Andechser Bergbock Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 60 | Display Reviews Only:
4.65/5 rDev +18.3%
First "springlike day" I've seen here in Bavaria, so thought I'd welcome it in with a Helles Bock. The stellar Andechs has yet to disappoint. Freshness dated 25/10/10.
First pour yields a surprisingly carbonated brew. Lots of light streams of carbonation, light head 1 finger thick remains for a short time. Nice, lively and fresh looking. I expected something a bit more syrupy-thick, and this is a nice surprise.
On to aroma, smell is at first very similar to the Spezial Helles. Light biscuit, malt, caramel, herb-fresh, light pepper notes, a bit deeper in a a light fruitiness comes through that immediately reminds me of plum or raisin if you will. Sugary esters mix with bread to create a fruity light bready brew. A musty tartness akin to apple wine is very apparent in the nose. Light, yet slightly sweet/spicy/musty. Much more complex in it's subtlety than originally anticipated.
The sweetness comes through a bit more in the taste. Upfront caramel, malt, bread, the sweet white grape/under ripe plum character come through predominately in the initial flavor. The great thing about this beer is the sweetness is quickly dissipated by a pepper-clove spiciness and a cleansing amount of carbonation. A nice throat-warming heat from the slightly higher-than normal ABV rounds out the flavor spectrum perfectly. This continues to grow on me with subsequent sips. Under ripe pear notes dusted with fresh pepper, herb infused honey(hey it doesn't hurt to be a restaurant cook in picking out flavors)
This beer reminds me of a young Chardonnay. Sweet, fruity, tart-sweet and full, yet it incorporates a perfect finish with a pleasant balance of pepper, carbonation and warming alcohol. The tingling feeling left on the tongue, and heat in the throat make putting the glass down very difficult.
Yet again, another surprisingly good beer in a style that is normally not my favorite. This is really a world apart from Dead Guy in hop profile and sweetness. It really continues to amaze me what two brewers can produce within the same style. Cheers and here's to an early Spring!
02-25-2010 20:30:53 | More by czfreeman
4.63/5 rDev +17.8%
.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.
10-19-2002 10:55:58 | More by NeroFiddled
4.6/5 rDev +17%
My german wife's sister had sent another treat in her Christmas parcel, but as it came late (Jan 12), it was not until some days ago that we actually had it.
The Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel is my alltime favourite beer, so I was very curious to try this one.
I poured half of the bottle in each Andechser glass (yes, now we have 2, thanks to my german sister-in-law), and we were happily watching the strawblond filling it up, then being topped with a white thick head (which desolved within the next 2 minutes).
Nose: fresh, slightly fruity.
Taste is mildly hoppy, smooth and refreshing.
Mouthfeel is also smooth with mild carbonation.
It is so clean and refreshing, you are tempted to drink it quickly. But behind the light Maibock taste hides a 6.9% Vol. alcohol punch.
Then the glasses were empty, and we cried - again...
01-20-2009 22:01:55 | More by Bierfreund
4.53/5 rDev +15.3%
Apperance: Clear golden color, with a small white head.
Smell: Malty and sweet.
Taste/Mouthfeel: The same sweetness as in the smell is present in the taste, but is balanced by a nice hop presense. The mouthfeel is semi dry and medium bodied, with a pleasant lasting aftertaste.
Drinkability: I must admit, if my memory serves me correctly, this is the first Miabock I've had. So I don't have anything to compare it to. However, I find it to be a recommendable beer. It has a big flavor, but is not overpowering.
05-10-2005 17:58:46 | More by KarlHungus
4.53/5 rDev +15.3%
Oh well this is pretty good beer for the style effectivey a strong Helles with a floral and honey flavour. A sidenote of almost frankincense is present but that happens with Munich malts particularly in strong beers and can be quite pleasant.
The mouthfeel is smashing and drinkability is very high since alcohol is barely noticeable
12-25-2009 01:02:05 | More by DerBayer
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
Clear golden in color. Gas bubbles reveal carbonation level - moderate. Pillowy white head. Fairly hefty. Good retention. Decent lacing. Fairly deep malt aroma. Pretty nice. Body is medium-full. Creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right as this is a highly drinkable brew. Really nice malt profile on the palate. A blend of pils maltiness adn maybe some belgian-like biscuit tones. Hops make a presence but don't overwhelm. Spiciness is subtle, but nice. Nice little dry finish.
Give me a free day, a pool to sit by and 20 bottles of this stuff in a cooler next to me and I'm a happy camper.
Gotta thank Senior Shit and his wife, Mrs. Shit for the fine brew.
11-02-2002 21:40:24 | More by Bighuge
4.47/5 rDev +13.7%
Enjoyed from the tap at Der Andechser Ratskeller in Wiesbaden.
Appearance - clear golden body with a white, pillowy head.
Smell - sweet malt with the smell of Spring in the background.
Taste - mellow bitterness with a slight sweetness that will accompany any meal.
Mouthfeel - tastefully light with no hints of alcohol.
Drinkability - I could drink this beer all day and double on Sunday. Although the alcohol content may be higher than some, you won't notice it because you'll be enjoying the taste so much. For a brewery that has existed since the Middle Ages, they have definitely kept up with the tastes and flavors of present day. If you can find anything from Andechs, buy it and enjoy it with zeal!
04-18-2010 16:26:36 | More by smanders
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
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!!!
06-10-2011 21:52:34 | More by Forb
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
Good poorout with nice head and beautifull and cristal clear goldenbronze beercolor. Nose is very delicate with sweetmaltarome and delicate hopnote; probably of a good Halletau hop. Alltogether make it a fresh and fruity nose of grape/strawberry with good cornarome around it. Taste is fine too being very sweetmalty and drinking as a strong Maerzen. Enough but only litle hops make it a very balanced brew with a very enjoyable mouthfeel and aftertaste. Great brew IMHO.
05-17-2005 19:33:35 | More by paterlodie
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!
This beer appears clear and yellow in color. There is a small head that leaves just a hint of lacing. The aroma is very pleasant and distinctly German in style. The beer tastes fresh and clean. The flavors are very well-balanced. There is an underlying sweetness present in the aroma as well as throughout the taste, though it is well done and certainly not of the cloying nature. This is a very tasty beer and a solid example of the style. If you enjoy German lagers, Klosterbrauerei Andechs brews some of the best around.
10-22-2010 00:49:22 | More by Huhzubendah
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
Had on tap at the Klosterbrauerei Andechs, served in a 0.5L glass along with dinner. The beer was clear yellow with a thick and creamy head. The smell was malty and sweet, and the flavor followed suit. There was a thickness to the mouthfeel which was unexpected, leaving the sweet wort flavors coated on the tongue. Easily drinkable, you cannot tell it's almost 7%. Excellent beer, and highly recommended.
06-29-2007 22:52:55 | More by TurdFurgison
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
02-28-2010 17:53:31 | More by FreshHawk
United Kingdom (England)
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
02-05-2013 20:05:52 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
A: Pours with a very tall white, but slightly yellowish head. The head is a bit uneven and sets rather quickly as the clear golden liquid rises. Lots of small bubbles in it. Some faint lacings.
S: Rich malt, honey-sweet and slightly roasted - bready, almost doughy. Citric from floral hops and some bitter hops to complement it. Grassy.
T: Sweet malt, bready and slightly roasted. Still a bit doughy, but not in an unpleasant way. Grass and herbs, it tastes like spring. Some hidden bitter hops.
M: Long sweet and bready aftertaste. Full body and rather rich in carbonation, but not offensive.
O: Well, it looked kind of crappy, but then it turned and my high expectations came true. A very nice Maibock.
04-23-2013 17:15:38 | More by Evil_Pidde
United Kingdom (England)
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
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!
11-22-2005 12:49:53 | More by JohnW
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
Appearance is a shiny gold with a rather big but frail white head and some lace.
Smell is a thick, honey-like sweetness from the malt, combined with a grainy note, a gentle touch of hops, some fruitiness and an impression of roses. Yeast is a bit musty or peppery, but somehow 'funky' too. Great.
Juicy malt dominates the palate and suggests honey and fresh apples. Next, the taste becomes a bit salty and rather spicy, with a drier trace of wood in the finish. Hop presence is obvious and a bit minty, maybe somewhat subdued considering the style, but in great concord with an incredibly rich malt palette whatever the case. This beer moves towards the sweeter side of the spectrum, but it's very good at doing so. Alcohol is a presence as well.
Mouthfeel is very smooth with moderate carbonation and a medium-to-heavy body.
01-02-2009 21:29:10 | More by TKempe
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
Transparent deep gold color. Creamy head laces nicely, dissipating to a bubbly layer. Woody hop notes, sweet malts, and a hint of booze in the aroma.
Flavor is most excellent. It's a helles bier with balls, basically. A fuller mouthfeel, thanks to the higher amount of malts, and an elevated hop bitterness make this one a keeper for me. It's a great beer to have when you want something stronger and more satisfying than a pils, but not something too heavy, such as doppelbock or stout. That said, this stuff is still pretty malt-forward and doughy.Touch of alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel has fine, medium carbonation. Very tasty.
10-14-2008 20:54:41 | More by dasenebler
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
Review #1200, not that anyone is listening, landmarks are for me!
Beer shared at a recent tasting with Lunch and Huhzubendah. Beer served in a tulip. Beer is yellow, clear, and forms a decent head of medium bubbles but the head doesn't leave much lacing on the glass.
Beer smells a little like grains with a backbone of sweetness. Some wheat it seems or some different pilsen. Smells good.
Beer is light in body with moderate carbonation on the palate. It seems to get thicker as I drink more. Minimal sweetness and a nice clean finish with only minimal bitterness on the backend. Its not as good as the doppelbock IMO but its a great lighter pilsner without being watery or thin. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
10-21-2010 04:16:11 | More by drabmuh
4.18/5 rDev +6.4%
A golden orange color with a nice head. I couldn't notice anything in the smell. A very enjoyable mouthfeel. The taste is grainy and fruity, with peaches and lemon. A deep flour (maybe leaven) aspect in the taste, that I found very interesting. Smooth. Great. The hops are well hidden, and the beer has a great drinkability. I would go for this beer again.
03-27-2004 17:34:52 | More by tjd25
Andechser Bergbock Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
88 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.