Hell | Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG

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Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG

Style: German Helles

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2002

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Reviews by Atlas1:
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3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Aktien Hell pours a pretty golden color from the bottle. You can practically see right through it. A decent frothy one-finger head forms but soon dissipates. It does, however, leave a noticeable lace down the glass. The aroma is sweet and buttery; very floral with, perhaps, hints of lavender. I am not at all a lavender fan, but this smells quite nice to me. The taste, however, leaves a little to be desired I'm afraid. Some butter here, and some lemon, and a very discernable alcohol flavor which detracts from the whole beer. I think this may be an older beer, simply because I believe this would be a tastier beer when fresh. I may be wrong here, but I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. Mouthfeel is sturdy. Overall, I'm a bit disappointed here in the Hell, but I'm also going to give it another try to see if I get a different perspective with perhaps a fresher bottle. We'll have to wait and see. Until then, this gets a rather mediocre review.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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 RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is yellow with an orangish tint. The head was rather modest.

Smell – This had some nice, grainy notes laced with orange peel. The hops were reserved but noticeable. This has a big nose.

Taste – The big, malty sweetness was full bore. It was very creamy and seemed to be a good mix of malts, caramel, and some frozen orange juice.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with some light carbonation. The big, creamy mouthfeel of this Lager was its strong point, IMO.

Drinkability – This is a big, traditional German bier that was meant for drinking at a pub, although I’ll pop a bottle of this from time to time.

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

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beautiful and well-rounded example of the Munich helles style pours a crystal-clear straw-gold body beneath a tall head of frothy bright-white foam that holds quite well and leaves some thin, but nice, lace throughout the glass.

The nose is malty and just a touch sweet, with a whiff of floral and grassy hops, and a gentle waft of yeasty sulphur.

It's surprisingly smooth and dextrinous in the mouth with a medium body and very fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests with a lightly sweet, grainy, and bready malt that's accented by floral and lightly spicy hops; and backed by a firm bitterness that leads to a dry finish.

It's not complex, but it's not supposed to be! It's intended to be drinkable, and it is! Very well done!

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.77/5  rDev -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 KensWorld
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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 Beernoobie
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Imbiber
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500ml bottle stamped "02 04", so I'm guessing it may have been brewed 2 years ago (though it tastes fresh enough).

Colour is hazy pale gold with very little head, below average carbonation. The aroma is hoppy and grassy. Taste is balanced but not too assertive with malt and hops. The mildly hoppy aftertaste is pleasant. Basically refreshing and an easy-to-drink brew; a good thirst quencher.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a pin glass the liquid is pale gold with very nice carbonation. The head is a good 3 fingers off white and leaves nice lace.

The smell is like a fresh nut bread.

The taste follows fresh nutty malt with loads of doughy bread.

The mouthfeel is a bit thinner then medium and the carbonation is very good.

The drinkability is very good a very nice example of a great brew style. Prosit Und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my cluster of German brews I picked up while on vacation last week, Aktien-Brauerei's Hell had me guessing just what I might be getting. I'd gotten on of their hefeweizens last fall that had gone sour and ended up being a drain-pour. Happily, this was much different (and better).
Poured into my tasting unadorned goblet, I observed a clear pale yellow beer with a lot of carbonation rising to a modest white head that quickly petered out. A fruity sweet aroma, kind of apple-like, and some grainy malts were the first smells I got. Additional sniffs netted some floral hops, not very strong but still noticeable.
The taste was quite nice; rounded, lightly grassy pale malts in the forefront followed by the fruity sweetness. A light brush of tropical fruit and citrus came to the lead and finished with a good crisp hoppy pop. The feel was light, crisp and dry.
Try as I might, I couldn't seem to make this beer last. It was gone before I knew. So, yes, this turned out to be one highly drinkable brew. This will make one hell *pardon the pun* of a refresher during the hot summer days to come.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle bought at this great little German deli/sausage/meat/grocery specialty store in Calimesa, CA that I just discovered. OK, I just love the name- artwork showing a quaint German town surrounded by a field, and the name "Hell" in Gothic letters right above it. And I thought the Belgians had a sense of humor in naming their beers!

Pours a pale lager yellow with a decent, but not huge and frothy white head that is fed by carbonation of large soda pop-like bubbles from the side and bottom of my half-liter "Buble Bier" mug.

Aroma is fresh and clean, slightly sweet, very grainy with a slight sharpness that screams nice hop profile! I can't clamin that this is the best Helles I have ever smelled, but it's pretty good. Balance is very nice.

Flavor is a very nice follow-through of the aroma profile, with the hop bite in the finish being slightly stronger than what I expected from the aroma. But very tasty. Grain is dominant in the beginning, transitioning to the hops later in the swallow.

Mouthfeel is cleand and pleasant, but just slighty watery. This, however, helps drinkability, because this seems to be made to just slide down the throat, which is what is happening while watching the NFL this day.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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 LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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 largadeer
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
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 RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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 -1.3%
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 +7.3%
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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3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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 plaid75
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PolishHurricane
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
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 Modernrickk
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hell from Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 84 ratings