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Helles Lager - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
78
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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-04-2010)
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chiefydawg

Ohio

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
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Infamous7100

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Call me a homer, but I really enjoyed this brew.
A: Poured a golden/straw color into my pilsner glass with a very thin head. Little to no lacing. Beautiful.
S: Not much in the aromatic department, but I can pick up on a little of the hops.
T: Nice balance between the hops and malt. Neither is overpowering and they play well off of each other. For lager, it's has distinct flavor that's hard to place.
M: Medium carbonation but oh so crisp and refreshing, flavor remains for just a bit after sipping.
D: Due to the great taste and easy going body of this beer, this is definitely session worthy.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 23:11:24 | More by Infamous7100
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chaz01

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Dilly Deli's in a Guiness pint glass, served with my lunch.

A: Clear golden-yellow color, thin white head.

S: Light grassy, hay, floral aroma.

T: Very nice crisp grassy flavor, a little hop notes and some apple tartness on the finish.

M: Well carbonated, thin to medium bodied with a clean dry finish

D: Very clean and refreshing, would go well on a hot day. Paired great with my Shrimp & Asparagus Salad.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2010 15:40:03 | More by chaz01
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks bamadog!

pours a very light copper. very clean and pure. light fizzy white head that disappeared quickly. no retention which bummed me out.

up front, strong biscuit and bread with faint crisp floral pilsner hops.

lots of malt flavor but in a light way. light crisp flowery hops to balance this out. very clean and a great malty aftertaste.

a bit thin but the moderate carbonation fills it out.

this is very drinkable. i enjoyed this, very balanced, although could use a bit more dominating flavors. this would be a wonderful summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 01:15:45 | More by hooliganlife
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasant Helles - crisp, bright malt body with a bit of toasted biscuit in the malt. A touch of grassyness with hints of lemon. Easygoing character makes for a good session candidate. I'd like to see this brewery get a bit wider distribution.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 18:23:27 | More by Brent
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mcorwin

Ohio

4/5  rDev +18%

12-01-2011 06:03:39 | More by mcorwin
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Chris77McGrath

Ohio

4/5  rDev +18%

10-01-2013 15:19:18 | More by Chris77McGrath
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Dapperticus

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +18%

09-18-2012 02:33:55 | More by Dapperticus
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Lukass

Ohio

4/5  rDev +18%

01-05-2013 13:53:05 | More by Lukass
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Beejay

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy pale yellow in color. The head is white, fluffy and very plentiful. Very nice, with a long lasting head.

S: There is a light fruit fragrance, as well as a sweet bread note. The fruity fragrance reminds me of a sweeter sparkling wine.

T: Crisp with a nice light fruity flavor. There is a cracker, or bread taste to this that I like a lot. The finish has a bitter hoppy flavor that I think balances the sweetness.

M: Medium in body, actually a touch thicker than I would imagine. The carbonation is fairly high and appropriate to the style.

O: Overall quite nice, something that is crisp and easy drinking. I would certainly choose this of the plethora of other lager options which flood our markets these days.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 22:53:02 | More by Beejay
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tsauce2

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a tulip glass

A: SRM is bright golden hue. Crystal clear, medium heavy carbonation, white head is .5 in thick, dissipates to cling the rim.

S: Slight bread and banana notes, crisp lagered smell.

T: Crisp, clean malted notes followed by a slight banana note coupled with slightly yeasty/bready taste.

M: Light yet full bodied. Carbonation gives a nice tingle, malts give a rounded and full texture. Pilsner lager feel. Aftertaste is crisp and sharp.

O: Very enjoyable beer. Reminiscent of hefe and pilsner characteristics. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 05:09:09 | More by tsauce2
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Natural510

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle; laser dating on the bottom of the bottle puts it at early December 2010.

Pours a pale, hazy straw color with ivory-white head and a sturdy ring of residual lacing.
Scent is virtually nonexistent; however in this style that is not a bad thing as the intent is clean, crisp notes.
Initial sweetness from a light malt, met with the balancing of a crisp, pronounced hop bite. An overall flavor of grain, hay and slight breadedness. Smooth, clean finish.
Mouthfeel is in-line with the style; crisp, astringent, somewhat buttery.
Quality helles lager in true Bavarian fashion (as opposed to a mediocre American imitation). I'll be seeking more offerings from this small, local brewery...

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 14:00:34 | More by Natural510
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jkrich

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated, 12 oz. bottle: very pale gold to yellow with a slight haze. The foamy white head dissipated quickly.
The aroma was freshly malty with some lemony hop aroma.
The flavor was crisp, refreshing and zesty with a nice lemon-like aftertaste. Though the flavor is tilted toward the malt, the noble hops give the lager good balance.
Clean and refreshing mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The body was heavier than many helles style lagers I have tried.
What an excellent way to end a rather long work week during an especially hot summer. This is an ideal quaff - I finished this in no time and found myself reaching for another.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 23:01:53 | More by jkrich
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santa216

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean and clear. Light straw yellow color. Big, frothy white head.

Smell: Grainy and lightly sweet aroma. Low noble hop scents and no detectable DMS.

Appearance: Clean and clear. Light straw yellow color. Big, frothy white head.

Taste: Strong pils-malt grain character. Spiciness of noble hops is present but no overwhelming bitterness is evident. Clean and crisp with slightly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation.

Overall: Really delicious Helles Lager. Slightly sweet with a underlying noble hop bitterness/spiciness. Very clean, crisp and refreshing beer, however with a bit too high carbonation for my taste. True German-Pils malts are prominently displayed.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 10:35:26 | More by santa216
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - decent bright golden straw color, a brief fizzy head disappears quick but manages to leave a few swaths of lace on the glass.

Aroma - a touch of grain sweetness, pilsnery hops too. Fresh and as it should smell.

Taste - crackery malts open up, again with an element of sweetness but not overdone. The hops are moderate, not very bitter, but assertive just the same. They do a great job of balancing up to the swallow. They resolve to a little more pils (Saaz?) bitterness on the swallow, even a flint or gunpowder kind of note. Leaves some nice flavor balance on the finish. Very authentic stuff, Zinzinnati OFest bound I believe.

Mouthfeel - crispness is the most notable thing here. The body is lagerishly smooth without being too heavy. 3.5

Drinkability - a nicely done Helles. Ought to hold its own come warmer climes and should taste just as good if the Cincinnati heat gets to it a bit, though mine is steadily disappearing.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 04:58:19 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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DontWorry_BeHoppy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

10-17-2013 01:20:08 | More by DontWorry_BeHoppy
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SPriestle

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

03-25-2012 18:09:04 | More by SPriestle
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

06-18-2013 14:26:32 | More by mrfrancis
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Max_Double_D

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

02-24-2014 23:01:32 | More by Max_Double_D
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a pale yellow lager with a huge four finger width medium bubble head. Leaves lots of islands of residual lacing as the head dissipates to a small film.

S. Lots of woodsy, earthy hops. Some biscuit malt.

T. Bready/biscuity malt with some floral hops and a bit of grape flavor.

M. On the thin side of medium body with a robust level of carbonation.

D. It's damn hot in my house tonight and this is cool and refreshing. Perfect brew when it's hot outside.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 03:38:51 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a really light yellow with a big frothy white head. I think it looks quite nice, and light. Almost BMC-ish, but a real head, and a respectable body.

S - THis weird molasses sweetness dominates. I've noticed this in other Rivertown Beers and other small breweries...It's not a good thing. Especially in such a light style, it tends to dominate. Otherwise, you have some light crisp malts, maybe a hint of citrus, but it's hard to tell.

T - Light malts and a touch of vanilla. None of that funny sweetness from the nose, except on the finish. It's light and pleasant and enjoyable.

M - light, thinnish, a touch dry.

O - not perfect, but it's a decent pale lager. Some funny stuff in the nose could be cleared up.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 02:10:34 | More by ColdPoncho
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, single bottle bought for $1.59. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy light gold color with about a half inch white head. The head retention is good, but there isn't much lacing left on the glass. The aroma is a little light overall, the brew smells like bready malt, sweet malt and a bit of grassy hops. It mostly tastes like grain/bready malt, along with some light grassy hops and lemon peel. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's nice and crisp with good carbonation. It's also easy to drink. I think it's a solid overall brew, it's nice and enjoyable to drink, and definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 23:41:55 | More by bluejacket74
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fitrock2112

Ohio

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
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aasher

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a very light and moderately clear faint gold in color with a light white lacing around the glass. When it first poured it even resembled a chardonnay. It eventually gained a light cloudiness. It smells of pilsner malt with a light sweet malty finish. It's moderately grainy. Upon my first whiff I even thought I got some ever so light white grape. Interesting and light. It drinks very clean and light and has moderate carbonation. Overall this one is okay, and I like when American breweries cover this style, but this one doesn't separate itself from the others.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 22:33:17 | More by aasher
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear golden color with a thick white foam that leaves decent lacing.

S- The nose is mostly cooked cereal and straw with some malt sweetness. Hard to describe, but it smells "clean".

T- Very plain, but not in a bad way. Clean upfront with a touch of bitterness and a sweet malt finish with hardly any alcohol. Biscuits and lightly toasted grains.

M- Light bodied with nice carbonation.

O- Overall a very easy drinking beer that was a touch boring but still solid.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 21:39:22 | More by projectflam86
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Helles Lager from Rivertown Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.