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Road To Helles - The Lost Abbey

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Road To Helles
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-19-2010)
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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a taster glass at Lost Abbey's taproom. Cost was $1.00 USD. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger beige colour head of some cream, nice thickness, and fair retention. Colour is a clear yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pale malts, clean malts, lactose, clean barley, some spice, and straw.

T: Clean barley forms the body. Straw. Clean malts. Pleasant refreshing lactose. Crisp. Definitely a helles; I like it, but it's simple. Subtle for the style - just as you'd expect from Lost Abbey. A tasty little lager.

Mf: Smooth, clean, and wet. Suits the flavours near perfectly. Slight rough coarseness drags the flavour out in the second act. Good carbonation.

Dr: Very drinkable. I could down this one all night. A refreshing enjoyable little helles. Well priced as well. This would be a good one to get a keg of for a party, and it's one hell of a session brew, but it's too simple for me to want to enjoy again. Still, I'm glad I tried it and it's impressive what they've done with the style. Another solid offering from Lost Abbey.


kojevergas, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a soapy white head, solid retention.

S: Bready malt, some noble hop character, light.

T: Fairly hoppy for a Helles, pratically Pils-like. Malt is mild, hops bring a lot of grassy and earthy flavours.

M: Crisp, semi-clean, light-bodied.

D: A solid Helles though it has been Americanized a bit, but a good choice on a hot day. Weird that this style is coming out of The Lost Abbey.

Halcyondays, Jul 04, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here's a question you might see on a future SAT:

helles lager: Lost Abbey, as
a) old ale: Harviestoun
b) India Pale Ale: The Bruery
c) dry stout: Anheuser Busch
d) porter: Drie Fonteinen

It's an odd couple, yet nearly as odd to see it available in Santa Cruz. Served on-tap at burger, on to the beer:

Straw colored with a small ring of lace on top. Its aroma is on target, which offers fresh hay notes, albeit with a kiss of DMS. The style gets a little smeaered in the taste, where bitter hops spring first. Steeley. Eventually, hay and lemongrass notes arrives, but I'm left with the impression of a pilsner than a helles. It's light bodied with modest crispness, and is reasonably drinkable.

An acceptable lager, even if it doesn't make me forget of the Hofbrau's of the world. As well as they did Midnight Sessions (schwarzbier), I'm a little surprised how the Road to Helles went.

And finally, in case you were wondering, the correct asnwer was D.

DoubleJ, Sep 11, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lost Abbey. Pours a clear, bright, yellow color with a medium white head that lingers for a bit. Scent is kinda lacking...a tiny bit of biscuity malt and light hops...maybe a hint of grain. Taste is a little more bread/biscuit-like malt with some hops and crisp pilsner-like flavor. Mouthfeel is very light with a bit of bitterness. Drinkability is high. Overall, not my favorite style...a very drinkable beer that could be a great transition beer to BMC drinkers.

DovaliHops, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a pale golden-yellow with a fluffy white head.

S: Quite light on the aroma. A bit of biscuity and bready malt to provide some sweetness. There is a light spiciness which seems to be in the form of coriander.

T: A bit heavier on the bread and malt qualities to give this beer some actual flavor. The sweetness is mildly contrasted by some spicy hops and a moderate bitterness.

M: Light in body with a crisp, clean carbonation--just like you would expect from a Helles Lager.

D: Certainly easy enough to drink down on the warm Southern California days that are here and that shall continue throughout the summer.

womencantsail, Jun 30, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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Road To Helles from The Lost Abbey
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