Spezial Hell
Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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From:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
 
Germany
Style:
Lager - Helles
Ranked #74
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,819
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 10.62%
Ratings:
164
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 07, 2021
Added:
Jun 18, 2002
Wants:
  17
Gots:
  16
SCORE
87
Very Good
Spezial HellSpezial Hell
Notes: Its clear gleaming look and firm, fine pored head goes hand in hand with its fresh and pure aroma. Malty nuances are the first impressions.

Spezial Hell is pleasantly tangy with a full, round malt body that cannot fail to fascinate. The soft flavour carries a distinctive balance of sweet accents and bitter hoppiness.

It concludes on equally soft malty nuances – a classical festival beer in the tradition of old Bavarian brewing.
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4 by iftcoach from Germany on Nov 07, 2021
 
4.13 by Kubishark from Maryland on Oct 08, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Jacobier10 from New Jersey

On-tap @ The Grand Delancey in New York, NY.

Pale gold, brilliant clarity, big white foam on top with great retention.

Lots of sweet malt and floral hops in the aroma and flavor. Medium bodied with a creamy, almost chewy texture. Finishes on the sweeter side. Really delicious. I don't know if I could make this my "all night" drinking beer due to its strength, but it's fantastic as it is.

Oct 08, 2021
 
4 by paulish from New York on Sep 28, 2021
 
4 by steverx8 from England on Sep 24, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

On tap at Dominion Wine & Beer.

A -

S - malty, bread with a citrusy edge of lemon.

MF - Medium body with a dry finish. Smooth herbal bitterness.

Sep 04, 2021
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4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Reef from South Carolina

On tap at WECO Beer Garden

Clear gold with a finger's fine white head. Spotty lacing, near full cap.
Bread, grass, light grape aromas
Sweet bread, floral, malt flavors.
Crazy drinkable to my taste.
I'm looking for this packaged. It would be my favorite fest bier.

Aug 27, 2021
 
4 by NorbertB1974 from Germany on Apr 04, 2021
 
3.25 by koolkitty from England on Jan 14, 2021
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by josanguapo from Spain

De Labirratorium. En copa hefe de Bavaria. Leyendo C9 Ch7. Buena helles, con las notas maltosas y la bebilidad esperadas en el estilo, y quizás un leve toque oxidado de esos que incluso mejoran la experiencia

Sep 20, 2020
 
3.5 by tottel from Netherlands on Apr 09, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a clear, golden coloration with visible coloration and a medium, frothy head. Smells of doughy, slightly bready malt and quite grassy, herbal hops. Taste is great balance between doughy, bready malt and quite grassy, somewhat herbal hops, as well as a light spiciness in the finish. Finishes quite crisp, with a light bitterness and some doughy malt, grassy hops and just a hint of spice lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and medium/strong carbonation.

This starts out with a really nice, full and slighty sweet malt presence which turns more hoppy towards the finish, with some quite grassy and lighter herbal, spicy hops, up until a great, crisp and refreshing finish with a light bitterness. I really like the light herbal, spicy accents here, which really do an excellent job of balancing out the sweet malt and just giving this a somewhat unique flavor profile that is just a little more interesting than your average Festbier.

Mar 15, 2020
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4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

another brilliant beer from these guys that i was stoked to find on tap this weekend, really flavorful and good, seemingly a little more malt forward than many of their other pale lagers i have had, a little stronger too, but still dry, just a bit more substantial, perhaps some lightly toasted aspect in the grain bill, and harvesty and autumnal without being as rich and objectively malty as the marzen types that are more popular this time of year. its still a festbier type though, and fits right in large dimpled mug, frothy white headed, bubbly as can be, and just off clear with a slightly muted luster. pretty beer. smells almost a little wheaty to me, still with german pils type malt in here and just a little richer crystal likely in the mix. the yeast is old worldy and aromatic and flavorful in here, day old bread, biscuit, and dough, along with earthy minerals and a cool crispness that makes this refreshing even with its bigger body. dry nuttiness, noble hops, and this wonderful yeast and water combination. patient beer, seemingly nutrient rich, and dynamite with fried food. for how often i have lamented the relative lack of availability of the headiest of beers here in idaho, we seem to be doing really well with the german stuff, and i, for one, and thankful for that! andechs can do no wrong!

Oct 07, 2019
 
3.99 by shelby415 from Oregon on Sep 29, 2019
 
4.13 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Sep 15, 2019
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3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

On tap:
Crystal clear straw gold, with an uninteresting head. Nose is a mix of light grain and bread with some floral to slightly fruity hops. Some mineral notes sneak in.

Taste is a little more bland version of the smell, with the malt seeming a little watered down from expectations. This gets into feel, too, thought it’s a lighter style. Bitter side adds a hint of noble spice/grass. Carbonation is about expected, maybe just a tad light on this pour.

Sep 11, 2019
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4.89/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by PedroDaGr8 from Washington

Had it right from the brewery outside of Munich. Honestly, the church attached to the brewery is as stunning as the beer and food! A beautiful complex baroque church, which supports the Kloister.

As for the beer, this beer was amazing, I was able to down about 2 liters of beer at lunch. I would rate them up with Augistiner in Munich as the two best Hells I had in Munich. Even their Radler (shandy in the USA) was incredible!

Mar 17, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Many thanks to Snowcrash000 for this bottle.

A - Bright, vibrant clear gold colored pour with very active cascading carbonation.

S - Biscuity, bready, and bread crust aroma with dry delicate spicy earthiness.

T - Nice consistent soft crackery malt from start to finish and ends with some earthy spicy grass bitterness to balance things out.

M - Medium body and very dry. Coats the mouth with earthy spicy light lemon and floral.

O - Really enjoying this beer.

Mar 10, 2019
 
4 by NickThePyro from Washington on Jan 01, 2019
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3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Lingenbrau from Oregon

Clear yellow, white foamy head, excellent retention and lacing.

Bready aroma with a grassy finish that is mirrored in flavor.

Light and crisp, well balanced, finishes exceptionally dry.

Great Helles, but a little too dry of a finish. Prost.

Oct 27, 2018
 
4.72 by FBarber from Illinois on Oct 20, 2018
 
4.28 by jfreeze from Canada (NB) on Oct 14, 2018
 
4 by BEERMILER12 from Maine on Oct 11, 2018
 
4 by justintcoons from Pennsylvania on Sep 25, 2018
 
3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Sep 24, 2018
 
3.77 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Sep 23, 2018
 
3.75 by mishi_d from Romania on Sep 02, 2018
 
3.48 by Baviera from Belarus on Aug 03, 2018
 
4.47 by h4l from England on Apr 02, 2018
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3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

Love andechs, including their other helles, but this was disappointing. Somewhat cloudy yellow with a white head. Smell is more bitter than one would expect from a helles, malt is closer to cracker than bread, grainy. Taste works together better, malts still dryer and less full but accent the hops and general palate well. Feel has a higher carbonation than preferred, great crispness though, with some grainy aspects to the maltwork.

Jan 13, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

On-tap at Andechser Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a short head on the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cracker yeast are present in the nose along with notes of noble hops.
T: Like the smell, the toasted is rather malty and has lots of flavors of cracker malts. Only a bit of floral and grassy hop flavors are present, but the hops contribute a light- to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Helles is very easy to drink. I enjoyed the dryness.

Serving type: on-tap

Nov 25, 2017
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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Straw to golden color and crystal clear. Modest head but it leaves many streaks and spots.

The smell is grainy and malty in equal measure. There's bit of sourness to the nose that I didn't expect. A little beef stew in the background.

The taste is crisp and clean with some raw grain on the tongue. The carbonation is high with a standard body for the style. The finish is grainy, which reminds me of many a brewery tour (smell wise). Dry and clean aftertaste which is brief.

Nov 04, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by emerge077 from Illinois

2019:
Freshly tapped keg, way better. Crisp and hoppy, an excellent Festbier.

Draft at Laschets:
Pale gold, initial fluffy head of foam, patchy skim, minimal spotty lace.
Smells like wet cereal, corn flakes, sweet bran.
Taste is cereal forward, sweet and sticky grain, wet paper, sugary.
Light bodied, aftertaste lingers unfortunately.
Overall this wasn't very good, not in the same realm as Vollbier Hell.

Nov 03, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is wheat bread, and grassy pilsner malt Light bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation. Makes for a very clean and classic German helles lager. Could drink several glasses of this one.

Oct 18, 2017
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4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear light orange-ish color, with a small wispy head, and a lot of lacing.

This smells like sweet biscuits, pilsner malt, and grassy hops.

This is awesome. I love these lighter festbiers- this is basically a helles with killer grassy and floral hop character, with a light grain sweetness, with a nice biscuity malt character.

This is very light bodied, and super crisp, with a good level of carbonation.

This is pretty killer. It's so unbelievably drinkable.

Oct 01, 2017
 
3.68 by MGibbons from Maryland on Sep 29, 2017
 
3.65 by zknight from Korea (South) on Sep 21, 2017
 
2.75 by JavierGC from Spain on Jul 17, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by MarcP from Germany

This is a great beer. Doesn't looks or smell like anything special, but it has a great flavor.

Apr 22, 2017
 
4.13 by Duff27 from Illinois on Mar 26, 2017
Spezial Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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