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Andechser Hell | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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3.74/5
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
58
pDev:
11.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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 grumpygerman
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of deac83
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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 whatsgoody
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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 CrazyDavros
2.48/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours gold with a fading head.
Nose shows soft hay, bready malt, wheat, honey, spicy hops and faint vegetal notes. Restrained.
Similarly light flavours, but mainly focussing on hay and honey. Some very faint spicy hops. Low bitterness.
Body could use more carbonation.

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Augustiner719
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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 eric5bellies
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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 dasenebler
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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 drpimento
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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 FreshHawk
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
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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3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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 DerBayer
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Jeffo
3/5  rDev -19.8%
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 Domingo
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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 wl0307
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 08/06/09, served chilled in a 500ml weizen glass.

A: pours a pale golden, almost sunflower-like, colour with a puffy white head settling slowly to a thin cap, while the carbonation remains lively and full of mini bubbles.
S: aromatic grainy lager malts mainly, with a lightly mineral note, floral hops, lightly hay-ish yeasts, and a sour tinge typical of a well-lagered bier. Integrated, not complex enough though.
T: an effervescent swallow of lightly honey-ish malts with a delicately savoury touch leads towards a floral middle of German hops on a par with powdery grainy flavour, before a quiet wave of clean herbal bitterness intensifies and cuts deep down the palate, rendering a dry-ish and chewy finish.
M&D: light-bodied and pretty fresh, not fierce, in terms of carbonation, pretty clean overall; the bitterness provides a level of freshness that elevates the malty weight somewhat, making this a much more bitter and clean sample of Helles, closer to a Pilsner actually. Drinkable.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 0.5 litre bottle obtained in Berlin (Ambrosetti beer store) and flown home with another 9 different beers. Six months life left according to the label.

Poured into a 0.5 litre 'Schultheiss' glass, my third German beer during a German tasting evening.

Bright and light (a typical Helles attribute), a pale golden, straw yellow colour. The white head soon fell away to leave a thin collar and scummy wisp.

Aromaless, couldn't even find a hop or hint of yeast, no floral wiff, no wheaty undertones or overtones, not even some malt esters, just 'nowt'. My normal lager/pilsner score of 3 then!

Fresh and crisp, but no body or depth of flavours, easy to drink but nothing to grasp and say 'Wow' about. There is a little feel of yeast, hops and malts within the taste, sadly not enough to make this beer stand out from the crowd.

A bog standard Helles, I was expecting more from such a well thought of brewery.

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Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear and clean yellow, very limpid. White, creamy head, not too compact. A thin perlage.
Malty background, after all quite fresh, with a touch of hop, delicate and not invading.
At the taste a well done hell, with a bit more hop than the standard.
Not bad, clean, drinkable.
Hop in the aftertaste.
Light body, but not too light, malty.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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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