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Brewed by Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Style: Dortmunder/Helles
Andechs, Germany
Serve in Lager glass

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RATINGS: 383   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A product of traditional multiple mashing, Andechser Vollbier Hell presents a bright straw yellow and clear gleaming look that cannot fail to fascinate. Its head is firm and fine pored. Its aroma is pure and fresh from the cellar, with soft malty accents imbued with floral hoppiness. Its light and soft body leaves a pleasant, tangy taste in the mouth. The mild sweetness marries well with the velvety bitterness of the hops. It concludes on a rounded, harmonious note. Andechser Vollbier Hell is therefore a classical Bavarian Vollbier (11.5% original extract and 4.8% alcohol by volume).

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4.7
bob_w (378) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2013
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.

4.7
Z3ther (3) - - FEB 11, 2014 does not count
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.

4.6
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2001
Best beer and food we had while in Germany. A little sweeter than the other light beers we had, with a little more flavor.

4.6
DanielHearn (2) - Boulder City, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2005 does not count
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.

4.6
Frank (4236) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2014
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.


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