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Pete's Wicked Helles Lager - Pete's Brewing Company

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Pete's Wicked Helles LagerPete's Wicked Helles Lager

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44 Ratings

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pete's Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-04-2001)
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Reviews by mophie:
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3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First off, I am not a fan of Pete's; never have been. So when this was offered to me tonight at a friend's house (hey, it was this or Coor's Light in a can), I glanced for a moment at the bottle of wine sitting on the counter, then decided, with low expectations, to give this brew a try. Thankfully, the beer was not totally undrinkable; in fact, on just about all levels, it's an average interpretation of the Helles style. Clear yellow in appearance, some head that dies down fairly quickly. Mild biscuit aromas, mildly sweet. Taste is mild, slightly sweet, just a trace of hop tang (not bitter), somewhat bland, but also somewhat refreshing (maybe because I was doing yard work all day). Not much of a finish, but it doesn't leave an off-taste in your mouth like some of the other products from Pete's. As stated by another esteemed BA, this is not a beer I would ever purchase, but I will accept one if offered to me (and there are no better choices!).

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2002 16:25:37 | More by mophie
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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12-22-2012 16:54:49 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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12-30-2011 21:53:05 | More by cdwil
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

11-29-2011 16:32:58 | More by Burt
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3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A drinkable brew but not the best I've ever had. This one poured a golden color with a slightly frothy white head that faded quickly. The smell was grainy with a little bit o Saaz hoppiness in there. The flavor was quite weak with a little bit of spicy hops but not much else. If you are looking for a good Helles, go somewhere else!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 10:40:22 | More by Dmann
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a lightly-hazy light bronze, forming a small white head with poor retention and no lacing. Suspended fine solids visible when held to the light. Carbonation is moderate to mild. Tiny little flocculant bits of head linger. Aroma is very Euro...a crisp spicy hop (Saaz, Tett, Hallertauer?) nose with suggestions of fresh mown hay and straw, some suggestions of caramel and honey with a pale malt body, crisp water and a clean lager ferment. Mouthfeel is initially spicy with a round finish and medium-light body. The taste echoes the aroma exactly, with a spicy hop profile, medium spicy bitterness, lingering hay and caramel in the middle, and a crisp and clean finish. No perceptable off-flavors, other than a slighty oxidized ruddy tinge in the finish.

Nicely balanced in the European tradition of the style. A decent stab and probably the best of Pete's line, although I've heard this has been discontinued. A good example of the style, but hardly exciting in any respect.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 18:47:42 | More by Mitchster
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3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a yellow color with a fluffy white head that dies off quickly. The aroma was malty with hints of wheat and had a grassy tone to it. The flavor was a little yeasty/wheaty, but not nearly as much as a wheat beer. There was a hint of grassyness in the flavor as well. The taste of this beer is just a little too bland in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 15:25:22 | More by clvand0
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3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rather average Helles that is typically clear golden in hue with a decent white head and a bit of spotty lace. The aroma is lager malty with small hop hints and a bit of citrus undertone. The flavor is fairly straightfoward Helles with nice malt notes and bit of finishing bitterness. Clean enough finish but an unimpressive feel. Drinkable enough if not highly impressive.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 02:32:05 | More by AtLagerHeads
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New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I was a little bit disappointed with this Helles from Pete's. While it isn't heavily flawed, it just seems to be sitting on the fence of mediocrity in all facets. Still a notch ahead of most mainstream macros, this is a good choice if all that is available is the same old stuff.

Pete's Wicked Helles pours a very nice golden color, but the thin, fizzy/foamy head that forms disappears in under 30 seconds into nothingness. The smell has some light malt and some mild hoppy aromas, but I thought I detected some corn, which would explain the "cheap smell" in the aroma. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit over-carbonated. The flavor is rather unspectacular as well. There is an almost decent malt presence here, lending some cracker-like notes to the beer, but what I perceive to be corn arrives here as well. There is an herbal/lightly fruity hoppiness present, and the finish is moderately drying. Aftertaste has some neutral grain flavors, and yes, light corn. This one finishes off with a very light alcoholic warmth.

I certainly expected more out of this, but it ended up tasting like a middle-of-the-line macro lager to me (see Michelob). A decent, drinkable beer, but probably not worth the admission Pete is charging.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 08:08:48 | More by Beastdog75
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3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours the typical lager clear golden yellow, head is moderate in size, bright white in color and a frothy texture with a decent covering of lace. Nose is citrus crisp and fresh, somewhat sweet as is the start, top is light to middling in feel. Finish is crisply acidic, hops apropos to the style, very dry after taste, a drinkable beer, but nothing that thrills me much.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 14:58:10 | More by Gusler
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden color, with a fluffy white head. Nice and bubbly. Scent is light and clean, with a touch of hops. Flavor has a good balance of malt and crispness from hops. Good drinking beer, but nothing all that spectacular. I do like the light, airy appeal to it, though.

Overall, I'd call it light, clean, drinkable, and simple.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 23:18:32 | More by RockyTopHeel
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3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Dayton, OH AleFest:A light bodied beer that was very smooth on the palate.When poured, this beer had a large creamy white head that contained fine sized bubbles.The body was clear and there was some carbonation noted.The hue was straw yellow and the nose was malty and also clove.The flavor was lightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 13:10:27 | More by hotstuff
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2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a clear golden color with a white head that disappears immediately. The aroma, where is it?? It has a slight sweet malt aroma, with a barely noticeable hop aroma. In the flavor there is alight sweet maltiness, with a light crisp hop flavor. Not much flavor and aroma. It is very clean, and crisp. An easy drinking summer brew if you don’t desire much complexity in your beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 16:19:45 | More by BeerBuilder
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New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

another good beer from Pete's. I rated it alittle above average
as I had nothing in the house left to drink during the Patriots superbowl
victory and these 8 beers just rode out the tense second half win
with me and I enjoy drinking it when its around. Its not my favorite
of Pete's but I honestly like most of everything they put out. I
tried Pete's Wicked Ale for the first time in London and ever since
I love their beers, Oktoberfest, my favorite seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 17:15:35 | More by littlebibs
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3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium golden appearance, a nice 1/2 inch light head on a hard pour. Scant lace, marked by incomplete rings. Aroma is malty, some sense of rolled oats, slight bits of bran and papery elements. Flavor is fairly laid back, malty with a touch of gritty grain and a reserved hop that sits on the sidelines. The overall impression is tight but a little too consistant, could have used better attenuation and hop tang at the end. Not bad, drinkable enough. This beer has been sitting at the back of my fridge since maybe January, but only the slight paper in the aroma suggested oxidation.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 14:54:39 | More by ADR
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New York

3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light golden color with a frothy white head that fades quickly and laces the glass. The nose is of pale malts and bitter hops. They say this is a tradional Munich style lager. I have no idea what that means. It tastes just like any other lager I've ever tried. The taste is clean and crisp, but lacking any real character. The mouthfeel is good; a low body. The beer is a gusler, no doubt. It just does nothing for me, like most lagers.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2003 16:06:43 | More by WesWes
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3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured into the glass a straw yellow/gold color that was very clear and well carbonated. The head that was produced was thick and white in color, lasting fairly well. It left behind a sticky, patchy lace on parts of the glass. The aromas were of faint fruits, spicy peppers, malt, hops, and some grains. The flavors were of rich dark malt, spicy peppers, some hops, grains, flowers and some light fruit (citrus). It finished dry and grainy, not overly done but present. Decent combination of sweet and dry tastes through out the sip. Fairly smooth and a good example of a helles lager IMO. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2003 09:15:25 | More by Jarod
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack of this for $2.99 in the "cheapo grocery outlet"..so here goes..
Beer actually pours quite nicelly into the glass..large foamy head that sinks somewhat but persists..good golden coloured beer..attractive looking carbonation.
Smell is barelly tangible what is present is an aroma of sweet malt.
Actually not too bad a taste either..nice malty taste at first then further on a goodish hop bite,,its semi-dry..quite nice
Pretty good in the mouth feels good on the tongue good after taste..
All in all a very drinkable beer,,espesially in the hot days of summer comeing up.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2003 18:46:39 | More by Reidrover
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3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average pour here nothing special.Head dissolved quickly leaving little lace.The color was a clear yellowish-orange.Aroma was nutty and grainy.Very crisp mouthfeel with a slight bitterness that lingers.Light bodied and not too complex.Creamy texture that goes down easy.Slight bready taste.A bit more hops would makes this well balanced.High drinkability and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 21:28:29 | More by kelticblood
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3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a very thick and persistent head. the nose is weak but hoppy. The taste is very hoppy with a hint of the malt. Taste excellent going down though - I recommend big gulps that linger on the palate. Has a bitter finish to it also but no ugh factor.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2003 13:27:40 | More by AtrumAnimus
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3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful appearance! It pours a crystal-clear tawny-gold with a creamy bright white head that holds! Its fantastic head retention is buoyed by streams of tiny fast-rising bubbles. It leaves some very nice patchy white lace throughout the glass. The nose is limited but offers some softly sweet and grainy malt with a mild touch of fruitiness and some delicate, floral hops in the deep background.The body is medium/light with a very fine and moderate carbonation that caresses the tongue before becoming smooth and creamy in the mouth. The flavor combines a moderately rich, lightly sweet, delicately fruity (possibly due to Vienna malts) and mildly toasty malt (Munich character is definitely evident) with a light touch of floral/gently spicy hop flavor and exquisitely balanced bitterness. It finishes dry with some short lived residual maltiness. Although it doesn't stack up against an actual helles from Munich, it's a decent interperetation that makes a great cross-over beer or summer BBQ favorite. Very well done and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 21:34:44 | More by NeroFiddled
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2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear dark golden in color with a white foamy head. Aroma seemed really light, with some malt scent present. Thin body with a crispness from the carbonation. Malt flavors with a slightly "bready" middle. Slight bitterness in the finish. Reminded me of a spicy lager, but there's nothing impressive about this beer at all that sets it apart from any macro brew out there today.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 21:45:14 | More by Winter
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Pete's Wicked Helles Lager from Pete's Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.