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Brewed by Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren
Style: Dortmunder/Helles
Kaufbeuren, Germany
Serve in Lager glass

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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2008
This is a light, but very nice, satisfying beer. It is gold with a bubbly, medium white head that steadily shrinks to a thin foamy ring and leaves only a hit of lace. The aroma is soft and sweet with grain, very flowery hops, and a little herb. The taste is full bodied grain, lots of green apple, and light but persistent hints of pine and herb, wityh a light bitterness that nevertheless persists through to a finish of grain and green apple with a hint of grass. It goes extremely well with food, which actually accents its flavours.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
SeamusNeko (45) - Anacostia, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2004
Equipment: .5L bottle served chilled in a tall pilsener glass. Appearance: Crystal clear pale yellow. The carbonation on this sucker was incredible. The bubbles never stopped rising. I don’t even think I’ve seen soda do that from start to finish of the glass. There was a big ol’ fluffy white head at first. It then settled down to a small but thick layer of bubbles. Occasional flecks of foam were left on the glass. Aroma: Snappy and bright pilsener malts with lightly bracing Saaz (?) hoppy aromas. My mouth watered. Flavor: Mildly sweet pilsener malts followed by some herbal and grassy noble hops. Faint lemon and orange notes. Banana esters on the finish. Palate: Light, effervescent, very crisp and clean. The beer that refreshes. Overall: I could drink this stuff all day with no complaints. It’s subtle, gentle, and oh-so-tasty. If this is Hell.. what must heaven be like? *cue rim shot* Thank you, I’ll be here for 5 shows daily all this next week, you’ve been a lovely audience.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2005
I liked this beer. Pours sparkly cold, forms solid, foany head which reduces to sketchy lace. Aromas of earth, peat, spice and meadow are present. Great soury taste, very carbonated, with prevalent hops. Malt and yeast are understated. Leaves the mouth feeling refreshed. Good example of a hell -- sunshine in a bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zoob (85) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 22, 2004
Quite a good Helles! In fact I am really impressed with thtis beer. Perfect Balance for style. Lightly hopped but again balanced and very present. The Maltiness of this beer is fantastic, perhaps slightly sweet but it compliments the yeast and or conditioning. Great mouth feel, velvety with a strong carbonation. Light straw in color and dense bright white head. A fantastic beer that lets you keep on drinking. Cheers

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2004
This is a definitive example of the Urtyp or lighter style Bavarian Helles. Light in body, thirst quenching but with some guts and a terrific balance. On draft it is superb!! Zum Schneider in lower Manhattan(best German bar in N.Y.C) went through 35 bbls. in 45 days!Hard to find but don't miss it if Hell is your style!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2002
This seems to represent the Hell style well. It has a pleasant aroma with a smooth, malty flavor that’s appropriately mild and thirstquenching. Low carbo.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2010
Aktien Hell--2007 16.9 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. 30 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) 2 @ $2.99 Each. Mild lace foamy light white head. Clear bright yellow gold color. Crisp zesty Saaz hop front. Crisp mild sweet smooth tasty tangy mild citrus Pale malt mild caramel body. Clean balanced refreshing mild tangy clean hop spice end. Hoppy Helles. Sampled 2/19/2008 .

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2005
From the bottle pours a light golden color, very clear with a tall white head. Very nice floral aroma with a bit of hop spiciness to it and a light background maltiness. This was a nice crisp and refreshing helles with a slight apricot fruitiness in the finish and a great hop play. One of the more hoppy helles i’ve had a very well made.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Bottle drank on the way home from Max’s. Thanks Dyan!. Light yellow pour with a thick white head. Nice slight roasted honey malt aroma. Touchy of grassy hops. Slightly sweet with bready malt flavor. Mostly bitter, easy to drink lager.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10527) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
A: The pour is a crystal clear golden color with a fluffy white head on top. S: A crisp lager nose with notes of sweet malt and spicy and earthy hops. Not terribly complex, but nice. T: A really nice clean lager with some pleasant sweetness with perhaps a touch of fruity tartness (apples and lemons?). The hops are floral with just a mild bitterness. M: Fairly light on the tongue as you might expect from a lager, but not watery at all. D: Not usually my favorite style, but this one is really nicely done. Good clean flavors and a really refreshing beer.


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