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Andechser Vollbier HellAndechser Vollbier Hell

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Klosterbrauerei Andechs

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Its head is firm and fine pored. Its aroma is pure and fresh from the cellar, with soft malty accents imbued with floral hoppiness.

Its light and soft body leaves a pleasant, tangy taste in the mouth. The mild sweetness marries well with the velvety bitterness of the hops. It concludes on a rounded, harmonious note.

Andechser Vollbier Hell is therefore a classical Bavarian Vollbier.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Andechser Vollbier Hell has a thick, white head, a hazy, golden appearance, some individual ascending bubbles, and heavy lacing left behind, on the glass. The aroma is of rich, yeasty, herbal white bread and some dried fruit. Taste is of those elements, with even more of a spice zing coming into play. Mouthfeel is medium, and Andechser Vollbier Hell finishes medium dry and easy drinking.


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Photo of Beginner2
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Created as Munich's competitor to the spicier Czech Pils, the Hell is much preferred by me... malt and spice in balance.
While I can't remember all Hells clearly over these many years, I put this Hell about the 3rd from the top.

Andechser's Vollbier looks like not much (a too light blonde and not much foam.) And while I have never thought the aromas of lagers as key, this one seems honest. And it tastes that way, also. On the mouth, I'd prefer a bit less tingling on the tongue so the malt can take over sooner... but after a few seconds, the malts win the day.

Should you Have Andechser's Vollbier if you are a lager fan ? Yes.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear light straw, with a big frothy white head with lots of little carbonation bubbles floating upward throughout. Smells earthy, grassy, and even a little skunky (but not that unpleasant light-stricken skunk). Taste is evenly complimented with sweet freshly baked bread, fresh cut grass, and earthiness. A nice, crisp feel leads the beer to disappear almost instantly, and unfortunately I did not have another to pour. Prost!

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Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Clear gold color with plenty of foam in the Einbecker Pils glass. Classic European fruity and faintly skunky hop aroma, but quite elegant. The faintest bitter aftertaste. Lagery, beery, lightly aromatic.

Modestly malty with a distinct honey taste. Overall a pleasant beer in this particular tradition. But forgettable, otherwise. Maybe I am not worthy, but I liked the Weihenstephaner version even less. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours clear and honeyed yellow. Nice head. Smells great. A distinct earthy combination of hop and lager yeast. Memorable. Smells like there is balancing sweetness. Flavor is great! That special combination of hops and influential lager yeast really sells this beer. Enough sweetness to round out the flavor. This beer is no joke. Would crush millions of these.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 500 ml. bottle stamped L-2014. Does that mean it is two years old? I sampled it on June 4, 2016.

Very pale yellow pour under a modest, short-lived white head.

Aroma of German toasted malts and biscuit and grass. Pretty straight forward,

Light body.

Same toasted biscuit malt presence with a clean, grassy, mild finish. I mean it is a decent beer and I think there are many brewers who might emulate it.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, light gold color with one-finger white head that quickly dissipated until just a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is light lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: initially sweet then crackers and bread and a grassy note, very pleasant to the nose, no off-putting euro skunk smell here.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet, then crackers and bread with a pleasantly mild hop bite, very drinkable.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation, finishes clean.

OVERALL: this is a solid beer and reasonably priced, I enjoyed this very much and would happily purchase again, the 4.8% ABV means you can enjoy more than one, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear straw golden color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head has a lighter level retention, fading rather fast to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell –The aroma of the beer was strongest of a bready smell mixed with a bit of a yeastiness. Along with these aromas comes some light notes of floral hops and a little bit of a biscuit smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a more bready and yeasty flavor, with these flavors creating a base for the brew. As the taste moves on some notes of grain and a little bit of a floral and grassy hop come to the tongue. The hop grows slightly stronger, but remains relatively light, to leave a crisp, but sorta bready taste (at least for a 4.8% abv. beer) to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of both its thickness and its creaminess. The moderate nature of the mouthfeel is perfect for the mix of bready and yeasty tastes along side the more moderate sessionable style of the beer.

Overall - This was a rather easy drinking and flavorful beer at 4.8% abv. A very nice summer time session I would have to say.

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Classic looking beer poured into a pilsener glass. Sweet grassy aroma, followed by a sharp , tangy biting flavor. Ginger ale come to mind. Had to look it up, but umami...yea, that’s it. A bit sharper than I prefer my helles, but still good.

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Photo of Beric
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into weizen glass
Served: 9 Feb 2016

Appearance: Pours a magnificent, crystal clear gold color but the crowning feature of this beer is the omnipresent, never dying head. This beer is topped with a creamy, succulent, pearly white head that, when poured, tops 2 fingers, and slowly diminishes to about a quarter finger bit of foam.

Smell: Smells of fresh white bread and that traditional lager biscuit aroma with a solid assertion of spicy noble hops. Very clean smelling and not skunky or anything.

Taste: Much like the nose, but with a more pervasive malt sweetness in relation to the spicy hop aroma. Very balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness, soft on hop flavor. Too style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. The body of this beer really surprised me- the beer feels much thicker on the palate than you would expect.

Overall: A marvelous beer and one of the best helles lagerbiere for a reason. Definitely seek this out if you can find it fresh!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A brilliant straw gold pour kicks up a tight, persistent 3” lacy white to off foam collar with a very fine bead.

S: Spicy noble hop aromas balance light grains with a hint of sulfur.

T: Clean and smooth with moderate light Pilsner malts, a hint of sulfur and aside from the sulfur, a clean fermentation character. The noble hop character is medium low as is the Pilsner malt. Very well balanced.

F: Medium light body and medium carbonation.

O: A well balanced and easy to drink lager.

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Photo of drmeto
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

-pours a clear straw golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-medium carbonation
-light body
An o.k Helles

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Photo of Gatch
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at The Publick House in Brookline, MA. This is a special Helles. Insanely drinkable, smooth, great flavor. This is why I love this style. Could be my favorite German style. Several mugs of this is my Bavarian fantasy. Fruity, bready, and delicious.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a clear spun gold color. The head is a half inch of frothy bright white foam that recedes into patches of lacing. The aroma is of biscuit, bread dough, and has a whiff of spicy noble hops. The taste is breadier than the aroma in the most great of ways. It is lingeringly bready. The spice from the hops peaks through a little bit, but is quickly brought back in check by the biscuity malt. The mouthfeel is appropriately light bodied with lively, fine carbonation. Overall, this is one of the best Helles' that I've ever tasted. I will be drinking this beer frequently.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a superb example of the style, into a willi becher from a single 16.9 oz bottle
a: brilliant clear pale gold with a massive 4 finger foamy eggshell head with great retention
s: delicate but lovely. Grainy light breadiness, some earthy floral grassy hops with just a hint of pepper.
t & m: like the nose, with nice gentle hoppy edge but dominated by the bready notes from the pilsner malt (I assume) that are a little more pronounced than in the nose. Big round flavors and a substantial feel to it, even though it is very light and delicate. Perfect carbonation, not overly crisp, and bone dry on the finish.

Such lagers don't get enough love. This is phenomenal.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is about as good as the style can be, and a great reminder that beer doesnt need anything more than the basic ingredients to be world class. this is the prettiest yellow beer i have ever seen, crayon yellow, extraordinarily radiant, and holding a tall airy bone white head for ever. glassy shine to it, wow its gorgeous, gem like. the nose is well hoppy for what this is, nice and polleny and grassy, a summery vibe for sure on top of pale german pils type malt thats fresh smelling and rather robust for the light color. the flavor is an amazing integration of the most fundamental elements. the hops really stand out for me, not sure what types, but its different from any other german beer i have had. hints of earthy spice to them, making the insanely dry finish a little more interesting. delicate but bold beer, which i think is tough to do, and the carbonation on this makes it one of the most refreshing lagers in the world. the overall quality of this is incredible, obviously carefully refined over the last 600 years or more, and the fact that this is so affordable is mindbending. i need to drink a lot more german beer, especially from these guys, the price to quality equation is absolutely the best in the world.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light gold with less head than expected. Nose is lightly biscuity, but really not much there. Very clean, but not very interesting. Flavor is similarly clean and crisp. Not a particularly flavorful beer, with some malt and cereal, but effortlessly drinkablle. No off flavors. Very good.

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Photo of beergoot
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The body exhibits a pale, straw yellow color; lots of lively carbonation; thick, creamy, lasting white head. Light cereal aroma; mild fruitiness; grass. Soft malt flavor with a well-balanced hop bitterness. Medium-light mouthfeel; primarily dry finish.

All-in-all, a very refreshing and tasty German lager. Cracker and biscuit cereal flavors balanced with a smooth, refreshing hop bitterness. Well worth checking out...

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Photo of Antg8989
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with an eggshell white head. No lacing. Aroma is of barley malts. Taste is similar but very well balanced and lasting without much of a lingering aftertaste Feel is moderately carbonated. Was not at all disappointed with this.

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Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short, dense, bright white foam with good retention. Clean and fresh medium pilsner malt aroma. No hop aromas. On the lighter side of medium bodied with assertive, refreshing carbonation. Crisp pilsner malt flavors, no esters or off flavors. No hop flavor but a light hop bite at the end. Finished crisp and incredibly dry. Beautiful balance of pilsner malt with a subtle, crisp bitterness. Extremely refreshing and drinkable. This beer defines the helles style.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a mug

L: Straw yellow, head that quickly dissipates, next to no lacing. Typical of the style
S: Not really much, a little sweat malt and earthiness. Nothing offputting, nothing remarkable
T: Really nice. Sweet malt, almost like mild brown sugar. Some earthy, floral hops. A crisp, semi-dry finish.
F: Crisp, a little dryness. Very light and drinkable
O: Great lager, one of my favorites, will revisit this one again

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Photo of yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle

Pours a bright clear golden straw color with a dense white head supported by a steady, persistent stream of carbonation. Sweet doughy malt nose, floral and light fruity yeast. Floral hops in flavor provide refreshing balance to cracker malt and grainy body. Creamy medium thick body, crisp and well carbed.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Crystal clear pale straw with a 1/2 finger of white head. Moderate carbonation.

Apple cider, pear, and cereal grains.

Fresh pressed red apple and Bosc pear. Light notes of bread, caramel, and cereal grains with a touch of lemongrass.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Simple and refreshing. Expertly balanced with only a touch of sweetness.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Draft at Bittercreek... Surprised to see this one... Very clear light golden with a short lived white head... Grainy pils malt and light spicy hoppiness are the key descriptors here... A little sweetness to take this out of the German Pils area and not nearly as hoppy or bitter... Nearly perfect for the style... Very happy I stopped in at BC tonight.


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Photo of Givemebeer
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful straw colored. Filtered - clear. Frothy light white head Good not great retention and lacing. Aroma is mostly floral, with some spiciness presumably from some of those wonderful noble hops. Taste follows the nose with a cracker like malt base. Incredibly balanced and delicate. Great beer. I can only imagine drinking this in Germany on a warm summer day. Body is a little too full bodied for my taste. I put this the smallest notch below Weihenstephaner Original.

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