Allgäuer Bayrisch Hell | Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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Allgäuer Bayrisch HellAllgäuer Bayrisch Hell

Brewed by:
Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

Style: German Helles

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 07-03-2004

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by shigg85:
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of a large number of German lagers I recently picked up, this one came in the ubiquitous brown 500ml bottle that nearly every German lager seems to be bottled in. Poured into an imperial pint glass, this brew had a clear golden color and a modest fizzy white head that quickly imploded into a thin skim..and then nothing. Despite some vigorous carbonation seen churning to the surface, the head was virtually non-existent.
The nose had a nice grainy malt aroma around which lurked some notes of apples and spice. Nice floral hops notes, too. The taste initially had a bit of a grassy malt flavor which briefly transitioned to a fruity sweet taste. The apple-inspired aroma translated right to the taste, as did the hint of clove and coriander. The finish was pretty well hopped and left a solid bitterness on the tongue. The feel was light, dry and crisp.
Overall, this was a pretty decent brew, one that went well on a warm summer night. Probably one of the better beers I've had from Allgäuer Brauhaus. Worth a try if you spot one.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5 ml bottle from La Bodega in Riverside, CA for $2.59 in May 2008.

Pours a clear moderate golden, a nice steady stream of carbonation keeping the thin head around throughout the session.

Aroma of bready malts and grassy hops- very clean and straightforward. Flavor is more of the same, bready malts, a nice round-about hop kick at the end, just plain nice. Minor lemony notes, but just barely. Unpretentious, just a solid tasty lager.

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Photo of largadeer
4.23/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from Dyan. Thanks!

The beer pours a hazy golden-amber, a shade darker than most helles lagers, and a bit cloudier. The head settles to a thin but lasting cap within a minute or two.

The aroma is grainy, herbal, hoppy, and I get a light sulfuric quality as well. Smells dry and well-hopped for the style.

Dry, crackery malt hits the palate first, followed by lemon zest, herbal hoppiness and a bit of mineral. This is more of an unrefined helles, but it's very characterful and complex while still being incredibly quaffable. It finishes with a hint of fruity esters, dry graininess and moderate hop bitterness. Drinkability is through the roof, this is delicious and downright quaffable.

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Photo of Gusler
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its dispensing from the 500ml brown bottle set s in the glass a hazy lemon yellow with a portly creamy white head as it erodes the lace forms a fine sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is all malt, sweet and crisp, clean and pleasing to the senses, start is pleasantly malted and somewhat sweet with a light top. Finish has a modest acidity with the hops light in their spicy bite, ah the refreshing qualities of a fine Pilsner.

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Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed over gold beer.

Smell is quite strong Munich malt, and that is all, a good brew to illustrate what the stuff smells like.

Taste is on the sweet side and is dominated by the Munich malt is mentioned before. There is sufficient hop in this to round out the taste a bit but the malt dominates.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good; it is sort of one-dimensional but it present5s that one dimension well.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden bright beer with a thin white head.

Smell is pilsner maly with some light wort-like character.

Taste is a little bitter. The maltiness is a little dextrinous. A nice bottom fermented beer which has a clean yeast profile. Aftertaste is bitter and has a slight sweetness.

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Photo of crossovert
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maybe it was the store, this is the 2nd brew that has looked "grey". But this one is a deep gold, but it is rather dull looking.

The smell is earthier than most of the style, it is predominantly malt with some noble hops.

The taste has a definite hop bite initially, it is fruity, but subtle. It has a n almost vanilla like malt presence with a slightly metallic finish.

I think it is an old bottle, gotta try it fresher.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Max's was out of the Aktien Hell, so at the recommendation of the bartender, I tried this. Excellent recommendation.

The beer pours a bright gold color with good head retention and decent lacing. Don't get too much on the nose, just some light sweet malt, a touch of honey, and some bread dough. What there is smells pretty nice. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose fairly well, except there is a hint of bitterness on the finish. The beer has some moderate malty sweetness, and is very light and smooth on the palate. Drinkability is, of course, just exceptional.

How can you beat a beer with this much flavor that clocks in at 4.7% alcohol? Good stuff.

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Photo of horndecker
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's quite clear and the color of polished brass, with a quick, coarse, short head, gone in a flash leaving little suds.
The aroma is restrained hops, grassy and medicinal, with a bit of fruit behind it. The taste is non-commital, neither sharp and hoppy, nor a round and toasty malt. Despite a medium body and a quick first impression of fruit and malt, the bottom kind of drops out. Suddenly it seems almost watery.
Still, it does keep what character it has in balance; and the flavors are pleasant and wholesome. The hops appear a bit more as it warms, making it refreshing and drinkable to a point.

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On John's recommendation, I grabbed a bottle at State Line.

A gorgeous pour, this beer is mildly hazy light orange capped by a large, dense white head that leaves some lacing in its wake. Head retention is quite excellent. A gorgeous beer, yeah.

The nose is a touch reserved, but still very good. Mildly sweet with a touch of honey, there's a tasty, refreshing grainy character present. Mild earthy hop character with a touch of lemon and some wet earth and just a little bit of grass.

The flavors open with a mild bitterness, earthy and a little lemony in character. A delicate malt character becomes apparent, with honey, some grain and some bread dough. Finishing dry with some earthy bitterness, this beer is solid. The mouthfeel, though, is a bit lacking. While the carbonation is great, I'm wishing this beer had a little bit more heft to the body, akin to some of the better examples of the style. That said, this is thoroughly drinkable, and I'm pounding my bottle in about 15 minutes.

I've come a long way from being uniformly disappointed with every Helles I had, and Casey at Max's really helped that transition by bringing some exceedingly fresh and tasty examples to Baltimore. Thank you, Casey.

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Photo of SCW
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Yet another example of one of the many brews produced by the Braumasters at Allgäuer Brauhaus. This one is labeled Allgäuer Bayrisch Hell. The main label is a schlitzy metallic gold and white affair with a matching V-Shaped neck label that has just the name of the beer on it. A logo painted white crown cap completes the presentation. Just as the BA Database picture, my sample arrived in a 1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounce [500ml] standard tall looking brown glass bottle. No strength or observable freshness date.

Appearance: Slightly hazed golden body with a lemon marmalade hue. Smooth head forms, formed from small bubbles , it leaves a light smattered lacing as it settles down to a thin ¼” thick covering throughout which breaks after time. Above average conditioning.

Nose: A strong grainy nose heavy with Munich Malts and bread yeast.

Taste: Wheat and yeasty malts, the Munich malts are more prevalent in the middle. Some light hoppy bitterness with a sweet finish. Pretty one dimensional but clean.

Mouthfeel: Suffers from a thin head later in the drink, but the nice fine-bubble conditioning means that the mouthfeel manages to maintain an average feel.

Drinkability: Easily imbibed in mouthfuls, session-like when you have a thirst on. In the long run the sweet Munich Malt is a little too much for me.

Overall: Another just above average ‘run-of-zee-mill’ offering from Allgäuer, but worth a try.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Spotted a half-liter at the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

Into a stange it goes, the beer is a clearish blonde color, topped by a small head that holds pretty well. Lemon zest and cardboard is in the aroma with little else. The beer is a bit watery with some weak lager flvor. Some cider notes linger in the overall taste. Meh, not very impressed here. It's probably better fresh.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 16.9 oz. bottle beckoned to me from the shelves at Beaumont Market; its $1.89 clearance price sealed the deal. Poured to a pint glass.

A: Light wheat yellow, ever so slightly hazy. Fluffy white head, about one-finger and moderate lace. Almost zero carbonation; still a good looking beer.

S: Big malty breadiness and lager yeast. Simplae and straightforward, sometimes those smells are just so nice.

T: Grainy malts, sweet at first then dry with hints of pepper and spice. Bitter finish leans toward the sourdough bread side. All in all, some pretty nice flavors.

M: Carbonated tingle, despite the lack of carbonation in the 'appearance' category. Light body, crisp, clean, refreshing.

D: A nice surprise. Rates well in the drinkability category as a clean, sessionable-type unassuming lager. Disn't last long in the glass...

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Photo of rousee
2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a ver murky peach-apricot gold with a slight head that settles to nothing in less than a minute. Smell is neutral at first very slight malt and hops - after taking a sip these nose characterstics are a little stronger.
Grassy malt with slight fruit and a wheat-like accents. It has a metallic finish which I do not like at all and a little sourness too which is also a negative. The mouthfeel is a little fuzzy which is kind of pleasant and the drinkability is just average--Yeah I could have more than 1 in a sitting but I think I'd rather have something different.

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Photo of dgilks
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of Giangio
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of htomsirveaux
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle tried 27 Mar 2010.

Poured in a Seabright mug, a large lacy off white head fills much of the glass. Straw colored beer with a faint haze. Aromas of mineral, lemon, light malt and sour grapes. Starts faintly malty, perhaps a bit stale (no date on bottle). Grainy sweetness throughout, drier finish, slightly zesty. Aftertaste is lightly sweet and sort of lactic.

Pretty average overall, unlikely to get this again.

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Allgäuer Bayrisch Hell from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 22 ratings