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Andechser Bergbock Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 94
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 14
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 10-19-2002

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.
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2012.

Apperance : clear amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : rich sweet malty with citrus notes aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : It's rich malt dominates the palate, alcohol presence.
Drinkability : a good beer in the German style Hells Bock.

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Photo of Forb
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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!!!

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of kjc51478
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with medium, long-lasting head. Aroma is moderate with hints of grassy hops, bread, and lemon. Taste is dominated by the sweet malts with a touch of citrus, bread, and a slight grassy hop on the end. Bitterness is minimal but noticable. Finishing is very sweet.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5
Pours two fingers of white, tightly packed foam head that steadily reduced to to a thin, patchy layer over the pale, straw yellow body.

Smell - 4.0
Herbal and lemony hops with fresh baked white bread. Very clean aroma, though the higher alcohol content is noticeable.

Taste - 4.0
Proof that a beer of nearly 7% alcohol by volume can actually be refreshing. Lots of bready, dusty German malt flavour balanced with just enough hop bitterness and flavours of lemon and herbs, with plenty of peppery alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light to medium bodied and lightly carbonated, very smooth to drink.

Drinkability - 3.5
Not something I would seek out again, but I think this beer is possibly too drinkable for its own good at 6.9%abv.

OVERALL - 3.85
This is a good beer that doesn't quite fit into any style category. I think the closest match is a modern, Munich style Oktoberfestbier, although it is a little too strong. Calls itself a bock, but it's too light to be even a Maibock and is as strong as some doppelbocks. Regardless, a top quality, drinkable if unexciting strong lager.

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Photo of joemacpherson
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of smanders
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of engisch
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Domingo
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Bierfreund
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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...

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Photo of TKempe
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Andechser Bergbock Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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