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Lager - Helles
Ranked #62
Ranked #25,701
3.82 | pDev: 12.57%
Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG
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Spike from England

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.
L: Clear, dark gold with clouds of bubbles and one finger of soapy head.
S: Sweet, clean & grainy.
T: Sweet, pale malt. Clean, herbal hops. Bitterness is light.
F: Medium body & light carbonation. Mouthfeel is slick & oily.
O: A smooth, rich & flavourful German helles. Malt sweetness and hop bitterness are very nicely balanced. It’s a world apart from the ubiquitous macro pale lagers in British pubs and, at 5% ABV, I could drink this all night.

Nov 07, 2020
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elnachooo from Spain

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dorada, con un dedo de espuma de baja retención. De cuerpo ligero y baja carbonatación. Aroma a cereales. Sabor ligeramente herbáceo. Bebible pero nada especial.

Oct 21, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25


High minerality and a lack of crisp clean pale malt flavour indicate this bottle might be a bit old, but it seems like a balanced and enjoyable if faded helles...shame the brewer sees no need to clearly indicate a bottled on/best before date.


Aug 19, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of thick white foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over time to leave a smaller amount of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a grainy and rather musty aroma mixed with a little bit of a toast. Along with these smells comes a good sum of caramel, bringing an nice sweeter aroma to the brew and making rather approachable.
Taste - The taste begins with the caramel and the bready graininess that was detected in the nose. Along with these flavors comes some light herbal hop and hay. These flavors all remain rather constant and take the taste to its end where they are joined by a touch of grass to leave one with a nice refreshing and flavorful lightly sweetened and hopped grainy taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. For the style and the flavor profile the feel is quite nice and makes for a very easy sipping brew.
Overall – A nice easy drinking lager with a good amount of flavor. Well done and tasty.

May 02, 2020
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vinicole from England

3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Clear straw with a thick frothy head.
Grain, meadow grass and biscuit smell.
Taste is s mellow version of the aroma. There is a light bitter finish.
Light body. Softly carbonated.

Feb 08, 2020
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moodenba from New York

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

ABK Hell Blaue six pack purchased for a bargain price in Feb., 2019. Chilled bottle poured into a simple pint glass. Sample has a slight haze and minimal head or lacing, possibly indicating the bottle might be over the hill. The initial impression is of a slightly thin, fizzy beer. The aftertaste is satisfying, almost enough to make up for the initial deficiencies. There is a nice hoppy bitterness with some lingering malt. Later I tasted the beer at a temperature of about 50F. The flavor comes forward with a malty aroma and body, balanced by the bitterness. I revised the "taste" rating up from 3.25 to 3.5.

Feb 11, 2019
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LarryHoffman from Texas

2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Too hoppy to be a typical bavarian helles. Flavored for American market I suspect. Bummer. Price was right at US 6.5 for 4ea 1/2 liters. Not german good prices but better than the typical 1/2 L deutsch beer at the liquor store near here.

Jan 18, 2019
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ABK Hell has a thick, off-white head, a hazy, yellow-gold appearance, some tiny yeast chunks, bubbles, and lots of glass lacing. Aroma is of sharp barley malt, and the taste is of sweet biscuit and grassy hops. Mouthfeel is heavy, and ABK Hell finishes medium dry.


Apr 10, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is mostly dominated by flavors of bready malts along with bits of grain and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The overall mouthfeel is a bit dry and chalky.
O: This beer is malty but feels a little drier compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

Mar 24, 2018
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tzieser from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear golden color with a fluffy white head that takes a long time to dissipate (though I should've cleaned my glass better, to be honest). It has that wonderful Helles aroma that is always so hard for me to describe. Freshly baked bread, a bit of herbal grassiness from the noble hops. Full bodied flavor from start to finish, has that honey-like malt flavor that I love about the style. Noble hops are there, adding the signature herbal bitterness that keeps this from becoming too sweet. Crisp and dry finish. Overall this was a a great Helles that I'd love to have again. Good price too. 4.1/5

Feb 19, 2018
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mactrail from Washington

3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow brew with a short-lived bit of foam in the Duvel tulip. Sort of gummy, resiny flavor with the usual hint of skunkiness in the aroma. Thickish mouthfeel. Not what I would call refreshing.

Grainy and malty. Barely a trace of bitterness until the very aftertaste. This is like a flabby Blonde Ale but with an herbal note. From the half-litre bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquor.

Jan 22, 2018
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PolishHurricane from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Super refreshing, love this beer.

S: Clean smell, kind of like fresh biscuit or just wheat beer. Not super complex, but I like it.
T: I might be wrong, but I keep thinking HONEY taste. A bit nice hop, slight nice dank. It does have a slight bitter at the end, if you look for it, but not unpleasant at all. Pungency/peppery towards the end, love it.
F: Moderate carbonation, nice light spiciness zing feel.

This thing is way underrated. Additionally, no effect on my review, but I can get a bit over a pint for $2.29 (ABK) instead of $3.50 (For ex: Ayinger), it's cheaper (-35%)!

Dec 06, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a Weissbier Vase; batchcode IH BG K CB
A: Pours a ever so slightly hazy, straw color with an enormous (more than 2 in), foamy, white head initially, excellent retention and impressive Belgian lacing all the way down the glass.
S: Aromas of spice, minerals, pear, and bread with a ?licorice note.
T: Dry with light maltiness, subtle perry flavor, and light bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied. Creamy with moderate carbonation.
O: This is a very nice example of the Helles Lager style. I was surprised to see it in my supermarket. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Sep 02, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light gold color. Small head with only a couple of initial spots for lace.

Pale malt smell similar to a brewery aroma. Not grainy.

Clean flavor of pale malts on the tongue. The swallow brings out the hop more so than most Helles which I think makes this a better and more complex version. Good body and carbonation. Perhaps my favorites Helles so far in Bavaria.

Jun 02, 2017
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NastyNorseman from New York

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty clear and straw colored with lesser head, this Helles brings nice grainy and grassy aromas with very good flavor balances of malt, yeast, and hops. Finishes on the bitter side, but flavorful. Medium-light bodied.

May 22, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Costco. In Teku glass. Playing 12 Labours of Hercules V. Good helles, malty, full of grassy notes, very refreshing and with a pretty bitter finish.

May 17, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly particle filled straw to hold with a big fluffy white head that laces well. Smells of sweet wonderful fresh baked biscuits, which follows well into the flavor. No noticeable hops, except for the slightest bit of earthiness on the end. So light and crisp and easy to drink. I would take this any day over an American blond as an all day drinker. Prost!

Apr 03, 2017
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johnaitchison from California

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Classic Helles. Pours straw-light gold in color with a fairly dense white head of small bubbles. Clean smell of crackery pilsner malt. Crackery describes the flavor also. This is malt dominated beer with hops just along for the ride. Slightly thin on the body; the finish is abrupt. Nice Munich carbonate mineral character. It clearly stands out as a German, not American made beer. It would be even better if the malt flavor lasted a bit longer.

Mar 02, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Best before April 14th 2016.

Dull green to yellow body, and fairly clody body color. Head creation is rather tiny, about a finger of basic white, but manages a simple crown and thin puck with a good white collar.

Aroma hits great classic lager notes. Herbal hop and dense bready white dough like malts hit the nose real big. Slight sticky yeast quality giving some good bakery qualities, but also even a small tinge of clove like phenols, which is interesting on such a lighter lager. Great stuff so far on the bouquet.

Palate hits a real balanced and wonderful note. Spicy front with hints of slight brown spices, then with a great thick and chewy malt quality. Lighter classic body hits with bakery thick and doughy notes which makes for a solid helles impression. Bigger malt presence with a good filling chewy body. Tight carbonation even gets into a fruity quality in flavor almost like a slight mimosa flavor. Clean finish, subtley down on crispness but not spicy character, and easy light popping drinkability.

A real impressive helles, with a real neat lingering fruit component after some time, and bigger malt presence than your average bear.

Feb 06, 2016
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Alpha309 from California

3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass

Pours a nice straw to gold color. Almost no head and what is there dissipates quickly. A few small clusters of bubbles around the edges.

Sugary on the nose. A slight undertone of earthiness.

Strong malt backbone. Just a touch of peppery hop flavor with a bit of earth undertones.

Good carbonation in the mouth. A fuller body than most lagers. Has a slight heft.

Feb 03, 2016
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours two fingers of head on a clear golden body.
The aroma is a nice dry grain and metallic smell.
The taste smooth dry bitterness with a touch of sweetness. Good balance.
The texture is crisp.
An enjoyable hells.

Jan 24, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 4/14/16.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, grass, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Nov 09, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Wet, Snappy, Clean, Coventional

Extremely crisp, lots of fresh dry grain on the palate. Very light hoppiness does bring enough bitterness to keep things balanced though the malt is on top. Hits all of the bells and whistles, big time drinkability yet with enough flavor to keep it interesting.

STYLE: Munich Helles | ABV: 5.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #92 (Sep 2014)

Aug 13, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light straw amber with a half finger white head that dissipated to a thick cap with light lacing. Aroma of light biscuit and bready malt, mild citrus and light grassy hops. Flavor follows, dominated by biscuit malt and light grassy hops with hints of citrus grains. Light bodied with active carbonation. The dry wheat and biscuit malt flavor is nice and lightly supported by other gentle flavors, but nothing really stands out in this lager. Pleasant and easy to drink, but nothing to make me rush out to get it again.

Jan 17, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light straw hue with no haze and a lazy effervescence. Head poured a relatively thin finger of white foam and leaves a little lace on the glass as it dissipates. Not especially interesting, but OK for the style.

Smell: lightly grainy aroma with a little dash of noble hops. There's just a tiny hint of plastic to this one; otherwise it's a pretty classic aroma for the style.

Taste: nicely malty with a moderate sweetness and a pretty good dose of noble hops. Bitterness is quite spot-on for the style. A pretty tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a surprisingly good creaminess. I like it quite a lot.

Overall: a very drinkable beer indeed. Definitely something I could see myself quaffing heartily on a hot summer day.

Jan 14, 2015
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