Helles Golden Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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86
very good

32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 166
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 8
Gots: 28 | 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: 32 | Hads: 166
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 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 Biscuit033
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear straw color with a three finger head poured in my .41 liter Warsteiner pilsner glass. Good head retension and lacing.

S: Malty aroma dominates. Hints of metal, straw, and bread.

T: Big malty backbone of bread and yeast with earthy hop notes.

M: Gentle bubbles on the tongue with a crisp, clean, slightly bitter finish.

D: This is how a Helles should be crisp and easy to drink summer or winter. Great session. (422 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 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 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)

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Helles Golden Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.