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Andechser Bergbock Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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BA SCORE
88
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
With its firm, fine pored head, luminous gold and clear gleaming look, it cannot fail to awaken expectations of pure pleasure.

Strong malty nuances and floral hoppiness are imbued with accents of slight fruitiness. Despite its strength, Bergbock is pleasantly mouthcoating, with a powerful, but unobtrusive body. A highly discrete, finely bitter hoppiness transforms into a slight honey sweetness to conclude on a soft, harmonious aftertaste.

A harmonious light bock of character that cannot be put down after the first drink.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 10-19-2002)
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Reviews by Skidz:
Photo of Skidz
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out bright gold and sits a similar hue in the glass with a large frothy white head. Fades

Smells mildly sweet and sugary with nice honey-accented malts. Dry and crackery malts, just a faint hint of apple skins. Lightly floral hops aromas. Light alcoholic tinge noted.

Head-strong malts give mild sweetness with a light, bready character turning dry and crackery with bits of golden raisins; spicy, grassy hops on the other end complete with warm, peppery alcohol. Simple, pure and clean finish with a nice, sharp hops bitterness.

Crisp and clean in the mouth with moderate-light carbonation, tiny bubbles, and a medium-light body.

Very clean and easy drinking Maibock. This particualr bottle hasn't left my fridge since returning from Germany last year, but tastes just like it did when I sampled a bottle there. Review combined from notes taken when fresh, and my most current assesment, score taken from notes.

Skidz, Aug 08, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of joemacpherson
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw golden-yellow with a shimmering head that quickly dissipates. Strong lemon fragrance and a bouquet of meadow flower honey from the mountain. Sweet, crisp grains blend smoothly with the light bitterness of the hops. Lemon flavors take their turn at the end. yummm funny that the alcohol doesn't make its self more known - but i like it. a very good mouthfeel as always with bayern lagers. really good drink, probably going to taste really good with a boulette.
Prost!

joemacpherson, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is fairly simple. I get notes of grain and grassy hops but not too much else. The flavor is better. I get grain, apples and grapes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of JohnW
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, so I am biased...but this is one of my favourite beers, German or otherwise, along with anything else Andechs brews!
Rich strong flavours, almost take your breath away at first, with a sweetness at first sip that eases as you drink more. Bags of character and flavour that do make it dangerously easy to drink as others have said, but on a hot summers day...who cares?

Just waiting for the day I can visit the Andechs Monastery Brewery and have it - and all the others....could by my taste of heaven!

John W
Bham UK

JohnW, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of ggaughan
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Delirium in Brussels. After trying the doppelbock, I had to try some of their other beers. The beer poured a golden color with a thick off white head. The nose and the taste were a bit earthy and hoppy and also had caramel notes to round out the beer. Nice mouthfeel and pretty easy to drink.

ggaughan, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very creamy head, otherwise light yellow to look at, with carbonation bubbles. Middling mouthfeel, smooth but also above average carbonation. Bitter initially, grassy, and alcohol presence. satisfying clean and malty finish. Butter oil and malt aftertaste. Fresh aroma. Thanks Mr. Madsberg.

Sammy, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

.5 litre bottle dated 10/03/03 - probably just over a month old. Brought back from a trip to Germany. Very fresh. Pours a brilliantly clear - almost glowing - golden body topped by a frothy bright white head that holds extremely well. Averaged size bubbles slowly stream to the surface completing the picture perfect appearance. The aroma of clean, sweet malt and mellow grassy hops greets you as the beer is poured. It's full bodied with a moderate carbonation that gives it a mouthfeel that's almost chewy, quite creamy, and rather smooth - definitely adding to the drinkability in such a big, sweetish beer. The flavor is outstandingly rich with clean, sweet, grainy malt (offering no defects whatsoever), and infused with softly grassy hop flavors. The bitterness is limited to simply balancing the sweet malt, but the hop flavors are surprisingly bright (which may have do do with this samples freshness). The alcohol is extremely well hidden, and only becomes remotely apparent in the taste somewhere past the middle of the serving - although you can feel it a little bit before that. The sweet maltiness never becomes cloying, and I'm guessing that in addition to the supportive bitterness, the high level of alcohol helps with that. A very rich but easy to drink beer that's extremely well brewed. A perfect example of the style.

NeroFiddled, Oct 19, 2002
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Ciocanelu, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of blabaer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

blabaer, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Drinks of the World.

Pours a clear gold with a white head of large bubbles. The aroma reminds me of their doppelbock for the smokey character. Other than the smoke, the aroma is a bit subdued with an odd peppermint-like note in the background of the slightly fruity malts. The flavor has a sweet applesauce ester character of the lightly toasted malts. The aftertaste has a pepery hop bite, but nothing too big or bad. I may have had better maibocks, but this one is certainly different and interesting.

tempest, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of joh04587
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

joh04587, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Kevlee722, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of Forb
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.5L bottle, expires Dec. 21st...

Appearance: Beautiful honey gold with a fluffy 2 finger head. Lacing is gradual but minimal.

Smell: Sweet bready malts are easily noticable with minor yeast and hop balance.

Taste: The ABV is slightly noticeable in the taste but the flavoring hides it well. Flavors of both bitter and sweet to balance it out with many pairings.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp carbonation leaves it refreshing while not overbearing or boring.

Overall: All around top notch beer for it's style. Having tried all of the Andechs beers I can guarantee you that any of their styles will not stray far from exemplary. I did not happen to see this one on tap when I was there though. Regardless, the Kloster Andechs is a beer connoisseurs Mecca!!! Prosit!!!

Forb, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color helles with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of solid floral malt notes with light sugar notes and some light buttery notes. Taste is also a mix between some floral malt with quite sweet malt backbone with light buttery notes which are more or less pleasant. Body is full with somewhat of an oily texture with good carbonation. Interesting and easily drinkable though not sure such alcohol level is required and the buttery notes are a bit strong for my taste buds.

Phyl21ca, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RB

500 ml bottle .. flakey silver label... poured into my small goblet. nice enough white head.. fairly clear dark golden brew.. spotty lacing.

Nose is big pale malt with some husky astringency.. pretty proper.

Flavor is pretty nice... the bottle might be a bit old, but I am happy to try this one again.. clean lager with not too much in the way of yeasty notes.

Good bubble and body... I would love to spend some time in Andechs some day... I would be a good student.

3.25/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

JohnGalt1, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

mendvicdog, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of eric5bellies
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Erdinger weizen glass.

A - Pours a pale straw colour with a two fingered white head that retains well.

S - Citrus lemon and hops present and a little yeast.

T - Plenty of yeasty malts present, with alittle lemon and spice. quite refreshing

M - Light to medium body and low carbonation.

D - Very drinkable and a recommended brew

eric5bellies, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden yellow. Good sized, pillowy white head. Decent retention and moderate lacing.

S - Sweet bread and toffee malt and wheat. Slight grassy smell.

T - Lots of malt and wheat taste. Some what sweet and pretty bready. Some honey. A bit of spice and fruit (mostly apple and banana). Finishes with a bit of lemon and grassy hops that also use a little bit of bitterness.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Smooth and pretty creamy.

D - Easy to drink. Goes down smooth and the flavor is pretty good. Not really the most balanced beer due to the sweetness, but not bad or overly sweet. Easy to drink a number of these.

Notes: Pretty good beer. A little sweet and grainy, but it isn't bad. All around a pretty good beer.

FreshHawk, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks!

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, grassy/herbal, corn, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn mixed with some grainy/herbal notes. There is also a bit of a grassiness and some buttery/caramel flavours mixed with some light hops. It ends with a buttery grainy aftertaste.

Overall - Mouthfeel needs some work but the beer has a nice flavour. The highlight is probably the scent. Good for the style but not something I'd be on the look out for in the future.

spinrsx, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Absumaster
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is bright, golden with very little carbonation and a small head.

Smell is malty with some straw or husk notes. The light caramalts suggest some honey and make the beer a little sweet smelling.

Taste is very malty with a good bitter and some liquorice. It is all very clean and relies more on the big maltiness and bitter. The light caramalt gives an aftertaste of vanilla and honey. Mouthfeel is very smooth.

Absumaster, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden with a decent white head.

S: Sweet malts, grass and grain.

T: Delicious! The typical grassy, herbal Helles flavours blend beautifully with a malty, caramel sweetness.

M: Medium-carbonation - slightly watery.

This is the first Maibock I've tried and it came as a complete surprise - I was expecting a variation on a normal Helles, but this really is an altogether different beer. It's the perfect blonde lager for anyone who loves Doppelbocks.

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A- Golden colour with some orange hints if held through light. Medium and nicely tight head that shows scarce retention and leaves very litlle lacing on the glass

S- Very sweet bready malts, mixed with a fresh wet-grass feel from the hops. A slight hint of citrus on the back. Can't say how but the aroma has a syrup character to it

T- Can I just copy and past the smell part? Sweet bready malts, a fresh and almost not bitter at all herbal feel from the hops. Then some light hints of lemon and a faint spiciness from the esters. Still can't say how, this beer feels quite like syrup even in the taste

M- Smooth with a not so big body for the ABV. Carbonation is quite low, maybe this is why the beer feels oily

O- Highly refreshing for the ABV and an easy drinker. There is no complexity at all though

Cozzatoad, May 07, 2011
Photo of safaricook
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Mayr's beer mug.

Beautiful ivory fine thick and stable foam that reduces to thin layer after quite a while. Body is a pale yellow with medium carbonation

Subtle smell of hops and pale malts, honey?

This is very clean. Pale malts cover perfectly the elevated abv of this bock beer, better than most others. There is a buttery undertone. Bitterness comes very late into the game, almost when you think it is already done.

Body seems quite thin in the beginning but then there is a buttery feel just the moment you swallow it down that covers tongue and palate. It has enough carbonation to make it mildly refreshing which is scary at the given abv.

I am neither a big fan nor an expert in the field of Helles Bockbier, but I enjoy the clean taste of this and the fact that the alcohol is so well hidden. It tastes like a Munich Helles with elevated malt sweetness and abv, but I guess this is just what the style is about. I will keep researching this style.

safaricook, May 12, 2013
Photo of TheSarge
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bergbock Hell Pours with an audible crisply carbonated symphony. The body is refined and clear, with a beautiful gold color slightly darker than a typical lager. The fluffy white head produced was about 3 fingers thick, but dissipates quickly into fine lacing.

The aroma is blunt with a biscuity blend of sweet malts, and a metallic/lemony sharpness.

The brew is rich with tastes of lightly toasted bread, but is countered by an herbal bitter finish.

This actually feels a bit on the fuller bodied side. Bergbock Hell is definitely a beer to be enjoyed thoroughly and thoughtfully.

TheSarge, Apr 09, 2009
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Andechser Bergbock Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.