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Summer Helles - New Belgium Brewing

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79
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516 Ratings
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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 10
Gots: 89 | 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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jwenzel019

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-16-2014 16:22:39 | More by jwenzel019
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B_B

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-16-2014 05:06:53 | More by B_B
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.6%

I tried this on tap at 45th street taphouse in Ocean City MD, served chilled in a standard pint.

The color is golden pale with straw like sunny appearance visibly carbonated with white head and fine bead. The smell has light floral hop odor with mild pilsner malt aroma and subtle yeast with a mild sulfur element in the background. The feel is very good though lighter than average carbonation with gentle bitterness and subtle sweetness with mostly dry finish.

The taste has a mildly toasted malt character with gentle sweetness and light spice from the yeast with a floral flavor from the hops with a slight yeast flavor continuing into the finish with some mineral accents. I consider this a pretty decent lager in the sense it fits the style - not great but certainly worth a try, it is drinkable and good for summer drinking.

08-15-2014 16:45:06 | More by Slatetank
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SlainteAlbanyNY

New York

3.72/5  rDev +6.6%

08-14-2014 23:36:27 | More by SlainteAlbanyNY
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -19.8%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color. There's a finger worth of white-colored head, with a nice creaminess to the texture. Retention is pretty solid, too. A nice ring of lacing remains on the glass, creating even more aesthetic appeal.

S: It's not quite as hoppy as I like from a lager, then again the helles lager isn't known for its hopping (sadly :() Actually, the nose is rather bland in general. There isn't much here besides a touch of malt, a kiss of noble hopping...and that's it. Basically, it's inoffensive and middle-of-the-road in every way possible.

T: Since it's a helles lager, it's low on noble hops - not devoid of them, thankfully - but compensates with an additional fruity/bubblegum note. I feel like the biscuity house character of this brewery clashes somewhat with the lightness of this beer, leaving it somewhat imbalanced.

M: No real complaints here: it's crisp, light, and dry like I expect from a good lager. Sure, it's a bit beefier feeling, but it's not exactly a pilsner, either. Plenty of carbonation lets this go down easily.

O: Let it be said, NB *can* make a rock-solid lager (Blue Paddle, anyone?) This, on the other hand, is rather meh. It isn't horrible, it just isn't giving me much of a reason to want it over other lagers (German, 'Murican, or otherwise). If nothing else, at least it beats the hell out of Budweiser...

2.8/5: Boring lager is boring

08-12-2014 22:02:56 | More by ThisWangsChung
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niqhoward

Kansas

4.2/5  rDev +20.3%

08-12-2014 16:43:18 | More by niqhoward
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thufflife

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-11-2014 19:41:45 | More by thufflife
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

3/5  rDev -14%

08-11-2014 13:23:47 | More by DenverHopHead
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Jlang2012

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

08-11-2014 02:41:10 | More by Jlang2012
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treycaliva

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-11-2014 02:38:28 | More by treycaliva
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Mccanlessj


3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

08-11-2014 01:43:48 | More by Mccanlessj
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AlfaMale

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-10-2014 23:58:41 | More by AlfaMale
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cardinals22

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

08-10-2014 22:53:37 | More by cardinals22
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Bravo_Kilo


3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

08-10-2014 20:58:20 | More by Bravo_Kilo
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Boone757

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-10-2014 18:32:56 | More by Boone757
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zestar

California

3/5  rDev -14%

08-10-2014 07:49:02 | More by zestar
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Ajmorriso1


3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

08-10-2014 04:21:32 | More by Ajmorriso1
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DamnYankeeHeadHunter

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-10-2014 03:43:40 | More by DamnYankeeHeadHunter
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SliceofKimbo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +14.6%

If you poured this into a glass and entered it into a multi-sample, blind taste test against actual Helles lagers from Germany, this one would feel right at home. I've served pints of this to my friends from Munich, and they were all impressed at how well New Belgium pulled off their favorite and familiar style.

It smells (tinny lemongrass) and looks (clear and pale) like the lagers flowing in a Paulaner or Augustiner Bräuhaus in downtown Munich, but most importantly, it tastes almost as good.

08-09-2014 12:58:10 | More by SliceofKimbo
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therubicon

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

08-09-2014 04:20:23 | More by therubicon
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Meyers1023

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

08-09-2014 02:27:09 | More by Meyers1023
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rseidlitz

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-08-2014 04:07:33 | More by rseidlitz
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Rebisi


4/5  rDev +14.6%

08-06-2014 01:38:34 | More by Rebisi
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slowmo09


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-05-2014 22:43:54 | More by slowmo09
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BrianPlatz

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

08-05-2014 21:04:15 | More by BrianPlatz
Summer Helles from New Belgium Brewing
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