Andechser Hell | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Germany
andechs.de

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
58
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
11.53%
 
 
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2
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2
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Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Worldwidespirits.de
Date: Best by 12/24/2012
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Andechser's helles lager is a satisfying experience, but not one to get too excited about, particularly due to the impossibility of finding it in North America. While I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this, I don't think I'd go to the effort again when others are easily available locally.

Pours a 3cm head of white bubbles, small in size and rather dense, with fairly good retention. Body is a transparent copper-orange color, with light bringing out yellow-orange tones. Carbonation is visible, rising up from bottom center of the glass.

Aroma is of lager yeast and bread, akin to freshly baked white bread with some lemon rind gratings. Definitely lager influenced, fairly straightforward, but well-done and satisfying.

Taste, as a whole, is of pale malts with a distinct lager yeast influence, white bread, and some light lemon citrus from hops and yeast. Opens with fairly bright, pale malt sweetness and breadiness, influenced by lager yeast. Mid-palate shows continued pale malt sweetness with lager yeast flavors and esters akin to light citrus and/or citrus rind. Back of palate brings out heavier maltiness with continued lemon-like citrus esters and lager yeast influences. Lingering aftertaste of pale malts and dry grain, with a slight noble hop bitterness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with ample, but soft-feeling carbonation that foams this up slightly on the palate, bringing in a certain smoothness, but still retaining lager-like crispness.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tasted this 500ml bottle on 19.12.07 (Best by 24.07.08). I brought this back from a recent trip to Munich.
Poured a clear amber brew with good carbonation and modest head.
Smelled very subtle; floral hops and possible a hint of apple.
The taste was also somewhat subdued; I think I still detected a hint of apple here also.
There is nothing in this beer to be offensive to anyone; its flavours are subdued and delicate. A very nice beer to drink.

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Photo of rastaman
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By bottle spelt the 'Hell' without the e-s on the end. Gloing blonde appearance, looks beautiful. Honeyed, floral aroma, some grassyness and bread dough. Nicely herbal, floral, honeyed flavour, nice full mouthfeel and satisfying bitterness. really love the subtlety of the Andechser beers, so soft aswell, lovely.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Straw-gold; clear; effervescent; big head

Aroma: Malty; citrusy; floral; slight honey

Taste: Juicy malt, with smooth, slightly bitter finish; very good, and would be a good session beer

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DRBiser
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very pale straw color, very crystal looking, not much head and what there is of fades very quickly, no lacing on the glass.

Smell starts with a sweet malt kick and then follows up with a bit of an herbal grassy note.

Taste is quite straight forward and very much in the vein of a lager, simple sweet malt front with a mild hop balance, picking up a bit of a lemony zest flavor as well, quite crisp with a semi-dry finish.

Glad to have Andechs finally in the states but it's their doppelbock I've been waiting for!

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Photo of czfreeman
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened side by side with the Spezial for comparison. Less carbonated and less active in the bottle upon opening. A full 1.1% lighter in ABV than the Spezial Helles, and a bit harder to find.
Poured into a clean chalice, Helles is a very light golden, clean colored brew. Light head, remains for several minutes. The carbonation is quite a bit higher than the small amount of Spezial I poured alongside. Color is a slight shade lighter as well.
On aromatics- tart lemon, fresh grain, a distinct mineral note I usually only find in Munich brewed Helles. Finishes with a note of musty grain, biting hop, and a light toasted bread character. There is a light amount of pepperiness on the finish, as well as a more pronounced sweet orange character than in the normal Helles. The Spezial has a more rounded aromatic profile, as I expected, and a touch sweeter.
On flavor-grain, lemon, pepper, bread, bitter mineral water again, vegetal, finishes with a light lingering pepperiness. This brew is quite a bit dryer than other examples. The Spezial has a bit more carbonation in the Mouthfeel and is a bit heftier. The beer finishes light, clean, and very fresh.
Hands down between the two, or any Helles, the crown goes to Spezial, but this is a lighter, more subdued version.The beer packs quite a bit of flavor given it's low Stammwurze and ABV, but is clean, balanced and refreshing. After subsequent sips, it really needs a boost in complexity. I can't fault that thought, as the brewery makes it much easier to obtain the Spezial. Drinkable is very high, the pepperiness in the finish begs for a quick subsequent sip. Much more power in the flavor than the aromatics.
It really comes off as a more watered version of the Stellar red label. If in Munich, seek the Spezial out, and pass on this one.
It seems I've found the forgotten little brother of the Spezial, a this brew is not even offered at the Monastery. The stellar Andechs seems to have a chink in it's otherwise perfect lineup, its easily forgotten, as I have a Spezial to enjoy next.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Schaumburger pilsner glass. Pours a light golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention due to active carbonation, no lacing. Aroma of bready with hints of biscuit malt, grassy hops and lemon. Flavor is slightly sweet bready malt, grassy, slightly peppery hops, light citrus and a touch of wheat. A nice, lingering light lemon, hop and malt aftertaste to the finish. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. A light, pleasant helles lager that hits all the right notes. Flavor is not intense, but appropriate for the style. A very nice beer for drinking with a meal for non intrusive malt and hops. Addendum: the subtle, but well balanced flavors in this really grew on me as I drank the glass.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm a very decent helles but nothing exceptional

Beautiful straw colour with big white head that fades quickly

Smell is of fresh hops and grainy malt, ever so faint sweet caramel notes

First slightly sweet tatse of malts that is quickly balanced out and then overshaded by bitter hops

Feel is refreshing and a bit prickly - good summer beer and below 5%

A good session brew

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Photo of Domingo
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty solid helles, but it's easily overshadowed by the other offerings from Andechs.
This review is based on a mug I got at the Am Dom hall in Munich. The monastery alternates this with their spezial, so this may or may not be available depending on the time of year.
Comes straight from a gigantic wooden keg. It has a nice golden yellow color. Although not the darkest or foamiest helles around...it's on par for the style.
Smell is husky grain and hops. Actually more hops that you might expect. It's no pils, but it's more potent than most.
Flavor starts off with a sweet malt hit, turns to a husky grain, and finishes with a sharp hops hit that fades quickly.
It's pretty thin, as you might expect from the style. This is a warm weather quencher even by Munich standards.
Drinkability is high on this one. Stylistically, obviously, but also because of the nice really dry finish. After taking a sip you'll get that hop hit and you'll want more.

It is what it is. It's an excellent helles, but if your trip to Munich is a short one, I'd recommend one of the other Andechs beer instead. It's on par with the better Munich helles brews you'll find in town. There are better and there are worse. The main thing about it that's really unique is the dry, hoppy finish. In an area where you actually have to hunt for a pils, this can fill your hop craving nicely, though.

EDIT: On my visit from 6/11 I found this one wasn't really doing it for me. The hop notes weren't as pronounced and the nose was a hair sulfuric. It was my first beer in Munich, so maybe I was a little off and not the beer? At the same time, it's bigger brother, the Spezial hell turned out to be quite the treat. It's worth trying them both since I know either can be amazing depending on your mood.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Erdinger weizen glass.

A - Pours a classic lager colour with a frothy white head that retains reasonably well but no lacing.

S - Plenty of grainy malts present and some floral aromas, a little yeast as well.

T - Plenty of grain up front followed by some light citrus and hop, a little bread as well, nice residual sugars that allow a crisp finish.

M - Light to medium body and carbonation.

O - A very good sessionable beer.

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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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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Andechser Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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