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Summer Helles - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 589
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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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of ronniebruner
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Brew pours a very light yellowish color. Taste is plain and unimpressive. Bland label/package. Beer pours with a decent amount of foam and a bit too much head. This beer does not taste fresh and it is
very unoriginal. Leaves a pungent taste on the tongue similar to a Budweiser. Not recommended at all, but on that note, this beer could have been way worse!

ronniebruner, Oct 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

mike_dawson, Oct 05, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev +6.9%

sebaastionb, Oct 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

RCLOHR267, Sep 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

ColSanders, Sep 28, 2014
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2.8/5  rDev -19.5%

Danvice, Sep 28, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev -1.1%

klub24, Sep 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

JKG, Sep 26, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +16.1%

bmoraymond, Sep 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

thatoneguymike, Sep 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

laglocal, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of rlee1390
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

A-Clear as day light yellow, not carbonation, one finger head.

S-Wheat, some pale malt, not much else. Bland and boring.

T-Bland and some odd malt flavors. Nothing else though.

M-Lighter, no carbonation, semi crisp though.

O-Just not a very good beer.

rlee1390, Sep 22, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

intovert2438, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of bwood06
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Very clear pale straw in color with a thin frothy white head that dissipates quickly. High carbonation. Initial head dissipates but half a finger is retained. 3.75/5

S - Aroma reminds me of a light pilsner. Malty with just a touch of sweetness. A bit of grassy hops. Biscuit. A hair peppery. 3.5/5

T - Very light malty, bready flavor. Slight pepper note. Grassy herbal hop finish. Light lingering bitterness. Sourdough aftertaste. Sourdough and hop bitterness combination is somewhat unpleasant for my taste. 3/5

M - High carbonation. Very light and dry. Finishes very dry. 3.75/5

O - Aftertaste throws me for a loop. A decent helles lager. Fairly true to style. Light. 3.25/5

bwood06, Sep 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

mojohawk21, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -11.2%

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass with a branded red pry-off pressure cap. Purchased at Whole Foods HQ in Austin.

Served cold into a snifter at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery and format; I tend to like their seasonals much better than their Lips of Faith series beers. 5% ABV. "Enjoy by: 02NOV."

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half a finger wide. Dull off-white colour. Fairly thin. Not at all creamy. The head recedes to a floater ring within 20 seconds, and the ring itself fades within a minute, leaving no lacing. Suggests a weak beer.

BODY: A clear pale yellow of average vibrance. Has a supple glow to it redolent of fruit skin. It's clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a pretty typical looking helles. Doesn't stand out in any way.

AROMA: Weak helles malts, pilsner malt, grassy hops (maybe Noble or Saaz?), Munich malt, hay, and grains. The grains are mismatched with the other aromatics, and seem like they belong in an adjunct lager, not a helles. There's a kiss of sourdough, which is nice. It doesn't seem too sweet or too bitter.

A generally pleasant aroma of average strength. No overt alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Simple yet pleasant. Munich malts, helles malts, and pilsner malts comprise the basic foundation, with some grassy hop notes lending it a bit of needed complexity. A wisp of sourdough lends it some nice albeit reticent yeast character. Maybe even a bit of green apple? Sure, I like this, but there's no intricacy or subtlety of note. It's a plain beer, but an enjoyable one.

It's decently balanced, but its simplicity makes that much easier. It's a cohesive build for a helles, but it's not a gestalt brew. I'm glad it's not too sweet, but I do find it tends towards graininess a bit too much.

TEXTURE: Standard helles lager. Smooth, wet, a bit overcarbonated, and refreshing. Lends itself naturally to going down easy. The texture does a decent job at complementing the taste, but there's no real nuance to coax out, and the texture could be softer and crisper. There's definite room for improvement.

OVERALL: It's to style in the sense that it's easy to drink, but there's nothing here for the discerning drinker. I'll be sticking to traditional German offerings, but this is by no means a bad brew. Just an unremarkable one. Above average, in any case. I wouldn't buy it again as part of a 6 pack or anything, but I wouldn't be annoyed to see it in a New Belgium variety box. I see why this was popular at a summer music festival, but I can't recommend it to friends.


kojevergas, Sep 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Oops, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Metaltildeath, Sep 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

kruky, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

JayHesch, Sep 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +43.7%

DUG2487, Sep 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

maddog1495, Sep 15, 2014
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2.36/5  rDev -32.2%

shoretaxi, Sep 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

markallmon, Sep 14, 2014
Summer Helles from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.