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Helles Golden Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 284
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 28.61%
Wants: 9
Gots: 34 | 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:
Beer added by: weeare138 on 06-16-2005

German Pils malt / Saaz & Hallertauer M. Hops

18 IBU
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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 284
Photo of Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the goat races - served chilled in a willybecker.
A - A clear golden as the name states w/ small white cap. The bead is pin sized and carbonation is visible, attractive lager to view in the Sly Fox glass.

S - Great malt nose w/ floral hops and light mineral note from subtle yeast aroma

M - Crisp light body + light herbal hop w/ nice malt smooth dry texture. A bit spicy for my taste to be honest.

T - A nice crisp flavor but hoppier than most w/ a nice clean yeast profile and mild sweetness. The hops have great flavor, but higher up in the taste than malt which is a little off the mark, but taste is a nice blend of complimentary flavors

D -= A good example of the style, a nice quaffable helles, but could use more malt in the tast IMO, like the clean drinkable aspects a lot, I could drink many of these in a session

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Photo of Rifugium
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

First had: can, sample tasting at Edgemont Beer

Golden-straw color, clear, with a thin layer of bubbles on top. Plastic cup, so no real lacing going on. Aroma was pretty "lagery," sweet with bready malts, almost doughy, and some light floral hops. Taste of cereal grains, sweet, more of the bready malts from the aroma, light floral hops. A pretty basic lager. A bit bland and dull, no real crispness to it. Light body. I guess it was okay, if you like lagers, but I wasn't really digging it, and I wouldn't even call it a lawnmower beer. But it was a free sample, so I couldn't turn it down.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sly fox helles 4.9% abv 
Appears crystal clear golden straw with a magnificent white head, canned to perfection great suds to look at and embellish in. Aroma has fresh baked bread like notes herbal earthy grassy hops, flavor comes off crisp refreshing biscuit and pils malt with enough hops 18 IBUs to keep things interesting. Great summer beer my new staple for golfing and grass mowing, body is light finishes crisp perfect drinkable PA lager! Paired with Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador excellent spicy cigar with enough ligero to put hair on your chest!

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Photo of stakem
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thank you Slatetank for gifting me with a can of this. 12oz can with that nifty opener that lifts the entire top off becoming it's own glassware. Poured it anyway into a standard pint. The brew appears a clear straw yellow color with a white finger supported by rising bubbles. It leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

The nose contains notes of straw grain that is sweet and lightly buttery with a hint of sulfur and floral/fruity notes that seem to come from a more alcohol driven character than hops.

The taste is buttery and sweet like caramel with a grassy herbal contrast. It is fruity into the aftertaste with a mild alcohol ester just like the nose suggests.

This is a medium bodied brew with s modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp and easy drinking. It plays the part of the style well. If this was a style I got thirsty for, id reach for it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA.

Golden / bronze body. Clear with a small white cap. Aromas of pils malt, a hint of sweet, fruity notes. Grain and bread with distant floral notes and a clean feel. Easy to drink. Not too sweet. Light Saaz hop character. Solid.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

They were to have brought some of these CANs to PA Flavor on Saturday but a miscommunication somewhere along the line left us all high and dry. Fortunately, I got a ride to Al's of Hampden later and scored a sixer of these for The CANQuest (TM).

From the CAN: "This German-style lager is a perennial favorite in the Sly Fox pubs and our brewers' go-to session beer. Craft brewed with imported German Pils malt and Saaz and Hallertauer hops, this golden beer is light-bodied with a gentle, dry finish."

I started the Crack and the whole top came off in my hand! Aaaaahhh! I CAN see into the CAN itself! This is not how The CANQuest operates and I am not sure that I like it. No Glug, but more of a Blorp!, like emptying a CAN of food into a bowl or dish. I had a brief finger of bone-white head, but it quickly dissipated. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the characteristic honey-like sweetness of good, adjunct-free lager. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was unmistakably lager with a light grassiness, thanks to the hops. Finish was mild, semi-sweet, very unobtrusive. Given its relatively low ABV and unimposing flavor, I CAN see why people would flock to this. It is certainly appropriate for the cooler and the CAN is a novelty, but I hope that it is not a coming trend.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Bright tan golden small amount of bronze with just a small wispy white head, no stick.

S- Earthy, grainy, toasted malt and just basically earth like hops in the nose. Getting a bit of grass as it warms. It's pretty bold for what it is.

T- A nice toasted lager, crisp malty but more hoppy with earth like tones, some baked bread. Small amount of grain and grass. Some sweet malt afterwards and slightly bitter.

M- Crisp and refreshing, light and moderately carbed. Goes down all to easy.

D- I liked it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox Brewing Company
Helles Golden Lager

Appearance: 12 oz pull tab can. Pours a bright golden color with a chill haze. White head forms and leaves some lace. Retention is average.

Smell: Bread, biscuit, crackers and some stewed floral, grassy hops. Pilsner malt is apparent right away, This beer has a strong aroma.

Taste: Cakey pilsner malts, bread and lemony citrus are the big flavors. Hops are herbal, spicy, leafy, and have soft citrus notes. Finishes with a tang of yeast and alpha acids, bitterness is pretty pronounced for 18 IBU.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, well carbonated. Citrus oil and yeast tang stick to the palate,

Overall: A refreshing beverage for the summer, I enjoyed the lemon citrus notes along with the bready pilsner malts. Makes for a good canned option, and it uses a vintage pull tab design which makes for a smooth pour. Sly Fox Helles Golden Lager makes for a great warm weather, lighter craft option.

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Photo of weeare138
4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is formerly the French Creek Helles.
Appears a light golden yellow with a small white head that quickly dissapears. Some spotty lacing can be seen on the glass.
Smell is of heavy caramel, malt, and refreshing hops.
Taste is of caramel & malt with a nice, zippy hop that is superbly balanced. Nice, light bready and fruity beverage that is a true winner.
Mouthfeel is balanced sweetness that slowly lingers towards the back of the mouth.
Drinkability is great. Everything is in place with this beer to be an outstanding beer with the exception of the somewhat lackluster head retention.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can, and I am not really felling this cup/can design. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts. Taste is crisp, malts, some hops, refreshing and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good session beer.

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Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear gold with a fine, white head. Great retention and lacing. Clean malt aroma with plenty of floral hops - maybe just a bit of citrus as well. Light to moderate bitterness with a bit of malt. Slightly grainy character, almost like barley straight from the bag on brewing day. Sweet finish. Light body with crisp carbonation. Off-dry. This is a highly drinkable, top notch helles, especially for a brewpub. The brewer really knows his stuff.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mine is listed as 4.9% Poured into a pint glass.

A - Very cool can tabs you can open the top completely up for easy chugging. In the glass a nice clear bright yellow with a 1/2 inch of sticky head that pulls back to a great lace ring.
S - German sweet malts, some hops, a touch of corn. Smells ok.
T - Well I am not blown away but it taste decent enough.Mostly sweet malts, little skunk, and hops with a touch of lemon.
M - Light and crisp. Easy to drink.

Overall another great beer from Sly Fox but I have had better reps of the style. Goes down easy though with session able qualities.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent golden yellow with a thick creamy white head. The nose is lightly toasted grain with a touch of dough malt balanced by a fairly assertive citric hop in the back with a grassy, earthy grain lingering in the back. The flavor has a more assertive grain flavor, light notes of dough with a strong citric bitterness. There is a lightly floral and grassy hop note accompanied by some tangy rye like grain in the finish. Really light, fluffy, and creamy feel with a medium syrupy body and crisp assertive carbonation. The beer is balanced and smooth, light and crisp. Nice stuff, stronger on the grain side than I love but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of dar482
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a very clear golden yellow with some carbonation rising up in it.

The aroma has some grassy hops, slight malt, and spice.

The flavor follows with a citrus and grassy hop bitterness. There's a good amount of sweet bready malt that balances this beer out, while still staying very crisp. There's a bit of spice int he back as well.

This is a really good beer for the style and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, hazy, light yellow in color, high carbonation

Smell: grain and slight lemon

Taste: malty, grain, bread, and slight lemon

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitter end, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: A nice and clean sessionable lager. Not the most complex beer, but a good one. I have had better in the style, but would not turn this down.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on-tap 9/25/06 at Tria Cafe in Philadelphia, PA. -- Advertised as "Sly Fox French Creek Helles" - 4.6%.

Straw colored with a low white head. A light grainy aroma with almost a slight adjunct character. Similar in flavor, grain and light adjuncts, with just enough hops to balance. Fairly light bodied but has a decent dry finish.

A light Helles but not one I'd likely go back to.

Per Sly Fox website: 11.5 OG. 18 IBUs. 4.9% ABV
Imported German Pils and Carmel malt.
Saaz and Hallertauer hops.
Bronze Medal, GABF 2002.

($5 / Pint)

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold with a steady stream of bubbles up the middle that keeps a white film.
Saltines, greasy lemon and cut hay on a faint nose.
Pizza crust, more lemon sorbet and some mild Noble bite.
Faint grassy finish and drying linger.
Crisp, light, slight chew.

The fancy new can is an odd one - disconcerting to see the bottom of your beer from above with no head.
Out of a glass this is an average session lager, with all the relevant notes fairly muted.
Not a dud, but below par for SF.

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Photo of argock
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 04/22/14 on bottom of can. Purchased at Kroger (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Beautiful clear straw-gold with ample 1-finger white big-bubbled head with decente retention and a nice cap of lacing.

S: Plenty of Munich and pilsner malt graininess with a good balance of grassy, noble hoppiness.

T: Clean with only a slight minerally bit in the aftertaste. Otherwise is straight grainy maltiness with a light hand of noble hopping. Really a fine tasting helles lager for sure. If they could punch out the light sulfur-aspirin-mineral character in the finish, this would be a definite summer go to brew. Still, this is an excellent, clean lager with no other faults.

M: Very crisp and easy to drink with a fairly light-handed carbonation to enhance the light-medium body and mouthfeel.

O: Sly Fox Golden Lager is a stellar lager with just the right mix of pilsner and Munich graininess with noble hopping -- they have made an outstanding brew here.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap during the 2009 Sly Fox Goat Races & Bock Fest on 5/3/09.

A - Clear, transparent golden body with sparse carbonation and one-finger frothy white head that settled to a quarter inch of retention and left a nice amount of sticky lace.

S - Clean lager aroma with light grassy and citrus hops paired with a bready, biscuity malt character and a touch of fresh grains.

T - Like the aroma, this Helles features a nicely balanced hop profile including light grassy and herbal hops as well as some citrus notes. Malt is sweet with a bready, almost biscuity crispness. Finishes clean with a subtle hop bite.

M - Light bodied with a soft yet syrupy texture and crisp mouthfeel.

D - Very crisp, clean and easy to drink. True to style Helles Lager. One of my favorites from Sly Fox and the true definition of a session beer. I could drink this all afternoon.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

8/12...pours very light gold, active bubbles, low foam. Bright citrus floral nose. Chalky helles nose. Clean taste, bitter outline, full of flavor. Clean fast finish. Light and flavorful.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A can with a peel-off tab-top. Spilled into a shaker pint. Mine says 'Newcastle Brown Ale' on it

Pours a light yellow-gold with a few sparse crusty black sediment clumps stuck in the foam. Light haziness doesn't interfere much with clarity. The head peaked at about a half-inch and was short-lived. Looks light and summery.

Grassy smells with some light mustiness and pale grains without toast. Lightly fruity, but absent of description. Maybe some hoppy citrus, but the hops are rather tame. Some floral note wants to push through. Really delectable in the malt department, I must say.

Light and lagery with a push of bitterness in the finish. Almost gulps down with a spiciness. Decent carbonation helps to that effect. Pale grassy malts that are a little too musty to classify as being like a pilsner. Tasty German flair screams 'Reinheitsgebot'. Simple barley malting with a classic Euro hop profile that snipes with notes of pithy lemon, wheatgrass, and mint. Malts transfrom from the introductory musty to some middle-late husky. Tastes very fresh. Body-wise, the beer isn't sullen. Has some greasy viscosity that works to please.

A modest craft example of a Helles Lager. Decent, if not better than decent. A sure-shot buy of the 'I-need-a-sixer-of-a-tasty-and-easy-craft-lager-in-can-format' ilk. No problem to polish off three or four in a single session. Haven't tried drinking from the can, yet; 'yet' being the operative word here.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sly Fox- Helles Golden Lager

A- Bright golden yellow with a small soapy foamy head. Clear and nice bubbly carbonation.
S- Light crisp lemony bready malt with fresh cut grassy hops.
T- Sweet lemon/ honey touched crusty bready malt nice sweet earthy fresh grassy hop finish.
M- Lightly sweet and malty with a nice transition into a earthy mildly dry hoppiness.

Overall- Delicious and quenching. This 1 is a must to try if you visit the Brewpubs.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

360 can poured into...nothing. This one is getting drank straight from the can as intended.

I'm sure it's golden and I'm sure it's carbonated, but I may never know for sure. No head from no pour.

Pilsner malt and caramel with touches of lemongrass and bubblegum. Very subtle, again, from no pour.

Very light on the palate. Sweetened Pilsner graininess with dabs of caramel. Light touches of lemongrass and bubblegum. Perhaps a little hay.

Light bodied, crisp and dry.

Nifty can. Light, sessionable and refreshing.

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Helles Golden Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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