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Summer Helles - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 11
Gots: 105 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 03-26-2014)
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Photo of StoutHunter
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a twelve pack of New Belgium's Summer Helles at Meijer a couple days ago. I've never tried this beer before and since the weather is finally starting to become more Helles Lager friendly I decided to take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. Best by September 2nd 2014. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's got a hammock with some type of guitar in it, I think it's a little plain looking so it isn't too eye catching. It poured a pretty clear pale yellow color that took on more of a golden hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of slightly creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer that looked true to style.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a bready, grainy and sweet malt like aroma with the bready malts sticking out the most and there's some doughy yeast aromas in the background along with a creamy malt aroma. Up next comes the hops which are pretty light and impart a light earthy and spicy hop aromas. This beer had a nice aroma, it was pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts still being the first to show up, but this time it's the grainy, bready and sweet malt aspects that stick out the most and the doughy yeast seems to stick out just a little bit more then it did it the aroma. Up next comes the hops which are a little lighter then they were in the aroma and they impart that same light earthy and spicy hops aspects with the spicy hops seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a light amount of bitterness with a grainy, bready, and sweet malt like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, it seemed to be pretty true to style.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and true to style.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a nice example of the style, it had most of the aspects that I look for in the style, but I think a little less sweetness and a little bit more hop flavor would help this beer out and make it stand out a little. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, clean, not filling. but the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, I think two would be my limit, i might get bored with it after that. What I like the most about this beer was the how true to style it was, it had most of the aspects that I expect from the style. What I like the least about this beer was the it was a little bland, I know this style doesn't have the most flavor, but this one seemed a little blander then some of the better Helles Lagers. I wouldn't buy this beer again, there's a few other sessionable lager that I would rather have, I don't know if I recommend it, but if you wanted an easy drinking beer I would say give it a shot. All in all i thought this was decent beer, there wasn't anything off or wrong with it and the it seemed to be pretty true to style so in my eyes this is a fairly solid example of the style. Thanks for another solid easy drinking beer New Belgium.

StoutHunter, Apr 21, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 20, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. This Helles pours bright and light in color. Light straw with good clarity and a half inch of white foam. Looks like a Bud Lt. Touch of funky hop notes on the nose, not much variety but a pleasant hop and grain sense.

Taste brings some lemon and a balancing pils malt light bready character. Pleasant finish, slightly sweet. Simple style done fairly well though still just an old school all malt lager with a slightly more complex mouthfeel. Easy and unobtrusive.

HalfFull, Oct 23, 2014
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Summer Helles from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.