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Andechser Bergbock Hell | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Andechser Bergbock HellAndechser Bergbock Hell

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Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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

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Photo of Skidz
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out bright gold and sits a similar hue in the glass with a large frothy white head. Fades

Smells mildly sweet and sugary with nice honey-accented malts. Dry and crackery malts, just a faint hint of apple skins. Lightly floral hops aromas. Light alcoholic tinge noted.

Head-strong malts give mild sweetness with a light, bready character turning dry and crackery with bits of golden raisins; spicy, grassy hops on the other end complete with warm, peppery alcohol. Simple, pure and clean finish with a nice, sharp hops bitterness.

Crisp and clean in the mouth with moderate-light carbonation, tiny bubbles, and a medium-light body.

Very clean and easy drinking Maibock. This particualr bottle hasn't left my fridge since returning from Germany last year, but tastes just like it did when I sampled a bottle there. Review combined from notes taken when fresh, and my most current assesment, score taken from notes.

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Photo of wl0307
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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 stcules
2.6/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Full golden color, white head, a little scarce. Not really beautiful.
Smell: malt. And malt. And honey. Chestnut notes?
The taste has a full malty start, full; then some hops note, and in the finish, maltiness again, sweet. And honey.
Average body.
A little too sweet to be really drinkable, but not bad at all.
Sweet aftertaste, malt again, and honey, and some finishing hop.

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Photo of JohnW
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, so I am biased...but this is one of my favourite beers, German or otherwise, along with anything else Andechs brews!
Rich strong flavours, almost take your breath away at first, with a sweetness at first sip that eases as you drink more. Bags of character and flavour that do make it dangerously easy to drink as others have said, but on a hot summers day...who cares?

Just waiting for the day I can visit the Andechs Monastery Brewery and have it - and all the others....could by my taste of heaven!

John W
Bham UK

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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 ColoradoBobs
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at the monastery May 31, consumed June 3.

Nice white head over pure light bronze, clear body.

For a bock, the aroma is delicate: sweet malt nicely balanced with hops.

Flavor has notes of grape (!) and other fruits (some kind of berry is barely there.)

Nice long mildly bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is completely masked -- dangerously easy to drink.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear yellow body, with a pure white thin head.
S - Zippy orange blossoms and sweet malty aroma.
T - Big sweet maltyness followed by a VERY light bitterness.
M - Creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Beautifully integrated alcohol.
D - This is really easy to drink dispite its sweetness and high alcohol, neither of which are over done and both of which are wonderfully integrated.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good poorout with nice head and beautifull and cristal clear goldenbronze beercolor. Nose is very delicate with sweetmaltarome and delicate hopnote; probably of a good Halletau hop. Alltogether make it a fresh and fruity nose of grape/strawberry with good cornarome around it. Taste is fine too being very sweetmalty and drinking as a strong Maerzen. Enough but only litle hops make it a very balanced brew with a very enjoyable mouthfeel and aftertaste. Great brew IMHO.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Clear golden color, with a small white head.

Smell: Malty and sweet.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The same sweetness as in the smell is present in the taste, but is balanced by a nice hop presense. The mouthfeel is semi dry and medium bodied, with a pleasant lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: I must admit, if my memory serves me correctly, this is the first Miabock I've had. So I don't have anything to compare it to. However, I find it to be a recommendable beer. It has a big flavor, but is not overpowering.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Cafe Abseits in Bamberg, Germany, Nov. 2004.

This bock poured a clear, gold color with tall, white foam that lingered and clung to the glass. There was a good, steady stream of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was malty with a light sweetness. The taste was malty with a light sweetness yet with a good hoppiness. There was a hint of floral hops following the touch of Munich malt up front. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry overall with medium body and good carbonation. The maltiness and light hoppiness lingered pleasantly in the aftertaste. This was a very nice bock, one of the better bockbiers I have sampled in Bamberg.

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Photo of tjd25
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden orange color with a nice head. I couldn't notice anything in the smell. A very enjoyable mouthfeel. The taste is grainy and fruity, with peaches and lemon. A deep flour (maybe leaven) aspect in the taste, that I found very interesting. Smooth. Great. The hops are well hidden, and the beer has a great drinkability. I would go for this beer again.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden in color. Gas bubbles reveal carbonation level - moderate. Pillowy white head. Fairly hefty. Good retention. Decent lacing. Fairly deep malt aroma. Pretty nice. Body is medium-full. Creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right as this is a highly drinkable brew. Really nice malt profile on the palate. A blend of pils maltiness adn maybe some belgian-like biscuit tones. Hops make a presence but don't overwhelm. Spiciness is subtle, but nice. Nice little dry finish.

Give me a free day, a pool to sit by and 20 bottles of this stuff in a cooler next to me and I'm a happy camper.

Gotta thank Senior Shit and his wife, Mrs. Shit for the fine brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
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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