Summer Helles - New Belgium Brewing
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3.71/5 rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Served in a tumbler.
It's summer, so why the hell not have a new NB seasonal? This one pours a clear straw topped by a half-finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises thick grass, mild greenery, and dry, flaky white bread. The taste brings in more of the same, the bread subduing the grass a bit, though not enough to take control of the situation (nor to actually achieve much of a character of its own, despite its best efforts). The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, not a bad little helles, really. I could see drinking more, though it wouldn't likely be the first bottle I reach for in such a situation.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2014 03:48:56 | More by TMoney2591
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
Summer Helles from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.