bob_w (292) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bright, clear medium straw color. reasonable head. rich earthy malt aroma, smells like a beer served in a stein. full rich malt flavor -- yet the body is light enough to just chug this, it’s so refreshing and satisfying. not much bitterness. just a pure classic bavarian helles bier. this really defines the style. i’m certain that if i drank this at the source, it would max out the scale. something is always lost in transit, sadly.
Z3ther (3) - - FEB 11, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is an incredible experience, with rich undertones and a very balanced aftertaste this beer made me wish that I had a 12 to savor the weekend with.
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2001
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Best beer and food we had while in Germany. A little sweeter than the other light beers we had, with a little more flavor.
DanielHearn (2) - Boulder City, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Unforgettable flavor, superb aroma, and is very smooth to the palate. The beer goes well with heavy food, but can easily be enjoyed without food. The hops are mild, but as stated, the flavor is very enjoyable.
Frank (2782) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2014 I tried to clear my high expectations for this beer from my mind before tasting to avoid disappointment. Of course, you can never really do that but in this case, it doesn’t matter because this beer is absolutely fantastic. Its weak point might be appearance: it is rather headless, albeit w/ a nice, bright golden color. I can overlook that, though, because everything else about this is absolutely top notch. The nose is of fresh cracked grain and gentle, herbal notes from the hops. As nice as the aroma is, this beer really hits its stride when you taste it. There is only a slight touch of sweetness but it has a full malt character regardless. Its firm bitterness compliments the malts rather than simply bringing balance, an effect which is enhanced by just a touch of salty mineral character. Both the sweetness and the bitterness linger on the tongue just long enough to remind you that you want another sip. People, beer is brewing and beers like this are what brewing is about. This takes what is undoubtedly a simple recipe and makes from it a truly drinkable, flavorful and memorable beer that tastes better with each sip. This, my friends, is real beer.
ErmKay (2) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 21, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I’m a sucker for a Helles. Especially any of the Upper Bavarians, they’re perfect summer food accompaniment, light and effervescent, innocuous and unobtrusive in taste. Slightly maltier than its compatriots with a lovely almost woody aroma when opened, the Andechs Helles compliments pork perfectly. A wonderful summer beer.
SrSilligoose (3227) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
9:25 on a sunny spring saturday morning. clean fresh straw. dry cracker malts. some fresh lemongrass. super clean. super sessionable. pleasant clean rustic straw, hay, grass. very tame rew.
flatkitty (10) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The man who worked the taps at the Andechs Monestary told me this was his favorite, and it didn’t dissapoint. Undoubtedly better if you haven’t already had their heavier beers, but one of the best I’ve ever had regardless. Very lively and smooth, with a thick, creamy head and very nice aroma. Don’t let the color fool you, the hoppy flavor and finish are both very complex and delightfull. A nice, mild beer that leaves you needing at least another liter. One of the best beers I’ve ever had.
SirADNielsen (8949) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Andechs. Light, clear yellow appearance with a white head. Nice, clean, straw, mild grainy, floral aroma. Very nice, clean, floral, herbal hoppy, hay flavor. Great stuff. One of my all-time favorite Helles.
birrabier (5) - - FEB 7, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A not overstated aroma of the freshest possible pale grains.
Tastes of fresh smooth grains with the perfect subtle bitter clip on the end that keeps it dry.
Unimaginably clean and smooth, with just the faintest appearance of hop bitterness; everything a helles should be without any of the negatives that stick out in so many other inferior examples.