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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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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Pennsylvania

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.

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

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

07-20-2011 00:19:51 | More by aficionado
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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.  

06-29-2011 07:13:50 | More by corby112
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

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...

02-17-2011 02:01:28 | More by philbe311
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argock

Virginia

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.

12-21-2010 02:15:48 | More by argock
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drtth

Pennsylvania

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.

09-22-2010 17:52:51 | More by drtth
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dasenebler

Maine

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.

08-17-2010 04:27:29 | More by dasenebler
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Jmamay22

New York

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

From the growler pours a hay yellow colored beer with a hefty off white head that holds well. Smells of spicy hops with a strong malt base of bread.

The spicy hops sit at the forefront of my tastebuds with a slight hint of lemon. Finishes with a doughy sweetness. The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. A great representation of the style from an American brewery. The growler was great to share during this past world cup.

07-18-2010 03:43:22 | More by Jmamay22
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

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.

04-29-2010 23:59:53 | More by MasterSki
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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!

02-27-2010 00:40:36 | More by NJpadreFan
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confer

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

Had this beer out of a cask at the Tap and Table.

A- Golden but not very clear, maybe because of the cask. Nice head that stayed around for a while.

S-Smell was good, fresh.

T- The taste got better as with each swallow. Nice easy lagerr flavor almost no hoppiness.

M- Smooth and creamy out of the cask.

D- Delicious and very drinkable beer. I will look for it in sixes and enjoy some more.

07-07-2009 01:35:39 | More by confer
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bonbini26

New Jersey

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.

05-04-2009 19:24:08 | More by bonbini26
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skee1080

District of Columbia

4.88/5  rDev +29.8%

I had the privilege of sampling Climax Brewing's Hoffmann Helles straight from the carbonation tank at the brewery. Dave Hoffmann, owner and head brewer, was nice enough to come in one evening, give me a tour, and let me sample some of his beers. There's nothing quite like fresh beer straight from the tank! Since I had the beer last night, these notes are from my memory.

A-Medium gold color. The beer has excellent clarity and a beautifully thick white head. The head was extremely large at first cause it was coming straight from the carbonation tank, but once the beer settled, it was the perfect pint.

S-Bread baking is the first thing that comes to mind. The beer has an intense malt aroma, slightly biscuity and some toasty notes. There's a background German hop aroma as well.

T-The biscuity sweet malt flavor is delicately balanced with the hop bitterness. Little detectable hop flavor, but that's appropriate for a Helles.

M-The thing I really loved about this beer is that the carbonation wasn't overwhelming. A lot of light lagers (especially the macros) have way too much carbonation in my opinion. The Hoffmann Helles had decent carbonation, but not over the top, leaving a creamy medium body that I wasn't expecting in a lager.

D-I finished half a pint of this in like 3 minutes and easily could've drank a few more glasses. The Helles is incredibly easy drinking and a refreshing change from some of the "extreme" beers.

03-26-2009 14:49:36 | More by skee1080
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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

02-03-2009 15:16:10 | More by hopdog
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

01-24-2009 18:09:59 | More by Gavage
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shaebs99

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured a golden yellow with nice amounts of foamy white head

My rating of the smell may be unfair. Since this was poured into hotel glasses instead of proper glassware. Enjoyed while spending week in Jersey. Balanced aroma. Light grassy hops and malt. I want more, but this may be due to the glass.

Taste is well balanced. Grainy, bready with some pale malt notes. Clean finish. I would also like this to be a bit crisper, just a touch more carbonation.

Very drinkable and enjoyable beer. Not my favorite lager, but one of my favorite helles (up there with Weihenstephaner and Stoudt's for me). Would love to make this a regular in my Summer lineup, but is unavailable to me on LI

06-02-2008 01:06:15 | More by shaebs99
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thefireman

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +28.5%

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.

04-06-2008 15:00:08 | More by thefireman
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ATPete

New Jersey

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!

04-04-2008 00:42:31 | More by ATPete
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Ego

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

store bought brewery filled growler...raised the temp to just below cellar.

eyes...
large soapy white head sizzles as it settles down, pale straw, almost too pale imo, lacing is decent, carbonation is slow to moderate in the glass, head retention is pretty good. nothing special, nothing that would make you blow goat chunks....

nose...
assertive grassy and malty, some sweetness peaks through, it almost smells like wet wood (not a complaint), very nice.

taste etc...
round and well bodied in the mouth, the carbonation prickles just a hair keeping this from being to syrupy, the malt really bites here, there are subtle aftertones of bitterness but they are more periphery than anything. this tastes very "natural" (whatever the hell that is supposed to mean)

verdict:
another fine showing from hoffmann's aka climax. as usual his german styles are good representatives.

music: slayer - christ illusion

06-03-2007 02:21:55 | More by Ego
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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.

07-24-2006 04:02:31 | More by jwc215
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +25%

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.

09-12-2005 01:29:58 | More by Rastacouere
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

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.

07-18-2004 04:48:58 | More by RonfromJersey
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Hoffmann Helles from Climax Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.