rounded lager flavor that ended with just a touch of bitterness. Exactly the kind of beer you'd expect from a legendary German brewery. That said, there was a hint of residual oxidation (cardboard-like) flavor that surprised me because the bottles are so fresh. A common "off flavor" in bottled Germans, it's almost unheard-of in kegged beers. But the bottom line was that this one was fantastic; rich mouthfeel (much more so than their regular lager) and my favorite from this multi-pack. Made me wish I could taste it on tap myself someday.
11-01-2011 02:17:27 | More by tugdriver7
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
A- Golden colour, perfectly transparent, some carbonation bubbles reaching the top. Nice white head, a couple of fingers, nice retention and lacing
S- Clean classic pale lager smell: grainy, a fresh herbal whiff, mild citric notes backfront
T- Again perfectly clean as the smell suggested. Very pleasant and natural feeling crackery crispness from the malts, quite bitter (for the style i mean) herbal/grassy notes on the back of the mouth and in aftertaste. A lemon note and the slightest hint of spiciness also present, bringing that very appreciated touch of complexity that still doesn't take away anything from the amazing drinkability. Perfectly dry finish leaves you longing for another sip
M- Body and carbonation are a bit more vivid than the usual helles (this is in fact what would be once called an export version). Can't really say why but crispness is somehow more pleasant than in most helles, still the beer is amazingly smooth and easy
O- A plain excellent beer in all what helles are supposed to be. Just very very good
06-04-2013 08:19:41 | More by Cozzatoad
4/5 rDev +3.4%
A: Light, golden yellow with a fizzy white head. Amazingly clear. This is probably the cleanest looking beer I have ever seen.
S: Rustic bread crust and herbal hop notes. Again, it's a very clean beer.
T: There's a nice noble hop character that is balanced with pils malt graininess.
M: It's light-bodied and finishes bone dry, but there it is smooth.
D: A very nice beer. I mention the fact that I don't generally like lagers on every lager review I have ever done, but I have respect for this one. It's clean and flavorful.
02-01-2011 21:14:32 | More by gameface23
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
i've had a couple of andechser beers, and they are awesome. for this one i cant be style specific, never even heard of this style.
looks pretty normal, maybe just a touch darker or more yellow pale golden than a typical lager. light carbonation, decent head.
smells good, a nice bouquet here with lots to appreciate, spicy and sweet.
tastes pretty yummy, balanced, kind of bitter finish. I'm still not sure about this style, but for a lager, this is definitely better than the macros. tasty, but i'd prefer a doppelbock ...
11-04-2005 16:03:10 | More by davidchollar
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
Had this from the barrell at Kloster Andechs.
Deep golden in color with a creamy head that remained for just the right amount of time. Zero sediment.
Highly malty with a strong aroma of typical german hops. Minor elements of straw and yeast are present, as well as other earthy aromas. Very crisp on the nose.
Maltier than expected in taste. The hops that were present on the nose are balanced nicely with the sweetness of the taste creating a surprisingly mild lager. Acid is high creating a bite that isn't altogether pleasant.
Mouthful is rich and creamy with a bite.
Overall, an average lager. I'm glad I had it but would choose other brews from Andechs before selecting this one again.
05-03-2010 22:01:53 | More by jmhart
United Kingdom (England)
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
Have had this beer many times from bottles obtained at Beer Festivals in UK, but last sampling was on tap at the Andechs Brewery Bar within the Deutscher Kaiser Hotel in Nuremberg in September 2006. On tap, is clear clean and medium gold colour, though not with a great head, thought tight fine white crisp, but did not last too long. Aroma is grassy crisp and sharp but at the same time slightly sweet, typical of the Andech's pale beers. Taste starts very slightly sweet and malty, but the hop bitterness gets you as it slips down the throat. The texture is a little heavier than a normal pilsner type beer, more body, maybe from the hints of malty sweetness in the start. I like this beer very much, it has everything that I like, though maybe at 5.9% a shade too potent for me personally to consider it a session beer - though would be happy to try! It is too long ago for me to be able to compare the taste on tap to that in the bottle, but I know I like it however it comes, and rate it as one of my favourite German beers from Andechs!!
10-25-2006 13:26:19 | More by JohnW
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
This beer is bright yellow in color, clear and with nice fluffy white head that disappears without leaving much. Aroma is filled with clean malt sweetness with bright grassy hops. Taste is very similar to aroma - clean malt with some refreshing bitter hops. Very nicely balanced. Low to medium body with low carbonation. Very drinkable (surprisingly so given 5.9% abv).
I find this beer to be a very drinkable refreshing lager. I can see getting in trouble drinking too much of it (too drinkable for this higher alcohol beer).
05-26-2011 02:27:56 | More by ikats
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
Appearance - clear golden body with a white, thin head.
Smell - sweet malt with the smell of grain in the background.
Taste - mellow bitterness with a slight sweetnessl.
Mouthfeel - very light and crisp.
Drinkability - Very high. Like everything else from this kloster, enjoy whenever available.
04-19-2010 14:44:10 | More by smanders
4.47/5 rDev +15.5%
Poured on-tap at the Kloster Andechs...
Appearance: Pours a beautiful light and lively golden hue with a mouth wateringly inviting head.
Smell: Fairly middle-ground with a neutral kick of grassy, grainy, hoppy deliciousness. It leaves you to be surprised by it's delicious taste.
Taste: Utter beauty. This is by far the most drinkable and delicious of helles lagers I have tasted. My all-time favorite for this category. Worth a trip back just to get this beer alone.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation livens the palate along with the smooth highly drinkable consistency that is this oh so special beer.
Overall: A must have with a trip to the Holy Mountain! Alongside the plethora of beer that this monastery pumps out this is a good base for the magnificence that this place will bestow upon your taste buds. Gogogogo!!
06-06-2011 21:23:27 | More by Forb
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
Bottle bought from the monastery about a month and a half ago. This review may not be accurate because I am a little choked up when drinking this. The Andechs monastery is a beautiful place and I miss it.
Appearance is perfect. Golden with a stunning white head that blankets the beer the whole way down in my pilsner glass. Smell is very hoppy. Grassy hops dominate and are backed up by a strong bready smell - this is a doughy, freshly baked bread smell. Taste is more of the same. Malt is pleasantly sweeter than you would expect but is balanced very well by the grassy hops which are a little bit spicy at the end. Mouthfeel is outstanding as with the other Andechs beers. Crisp and refreshing, yet velvety at the same time. At least until close to the end of the glass, when the carbonation fails, which makes it a bit too watery.
I'm drinking by bottle too quickly :o(.
09-27-2005 22:56:24 | More by PatYoda
4.3/5 rDev +11.1%
appearance: crystal clear, a pleasant rich head but not doughy, effervescent without being over bubbly
smell: straw smell with a bit of fruit on the sides, nice mix
taste: nice where can I start. First its smooth flavor of great rich malty sweetness. On the end is a nice bight but not too much. Really loving this flavor.
mouthfeel: bit weak wish it hung out a bit longer, but it is more of just a bitter flavor not the full Monty
overall: A good brew they made this one so you would want one after another. I like it definitely recommend to anyone
08-20-2013 17:20:39 | More by JCBears
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
Had this beer at the Monastery in Germany. A very cool place.
A. Large white head. The beer was golden and clear.
S. It had a nutty malt aroma. Very pleasing. It almost smelled sweet.
T. A very good representation of the style. A sweat malt flavor. It had a bready flavor. Very good.
M. This beer was very refreshing. Good carbonation and aftertaste. Not much hop bitterness.
D. Very drinkable. My wife and I polished off a few in a short time.
10-31-2009 19:44:40 | More by californiakulak
2.63/5 rDev -32%
A: dark yellow, but clear, not hazy in the least.
S: Malty, malty, malty. Bread, biscuits. Nothing really special.
T: Has a sweetness, with undertones obread. Slight bitterness, then finishes clean. Not a terrible taste, but not what I prefer from this style.
M: Slight carbination, not too much not too little. Actually the strongest part of this beer. Thin feel to it.
D: Not something I would seek out. I like other beers from this brewery. Compared to their other beers, this is in no way impressive at all.
01-04-2007 21:43:18 | More by jeffaz02t
Andechser Spezial Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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