Kichesippi Heller High Water - Kichesippi Beer Co.
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Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by laituegonflable:
3.23/5 rDev -9.5%
On tap at the Black Tomato (sidenote: two days later I suggested to a group of North Americans going back here, and realised I was pronouncing it To-mar-to. Everyone had great fun with me)
Pours a clear gold colour, lots of carbonation, but not furious. Head is white, decent density and retention. Looks like a decent lager.
Smells grainy. Cracked pilsner malt with a touch of wheat. Bit of honey to it and puffed rice. Non-descript; pretty bland.
Taste is very grainy. Lots of cereal notes with puffed rice and corn. Some grassy hop notes creep up late, with a touch of phenolic medicine. Finishes almost clean, but a tickle of bitterness lingers. Decent lager otherwise.
Fizz is noticeable; otherwise texture is OK for the style.
Lagery; close to clean, but quite refreshing.
09-20-2013 02:17:06 | More by laituegonflable
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3.7/5 rDev +3.6%
I think 'Heller Highwater' is a clever name for a Helles Lager, and this appearance is right on the money for the style: a light and bright complexion with striking yellow-gold colour. German brewers, meticulous as they are, would also be approving of the beer's sturdy head and its visible bubbles. Looks good. Could someone please point me in the direction of the patio?
The aroma has a clean and confident maltiness that puts you squarely in the beer gardens of Bavaria - if I didn't know otherwise I'd swear this was made in Germany. That generous amount of cracker-y, bready flavour is integrated with just a smidgen of pungency courtesy of the hops.
'Hell' may mean "light" in German - and "helles", the noun, literally translated, would mean "the light one" - but this refers strictly to colour and is by no means a reflection of the style's body or flavour. Indeed, these beers can be very substantial and, while they aren't likely to have a splashy flavour profile, there is a wealth of taste to them too, as this example proves.
On the palate as on the nose, the wholesome, lightly sweet white bread and cracker-like flavour of the malt is invaded in the finish by a more earthy hoppiness and with it a rather lemony and grassy aftertaste. While this provides a crisp conclusion to each sip it's far from bitter or noticeable enough to upset casual drinkers; it doesn't get more approachable than this.
Kichesippi is still a relatively new brewery but it's obvious from this offering that they're finding their feet fast. While it may not be the sexiest style out there, many would make the case that Munich-style Helles' typify all that is great about German beer making (i.e., its quality and quaffability) and, indeed, it's not an easy one to pull off. But Heller Highwater does.
06-11-2014 23:56:15 | More by biegaman
3.81/5 rDev +6.7%
On tap at Black Tomato. From notes.
A - Poured light golden with a one finger white soapy head. Bright. Good carbonation and a spotty lacing left over with a film of retention.
S - Noble hop, grassy. Mild but nice.
T - Pale malt, crackery, nice grassy, skunky pilsner style goodness. Noble hop.
M - Some nice dryness to finish. Strong carbonation and a lightish body.
O/D - Quite liked this one. Subtle but very pleasant with good hop bite. Nice.
08-04-2013 17:33:04 | More by tbeckett
Kichesippi Heller High Water from Kichesippi Beer Co.
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.