Quöllfrisch Hell | Brauerei Locher AG

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Brauerei Locher AG

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by orbitalr0x on 03-23-2006

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by beveragecaptain:
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4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 ounce bottle. Quöllfrisch pours out a clear, very pale yellow color with a large, white head. The aroma is crisp grain, spicy hops, and a bit of citrus. From the light color, I expected this beer to have a light flavor, but this was not true at all. This beer is fairly malty. Not too sweet. Hops come through at the middle and are restrained. There is no off-flavor in this beer. Mouthfeel is crisp. Great drinkability. This is a delicious and refreshing beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer tastes better in Madison, WI then anywhere else. This is where it is impoted to and it just tastes good here. It must have something to do with New Glarus (America’s Little Switzerland) being near by.

Sulfurous bright golden “hell” lager with honey malts and herbal hops. I dig it. This is super light and drinkable. This tastes more like a really great pilsner than a lager.

I would drink this beer over any American pilsner as my light beer of choice any time.

Served in a green bottle yet not the slightest bit skunky.

Just great!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Hell Quöllfrisch arrives in an 11.2oz green bottle. After checking out the Appenzeller website this beer appears to be different from the Quöllfrisch in the swingtop bottle. It pours from the bottle a light, clear straw yellow with great clarity and a half inch tightly packed bubbly head. Not a speck of yeast in the bottle. Aromas of crisp sweet grains upfront with a nice spicy, noble hop as well. I get a slight light fruitiness as well. Clean and crisp.

First sip brings a mellow, sun dried toasty grainy maltiness that has a nice sweetness to it. Slightly spicy, herbal hops come in midway through and they're quite laid back. This is a light, refreshing Euro lager that's crisp and clean with really no off flavors considering the green bottle. Finishes with a hint of light citrus.

Mouthfeel is light but there's a nice creaminess to the body of the brew. Steady carbonation is there but not over the top. This goes down easily and is a nice, straight forward European pale lager, one of the better ones that I've sampled. This would make a good lawnmower beer in the summer for sure..glad I took the chance on trying it.

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Photo of MrWinky
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend's sister lives in Appenzell, Switzerland and was kind enough to bring me a few goodies from across the way. This is the first of three to try and I enjoyed it immensely so I can't wait to see, or taste rather, what else he brought back.

A. Poured a nice golden straw with a really delicate head that dissipated quickly.

S. Yeasty, grain, bread with a slightly sweet skunk note...just smelled like a perfect summer bier.

T. I get the hops but not in a one-not kinda way and without a strong bitterness. You def taste the grain and some grass notes too.

M. Light and refreshingly crisp. Has a really great sharpness to it.

D. Perfect for lighter grilled foods...will cut any richness and perfect in the Maryland summer heat to refresh you.

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Photo of crossovert
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hell Quöllfrisch best before 2 2010, in charming green glass with a neat painting on it.

Pours a crystal clear pale gold with a foamy white head. Smelll is fresh and pleasant, mostly hops with some grain, feels like smelling the air on a fresh alpine hops farm.

Its a great tasting, smooth, highly drinkable lager, enough said, the ultimate session beer. It has the perfect balance of hops and malt. Get it if you can find it. For a Euro Pale lager its near the Pinnacle.

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Photo of Phocion
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from phone (9/30/11). Served at Glarner Stube in New Glarus, WI. Forgot to write down the freshness date from the bottle, but it was still several months away.

Poured from the 11.2 ounce green bottle a pale yellow with a bubbly white head. No retention but decent lacing.

Aroma is of floral/herbal hops and light honey/caramel malts. Thankfully, no hint of skunkiness. Quite a bit of roasted malts.

Sharp hops bite on the tongue, very spicy. Warm malty finish, very well-balanced.

Well carbonated with a medium body. Very crisp and clean.

Fairly light beer, but not lacking in flavor. Low ABV made this one extremely sessionable. These things did quite a bit of damage after dinner the other night.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold that becomes bright sunshine yellow when backlit. The snow white cap is the best part of the appearance. It possesses a wonderful stickiness that looks good at all stages of deflation. Also, not surprisingly, it lays down an attractive array of lace. This is a bright, clean, classic looking pale lager.

I thought Quollfrisch might be a helles, but it smells like most Euro pale lagers that I've tasted. Olfactorily speaking, it's equally balanced between untoasted grain and musky, grassy hops.

Despite the green glass bottle, there's no hint of skunkiness in the nose or on the palate. This Brauerei Locher lager is a well-brewed version of a style that doesn't get much respect. I'm sure it helps that I have a reasonably fresh bottle, something that is never a guarantee when it comes to drinking European beer in the states.

Balance is the operative word. The pale malt provides a moderate biscuity sweetness that is perfectly countered by a noble hop bitterness that, again, favors musky and grassy. It's hard to imagine a more simple, straightforward beer that shows off its simple, straightforward ingredients this well. I've said something similar in the past, but I'll say it again: this is what Budweiser should taste like.

The mouthfeel is spot-on given the style (which, by the way, I'm now prepared to call a helles lager). It's light without a trace of wateriness, and has a spirited amount of carbonation that keeps things lively in the mouth.

I had no idea what to expect when I saw this beer on my most recent trip to Columbus. I didn't hesitate to buy it, though, because one doesn't run across Swiss beer every day. Quollfrisch is a lovely little lager that is tremendously quenching and impressively drinkable. It would make a great lawnmower beer, although I'm sure that wasn't the brewer's intent. I can't imagine there's much of a need for a lawnmower in the Alps. That's what goats are for.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had out of a 12 oz can. Cool little picture of the alps and some guy with a laderhosen on the front. Pours golden with a decent head. Nice clean aroma with some sweetness. Maybe a touch of hops. Flavor follows closely to the nose, but a little too sweet for my taste. Clean on the palate and light bodied. Overall a good lager.

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Photo of AxlSkull
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of WoodBrew
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought a 330ml can home from Europe. The beer pours a clear yellowish gold color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing. Light grassy hops, honey and sweet fruit in the nose. Light, clean body with a faint floral character. Sweet malt, fruit and grassy hops flavors. The finish is clean and fruity with a mildly bitter hops aftertaste. Overall a decent Euro beer.

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Photo of NSXAG
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Big cannabis/noble hop aroma from a few feet away.

Pours crystal clear yellow, with lazy champagne bubble carbonation.
Spiderweb rings of lace in the fluted glass.

Crisp mouthfeel, hop bite at the front, giving way to a dry, mild honeyish white grape aftertaste. Slight mineral/well-water taste. Clean and balanced.

Simplicity yields positive results in this case, a subtle and nuanced lager that sets itself apart from the norm. Very smooth drinking, a summertime quaffer to be sure.

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Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a robust and musty noble hop and grainy malt.

The taste was upfront lightly sweet doughy malt coupled with a grassy and musty hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a very tasty euro lager that is tastier than most.

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Photo of odomosan
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of bokreiner
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of JamesLeung
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gnikola
1.25/5  rDev -64.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jbro434
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Believe it or not, good beer is not easy to find in Switzerland. After having moved here from ths US where I traveled extensively and drank some mighty fine micro brews, the selection in the stores and pubs is weak. I will be going to travel across the EU soon and that should change.
Quollfrisch? The best of the Swiss beers I have tried by a long shot. Straw colored, nice foamy head, decent lacing with a slightly sweet and dry middle with a nice malt-hop balance and tangy, hoppy finish that lingers. I have not been to the Appenzeller region yet since I am in the west. However, I would love to find this on tap. If so, I will update.

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Photo of msondel
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of KeithE
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I drank this out of can twice recently. Once on my way to Zurich and the 2nd time leaving Munich on the way to the US. It was pretty consistent and I was surprised that I was drinking a lager that I actually liked. Nice body and good taste. Not an IPA but pretty good for what it is and it is superior to the lagers you get in the States.

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Photo of iftcoach
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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Quöllfrisch Hell from Brauerei Locher AG
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