Andechser Bergbock Hell | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Germany
andechs.de

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by NeroFiddled on 10-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
110
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.57%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very creamy head, otherwise light yellow to look at, with carbonation bubbles. Middling mouthfeel, smooth but also above average carbonation. Bitter initially, grassy, and alcohol presence. satisfying clean and malty finish. Butter oil and malt aftertaste. Fresh aroma. Thanks Mr. Madsberg.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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...

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Photo of Knapp85
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours golden with a bit of an orange tint to it. The initial head was quite a few fingers high, though it died down somewhat quickly without really leaving any lacing. A bit of a light head around the edges. Nose is some mild grain with a bit of light fruit and cream. Flavor is slight grain and some very mild brown. A tiny bit of toffee. Light feel with low to medium carbonation. Drinks pretty well, especially considering the 6.9% ABV.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

.5 litre bottle dated 10/03/03 - probably just over a month old. Brought back from a trip to Germany. Very fresh. Pours a brilliantly clear - almost glowing - golden body topped by a frothy bright white head that holds extremely well. Averaged size bubbles slowly stream to the surface completing the picture perfect appearance. The aroma of clean, sweet malt and mellow grassy hops greets you as the beer is poured. It's full bodied with a moderate carbonation that gives it a mouthfeel that's almost chewy, quite creamy, and rather smooth - definitely adding to the drinkability in such a big, sweetish beer. The flavor is outstandingly rich with clean, sweet, grainy malt (offering no defects whatsoever), and infused with softly grassy hop flavors. The bitterness is limited to simply balancing the sweet malt, but the hop flavors are surprisingly bright (which may have do do with this samples freshness). The alcohol is extremely well hidden, and only becomes remotely apparent in the taste somewhere past the middle of the serving - although you can feel it a little bit before that. The sweet maltiness never becomes cloying, and I'm guessing that in addition to the supportive bitterness, the high level of alcohol helps with that. A very rich but easy to drink beer that's extremely well brewed. A perfect example of the style.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

This beer appears clear and yellow in color. There is a small head that leaves just a hint of lacing. The aroma is very pleasant and distinctly German in style. The beer tastes fresh and clean. The flavors are very well-balanced. There is an underlying sweetness present in the aroma as well as throughout the taste, though it is well done and certainly not of the cloying nature. This is a very tasty beer and a solid example of the style. If you enjoy German lagers, Klosterbrauerei Andechs brews some of the best around.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1200, not that anyone is listening, landmarks are for me!

Beer shared at a recent tasting with Lunch and Huhzubendah. Beer served in a tulip. Beer is yellow, clear, and forms a decent head of medium bubbles but the head doesn't leave much lacing on the glass.

Beer smells a little like grains with a backbone of sweetness. Some wheat it seems or some different pilsen. Smells good.

Beer is light in body with moderate carbonation on the palate. It seems to get thicker as I drink more. Minimal sweetness and a nice clean finish with only minimal bitterness on the backend. Its not as good as the doppelbock IMO but its a great lighter pilsner without being watery or thin. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of stevoj
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fast disappearing head and very light in the mouth. Too light almost, as flavor is initially biting, but fades fast. I’ll give Andechs the benefit of the doubt here, as I am not too familiar with the heller bock style.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Drinks of the World.

Pours a clear gold with a white head of large bubbles. The aroma reminds me of their doppelbock for the smokey character. Other than the smoke, the aroma is a bit subdued with an odd peppermint-like note in the background of the slightly fruity malts. The flavor has a sweet applesauce ester character of the lightly toasted malts. The aftertaste has a pepery hop bite, but nothing too big or bad. I may have had better maibocks, but this one is certainly different and interesting.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is fairly simple. I get notes of grain and grassy hops but not too much else. The flavor is better. I get grain, apples and grapes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
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

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Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says 6.9% & best before 15.08.06.

A: Clear gold, nice white head, but very little retention, slight hint of lace.

S: Toffee, bread, caramel.

T: Toffee; slightly sweet, but enough hop bitterness to keep it almost balanced. Caramel, bread, alcohol very well hidden. Slight noble hop flavour (hint of saaz?), with some metal & earth as it warms.

M: Moderate to full body is quite malty, carbonation is moderate.

D: Could be trouble!

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Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wl0307
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought at the Nelson Wines, South Wimbledon, London. The BB date had been long overdue when I purchased it (02/02/2006). 6.9%abv., served lightly-chilled in a weizen glass.

A: dark yellowish straw hue, pretty clear; the white beer head comes loosely-formed and pillowy, slowlyg settling to just a thin blanket hanging on top of the gently-fizzy body.
S: deeply malty, sweet, and semi-thick, buttressed by a deep scent of sugar-cane juice and a bitter-sweet edge of grass; the mildly perfumy hops are backed by a moderate fruity note, like dried dates+sultanas+star-fruits and a "stinky" touch of high-mountain honey or mead, but overall pretty mild and approachable if the 6.9%abv. is taken into account.
T: semi-sweet grainy maltiness prevails, backed by a dry and bitter-sweet edge of lemon-grass, mead, sugar-cane juice+water-chestnut, and unidentifiable dried grains; a slightly bitter-sweet grainy aftertone lingers well in the finish, before it reaches a dryish end felt deeply on the sides of the tongue with a faint touch of grassy hops. Rather simplistic yet nice.
M&D: overall the body is mellow and soothing, while the soft carbonation makes a perfect mouthfeel for one to fully enjoy this high-gravity beer easily. But, since this is only my second time to try this beer style (the first being Rogue Dead Guy Ale that is way too hoppy by German standards, I believe), it's beyond my ability to appreciate its "greatness", if there's any. To me, it's a rather simple, deeply grainy lager crying for hops to salvage its biased performance. Perhaps it's meant to be like that, and the beer as it is is still well-crafted, evinced by the overall balance and mellow body shown in my glass and on my tongue. But still it's not my cup of tea--or is the under-performance to do with the expiry issue? I'll never know.

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Andechser Bergbock Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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