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Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu SpezialAlpirsbacher Klosterbräu Spezial

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Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 01-16-2003

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3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Review: Bottle of Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Spezial: ABV: 5.2%

Using the soft pure brewing water from the Black Forest.

Looks fantastic on pour, very clear golden yellow colour on show.

Despite the photo, the head dies a quick death, very flat, which is a little disappointing

Some slight carbonation,

Apart from shit head, it looks good..

Had a very nice beery smell, very good, very tinty on the nose, smelling of grains, nice sweet smelling malts with some lemon citrus...

A smooth light crisp drink, not too much to taste,

Bit sour, bit creamy,

Some malts

Any taste is felt in the aftertaste, with a hoppy bitterness which is manageable,

But overall a very light and smooth drink, but nothing amazing, ok......

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Photo of DuncanMcBommer
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BaileyMitch
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenBreeg
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sixpoint
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NateMac13
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MartinCalvino
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of hirtfrank
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Very nice drinkability

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Acme for this one!
Served in a tall fluted mug at Resi's Bierstube (happy 50th to Resi's).

Spezial pours a hair of a shade darker gold than the Pils, though against the light the two could have been twins. Brilliant clarity and amply carbonated. Tight cap of white foam on top that leaves behind concentric drippy rings of delicate lacing.

Aroma is all grain husk, mellow and simple, clean.

Taste is more complex, grain and mellow malt, light noble hop spiciness becomes dry and lightly bitter in the aftertaste. Subtle clean flavor. Medium bodied and smooth across the palate. Not as hopped as the Pils, though it still has a higher than average hop presence for a German lager. Pleasantly crisp, smooth, and effortless to drink.

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Photo of steveh
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed the Pilsner from this brewery very much -- let's see how the Helles goes down.

A -- Clear, light gold with a firm white head that holds up well.

S -- Bready, yeasty malt with spicy hops back and some light citrus.

T -- Lightly sweet, bready malt up front with spicy hops in good balance. Finish is bready with a touch of the same yeastiness from the nose. Aftertaste is spicy hop bitterness.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light-medium body.

O -- A very good example of the style. You can tell the Helles and Pilsner are cousins with similar malt and hop character. I usually enjoy Helles more than Pils, but I think the Pils from Alpirsbacher is just a little more satisfying and to-style. I'd still pick up another of these if I saw it.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Alpirsbacher's Helles lager is a fairly classic and true-to-style beer that features dried hay, bright lemon citrus, slight grape ester, and modest dried bread and grains. This just arrived locally, and when "fresh" as an import, it displays many of the characteristics of the best lagers in Germany, though of course somewhat reduced in intensity. Still, I'd pick up another of this beer without too much hesitation.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of clean, white foam that's made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a fairly dense, frothy head. Retention is not particularly notable, the foam only lasting a minute in a decline to a thin ring around the perimeter fo the glass. Lacing is minimal, just a few spots cling to the walls of the glass. Beer is a golden yellow color, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the transparent body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma of dried hay, bright lemon citrus, slight grape ester, and modest dried bread and grains. Fairly classic Helles lager aroma, not as fresh and pronounced as, say, an Augustiner in Munich, but pretty solid for an import to the US.

Kind of like being in a brewhouse during a brewday, the flavor matches the aroma with dried hay and grains with some Germanic lemon and herb-like hops and a faint grape ester. Front of palate picks up pilsner malt sweetness with hints of white bread, bright lemon citrus, and dried hay. Mid-palate of dried hay, white bread, light lemon citrus with grape esters, mild hop bitterness with herbal undertones. Back of palate features moderate hop bitterness with herbal characters, much subdued lemon citrus, and very subdued white bread. Aftertaste of dry bread with slight graininess, pleasant mild bitterness with herbal notes, and hints of lemon.

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, leading to a beer that is slightly fizzy (1/4), foamy (1/2) and smooth (1/4). Closes dryly, with little residual stickiness on the palate and lips.

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Photo of Tomais
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow, head fades quickly with little lacing (glass was not fully dry, possibly a factor). Could possibly have poured it more agressively - there's a lot of carbonation.
Taste: initially hoppy with sweet malt coming strongly through high in the roof of the mouth, sweetness kept in check by lemony hops. Finishes nicely: peppery and slightly bitter. Aftertaste is a little sweet.

I always find with reviews that I need a second bottle to tease out the tastes, but only had one of these. I enjoyed it - would get it again.

BB 16.05.2014

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of whatsgoody
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of stonesean
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a gold lipped Alpirsbacher .5 liter glass at "Maulwurf" pub in Stuttgart.

A- Bright gold, almost surprisingly pale. Thin head, but good carbonation is present.

S- Wonderful hoppy aromas with a little touch of cracker/bready malt coming through.

T- A spicy hop flavor mingles with all the general export lager flavors. No unpleasant aftertase notes at all. Perhaps it's that "famous brewing water" from the Black Forest.

M- Smooth, slightly astringent, almost a pils hoppiness, but not quite. Very very quaffable. 3-4 of these could be consumed very quickly with little effort.

An excellent, slightly unusual example of the style. Worth trying no matter what your preference.

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Photo of sfprint
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin pee yellow with a little carbonation and hardly a head.

S: Heavy but slightly sweet malts. Slightly metalic.

T: Sweeter than the smell and the malts aren't as powerful. There is bitterness but it's sort of canceled by the sweetness, leaving a nice middle flavor.

M: Average. Moderate sting, medium body.

D: Pretty good beer. Well rounded, but not outstanding.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is very much atrue to style helles - very pale blonde not bad but uninspiring

Smells surprisingly hoppy

There is a lot of hops and overtones of some malt in the taste

Mouthfell is true to style refreshing

Goes down very easily and is more satisfying than others

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