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Andechser Bergbock Hell | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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BA SCORE
3.88/5
Very Good
111 Ratings
Andechser Bergbock HellAndechser Bergbock Hell
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
Ranking:
#11,028
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
111
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
9
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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of lafunguspore
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of joh04587
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
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 Phyl21ca
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
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 millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.26/5  rDev -16%
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 phaedrusovchaos
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ThirstyBird
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of Forb
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.5L bottle, expires Dec. 21st...

Appearance: Beautiful honey gold with a fluffy 2 finger head. Lacing is gradual but minimal.

Smell: Sweet bready malts are easily noticable with minor yeast and hop balance.

Taste: The ABV is slightly noticeable in the taste but the flavoring hides it well. Flavors of both bitter and sweet to balance it out with many pairings.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp carbonation leaves it refreshing while not overbearing or boring.

Overall: All around top notch beer for it's style. Having tried all of the Andechs beers I can guarantee you that any of their styles will not stray far from exemplary. I did not happen to see this one on tap when I was there though. Regardless, the Kloster Andechs is a beer connoisseurs Mecca!!! Prosit!!!

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A- Golden colour with some orange hints if held through light. Medium and nicely tight head that shows scarce retention and leaves very litlle lacing on the glass

S- Very sweet bready malts, mixed with a fresh wet-grass feel from the hops. A slight hint of citrus on the back. Can't say how but the aroma has a syrup character to it

T- Can I just copy and past the smell part? Sweet bready malts, a fresh and almost not bitter at all herbal feel from the hops. Then some light hints of lemon and a faint spiciness from the esters. Still can't say how, this beer feels quite like syrup even in the taste

M- Smooth with a not so big body for the ABV. Carbonation is quite low, maybe this is why the beer feels oily

O- Highly refreshing for the ABV and an easy drinker. There is no complexity at all though

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Erdinger weizen glass.

A - Pours a pale straw colour with a two fingered white head that retains well.

S - Citrus lemon and hops present and a little yeast.

T - Plenty of yeasty malts present, with alittle lemon and spice. quite refreshing

M - Light to medium body and low carbonation.

D - Very drinkable and a recommended brew

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Photo of kjc51478
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with medium, long-lasting head. Aroma is moderate with hints of grassy hops, bread, and lemon. Taste is dominated by the sweet malts with a touch of citrus, bread, and a slight grassy hop on the end. Bitterness is minimal but noticable. Finishing is very sweet.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5
Pours two fingers of white, tightly packed foam head that steadily reduced to to a thin, patchy layer over the pale, straw yellow body.

Smell - 4.0
Herbal and lemony hops with fresh baked white bread. Very clean aroma, though the higher alcohol content is noticeable.

Taste - 4.0
Proof that a beer of nearly 7% alcohol by volume can actually be refreshing. Lots of bready, dusty German malt flavour balanced with just enough hop bitterness and flavours of lemon and herbs, with plenty of peppery alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light to medium bodied and lightly carbonated, very smooth to drink.

Drinkability - 3.5
Not something I would seek out again, but I think this beer is possibly too drinkable for its own good at 6.9%abv.

OVERALL - 3.85
This is a good beer that doesn't quite fit into any style category. I think the closest match is a modern, Munich style Oktoberfestbier, although it is a little too strong. Calls itself a bock, but it's too light to be even a Maibock and is as strong as some doppelbocks. Regardless, a top quality, drinkable if unexciting strong lager.

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Photo of joemacpherson
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw golden-yellow with a shimmering head that quickly dissipates. Strong lemon fragrance and a bouquet of meadow flower honey from the mountain. Sweet, crisp grains blend smoothly with the light bitterness of the hops. Lemon flavors take their turn at the end. yummm funny that the alcohol doesn't make its self more known - but i like it. a very good mouthfeel as always with bayern lagers. really good drink, probably going to taste really good with a boulette.
Prost!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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 drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Mora2000
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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 smanders
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed from the tap at Der Andechser Ratskeller in Wiesbaden.
http://www.derandechser-wiesbaden.de/

Appearance - clear golden body with a white, pillowy head.
Smell - sweet malt with the smell of Spring in the background.
Taste - mellow bitterness with a slight sweetness that will accompany any meal.
Mouthfeel - tastefully light with no hints of alcohol.
Drinkability - I could drink this beer all day and double on Sunday. Although the alcohol content may be higher than some, you won't notice it because you'll be enjoying the taste so much. For a brewery that has existed since the Middle Ages, they have definitely kept up with the tastes and flavors of present day. If you can find anything from Andechs, buy it and enjoy it with zeal!

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Andechser Bergbock Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 111 ratings
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