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Summer Helles - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 03-26-2014)
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3.55/5  rDev +1.7%

Enjoy by 9/14/14.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, hay, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly refreshing and easy to drink.

04-20-2014 01:02:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3/5  rDev -14%

08-22-2014 02:05:41 | More by Nichols33
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3.24/5  rDev -7.2%

08-21-2014 00:14:33 | More by Gadun76
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South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -8.3%

08-20-2014 19:32:47 | More by SCar_brewCO85
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

A: Straw, clear filtered with some small white particles floating within, 3 fingers of white head. Little carbonation.

S: Corn, snow, white grapes, white wine, light golden malts.

T: Light golden malts, corn, white grapes and white wine, then a fresh dough bomb hits you. Light bitter hops on the end.

M: Light medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

O: Well done lager by New Belgium. Got this one at Krogers in Frankenmuth, MI in May, drank in New Hamburg, ON, Aug 19th, 2014.

08-20-2014 02:34:28 | More by patre_tim
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -14%

08-20-2014 00:42:24 | More by jaswilson2
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3/5  rDev -14%

08-19-2014 21:18:50 | More by DaKirch
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -14%

08-19-2014 17:20:59 | More by Mantooth
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3/5  rDev -14%

08-19-2014 02:35:43 | More by Elicoleman
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3.04/5  rDev -12.9%

08-18-2014 22:34:22 | More by BcOneSeven
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3.52/5  rDev +0.9%

08-18-2014 22:01:15 | More by bowzer4birdie
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2.04/5  rDev -41.5%

08-18-2014 00:20:46 | More by EliHammett
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3.7/5  rDev +6%

Bought a Six Pack in Nashville

Its quite clear, very light in color.

Its a refreshing lager, duh. A little lacking on the spicey/noble hop character. Got a nice cereal malt character though. It is what it is. I've had better summer lagers (Gansett, Victory) and the german varieties are definitely superior. Youd be hard pressed to strongly detest this beer though.

08-17-2014 23:00:11 | More by BigCheese
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3/5  rDev -14%

08-16-2014 19:42:31 | More by Jburnsm
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-16-2014 16:22:39 | More by jwenzel019
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-16-2014 05:06:53 | More by B_B
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

I tried this on tap at 45th street taphouse in Ocean City MD, served chilled in a standard pint.

The color is golden pale with straw like sunny appearance visibly carbonated with white head and fine bead. The smell has light floral hop odor with mild pilsner malt aroma and subtle yeast with a mild sulfur element in the background. The feel is very good though lighter than average carbonation with gentle bitterness and subtle sweetness with mostly dry finish.

The taste has a mildly toasted malt character with gentle sweetness and light spice from the yeast with a floral flavor from the hops with a slight yeast flavor continuing into the finish with some mineral accents. I consider this a pretty decent lager in the sense it fits the style - not great but certainly worth a try, it is drinkable and good for summer drinking.

08-15-2014 16:45:06 | More by Slatetank
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New York

3.72/5  rDev +6.6%

08-14-2014 23:36:27 | More by SlainteAlbanyNY
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2.8/5  rDev -19.8%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color. There's a finger worth of white-colored head, with a nice creaminess to the texture. Retention is pretty solid, too. A nice ring of lacing remains on the glass, creating even more aesthetic appeal.

S: It's not quite as hoppy as I like from a lager, then again the helles lager isn't known for its hopping (sadly :() Actually, the nose is rather bland in general. There isn't much here besides a touch of malt, a kiss of noble hopping...and that's it. Basically, it's inoffensive and middle-of-the-road in every way possible.

T: Since it's a helles lager, it's low on noble hops - not devoid of them, thankfully - but compensates with an additional fruity/bubblegum note. I feel like the biscuity house character of this brewery clashes somewhat with the lightness of this beer, leaving it somewhat imbalanced.

M: No real complaints here: it's crisp, light, and dry like I expect from a good lager. Sure, it's a bit beefier feeling, but it's not exactly a pilsner, either. Plenty of carbonation lets this go down easily.

O: Let it be said, NB *can* make a rock-solid lager (Blue Paddle, anyone?) This, on the other hand, is rather meh. It isn't horrible, it just isn't giving me much of a reason to want it over other lagers (German, 'Murican, or otherwise). If nothing else, at least it beats the hell out of Budweiser...

2.8/5: Boring lager is boring

08-12-2014 22:02:56 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.2/5  rDev +20.3%

08-12-2014 16:43:18 | More by niqhoward
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-11-2014 19:41:45 | More by thufflife
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3/5  rDev -14%

08-11-2014 13:23:47 | More by DenverHopHead
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

08-11-2014 02:41:10 | More by Jlang2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-11-2014 02:38:28 | More by treycaliva
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

08-11-2014 01:43:48 | More by Mccanlessj
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Summer Helles from New Belgium Brewing
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