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Helles Golden Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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83
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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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:
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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Photo of tone77
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.

tone77, May 23, 2013
Photo of touchmeimsac
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

touchmeimsac, May 20, 2013
Photo of IronLover
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.

IronLover, May 18, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
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.

thecheapies, May 18, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Slatetank, May 15, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
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.

DrDemento456, May 14, 2013
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

BuxMontBeerLover, May 10, 2013
Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

mrosenfeld32, May 10, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
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.

woodychandler, May 08, 2013
Photo of fdig23
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

fdig23, May 06, 2013
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

JohneHoodlum, May 05, 2013
Photo of Omnium
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.

Omnium, May 04, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

JohnK17, May 01, 2013
Photo of chasmandocharles
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

chasmandocharles, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of nofalltoofar
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.

nofalltoofar, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

mvanaskie13, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of victory4me
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

victory4me, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of PaBeerLover
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

PaBeerLover, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of jurbanik
4/5  rDev +8.4%

jurbanik, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of brez8791
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

brez8791, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
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.

cpetrone84, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of JSkone09
5/5  rDev +35.5%

JSkone09, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of KenC
4/5  rDev +8.4%

KenC, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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...

philbe311, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of plaid75
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.

plaid75, May 31, 2010
Helles Golden Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.