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Hoffmann Helles - Climax Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RonfromJersey on 07-18-2004)
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Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%

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
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

Knapp85, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%

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.

RblWthACoz, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

Growler thanks to Beerloco. Served in a pilsner glass.

A - Pours with a finger of eggshell foam that dissipates to some haze. Glass-coating lacing complements a hazy golden straw body.

S - German noble hops lend a floral note, fruity esters, caramel, and grain. Solid smelling helles, with a potent nose.

T - Very clean lager taste, with notes of honey, fruits, and caramel. Finishes with lemony and grassy hops and light bitterness. Very clean aftertaste.

M - Nice refreshing medium-light body, with light but zesty carbonation. A bit of graininess, but otherwise quite smooth. Finishes with light stickiness.

D - This stuff is super session-worthy. Easy to slam, with the low ABV (whatever it is), and pleasant texture. Nice solid refreshing flavor.

MasterSki, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

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 Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

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
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

InspectorBob, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

Draft at Rembrandt's.

Pours a clear, dark golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white headthat slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Subtle earthy, floral aroma with hints of grassy hops and pale malt along with some light fruit notes.  Smelly slightly creamy with hints of apple and faint alcohol.  

Medium bodied with a nice crisp floral hop bite up front that is countered by sweet pale malt, subtle alcohol and light fruit notes.  Slightly earthy and grassy and faintly dry but not very bitter.  Well balanced with pale pilsner malt and a crisp light apple flavor.  Slightly dry  with a bit of alcohol in the finish.  Well balanced and really easy to drink especially in this humid weather.  

corby112, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

ejimhof, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

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 argock
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from brown growler into a short clear pilsner glass. No freshness date. Purchased from Rio Hill (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Clear golden with short white head despite an aggressive pour from the vessel. Some sticky lace remains behind however despite the scant head.

S: Grassy, hay-like hops with lemongrass as well complement the bready maltiness. Slight sour note above and beyond the lemon prevents a move upward for this score.

T: Bready and biscuity malts pair well with the lemongrass hoppiness. The sour note in the aroma is faint but present. The aftertaste is a litle like a yeasty poundcake with lemon-vanilla glaze.

M: Great heft for the style with a good coating quality and a relatively low carbonation which makes for a more tacky feel.

D: A pretty good Helles -- I know I said I wouldn't revisit it but at $7.99 a growler and a bunch of other good reviews, I thought it was worth another try. I'm glad I did -- it's a lemon-bread Helles with a killer feel.

argock, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of WDJersey
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

WDJersey, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

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 RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Brewery filled, store purchased growler.

A polished yellow gold body, topped by a hearty helping of whip cream froth, alive with peaks and ridges.. Good lacing immediately evident.

Nose is grassy, with a closing spicey note.

The initial malt landing is firm, but clean. It's not light and airy, not syrupy, just a quick jab that gets your attention before the noble hops jump on to even the seesaw. The hops come in ride the malt away, smoothing edges, and then remaining on stage for a few solo tumbles around the mouth in a delightful aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is a fine balance. Drinkability: maybe it's time to start buying these Climax growlers in pairs.

Another fine addition to the Climax Lager line. Enjoy it this summer.

RonfromJersey, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

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!

BeerLover99, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of philbe311
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

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 bonbini26
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

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 DIPAFAN
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

DIPAFAN, May 11, 2013
Photo of Dave_Treat
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Dave_Treat, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

dgherm, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%

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 mikeg67
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

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
Photo of ATPete
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%

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
Photo of dasenebler
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

Growler purchased at Gary's; no freshness date.

Pours a clear yellow-gold with a nice, frothy head. Very good retention and lacing for a growler.

Aroma is muffled and faint: cereal grain, vaguely sweet malt.

For the lightness of this beer, there is some good malt character. It's bready, grainy and lightly sweet. Almost lemony in its hop flavor, with earthy, grassy notes as well. The mouthfeel is light, with low carbonation, making for a smooth drinking experience. Almost reminds me of a Kölsch or Cream Ale more than a Helles. Still, this goes down very easily.

My first beer from Climax, this lager is a solid offering. Simple and drinkable. My only wish is that the brewery would start putting dates on their growlers, as I could imagine freshness being an issue. My beer was good, but definitely not at the peak of freshness.

dasenebler, Aug 17, 2010
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Hoffmann Helles from Climax Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.