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Andechser Bergbock Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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 ggaughan


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
Photo of blabaer


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-13-2014 03:07:15 | More by blabaer
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness

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
Photo of tjd25


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
Photo of ColoradoBobs


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

07-31-2005 02:16:43 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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

06-15-2013 01:31:36 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

12-09-2013 10:07:50 | More by jonb5
Photo of ThirstyBird


5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-14-2011 20:17:53 | More by ThirstyBird
Photo of Shandycan


3/5  rDev -23.7%

02-07-2014 21:19:12 | More by Shandycan
Photo of ssgunbond


3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

08-28-2013 18:46:59 | More by ssgunbond
Photo of jmtpi


4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-10-2014 19:16:24 | More by jmtpi
Photo of Kevlee722


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-29-2014 18:23:28 | More by Kevlee722
Photo of TommyW


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
Photo of rredshift


3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

08-07-2013 15:12:30 | More by rredshift
Photo of DerBayer


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
Photo of swizzlenuts


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
Photo of haz77


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
Photo of JohnfromDublin


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
Photo of Cozzatoad


3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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

05-07-2011 15:48:38 | More by Cozzatoad
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

06-24-2013 21:25:42 | More by mizx
Photo of JohnW

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!

John W
Bham UK

11-22-2005 12:49:53 | More by JohnW
Photo of smanders


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
Photo of KroMagnon


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
Photo of phaedrusovchaos


3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-16-2012 12:16:40 | More by phaedrusovchaos
Photo of TKempe


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
Andechser Bergbock Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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