Ettaler Kloster Edel Hell | Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

Style: German Helles

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 65
Reviews by Luiz0930:
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving virtually no lace. Clear amber color. Slight malty nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is balanced with some sweetness, clean finish. $2.99 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. Label has ABV at 5.2%.

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Photo of ZAP
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Regal gold...small white head...looks impressive..

S-Bready....malty....a little european hop note as well.

T-Nice bready maltiness...some light honey notes too....hops lend a spicy finish

M-Medium bodied...more crisp than rounded but impressions of both at certain points.

D-Very nice brew here...I love the malt profile and it is clean and crisp to drink without being overly dry....well done. I would purchase again...

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking beer. Crystal clear golden. Thin off white head. Lacing is adequate. Good aroma of fresh yeast and doughy malts and floral hops. Crisp mouthfeel. Great scrubbing power with the carbonaion. Body is a little better than medium. Nice, round sweetness to this beer. Pilsner-like malt traits and breadiness abound. Crisp, dry finish. Hops give some floral properties. Nice beer all around.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finding a well made traditional German Hell can be difficult I count myself lucky for finding this one,poured into a .5 liter stein a clear shimmering medium gold with a fluffy white head.Light honeyish esters in the nose as long as some overipe pear bready malt not much hop was noticed just a bit of grean leaf.This beer is quite firm in its maltiness slighty sweet with honey notes and quite bready like others have noted, leafy,minty hops come thru and linger lightly.Its delicate but firm its not wimpy but is refreshing,this is very well made and the brewers at Ettal should be commended.

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Photo of stcules
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep blonde, very limpid and clean. Tiny bubbles. White head, not too much.
Full and malty smell, and in the back, a hint of hop.
The taste is better, again full maltiness, but balanced by a good bitterness.
In the aftertaste a good maltiness, with a good hop, quitelong, herbal.
Light to average in body.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a white head and spotty lacing. It has a steady flow of carbonation throughout. The aroma is toasty, biscuity, grassy and slightly spicy.

The flavor is clean and crisp, with a pleasant toasted maltiness, and a slightly spicy hop taste. It is light in bodied and very refreshing a really nice drinking beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich, deep golden hued, big, puffy, lasting, snow-white head. Nice.

Aroma: clean, lightly floral, and honeyed. Very even-handed and stable. Malty, but not belligerent.

Taste: fresh, flush malt, cereal grains prominent, crisply leaving the mouth bone-dry, and shy of brittle. Great texture and mouthfeel here, malt shines bright on the palate, then wryly washes away. Nice fruit notes, apple, pear, chime in around the middle, more honey and herb.

Finishes clean and zesty. Medium bodied, fully flavored, and truly delicious.
$4 for a 500ml bottle. Worth it, in this case.

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Photo of WMBierguy
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold. Had a head that remained for a few minutes, but left little to no lacing down the glass. The taste is a little "maltier" (for lack of a better term) that the typical hell lager, with little to no hint of hops. Overall, this beer was enjoyable. Nothing really unique or notworthy, but definately worth a try.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark golden yellow color. A two finger head falls to a thick surface layer in a few minutes. A spot or two of lace showed up on the glass.

Smell: grassy with some faint malt sweetness.

Taste: a mild grainy malt profile here. Some grassiness and a mellow bitterness are the only other flavor tones that are discernable.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Very crisp a some soft dryness from start to finish. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: a nice refreshing summertime beer. For some it may be a bit boring, but I think this style should be in everyone's rotation.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle from State Line.

A: The lagerbier is the yellow color of semi-dehydrated urine with a strong clarity. Less than a finger of head resulted from each pour.

S: The aroma is that of baked multi-grain bread, full of pale malts.

T: Very bready, the lager is full of pale biscuity malts that take on a green apple flavor, concentrated at times. A touch of earthy hops pushes the beer close to pilsener territory before pulling back. The finish is soft malts, nearly liquid bread.

M: The mouthfeel is restrained, strong on the malts with enough hops to keep things balanced.

D: Very drinkable with an alcohol level that is spot-on for a quaffable pale lager.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale golden with an off-white and frothy head which rose slow and ended tall lacing the glass from top to bottom as it slowly fell during consumption.

The aroma was lightly malty with a slightly sulphury DMS component. The aroma was nutty and bready with a bit of caramel thrown in for good measure.

The flavor contained a light caramel and a nice nutty character. Some slightly spicy hops were present to keep everything in balance, but mainly bittering in nature, not flavor driven.

The finish was dry with a nice lasting nutty character and in the final incantation the spicy hop profile showed through into the aftertaste. The body was medium light with a moderate carbonation and almost a creamy mouthfeel. One of the best Helles I have had in awhile, glad I grabbed a bottle.

16.9 ounce bottle.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sun-splashed marigold with a hint of orange juice. Atop the beer sits a dense cap of ivory foam whose bubbles are popping at the rate of hundreds per minute. Good thing there are thousands of them. Splotches of thin lace end up on the glass, but don't last.

The nose is on the well-balanced side; no surprise given the style. Musky, grassy noble hops are probably the biggest contributor. I like to smell more helles (brightness) in my Munich helles lagers however. It'll do.

Thank goodness Kloster Edel Hell improves on the palate; I was beginning to think that I was dealing with a slightly above average beer here. I love Klosterbrauerei Ettaler's doppelbock and Munich dark lager and hoped that I'd like this one equally as much. It isn't to be, but it is a fine version of a style that often struggles to make an impression (I'm only speaking for myself).

It's firmly malted with a golden grain flavor whose modest sweetness is countered by an impressive amount of German hop bitterness. Those hops are a great deal spicier than the nose suggested they would be. A bold beginning and middle is followed by a clean finish that tries gamely to be considered crisp... and succeeds.

A generous number of energetic bubbles keep my mouth interested throughout the entire bottle. That, in combination with a body/mouthfeel that is much closer to medium than to light, results in a pleasurable, easy to drink beer that is, in a word, quenching. This would be a great hot weather lager.

As noted above, Kloster Edel Hell is the third beer from this brewery that I've been impressed with. Never mind that it's my least favorite of the three. It's a well-brewed version that most lovers of good beer should enjoy.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a brilliant golden color with moderate white short-lived puffy head. No lacing. Smell in mild with a slight sweet fruitiness. Taste is very enjoyable with a nice firm maltiness and good crisp taste. Finish leaves a mioderate dry feeling int he mouth. Very refreshing and easy drinking. Great example of the style.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was recently at Hunger-n-Thirst's bottle shop, noodling around as I am wont to do, when the duty attendant asked if I was interested in a German series that had recently arrived. My ears perked up and my curiosity piqued, especially knowing that I was close to a German horizontal anyway. Once I saw them & their relatively inexpensive cost, I was sold! I am now picking up where I left off last night.

From the bottle: "Kloster Edel Hell”

I Pop!ped the cap & let go with a pretty heavy-handed pour since it was a fresh bottle & I was well rested. I got it started & sat back to watch as the head came foaming up & settled into a finger of dense, rocky, foamy, French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 – 5) with NE-quality clarity, prompting yet another visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus. Nose had a toasted biscuit malty sweetness which was quite pleasant. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was pleasantly, mildly sweet with a biscuity maltiness underlain by a light grassy hoppiness. Finish was semi-dry & quite refreshing. This was a nice, pleasant drink, but nothing to get wildly excited about.

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Photo of SCW
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of geexploitation
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean, filtered gold with brilliant yellow highlights and a head that leaves lacing in spite diminishing to a slight ring by the end. Aroma is of bready malts, muddy soils, unripened apples and a touch of mint. Taste is quite smooth, with the apples up front, followed by a big light grain note in the mid-palate. The mouthfeel is full and creamy while maintaining a light touch throughout, although a bit of raw alcohol on the finish detracts a bit. Overall, well balanced, intriguing, smooth and refreshing while displaying a robust taste. An excellently executed balancing act, and an excellent beer.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.82/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours quite nicely and makes about two fingers thick of white head. The body is ultra clear and gold in color

This doesn't smell so nice, though. It smells a little oxidized and metallic.

The taste is a little weak, and nothing to write home to momma about. However, it's crisp and very clean.

This is a good thirst quencher, and not complex at all. Edel-Hell makes for a good high end BBQ brew.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorge
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hope the bottle I bought to try was old (no date stamp to be found). I had high hopes, but the beer fell short. Nice deep yellow color, creamy yet dissapating head, slight hops in the nose, and a moderately rich mouthful. Unfortunately, the taste was more Kolsch than Helles; and while there was a nice balance of malt and subtle hops on the tongue, there was a somewhat overriding and annoying cardboard taste. And, as the glass warmed, a stronger astringent alcohol came through. Obviously not the best sample (I hope) but not something I'd seek out and pay premium price for.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big half-liter bottle with no freshness date. It pours a mildly-hazed solid gold, with light carbonation and an inch of fluffy head that leaves moderate lacing. Smells a little sweet, lightly buttery, with some skunky/spicy hops and a dash of sea salt. On the palate, there are clean and toasted malts, spicy, piney and grassy noble hops that leave a mild bitterness, and a touch of cardboard, which keeps the flavor score from being 4.5. The body is light and crisp, smooth and a little dry, but the carbonation could have held out a bit longer. Overall a well-put-together German helles that is quite drinkable.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass. Golden in color with a small white head. Aroma is quite bready and malty with caramel and toast as well. Significant fruitiness makes this a real pleaser on the nose. More breadiness in the flavor. Really quite biscuity and bready, nearly amber ale like. Body that seems to be a bit sticky and sweet. Not a bad beer by any means. Perhaps a bit thin. Finishes pretty clean. Still very drinkable.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle

Pours a beautiful clear golden color with a thick white head that maintains. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is light and fairly malty and crisp but somewhat bland.

Taste is light as well. Some caramel maltiness, but not nearly as crisp as the aroma. Finishes rather bland.

Light body, nice carbonation.

A rather light and bland brew. It's decent as a thirst quencher, but that's about it.

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Photo of Domingo
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Glad to see this making to my area. I'm always a helles fan, and this is a good one that really does remind me a lot of the fresh ones in and around Munich.
Pours a rich gold color with just the right amount of foam for a bottled lager. It's actually a few shades darker than most. It's still gold (not amber), but it's a deeper gold.
The flavor profile/nose is straight ahead bready pale malts. No playing around with hop character or balance at all here. While most helles beers are malt-focused, this one is even more so. It reminds me a little of the slightly stronger Spezial hell beers, although it lacks that slight heat or booziness that accompany some of those. Hops are there in the finish, but are only for a final bittering element. Even with the malt focus, it stays light and fresh tasting without being a bore.
Good stuff, and as long as I keep getting it fresh - I'll happily get more.
Like pretty much all examples of the style, this isn't going to make you rethink what beer can be - but it's delicious and drinkable any time.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle picked up at the Coop over the weekend for $2.50 .. poured into my small Schneider Weisse glass... my bottle says 5.2%

1" head drops leaving no lacing... very clear.. pale gold.

Aroma is very clean and grainy .. little room for anything else.

Flavor is a palate postcard of what a good helles is... pale malts ... lite malt sweetness and just enough body to balance the touches of hoppy bitterness... very clean.. an exercise on restraint from a very skilled brewer... Slight spicy hop flavor raises its head as it warms.. but still plays second fiddle to the up front malts.

This is the first time I've ever seen this beer in Boise.. I am glad that I was able to try it... fantastic and puts most other helles I've had to shame... No doubt I could drink this all day and never get bored. I can see myself in Germany enjoying mug after mug after mug ... but I can also see myself hammered and stumbling/getting lost on the way back to the hotel... because this is an amazingly drinkable beer.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Ettaler Kloster Edel Hell from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 65 ratings