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Camden Hells Lager - Camden Town Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

27 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 8.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Camden Town Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StJamesGate on 11-14-2011)
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Reviews by CrazyDavros:
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3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours straw with a fading white head.
Nose shows spicy hops, cereal-like grain, some biscuity malt. Quite tempting.
Flavours include honey, grainy malt, spicy hops, cereal grains. Refreshing stuff.
Could use more carbonation.
Good work with an often-limited style.

CrazyDavros, Dec 02, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. ABV is stated as 4.6%. Picked up recently from Waitrose as they have just started stocking it.

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. A clear pale gold hue with light carbonation. Yields a decent head of fluffy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of light malt with hints of stewed hops, grass/hay, mild overcooked veg and faint grain. Doesn't distinguish itself.

Tastes of light malt with a subtle, dry finish. Notes of stewed hops, overdone veg, grass, faint grain and mild earthy yeast. A slight, crisp bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with well-judged carbonation and good body for the style. Aftertaste of faint malt and stewed leaves.

So-so; this lager fits the style but underwhelms the senses. Looks alright, but the aroma and flavour are dull and possess some faint off-notes. Decent body. A reasonable effort but the result is a bit too close to macro for comfort. Where is the clean flavour and the depth of character? Nothing too special - no need to go out of you way for it.

jazzyjeff13, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

aztraz, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Pelicanrocks, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 27, 2014
Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

mtbdonn, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Against The Grain, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of malts are perceptible in the nose and slight bits of corn seem to be detectable.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is rather malty and seems to be a little sweet. Once again, hints of corn seem to shine through among the malts.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is an easy drinking "lite" lager that goes down very easily.

metter98, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Jerseyislandbeer, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml Bottle (4.6% ABV): BBD 12 Feb 14, poured into a Veltins badged stemmed tulip on 13 Nov 13 during a random lager/pilsner tasting session with the wife.

Looked fine, pale golden with a white crown, unlike most beers of this style the head hung around and gave some lacing, so I was pleased with that.

The nose was light, grainy and slightly floral with a mild sweetness.

The taste was also light and delicate: more hop bitterness than malty sweetness but both could be found in the flavours. Citrus notes as it warmed a little, which I didn't take too, but otherwise a good brew and it scored a lot better than some we shared that night.

BlackHaddock, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of Mack_jamieson
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Mack_jamieson, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of joemarshall94
4/5  rDev +15.3%

joemarshall94, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of mdagnew
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

mdagnew, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Good appearance with decent lacing.

The aroma is muted. Some hay, noble hops and grassiness.

The taste is mildly metallic - in a good way. With delicate noble hops and grainy tastes

There is a hint of honey and apple skin.

Overall, this is a perfectly acceptable lager but not better than macro brewed German pils such as Warsteiner or Krombacher nor Helles such as Lowenbrau.

A well made lager but not a memorable one and in no way superior to the better macro lagers.

75/100

LagerCognoscenti, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Sam-VW
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Sam-VW, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of StJamesGate
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Charles Lamb.

Pale gold with white film. Big grassy nose with a bit of wax.
Fresh white country pan malts then hay and slight coriander herb hops.
Melon finish and tingly but light linger. Crisp, light and dry.

Solid Helles, and so many non-Germans don't understand how to do this style with a light touch. Curious about this brewery now.

*from notes

StJamesGate, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SimonTja
3/5  rDev -13.5%

SimonTja, Feb 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

MSandahl23, Today at 12:33 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Lare453, May 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Mr_Pink_152, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of flyingpig
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden colour with a tiny white head that is more lacing than anything. Clear and still too.

Sweet honey, butterscoth & a light fruity aroma. Some sweetness & light, grassy hops.

Good fruity flavours and all the sweetness from the nose along with the vanilla and butterscotch too. Honey & light, background hops

Medium body & carbonation, smooth with some sticky sweetness & a light bitter finish.

An average beer in my book and not one that really impressed me all that much. Nicer than most macro lagers out there but it wasn't at all great and didn't seem like a craft beer to me at all. I would compare this one to a carbonated cask ale.

flyingpig, Aug 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

brbrocc, Oct 04, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pale golden colour with a small foamy white head.

Smells slightly "beery". So far reminiscent of a regular macro lager.

Tastes quite refreshing. Slight hoppy though a bit darker and maltier than a macro.

Overall an ok beer, not too impressed though.

CwrwAmByth, Mar 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

chogm54, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of wl0307
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

At 4.6%abv., coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle; BB 23/04/14, served chilled in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: The ingredients include Pilsner malt, Perle & Hallertauer hops.

A: pours a clear, pale straw colour, coming with a thin but well lasting white foamy head, on top of rather moderate carbonation.
S: light savoury notes accompany the dusty, herbal and floral German hop aroma, against a background of very light grainy malts with just a whiff of doughy acidity. Smells like a classic Helles bier in a bottle, at best.
T: a lightly sweet, clean grainy maltiness paves the way for the lightly spicy and herbal hop flavour and bitterness to follow, finishing clean and crisp, but the acidity seems to dissipate altogether from the palate.
M&O: clean and lightly carbonated, the light body goes well with the moderate flavour profile, although all in all the flavour doesn’t seem to render enough weight or impact to be an interesting session beer.

wl0307, Oct 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Paccamacca, Aug 21, 2013
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Camden Hells Lager from Camden Town Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.