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Andechser Bergbock Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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88
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | 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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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.

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours golden with a bit of an orange tint to it. The initial head was quite a few fingers high, though it died down somewhat quickly without really leaving any lacing. A bit of a light head around the edges. Nose is some mild grain with a bit of light fruit and cream. Flavor is slight grain and some very mild brown. A tiny bit of toffee. Light feel with low to medium carbonation. Drinks pretty well, especially considering the 6.9% ABV.

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.

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.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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.

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

Photo of wl0307
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought at the Nelson Wines, South Wimbledon, London. The BB date had been long overdue when I purchased it (02/02/2006). 6.9%abv., served lightly-chilled in a weizen glass.

A: dark yellowish straw hue, pretty clear; the white beer head comes loosely-formed and pillowy, slowlyg settling to just a thin blanket hanging on top of the gently-fizzy body.
S: deeply malty, sweet, and semi-thick, buttressed by a deep scent of sugar-cane juice and a bitter-sweet edge of grass; the mildly perfumy hops are backed by a moderate fruity note, like dried dates+sultanas+star-fruits and a "stinky" touch of high-mountain honey or mead, but overall pretty mild and approachable if the 6.9%abv. is taken into account.
T: semi-sweet grainy maltiness prevails, backed by a dry and bitter-sweet edge of lemon-grass, mead, sugar-cane juice+water-chestnut, and unidentifiable dried grains; a slightly bitter-sweet grainy aftertone lingers well in the finish, before it reaches a dryish end felt deeply on the sides of the tongue with a faint touch of grassy hops. Rather simplistic yet nice.
M&D: overall the body is mellow and soothing, while the soft carbonation makes a perfect mouthfeel for one to fully enjoy this high-gravity beer easily. But, since this is only my second time to try this beer style (the first being Rogue Dead Guy Ale that is way too hoppy by German standards, I believe), it's beyond my ability to appreciate its "greatness", if there's any. To me, it's a rather simple, deeply grainy lager crying for hops to salvage its biased performance. Perhaps it's meant to be like that, and the beer as it is is still well-crafted, evinced by the overall balance and mellow body shown in my glass and on my tongue. But still it's not my cup of tea--or is the under-performance to do with the expiry issue? I'll never know.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says 6.9% & best before 15.08.06.

A: Clear gold, nice white head, but very little retention, slight hint of lace.

S: Toffee, bread, caramel.

T: Toffee; slightly sweet, but enough hop bitterness to keep it almost balanced. Caramel, bread, alcohol very well hidden. Slight noble hop flavour (hint of saaz?), with some metal & earth as it warms.

M: Moderate to full body is quite malty, carbonation is moderate.

D: Could be trouble!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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.

Photo of stcules
2.6/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Full golden color, white head, a little scarce. Not really beautiful.
Smell: malt. And malt. And honey. Chestnut notes?
The taste has a full malty start, full; then some hops note, and in the finish, maltiness again, sweet. And honey.
Average body.
A little too sweet to be really drinkable, but not bad at all.
Sweet aftertaste, malt again, and honey, and some finishing hop.

Photo of dgilks
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold colour with a small, white head. Poor head retention.

Mild malt aromas with no hop character. Fairly clean but with some light DMS and a hint of diacetyl.

Plenty of clean malt flavour here. No caramels. Some low pepperiness comes through. A hint of DMS. Decent bitterness to balance out the malts. Moderately dry finish.

Medium body with high carbonation. The carbonation level is too high for the beer.

This is a pale, strong lager which is generally decent. Unfortunately, it lacks the x-factor that would make this beer great.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for the opportunity to try this one. 500ml bottle served at 49 degrees in a pilsener glass. 02 05 12 indicated on the back label (I'm assuming this is a consume before date). Pours a translucent yellow-gold with a creamy, one inch bright white head. Tiny bubbles present in-solution effervesce to the underside of the cap. Head eventually disperses into a semi-conisstent skim - some spots of lacing, but no legs. Nose expresses fruity esters, a light grassiness and the merest suggestion of yeast. Taste follows nose - flavor profile is not at all cloying like some Maibocks in my experience. There's a really pleasant balance in the malt profile, light fruitiness and a crisp, unassuming hops character. Mouthfeel is light in body with an even and consistent carbonation and a kiss of acidity at the finish to cleanse the palate. Overall, a really solid brew - perhaps a little past its prime; perhaps not. That said, very pleasant and balanced without asserting itself too much. I'd love to try this beer on-draft.

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle at a market while in München; cost all of 0.97EU, including deposit. Good deal, methinks. Best before date of 18APR07.

Pours out a clear, pale golden hue, perhaps a bit more of a yellowish color. Carbonation within was scarce, and the head was a shallow layer of fine white froth. Didn't leave much lacing behind. Aroma was lightly sweet with bready malt, plus some floral hopping. Body was in the medium range, and the bier made a fairly smooth journey over the palate, with only a light bit of prickliness hitting the tongue.

Flavor checks in with more bready malts, again bringing some light sweetness to the table. Also present are light fruit characteristics, akin to pear or green apple, though they are on the mild side. Floral hops round things out, leaving pleasing notes on the palate. A decent, solid Hell Bock, though nowhere near as good, in its style, as the Doppelbock by Andechs.

Prosit!!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Andechser Bergbock Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.