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Hoffmann Helles - Climax Brewing Company

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85
very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Climax Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RonfromJersey on 07-18-2004)
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Reviews by thefireman:
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4.83/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this brew on tap at the Drafting Room in Springhouse. Clear amber with foamy head. Smells terrific. I knew this was going to be nice.

Initially floored by the caramel, floral taste heavy on malts. Extremely pleasant and refreshing, especially after drinking a Victory Hop Devil with my meal. Wow! Real nice.

Nice finish that makes me want more. Extremely drinkable!

This is the first I have tasted something out of the Climax Brewing Company brand. I must find more.

thefireman, Apr 06, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Climax- Hoffmann Helles Lager

A- Hazy, almost murky, orange brown. Cloudy yeastiness with a thick white head. Good lacing.
S- Big bready grainy malt with lemon, honey, and dry grass.
T- Sweet lemon and honey touched malt. Grainy bready malt. Crusty bread, biscuity, and a light touch of shortbread. Dry earthy hops.
M- Lightly sweet with huge bready malt. Dry earthy hops appear in the end but creamy sweet bready malt dominates.

Overall- Delicious. Drank the growler, quickly, in 1 sitting. Well done!

NJpadreFan, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Varkias41, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of KenC
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

KenC, May 19, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a very small head. Smell is of grains and malts. Taste is crisp, malts and grains, some hops are present, a tad bitter at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

tone77, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Samp01
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale golden yellow with a medium white lasting head and some lacing. Aroma of citrus, lemon, grassy notes and some light biscuit malt. Taste same as aroma with some light sour notes and some bitter notes. Palate is a light body with low carbonation. Finish is sweet biscuit malt, citrus and lemon flavor, grassy and a light sour notes with a touch of bitterness. Overall an ok average brew.

Samp01, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the growler

Pours a clear golden color, with a large 3 finger white head. The aroma is little on the faint side, some grassy hints, and maltiness comes through. Bready, grainy, malt taste, faint, lemon zest, and some bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is on the low end of the medium mouthfeel scale, pretty clean aftertaste, and smooth. Definitely a session beer on a hot afternoon.

bonbini26, May 04, 2009
Photo of philbe311
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Minimal slightly off-white head quickly fades leaving a minimal lacing and a slight collar... A pure medium gold color... Possibly the slightest of hazes... Moderate carbonation... A bit of lacing clings to the glass as the session proceeds...

S - Freshly kneaded dough... Grains... Some floral notes... Perhaps a touch of spiciness...

T Mild, but rather interesting... Pale malts... Muted hop presence... Bready malts... Hints of lemon and banana...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Brisk carbonation... Clean... Crisp... Refreshing... Smooth...

D - An easy drinking Munich Helles Lager... Could easily drink a couple of these and then some in a sitting... Well balanced... Would gladly drink again and would recommend to both beer geeks and beer novices... Nicely done by a brewery that I had never heard of prior to having this pint...

philbe311, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Krispogo
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Krispogo, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Blanco
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Blanco, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. A careful pour resulted in a two finger high bright white head that died down, consistently leaving a half finger high head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with notes of lemons.
T: The taste is completely unlike the smell and has flavors of lactic acid along with notes of sourness—these mostly stand out in front of notes of grassy hops and hints of grainy malts. No bitterness is perceptible. The sourness seems to mellow a bit as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't taste like any other Munich Helles Lagers that I've had before—especially with its sourness—but isn't that bad if you are looking for something that is light and sour.

metter98, Sep 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Rastacouere
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draft at Barcade under the name Hofmann(sic) Helles. Clear light golden hue, shining, decent sized white head, mostly lasting. Great hallertau? Hops nose, very floral and lemony, grassy, spicy enveloped by delicious strawy pils malt. The power of the maltiness takes form on the tongue developing mind-boggling pureness of flavour, bread and biscuits of the highest order. Very fruity as well with lemon and tropical fruits being surprisingly omnipresent and bringing a pleasant low level of acidity which enhances drinkability to rarely encountered levels. Not too dry, not too sweet. Oily texture, small bubbles, restrained carbonation. Awesome focus in there, so soft, so clean, so pure balance glory. Another tour de force by Climax. Exceptional.

Rastacouere, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer nice clear golden amber color but a thin layer of foam and s minimal ring around the glass. The foam quickly recedes to an island and a ring of foam that leaves some lacing. Within a few sips there is neither foam nor lacing.

Smell: The aroma is clean fresh, lightly grassy and floral, and has some nice gentle bready character to it.

Taste: The flavors are subtle and delicate and include slightly sweet bready malt with grassy hop flavors and a light, almost citric, bitterness that underlies the whole.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly prickly with the fine, light, persistent carbonation. The finish is medium long, begins with lightly sweet bready malt and then trails off to a light refreshing dryness.

Drinkability: There are two words to describe this beer, "subtle" and "balanced." I found this one nicely drinkable. Each sip followed the other naturally and easily and I did have a second one even though there were other beers on the menu I'd not tried yet. ☺ A very nice Helles lager from a small brewery that does some big-on-quality beers.

drtth, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden with virtually no head and no traces of lacing. The color was good - wish it had more of a head to it.
The smell was clean, but very faint. I didn't pick up on much, especially at first, but a whiff of faint hops.
It was well-balanced. Sweet and bitter intermingled. A slight skunk reminiscent of Euro-lagers was hidden in the background, but didn't last. Otherwise, the flavors were mild.
It did go down smoothly. Other than the smoothness, the strength of this brew is to quench a thirst on a hot day. While nothing especially notable in the smell or taste, it was well-balanced, non-offensive, and above-all smooth.

jwc215, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of Dave_Treat
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Dave_Treat, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap.

Poured a medium golden color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of grains and citrus. Tastes of grains, doughy, and citrus. A little honey sweetness in the taste as well. This was drinkable, but I usually don't overly enjoy Helles as a whole.

Notes from: 4/7/08

hopdog, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of mikeg67
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy deep golden with a short-lived white head. Aroma is of dough, some fruitiness and slight hints of hops. Body is medium and smooth. Bready malt and herbal hops fill the mouth, some lemon zest as well. Finish is long and dry. The brew is more bitter and fruity,than ordinary Helles, but it should be quite enjoyable for lager lovers.

mikeg67, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

VikeMan, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a huge 3"+ bubbly head. Lacing is thick.

Smell: grassy notes and some malt sweetness is pleasant.

Taste: big grainy and bready malt profile here. Some grass, very soft lemon zest, and mild bitterness makes up a very flavorful version of the style.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is relatively clean. Refreshing too.

Drinkability: its easy to sit down and finish a growler in a long afternoon session watching some sports on the tube. Nice beer.

Gavage, Jan 24, 2009
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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

InspectorBob, Jul 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

ejimhof, Dec 31, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

mmsimmons, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of ATPete
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another great beer from Climax Brewing Co.

A- Crystal clear amber/gold with a big booming white head. Some rising carbonation.

S- Fruity, Malty, Hoppy, Clean, Floral, Fresh, Balanced.

T- Suburb balance, the perfect blend of malts and hops. I get some caramel, grainy bread, pale malts, nice bitterness from the hops, even some fruit and pepper jump in to the mix.

M- Nice light carbonation, medium to light mouth feel

D- This growler stands no chance right now! In line with the rest of the Climax brews this years Helles is extremely drinkable.

Dave and Co. have done it again, great brew! a must try!

ATPete, Apr 04, 2008
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Hoffmann Helles from Climax Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.