Tegernsee Hell | Herzoglich Bayerisches Brauhaus Tegernsee

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Herzoglich Bayerisches Brauhaus Tegernsee

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 10-12-2002

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Photo of stcules
2.42/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale and lightly hazy appearance. White head, with some bubbles.
At the smell is more hoppy than malty.
The malt is quite light in the taste too. Quite light and citric, with salty notes.
Drinkable, a lot. Citric and salty in the aftertaste too.
Light body.
Nothing to remember.

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Photo of djura
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
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 LungeRehm
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

standard 0,5l bottle poured into a Pilsener mug.

Clear appearance; pours a light golden color; medium carbonation with a lasting head. Smell is strawy, slightly malty. The beer has a subtle bitternes on the tongue, but none of that in the finish. Citrusy hints are almost not noticable. Tastes slimmer than other Helle I've tried.
Mouthfeel is comparable to that of a Pilsener, found it a bit too watery.
Drinkability? Would make a good summer beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this once before and didn't care for it, but I thought it might have been just an aberration. Well, not twice. Poured a golden color, with a rocky, white head, which lasted well and gave good lace. Nose exuded lots of grassy hop notes. Body was medium, but quite rough on the tongue. Taste is just about all hops, and bitter ones at that. Nothing smooth at all, just rough and bitter. I won't get fooled again....

overall: 3.3
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | mouthfeel: 3 | drinkability: 3


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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
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 Cozzatoad
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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 BillyBoysPie
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fabecks in Dahlem, Berlin, Germany.

Served in a nice tall mug. Pale straw gold, 2 inch pure white foam head. Plenty of lacing.

Clean hop oriented smell. The typical hop and spice of a German helles, with clean barley to balance the hop.

Nice beer. Not sterile like many helles can become, but it is a little too watery. Behind the water, nice barley against the typical Hallertau hop flavors. Clean.

A little dry, but works with the hops. Light body: again too watery.

Good beer. I used it as an apertif.

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Photo of stevoj
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnW
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this Helles beer in the Schneider Weiss bar in Munich (the only beer they sell that is not their own) and also noticed a lot of local older guys drank this as their regular beer on several evening visits, so thought I ought to try it. I was pleasantly surprised, it has a decent aroma, maybe more malts than hops, and grassy hints as most Helles have. Taste is light and refreshing, but decent texture, and a hint of sweetness, with a dry hoppy finish, less "acid" than some Helles of Munich and I enjoyed it a lot.

So, I was rather surprised by the other reviews in here as I though it a decent Helles beer, and preferable to some of the Munich beers, with more character and aftertaste than some.

I cannot comment of how it is in bottle, but certainly on tap had in Munich I though it was a decent drink and had it several times during my week stay. Worth trying in these circumstances!

JohnW May 2009
B'ham UK

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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 dasenebler
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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 BeerShirts
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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 EMV
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Malt_Man
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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 TKempe
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of TheSarge
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tegernseer Hell pours a well perfected appearance: mounds of bright white head, and a perfectly clear golden body.

This smells very clean with lemony hops and a malty backbone is slightly detectable.

The taste is also exceptionally clean. The lemony hops are there right up front, and finishes with a mellow biscuity sweetness.

This feels pretty wet on the palate, and eventually has a dry finish.

Overall this is one of the best helles' I've had in a while. Tegernseer Hell surpasses even some of the more notorious offerings off German Helles Lagers.

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Photo of stephen1162
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 liter bottle from my local Getrankemarkt.

Light colored lager with normal 1" head in my glass. Taste was wonderful. Very smooth, malty, and low in hops; almost buttery.

Highly recommended Helles Lager!

If you're in Germany, look for this at any good Getrankemarkt.


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Photo of cpanossian
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
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 czfreeman
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tegernsee Hell
Pours a very clean almost completly clear light color of golden brown. This is one of the lightest examples of a Helles Ive come across. Produces a nice frothy head, light lacing.
Light grassy maltines, a bitterness form the minreally content, light floral hoppiness, a freshly cut haylike smell, finishes with a light peppery bite that makes for quite a full smelling beer for something so light looking in the initial impression.
Flavor is upfront light, clean, well carbonated and well hopped-exactly what I look for in a Helles. Light grassy maltiness upfront, bitterness, finishing with a light lingering bready malt flavor flecked with a light pepperyness. The light biscuity malt flavor becomes more apparent after subsequent sips. The sweetness is well restrained, something I find really gets in the way of the flavor of most Helles. This beer exibits a great balance of lemony citrus, biscuity malt,peppery yeast, and just the right amount of restraint with the hops.
Drinkability is really good with this brew. It is a cold November night now, however the citrus notes paired with the peppery spiciness really make this a year round "first beer" of the night. It really opens the palate well and is very refreshing. Serve like an aperitif and you have a sure winner. I will buy this again, and also now am interested in their Spezial

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Photo of GaetanoBresci
4.79/5  rDev +26.7%
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 gnatman
5/5  rDev +32.3%
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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