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Summer Helles - New Belgium Brewing

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80
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435 Ratings
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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 7
Gots: 64 | 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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SitkaSteve

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

07-26-2014 07:05:01 | More by SitkaSteve
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ThirstyDutchman

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev 0%

07-26-2014 06:33:43 | More by ThirstyDutchman
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Mutton_Mammoth

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev 0%

07-26-2014 06:06:55 | More by Mutton_Mammoth
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Psberrier

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev 0%

07-26-2014 03:39:49 | More by Psberrier
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DrStiffington

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

07-26-2014 03:19:55 | More by DrStiffington
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cgrunin

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

07-26-2014 01:41:13 | More by cgrunin
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Naughts73


2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

07-25-2014 18:41:36 | More by Naughts73
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mwar

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

07-25-2014 18:06:22 | More by mwar
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Meibs

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.3%

07-25-2014 13:03:15 | More by Meibs
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zachpaschal

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev 0%

07-25-2014 05:13:07 | More by zachpaschal
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DoubleJ

California

3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Geez New Belgium, another replacement for your summer brew? This year it's Summer Helles (and perhaps next year can be kolsch with American hops). Because I have a ticker mentality, I'm naturally sucked into trying a bottle. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

A thin soapy head forms on top this pale yellow lager. On looks, it appears more like a Coors Light than an Augustiner. At least the bubble show in its body is fun to watch. On aroma, the mark is hit. It's very grassy with notes of earth. Slighty sweet with honeysuckle. It tastes like a classic helles, albeit with a stronger earthy aspect. A kiss of grass lingers in its aftertaste. THe beer is light bodied and very refreshing.

Good for summer, absolutely. Better than Rolle Bolle or even Skinny Dip? I'm not so sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2014 05:09:57 | More by DoubleJ
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

07-24-2014 22:59:51 | More by bumchilly25
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KCBeerNerd

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

07-24-2014 19:58:09 | More by KCBeerNerd
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

07-24-2014 03:44:52 | More by Kunstman
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sd123

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev 0%

07-24-2014 02:53:53 | More by sd123
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JackMcAwesome

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

07-23-2014 22:36:07 | More by JackMcAwesome
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Brenden

Ohio

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a bright, very pale gold color, about as light as yellow get. It begins with a chill haze that fades quickly to show complete clarity. The head is perfectly white, a fluffy pillow one finger tall that falls slowly to a layer that's possibly contributed to by carbonation slowly but constantly rising from the bottom of the glass. Lacing remains in broken rings and patches.
This beer has all the trademarks of the style: the grass/hay component (in this one more of a dried grass), mild sulfuric notes, a light mineral quality, and crackery malts with grains lying underneath. it's got a hint of leaf, too, and is appropriately dry, crisp and clean with mild bitterness, as the style dictates.
It's dry in its light but deep body, nice and smooth with as much of a clean feel as taste, lightly but very consistently carbonated and crisp all the way.
Say what you will about the style, this beer gets it right in every aspect.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2014 18:07:28 | More by Brenden
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Gemini6

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev 0%

07-23-2014 17:11:06 | More by Gemini6
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Redstar137

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

07-23-2014 02:37:08 | More by Redstar137
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warpig372

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

07-23-2014 00:59:11 | More by warpig372
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -14.3%

07-21-2014 21:01:26 | More by atlbravsrno1
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Artjsantos

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

07-21-2014 17:51:24 | More by Artjsantos
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kcurran23

Tennessee

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It's enjoyable. But so are so many beers which are much cheaper and more available. Nothing special here besides smoothness in my opinion, and the lacing around the beer glass makes it seem like it's more of a $10 6 pack than it tastes. Much deeper flavor than something like a Bud but not that far off.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2014 00:14:31 | More by kcurran23
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Phocion

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with an enjoy by date of November 23rd, 2014. Poured into a footed Stella pilsner glass a pale, clear, gold color with a moderate amount of visible carbonation shooting upwards. Finger of creamy head which dissipates quickly, but leaves very sticky white lacing.

Grainy Pilsner malts are definitely evident. Semi-sweet with a bit of DMS/creamed corn. Spicy noble hops and a clean, neutral yeast.

Malts dominate, but it is definitely not too sweet. Grainy with a spicy/floral hoppiness for balance. Very clean finish.

Light-medium bodied and medium-high carbonation. Light, crisp, clean, refreshing, and very bright.

Overall, this is an outstanding version of a Munich Helles lager. Moderately malt-forward but very well-balanced. DMS is a normal byproduct of brewing with Pilsner malts and acceptable in the style, but a little overboard on the nose here. Otherwise, a great beer when rated to style and a very drinkable summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2014 22:58:09 | More by Phocion
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

07-20-2014 21:25:56 | More by XmnwildX12
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Summer Helles from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.