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Summer Helles - New Belgium Brewing

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571 Ratings
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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 10
Gots: 102 | 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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Reviews by goochpunch:
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3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a pale gold with a light haze. A good deal of bubbles in the body. Thin, white head. Smell is too grainy for me to be calling it a helles lager. I expect to smell more breadiness and honey. Flavor works out a lot better. Way maltier than the smell would have you believe. There is a grainy character to it, but it isn't too overbearing. I only knock it for the slight NB house taste, which throws me off. Mouthfeel is prickly, spritzy, and light-bodied. Overall, I like this, but it's not the best lager out there.

goochpunch, Apr 24, 2014
More User Reviews:
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
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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
Photo of mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -13.8%

mojohawk21, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

tectactoe, May 22, 2014
Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Greenmosheen
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Greenmosheen, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of markallmon
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

markallmon, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of jonny1138
3/5  rDev -13.8%

jonny1138, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

SD-Alefan, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of chip26
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

chip26, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
2.1/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, enjoy by 10/5/14. Pours clear pale yellow with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is vegetal malts and floral noble hops.

The flavor is sweet vegetal malts with a spicy noble hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, not a great lager.

Beaver13, May 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

DuckDodgers, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +14.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 16, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Meyers1023, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of mte1972
4/5  rDev +14.9%

mte1972, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says enjoy by September 21st, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head that recede into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A crisp, bready, and zesty malt forward aroma with good hints of grains, biscuit, and grass. Pale malt with hints of grains, cereal, straw, biscuit, and lager yeast. Some hints of honey like sweetness. Earthy and herbal hop presence with hints of grass and slight pine spice. Light fruity hints of lemon. A pretty solid light lager aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp and bready malt driven taste with good notes of grains, biscuit, and grassy hops. Upfront pale malt with notes of grains, wheat, straw, cereal, biscuit, and lager yeast. Subtle notes of lemon fruit and honey like sweetness. Solid backing presence of earthy and herbal hops with light notes of grass and spicy pine. Very crisp and solid lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth with a fairly drying bitter finish.

Overall: A pretty solid light summer pale lager. Good grainy malt notes with a nice bitter backing of hops.

MattyG85, May 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Mantooth, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Golden32, May 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

briandaube, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appears fizzy and yellow, but it's all grain and it's lighter than most typical German Helles lagers out there. Pale straw golden with a billowing pillow white head, fine speckled lacing left behind poured into a nonic pint glass not the best choice but I was pouring two bottles so it worked. Aroma has biscuit malts bread dough, hint of powdered yeast, slight citric grassy character, that's simple enough. Flavor is great clean refreshing bready malts, citric/grassy hop one, two combo. No fireworks just super pale, malts with flavor this is fancy white bread. Very enjoyable session beer don't expect much complexity just a malt driven lager with many positive attributes...I'm a fan of the light body pale color and tasty malt bill. I could use a tad more hops, but there are some nice herbal grassy characteristics going on. Overall, what a refreshing Summer Helles should definitely deliver...a thirst quenching characteristic lawnmower style beer.

WVbeergeek, May 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

navband, Jul 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

tallfellapgh, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Brenden, Jul 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

RDW, Apr 21, 2014
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Summer Helles from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.