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Andechser Bergbock Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 93
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 14
Gots: 4 | 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 CwrwAmByth
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a dimpled pint mug.

Pours a clear golden colour with a small white head.

Smells quite faint, mild alcohol and fruity sweetness.

Tastes nicely balanced, crisp but not overly so. Fairly sweet with a hint of alcohol on the finish.

Overall a pretty nice beer, strength nicely toned down and very drinkable. (341 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (471 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Worldwidespirits.de
Date: Best by 12/17/2012
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Pours a 3cm, beige-colored head, fades to a thick ring around the glass with some islands of foam atop the body. As the head fades, minimal lacing is left. Body is a transparent burnt orange in color,

Aroma is sweet, of honey and mild caramel/toffee, with a slight herbal backdrop. Good, not particularly deep or complex, but enjoyable.

Taste is malty, sweet, honey-like with slight herbal, mint-like flavor. Slightly biscuit-like, grain-like, and caramel-like flavors. Slight European hop bitterness arrives at end of mid-palate, lasting through finish. Aftertaste of residual sweetness, some honey, slight bitterness. Flavor is good, but could be bolder and more complex, have more interplay.

Medium to medium-heavy in body, with ample, but gentle carbonation. Result is a foamy mouthfeel with a dry finish and some residual stickiness.

A slightly above average maibock, but its lack of availability is nothing to be concerned about - some locally available beers are comparable or more satisfying. (1,084 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.86/5  rDev -2%
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. (584 characters)

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 (346 characters)

Photo of Domingo
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (1,540 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear yellow body, with a pure white thin head.
S - Zippy orange blossoms and sweet malty aroma.
T - Big sweet maltyness followed by a VERY light bitterness.
M - Creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Beautifully integrated alcohol.
D - This is really easy to drink dispite its sweetness and high alcohol, neither of which are over done and both of which are wonderfully integrated. (392 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (634 characters)

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (934 characters)

Photo of LittleCreature
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (1,113 characters)

Photo of czfreeman
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
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! (2,080 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (930 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden, clear, medium fading head, not much lacing.

S: Freshly cut suger beet, very agricultural.

T: Slightly cloying sweetness mixed with a sharp peppery boozyness, malty with a slightly doughy finish.

M: Body on the thick side, well carbonated, smooth.

O: A decent bock, anyone expecting layer upon later might be disappointed, but this is what a Helles Bock should taste like. (390 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden like ginger ale; medium, frothy egg-shell head, long lasting; good lacing

Aroma: malty; slightly grassy; faint hops; slight citrus

Taste: Creamy, malty on start; slight citrus on mid with a hoppy, semi-sweet, "salty" finish; alcohol is pretty noticeable throughout; smooth, but not complex; good, though

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (403 characters)

Photo of tjd25
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (356 characters)

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at the monastery May 31, consumed June 3.

Nice white head over pure light bronze, clear body.

For a bock, the aroma is delicate: sweet malt nicely balanced with hops.

Flavor has notes of grape (!) and other fruits (some kind of berry is barely there.)

Nice long mildly bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is completely masked -- dangerously easy to drink. (382 characters)

Photo of TommyW
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (594 characters)

Photo of DerBayer
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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 (334 characters)

Photo of swizzlenuts
2.54/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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. (368 characters)

Photo of mizx
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, poured into a pokal/weizen like glass.

Golden amber colour, very slightly hazy (probably as I use my food fridge), with some carbonation slowly rising. Fairly thick foamy head that dissipated to a thin cap, and some slightly sticky rings on the glass.

Subtle but substantial malt aroma, perhaps a still warm from the oven flapjack smell/slight diacetyl and nuttiness, noble hops sit in the background, some slight citrus.

Full but clean malt flavor, baked-like rather than roasted or toasted and slight diacetyl, backed up by the subtle noble hops.

Pretty high carbonation, but it's quite smooth and has no alch. presence at nearly 7%. This wasn't to my tastes but refreshing in a way for it's maltiness. (722 characters)

Photo of haz77
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (615 characters)

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (651 characters)

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Andechser Bergbock Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
88 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.