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Summer Helles - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 10
Gots: 95 | 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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2.04/5  rDev -41.4%

EliHammett, Aug 18, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev +6.3%

Bought a Six Pack in Nashville

Its quite clear, very light in color.

Its a refreshing lager, duh. A little lacking on the spicey/noble hop character. Got a nice cereal malt character though. It is what it is. I've had better summer lagers (Gansett, Victory) and the german varieties are definitely superior. Youd be hard pressed to strongly detest this beer though.

BigCheese, Aug 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Jburnsm, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

jwenzel019, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

B_B, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

Slatetank, Aug 15, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev +6.9%

SlainteAlbanyNY, Aug 14, 2014
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2.8/5  rDev -19.5%

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

ThisWangsChung, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

SliceofKimbo, Aug 09, 2014
Summer Helles from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.