Andechser Bergbock Hell
Klosterbrauerei Andechs

Andechser Bergbock HellAndechser Bergbock Hell
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Style:
Bock - Maibock
Ranked #13
ABV:
7%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,515
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 11%
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
125
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Klosterbrauerei Andechs
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  17
Gots
  10
SCORE
87
Very Good
Andechser Bergbock HellAndechser Bergbock Hell
Notes: With its firm, fine pored head, luminous gold and clear gleaming look, it cannot fail to awaken expectations of pure pleasure.

Strong malty nuances and floral hoppiness are imbued with accents of slight fruitiness. Despite its strength, Bergbock is pleasantly mouthcoating, with a powerful, but unobtrusive body. A highly discrete, finely bitter hoppiness transforms into a slight honey sweetness to conclude on a soft, harmonious aftertaste.

A harmonious light bock of character that cannot be put down after the first drink.
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J_Snax from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draft in Portland Oregon..you could probably guess where.
Clean , Crisp...the alcohol will sneak up on you . Truly one of the best Maibocks I've had.
If you can get to the Holy Mountain in Andechs and they have it on tap you will be in heaven!
The down side is you can rarely find this one... cheers!

Aug 21, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Mid and bright gold, clear, pours with 3mm fine white head, later clears to minor lacing.
S- I get so little smell from this that I can't even try and describe it, unexpected esp. from a 6.9% beer.
T- Now I get more but it's subtle in taste and more impactful in feel. It's a good brew for winter, moderately rich and with some sense of mild spice within it. An alcohol zing certainly comes in at the end of a mouthful.
F- Would work well for colder months and slow sipping through 2 or 3 of an evening. It's quite rich, which leads me to take this one quite slowly.
O- Nice, nothing to note out of place or balance. I'd suggest starting with this one chilled, as it really opens up as it begins to warm a touch, and that in itself can be interesting to observe. If I lived in Germany (again) I can imagine buying more of this, not least because even great beer is relatively cheap as chips there, but now being in the UK and at 'specialist-import' prices I'm not quite sold.
500ml bottle BB: 08/04/2020. Bought in the UK.

Nov 07, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Bavarian Lodge.

Aroma is sweet and malty. Surprisingly powerful beer - sweet and malty with a bitter herbal hop backbone. Goes down easy but leaves it’s mark. Dry finish with some lingering bitterness.

Aug 04, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden lager, with excellent head production but surprisingly poor retention.

Nose is fairly classic, with bready malts, mild yeast notes, floral hints, and a touch of honey that grows more pronounced as the beer warms.

Very clean on the palate, with honey, pear, banana, bread, and restrained hops; the emphasis is on clean malts, but the balance is solid. Bitterness undoubtedly would be more pronounced with fresher bottles (or on draught). As it is, the malt sweetness from the high ABV only becomes slightly unbalanced as it warms.

Lively, fairly crisp, and certainly more sticky than normal for the style, showing the ABV in the feel, but not in any heat. A pleasant sipper.

This is a very good beer, executed true to style.

May 06, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

De Tercertiempocervezas. En vaso de hefe de Bavaria. Viendo Colony 2x03-04. Limpia y superdulcemente maltosa, pero extrañamente no cansa y resulta altamente bebible, invitando a tragos largos a pesar de su abv.

Nov 02, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can at Metzger Bar and Butchery, Richmond, VA

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that died down leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of yeast are preset in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of floral and spicy hops along with underlying notes of bready malts and hints of toasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is malty but is quite easy to drink compared to other beers n the style.

Serving type: can

Aug 11, 2018
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2018-05-31 in Philly at Braushaus Schmitz on tap (killer on tap!)

A - Clear gold with a 1 finger white head

S - Light sourdough bread, honey and spicy Noble hops. Not super strong but oh so fine.

T - Much like the aroma. Pils malt is at the forefront initially. The honey is balanced with proper spicy bitterness.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth with a little drying bitterness at the end.

O - An elegant brew. Tasted better and better as it warmed.

May 31, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

while i suspect slow turnover and possibly dirty lines at the establishment i had this on draft at, this still does not live up to the high quality standards set by the other beers these guys make. this is apple juicy all the way, almost totally flat from the tap, and while there is a bit of a german malt sweetness to it, there is little trace of any lager yeast, hops, or the usual feel of a bock beer. this is thick and heavy really sugary, with a strong white grape juice and apple juice flavor, some honey malt sweetness too i suppose, but it seems not even close to fermented all the way down. while i think more carbonation would certainly help this one out, i really didnt care for it, and reckon they got a bad keg or something, as other reviews have not cited any of these issues. as it was, it was a poor companion to a nice grilled ribeye, and the sugars were just too much. i know these guys to make nothing but exceptional beers, this one didnt even seem like it could have come from the same brewery. ill find it again someday, maybe in a bottle, and give it another chance. this cant be right...

May 23, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a filtered golden color, with a noisy, big head.

Aromas appear to be pretty muted, there is a hint of wheat, toffee and dried grass.

Perfectly accentuated carbonation illustrates a bright maltiness, sweet and refreshing, expectedly easy drinking - pair with hearthy food.

Tastes of sweet, strawy malts, which get a generous caramel treatment. Develops a pleasant dryness, which only goes as far as adding more depth to the malts, by showcasing dried leafes and fresh cut grass. Finishes sweet, yet refreshing, since the carbonation of the beer develops a late effervescence with a nuance of the hops prevailing.

Well made, balanced and malty, not too much going on in this.

Jan 08, 2017
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chicagobeerguy from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: clean looking, light honey, lots of bubbles, good head
S: Hay, wet grass, notes of honey, sour water
T: Clean, honey, light, refreshing, a little sweet
F: Smooth, goes down nice, very nice feel
O: Normally I find all Helles to taste the same but this one is quite different with a more sweet taste that's great after a hike in the mountains or a bratwurst mit sauerkraut

May 24, 2016
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SCproUA from Ukraine

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would like to say a little upset data beer, not a weak expression of taste, smell is almost absent, the only thing that pleases is the appearance of the bottle and the color of the beer !!!

May 23, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L:
-pours a clear golden with a medium,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-grainy,honey,cereals,white grapes,spicy
T:
-Follows the nose plus vanilla and a cloying sweetness
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
One of the best Pale Bocks.I'm just not a huge Fan of the Style

Dec 03, 2015
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RB

500 ml bottle .. flakey silver label... poured into my small goblet. nice enough white head.. fairly clear dark golden brew.. spotty lacing.

Nose is big pale malt with some husky astringency.. pretty proper.

Flavor is pretty nice... the bottle might be a bit old, but I am happy to try this one again.. clean lager with not too much in the way of yeasty notes.

Good bubble and body... I would love to spend some time in Andechs some day... I would be a good student.

3.25/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

Jun 10, 2014
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jonb5 from England

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden, clear, medium fading head, not much lacing.

S: Freshly cut suger beet, very agricultural.

T: Slightly cloying sweetness mixed with a sharp peppery boozyness, malty with a slightly doughy finish.

M: Body on the thick side, well carbonated, smooth.

O: A decent bock, anyone expecting layer upon later might be disappointed, but this is what a Helles Bock should taste like.

Dec 09, 2013
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mizx from England

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, poured into a pokal/weizen like glass.

Golden amber colour, very slightly hazy (probably as I use my food fridge), with some carbonation slowly rising. Fairly thick foamy head that dissipated to a thin cap, and some slightly sticky rings on the glass.

Subtle but substantial malt aroma, perhaps a still warm from the oven flapjack smell/slight diacetyl and nuttiness, noble hops sit in the background, some slight citrus.

Full but clean malt flavor, baked-like rather than roasted or toasted and slight diacetyl, backed up by the subtle noble hops.

Pretty high carbonation, but it's quite smooth and has no alch. presence at nearly 7%. This wasn't to my tastes but refreshing in a way for it's maltiness.

Jun 24, 2013
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden like ginger ale; medium, frothy egg-shell head, long lasting; good lacing

Aroma: malty; slightly grassy; faint hops; slight citrus

Taste: Creamy, malty on start; slight citrus on mid with a hoppy, semi-sweet, "salty" finish; alcohol is pretty noticeable throughout; smooth, but not complex; good, though

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Jun 15, 2013
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CwrwAmByth from England

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a dimpled pint mug.

Pours a clear golden colour with a small white head.

Smells quite faint, mild alcohol and fruity sweetness.

Tastes nicely balanced, crisp but not overly so. Fairly sweet with a hint of alcohol on the finish.

Overall a pretty nice beer, strength nicely toned down and very drinkable.

May 27, 2013
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Mayr's beer mug.

Beautiful ivory fine thick and stable foam that reduces to thin layer after quite a while. Body is a pale yellow with medium carbonation

Subtle smell of hops and pale malts, honey?

This is very clean. Pale malts cover perfectly the elevated abv of this bock beer, better than most others. There is a buttery undertone. Bitterness comes very late into the game, almost when you think it is already done.

Body seems quite thin in the beginning but then there is a buttery feel just the moment you swallow it down that covers tongue and palate. It has enough carbonation to make it mildly refreshing which is scary at the given abv.

I am neither a big fan nor an expert in the field of Helles Bockbier, but I enjoy the clean taste of this and the fact that the alcohol is so well hidden. It tastes like a Munich Helles with elevated malt sweetness and abv, but I guess this is just what the style is about. I will keep researching this style.

May 12, 2013
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours with a very tall white, but slightly yellowish head. The head is a bit uneven and sets rather quickly as the clear golden liquid rises. Lots of small bubbles in it. Some faint lacings.

S: Rich malt, honey-sweet and slightly roasted - bready, almost doughy. Citric from floral hops and some bitter hops to complement it. Grassy.

T: Sweet malt, bready and slightly roasted. Still a bit doughy, but not in an unpleasant way. Grass and herbs, it tastes like spring. Some hidden bitter hops.

M: Long sweet and bready aftertaste. Full body and rather rich in carbonation, but not offensive.

O: Well, it looked kind of crappy, but then it turned and my high expectations came true. A very nice Maibock.

Apr 23, 2013
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His_Royal_Hoppiness from England

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden with a decent white head.

S: Sweet malts, grass and grain.

T: Delicious! The typical grassy, herbal Helles flavours blend beautifully with a malty, caramel sweetness.

M: Medium-carbonation - slightly watery.

This is the first Maibock I've tried and it came as a complete surprise - I was expecting a variation on a normal Helles, but this really is an altogether different beer. It's the perfect blonde lager for anyone who loves Doppelbocks.

Feb 05, 2013
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Worldwidespirits.de
Date: Best by 12/17/2012
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Pours a 3cm, beige-colored head, fades to a thick ring around the glass with some islands of foam atop the body. As the head fades, minimal lacing is left. Body is a transparent burnt orange in color,

Aroma is sweet, of honey and mild caramel/toffee, with a slight herbal backdrop. Good, not particularly deep or complex, but enjoyable.

Taste is malty, sweet, honey-like with slight herbal, mint-like flavor. Slightly biscuit-like, grain-like, and caramel-like flavors. Slight European hop bitterness arrives at end of mid-palate, lasting through finish. Aftertaste of residual sweetness, some honey, slight bitterness. Flavor is good, but could be bolder and more complex, have more interplay.

Medium to medium-heavy in body, with ample, but gentle carbonation. Result is a foamy mouthfeel with a dry finish and some residual stickiness.

A slightly above average maibock, but its lack of availability is nothing to be concerned about - some locally available beers are comparable or more satisfying.

Dec 09, 2012
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks!

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, grassy/herbal, corn, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn mixed with some grainy/herbal notes. There is also a bit of a grassiness and some buttery/caramel flavours mixed with some light hops. It ends with a buttery grainy aftertaste.

Overall - Mouthfeel needs some work but the beer has a nice flavour. The highlight is probably the scent. Good for the style but not something I'd be on the look out for in the future.

Nov 30, 2012
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color helles with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of solid floral malt notes with light sugar notes and some light buttery notes. Taste is also a mix between some floral malt with quite sweet malt backbone with light buttery notes which are more or less pleasant. Body is full with somewhat of an oily texture with good carbonation. Interesting and easily drinkable though not sure such alcohol level is required and the buttery notes are a bit strong for my taste buds.

Oct 12, 2012
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for the opportunity to try this one. 500ml bottle served at 49 degrees in a pilsener glass. 02 05 12 indicated on the back label (I'm assuming this is a consume before date). Pours a translucent yellow-gold with a creamy, one inch bright white head. Tiny bubbles present in-solution effervesce to the underside of the cap. Head eventually disperses into a semi-conisstent skim - some spots of lacing, but no legs. Nose expresses fruity esters, a light grassiness and the merest suggestion of yeast. Taste follows nose - flavor profile is not at all cloying like some Maibocks in my experience. There's a really pleasant balance in the malt profile, light fruitiness and a crisp, unassuming hops character. Mouthfeel is light in body with an even and consistent carbonation and a kiss of acidity at the finish to cleanse the palate. Overall, a really solid brew - perhaps a little past its prime; perhaps not. That said, very pleasant and balanced without asserting itself too much. I'd love to try this beer on-draft.

Jun 10, 2012
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thierrynantes from France

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2012.

Apperance : clear amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : rich sweet malty with citrus notes aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : It's rich malt dominates the palate, alcohol presence.
Drinkability : a good beer in the German style Hells Bock.

Mar 29, 2012
Andechser Bergbock Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 125 ratings