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Helles Lager - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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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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crytion

Ohio

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-29-2013 12:51:40 | More by crytion
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Kahmal

Ohio

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-21-2013 23:41:37 | More by Kahmal
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Lukass

Ohio

4/5  rDev +18%

01-05-2013 13:53:05 | More by Lukass
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RickS95

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Since I got smart and stopped drinking American macros, I've stopped enjoying this style of beer for the looks alone. Pours a dull gold. Not quite as clear as I'd have guessed, but something you can still see through. The head is bright white, a finger thick, and has only moderate retention. Attractive lace forms when swirled.

The smell was slightly complex, which was welcomed. Biscuity nose with some savory character, as well as the faintest touch of lemon.

Strong taste in that it's not watered down, malty backbone with an Earthy flavor before the hops add some savory citrus to the swallow.

Would be great in the summer, but it's cold out and it's still got a nice feel on the palate. Aggressive, crisp, flowery notes from beginning to end, with a bit of malty sweetness for balance. Crisp, acidic finish.

Overall, it's much better than I expected. More ABV would be a nice addition, but I didn't hate this and that's praise coming from me.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 03:40:14 | More by RickS95
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good helles. Unfortunately, the carbonation is so high that it really does interfere with the flavor delivery. What I do get is a nice grainy lager with a consistent flavor profile though. A bit metallic and tangy. But it's passable.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 04:33:32 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gabbyaboutipa

Ohio

1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

10-25-2012 03:02:03 | More by Gabbyaboutipa
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Dapperticus

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +18%

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

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With the waining popularity of industrial domestic lagers, it seems that the trend it to offer all-malt varieties that resemble the original recipes that has been bastardized by American macrobreweries. Still, many microbreweries and brewpubs both hit and miss when it comes to these time honored European styles- how does Rivertown's light lager fare?...

Its pour delivers a slighly hazed deep straw color with particulates of yeast dropping to the bottom of the glass. A partly-froth, partly-fizz head forms on the beer with fair retention and mild lace. The beer does little to seduce the eye but even an underwhelming appearance suits par.

Rich malt components provide a dense aroma of baking bread, yeast, dough, and a buttery scent that hinges on caramel. The scent of corn and apples also make headway with a richer and vegital nose. Light herbal, perhaps floral, hops struggle to rise from the dense aromas from malt and yeast contingencies.

Butterscotch, pilsner grain, and light bready malt provides the caramelly and grainy-sweet taste that's normally relegated to Bohemian pilsners of the Czech Republic. Corn and butter swirl around the malts and provide a fuller taste than "helles" lagers perscribe while also impeding the zesty hops from delivering the near-fruity middle palate or the peppery bitterness to finish.

The fuller taste manifests in fuller textures as well as the buttery profile coats the mouth and won't allow for the clean, crisp, or refreshing properties that reside in beers such as Spaten Helles.

Call it a kellerbier or a bohemian lager and I'm going to buy that much better than a helles, but even then the heightened taste and texture of corn and bitter prove too much for any lager beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 05:23:53 | More by BEERchitect
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-22-2012 23:15:59 | More by LJWalker
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raznug

Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It pours a clear straw golden color and is topped if a solid 3” of snow white head that really lingers.
Smell: There is a typical bready aroma that most German lagers smell like and this one doesn’t disappoint. It smell of mostly malt and light hops that hang in the background.
Taste: I taste the bready malt flavor to go along side of aroma but this beer is a little over carbonated and the bubbles blast the palate and make it kind of hard to drink.
Mouthfeel: The body of the beer is well balanced and middle of the road but I can’t get past the carbonation it is just too much.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 13:58:35 | More by raznug
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M_Burkey


3/5  rDev -11.5%

08-08-2012 13:15:10 | More by M_Burkey
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fastrodney

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-13-2012 02:23:06 | More by fastrodney
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Lee45102

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

05-08-2012 20:52:32 | More by Lee45102
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seanote

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-25-2012 01:34:58 | More by seanote
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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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seanhug

Ohio

3/5  rDev -11.5%

03-03-2012 01:03:30 | More by seanhug
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rmehughes

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

01-30-2012 21:49:36 | More by rmehughes
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kruthy

Ohio

2/5  rDev -41%

01-14-2012 01:13:25 | More by kruthy
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Ryan011235

Ohio

1.85/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 1/10/12

Timid, watery, faded manner of golden yellow so wimpy it looks artificial. I got to spend some time describing the color while the four inches of eruptive foam calmed down (took its merry time, too). Uneven wave of retention and a couple globs of lace.

The aroma doesn't seem so bad; perhaps even pleasant - prairie grass, damp pollen, clean grains and hints of mild spice. There's a lemon grass element as well, but I'm concerned the lemon smells too... pungent.

Sip. Hmm. Not good. Thin. Over-carbonated. The taste is that of what I can only describe as burned prairie grass and such. Like when the teenagers got bored and stopped by OSUM. Tart lemon, dull grain, metallic hops. There is a skeevy dirtiness on that back end that puts shame to the term "off flavor." It gets worse as it warms. Yuck.

I don't know how, but it feels like my mouth has turned to a smoldering ember after each drink. WTF?

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 01:15:17 | More by Ryan011235
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mcorwin

Ohio

4/5  rDev +18%

12-01-2011 06:03:39 | More by mcorwin
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Schneic8

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Clear golden copper color with lots of carbonation. It has a white head that seems to last.

Smell: Floral hops smell is kind of faint. Also has a slightly sweet grassy aroma.

Taste: Initially it is crisp and clean. I get the floral hops throughout and it finishes with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a smooth crispness with mild carbonation. Goes down easy with a slight bitterness that is refreshing.

Overall: Decent beer. It seems a little watered down but has a nice overall flavor. I had a really hard time pouring this beer, there was a lot of carbonation. I would like to try again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 01:06:30 | More by Schneic8
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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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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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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
Helles Lager from Rivertown Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.