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Andechser Hell | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Andechser HellAndechser Hell

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 58
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale yellow with a skim white head. A little clingy lace.

Pale malt in the nose. Some herbal and mineral notes.

Nothing like German Hells Lager. Malt is lightly sweet, a little grassy and bread. Nice hop note comes in with crisp bitter bite. Malt and bitterness co-mingle as the brew clears the palate and finishes clean and lightly bitter.

Light to medium light body. Good carbonation.

Nice beer. Good structure and flavor. Enjoyable brew.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Andechser am Dom, on to the beer:

The stereotypical straw yellow color of a helles shines in its glass with an 1½ inch head of foam, which leaves good amounts of lace around. The smell of hay and grass arise from the liquid, which is spot on per style. Despite the cold day that this was enjoyed, it tastes a lot like spring with its fresh grass, wet hay, and bready notes. It's a light bodied beer with modest crispness, which puts the final touch in this refreshing beer.

Good helles, and a good introduction to the Andechs line.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5l bottle into a .5l mug.

Pours a golden yellow gold color that is perfectly clear with a nice 2 finger frothy head that leaves lacing down the glass after each sip. The head retention is minimal, but there is streaming carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass. The aroma is good here. has that bready type of lager aroma you get from other helles beers. A touch light on the aromas however and it doesn't deliver that musty humid like characteristic i love in most helles. Taste is also very nice. Has a lighter body than most other helles beers i have had, but finishes clean and crisp. Perfect pairing with my pasta with caramelized onions and bacon. Mouthfeel is great. High carbonation, clean and crisp finish and a light grassy hay like texture on the mid palate. Overall this is a great example of the style. Worth trying, obviously not mind blowing for the vast majority of American beer drinkers, but a great beer to have especially when choices are limited.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in The Porterhouse

Pours with a lemony yellow body, patchy white head with good retention, some lacing down the glass

Smell, fresh hops, lavender, some noticable floral notes. Little bit of biscuity malt lingering in the background

Taste, crisp floral hops, smooth mouthfeel, some malt in the background. Some sweetness, little bit of dry hop character on the finish

A refreshing and flavourful lager

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a straight pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow/golden colour with an okay head.

Smells quite malty and yeasty, with a touch of fresh hops.

Tastes nice, light malts and yeast again, very drinkable with an appropriate level of carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable and refreshing, and very nice beer.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light clear golden color with about an average sized, light, bubbly, foamy, white head. A little below average retention with no lacing left, but a lot of bubbles coming up.

S - A lot of grainy and bready malt. Fair amount of mineral aroma along with some grassy and floral hops. Very nice grainy/bready lager that is fairly well hopped.

T - Starts out with a grainy/bready malt, typical of the style. Mid sip a good amount of mineral taste along with some light citrus and honey flavors. I found it to provide a nice little tang and contrast to the sweet bready malt. A touch of grassy hops are also present. It finishes with more of that bready malt flavor, but the flavors from mid sip (especially the citrus) linger.

M - Light starting to go toward medium body with a healthy amount of carbonation. A light spritzy refreshing feel.

D - Very drinkable beer. Well balanced flavors with plenty of grain/bread malt flavors and a fair amount of hops and other flavors to give it some balance and add interest. Very refreshing drink.

Notes: Best before 18/10/10. A nice summer time beer that has a fair amount of hops for the style. Also had a somewhat strong mineral taste, which I thought was fine, but it depends on taste. I would gladly drink a couple of these on a nice warm, sunny day. Didn't quite blow me away or strike me as world class, but rather a solid example of the style.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2013-10-05 in Columbia, PA

A - Quite clear, golden-yellow with a 1.5-finger white head and very nice lacing. Lots of rising bubbles.

S - Floral and apple mixed with a lot of bready yeast

T - Bready, light citrus, touch of sourdough. Very soft. Hops take a back seat to the malt flavor.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Soft at first then dries pretty crisply. Quite refreshing.

O - An excellent example of Munich Helles and while day-in-day-out I prefer a hoppy Pils lager, this beats the heck out of an adjunct lager like Schlitz!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a snifter.

Super creamy white head, two fingers tall and not going anywhere. Body is clear with a very pale straw lemon body. Light and bright and big impressive.

Nose is of classic pilsner malt and muted grass hop. Mellow and dense, bready almost thick.

Palate is quite interesting for a Helles. Lots of thick malt, bread dough, and crackers strangely to round out the thicknesses. Baked white bread on the finish and mild hop herbality. Potato chip and thick crunch in the palate with a wheat like chewy quality to mouthfeel is strangely a lot lighter than anticipated and borderline wet.

Overall though the palate makes up for it for a very unique tasting helles.

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Photo of drpimento
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty darn good beer. Poured with a large, fine, foamy, frothy head that mostly settled down and a little lace. Color is a clear yellow with good bubble trails. Aroma is malty, spicey, herbal and intriguing. Flavor follows aroma closely and has a little Bavarian hefe weisse yeast flavor. Body is good and carbonation is very good. Finish is like flavor and of short to medium in length. Session beer.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 28-03-06. Great presentation with wonderfull lasting head and a light golden crystal clear beer. Nose is very clean and veryy nicely hopped with prob best Halletauhops. Good and not overdone maltyness with some alcohol and minimal yeast influence. Good taste also having good malts, litle alcohol and nice hoppiness.Yes one of the better Helles I know. Good carbonisation and mouthfeel. Well drinkable and one you like to have more of after the last.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler at home. Don't ask me how (I have no clue), but kegs of this (and other Andechser beers) showed up in Portland for PIB. I missed PIB, but seeing that this went on tap at the Belmont Station, I couldn't say no.

A clear golden/straw yellow with a dense, white head that falls off to a ring, leaving some lacing, this looks decent for a Helles. The nose, OTOH, is excellent. Soft, doughy, limpid and airy, this is delicately hoppy (lemon) with some cotton candy malt character. Ridiculously clean.

The palate opens with a perfect level of hops - mildly pungent and oily with lemon and lingering mint. Malt character is light but flavorful with dough, cotton candy, a touch of straw and hay. Light in body but with a crisp and creamy carbonation, this is great on the palate. Particularly pleasant is the body that the hop oils and the husky/grainy malt character adds. Excellent stuff, highly recommended.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. My first Andechs brew - very excited they're now available stateside.

A: Crystal clear, deep gold body under two fingers of fine white head. Retention and lacing are just so-so, but it's attractive overall.

S: Fresh, clean, and quite hoppy, with major grassy and herbal notes on top of some spice and a pleasant touch of yeasty minerality. Extremely crisp, which is just what I'm looking for in a Helles.

T: Bright, herbal, and slightly citrusy up front, with rich bready malt asserting itself midway through. The finish is dry, crisp, and yeasty, with a solid dose of spicy hop bitterness as well. Grapefruit lingers on the aftertaste. Supremely balanced and drinkable. Terrific lager.

M: Substantial medium body with plenty of lively, creamy carbonation. Perhaps a little too heavy for the style, but quite good.

O: One of the best examples of the style I've ever had. The malt/hop/yeast balance is impeccable, with every aspect of the beer delivering significant flavor without dominating. I can only imagine how delicious this must be fresh on tap at the brewery. Something just got added to my bucket list.


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Photo of rousee
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shocked this hasnt scored higher although I can see it aint too easy to get. I had a good friend of mine bring me back a few Andechs beers from Bavaria as I knew they were quite highly regarded here. No disapointment in the helles either.

Appearance is beautiful clear gold with a nice half finger head that holds pretty well with good continual carbonation. A good amount of lace remains.

Smell is so gentle and subtle of those Saaz hops or whatever they are using-Hallertau maybe--they are as noble as can be. Elements of earth and mud with some grassy residuals all of which is so subtle it just makes you sigh in relief. This is what a lower alcohol gold colored beer is supposed to taste like. Elements of grain like corn and barley and bready and biscuity--somewhat citrus-like on the finish but in such a gentle way it is far from sour. I hope the other Andechs that I got are as good as this one.

Extremely drinkable.

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Andechser Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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