Andechser Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 57
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Domingo
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty solid helles, but it's easily overshadowed by the other offerings from Andechs.
This review is based on a mug I got at the Am Dom hall in Munich. The monastery alternates this with their spezial, so this may or may not be available depending on the time of year.
Comes straight from a gigantic wooden keg. It has a nice golden yellow color. Although not the darkest or foamiest helles around...it's on par for the style.
Smell is husky grain and hops. Actually more hops that you might expect. It's no pils, but it's more potent than most.
Flavor starts off with a sweet malt hit, turns to a husky grain, and finishes with a sharp hops hit that fades quickly.
It's pretty thin, as you might expect from the style. This is a warm weather quencher even by Munich standards.
Drinkability is high on this one. Stylistically, obviously, but also because of the nice really dry finish. After taking a sip you'll get that hop hit and you'll want more.

It is what it is. It's an excellent helles, but if your trip to Munich is a short one, I'd recommend one of the other Andechs beer instead. It's on par with the better Munich helles brews you'll find in town. There are better and there are worse. The main thing about it that's really unique is the dry, hoppy finish. In an area where you actually have to hunt for a pils, this can fill your hop craving nicely, though.

EDIT: On my visit from 6/11 I found this one wasn't really doing it for me. The hop notes weren't as pronounced and the nose was a hair sulfuric. It was my first beer in Munich, so maybe I was a little off and not the beer? At the same time, it's bigger brother, the Spezial hell turned out to be quite the treat. It's worth trying them both since I know either can be amazing depending on your mood. (1,778 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 08/06/09, served chilled in a 500ml weizen glass.

A: pours a pale golden, almost sunflower-like, colour with a puffy white head settling slowly to a thin cap, while the carbonation remains lively and full of mini bubbles.
S: aromatic grainy lager malts mainly, with a lightly mineral note, floral hops, lightly hay-ish yeasts, and a sour tinge typical of a well-lagered bier. Integrated, not complex enough though.
T: an effervescent swallow of lightly honey-ish malts with a delicately savoury touch leads towards a floral middle of German hops on a par with powdery grainy flavour, before a quiet wave of clean herbal bitterness intensifies and cuts deep down the palate, rendering a dry-ish and chewy finish.
M&D: light-bodied and pretty fresh, not fierce, in terms of carbonation, pretty clean overall; the bitterness provides a level of freshness that elevates the malty weight somewhat, making this a much more bitter and clean sample of Helles, closer to a Pilsner actually. Drinkable. (996 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 0.5 litre bottle obtained in Berlin (Ambrosetti beer store) and flown home with another 9 different beers. Six months life left according to the label.

Poured into a 0.5 litre 'Schultheiss' glass, my third German beer during a German tasting evening.

Bright and light (a typical Helles attribute), a pale golden, straw yellow colour. The white head soon fell away to leave a thin collar and scummy wisp.

Aromaless, couldn't even find a hop or hint of yeast, no floral wiff, no wheaty undertones or overtones, not even some malt esters, just 'nowt'. My normal lager/pilsner score of 3 then!

Fresh and crisp, but no body or depth of flavours, easy to drink but nothing to grasp and say 'Wow' about. There is a little feel of yeast, hops and malts within the taste, sadly not enough to make this beer stand out from the crowd.

A bog standard Helles, I was expecting more from such a well thought of brewery. (916 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear and clean yellow, very limpid. White, creamy head, not too compact. A thin perlage.
Malty background, after all quite fresh, with a touch of hop, delicate and not invading.
At the taste a well done hell, with a bit more hop than the standard.
Not bad, clean, drinkable.
Hop in the aftertaste.
Light body, but not too light, malty. (336 characters)

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tasted this 500ml bottle on 19.12.07 (Best by 24.07.08). I brought this back from a recent trip to Munich.
Poured a clear amber brew with good carbonation and modest head.
Smelled very subtle; floral hops and possible a hint of apple.
The taste was also somewhat subdued; I think I still detected a hint of apple here also.
There is nothing in this beer to be offensive to anyone; its flavours are subdued and delicate. A very nice beer to drink. (448 characters)

Photo of rousee
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shocked this hasnt scored higher although I can see it aint too easy to get. I had a good friend of mine bring me back a few Andechs beers from Bavaria as I knew they were quite highly regarded here. No disapointment in the helles either.

Appearance is beautiful clear gold with a nice half finger head that holds pretty well with good continual carbonation. A good amount of lace remains.

Smell is so gentle and subtle of those Saaz hops or whatever they are using-Hallertau maybe--they are as noble as can be. Elements of earth and mud with some grassy residuals all of which is so subtle it just makes you sigh in relief. This is what a lower alcohol gold colored beer is supposed to taste like. Elements of grain like corn and barley and bready and biscuity--somewhat citrus-like on the finish but in such a gentle way it is far from sour. I hope the other Andechs that I got are as good as this one.

Extremely drinkable. (928 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ML BOTTLE POURED INTO MY ZIRNDORFER SEIDEL

A - Golden lager body, 3 finger head that dissapate quickly to leave a crown. Rubbish lacing. lively beading

S - faint notes of grain, fresh grass, no real hop profile here.

T - grassy, some fresh dry hoppiness in the finish. Nothing exciting though at all. Not enough munich malt.

M - Medium carbonation, a little sticky and flat.

D - The third Of the Andechs beers i have had, and another one to be disappointed in. Pretty lifeless. Will need to try at the source.
Starting to think Andechs isnt the Holy Grail. (575 characters)

Photo of haz77
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright, pale gold, with a frothy white head. This falls to a thin cap. Some small bubbles and a few streamers slowly rise.

S - Floral hops, green vegetables, sourdough bread, honey, light nuttiness.

T - The vegetable flavour and sweet malts are upfront. These fade out and the honey and floral hops move forward towards the finish along with the bread. It ends with a sharp bite of carbonation and a relatively short, sweet aftertaste.

M - Cleansing carbonation throughout. Light-medium crisp body.

D - Whilst not the best offering from this brewery, it's still enjoyable. Worth a try. (609 characters)

Photo of cypressbob
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in The Porterhouse

Pours with a lemony yellow body, patchy white head with good retention, some lacing down the glass

Smell, fresh hops, lavender, some noticable floral notes. Little bit of biscuity malt lingering in the background

Taste, crisp floral hops, smooth mouthfeel, some malt in the background. Some sweetness, little bit of dry hop character on the finish

A refreshing and flavourful lager (419 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 28-03-06. Great presentation with wonderfull lasting head and a light golden crystal clear beer. Nose is very clean and veryy nicely hopped with prob best Halletauhops. Good and not overdone maltyness with some alcohol and minimal yeast influence. Good taste also having good malts, litle alcohol and nice hoppiness.Yes one of the better Helles I know. Good carbonisation and mouthfeel. Well drinkable and one you like to have more of after the last. (453 characters)

Photo of tjd25
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The head is made of big almost transparent bubbles. Lots of bubbles in the glittering golden transparent body. The smell is grainy and reveals lots of lemon.

The taste is very grainy, with hints of citrus, and light hints of dry caramel. Hoppiness is bitter and astringent. The body is pretty light, the mouthfeel is thick and hoppy on the end. Kind of disappointing for Andechs: not much going on, and not a very drinkable beer. (433 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By bottle spelt the 'Hell' without the e-s on the end. Gloing blonde appearance, looks beautiful. Honeyed, floral aroma, some grassyness and bread dough. Nicely herbal, floral, honeyed flavour, nice full mouthfeel and satisfying bitterness. really love the subtlety of the Andechser beers, so soft aswell, lovely. (313 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I brought a four pack home, so this is one of them.

Not a outstanding helles, but certainely enjoyable. It poured just like it was supposed to, all .5liters of it, leaving me with just the right amout of creamy head to top off my Andechs glass. Straw colored.

What I liked about this beer was that it stayed crisp throughout the whole beer. Not enough of a big bold taste, but hey, it's a helles, it isn't as bold a taste as many of the pilsners I had. I think it would make a good session beer, not too overwhelming or cloying.

pat (541 characters)

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Andechser Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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