Andechser Spezial Hell
Klosterbrauerei Andechs

Andechser Spezial HellAndechser Spezial Hell
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Style:
Lager - Helles
Ranked #42
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,315
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 10.62%
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
156
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Klosterbrauerei Andechs
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Andechser Spezial HellAndechser Spezial 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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Reviews by drmeto:
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drmeto from Germany

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a clear straw-golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-honey,apples,sulfur,lemons,spices,cracker malt,grassy
T:
-honey,spices,alcohol sweetness,spice,grass
F:
-light body,medium carbonation
O:
Pretty good Dortmunder/Export

Jun 29, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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pootz from Canada (ON)

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally had to go to the Brick brewery to get one of these franchise-brewed Canadian Andechs’...they were sold out at the beer stores I went to... the brewer informed me it takes 2 months to make another batch. The pour revealed a nice clear golden lager...medium carbonation, tight 1 finger white head. Aromas of sour dough bread, sweet malts and german hops. Started with a mellow malt pronounced creamy body that balanced well with hop tartness.... finish was clean with lingering sour dough tastes. A very nice quaffable Dortmunder...I’d recommend this to any lager drinker...a very good representation of the helles style and a near perfect Canadian reproduction of the Kloister Andecher helles

Aug 13, 2004
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canadianbarman from Canada (AB)

3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

--Poured a light straw like in color. It had a nice size head that thinned but kept some right until the end.
--The lacing was good. More than I expected. Smell was standard.

I must admit that this is my first taste of a beer of this style. I would have preffered to try an actual German beer but it is Friday night and this was right there on the shelf! It is a good beer. Not really what I expected, but not in a bad way. It is sweeter than I was anticipating. I would like to try another beer of this style to make a comparison. Overall not bad, but not great either.
Thx

Jul 12, 2003
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Ardon from Canada (ON)

3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice sustaining two finger head. Frothy and creamy. Mild nose with champagne-like scent. Smell was very mild. Kind of an average lager taste, not too much going on. Can taste that munich malt flavour so typical of a helles but only faintly. Decent biscuity aftertaste with a mild bitterness. Soft smooth mouthfeel. Smooth easy drinker. However, overall not too impressed.

Mar 12, 2004
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden colour with a coarse white head that settles to a film and gives up spotty lace.

Smell is of malt. Slightly sweet taste of malt, minor presence of hops. First mouthful had a noticeable taste of grain. Mouthfeel is heavy, slightly sticky.

Unremarkable overall, not one I'd seek out.

Apr 21, 2004
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shelby415 from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 29, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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koolkitty from England

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jan 14, 2021
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John from New York

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Klosterbrauerei Andechs Bräustüberl. A visit here is indeed a special occasion worthy of the Spezial Hell. Yellow/gold colored clear brew, frothy off-white head. Malty, hints at sweetness...hopped gently. Balances back and forth between the two expertly. A refreshing and thoroughly enjoyable helles...one of the best.

Jun 18, 2002
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rastaman from England

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pale yellow colour. Sweet malts at the start, with some herbal hops towards the finish, medium bitter finish. A bit uninspiring, but not bad, quite quaffable, i guess i was expecting more, given the other fine beers this brewer is responsible for, but not bad as i said.

Sep 08, 2003
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Pegasus from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale golden in color, very clear, a small white head, which fades quickly, leaving scattered foam, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Light, sweet honey aroma, with slight pepper and spice notes, quite appealing.

Taste: Open with slightly tart malt, an underlying caramel note, and a mild clove note. Midway through the taste turns quite peppery. Finishes with a late wave of maltiness, noble hop notes, and lingering metallic bitterness.

Mouth feel: Fairly full with somewhat harsh carbonation, and a dry finish.

Drinkability/notes: Nicely done, overall a bit heavy-handed with the hops and the mouth feel is a bit rough.

Many thanks to Bill and Marlis for hand carrying this from Germany.

Dec 29, 2005
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Sigmund from Norway

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bought in Germany. ABV is 5.9%. Pale golden colour, large and lingering white head. Fruity and grassy aroma, some malty sweetness too. Soft mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, moderate but decent hops well balanced with the pale malts. I am rarely "swept away" by a helles (nor by any other type of pale lagers, for that matter), not by this one either - but the Andechser Spezial is a well made and very drinkable helles, as far as helles go. Kloster Andechs is probably one of Germany’s best breweries overall.

Sep 01, 2005
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PatandDavid from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uh Oh, I did all 4s again...

This is another one from my Andechs stash brought back from D-land.

Clear golden color, pours just like it should with that head right at the line on my Andechs glass. Not an ounce of lace, however. Not an overwhelming smell, but typical for this type of beer. Fairly crisp drinking, a bit more body than the regular helles, it's spicey just like a typical German lager.

A very good beer, although not the most outstanding. Could have an even crisper mouthfeel, imo.

pat

Mar 18, 2003
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stcules from Italy

3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Full golden color, with some rising bubbles. Beautiful creamy, very creamy head. 1 inch thick, medium persistence.
The smell is very light in the beginning, essentially malt.
The taste is more resolute, with a good and full malt. A lot of malt. Behind, some light hop hint.
Medium body, malty, round.
A lot of malt in the aftertaste too; after some while, it comes back a light hop.
Good hell, not exceptional. Good drinkability.

Jan 06, 2005
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500-mL bottle, capped, purchased in Germany.

This Helles Lager poured a clear, golden color with tall, creamy, bright white foam that persisted and clinged to the glass, leaving lace. There was good carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was mildly hoppy with some floral hops notes. The taste was dry malt with some biscuity malt flavor, and balance with a good, moderate hoppiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp with medium body and good carbonation. The hops came through in the finish and lingered, fading to leave a nice maltiness in the aftertaste. This was a very nice, easy to drink German lager. As with all Helles Lagers, you really have to drink them fresh to fully appreciate them.

Jan 16, 2007
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Gusler from Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The typical lager/pils color a sparkling gold as it sets in my glass, the head majestic in its presence, the color a brilliant white as it deflates, leaving behind a delicate coating of lace on the glass. Crisp clean “Lager” nose with the malt dominate, but also present an underlying musty aroma. As you sample, the semi-sweet front is the precedent to the middling top and the bitingly carbonated finish that combined with the purposeful hop spiciness makes this a “Top Notch” lager. Dry as a bone aftertaste, and quite a pleasure to quaff and that is high praise from this loyal Ale fan.

Dec 17, 2002
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Sheldon from Washington

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This German brew is a deep golden clear color with a decent white head that vanished after about four drinks, lace was kind of thin. The aroma is of hops and malt. The taste is hops, malt and a bit grassy with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The mouth feel, I like-seems to be of good body with easy drinkability.

A pretty good beer overall, one that I can’t wait to get straight from the source.

Jul 13, 2003
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francisweizen from Alaska

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed as 5.9%ABV on this fresh German bottle. This is a classic Helles lager that pours out a very light golden colour with a small white head of foam. The aromas are classic munich malts, light floral hops, and that zesty German spice. The taste is spicy and malty, classic for a German lager. The mouthfeel is spritzy, dry, and clean. The drinkability is great. A great beer from this brewery that sadly does not import their beers to the USA :-(

Dec 18, 2003
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal-clear, bright yellow, typical lager apprearance, with a generous, ebullient, snow-white head, gracefully gliding down into a modest ring.
Aroma is clean, yet citric, honeyish, sweet and kind, very nice for a lager.
Taste: huge malt impact on the palate, thick and a touch buttery, little hops tasted, very delicate, and very smooth.
Light in body, but not lacking in the least in taste, light finish, but all in all this acheives a fine objective among lagers in that it's tasty and goes down smooth. That's all that counts in this category, right?
Yum, actually, ...the more this sits in the mouth, the more I have to conclude that it's one of the finest lagers that's ever been there. Just nice, very, very nice. Always that honey/lemon flavor, however mild, but always noticable, and just an eternal reward. Yum, again..thanks, you German monks! I hope to taste your brew again, some sweet day!

May 22, 2004
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Andreji from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was fairly unimpressed by this Munchner Helles.

While on a train from Koeln to Brussels, we popped this open with a friend. The pour was rather clear and not too fizzy, golden toned. the smell was weak but rather malty, although not aiming to be too sweet. some floral hop feel could be felt, but it wasn't too elaborate.

The taste was not too impressive, but it was ok. rather weak lager feel, although fairly dense to the mouth. a very good balance between sweet and grainy, the bitterness only felt at the end and not in abundance.

I must say it's not a bad helles, even so, probably the only thing that enhanced its personality was the scenario I tasted it in- not the beer itself.

Jan 15, 2006
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Naerhu from Japan

3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden body and thin pure white head. Tiny bubbles loosely rising.
Malty unexciting aroma. No hop aroma present.
Mild clean malty flavor with mild bitterness. Slightly sweet without being intrusive. Slightly spicy hoppiness, but you have to struggle to notice it.
Very mild carbonation.
Refreshing but not interesting.

Aug 11, 2004
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JohnW from England

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this beer many times from bottles obtained at Beer Festivals in UK, but last sampling was on tap at the Andechs Brewery Bar within the Deutscher Kaiser Hotel in Nuremberg in September 2006. On tap, is clear clean and medium gold colour, though not with a great head, thought tight fine white crisp, but did not last too long. Aroma is grassy crisp and sharp but at the same time slightly sweet, typical of the Andech's pale beers. Taste starts very slightly sweet and malty, but the hop bitterness gets you as it slips down the throat. The texture is a little heavier than a normal pilsner type beer, more body, maybe from the hints of malty sweetness in the start. I like this beer very much, it has everything that I like, though maybe at 5.9% a shade too potent for me personally to consider it a session beer - though would be happy to try! It is too long ago for me to be able to compare the taste on tap to that in the bottle, but I know I like it however it comes, and rate it as one of my favourite German beers from Andechs!!

cheers

JohnW
B'ham UK

Oct 25, 2006
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HardTarget from Texas

3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks again to Christine’s parents for hand carrying some bottles back from Germany, and to Pegasus for sharing.
Bottle marked 30 12 05

Aroma: Grainy, slightly floral with notes of apple

Appearance: Very clear glass of light gold, nice white fluffy head that collared and lasted

Flavor: A bit harsh in my opinion. Late bittering hops a bit too heavy? A real peppery note that assaults, it’s probably a blend of Saaz and a touch of harsh alcohol. As it warmed a bit the harshness faded and the beer improved.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit puckering from bitter, grainy texture and a lingering finish

Overall Impression: Not my cup of tea. Good quality, but the hop/bitterness was over the top to me. The late malt presence helped.

Jun 26, 2005
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Oct 21, 2013
Andechser Spezial Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 156 ratings