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Helles Golden Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-06-2013 16:53:17 | More by ygtbsm94
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 14:28:35 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2009 14:15:58 | More by Slatetank
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.89/5  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.

Serving type: can

04-27-2013 19:17:20 | More by Rifugium
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-05-2013 22:35:01 | More by mendvicdog
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2005 18:19:21 | More by weeare138
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-12-2014 19:42:32 | More by oriolesfan4
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  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.

Serving type: can

07-24-2014 18:07:29 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

11-08-2013 14:03:25 | More by InspectorBob
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2010 02:21:42 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-09-2014 02:29:24 | More by ejimhof
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plaid75

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2007 14:08:07 | More by plaid75
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-01-2014 16:45:15 | More by Latarnik
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2006 03:04:23 | More by DrJay
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.6%

12-16-2013 14:55:16 | More by xnicknj
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2011 14:59:34 | More by cpetrone84
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2009 22:53:36 | More by ffejherb
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-29-2013 23:19:05 | More by tommyguz
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

03-11-2014 06:23:53 | More by IdrinkGas
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-20-2013 21:09:37 | More by brez8791
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-07-2013 11:57:49 | More by mdillon86
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

07-22-2014 11:57:20 | More by sholland119
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-24-2014 03:30:42 | More by VeganUndead
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-08-2014 21:16:14 | More by Tucquan
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dar482

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2013 00:47:18 | More by dar482
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Helles Golden Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.