Reutberger Export Hell
Klosterbrauerei Reutberg

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Lager - European / Dortmunder Export
Ranked #41
Ranked #41,682
3.6 | pDev: 11.39%
Klosterbrauerei Reutberg
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Troyone from California

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear apple juice color with minimal white head. Lots of action and no sediment.

Has a beerish smell with a hint of bread dough and some esters.

Has almost a pilsner taste, bread dough almost biscuit in flavor with a butter taste background and mild esters.

Light bodied, slight resin feel, and crisp comfortable carbonation.

A session beer.

Feb 26, 2009
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oberon from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light gold with a nice two finger head that settles nicely leaving a small amount of lace.Sweeter malty aroma with some mineral along with a light toastiness but pretty clean,taste is very German some toasted malt and honey with a big mineral flavor that comes thru late and lingers.A nice helles clean and soft a real quaffer woulld be real good on a hot summer day for sure.

Jan 04, 2005
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cokes from Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks the part with its clear, bright golder shimmer, tight, sticky white foam, and rapid, fine-bubbled carbonation.
Smells of seeded breads (or sesame seed bagels) and lemongrass. Pangs of country water minerals lurk below.
Begins with that notion of of lightly toasty sesame seeds, then moves into a grainier breadiness. Traces of honeyed sweetness, at time suggesting corn though that is certainly not present. A harsh minerality precedes a vegetal bitterness, which eventually gives way to lemon-rind and herbal hops. It gets better as it sits awhile, but remains pretty disorganized. Somewhat akin to a lager from another European country, but as a German entry, it lacks the typical helles finesse. It has all the traits of a decent one except one. Taste.

Dec 03, 2004
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brakspear from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice overall helles. Pours a pale straw color with a beautiful soft and creamy white head that laces very well. The aroma is a subdued sweet maltiness with no real expressive hop presence noted, in other words just like a helles should be. The flavor is a sweet maltiness with grain overtones and dry finish with faint hop bite. A nice quenching helles that i will seek out again.

Aug 27, 2005
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PatandDavid from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took a chance at the beer store, and what do you know ,this ain't bad. Dusty goldenrod in the glass, my 1/2 inch white head has died down to 1/4 inch, but still clings to the glass. Aroma is slightly yeasty and bready. Taste is also slightly bready with a faint note of metallic in the finish. Aftertaste is a bit sweet. Mouthfeel is medium. Pretty drinkable, as in: it's been quite a day at work, and I could drink more than one. $3.45 at Downtown Wine and Spirits if you really need to know.

Mar 01, 2007
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500ml (1 Pt 0.9 fl.oz) brown glass wide bodied short necked bottle. Teutonic label, colorful with a hint of tradition, just like the BA Database picture in fact, even down to the fact that my bottle also had two well worn rings at the top and bottom of the body of the bottle at its widest part. The reverse label lists the beer at 5.1%, no freshness date but a stamped ‘L3322’ code.

Appearance: Perfectly lucid clear cold looking golden body with a humungous pearl white gargantuan head that lasted forever before it finally rested to a more traditional looking affair at around ¼” thick. Reasonable carbonation levels and some thick layered smattered lacing.

Nose: Light and corny with a sweet malt aroma. Delicate herbal hops and a light fruity odor. But thin at best when served chilled.

Taste: Sweet pilsner malts with a delicate herbal tone that mixes with a fruity entrance. The grain textured middle lingers whilst the fruitiness wanes in the ending which allows some Hops through to mix well with the fading fruitiness. It all transforms into an astringent finish with little aftertaste. Clean death.

Mouthfeel: Below average feel, yet clean. A refreshing thin Helles that drinks well but lacks the satisfaction of decent feel in the mouth in the longer term.

Drinkability: Nothing more than average really but certainly not a bad beer to pound down for the first of the night after a long hard day at work.

Overall: A reasonable Helles but nothing special.

Mar 13, 2004
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ElGordo from Oregon

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a radiant golden hue with some cloudy sediment and a small brilliant white head. Aroma of banana is evident as soon as the cap is popped, but then takes a back seat to the clean smell of German lager yeast and mild fruity hops. Palate is understated, a balance of mild hops and light sweet malt, and more nice, clean lager yeast. Very nice, creamy body. A nice, drinkable beer, but a bit light on flavor.

Jun 06, 2005
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Boilermaker88 from California

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this helles lager and its sibling, the Export Dunkel, off the shelf at a local liquor store. Presented in a squat brown 500ml bottle bearing a picture of a monestary, over a blue and white shield crest with the words "Anno 1677" on either side of the shield.
On the pour, it had a clear golden color and a billowing fluffy white head that stuck around quite a while and left patchy lace. The nose was only faintly sweet, tending rather to an abundance of grainy malt aroma and a sizeable herbal hops note. A taste proved that the sweetness was more prevalent as a fruity flavor washed over the front of the palate. Grainy, slightly earthy malts were present and the dry finish had the bite of herbal hops running through it. The feel was light leaning toward medium in body, clean and dry.
This was a decent Helles Lager, quite tasty and drinkable on what turned out to be a hot day. No complaints here.

Mar 08, 2004
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moulefrite from Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean golden and sports a nice fluffy white head and a good solid stick throughout. Aromas are sweet and malt driven. In the mouth the beer is rich and again sweet and malt focused to the point of being a tad cloying and flabby. The flavors are extracted and concentrated sweet malt with a mild kiss of hop. This is a nice beer to start the night, but not one I'd easily drink a second unless I had a mustard crusted pork chop and some noodles thrown my way.

Jul 27, 2004
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kmcnair from California

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500cl bottle. Pours a clean golden straw color and makes a fluffy white head, has great head retention. Pleasant aroma of sweet malt and grains, hint of corn. Flavor is clean, lightly sweet and malty, hint of spice from the noble hops. Crisp, medium carbonation, and a soft medium body on the palate. This is a pretty nice Helles, easy to drink and enjoyable.

May 04, 2006
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is a light yellow in color with a slight orangish tinge and a nice white head that came up easily.

Smell – The aroma here is simply German grain. It has a light sweetness to it that goes with the smooth husky smell.

Taste – This is sweeter than expected at the taste. It’s not sugary; it’s more like the sweetness that you find in corn on the cob. If you eat Hersheys and Sweet Tarts all day you don’t notice that corn on the cob is sweet, but if you don’t then you can appreciate that vegetal sweetness that you find in fresh corn.

Mouthfeel – This is light bodied but more on the smooth and puffy side than crisp and clean. It feels like it wants to be an ale instead of a lager.

Drinkability – This is an easy drinker, but the strong sweetness and off mouthfeel mean I probably won’t buy again.

Aug 05, 2006
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Skidz from Wisconsin

2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a light, golden straw and sits bright golden in the glass with a nice sized white head. Fades to a thick skim.

Smells of sweet malts, honey infused. Grassy background with light, caramely aromas.

Tastes faintly sweet up front, grainy malt flavors. Bitterness ensues, like chewing on a twig. Grass-like flavors take over and continue into the sharp, bitter finish.

Smooth in the mouth with nice, crisp carbonation. Medium-full body. Nice feel, but flavor is not there. Brutal.

Dec 29, 2004
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, rich amber with a sparse cloud of yeast. The pearl colored cap is a quality affair that has a tight-bubbled texture and an upper surface that is chock full of glassine bubbles. I'm also pleased to see how much lace makes it to the glass. This is a good looking helles.

The nose is on the simple, straightforward side. Not unexpected, perhaps, given the style. It's untoasted grain-like with a balancing amount of German hoppiness that is floral, spicy and grassy in descending order. Unfortunately, nothing about it reaches out and grabs me.

Export Hell is decent enough beer. I like the mild, somewhat bready sweetness of the pale malt, as it seems to pull everything together into a more or less unified whole. There's more hop flavor and hop bitterness on the palate than expected after the sniff test. It isn't enough, though, to tempt me into bumping the flavor score another half point.

I hate to use the word 'generic' in what is obviously a well-brewed beer, but that's the way REH comes across. I really wish these imports had dates on them so I decide whether the brewer or the ravages of time are responsible for my occasional lack of enthusiasm. Rather than Export Hell, the difficulty most European beer has in impressing Americans should more properly be called Import Hell.

The mouthfeel is pretty much as expected for a helles lager. It's light without being watery, and is well-bubbled without being fizzy. Can't ask for much more than that.

Reuterberger Export Hell is yet another pale lager that I'd love to drink at the source. I get the feeling that it's better than the beer that found its way into my glass today. Even so, I like the fact that it's hoppier than most. This one is worth a shot if you can verify a reasonable amount of freshness.

Mar 21, 2007
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Zorro from California

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow brew.

Smell is grain and grassy with a bit of hay smell thrown in.

Taste is a bit sweet with a fair grain and bran flavor to it. There is a fairly good amount of hops to this that give it a clean bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly light.

A drinkable brew that is pretty much just another eurolager.

May 05, 2004
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beveragecaptain from New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.5 liter bottle. This beer has a clear yellow color with a huge rocky white head. Grainy aroma, too much like corn. The flavor is quite husky, which partially covers up the German hops. The finish is bitter. Mouthfeel is light to medium. Drinkability is diminished by the corn aroma and husky flavors, which are quite distracting. Most of the smaller breweries in Germany make great beers. Therefore, while this beer isn't terrible, it is a bit of a disappointment.

Sep 04, 2005
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head; good retention and lacing

Smell: Grassy herbacious aroma

Taste: Tastes like it smells, with a grassy herbacious aspect; crisp finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and highly carbonated

Drinkability: Refreshingly drinkable Helles

Apr 02, 2006
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ctdfalconer from California

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very crisp, clean, refreshing pale lager. That's really about all I ask for in a Munich pale lager. It's beers like this that make Germans feel like kings of the beer world. I always approach German imports with some caution, seeing as how they can lose their lustre fairly easily sitting on a store shelf. In this instance, I got lucky. My bottle had clearly not been sitting overly long. The hop character was clean and non-skunky. The aroma was mostly malty-bready with just a hint of spicy hop. It had a full malty flavor and a brisk hoppy bite to dry out the finish. I recommend trying this beer to any lager-lieber. With luck, your pivo purveyor has followed the directive on the label: "kühl und dunkel lagern."

May 12, 2007
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emerge077 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.1%

Feb 18, 2014
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dating code of L6353

Pours an effervescent golden/bronze with 4+ fingers of eggshell white head. Great head retention & good lacing

S: Herbal hops & not much else

T: Herbal hops & breadyness up front. Lemony hops, honey malt & a little metallic twang follows. Finishes crisp, bready, a little fruitty, with herbal hops & a little bit of annoying cardboard tinge

MF: Medium bodied, chewy with great carbonation

Drank really easy, I'm sure this is great fresh. Would gladdly try again if I could assure that

Jun 14, 2007
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DogFood11 from California

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 oz'er reviewed as my first beer after work, It poured a nice pearl white frothy head that settles to a decent 1 finger froth. varying sizes of carbonation and a khaki/yellow color. Inviting.

smell was lacking much substance (some wheat), faint but surprisingly the taste packed a bit more punch. Great lacing as each drink produced more head and left evidence of my gobblage. Sweet aftertaste and partially cleansing finish but not dry. I really enjoyed this beer for what it is. Refreshing, Light but enough taste to let you know there was some imagination and effort put into this pup. caramel comes into play in the middle and it is slightly syrupy for a light colored beer....Would love to get this in a sixer. I can only find it as a individual 25oz. Oh well I'll continue to buy this beer for casual after work sessioning.

Jul 28, 2005
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errantnight from District of Columbia

3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden hue with great retention and solid lacing. Slight hazing only flaw.

Aroma is rich, malt forward with plenty of melanoidins. Hops are faint and there's a bit of a cardboard aroma in there, oxidation! :(

On the tongue this has a ton more balance, big mid-palate sweetness softly rounded, finishes with a quick, clean bitterness with plenty of earthy, citrus hops to clean it up. Leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste. Hints of an oxidative wet cardboard note what would seem to be some maltreatment somewhere between Germany and here, which is a shame.

Mouthfeel is just a bit full, really nice malt body.

Superbly drinkable despite the minor flaw. Would love to try this fresh.

May 03, 2010
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Apr 25, 2014
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Drew966 from Florida

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reutberger Export Hell pours a clear golden color with a thick white head from a brown one pint and nine tenths ounce bottle. The aroma is grainy, perhaps even a hint of citrus and a little bit of hop is noticeable. Good malty flavor with a little bit of hops toward the finish. Grain is also noticeable in the taste. Overall, a pretty drinkable beer. If you're looking for something light, I'd recommend this.

Jul 29, 2006
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Murchmac from California

3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I fricking love the way this beer looks. Huge foamy white head, brilliant dark golden color with a cascade of carbonation bubbling up the side.

Smells like a beer. Some hops, not much else.

Taste the malt. Some spicy herb flavors and hops, a little bready.

Semi sweet, but dry with a metallic finish.

Is good ya?

Aug 31, 2008
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nickfl from Florida

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with half a finger of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, deep golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Some grainy malt and light, herbal hops.

T - Sweet malt up front with some bready character and a little bit of honey. The malt gets kind of grainy in the middle with a hint of corn. Finishes with light herbal hops and just a hint of balancing bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Sweet and malty, but lacking a little in depth. The hop character is minimal and this, with the sweet finish reduces drinkability. Not the best German lager, but decent enough.

Dec 31, 2011
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