Helles Golden Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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very good

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 120
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phatz on 04-10-2006

A German-style golden lager brewed with imported German Pils malt and Saaz and Hallertauer hops. This light-bodied beer offers a gentle, dry finish.
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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sly Fox- Helles Golden Lager

A- Bright golden yellow with a small soapy foamy head. Clear and nice bubbly carbonation.
S- Light crisp lemony bready malt with fresh cut grassy hops.
T- Sweet lemon/ honey touched crusty bready malt nice sweet earthy fresh grassy hop finish.
M- Lightly sweet and malty with a nice transition into a earthy mildly dry hoppiness.

Overall- Delicious and quenching. This 1 is a must to try if you visit the Brewpubs. (445 characters)

Photo of nofalltoofar
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass

A: Quickly dissipating head, almost transparent light gold.

S: Sharp, grainy, sweet

T: Sweet, slight bitterness, grain, little hop flower presence, slight metallic presence, sweet midrange, slight bitter aftertaste

M: Smooth with some solidness, not runny, not oily. Slight excessive carbonation

Great beer. Not sure if I like the price ($36). It's not that memorable of a beer and doesn't have a real signature taste. It's not a bad beer. It's just a good light German ale. It's a solid choice if you're a fan of Pilsners. (551 characters)

Photo of argock
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 04/22/14 on bottom of can. Purchased at Kroger (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Beautiful clear straw-gold with ample 1-finger white big-bubbled head with decente retention and a nice cap of lacing.

S: Plenty of Munich and pilsner malt graininess with a good balance of grassy, noble hoppiness.

T: Clean with only a slight minerally bit in the aftertaste. Otherwise is straight grainy maltiness with a light hand of noble hopping. Really a fine tasting helles lager for sure. If they could punch out the light sulfur-aspirin-mineral character in the finish, this would be a definite summer go to brew. Still, this is an excellent, clean lager with no other faults.

M: Very crisp and easy to drink with a fairly light-handed carbonation to enhance the light-medium body and mouthfeel.

O: Sly Fox Golden Lager is a stellar lager with just the right mix of pilsner and Munich graininess with noble hopping -- they have made an outstanding brew here. (1,016 characters)

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sampler cup as part of a Sly Fox tasting at Bierkraft in Brooklyn. This was the first beer I tasted.

A--True to its name, this is was golden, almost like freshly pressed and filtered apple juice. Nearly yellow. White fizzy head left a little rim in the tiny cup.

S--This probably was due in part to the receptacle, but still, not much there in the way of either malt or noble hops. Maybe some faint grassiness.

T--Very clean, with bright notes of crystal malt with a spicy (Saaz?) bitterness behind it. A clarified, well lagered beer. Absolutely no detectable off-notes just pure fresh goodness. This one was first off the gun in terms of tasting, which is a tough spot to occupy, and shined.

M&D--Both are quite good. Mouthfeel is spritzy and crisp, very scrubbing and refreshing. Drinkability is perfect for a warm day or a day when you just want to kick back.

Perfect session beer if you're in the mood for a fresh German style lager. (956 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a transparent golden body with a pure white head quickly dissolving to leave almost no trace of lacing as the lively carbonation dances to the top of the glass.

The aroma offers plenty of German Pils, a touch of herbal hops and just plain freshness.

That German Pils strikes the palate immediately with subdued herbal hops and perhaps just a touch of spiced malt.

A clean, crisp, fresh body with generous carbonation and a drying finish.

A plain good beer, pretty traditional German Helles - perfectly clean. (518 characters)

Photo of victory4me
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brand new wide mouth 365 degree opening can!

No pour, gave the can a gentle swirl prior to opening in order to build a head. Bubbly white foam dissipates quickly to a golden clear liquid. Can looks and feels great! Aroma of bready malts perfectly rounded by crisp noble hops. Smells a bit hoppy for the style, which is to my liking. Most likely aided by the fact this was canned 4 days prior to opening.

Taste is not as hoppy as the aroma, but so well balanced between the sweet bready malts and hops. Hops give hints of lemon zest and orange peel. Malts round it out and the classic biscuit flavors remind me of many of the Czech pilsners on tap in Prague. Subtle yet powerful and clean flavors stick with you and leave a prickly finish.

I will be drinking a LOT of this. A great beer for those who are BMC drinkers trying to venture out, beginning craft drinkers, and those who have come full circle. Enormously impressed and well surpassed my expectations.

Sly Fox does lagers as well as anyone. The can design puts it over the top. This will be a staple in my fridge. (1,076 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, golden yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a thick white foam that reduced to a soapy and wispy cap. Generally fresh with biscuity german malt aromas and a touch of citrus lemon hop at the back end. Biscuity, malty flavors up front, and a spicy hop bite through the middle. Lemon hop bitterness from the middle to fhe finish. Finishes with a crisp, biscuity lemony hop bitterness. (403 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sly fox helles 4.9% abv 
Appears crystal clear golden straw with a magnificent white head, canned to perfection great suds to look at and embellish in. Aroma has fresh baked bread like notes herbal earthy grassy hops, flavor comes off crisp refreshing biscuit and pils malt with enough hops 18 IBUs to keep things interesting. Great summer beer my new staple for golfing and grass mowing, body is light finishes crisp perfect drinkable PA lager! Paired with Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador excellent spicy cigar with enough ligero to put hair on your chest! (552 characters)

Photo of MirkoCroCough
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into pint glass. Drank the rest of the six pack from the cans.

Very nice golden color. Not much of a head but left a white lacing down the glass.

Excellent, excellent clean beer smell. Malty goodness.

Not overly sweet, but good bready malts finishing with a nice hoppy bitterness.

Light but not overly carbonated. Very smooth finish.

This is an awesome, basic beer when you just want a straight up beer. Highly drinkable. Also really dug the open top cans. Good job Sly Fox. (488 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good. Nothing fancy, but tasty and sessionable.

Pours pale yellow with a fluffy head and lots of carbonation. Smell is grainy and bready with a kiss of hops. Flavor very light, grainy with a bit of noble hop. Mouthfeel is quite light. Great summer beer (253 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Kodiak's, Farmingdale, New York.

Poured a medium straw hue with a wispy white head. There was no retention and lacing. I attribute this to the pour and not the beer though.

The smell featured a light grainy malt and cleansing noble hop spice.

The taste was well balanced with a tight doughy malt and balancing noble hop spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style

Overall a tasty beer and good rendition of the style. (440 characters)

Photo of fishtownhxc
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i got hooked on this beer when i was working at the royal tavern in south philly and since it has become one of my favorite lagers. nice golden body, crisp taste, with very little aftertaste, which is fine by me. pretty good example of the style, except for maybe being a bit "bolder" than what you would normally find. great beer, awesome brewery. (348 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

They were to have brought some of these CANs to PA Flavor on Saturday but a miscommunication somewhere along the line left us all high and dry. Fortunately, I got a ride to Al's of Hampden later and scored a sixer of these for The CANQuest (TM).

From the CAN: "This German-style lager is a perennial favorite in the Sly Fox pubs and our brewers' go-to session beer. Craft brewed with imported German Pils malt and Saaz and Hallertauer hops, this golden beer is light-bodied with a gentle, dry finish."

I started the Crack and the whole top came off in my hand! Aaaaahhh! I CAN see into the CAN itself! This is not how The CANQuest operates and I am not sure that I like it. No Glug, but more of a Blorp!, like emptying a CAN of food into a bowl or dish. I had a brief finger of bone-white head, but it quickly dissipated. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the characteristic honey-like sweetness of good, adjunct-free lager. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was unmistakably lager with a light grassiness, thanks to the hops. Finish was mild, semi-sweet, very unobtrusive. Given its relatively low ABV and unimposing flavor, I CAN see why people would flock to this. It is certainly appropriate for the cooler and the CAN is a novelty, but I hope that it is not a coming trend. (1,312 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, hazy, light yellow in color, high carbonation

Smell: grain and slight lemon

Taste: malty, grain, bread, and slight lemon

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitter end, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: A nice and clean sessionable lager. Not the most complex beer, but a good one. I have had better in the style, but would not turn this down. (375 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wish BA made it easier to compare one's past reviews of same style in order to be "fair". This is one of the best, freshest, most refreshing, USA Helles I have tried, along with Carton "This Town". While perfected in Germany, for freshness best to drink Helles local.

A: Pours a bright golden color with a slight haze. White, bright, pinpoint head leaves some lace. Retention is good.

S: Lemony bread, biscuit, crackers, floral, grassy hops. Pilsner malt is apparent, with a strong, excellent aroma.

T: Follows smell .Lemon cake pilsner malts, bread and more citrus rind, followed by subtle, herbal, spicy, leafy, hops. Plenty of long, dry refreshing feel in the finish.

F: Light bodied, well carbonated. Great mouth feel.

O: A refreshing fresh, aromatic Helles. One of the best in US. (794 characters)

Photo of Phatz
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Helles Lager is not generally my favorite style but I really enjoyed this one. It is crisp clean smooth, straightforward but easy to drink. This is beer for drinking not thinking.

Appearance: Typical in appearance it is vibrant yellow and transparent; apropos for the style.

Smell: Clean simple sweet malt aroma. A bit of grain as well. Very subtle suggestion of floral hops.

Taste: Balanced sweet malt flavor, with a bit of barley grain, bread, and gently caramelized malts, followed by a pleasant hop character.

Mouthfeel: Light body, very smooth and it has a sweet slightly dry lingering finish.

Drinkability: This is defiantly a very drinkable beer. Approachable and easy. This would be a good transition beer for macro-drinkers and yet tasty for the craft-beer aficionado.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (829 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can BB 26 Jul 2015 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma – light tropical fruit
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to
Lacing good – complete rings of tiny to small bubbles
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor light grain with just a hint of hop bitterness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75 (420 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A can with a peel-off tab-top. Spilled into a shaker pint. Mine says 'Newcastle Brown Ale' on it

Pours a light yellow-gold with a few sparse crusty black sediment clumps stuck in the foam. Light haziness doesn't interfere much with clarity. The head peaked at about a half-inch and was short-lived. Looks light and summery.

Grassy smells with some light mustiness and pale grains without toast. Lightly fruity, but absent of description. Maybe some hoppy citrus, but the hops are rather tame. Some floral note wants to push through. Really delectable in the malt department, I must say.

Light and lagery with a push of bitterness in the finish. Almost gulps down with a spiciness. Decent carbonation helps to that effect. Pale grassy malts that are a little too musty to classify as being like a pilsner. Tasty German flair screams 'Reinheitsgebot'. Simple barley malting with a classic Euro hop profile that snipes with notes of pithy lemon, wheatgrass, and mint. Malts transfrom from the introductory musty to some middle-late husky. Tastes very fresh. Body-wise, the beer isn't sullen. Has some greasy viscosity that works to please.

A modest craft example of a Helles Lager. Decent, if not better than decent. A sure-shot buy of the 'I-need-a-sixer-of-a-tasty-and-easy-craft-lager-in-can-format' ilk. No problem to polish off three or four in a single session. Haven't tried drinking from the can, yet; 'yet' being the operative word here. (1,447 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden straw yellow with good clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready and sweet pilsner malts followed by simple grassy hops and lager yeast aroma.

Taste: Bready and a little sweet, lager yeastiness, grassy hops, and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, chewy, lager yeast, light bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Just got home from the gym and this beer quenched my thirst. Just moved on to the second can. Next time through PA, there will be a it stop in Pottstown. (647 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox Brewing Company
Helles Golden Lager

Appearance: 12 oz pull tab can. Pours a bright golden color with a chill haze. White head forms and leaves some lace. Retention is average.

Smell: Bread, biscuit, crackers and some stewed floral, grassy hops. Pilsner malt is apparent right away, This beer has a strong aroma.

Taste: Cakey pilsner malts, bread and lemony citrus are the big flavors. Hops are herbal, spicy, leafy, and have soft citrus notes. Finishes with a tang of yeast and alpha acids, bitterness is pretty pronounced for 18 IBU.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, well carbonated. Citrus oil and yeast tang stick to the palate,

Overall: A refreshing beverage for the summer, I enjoyed the lemon citrus notes along with the bready pilsner malts. Makes for a good canned option, and it uses a vintage pull tab design which makes for a smooth pour. Sly Fox Helles Golden Lager makes for a great warm weather, lighter craft option. (938 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A voluminous cascading pour gives way to an audibly fizzy slightly off-white colored head with a moderately rocky top... Solid retention... The color is a sleek lemony yellow... Some slow-to-moderate paced carbonation... Completely translucent and uber clean...

S - Simple and straight forward... Canned corn... Lemon zest... A kiss of spice... Slight grassy and floral notes... A bit of European hoppiness...

T - A bit lemony... A good bit of hop bite, especially for the style... Some crisp wheat notes... Loaded with bready malts...

M - A bit of foam touches the lips to start... Medium bodied... Modest carbonation... Clean... Very crisp... A bit stiff... Very good for the style...

D - A simple and straightforward... Enjoyable and refreshing... Doesn't try to be anything more than what it actually is, a very drinkable lager... The 4.6% makes it even more drinkable... Any one seeking out a simple, straight forward, and well executed lager should give this Sly Fox offering a change... (1,005 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into my 2008 Bock Fest glass at the Bock Fest.

A: A nice clear golden yellow color with a nice one finger head poured from the tap. They were a little busy so the beer pour was a bit agressive. Minimal lacing.

S: Malty bready and grainy with a slight hop presence. The sweeter malt prevails as it does with most lagers.

T: A clean crisp malty grainy sweet flavor with again a touch of hops. A bready grain flavor on the finish that does not linger all that long. Not a lot of flavors going on, but remember this is a light drinking lager and it fits the bill well.

M: Light with no alcohol feel and light carbonation.

D: High, these go down very nicely. One could drink a lot of these and really enjoy them all day long.

Overall a nice light drinking lager that I enjoyed. I have had better lagers, but Sly Fox did a nice job making this what it's meant to be. (884 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mine is listed as 4.9% Poured into a pint glass.

A - Very cool can tabs you can open the top completely up for easy chugging. In the glass a nice clear bright yellow with a 1/2 inch of sticky head that pulls back to a great lace ring.
S - German sweet malts, some hops, a touch of corn. Smells ok.
T - Well I am not blown away but it taste decent enough.Mostly sweet malts, little skunk, and hops with a touch of lemon.
M - Light and crisp. Easy to drink.

Overall another great beer from Sly Fox but I have had better reps of the style. Goes down easy though with session able qualities. (589 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. pour from the new 360 can into a craft pint.

A- Crystal clear straw yellow, with a one finger white head. No retention or lacing.

S- Pale malt aroma, with lots of straw. A slight hop spice comes through as well.

T- Straw again, very rich straw flavor. The spicy hops show up again to balance things out.

M- Crisp, a little fizzy and a dry finish.

O- This is a pretty good beer. I enjoy the straw flavor, which tastes fresh and rich. Unlike many other golden lagers of America, with their stale, pissy, flavors. (524 characters)

Photo of Huffs
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, developed a nice, bubbly white head with some retention and minimal lacing. Aroma had notes of yeast and grain. Appearance was a golden straw with some clouding. Tasted light with mild grain and grass notes, some hoppy bite on the back. Mouthfeel was light with a mild and clean aftertaste. (321 characters)

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Helles Golden Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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