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Helles Golden Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Helles Golden LagerHelles Golden Lager

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BA SCORE
83
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81 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: Phatz on 04-10-2006)
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent golden yellow with a thick creamy white head. The nose is lightly toasted grain with a touch of dough malt balanced by a fairly assertive citric hop in the back with a grassy, earthy grain lingering in the back. The flavor has a more assertive grain flavor, light notes of dough with a strong citric bitterness. There is a lightly floral and grassy hop note accompanied by some tangy rye like grain in the finish. Really light, fluffy, and creamy feel with a medium syrupy body and crisp assertive carbonation. The beer is balanced and smooth, light and crisp. Nice stuff, stronger on the grain side than I love but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 15:29:58 | More by cpetrone84
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plaid75

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2010 15:55:00 | More by plaid75
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2009 14:46:27 | More by NJpadreFan
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TheycallmeTim

New York

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2009 03:12:41 | More by TheycallmeTim
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Seanibus

California

4/5  rDev +8.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2009 17:41:23 | More by Seanibus
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fishtownhxc

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2008 22:48:59 | More by fishtownhxc
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2008 13:10:42 | More by Kadonny
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on-tap 9/25/06 at Tria Cafe in Philadelphia, PA. -- Advertised as "Sly Fox French Creek Helles" - 4.6%.

Straw colored with a low white head. A light grainy aroma with almost a slight adjunct character. Similar in flavor, grain and light adjuncts, with just enough hops to balance. Fairly light bodied but has a decent dry finish.

A light Helles but not one I'd likely go back to.

Per Sly Fox website: 11.5 OG. 18 IBUs. 4.9% ABV
Imported German Pils and Carmel malt.
Saaz and Hallertauer hops.
Bronze Medal, GABF 2002.

($5 / Pint)

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2006 20:39:01 | More by RBorsato
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2006 04:25:45 | More by Phatz
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argock

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 00:45:35 | More by argock
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: can

01-12-2014 22:54:33 | More by Flounder57
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: can

12-14-2013 13:55:46 | More by tigg924
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MirkoCroCough

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-17-2013 18:23:37 | More by MirkoCroCough
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StJamesGate

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold with a steady stream of bubbles up the middle that keeps a white film.
Saltines, greasy lemon and cut hay on a faint nose.
Pizza crust, more lemon sorbet and some mild Noble bite.
Faint grassy finish and drying linger.
Crisp, light, slight chew.

The fancy new can is an odd one - disconcerting to see the bottom of your beer from above with no head.
Out of a glass this is an average session lager, with all the relevant notes fairly muted.
Not a dud, but below par for SF.

Serving type: can

07-18-2013 11:19:33 | More by StJamesGate
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boddhitree

Germany

2.43/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Malty aroma, some noble hops. This could be a German-brewed beer, but it's too thin for that.

It has a sweet Pils malt aftertaste, and bitterness up front of Tettnanger, but if it were sold in Germany, it'd be on par with Oettinger, a REALLY cheap beer sold in Germany and usually seen in the hands of street people, and that's not good.

Serving type: can

07-14-2013 10:27:21 | More by boddhitree
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: can

07-13-2013 13:31:41 | More by BWED
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Serving type: can

07-08-2013 17:07:48 | More by WVbeergeek
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

05-26-2013 20:55:28 | More by Stinkypuss
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can, and I am not really felling this cup/can design. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts. Taste is crisp, malts, some hops, refreshing and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good session beer.

Serving type: can

05-23-2013 03:39:36 | More by tone77
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: can

05-18-2013 04:30:49 | More by IronLover
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: can

05-18-2013 03:38:57 | More by thecheapies
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: can

05-14-2013 04:14:14 | More by DrDemento456
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: can

05-08-2013 22:39:46 | More by woodychandler
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Popped the lid on the new 360 design, which I think is really smart, and drank straight from there.
A - Looks a golden yellow color, no head because it was not poured.
S - The belgian yeast is what dominates this in aroma and in taste, but its not exactly potent, some lager yeast is present as well, some earthy grains, no real hop aroma.
T - Bitter yeast, a belgian touch, some moderate other flavors, but nothing extraordinary. Tastes more like a pilsner than a lager.
M - Medium, decently carbonated.
O - Tastes like "beer, beer" with a belgian touch. not bad, but I'm digin the can design big time, I hope it catches on if everyone is going to start switching to canning.

Serving type: can

05-04-2013 18:35:26 | More by Omnium
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nofalltoofar

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: can

04-25-2013 22:29:27 | More by nofalltoofar
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Helles Golden Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.