Tegernseer Hell
Herzoglich Bayerisches Brauhaus Tegernsee

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German Helles
Ranked #30
Ranked #17,503
3.88 | pDev: 13.66%
Herzoglich Bayerisches Brauhaus Tegernsee
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Photo of josanguapo
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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

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Photo of Beginner2
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
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 ?

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of intransitive
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.61/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
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.


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Photo of EMV
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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Photo of Divesnowboy
5/5  rDev +28.9%
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!

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Photo of GaetanoBresci
4.79/5  rDev +23.5%
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...

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.26/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of gnatman
5/5  rDev +28.9%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of djura
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A- Perfectly transaprent gold. A small, soft looking white head disappears in the span of a couple of seconds. No lacing can be noticed

S- Very pilsner like with noble hops in evidence (floral, lemon, slightly metallic/mineral. A bit of background grainy maltiness. Quite weak

T- Clean and simple grainy malts, along with that mineral touch that i noticed in the aroma (probably from the water). Lively crisp on the palate, notes of lemon and light spicy hints on the tongue. Quite bitter (for the style)

M- The best part. Light to medium bodied, with delicate but very lively carbonation, resulting in a nice soft/crips combination. Dry refreshing finish

O- Clean and drinkable, but not really interesting. Average Helles

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Photo of dasenebler
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5L, best before 9/3/11.

Pours a clear, radiant yellow-gold with a small head, some lacing.

The aroma is lightly metallic, but with some good Noble hop notes and hay.

The flavor is light, grainy and tangy. Grassy hop character melds well with the crackery grain flavors. Well-balanced, clean and simple. Mouthfeel is spritzy but soft. Refreshing and highly quaffable.

Would pony up a few shekels for this brewski, though nothing serious. Decent.

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Photo of cpanossian
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0.5L mug served vom fass. Crystal clear light yellow. Presented with a 2" high head of fine white foam that quickly dissolves. Taste is silky slightly sweet. A wonderfully balanced basic malt and hops beer. Classic thirst quencher. Worth the trip - an impressive site surrounded by a gorgeous lake and ridiculously cute Bavarian towns and farms. They also offer a Spezial, Leicht, and Dunkel Export (naturtrub). Enjoyed with a bowl of Leberknodelsuppe (it was rainy and cold outside!)

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Photo of RuudJH
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up during a recent short trip to Germany.
0.5 l bottle.

Looks clear pale, one shade darker than straw yellow, I would say. Thin head, low carbonation.
Smell is rather pleasant, fresh of floral hops.
Taste is very mild bitter of the hops. Clean and soft malty, some citrus.
Mouthfeel is thin, but the whole drinking experience is very nice. It's quenches the thirst very well.

One of the better lagers I've had. I'm glad I tried this one.

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Photo of BeerShirts
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear golden yellow, big head with a sticky lacing, small amount carbonation bubbles rising

S- a bitter malt with a touch of floral and hops in the end

T- green/earthy malt, well balanced hops, beady finish

M- A bit watery but still thicker in body then I was expecting

D- I think this is one of the better Helles I have had and if you enjoy this style it is def one you should try.

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Photo of TKempe
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew appears very pale to the eye and shows big bubbles of carbon dioxide steadily rising with a lot of lace left an the glass.

The smell is spicy and a little dry or biscuity, with the sweeter side of the malt also showing clearly. A few clever fruity notes (lemon, white grape) co-operate with a soft hoppy touch.

A very clean taste, with sweet malt and herbal hoppy flavours being main factors. The finish is rather dry and slightly bitter, but with enough mouth-watering sweetness remaining as well. There is a kind of 'juicyness' to the taste that gives this beer its weight and contributes positively to its mouthfeel.

A very elemental beer, very pure and enjoyable! Probably the fresher the better.

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Tegernseer Hell from Herzoglich Bayerisches Brauhaus Tegernsee
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 97 ratings