Andechser Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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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 dasenebler
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

.5L, best by 4/11.

Decent appearance, for a lager. Thick, frothy head yields to a consistent ring for the remainder of the drink. Golden yellow of course.

Aroma has some euro hop funk, tartness, and grains.

Flavor is decent. Kind of thin, but with some malt flavor: grains, with a corn tinge. Nothing offensive though. Hop flavor is earthy and cheesy, with a tea-like, pseudo-metallic aftertaste. Light, easy mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

Run-of-the-mill lager here, definitely not Andechs' best brew. There's much better Helles to be had. (547 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 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)

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 czfreeman
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened side by side with the Spezial for comparison. Less carbonated and less active in the bottle upon opening. A full 1.1% lighter in ABV than the Spezial Helles, and a bit harder to find.
Poured into a clean chalice, Helles is a very light golden, clean colored brew. Light head, remains for several minutes. The carbonation is quite a bit higher than the small amount of Spezial I poured alongside. Color is a slight shade lighter as well.
On aromatics- tart lemon, fresh grain, a distinct mineral note I usually only find in Munich brewed Helles. Finishes with a note of musty grain, biting hop, and a light toasted bread character. There is a light amount of pepperiness on the finish, as well as a more pronounced sweet orange character than in the normal Helles. The Spezial has a more rounded aromatic profile, as I expected, and a touch sweeter.
On flavor-grain, lemon, pepper, bread, bitter mineral water again, vegetal, finishes with a light lingering pepperiness. This brew is quite a bit dryer than other examples. The Spezial has a bit more carbonation in the Mouthfeel and is a bit heftier. The beer finishes light, clean, and very fresh.
Hands down between the two, or any Helles, the crown goes to Spezial, but this is a lighter, more subdued version.The beer packs quite a bit of flavor given it's low Stammwurze and ABV, but is clean, balanced and refreshing. After subsequent sips, it really needs a boost in complexity. I can't fault that thought, as the brewery makes it much easier to obtain the Spezial. Drinkable is very high, the pepperiness in the finish begs for a quick subsequent sip. Much more power in the flavor than the aromatics.
It really comes off as a more watered version of the Stellar red label. If in Munich, seek the Spezial out, and pass on this one.
It seems I've found the forgotten little brother of the Spezial, a this brew is not even offered at the Monastery. The stellar Andechs seems to have a chink in it's otherwise perfect lineup, its easily forgotten, as I have a Spezial to enjoy next. (2,051 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Straw-gold; clear; effervescent; big head

Aroma: Malty; citrusy; floral; slight honey

Taste: Juicy malt, with smooth, slightly bitter finish; very good, and would be a good session beer

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (273 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 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 Augustiner719
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5l bottle into a .5l mug.

Pours a golden yellow gold color that is perfectly clear with a nice 2 finger frothy head that leaves lacing down the glass after each sip. The head retention is minimal, but there is streaming carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass. The aroma is good here. has that bready type of lager aroma you get from other helles beers. A touch light on the aromas however and it doesn't deliver that musty humid like characteristic i love in most helles. Taste is also very nice. Has a lighter body than most other helles beers i have had, but finishes clean and crisp. Perfect pairing with my pasta with caramelized onions and bacon. Mouthfeel is great. High carbonation, clean and crisp finish and a light grassy hay like texture on the mid palate. Overall this is a great example of the style. Worth trying, obviously not mind blowing for the vast majority of American beer drinkers, but a great beer to have especially when choices are limited. (989 characters)

Photo of DerBayer
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm a very decent helles but nothing exceptional

Beautiful straw colour with big white head that fades quickly

Smell is of fresh hops and grainy malt, ever so faint sweet caramel notes

First slightly sweet tatse of malts that is quickly balanced out and then overshaded by bitter hops

Feel is refreshing and a bit prickly - good summer beer and below 5%

A good session brew (378 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 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)

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Andechser Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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