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Sudwerk Helles - Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery

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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2002)
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Photo of ssam


3.71/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

01-30-2014 04:32:53 | More by ssam
Photo of CMack71968


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

11-08-2013 19:26:50 | More by CMack71968
Photo of Stinkypuss


2.86/5  rDev -23.1%

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.

09-29-2013 23:14:55 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of GraduatedCashew


3/5  rDev -19.4%

08-28-2013 22:12:08 | More by GraduatedCashew
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

06-01-2013 19:32:08 | More by shanny1981
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

05-27-2013 03:33:46 | More by tzieser
Photo of t0rin0


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

02-25-2013 23:10:26 | More by t0rin0
Photo of avaldivia


4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-01-2012 17:31:10 | More by avaldivia
Photo of Nage37


2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

05-26-2012 20:59:28 | More by Nage37
Photo of drabmuh


4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

At the time of this review, this is #13 on the "Top Beers - Munich Helles Lager" list on beeradvocate.com. Poured into a tulip pint glass. Beer is yellow and clear, dark yellow, white head, moderate to low retention. Looks good.

Aroma is weak, sweet and yeasty, mild Munich malt character.

Beer is clean with a nice finish, a little thin weak on the front but a wet finish, very "chuggable" as a beer. I love craft lagers and this is a good one. I"d have it again, light a clean with a wet finish.

04-23-2012 15:24:52 | More by drabmuh
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-08-2012 00:35:38 | More by emaciated
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-28-2012 06:58:03 | More by FeliciousDoyle
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.2/5  rDev +12.9%

Bottled on 10/12/11.

Pours a clear golden color with a 1/2 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains/malt and some light fruity aromas. Taste is of grainy malt and a sweet fruity finish. There is a very slight bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good lager that is very easy drinking and very refreshing.

01-25-2012 04:40:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

11-15-2011 21:34:47 | More by bpfrush
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

11-15-2011 20:44:05 | More by projhex
Photo of russpowell


4.2/5  rDev +12.9%

Pours an effervescent apricot with a pinky of ivory colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Bready with apple skins, slight bit of lemon as well

T: Follows the nose, nice pear notes and floral hops up front, some leafy & metallic hop notes as well, they blend together nicely. Pear & white grapes, plus a nice touch of grainy/bready sweetness as this warms, along with lemony hops. Finishes crisp, grainy & with a hint of King's Hawaiian Bread sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, great balance as well

So easy to drink, as good as many of the Helles I enjoyed in Bavaria. Only Augusteiner & a handful of others best this. Well done Sudwerks!

08-20-2011 05:34:19 | More by russpowell
Photo of tempest


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

07-28-2011 03:02:59 | More by tempest
Photo of Nerudamann


3.83/5  rDev +3%

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.

07-18-2011 03:44:38 | More by Nerudamann
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

05-24-2011 03:12:33 | More by ejimhof
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor


4.22/5  rDev +13.4%

S: The nose has a sweet honey and malty breadiness to it

T: A very good beer, it has a distinct breadiness and toastiness to the malt, and a nice citrusiness to the hops. It is a very smooth and flavorful brew.

A: It has a very beautiful gold hue to it, with a small foam.

Overall, this is a great beer for any occasion. This definitely hits the spot. I really enjoyed the breadiness from the malt and the citrusiness from the hops. It is really a great beer, my hats off to the Sudwerk.

04-03-2011 06:46:03 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
Photo of vacax


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

04-07-2010 01:36:43 | More by vacax
Photo of Zorro


4.2/5  rDev +12.9%

Clear golden colored lager with a small white colored head.

Smells mostly of toasted grain with a mild noble hop scent, mostly grassy with some green herbs. This is mildly spicy but nothing special.

Starts out mostly grain in flavor with a slight bitter hop bite in the finish. Bitterness and herbal flavor comes on strong from the hops. Good noble hop bite in this one a beer that really fights back. There is a spicy note to this one.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very high drinkability. The hop bite is what makes this beer, quite strong and crisp.

03-14-2010 02:58:16 | More by Zorro
Photo of MisterClean


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

02-24-2010 19:35:32 | More by MisterClean
Photo of Halcyondays


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

07-14-2009 17:32:41 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Offa


4.47/5  rDev +20.2%

On tap at Sudwerk, this is a great helles-type lager, full-bodied, well-rounded and with firm, lasting character. It is definitely on par with good German or Czech lagers in terms of the strong charscter and malt and hop elements but ultimately its aroma and flavour profiles are more like a very good, characterful American-style lager.

It's bright, deep gold with a smallish-medium white head steadily shrinking to a nice ring and wisps with a little lace.

The aroma is a nice, full-bodied lager with lots of grain, hints of herb, citrus, and bread. It is like a really full-bodied, characterful take on traditional US elements.

The taste is similar, a very full-bodied lager with strong malt and hop character, nice balance of sweetness with light bitterness and a nice zestiness with hint of spiciness in the finish. It has a lot of grain, some fresh apple, with a lot of lemon, some grass, hints of herbs and green apple peel, the latter elements stronger in the finish. The character holds up well.

05-26-2009 16:56:53 | More by Offa
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