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Helles Golden Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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84
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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
German Pils malt / Saaz & Hallertauer M. Hops

18 IBU

(Beer added by: weeare138 on 06-16-2005)
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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by CHickman:
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3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer review notes from 5/20/12, on tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY: pours hazy yellow gold color with a 2 finger white head that faded quickly and left decent spotty lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, grains, corn husk, vegetables, light herbs and light citrus hops; pretty earthy nose, almost like a salad.

Tastes like it smells, sweet malt, caramel, grains, corn husk, vegetables, light herbs, funky yeast, cardboard, light citrus hops and a hint of lemon zest; on par for the style, but just kind of blah as it seems like an American attempt at a German beer and not an American interpretation of a German beer. It misses the mark somewhere for me.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and lemony, with high fizzy carbonation, a light body and a finish that's tart yet almost clean. An easy drinking beer that was alright, but not one I got excited about.

CHickman, Oct 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

I had two of these over dinner the other night and they were so-so. That said I'd like to try it outside of the can.

DStrauss1987, Aug 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Bdel34, Feb 18, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Sly Fox Brewing Company (Phoenixville, PA) on 10/9/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin frothiness, which bunches up around the sides of the glass, leaving back a smattering of creamy lace down the sides. The aroma smells grassy and spicy, with a fresh underlying leafy citrus character. The malts have a moderate tightness in the nose, which offers up some flavorful support and overall crispness to this.

The taste has a firm citric snap across the tongue, which spreads leafy flavors and a spicy bitterness out into the mouth. Sweet bready grains do a nice job of balancing this, while those Noble hops pull up the finish with a dry spiciness and a touch of lingering bitter fruit. The mouthfeel has a lighter medium bodied feel to it, with an overall crispness to the carbonation that keeps this tight in the mouth. Pretty overall easy feel to this here.

They excel at German styles here at Sly Fox and this was no different. This was just a crisp, flavorful, and most of all EXREMELY drinkable take on the style, with my only complaint being that this was maybe a bit too dry and spicy in the finish. Other than that though, this was had a tremendous quaffable nature to it. Good stuff!

Kegatron, Oct 11, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer started out nicely. The appearance was a wonderful clear golden color every bubble being clearly expressed. But as it warmed slightly things seem to fall apart. What were generous toasted malts in the nose became sort of sweet cereal without being interesting. The taste was cloying with none of the charm of a great helles. I probably wouldn't order this again.

Chinon01, Jan 31, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, somewhat deep golden colour with a frothy white head that leaves a minimal amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma has some hop notes to it that are a touch dirty and a touch sweet. There's a faint hint of caramel in the mix here as well.

Flavour has a touch of graininess to it and some of the sweetness that was noted in the aroma, along with an ever so slight spice flavour. There's a definite German character to this one from the Saaz hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied but spot on for the style and refreshing.

This is a simple, to the point take on the style. It's not my favourite style in the world so I'd be apt to grab something else off of the beer list, but I enjoyed this one nonetheless which to me is a testament to a job well done by the brewer. If you like the style, you'll really dig this one, and even if you don't you should enjoy it as well.

SixpointJMH, Sep 02, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

IdrinkGas, Mar 11, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This golden lager is very light and easy to drink. I enjoy this beer very much. The German pips malt really stands out in the taste. And the hallertauer hops are the perfect choice to put a hint of bitterness in the after taste. I would recommend this beer for a tailgate or on the beach.

MattyPods, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

mendvicdog, Sep 05, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml can. Footed flute glass @ Freiburg (L´Hospitalet-Barcelona). Pale gold color, clear appearance.. White froth, close crown & fairly good retention. Spicy, floral, yeasty & grassy aromas. Malty & crisp upfront rounded by hints of apple & pear on the back. Light body. Moderate but lively carbonation. Pale malty texture & spicy touch. Clean bitterness arises in the middle & lingers into a bitter/sweet finish. Dried aftertaste. Easy to drink !!

GONZALOYANNA, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a lightly sweet doughy malt with a good dose of flowery hop.

The taste consisted of a clean husky grain, some light sweetness and a spicy noble hop.

The mouthfeel was clean and crisp with a light creaminess.

Overall a good and quaffable lager. I would have liked to have seen more of a hop flavor to match the aroma.

plaid75, Apr 24, 2007
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Helles Golden Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.