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Andechser Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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BA SCORE
85
very good

57 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2003)
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Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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!

Tucquan, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of DRBiser
3.75/5  rDev 0%

DRBiser, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

smakawhat, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev 0%

BeerForMuscle, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of TT--Cashout
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

TT--Cashout, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of geuze_gone_wild
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

geuze_gone_wild, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

LiquidAmber, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

largadeer, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

DefenCorps, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev +6.7%

msubulldog25, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev 0%

shelby415, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Ingjald
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Ingjald, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +6.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of JMD
4/5  rDev +6.7%

JMD, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of herrburgess
4/5  rDev +6.7%

herrburgess, May 28, 2013
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.

DoubleJ, May 09, 2013
Photo of grumpygerman
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

grumpygerman, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Evil_Pidde, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of deac83
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

deac83, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Worldwidespirits.de
Date: Best by 12/24/2012
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Andechser's helles lager is a satisfying experience, but not one to get too excited about, particularly due to the impossibility of finding it in North America. While I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this, I don't think I'd go to the effort again when others are easily available locally.

Pours a 3cm head of white bubbles, small in size and rather dense, with fairly good retention. Body is a transparent copper-orange color, with light bringing out yellow-orange tones. Carbonation is visible, rising up from bottom center of the glass.

Aroma is of lager yeast and bread, akin to freshly baked white bread with some lemon rind gratings. Definitely lager influenced, fairly straightforward, but well-done and satisfying.

Taste, as a whole, is of pale malts with a distinct lager yeast influence, white bread, and some light lemon citrus from hops and yeast. Opens with fairly bright, pale malt sweetness and breadiness, influenced by lager yeast. Mid-palate shows continued pale malt sweetness with lager yeast flavors and esters akin to light citrus and/or citrus rind. Back of palate brings out heavier maltiness with continued lemon-like citrus esters and lager yeast influences. Lingering aftertaste of pale malts and dry grain, with a slight noble hop bitterness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with ample, but soft-feeling carbonation that foams this up slightly on the palate, bringing in a certain smoothness, but still retaining lager-like crispness.

falloutsnow, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of whatsgoody
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

whatsgoody, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a straight pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow/golden colour with an okay head.

Smells quite malty and yeasty, with a touch of fresh hops.

Tastes nice, light malts and yeast again, very drinkable with an appropriate level of carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable and refreshing, and very nice beer.

CwrwAmByth, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
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.

CrazyDavros, Aug 05, 2012
Andechser Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
85 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.