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Helles Golden Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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86
very good

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 171
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 8
Gots: 31 | 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: 33 | Hads: 171
Photo of Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev +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! (1,285 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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 (843 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (863 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (187 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Appearance
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.

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

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

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp and dry.

Overall
Nifty can. Light, sessionable and refreshing. (558 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can

Pours a light straw gold, slight haze, with a quarter inch of sugar white head. Dissipates to a film.

Smells of barley malt, sugar, and citrus.

Sugar sweet barley malt flavor with hints of citrus and grassy malt.

Light body with a stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Fairly decent lager, light and sweet. Very sessionable. This is pretty similar to their Pikeland Pils, but this one is sweeter, thinner, and less hoppy. For those reasons Pikeland is the better beer and more enjoyable. This is average by comparison, although not bad and certainly drinkable. Just not the best of Sly's lighter lagers. (632 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
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 !! (450 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the 2012 Goat Races.

A - Served with a beautiful golden yellow body that had a line of carbonation bubbles racing to the top...the fluffy head was white in color and stood two fingers tall...it fell to a full cap and left behind nice lacing

S - Grassy hops, toasted malts, some sweet caramel, slight spice...nothing too exciting, but pleasant none-the-less

T - First sip allows those grains to shine through...light toasted malt provides a little bit of body while also providing a buttery biscuit flavor...the hops come in towards the middle and stay through the finish...they provide a bit of spice in the middle and finish with a grassy flavor

M - Light bodied...crisp and refreshing...very clean with a balance of malts and hops

O - This was very easy to drink...I think I have found a German style that I like...a nice balance throughout and a nice finish (875 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours the color of light straw with just a tint of amber. Has a finger of creamy white foam that fell as I drank to a thin ring.Nose is malt sweetness and leafy herbal. Cheerful golden scent of grass and a bit of spice. Moderate malts on the nose. The taste is perfection. A citric crispness takes the palate to a smooth and apporachable malt sweetness. Leafy flavors with plenty of earth and a a spicy bitter. The mouthfeel is exemplary. Lively and crisp like a brisk wind. It's sweetly breaddy and fills up your mouth to finish dry and with a touch of spice and faint bitter to linger in the aftertaste.

Friendly. A lively tonic with bright and favorable aspects. Just what the doctor ordered. (697 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.87/5  rDev +1%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened and drank directly from the 360 top can...which by the way is a terrific invention.

A: From what I can see, it is a clear straw light golden color. Can't speak of head or lacing, but carbonation looks to be nice.

S: Lots of bready malts and biscuit smells with some grassy herbal hops. I can smell the cleanliness of the beer.

T: Starts off slightly sweet with the bready and biscuit malt. That mixes with lots of grassy and straw flavors as well as some lemon and apple. The slight sweetness of the malt gets beaten down on the finish as it turns very crisp and clean with herbal notes and slight bitterness. Finish is very crisp and clean and dry. Great summer beer.

M: Perfect balance of malt and hops with terrific carbonation and a nice medium body to it. Finish is crisp and clean with no alcohol.

O: A really nice Helles Lager that ranks up there with the best. This is a terrific summer brew that I will have stocked in my fridge all summer long.

For those that get a chance, please try the new 360 top and drink it right from the can. That invention is fantastic as you really get the full effect of the nose with the entire lid off, but the convenience of a can! These are the PERFECT summer beer for whatever reason, beach, lawn, porch, whatever. Love them. (1,281 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can. Best by date Jan 25, 2015.

Yellow in color with outstanding clarity. Medium fluffy white head. Sweet malty aroma that reminds me of a German pilsner with less hop presence. The sweetness continues in the flavor, which brings out a slight spice from the noble hops. Perfectly carbonated, medium bodied, clean and smooth. Everything a Helles lager should be.

In lieu of putting their own spin on this beer, it's clear the brewer wanted to stay true to the style and they absolutely nailed it. Why there aren't more American versions of Helles is beyond me. This is not only an outstanding version of the style, but for $7.89 / six-pack it is also a great value. Recommended to anyone looking for a clean lager with some character. (765 characters)

Photo of treehugger02010
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a growler of this from Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
Appearance: The body was a clear straw color with a good sized fluffy head which had of retention and lacing.
Smell: The aroma was sweet malts with lots of sugar.
Taste: A nice hop bit up front with a mellow malt backbone.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp.
Drinkability: Pretty darn good.
Don't drink and review. (385 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the new can, where the almost entire top peels off.

A- Copper orange with a small finger of head.

S- Malt sweetness and a hint of hops.

T- Straightfoward malt sweetness with a bit of hops for balance. Nothing complex, but refreshing on a hot day.

M- Slightly overcarbonated in my opinion, but still pretty decent.

O- Overall, a good beer for a hot day. I wouldn't buy it all the time, but it is a nice change of pace from IPAs and Pale Ales. (458 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Straw golden with a fluffy white head. Attractive I declare.

S: Floral, and biscuity.

T: Earthy, floral, grassy hops with a light bready/biscuity flavor to it. Gentle and refreshing a great showcase of the noble hops.

M: light bodied crisp dry and refreshing.

O: For an American brewery, it's hard to do a better helles lager. Very sessionable great drinkability. (370 characters)

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Helles Golden Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.