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Hoffmann Helles - Climax Brewing Company

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.97%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RonfromJersey on 07-18-2004)
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Reviews by thefireman:
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thefireman

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +29.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2008 15:00:08 | More by thefireman
More User Reviews:
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

09-13-2013 13:34:28 | More by dgherm
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metter98

New York

3.44/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 22:22:48 | More by metter98
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Varkias41

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-22-2013 17:23:52 | More by Varkias41
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-30-2013 20:02:17 | More by InspectorBob
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

The big detractor on this one for me is the level of the sweetness. It's almost like a Belgian ale as opposed to a helles. The flavor is full and the carbonation is extremely lively. It's okay as a beer. But as a helles, I feel it is very much lacking.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 04:53:35 | More by RblWthACoz
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abcdefghijkyle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%

05-24-2013 20:26:07 | More by abcdefghijkyle
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

05-11-2013 23:57:38 | More by DIPAFAN
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mmsimmons

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

02-19-2013 02:19:15 | More by mmsimmons
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

12-31-2012 04:17:31 | More by ejimhof
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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12-19-2012 23:12:19 | More by
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Treb0R

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-13-2012 15:46:45 | More by Treb0R
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

11-07-2012 00:28:11 | More by Dave_Treat
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jnardone235

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%

09-03-2012 04:20:30 | More by jnardone235
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WDJersey

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

07-27-2012 03:22:25 | More by WDJersey
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KenC

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

05-19-2012 19:26:08 | More by KenC
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Samp01

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 17:36:16 | More by Samp01
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 16:42:54 | More by tone77
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 20:11:41 | More by mikeg67
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: shiny straw yellow, trace white head,
fair lacing

S: biscuit, floral, caramel, raisin, malt

T: sweet raisin/biscuit, malt, chalky, floral,
semi-dry finish

M: light, semi-crisp/dry mouth

O: Maybe this brewery or beer is just
not my thing, but has a chalky/biscuit
and ripe fruit aftertaste. I usually enjoy
this style, but maybe I don't.

SOLID, SEE FOR YOURSELF!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 19:28:05 | More by BeerLover99
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

12-19-2011 18:32:13 | More by VikeMan
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a clear golden yellow color with a head on top that wasn't too impressive really. The smell of the beer gave off some traditional lager aromas with some light grassy nots and some earthiness too. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it was mellow and subtle, nothing too grassy which I found nice. The mouthfeel of the beer was again pretty stanard, it was dry and crisp. Overall it's a good lager.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 05:10:05 | More by Knapp85
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gory4d

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear fizzy yellow with a low white head; not much lacing. The smell is crisp minerals, biscuit, grass, lemon. Taste is lots of grass and biscuit, with some faint lemon notes and something tannic that seems out of place. It's viscous, medium in body, under-carbonated due, perhaps, to a poor job filling the growler. It's a good beer, could be a little better; in any case it's very easy to drink, and one I'd happily drink again.

Serving type: growler

11-19-2011 05:28:28 | More by gory4d
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

11-16-2011 01:54:02 | More by Blanco
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aficionado

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow body, clearish but not as clear as can be, 2 finger white fluffy head, lots of random lacing, high carbonation. A little yeast sediment issues but nothing really detrimental.

Smells pretty good for a Helles. The fruitiness of the apples comes through along with some grassy notes and aromatic grain. Gets musty though as the beer warms. I enjoy this better quite cold.

Unripe sour Granny Smith apple, Meyer lemon, sweet grain, and just a hint of banana. The subtle sourness helps to bring out the fruity flavors better so it's not all just bready grain. The only thing that bothers me is that it's not too smooth as far as the bitterness goes.

I can tell the boys at Climax take a lot of consideration into the quality of their water. The mouthfeel is great for a refreshing Munich Helles. Moderate light body with a crisp feel.

Not an incredibly complex beer, but I don't want Munich Helles to be bourbon barrel aged or have dozens of different layers. This is a great beer. Munich would be proud. Enough said.

Serving type: growler

07-20-2011 00:19:51 | More by aficionado
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Hoffmann Helles from Climax Brewing Company
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