Lux - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 4
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Prismatic Lager Series. German-style Helles.
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Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can Ninkasi replicate a Munich Helles? If you don't care, press the back button on your internet search engine. If you do care, continue reading:

The beer looks pale yellow in color with lots of lovely bubbles unashamed of showing themselves. Topping it is a white head which sits for a while at over half-inch thickness. Its aroma is tame, however replicate per style. Hay, somewhat sweet, a little note of grass. All is fine so far.

Although there is a wee note of cooked veggies, I'd say that Lux could give Munich a run at its helles. The beer is straightforward, with hay and a doughy sweetness. Its light body and easy drinking ability helps Lux stand out from the common high-hopped IPA.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a bow-tie)
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.

Photo of Auraan
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a clear light golden body.
The aroma is grain and lemon. Nice.
The taste is moderately bitter, lemon and honey. Good profile.
The texture is light and crisp.
A really nice Helles.

Photo of GabeBoise
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


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.


Photo of plaid75
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear yellow colored beer with a medium sized white head.

Smells of crystal malt and herbal hop. Scent of hard water and toasted grain.

Starts out grassy and more bitter than is smells. Big noble hop hit and light malt base. Mildly spicy in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall a tasty light bodied lager.

Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single bottle, purchased from Roth’s Sunnyslope Market in S.Salem. $1.79 Pours a clear corn oil yellow with a nice thick and frothy pure white head..that sticks around. Bready,slightly toasty malts dominate the aroma..touch of grassy hop. Taste is the same but has a really pleasing smooth almost buttery hint to it that helps.. Nice smooth low to medium carbonation..Touch of hop in the end. Nice enough summer drinker. Good lager.

Photo of AcuppaJoe
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very drinkable lager. A classic example of the Helles style.

Photo of vkv822
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : pilsner glass

Clear, pale golden yellow with a with a foamy, lightly fizzy white head. Decent retention.

Grassy, lightly spicy hops, with a crackery, biscuity malt backbone.

Medium body, standard, foamy carbonation.

A well done Helles Lager. Easy drinking, yet subtle complexities are there if the time is taken to appreciate them.

Photo of goldendenizen
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really like this lager by Ninkasi. Great clean bright flavor. Easy drinking and leaves your palate clean. I will definitely seek this out again.

Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Clear light yellow golden color in the tall glass. Some low foam when you pour, but lots of bubbles streaming. The mouthfeel is a little slick with some malty body. The carbonation runs out of gas before you're down the glass.

Lots of aroma. Grassy, cut alfalfa, bread baking. The flavors are crisp but fruity with a touch of pear. Some distinct sweetness with a taste like graham crackers. Flavors are full of aromatics. It's quite hoppy, perfumey, and resiny, though not overly bitter as you sip. More bitterness at the finish.

This is more of a Pilsner taste to me, but in any case a classic European flavor that's worth trying. One of the better Ninkasi brews and nice to taste a lighter style with such good results. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head that has slightly below average retention. The head is pure cotton white while the body is a pale straw that appears as a light lemon yellow in the light. Doesn't really leave any lacing behind.

Nose- The glass shows light notes of grain while the bottle gives a rounder picture of biscuit, cracker, and cornflakes. The glass shows hints of white grape, chalk, and grass. Not much presence to the glass but the bottle has the scent of baking bread. Swirling doesn't add much to the picture.

Taste- Fairly reflective of the nose. Starts off with a light touch of white grapes that moves into big notes of grain, cereal, biscuit, cracker, you name it. Very bready and very enjoyable. Lots of mineral, chalk, and spice on the finish. Some herbal and grassy notes. Seems to be pretty spot on for the style and appears to be quite solid in my opinion. There's no one note that really stands out, this beer is more about the balance and the crispness of the flavor profile. If this is representative of the style, I might have to check out more Munich Helles Lagers. This is a beer that won't turn a lot of heads but the people who like delicate complexity will enjoy. Without a doubt, a solid, good beer.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with light carbonation. Some smoothness and cream to the texture. Nice, dry finish.

Drinkability- Very easygoing while remaining very flavorful. Great summer beer and I don't know if I would spend the normal Ninkasi six pack price for it but I would definitely start off an evening at the bar with one.

Overall- Just a solid, good beer that really rocks the style. Since Ninkasi has expanded, they can make more lagers and if this is any indication, that is a good choice on their part. Definitely, worth a try. Maybe the problem the I've had with the German versions is that they haven't been fresh. This, I think, is pretty fresh and it shows.

Photo of jackb112
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The perfect lager. With ninkasi's new neer, they have hit a home run

Photo of LeeMoore
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not my favorite though if u lik Helles...

Photo of camarocrazy67
1.9/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It's no better than a cheap lager

Photo of Moose90
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A – Pours a bright pale yellow with a tall white head, high rising bubbles and minimal lacing.

S – Smells of sweet grain and malt, as well as a little peppery hop tone.

T – Very refreshing, light grain and malt, bitter hop balance.

M – Light to medium bodied, high carbonation, drinkable.

O – A nice easy drinker, no real complex flavors, but it's not supposed to, very nice overall.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Crystal clear straw yellow with a thick two-finger snow white head. Nominal lacing.

S - Strong aroma of pilsner malts (which always smell like corn to me), some apple and pear, grass, and hay.

T - Robust light lager flavor without any "off" notes. Fresh bread dough, butter, apple, lemon zest, graham cracker. Some hay and white pepper in the finish. Complex for the style. Tasty.

M- Light bodied, with a delicate, fizzy carbonation. Grainy. Crisp and dry finish. Fits the style well.

O - A superior blonde/light lager. Might be one of the best beers for weaning a BMC drinker to craft that I have sampled. I'm not even a huge fan of this style and I really enjoyed it.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, biscuit, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and quite easy to drink.

Photo of stephenrocha1992
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer overall. Will be my go to this summer. Taste a lot like Pravda, crisp, refreshing, and nice smooth hop flavor. Smells good, taste good, looks good, and great mouthful. This is the definition of a medium-bodied refreshing lager. Got to love Ninkasi, never disappoints me.

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a nice looking glossy sort of hazed over yellow to bronzed orange color. A nice one finger white foamy head glazed over the top of the beer. It left a nice looking soapy and clingy lacing clinging all over the glass.
The smell had a nice sweet to fresh grassy sort of cut of wheat glazed malty bready of sorts running all under my nose.
The taste was sweet and somewhat bready, a nice conglomeration of sweet breadiness and grassy hops rolls right on into the aftertaste and leaves a somewhat sticky finish.
The mouthfeel was there, its about a light on the body with a great sessionability about this one as its supposed to. Carbonation is good for the style and for me as its fairly smooth and good.
Overall, as a Munich Helles Lager, Ninkasi knocks this one outa the park. Well done for the style. I'm just wishing I would like this for me more, sorry Ninkasi, its really good, but for me I think I need some food along with it.

Photo of ricke49
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great domestic example of a Helles Lager. Can't imagine a more refreshing pour.

Grassy, crisp, perfect smell. There is a faint sweetness that is delightful.

If I can put myself in the mindset of a BMC 'advocate' for a second, I can imagine that this offering from Ninkasi would have me doing some deep re-evaluation of my choices of which good ol' beer to be considering in the future. Try it on a BMC friend and see what happens, I guess.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint on tap at Beer Revolution in downtown Calgary. A gentle golden color with a finger of frothy bright white bubbles.

Aroma is on the fruity side for the style, tons of apple, pear, and grape candy. Even a whiff of what registers to me as mango. Solid malty base that recalls sweet bread. Grassy hops. The smell is inviting and assertive, hitting the style target albeit with the volume knob turned up.

On the palate, this brew is again on the sweet, bready, grassy side. More bold hops than expected. Body on the thick end of the spectrum to boot. A rather fruity lager, with no astringent grainy off-notes. Gentle carbonation. I cannot escape the pear and dried mango fruit notes, which make this helles stand out.

Tasty brew with more heft than expected. Purists might quibble.

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