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Lux - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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very good

92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-23-2014

Prismatic Lager Series. German-style Helles.
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Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 20
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A- This beer pours a crystal clear yellow body with a gentle carbonation working to the surface. There was a snow white head that sticks to the glass with each sip, slowly making some nice lace before sliding back onto the beer.

S- The slightly sulfury aroma has some dried leaves/ lagered malt aromas in the clean finish.

T- The nice crisp pale hop flavor had some pils malt underneath with a touch of sweetness and flint in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery fizz texture in the finish.

O- This beer has a nice crisp smooth well lagered flavor that is easy to drink but has some nice subtle hops and malts that keeps me sipping.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous clear golden body with a one finger white head that quickly receded to a cap of lace. The perfect appearance for the style. Scents of sweet Pilsner malt, light levels of floral and slightly herbal hops and a light touch of sulphur and honey. Overall impression of aroma is of a very true to style Munich Helles, light, malty and clean. Quite nice. Flavor begins lightly sweet and malty, with notes of honey and Pilsner malt lending a light sugar cookie-like flavor. Light levels of floral and herbal Hallertau hops come through. Middle continues to be lightly sweet with the same malty flavors, but picks up more hop flavors to balance, with the floral and herbal character shining through. Finish is balanced between sweet and grainy malt flavors and floral and herbal Hallertau hops, with medium-light bitterness. Aftertaste is lightly bitter with notes of floral and herbal hops and grainy malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a nicely balanced, crisp, clean Munich Helles lager. Quite true to style and very pleasing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth malty feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very drinkable beer, hitting the style guidelines exactly. Overall this is an excellent Munich Helles lager. It is very true to form in all respects and is a well executed, balanced beer.

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16oz glass at the Edmonton Oliver location of Beer Revolution.

This beer appears a glassy, medium golden yellow colour, with one anemic finger of plainly foamy and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few minor specks of baby pom-pom lace in spots around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of bready, crackery, and doughy pale malt, weak apple and pear fruity notes, a touch of astringent yeast, and tame floral, earthy, and leafy hops. The taste is more grainy, bready, and semi-sweet pale malt, the caramel equation never really resolving, the same understated drupe fruit character from the aroma, a touch of old-school gasohol, and plain earthy, leafy and weedy noble hops.

The bubbles are quite tame and easy to accommodate, the body an adequate medium weight, and smooth enough - if you're expecting a tussle, then these are not the hops you're looking for. It finishes off-dry, and off the charts as far as its slavish ode to Bavarian lager tradition goes.

While not the headiest of examples of this venerable style, it does well to emulate the best in class of all those tall boys that predominate liquor stores everywhere, and maybe even edge a nose or two above at times. Worth checking out, if this is your particular thing.

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Beautiful, clean lager. Fits my taste better than Weihenstephaner and other helles I have tried.

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Picked up a couple of these at the COOP last night... Pours a bright polished golden with a good sudsy white head... spotty lacing. Nose shows grainy pils malt with some background DMS.. light grassy hoppiness. Hops show as more of a spicy Continental hop on the palate... very respectable.. I will be buying this one a bunch over the summer.


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On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.

Poured a hazy copper hue with a faint white cap.

The smell featured a light grainy sweetness and a touch of noble hop.

The taste was likewise grainy with a soft sweetness and light herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was a touch flat.

Overall a pretty good helles.

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Lux from Ninkasi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.