Andechser Vollbier Hell | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Germany
andechs.de

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.

Added by BeerIsland on 11-18-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
229
Reviews:
62
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mynie
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ahh Helles lagers. I don't think I've ever drank so many examples of a style that I understood so poorly.

My lack of comprehension is no doubt compounded by the fact that many of the proper German offerings are fairly stale by the time they reach me. And, also, by the annoying trend of American brewers to amend the word "Helles" mindlessly to beer that would have once been called "blondes."

This is, I understand, a classic example of the style. And it seems pretty darn fresh.

It pours a beautiful light gold, with strong effervescence and a nice, soapy white head.

Smells crips and grassy, with light biscuity malt and mild, spicy hop. It's a delicate aroma, but assertive enough, and quite well brewed.

Tastes more complex than the aroma, but still seems very precise. Grassy, grainy start, getting fruity and crisp in the middle of the sip, and finishing with a pronounced combination of biscuits and hop spice. The finish is a bit sour, though not unpleasantly so.

I think my thoroughly American palette will always prefer the more aggressive hop presence of Czech pilseners. That does not mean, however, that I can't appreciate an excellently brewed example of this style--now that I might be getting a handle on it.

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3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrsqc7
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright clear as a bell copper colour. Small head quickly fades.

Flavor is delicate malts and lightly floral hops. The malt flavor is lightly toasted Cheerios and backed by generous carbonation. Very good!

Recommended!

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4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light crisp golden wheat color. Very effervescent. Thick pillowy white head dissipates slowly but steadily leaving a thin residual white head. Not much lacing is left behind.

Smell is light, crisp and a touch sweet. Notes of grain, grassy hops, a touch of floral aromas and honey. Very nice lager aroma.

Taste is light and crisp - notes of grain, wheat, cracker malts with a touch of honey, white grapes, floral hops, grass, bit bready on the finish.

Feel is again - light and crisp - medium carbonation. Dry finish. Light bodied, but full of flavor. Super drinkable and quenching.

Overall a lovely helles lager - I will certainly be revisiting this one regularly.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephens101
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love exploring the seemingly endless array of German lagers.

Pale yellow with a continuing rush of bubbles leading to a fluffy white froth. Smells of straw, lemon zest and faint florals. Tastes sweet with a drop of honey, some white grape and lemon, and followed by a bit of grain and cracker. Light to medium and crisp.

A very tasty example of the style and a lot of fun to boot.

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ML bottle.

The beer pours a glowing golden amber color with pretty good head retention and light lacing. The nose is pretty attractive in this excellent lager, as I pick up grassy hops, honey, bread dough and some light sweet malts. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this surprisingly rich, sweet beer. However, the sweetness is balanced nicely by the hoppy bitterness, leading to a satisfying, fairly dry and lightly bitter, clean finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but the beer really delivers a boatload of flavor, especially considering the abv. Drinkability is exceptional in this easy to enjoy, delicious lager.

Impressive.

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3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

RJT

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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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