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German Helles
Ranked #36
Ranked #20,588
3.85 | pDev: 12.47%
Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG
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Photo of moodenba
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of LarryHoffman
2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.


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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of tzieser
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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

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Photo of mactrail
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of PolishHurricane
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
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%)!

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

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Photo of johnaitchison
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Alpha309
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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)

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap. Lager glass. Enjoyed on apr´13. Pale straw color, crystal clear appearance. White froth creates a close crown showing fairly good retention. Subtle malt grain flavor yields to a clean bitterness. Sparkling sensation. Very light body. High carbonation. Watery texture. Dry bitter finish. Very easy drinkability.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Saw this on tap at the Apex today, and just figured I couldn't say no.

The beer pours the expected solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing honey, sourdough bread dough, and a hint of sandlewood. The flavor profile replicates the nose, except there's something of a marshmellow flavor as well that is quite attractive. Mouthfeel is where this beer really shines, and makes one understand why some folks are such lager fans. This beer has something of a buttery, light creamy mouthfeel, with a long, rich, yet dry finish. The balance in this beer is amazing, with everything seemingly in the right preportion. Drinkability is amazing... I could easily drink this beer all day and all night.

I can see where one might long for something more exciting after a while with this beer, but otherwise, this beer is so easy to drink, its just mind boggling. Yumm...

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Photo of HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Thanks Chris!

A: Pellucid yellow gold with a soapy two finger head that recedes after a minute.

S: Malt character is lightly grainy with no sweetness. Lager yeast imparts a subtle green apple character and a little DMS. Hops are floral and grassy with a dash of spiciness.

T: Lightly bitter with a slightly grassy and spicy hop profile. Malt imparts just a little sweetness, it's mostly dry with grainy and crackery notes. The crisp finish displays a touch of sweetness with a light yet insistent bitterness.

M: Upper moderate carbonation, dry and crisp.

Overall: Though the ABV is far too high to be a Helles proper, this is still a very good and very refreshing Lager. I'm struggling to resist the urge to quaff this one.

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Photo of largadeer
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Aktien's helles lager rests in the glass a slightly hazy shade of pale gold. It's initially topped by two fingers of frothy foam, but that settles in time to a thin cap that leaves scattered webs of lacing clinging to the glass.

The nose is delicate and mild. I catch whiffs of clean pale malt, light grassy hops, ripe lemon. There's a faint vegetal character as well.

It's remarkably clean and balanced in flavor. Dry crackery malts appear first, followed by a mild zesty hop note and a hint of honey-like sweetness. It's light and crisp, dry on the whole, exceptionally clean and refreshing. It finishes on a dry note, only mildly bitter. At the risk of abusing the word "clean", this really is a wonderfully balanced and crisp lager. This is the sort of beer you could drink all night and not get sick of. In fact, I think I'll do that.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dyan for this one.

A: The pour is a crystal clear golden color with a fluffy white head on top.

S: A crisp lager nose with notes of sweet malt and spicy and earthy hops. Not terribly complex, but nice.

T: A really nice clean lager with some pleasant sweetness with perhaps a touch of fruity tartness (apples and lemons?). The hops are floral with just a mild bitterness.

M: Fairly light on the tongue as you might expect from a lager, but not watery at all.

D: Not usually my favorite style, but this one is really nicely done. Good clean flavors and a really refreshing beer.

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Hell from Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 87 ratings