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Sudwerk Helles - Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2002)
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
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Nage37

California

2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

05-26-2012 20:59:28 | More by Nage37
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

11-15-2011 21:34:47 | More by bpfrush
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed straw color with a bit of sediment. Aroma of green apple bread fruityness and cereal grains. In the taste, biscuity malt and apple tartness, more than likely an old sample. Mild grassy hop character still holding on. Smooth medium to light bodied feel. Overall, this is a decent lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 23:14:55 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with the head modest in size and frothy in texture, the color off white with a nice coating of lace upon the glass. Nose is crisp and clean, fresh and sweetly malt as is the start, with a fair to middling top. Finish has a light acidity, the hops apropos to the style, dry and a drinkable is light beer for me, an s with several others, and a sure candidate for the hot Arizona summer afternoon beer list.
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Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 07:26:12 | More by Gusler
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projhex

California

3/5  rDev -19.4%

11-15-2011 20:44:05 | More by projhex
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GraduatedCashew

California

3/5  rDev -19.4%

08-28-2013 22:12:08 | More by GraduatedCashew
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tzieser

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

05-27-2013 03:33:46 | More by tzieser
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Matthew

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pours a bright golden yellow with a small white covering that fades into some patchy bubbles that float around on top of the beer.
Grainy cereal with a nutty undertone and a backdrop of some lemony zest fills out the nose.
Crisp lemony grain flavors dominate the initial palate followed by a slight spritz of hop bitterness. The finish is clean and contains some a light walnut type flavor similar to the nutty character initially perceived in the nose.
The mouthfeel is light with good carbonation.
Easy beer to sit back and sip or drink with a bowl of chili like I chose to.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 22:14:03 | More by Matthew
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FeliciousDoyle

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-28-2012 06:58:03 | More by FeliciousDoyle
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CMack71968

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

11-08-2013 19:26:50 | More by CMack71968
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emaciated

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-08-2012 00:35:38 | More by emaciated
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beerguy101

California

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange color. Small head. Aroma is nutty and bready. A medium bodied helles/dortmunder. Malts are nutty and a touch fruity. Spicy hops, with a touch of honey sweetness. Well balanced. Light and refreshing, very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 03:27:59 | More by beerguy101
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in the 12 oz brown bottle.
The appearance of this beer is attractive..nice darkish golden colour to the beer..with a clean white head that disapates to some lacing.
The smell for me was pretty run of the mill lager..though I may be coming down with a cold!
I like the taste of this beer..has big hoppy taste above the malt..i like this.
This beer feels good and smooth on the palate only the back of the throat getting "hit"
All in all a good solid Helles...surprisinglly its getting better as it gets hotter! strange indeed

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2003 00:30:13 | More by Reidrover
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ssam

California

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A good drinkable lager. Good looking, clear and golden with a nice head and solid retention. Not a lot of lacing down the glass however. Has a lot of bready characteristics with light hoppiness. I got it locally so it was nice and fresh. Goes down easy, you can drink two or three without thinking twice.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 04:32:53 | More by ssam
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

02-25-2013 23:10:26 | More by t0rin0
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oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An offering I didnt expect to open today but I think starting the day off with lighter helles lager is the way to go.Poured a clear spritzey rich golden with a thinner white head that was gone pretty fast,big honey sweet esters in the nose along with some toasted grain I dected an almost cider-like note in there as well.Again the honey sweetness is big upfront it as actually quite sweet a lightly toasted malt base keeps it from being cloying as it warms a little a spicey note emerges into the finish.A nice helles lager a bit on the sweeter side but there is some subtle complexities,I like the pilsner better from Sudwerk.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 20:08:21 | More by oberon
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - light golden color, fairly clear, with about three fingers worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - fairly typical pilsner type of smell, but lighter. Slightly sweet, and ever so subtle hints of hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Not at all a pilsener type of taste. It's much sweeter, and reaches the back middle of the palate better than a pilsener does. The mouthfeel is very light and smooth, the texture being a little more on the watery side.

Overall - a refreshing change from the normal Pilsener taste. I liked it and would come back for more.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:44:38 | More by Nerudamann
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germaniac

California

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Helles Lager is the only year-round Sudwerk offering not available in my area, so I was more than happy to hoist a half liter at the brewery. A clear, dark gold with a bubbly of white head. The aroma is of malt, with a little hoppiness. Smooth and delicious, the malts and hops subltly combine to make an easy drinking beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2005 17:13:59 | More by germaniac
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Halcyondays

California

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep golden colour, soft white head, lightly hazy.

S: Sweet malt, real light hops.

T: Great noble hop flavour, grass, hay, soft bready malt.

M: Crisp, smooth, light-bodied, needed a bit more carbonation I thought at times.'

D: This is a tasty fresh Helles, probably closer to what Germany gets, but from a CA brewery I can get it when its not 9 months old, a real nice lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 17:32:41 | More by Halcyondays
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avaldivia

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-01-2012 17:31:10 | More by avaldivia
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light yellow color, no head and no lacing.

Smell: malty with a slightly hoppy smell.

Taste: grassy and a dab of hay.

Mouthfeel: smooth and light-bodied

Overall: A good interpretation of this style might be the best beer I've had from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 03:12:33 | More by ejimhof
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Date of 07.31.07, Sampled September 2007
The beer pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, fairly large bubbled consistency, light tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, rich gold color. The aroma has a nice mix of spicy hops and clean malt notes. The hop character provides aromatic notes of fresh cut herbs, some grassiness and a touch of lemon zest. The malt character provides aromas of toasty grain dust, soda crackers, biscuit, and lightly toasted grain.

Quite crisp up front, with a solid hop bite. The beer finishes with a slightly astringent, almost herbal, bitterness that lingers on for quite some time. There is also some bready malt notes in the finish that are quite dry and austere in some ways, but does provide a quite noticeable note of toasty-bread flavors as well as touches of fresh cooked soda crackers. Up front there is a very light malty sweetness, which provides a touch of honey flavors. This has a fair amount of body to it; it is of course quite light feeling and easy drinking, but it does have a noticeable body and does not seem thin at all. The hop flavors at times contribute notes of mint, fresh cut / slightly green hay, and a definite herbal note.

This is quite hoppy and I am enjoying the interplay between malt and hop flavors quite a bit. I will admit that at first I thought this beer was a bit week, but I think that was due to just having woken from a nap. The beer certainly has a decent body to it and I like how both the malt and hops cling to the palate at first, but then cleanly disappear. This is a really solid example of a Helles.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 23:57:47 | More by Gueuzedude
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a real pleasant surprise. It's never easy find well-made, fresh helles lagers. This has the classic character with an aroma and flavor of caramel, toasty bread, and a hint of earthy hops. It's clear, flavorful, and very drinkable. So much so, I had a hard time writing this review before my glass became empty. I'll take another.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 03:02:59 | More by tempest
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vacax

California

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub. Pours clear gold with a tightly bubbled head displaying good retention and better than average lacing for a helles lager. Aromas of straw with a light malty sweetness. Tastes strawlike, earthy, moderately bitter with a slight bit of grain. Medium body with a smooth medium to higher carbonation. This is probably one of the most plain types of beer, but Sudwerk does this one probably the best of all their beers. A very solid regular and appealing lager, plenty of people drinking liter steins of this at the brewpub for good reason.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2010 01:36:43 | More by vacax
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MisterClean

California

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 3 fires lounge for a sudwerks demo for sac beer week. Bottles now say "Lager," but in small print below it says helles style.

A - Poured golden with 2 fingers of white head. Dissipated moderately slow and left nice lacing. Medium to high carbonation.

S/T - Crisp and clean honey with some pilsener grains working their way in also. Nice hearty and lightly fruity finish with some German hops.

M - Medium bodied and slightly malt dominated. Finish is slightly dry.

D - Good overall. Could easily session this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 19:35:32 | More by MisterClean
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Sudwerk Helles from Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.