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Andechser Spezial Hell | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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BA SCORE
3.84/5
Very Good
129 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Germany
andechs.de

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,635
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
129
pDev:
10.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the barrel @ Andechs:

C+

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Photo of emerge077
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of largadeer
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Color is a light golden color with a slight amount of haze, though there is still plenty of visible carbonation. Two-finger white head eventually falls down and leaves some nice bubbles around the edges. Really nice lacing around the edge of the glass. Nose is a bit of grain with a very mild fruit presence. Some light pear.

The taste is mostly just grain with some faint white bread. A bit of very light fruit. Feel is a bit light and creamy with low-ish carbonation. Some nice flavors throughout, but fairly plain without much to really draw me in.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt for bringing back all these hard-to-find Andechs brews. Best before February 18th, 2010 - served in a Pilsner Urquell flute-style glass.

A - Transparent golden straw body with no visible bubbles. Three fingers of off-white foam that dissipates slowly to a nice half-finger cap. Excellent retention and attractive splotchy lace rings.

S - Pretty generic lager smell - very clean, with obvious grain/barley malt, and a bit of fruity esters. There's also a bit of spice, which I'm guessing is from the noble hops, but it felt kind of faded.

T - A little better in this department - more light fruitiness and biscuit and less overt graininess. Very clean finish and aftertaste.

M - Slight carbonation tingle, medium body, very smooth, slightly dry finish. Clean and refreshing.

D - Very easy to drink, due to the light flavor profile. The excellent feel helps the drinkability quite a bit, as it goes down easy and without any unpleasant side effects (aftertaste, bloat, etc.). Still - it's a little too bland for me to use as a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Kostrizer stein. Beer is yellow and clear with moderate carbonation and a big white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma sweet and grainy with a mild to moderate level.

Beer is light in body and pretty bitter from the grains on the back end. Its mildly sweet up front. This is the least favorite of the three lagers from Andechs I've had recently. It lacks a little bit of something, its too thin, too bitter, finishes too dry. Still a good helles though.

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden on pour with fast fading head. Minimal lacing on glass. Taste of bread, hay, cereal. Light body and mouth feel, but overall decent flavor. Marked down a bit form my

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Photo of epyon396
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 0.5 litre bottle with 4 months life left, poured into a schultheiss 0.5 litre glass. This is the forth and last beer in my German reviewing Evening.

Almost as pale as the normal Andechs Helles and with the same white head. So a golden, bright, straw coloured beer.

No aroma at all, gets my standard 3 for lager/pilsner/helles. I do wish I could pontificate about the smell of a light lager style beer one day.

A little sweetness hits the palate, the alcohol is also noticeable from the first sip. There is very little else to mention, no hoppy feel, malts and yeast presence is minimal.

Clean and refreshing it is, interesting and exciting it isn't.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours rich white head at first, then the liquid rises as the head settles. Clear golden color. Rich lacings. after a really long time.

S: Malt and bitterhops - nothing else, but a very nice balance. Modest but still rich. This is like "don't mend what's not broken".

T: Again this is a very "simple" beer - but man they've made the most of bitterhops (eventhough rather mild) and malt. No other tastes are present - and that makes me grateful!

M: A mild sour but more bitter aftertaste stays for a surprisingly long time - me like! Body is light while carbonation is rich but still modest.

O: A question comes to mind; can the brewer at Andechs brew a product that isn't top notch? In my opinoin; NO, not even in his sleep. Yet another fantastic Bavarian beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of wl0307
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled, bought and consumed at the Pembury Tavern, Hackney, N. London. BB 02/03/2007, served lightly-chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark yellowish hue, crystal clear, a thick and puffy off-white froth dissipates very slowly to a thin cap; fine and constant fizziness.
S: brilliant quality of sour-doughy maltiness upfront, with a faint touch of fruity yeasts, bread, etc... Overall it's malt-dominated, giving out a lovely touch of crushed water biscuits.
T: bitter-sweet bready malts upfront... soothing and tasty; a crisp texture of sour dough helps balance the biscuity sweetness... hops creep up in time, rendering a subtle but utterly pleasant bitterness in the end... at the back of the palate a touch of sour fruitiness also reveals itself, but finished rather clean.
M&D: full-bodied and brilliantly-textured, with ever so soft carbonation to caress the tongue while remaining refreshing and lively... not at all like a 5.9%abv. beer. This is easily the best strong pale lager I've encountered for a long while (apart from its Czech counterparts which I still prefer). A fine and solid product, yet it could be even better (to me) if only the overall malt sweetness softens a little bit.

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Photo of Fettpopps
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jwale73
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for bringing this one back from Germany. 500ml bottle served at 48 degrees in a pilsener glass. 12 09 12 indicated on the back label. Pours a translucent gold with a loose, two inch, off-white head that sizzles and pops as it slowly recedes. Tiny bubbles effervesce from the base of the glass to the underside of the cap. Nose expresses cereal grains and a light grassiness - fairly clean. Taste consistent with nose - very clean and refreshing with a light, lingering German yeast character at the back without the skunk. There's also just a kiss of noble hops to keep it from coming off as overly sweet. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a fairly clean finish. Overall - wow. I'm not too familiar with the style but this beer really hits the spot. Light and refreshing with a great balance. Really easy drinking and although not really a session beer per se, I could see myself having a few of these in a sitting.

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