Helles Lager - Rivertown Brewing Co.
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Reviews by chiefydawg:
4.25/5 rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Deep yellow, brightly clear with nice carbonation activity. Bubbles push up one tall, thick, foamy, tiny-bubbled head. Quite pretty.
Whoa. Just realized this was bottle conditioned when I added the rest of the beer in. Cloudier and chunky now, but that was from my careless pour. I like the conditioning, and will ignore the results from it in the score.
Dry bread, saltine crackery, with some light biscuit to round out the malt nose. The latter gives it almost a sweet smell. Very faint noble hop aroma and pretty devoid of yeast scent as well, besides a wisp of what you might encounter walking into a cold orchard. Immensely clean.
The taste is a clone of the smell, except the hops make a subdued yet immense contribution to the flavor's vibrance. Crisp without bitterness, nicely balanced. Sweetens and fills out a bit as it warms and the carbonation settles. No brewing flavor flaws.
Just enough creamy mouthfeel to let you know it is there, but not enough to keep one from gulping if they want. Easy on the chops, this is decidedly a session beer dream: incredibly easy to drain without thought, but enough to discuss in case any thought is given.
Serving type: bottle
10-10-2010 01:50:40 | More by chiefydawg
More User Reviews:
3.54/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I got a bottle of Rivertown's Helles lager a couple weeks ago from my cousin Adam. I've never had anything from Rivertown before and they don't distribute to Michigan, so I was happy when my cousin gave me a couple bottles to try out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A- The label looks nice, it has a nice city scene in the background, but it's not that eye catching. It poured a slightly cloudy straw yellow color that took on a golden hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and didn't really leave any lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but it's a little cloudy for the style.
S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart some sweet, grainy and slight biscuit like aromas with some bready aromas sticking out the most that are very similar to a slice of white bread. Up next comes a very light amount of spicy hops that are barely detectable. The aroma was nice, but I think a little more hop aroma would help balance it out a little.
T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by loads of bready malts that impart a flavor that reminds me of Wonder Bread. Up next comes some doughy yeast flavors followed by a light amount of spicy hops. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness just a little more sweetness with a very white bread like aftertaste that seems to stick around for a while. This was a nice tasting Helles Lager, but I thought it could use just a little more balance.
M- Very smooth, clean, pretty crisp, a little dry, on the slightly thicker side of being light bodied, with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and I think it worked well with this beer.
Overall I thought this was a nice beer and it's an above average example of the style, the malts were very bready and it had the signature spicy hops, but I think they were just a little light for the style. This beer had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, clean, not filling, and the flavors did a decent job at holding my attention, I wouldn't have a problem drinking a few of these and it makes for a nice beer to enjoy on those hot summer afternoons. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and mouthfeel they were both pretty nice. What I liked the least about this beer was the balance, I feel like a little more spicy hops would help make this truer to style and balance out all those bready malts. I would order a pint or two of this at a bar, but I don't think I would get a six pack of it and I recommend to anyone who likes easy drinking Lagers. All in all I enjoyed this beer, it was a nice easy drinking lager, but Hofbräu Original is still my favorite of the style, i think it's more balanced than this beer and it does a better job at showcasing those spicy hop flavors. This made for a decent first impression for Rivertown and i'm interested in checking out more of their beers. Thanks a lot Adam.
Serving type: bottle
08-17-2013 03:46:35 | More by StoutHunter
3.58/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured Helles into a pint glass.
A - Pours a clear golden with a half of finger head.
S - The aroma is very light, some bread, pinch of hops. Nothing over powering or knocking my socks here.
T - Whew, the taste is much improved over the smell. More biscuit qualities, touch of hops. Nice and refreshing on a hot summer day.
M - The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.
O - This style isn't gonna wow anyone, but hits the spot and is worth a try. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2013 22:25:20 | More by fitrock2112
3.3/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
*Edit, 04/26/12* - I realize now that I was a little too harsh on this, as I was unfairly expecting a hoppy German-style pils. After doing some more research on the Helles style and having another bottle of the same brew, I've decided to re-review.
12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
Deep straw golden body with a short-lived head of foam that leaves no lacing behind. Carbonation dies down. Maybe if the brewery put a BOTTLING DATE on their merch, I would be able to tell how fresh this is, riiight?! Anyway, looks mediocre in the glass. Meh.
While the appearance and label alone would lead one to think of a fairly hopped pilsner, the Helles is more malt-forward. There's plenty of bready malt backed by a touch of roasty caramel and grain aroma. There is a subtle spicy/floral hop presence to support the malt presence here. I do, for some reason, pick up quite a bit of buttery/diacetyl aroma, but my nose may not be totally accurate. Fairly nice overall, and a nice mild smell to this lager.
A big dash of grainy, bready sweetness washes over the tongue with some caramel on the middle of the tongue. I'm still picking up the buttery flavor, which is a little offputting in this otherwise solid brew. There is a nice presence of spicy/floral hops on the finish that linger without overstaying their welcome. Pretty nice balance, and a rather tasty and refreshing brew.
Refreshing mouthfeel with crisp carbonation and a dry finish with subtle hop presence. Pretty refreshing brew.
While not as hoppy and dry as I'm used to for German-style lagers (e.g., pilsners), this was a nice break. Rivertown makes very solid attempts at traditional European styles, and the Helles is no exception... I'd rather have a pilsner, though. But a refreshing, malt-forward brew overall.
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2013 00:37:14 | More by Groomsy
Helles Lager from Rivertown Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.