Andechser Bergbock Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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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
4.25/5 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
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
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
0.5l bottle poured in a Weizen glass.
A: Crystal gold color with a 1 to 2 fingers white head which dissipates quickly.
S: Strong malt, yeasts and honey. Quite "bready" too.
T: Very strong malt taste. Yeasts and honey can be also easily noted. A hoppy-bitter end.
M: Medium body. Medium carbonation.
D: Good. Despite the 6.9% ABV.
02-21-2010 20:30:25 | More by eduardolinhalis
3.6/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
12-28-2009 03:02:05 | More by dgilks
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
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
not much head on pour. Aroma nice and clean, malty, perhaps a tad of alcohol in addition to heavy malt. Flavor is good, again clean and malty, a touch spicy (maybe cinnamon, just a faint hint, from hops perhaps (some noble hop types are described as having a cinnamon note?). Overall quite nice!
09-10-2009 21:42:40 | More by KroMagnon
3.65/5 rDev -7.1%
Pours a golden yellow color. It is definitely helles! Very light indeed, but very full. Very clean and crystal clear. The head disintegrates and is rather poor. The smell is sweet carmel or honey and straw/grains with a very light floral hops aroma.
The taste is very good, making up for the poor showing with head. The mouthfeel is just right to drink many of these. I like this beer, and have had it after having their doppelbock. I would definitely go for the doppelbock over this, but this is nothing to scoff at. This is quite the treat! Light (not boozy tasting), but still a fairly heavy (boozy) beer.
08-13-2009 17:40:16 | More by engisch
4.18/5 rDev +6.4%
This is my first Andechser beer from a bottle since their one-off anniversary dunkel zwickelbier.
I haven't seen this one at the monastery or the Am Dom restaurant in Munich in my 3 visits, so I grabbed this bottle on my last trip.
The freshness date is actually dated for the day I opened it...yet it's honestly the freshest smelling/tasting German beer I've ever had from a bottle. It'sjust like getting a fresh brew on tap. Since they don't really distribute this much, I bet those dates aren't long after the bottling date.
Pours a pretty deep golden color. The head isn't too big, but there's a really steady bubble carbonation from the bottom of my glasses that lasts for the life of the beer.
Smells like sweet fresh grain and noble hops. I can't reiterate enough how close to draft this seems.
The predominant tastes are honey, fresh baked bread, and yes, even hops in the finish. Much like their normal helles, the hops are there in a bigger way than expected to offer balance. It's sweet up-front, but it doesn't linger too much. The taste reminds me of the US pale bocks I've had moreso than the German ones, which is kind of neat. Some brewpub maibocks are definitely coming to mind.
I split a bottle of this and (obviously) wish I had more of it.
It's 6.9% abv. and it doesn't really feel much stronger than an export or spezial. The taste is sweet like a bock, but there's no booziness to it.
Not quite as good as the doppelbock to me as I prefer the darker bock flavors, but this is one of the best pale bocks I've ever had.
06-03-2009 13:39:57 | More by Domingo
3.83/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
04-09-2009 14:08:42 | More by TheSarge
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
4.22/5 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
3.83/5 rDev -2.5%
A- Clear, golden color. About a half-inch head that eventually fades, but not too fast.
S- Sweet malts with a hint of straw and honey.
T- Sweet malts is the predominate flavor. There is a little bit of honey as well. Slight bittness towards the finish.
M- Very smooth, low carbonation, and has a crisp finish.
D- The smoothness of this beer makes it very drinkable. One could easily have 2 or 3. Just keep in mind the slightly higher ABV.
Overall, this is a beer worth trying. I haven't had many bocks yet, so it's hard for me to compare it to anything. It's definitely a good beer though.
11-29-2008 17:59:08 | More by TommyW
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
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
07-12-2008 21:01:18 | More by tempest
2.5/5 rDev -36.4%
A: A golden colour with a nice finger's width head that sticks around a bit
S: It smells like corn. Corn out of a can or something weird. No hops really.
T: This tastes like canned corn to me. Extremely matly and not very tasty.
M: A bit creamy with a bit of carbonation
D: Sort of
Either this beer is off or it just sucks. I was hoping for more from Andescher.
04-09-2008 22:21:26 | More by swizzlenuts
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
04-05-2008 12:26:41 | More by ggaughan
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
I brought this bottle back from a recent trip to Munich. It was one of five beers I purchased at a local off licence for a total cost of under 5 - sickening, isn't it?
Anyway, tasted this on 16.12.07, best by 02.04.08. It poured a nice clear light amber beer with a fine 2 inch white head. When the head subsided, it left clumps of activity on the surface.
The smell was a pleasent floral hops smell.
The taste was a fairly complex mix of sweetness and bitterness (hoppy finish). There was a nice warming alcohol feel.
Mouthfeel was smooth and slightly syrupy.
Not quite a session beer because of its ABV content, but this one feels very drinkable.
12-17-2007 10:23:28 | More by JohnfromDublin
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
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
02-17-2007 11:50:01 | More by Absumaster
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.8/5 rDev -3.3%
A- poured into zirndorfer seidel aggressively given a golden amber hue body with a 2 finger very lively rocky head quickly dissapating to a very faint whisp - not the best looker to be honest
S- some nice sweet bready munich malts, a little alcohol, not much else
T- taste is very sweet malty with a nice alcholic finish. almost syrupy, not much hop character here. A fruity granny smith apple like taste, lingers long after the taste.
M- a little syrupy, low carbonation, chewy, starting to wonder if this is flat, exp date is June 07.
D- drinkable enough, but not sure if i really like the idea of helles bock, id rather go the full hog and drink a doppelbock, or the other way and have a munich helles lager. Will need to drink more helles bock, as not overly familiar with the style. Also this bottle im suspecting may be stale for some reason, will need to get another to compare. A nice enough beer in its own right.
12-06-2006 20:45:54 | More by seanyfo
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4
10-08-2006 19:23:39 | More by Bierman9
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
A - Pours a clear gold, with an inch of foaming white head. This falls to a thin island and ring. Low-medium looking carbonation and several streamers.
S - Honey, nuttiness, sourdough bread, light fruitiness, caramel/toffee.
T - Mouthful of honey at first, with a slightly sour/bitter edge and some background peppery spice. Bitterness builds towards the end and the finish is crisp. Alcohol warmth comes through a little in the aftertaste.
M - Light-medium body and soft carbonation.
D - Very easy drinker considering the strength. I'm not particularly familiar with the style, but this was very tasty.
10-04-2006 19:01:27 | More by haz77
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
08-08-2006 00:33:55 | More by Skidz
United Kingdom (England)
3.7/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
05-26-2006 23:19:42 | More by wl0307
Andechser Bergbock Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
88 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.