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:
111
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Bighuge
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
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 dgilks
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold colour with a small, white head. Poor head retention.

Mild malt aromas with no hop character. Fairly clean but with some light DMS and a hint of diacetyl.

Plenty of clean malt flavour here. No caramels. Some low pepperiness comes through. A hint of DMS. Decent bitterness to balance out the malts. Moderately dry finish.

Medium body with high carbonation. The carbonation level is too high for the beer.

This is a pale, strong lager which is generally decent. Unfortunately, it lacks the x-factor that would make this beer great.

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Photo of stcules
2.6/5  rDev -33.2%
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 shelby415
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Had on tap at the Klosterbrauerei Andechs, served in a 0.5L glass along with dinner. The beer was clear yellow with a thick and creamy head. The smell was malty and sweet, and the flavor followed suit. There was a thickness to the mouthfeel which was unexpected, leaving the sweet wort flavors coated on the tongue. Easily drinkable, you cannot tell it's almost 7%. Excellent beer, and highly recommended.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
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 leitmotif
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Bierman9
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle at a market while in München; cost all of 0.97EU, including deposit. Good deal, methinks. Best before date of 18APR07.

Pours out a clear, pale golden hue, perhaps a bit more of a yellowish color. Carbonation within was scarce, and the head was a shallow layer of fine white froth. Didn't leave much lacing behind. Aroma was lightly sweet with bready malt, plus some floral hopping. Body was in the medium range, and the bier made a fairly smooth journey over the palate, with only a light bit of prickliness hitting the tongue.

Flavor checks in with more bready malts, again bringing some light sweetness to the table. Also present are light fruit characteristics, akin to pear or green apple, though they are on the mild side. Floral hops round things out, leaving pleasing notes on the palate. A decent, solid Hell Bock, though nowhere near as good, in its style, as the Doppelbock by Andechs.

Prosit!!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

932

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Exiled
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of safaricook
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Oidmoe
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden yellow. Good sized, pillowy white head. Decent retention and moderate lacing.

S - Sweet bread and toffee malt and wheat. Slight grassy smell.

T - Lots of malt and wheat taste. Some what sweet and pretty bready. Some honey. A bit of spice and fruit (mostly apple and banana). Finishes with a bit of lemon and grassy hops that also use a little bit of bitterness.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Smooth and pretty creamy.

D - Easy to drink. Goes down smooth and the flavor is pretty good. Not really the most balanced beer due to the sweetness, but not bad or overly sweet. Easy to drink a number of these.

Notes: Pretty good beer. A little sweet and grainy, but it isn't bad. All around a pretty good beer.

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Photo of BenBreeg
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Absumaster
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is bright, golden with very little carbonation and a small head.

Smell is malty with some straw or husk notes. The light caramalts suggest some honey and make the beer a little sweet smelling.

Taste is very malty with a good bitter and some liquorice. It is all very clean and relies more on the big maltiness and bitter. The light caramalt gives an aftertaste of vanilla and honey. Mouthfeel is very smooth.

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Photo of millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of paterlodie
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Sixpoint
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of falloutsnow
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
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 drmeto
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
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

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Andechser Bergbock Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
3.89 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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