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Summer Helles - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 12
Gots: 106 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 03-26-2014

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Hay colored and crystal clear. A bit light on flavor, and ABV for the style, but not a bad overall experience. Mildly refreshing. Not all that different from living the High Life. Wish it had a bit more head.

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3.36/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.34/5  rDev -3.7%

Let's see what New Belgium has to offer in the Lager category.

Serving style : As always, 12 oz glass bottle poured for appearance.

Appearance (3.5) : Crisp apple juice body, alive with bubbles. Transparent but thick enough to show character. 1 finger soapy head that diminishes rather quickly. Some residual flecks of lacing are left on the glass as the beer disappears.

Smell (3.75) : Fresh peach, corn, some orange spice (like a wit), not-quite-musty grains, all alive with freshness and crispness. The bottle presents some floral character, too.

Taste (3.25) : Pretty decent but not groundbreaking. It's got this twisted corn kernel flavor intertwined with sour wheat and hops; which then morphs into a bitter lightly syrupy feel and ends with a pleasant fresh cornbread flavor.

Mouthfeel (3) : Smooth, carbonated, and lightly creamy. Light bodied and the creaminess ever so slightly bumps it closer to a light-medium body.

Overall (3.3) : This beer started off promising and kind of did a landslide from there. I would say that this is like an advanced, slightly craftier Miller High Life. Except for the fact that High Life is perfectly good on its own, so why bother? Summer Helles is probably better than some beers in the Lager category, but you may as well pick up a macro because you aren't gaining much here.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

I had this on-tap in a New Belgium pint glass at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: clear golden hue with a light effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy white foam. Looks refreshing!

Smell: rather sweet malt aroma with a light, orchardy fruitiness and a lightly floral hop character. Pretty enticing!

Taste: sweet and fruity malt flavor right off the bat. Hops are floral, fruity and perhaps a little bit noble in character. It's fresh and sweet, although maybe a little more so than the traditional formula. Still, it is among the better non-sour New Belgium offerings I've had.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation but a pretty nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a highly drinkable lager. Maybe a little sweet, but I could probably knock back quite a few of these. I'd definitely have this again.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready pilsner malts, some sweetness, cereal grain, and Noble hops.

Taste: You get more sweetness in the taste than the nose. Bready and toasted still hops in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, light bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice helles lager. Pretty nice for this humid Orlando weather.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Summer Helles from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.