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Summer Helles - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.43%
Wants: 7
Gots: 60 | 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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3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 01:02:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

05-31-2014 17:37:04 | More by nmann08
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

05-11-2014 00:46:19 | More by kjkinsey
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

07-20-2014 04:26:22 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

05-27-2014 01:39:33 | More by jaydoc
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

06-28-2014 02:36:56 | More by Texasfan549
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

05-16-2014 21:57:16 | More by kylehay2004
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

04-21-2014 01:24:31 | More by zeff80
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West Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2014 01:54:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

06-26-2014 05:11:25 | More by SocalKicks
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3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

just not a very interesting beer here, and nothing like the helles beers of europe. this is impossibly light in both color and flavor, definitely taking on a watered down vibe, but being refreshing enough and certainly sessionable enough if you can keep from getting bored by it. pale pale yellow in color, but holds a decent inch of white fluff on top as the bubbles run to the surface. the nose is a little sweet, and then full of pilsener and pale malts, but ithe malty nose doesnt carry to the flavor, where the front end of this is almost entirely tasteless. more excitement in the finish, as the grains are pretty fresh tasting and some simple but well timed hops enter the equation. its very drinkable stuff, but rather devoid of flavor, and falls into that low medium level so many of these new belgium seasonals have fallen to. zero body and a lot of bubbles is nice for warm weather, but i need my beer to taste like beer, and this barely gets there for me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2014 16:11:42 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I rinsed out the New Belgium snifter for a dose of this. It's a pale golden in color with a white foam and streaming bubbles. The aroma is a warm grain and straw with a flowery hint. Very light mouthfeel but the carbonation gives it that refreshing tang.

There is an interesting crackery taste with a hint of lemon. It's like a Kolsch that turned grainy and corn-fed along the way, but the aromatics are really perfumey in an unusual way. This is rather sweet, kind of like a malt liquor, but there's a tang that makes it quite drinkable. Aftertaste has a bitter edge and a touch of resins.

I'm always hoping for more lighter brews that provide some flavor. This one is more subtle and adds a different twist to the summer beer lineup. While this isn't one of my favorites, it's yet another utterly clean and well-engineered beer from New Belgium. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Trader Joes.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 06:01:52 | More by mactrail
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3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a small, steady bubbles rising to the top forming a white head that settles and stays, leaving rings of lacing.

The smell is of grain, bread, hint of honey with subtle floral noble hops.

The taste is of sweet grain, cracker-like bread with a touch of lemon. There is a mild balance floral hop dryness in the finish.

It is crisp and refreshing. Certainly smooth and easy-to-drink.

A basic, well-made refreshing helles. An enjoyable "session" brew!

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2014 00:29:11 | More by jwc215
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

04-27-2014 03:06:12 | More by mendvicdog
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

07-08-2014 21:25:23 | More by GClarkage
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

07-20-2014 21:25:56 | More by XmnwildX12
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

05-24-2014 23:16:00 | More by oriolesfan4
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North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with significant amounts of fine active visible carbonation quickly rising from the bottom of the glass and some hints of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very thick film surrounded by a very thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale and grainy malts with a lighter aroma of hay and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat and grainy malts with very little sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of hay and a light to moderate amount of grassy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Light bodied with a moderate to heavy amount of carbonation. Slightly crisp and slightly thin/watery.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink with a light flavor and body which makes it great for the hot summer weather. Matches well with the turkey hot dogs and baked beans I'm having for dinner tonight.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2014 23:40:45 | More by dbrauneis
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3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Super pale yellow colored beer with a small white colored head. Wow that is pale for a craft beer.

Smell mostly of toasted grain. Lemony hops and some herbal scents. Some cooked cereal and some grassy hop scent.

Starts out mild malt and lemon hop taste with some hard water flavors. Medium hop bite. Wheat biscuit malt profile. More refreshing than tasty really. Like a high hop light beer.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall an OK beer, something for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 02:13:09 | More by Zorro
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev 0%

05-22-2014 01:30:06 | More by mothman
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3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 9/21/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear pale straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light fruitiness, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light fruitiness, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very solid Munich helles style. Well balanced pale malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate yeast ester flavors with solid robustness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2014 03:37:45 | More by superspak
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev 0%

04-18-2014 00:40:23 | More by tdm168
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3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the COOP a couple nights ago... Pours a crystal clear light golden... 1" sudsy white head... great retention and good lacing.

Nose shows expected grainy maltiness... grassy hops... something weird that I associate with graham crackers that doesn't quite jive along style guidelines, but isn't off-putting.

crisp malt with just enough bitterness to balance.. malt/hop balance is fine, but a residual crackery essence that appeared on the aroma is odd to me.

Great body and carbonation... pretty darn drinkable... I will buy it again.

Cool to see a big brewery doing something like a Helles... It could be cleaner without the residual malt impact, but it is still well done.


Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 06:49:35 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

05-09-2014 15:48:13 | More by sendbeer
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

06-03-2014 22:10:33 | More by afsdan
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Summer Helles from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.