Hell's Half Mile - Tri-City Brewing Company

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Tri-City Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: WakeandBake on 02-26-2010

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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by WakeandBake:
Photo of WakeandBake
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden straw color pour with a small foamy short lasting head . Aroma of biscut and cereal grain , lightly sweet with a bit of grassy hops . Flavor is very balanced a light toasted , faintly sweet biscuty malt flavor complimented by grassy spicy hops , clean crisp mouthfeel , lots of carbonation bubbles and a short dry light hop finish . I would call this quite drinkable/sessionable
Not my favorite style and it is a cold snowy day but all in all still a good solid brew , will try again in the summer if I see it .

More User Reviews:
Photo of Brenden
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is the brightness and clarity as well as color of polished gold. The pour produces a soapy, creamy head that's a dazzling pure white. It's no less than one finger after it's settled. It develops a craggy consistency and continues to fall very slowly while leaving plentiful and thick spotting.
The aroma is perfumey and has that not-quite-sulfuric note particular to the Helles lager strongly. It's built on a dry malts base, and there are some fruity esters to the alcohol too. A somewhat metallic note begins to develop, but slowly.
The taste adds a sweetness almost like honey, but a metallic note becomes too strong and there's a very prevalent tang that isn't pleasant. I don't know what happened between the aroma and the flavor, but it fell off badly.
This light-bodied beer seems like it might have depth, but it's too fizzy and too bitingly spritzy to feel much of anything else for awhile. The effervescence takes a little time to calm down.

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.84/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Interesting taste, the taste made me think of what drinking dead grass would taste like.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First ever Helles Lager, lets give it a try. Poured into a 4 ounce sampling mug.

A- Poured a nice golden straw color with a nice creamy white head, hardly any lacing.

S- Very grainy and yeasty, with the sweet smell of malts sitting in the background.

T- Similar to the smell, full of yeast and grains. The malts and hops come in at the end very sweet

M- Very thin and crisp with tons of carbonation.

D- Very seasonable beer, i could easily put down a six pack of this in one night, good bmc alternative.

Overall for its style i find it to be a good tasting highly drinkable beer. Didnt know really what to expect with helles lager since i have never had one since now, but i find it to be a very flavorful lager, if it wasn't for $10 a six pack this would be my go to session beer.

Photo of weizenbob
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hell's Half Mile is the latest stop in my quest to seek out the quintessential Michigan-brewed lager. This 12 ounce bottle was purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. There was no bottle date to be found but I'm told that this just came off the truck (how often have we heard that).

I poured this Helles Lager into a pilsner glass. The pour yielded about two fingers of foamy head. Retention is moderate to low. Lacing is minimal. The beer is deeply golden hued with plenty of lazy carbonation slowly rising to the top.

The aroma gives off fresh cut grass and wet hay. Hop bitterness wafts off the top. Overall though, it smells sweeter than it does bitter.

The flavor profile is dominated by the sweet taste of wet hay. There is a fairly heavy graininess that persists. A mild alcohol presence rises on the back end. The beer finishes with a "kiss of the hops". Hay stays in the mouth long after the swallow, requiring a palate cleanser (like pretzels). The sweet graininess is indeed nice, but this beer is pretty much a one trick pony. A bigger hop presence would really balance this out nicely.

This lager is pleasantly medium bodied. The malty graininess adds some surprising heft while the moderate carbonation keeps it just prickly enough.

Drinkability is the name of the game for this beer. 20.4 IBUs of mellow bitterness are completely overtaken by sweet grains. It's nicely substantial in the mouth and rests at a middle-of-the-road 6% ABV. This is as approachable of a lager as any, and would be a decent beer to have around that won't offend macro or micro drinkers, though; it probably won't impress them either


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation):
I do give a Schlitz about Hell's Half Mile, but as a go-to lager I'd probably rather just stock my fridge with Schlitz.

Photo of FosterJM
2.62/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1655th Review on BA
Bottle to Weizen glass

Thanks to my co-worker Kathleen for bringing this back from MI during Thanksgiving.

App- When this poured out it almost filled the entire glass with foam. It was a good bright orange with some deep ambers in it. A bit too much head. I spot infection early. Just not a good sign.

Smell- Its was a bit too citrusy. I said on instagram. Feremented orange juice. Wasnt very aromatic. Prickly, zesty and a bit unique. Dont know how to call it. Musty, hay? Still not sure.

Taste- Okay. Ill call it now. Infection. Strangely feremented. Crazy sour flavor with malty undertones. Bitter and thick malts.

Mouth- Light bodied & high carbed. Residual orange fermentation.

Drink- Drank 1/2. Poured rest. Couldnt do it. Oh well.

Photo of cserrato02
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Definitely a full body German style lager. Balanced, malty, semi sweet. Great bold flavors that fulfill a German Helles lager.

Photo of GRPunk
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Pilsener glass.

A- It poured with a 2-finger, fluffy, eggshell head that holds at about 1/2-finger for the duration and leaves good rings on the glass. The body was fairly clean (just a touch of haze), deep gold with moderate-heavy carbonation.

S- Doughy malts dominate at first. There's a little, almost berry-like, sweetness. Floral hops are a little lesser, but bring the aroma closer to a balance. It's really bold, while maintaining the delicate/subtle qualities.

T- Doughy base with some grainy/cereal flavors. Pleasant, spicy hops clean up the finish and bring the flavor into balance. There's just a hint of alcohol astringency at points. Overall, it's a fairly bold interpretation of the style.

M- Between clean and slightly chewy/grainy with moderate carbonation. There's a full feel for the style that's pleasant. You know you're drinking a beer on this one.

O- Solid interpretation and a good drinker. I can see putting back a ton of these in a summer afternoon, maybe with some brats. I could see buying a sixer of this at some point.

Photo of david131
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A clear, yellow-orange liquid with a thin white head with numerous strains of carbonation rising to the surface.

S- Loads of pears and apples. Smells very much like cider, and not in a bad way.

T- Light fruit, such as apples and pears, along with some bread. A bit of a sweet aspect and a clean finish.

M- A nice amount of carbonation without any bite. The finish is rather light and creamy.

D- A rather unique taste on the style that is pretty tasty. I wouldn't pass this up if it were around.

Photo of Spiekerbox
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale golden orange with small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S- Plain malts with a little fruitiness in there.

T- A decent plain but mixed malt profile with fruitness in there as well. Almost has a cider-like quality to it. Not a lot of bitterness but there is a floral hop finish to it, quite sweet on the finish too.

M- Thin and clean. Flavor stays around for a while, especially in the throat.

O- Refershing beer with not a lot too it, but not in a bad way either. The beer is enjoyable and has little to no alcohol presence for how drinkable it is, this one could be dangerous in that way :)

Photo of deadchef
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured into a sam adams glass

a: medium golden hue with a nice 3/4" white fluffy head. crystal clear.

s: sulfur, grassy hops

t: light toast, bold bitterness, some sweetness, flavors dissipate quickly. not a whole lot of malt complexity.

m: nicely carbonated, crisp, clean finish, very refreshing

o: very refreshing beer every time i drink this. easy to drink. pleasant sessionable beer.

Photo of divineaudio
2.92/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

undated 12oz poured into a stange.

a - pours a hazy golden color with a thin cap of white foam. head calms quickly to a film and leaves no lacing behind.

s - sharp fruity notes like sour cherry or maybe white grape juice, biscuits and honey.

t - acidic tartness and faint hop spiciness backed by a bready malt base. has a honey like sweetness and finishes with a moderate earthy bitterness. kind of an odd combination of flavors.

m - lighter in body but a coarse, fizzy co2 profile and strong acidic bite keep this from feeling good in the mouth.

o - not very enjoyable at all. seems to hit most of the style points noted in other examples, but if i didn't know better i'd say i was drinking a spiced cider, or that maybe this is in the early stages of infection. i would possibly try this on tap if i came across it, but i won't be purchasing bottles again.

Photo of jsisko01
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark golden color with an inch thick, white head that dissipates instantly. Leaves a very nice lacing behind.

Smell - Smells pretty musty.. it must be the hops used. I also smell a light sweetness like apple cider. Can't really detect anything else, other than grains.

Taste - Quite sweet, with a cider-like flavor. The hops are pretty strong with a mild spiciness. Nice malts, grains, a bready feel, and somewhat floral. There's not really any bitterness to speak of.

Mouthfeel - Light body with high carbonation.

Overall - It's interesting to try a new style. This is a little too spicy for me to drink on with my acid reflux, but it's good.
Picked this up in Bay City, MI.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong with plenty of fruity tones and an undertone of yeast, slightly sweet. It pours a clear yellowish amber with a thick, if not persistent, cream-white head. Flavor is malty, yeasty and fruity with a touch of sweetness and a hint of hops. Texture is very smooth yet quite fizzy, leaving behind a nice tingle.

Hell's Half Mile from Tri-City Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.