Andechser Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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4.39/5 rDev +17.1%
500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. My first Andechs brew - very excited they're now available stateside.
A: Crystal clear, deep gold body under two fingers of fine white head. Retention and lacing are just so-so, but it's attractive overall.
S: Fresh, clean, and quite hoppy, with major grassy and herbal notes on top of some spice and a pleasant touch of yeasty minerality. Extremely crisp, which is just what I'm looking for in a Helles.
T: Bright, herbal, and slightly citrusy up front, with rich bready malt asserting itself midway through. The finish is dry, crisp, and yeasty, with a solid dose of spicy hop bitterness as well. Grapefruit lingers on the aftertaste. Supremely balanced and drinkable. Terrific lager.
M: Substantial medium body with plenty of lively, creamy carbonation. Perhaps a little too heavy for the style, but quite good.
O: One of the best examples of the style I've ever had. The malt/hop/yeast balance is impeccable, with every aspect of the beer delivering significant flavor without dominating. I can only imagine how delicious this must be fresh on tap at the brewery. Something just got added to my bucket list.
11-16-2013 22:12:37 | More by woosterbill
3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours clear pale yellow with a skim white head. A little clingy lace.
Pale malt in the nose. Some herbal and mineral notes.
Nothing like German Hells Lager. Malt is lightly sweet, a little grassy and bread. Nice hop note comes in with crisp bitter bite. Malt and bitterness co-mingle as the brew clears the palate and finishes clean and lightly bitter.
Light to medium light body. Good carbonation.
Nice beer. Good structure and flavor. Enjoyable brew.
11-10-2013 00:06:21 | More by OtherShoe2
3.78/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours a very pale straw color, very crystal looking, not much head and what there is of fades very quickly, no lacing on the glass.
Smell starts with a sweet malt kick and then follows up with a bit of an herbal grassy note.
Taste is quite straight forward and very much in the vein of a lager, simple sweet malt front with a mild hop balance, picking up a bit of a lemony zest flavor as well, quite crisp with a semi-dry finish.
Glad to have Andechs finally in the states but it's their doppelbock I've been waiting for!
10-27-2013 22:37:41 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.05/5 rDev +8%
Had this on 2013-10-05 in Columbia, PA
A - Quite clear, golden-yellow with a 1.5-finger white head and very nice lacing. Lots of rising bubbles.
S - Floral and apple mixed with a lot of bready yeast
T - Bready, light citrus, touch of sourdough. Very soft. Hops take a back seat to the malt flavor.
M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Soft at first then dries pretty crisply. Quite refreshing.
O - An excellent example of Munich Helles and while day-in-day-out I prefer a hoppy Pils lager, this beats the heck out of an adjunct lager like Schlitz!
10-05-2013 18:48:36 | More by Tucquan
4.13/5 rDev +10.1%
Poured on tap at Churchkey into a snifter.
Super creamy white head, two fingers tall and not going anywhere. Body is clear with a very pale straw lemon body. Light and bright and big impressive.
Nose is of classic pilsner malt and muted grass hop. Mellow and dense, bready almost thick.
Palate is quite interesting for a Helles. Lots of thick malt, bread dough, and crackers strangely to round out the thicknesses. Baked white bread on the finish and mild hop herbality. Potato chip and thick crunch in the palate with a wheat like chewy quality to mouthfeel is strangely a lot lighter than anticipated and borderline wet.
Overall though the palate makes up for it for a very unique tasting helles.
09-20-2013 21:21:23 | More by smakawhat
3.88/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured into a Schaumburger pilsner glass. Pours a light golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention due to active carbonation, no lacing. Aroma of bready with hints of biscuit malt, grassy hops and lemon. Flavor is slightly sweet bready malt, grassy, slightly peppery hops, light citrus and a touch of wheat. A nice, lingering light lemon, hop and malt aftertaste to the finish. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. A light, pleasant helles lager that hits all the right notes. Flavor is not intense, but appropriate for the style. A very nice beer for drinking with a meal for non intrusive malt and hops. Addendum: the subtle, but well balanced flavors in this really grew on me as I drank the glass.
08-15-2013 19:41:44 | More by LiquidAmber
4.4/5 rDev +17.3%
Growler at home. Don't ask me how (I have no clue), but kegs of this (and other Andechser beers) showed up in Portland for PIB. I missed PIB, but seeing that this went on tap at the Belmont Station, I couldn't say no.
A clear golden/straw yellow with a dense, white head that falls off to a ring, leaving some lacing, this looks decent for a Helles. The nose, OTOH, is excellent. Soft, doughy, limpid and airy, this is delicately hoppy (lemon) with some cotton candy malt character. Ridiculously clean.
The palate opens with a perfect level of hops - mildly pungent and oily with lemon and lingering mint. Malt character is light but flavorful with dough, cotton candy, a touch of straw and hay. Light in body but with a crisp and creamy carbonation, this is great on the palate. Particularly pleasant is the body that the hop oils and the husky/grainy malt character adds. Excellent stuff, highly recommended.
07-29-2013 03:20:50 | More by DefenCorps
Andechser Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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