Tegernseer Hell
Herzoglich Bayerisches Brauhaus Tegernsee

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Lager - Helles
Ranked #46
Ranked #21,498
3.86 | pDev: 13.73%
Herzoglich Bayerisches Brauhaus Tegernsee
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Spike from England

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.
L: Wipe away the condensation to reveal a clear, golden yellow lager with several streams of bubbles. The thick, fluffy head leaves spotty lacing.
S: A little grain. Not much.
T: Sweet and grainy with lemon flowers as a background.
F: Medium body, oily mouthfeel. Moderate/high carbonation becomes gassy.
O: A pleasant, straightforward, German lager.

Oct 21, 2020
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drmeto from Germany

3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-pours a clear straw golden with a small to medium,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-Follows the nose
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
So simple, so good.One of my favourite Helles.No flaws

Jul 04, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L- Pale straw, clear, pours with 3mm white head.
S- Mild, just some grain.
T- I suddenly feel as if I've had a reminder of what a good but 'plain lager' tastes like. I've clearly grown so used to facets of contemporary hops, spirit-barrel ageing, off-piste ingredients etc that tasting an entirely straight-forward Helles beer seems unfamiliar. Perhaps that's how how Western beer tastes are moving, and how they've yet to penetrate the deeper corners of trad Bavaria.
F- There is sufficient carbonation in the mouth, and some sense of decent body...
O- ... and nothing notably out of place. But, it seems to seriously lack character. There is nothing distinctive about this beer by which I'd recognise it (blind-tasted) in future. I lived in Berlin for three years enjoyed legions of good Bavarian beers, and as it happened another Bavarian Helles beer became one of my go-to favs (Augustiner-Brau Lagerbier Hell, BA Score 93). But this one, is surprisingly underwhelming. Especially when bought outside Germany as a specialist import...
500ml bottle. BB: 20/11/2020. £3.50 Bought from Real Ale Ltd, Maida Vale London.

Jun 20, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

look: one finger rocky white head with good retention and a fair bit of lacing, beer is a completely clear gold colour, lots of bubbles spiralling up the beer.

smell: reasonably aromatic for a helles, but not very aromatic, lots of the expected bready biscuity malt, fresh baked bread, grass, lots of honey and with it a sweetness, maybe a touch of orange peel, smells nice.

taste: a pleasant helles, really quite malty at first which gives it more body than usual for the style, lots of fresh bread and biscuit flavours, not as sweet as it is on the nose but those honey flavours are there, some golden syrup too, a slight floral character to it which makes it that little bit more interesting, and actually there is a slight pop of hop bitterness on the finish.

feel: light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and refreshing as it should be, absolutely sessionable.

overall: it’s a perfectly drinkable helles with enough unique traits to stand out amongst its peers in a style with lots of homogeneity, decent beer.

May 23, 2020
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JonnyGoldsbrough from England

3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Tegernseer Hell in bottle. 4.8%
L3.25 Classic pilsner colour, head forms up nicely, but does not retain well.
S3.5 Standard lager nose
T3.5 FIne, but much like any other decent pilsner to my tast.
F4.25 Good carbonation and light-medium body, which is what I want from this style.
O3.5 Perfectly drinkable, but a pilsner style beer has to have a better head then this.

May 14, 2020
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jonb5 from England

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very pale golden, clear, no bubbles, small foamy head, some lacing clung to the side of the glass.

S: Malty, slightly grassy aroma, possible hint of Tetenanger hop

T: More fruity than a typical Helles, also had some bittersweet malty sharpness.

M: Medium body, low to moderate carbonation.

O: Fairly nice, light and quaffable Helles.

Mar 23, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

De Tercertiempocervezas. En copa hefe de Bavaria. Jugando a Ducktales Remastered. Helles de libro. Ultrabebible. Con agradable sabor maltoso y la adecuada dosis de lupulos nobles. Masajea la garganta

Aug 22, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hell is the place where everything is the same.
(Is that how Bavarians decided to name this beer?)
There is no point in reviewing this beer. I've had too many in too few days. For now on, one Hell a year is enough.

I will say that this resort on Tegernsee does look like an inventive setting for a brewery.
But I prefer making a historical and political comment, having had enough Bavarian beer until I return home (where we tend to import the interesting ones.) Here is something to think about: but could the Bavarian prince's tax of brewing (the main source of hygienic water) have lead to a well-endowed state but only average beer ? How much truth in that ?

May 03, 2019
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TrojanRB from California

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale gold with an almost champagne-like stream of bubbles rising from the bottom

Smells of crisp grain, floral notes, some honey

Vibrant taste with apple, grassiness, some cracker. Really nice

Very crisp and dry, very little aftertaste.

Sep 30, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Herzoglich Bayerisches Brauhaus Tegernsee "Tegernsee Hell"
,5L brown glass bottle, "Mindestens halter bis: 06.03.18 11:43" and sampled on 19.09.17

Notes via stream of consciousness: It pours a stunningly clear, fingerprint-through-the glass clarity, with a straw gold body beneath a short head of bright white that drops shortly to a standard collar and leaves only average lacing. Unfortunately, it really should have better head retention and lacing. The aroma delivers sweetish grainy malt with a hint of fruitiness (mainly apple), but no hops are clear. As the aroma suggests, this is a beer that's focused on the sweetness and grainy character of the malt, and not the flavor of the hops, although there is some "generic" hop flavor there. It's just a hint acidic, and a minor bitterness is enough to bring it to a dry, slightly mineralish finish that lingers shortly. I wonder if, being in the lower German Alp region, this is affected by the minerals from the limestone in the water. Driving through the region I questioned that, and this might just be an example. And thus, perhaps because of the way the minerals enhance the bitterness of the hops they've chosen to keep it lightly bitter, and not that hoppy in flavor. And maybe the mineral enhances the malt just enough that it seems malty when it's really not that malty as it's actually fairly light in body, perhaps medium-light, but does have a greater malt presence. It's also not that crisp, and it appears they've kept the carbonation to a minimum, which leaves it lightly crisp and then very smooth across the palate. It's interesting, and unusual, but more importantly, very supple and easy to drink. Very nicely done; and one of the best 'near München helles' I've had.

Sep 19, 2017
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DJ-Hophead from England

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle Brewer's Droop, Bristol - Pours clear golden with a medium white foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - malty/yeasty fore, floral notes in the background. Taste - Sweet malty front, light yeasty notes, floral at the back, crisp bitter finish. Very refreshing tasty Helles.

Aug 24, 2017
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intransitive from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A crisp, direct, uncomplicated and inoffensive, refreshing sessionable lager. Pale golden color with lightly bready smell, lightly carbonated, slight aftertaste that, while not awesome, is not a deal breaker if this is the style you're in the mood for. I wouldn't seek this out necessarily, but if it's a hot summer afternoon and I don't want to think too much about the beer I'm drinking, this is enjoyable enough.

Jun 24, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had this beer 4/17. Enjoyed it. Now having it 9/19

Really nice helles lager. Earthy, grassy, light. Very easy drinking. Crisp and clean. Full of flavor. A light more crisp pils.

Apr 11, 2017
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stevoj from Idaho

3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A smooth, yet crisp helles. Clear golden in color with nice medium foamy head. Aroma and taste of malt, hay, bread, everything a decent helles should be.

Apr 28, 2016
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tegernseer Hell has a thick, foamy, white head, lots of heavy lacing left on the glass, and a yellow-straw appearance, with bountiful white specks suspended throughout. Some lazy bubble action, too. The aroma is subtle, but the drinker will detect sweet, white cracker from the barley malt and a kiss of hop grassiness. Taste is similar and mild. Mouthfeel is light, and Tegernseer Hell finishes crisp and refreshing. It is more similar than dissimilar to American lagers.


Jul 16, 2015
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Tegernsee brauhaus in Munich. Poured into a stein.

L: Pours a clear deep golden color. Thick creamy white head leaves nice lacing.

S: Malts, hops, and grains. Classic lager beer.

T/F: Nice clean lager. Great balance between the hops and malts. No aftertaste. Nice carbonation and crisp.

O: Great example of the style and a very crisp clean lager. Liked it a lot and I'm not a lager guy.

Jun 06, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has clean malt and lots of noble hops character. Taste is very balanced. Clean malt and earthy, grassy noble hops with a good amount of bitterness to balance out the malts. Light to medium body with crisp carbonation. This is definitely one of the better, classic, helles style lager.

Mar 16, 2015
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Malt_Man from England

4/5  rDev +3.6%

I'm a big helles fan so can rate this in comparison to a fair few of the style. Here we go.

Poured from 500ml bottle into my Veltins mug.

A) On style, straw colour, pure white head which hangs around, lots of bubbles. Bottle features the classic blue and white chequer pattern of Bavaria.

S) This is where it stands out. Pulled straight from the fridge, crack it open and you are whacked with a huge bready malt odour.

M) On style, the big big malt flavour makes it less thirst quenching than some other Helles biers, but gives you something to chew on.

T) Follows the smell. Big hit of soft doughy malt. Like a quality German lager, you get the great taste up front, then it's gone with no after taste, forcing you into another gulp to keep you going.

O) At the opposite end of the spectrum to another fine Helles, Augustiner, this is full of fragrance and mature malty character. So good. No beer drinker in the world could drink this and not enjoy it.

Aug 15, 2014
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Divesnowboy from Switzerland

5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I’ve had many German beers, Bavarian, Koelsch, Alt, Pilsner, Helles, Kristalweizen, there probably isn’t a type of German beer I haven’t sampled.

Uerige, Augustiner Edelstoff are two of my favourite beers, Tegernseer Helles is with or above these as a whole.

Smooth crisp Helles beer, great light flavour, no overwhelming feeling after a few. A chill beer to enjoyed very cold, and to have a copious supply of in the Keller!

Sep 03, 2013
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GaetanoBresci from Switzerland

4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really good German beer, probably one of he best beer ever. Taste is pretty clean: bread and sweet cake mixture malt - only a touch of herb which is hard to detect. The smells sweet malty, fresh, crispy. Good for a big night with friends! I also tried on tap and is even better...

Jun 14, 2013
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Weisses Brauhaus and served in a 300 ml mug, on to the beer:

Now to the cleaner beer. Its color is straw yellow and topped with a rocky head which retains itself well. The usual suspects of a helles aroma (grass, lemon, hay) set the table for a good drinking experience. Arriving in the mouth in its light body and gentle carbonation are a slight citrus note with fresh hay and wild grass. Few things say "welcome to Munich" better that a fresh and appealing helles lager.

May 09, 2013
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Momar42 for this German curiosity! 500ml bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a very pale straw color featuring excellent carbonation. The head is a two finger whIte color. It fades at a moderate clip, and leaves nice patches of lacing going down.

S: It's a typical aroma for the style - lots of grassy hops, unobtrusive malts, and some diacetyl. I'd say the latter is a bit more prevalent than I'd like, but a fairly good aroma otherwise.

T: At first, the buttery diacetyl presence (just like in the aroma) comes fairly strongly. Luckily, it smooths out into nicely crisp, hoppy bite on the finish. Some slight fruitiness will try to build up, as well. Not ultra interesting, but about what I expect from the style.

M: Light and crisp to be sure - but sadly the finish and aftertaste isn't as dry as I'd like here. For that reason, it lacks great drinkability. It's got good carbonation, at least.

O: Not bad. I'd say this one is a notch or two below the best of the style, though. Worth a try.

Feb 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is easily my favorite lager in the world. I absolutely love the light refreshing taste. This is the perfect beer for a hot summer day. The color is clear and light, and the taste is slightly sweet. I really wish this beer were available outside of Germany. If I had to pick only one beer to drink for the rest of my life, this would be it.

Sep 16, 2012
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StJamesGate from New York

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Platinum with piles of shaving cream froth that goes rocky and laces. Grass and hay on the nose with a hint of wildflower.
Baguette crust with underpowered noble spice.
Sugar cookie finish and slight tingly linger. Light, soft, watery.

Thin and underhopped, even for a Helles. It is easy and quenching, but almost to the point of being a girly lager. There are better examples of the style.

May 31, 2012
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djura from Serbia

2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got it from Germany.

A-Golden,with medium carbonation,tick white 2 finger foam.lasting for minute or two.

S-Citrus aroma mostly.

T/M-Higher bitterness,a bit watery,citrus and sweet malt. To be honest it tastes almost as usual EPL.

O-I would pass this.

May 30, 2012
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