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Andechser Vollbier Hell | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Andechser Vollbier HellAndechser Vollbier Hell

Brewed by:
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.

Added by BeerIsland on 11-18-2013

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Reviews by joe1510:
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4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Binny's - Willowbrook

Vollbier is lemon yellow with a glow so bright it's like staring into the sun. Clarity is near perfect and large carbonation rushes to the surface. A crackling, fizzy white head easily rises to to two fingers in height eventually settling but to nothing short of a finger. Spotty lacing clings here and there with each tilt of the glass. This is how a helles should look.

The nose is rich and reeks of German craftsmanship. Barley smells as if it was just husked and freshly cracked, very bright and clean. An underlying, soft, bready sweetness compliments the graininess well. A note of grassy noble hops wrap it all up into a tidy little basket. When I think of beer in the all encompassing sense of "beer" this is what I picture it smelling like.

Malty sweetness leads the way in the flavor department. That clean, white bread sweetness sets the base while delicious, clean, crisp husked barley adds pop and zest. There even seems to be a lemon brightness. The hop profile remains soft and grassy but there's a faint touch of florals as well. This beer can be drank by the gallon.

A light body washes over the tongue before zesty carbonation picks up the pace. The carbonation is enough that it leaves a prickliness along the sides of the tongue. Soft sweetness lingers briefly on the swallow before a long, drawn out drying leaves me parched, needing more.

Andech's Helles, whether on tap or in the bottle, is a sheer joy to drink. It's all sunshine and rainbows. Crisp, bright, delicious. Grab yourself a .5 liter and drink up, ladies!

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More User Reviews:
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 TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grain, lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast, grain and a thin malt character that is quickly followed by some malt sweetness. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for a lighter German-style lager.

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Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice easy drinking lager with character. Bready malt notes and grassy hops blend into one great tasting beer. Has a light skunkiness on the aroma but the taste is true gold. I would call it light bodied. Epitome of a sessionable lager. Picking up some lemon zest on the finish. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of BeerIsland
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got this at Bierkraft in Brooklyn while picking up a wet hop Blue Point bottle. This refreshing and tasty beer is very bright in the glass poured from the 500 ml bottle. Golden hay notes overlay the malt nose. Great balanced flavor with plenty of heft for a helles. Even better as it warms up. This is a very well made, extremely enjoyable beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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 HoppySeb
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMS1512
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aberman
4.89/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Just delightful in every respect.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Dan114
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of whatname
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of blabaer
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FalconOne
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jason_nwx
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oso
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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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