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Andechser Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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BA SCORE
84
good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs visit their website
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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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 33
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev -20%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Andechser am Dom, on to the beer:

The stereotypical straw yellow color of a helles shines in its glass with an 1½ inch head of foam, which leaves good amounts of lace around. The smell of hay and grass arise from the liquid, which is spot on per style. Despite the cold day that this was enjoyed, it tastes a lot like spring with its fresh grass, wet hay, and bready notes. It's a light bodied beer with modest crispness, which puts the final touch in this refreshing beer.

Good helles, and a good introduction to the Andechs line.

Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of wl0307
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of drpimento
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty darn good beer. Poured with a large, fine, foamy, frothy head that mostly settled down and a little lace. Color is a clear yellow with good bubble trails. Aroma is malty, spicey, herbal and intriguing. Flavor follows aroma closely and has a little Bavarian hefe weisse yeast flavor. Body is good and carbonation is very good. Finish is like flavor and of short to medium in length. Session beer.

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2.48/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours gold with a fading head.
Nose shows soft hay, bready malt, wheat, honey, spicy hops and faint vegetal notes. Restrained.
Similarly light flavours, but mainly focussing on hay and honey. Some very faint spicy hops. Low bitterness.
Body could use more carbonation.

Photo of woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cheers!

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Jeffo
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a German beer glass.

APPEARANCE: Big fluffy 3+ finger medium-thin white head. Color is golden yellow and is perfectly clear. Lower end carbonation with big bubbles. Head fades to a film; a ring remains to the end but leaves no lace down the glass.

SMELL: A mild nose of sweet malt, grain, and some bread nuances. A mild flowery hop presence as well.

TASTE: Mild here as well. Some sweet malt up front with a touch of grain and flowery hops through the middle and end. A mild aftertaste with grainy qualities and some hop bitterness to balance it out.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Goes down smooth and finishes crisp with the right touch of dryness on the palate. Standard for the style.

OVERALL: A standard helles. Nothing overwhelming, this brew just does a good refreshing job. Couple this with the lower than average ABV, and Andechser has made a very drinkable session lager for a hot summer's day.

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4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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!

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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Andechser Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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