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
Gots:
2
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 33
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 Jeffo
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a German beer glass.

APPEARANCE: Big fluffy 3+ finger medium-thin white head. Color is golden yellow and is perfectly clear. Lower end carbonation with big bubbles. Head fades to a film; a ring remains to the end but leaves no lace down the glass.

SMELL: A mild nose of sweet malt, grain, and some bread nuances. A mild flowery hop presence as well.

TASTE: Mild here as well. Some sweet malt up front with a touch of grain and flowery hops through the middle and end. A mild aftertaste with grainy qualities and some hop bitterness to balance it out.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Goes down smooth and finishes crisp with the right touch of dryness on the palate. Standard for the style.

OVERALL: A standard helles. Nothing overwhelming, this brew just does a good refreshing job. Couple this with the lower than average ABV, and Andechser has made a very drinkable session lager for a hot summer's day.

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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.

Cheers!

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Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Oidmoe
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DRBiser
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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 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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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 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 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 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 brandonld23
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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 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 dasenebler
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

.5L, best by 4/11.

Decent appearance, for a lager. Thick, frothy head yields to a consistent ring for the remainder of the drink. Golden yellow of course.

Aroma has some euro hop funk, tartness, and grains.

Flavor is decent. Kind of thin, but with some malt flavor: grains, with a corn tinge. Nothing offensive though. Hop flavor is earthy and cheesy, with a tea-like, pseudo-metallic aftertaste. Light, easy mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

Run-of-the-mill lager here, definitely not Andechs' best brew. There's much better Helles to be had.

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Photo of grumpygerman
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of herrburgess
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 PatandDavid
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I brought a four pack home, so this is one of them.

Not a outstanding helles, but certainely enjoyable. It poured just like it was supposed to, all .5liters of it, leaving me with just the right amout of creamy head to top off my Andechs glass. Straw colored.

What I liked about this beer was that it stayed crisp throughout the whole beer. Not enough of a big bold taste, but hey, it's a helles, it isn't as bold a taste as many of the pilsners I had. I think it would make a good session beer, not too overwhelming or cloying.

pat

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Photo of whatsgoody
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of seanyfo
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ML BOTTLE POURED INTO MY ZIRNDORFER SEIDEL

A - Golden lager body, 3 finger head that dissapate quickly to leave a crown. Rubbish lacing. lively beading

S - faint notes of grain, fresh grass, no real hop profile here.

T - grassy, some fresh dry hoppiness in the finish. Nothing exciting though at all. Not enough munich malt.

M - Medium carbonation, a little sticky and flat.

D - The third Of the Andechs beers i have had, and another one to be disappointed in. Pretty lifeless. Will need to try at the source.
Starting to think Andechs isnt the Holy Grail.

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Photo of deac83
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Andechser Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
3.73 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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