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Twisted Helles - Frankenmuth Brewery

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: adams82 on 06-23-2013

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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 9
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hooray for Michigan Craft Beer in a can!

This tasty beverage pours a moderate golden color, slightly hazy with a billowy white head. The aroma is a mix of sweet cereal grains, lemon/orange like citrus and noble hops.

There is an excellent balance to the flavor of this beer. Nice grainy malt notes up front, lots of noble hop flavor and fruity/citric notes on the end. Very little hop bitterness, but tons of noble hop flavor; I love it! Very well rounded. I was skeptical of this one, as most beers with added citrus flavors tend to be dominated by fake tasting extract, but Twisted Helles appears to have been made from actual zest, so it doesn't suffer from this flaw.

Crisp, clean and refreshing; the perfect beer for a hot summer day. I've found that this style is generally poorly represented and not brewed for packaging nearly enough, which is a shame, because it's so tasty and quickly became one of my most sought after styles after first discovering it. It certainly fits the season, but I wish it were available year round. The "twist" (the addition of lemon and orange zest) may not make this a 100% true Helles lager, but I don't care; it's fantastic!

Big thanks to Frankenmuth Brewing Co. for canning such a wonderful summer beer! I will be buying the <expletive deleted> out of this beer this season.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Pilsener glass.

A- Lightly hazed, deep golden body seems to lighten a bit as the haze clears. Moderate-heavy carbonation. Thin, white head drops then reinvents itself throughout the glass as the carbonation continues to rush toward the surface.

S- Lemony as I crack the can. Clean, biscuit-like/bready backbone. Light, spicy hops.

T- Nicely melded combination of flavors. Initial rush of orange pulp and lemon zest, pizza dough from the malts. Some spicy hops to provide balance.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Nice dryness I'd associate with the citrus component.

O- I had high hopes going in as Frankenmuth has proven itself with the German styles. It lived up to my expectations. A real thirst quencher after lounging poolside.

A previous reviewer mentions zest additions. The label mentions lemon and orange flavors. Not sure if it's an addition or just a quality from hopping/yeast. Either way, it works.

Bonus: It's canned and a sub-$9 sixer. I'd buy a case for summer consumption (BBQ/Beach/Ballgames).

Time to fire up the grill and pair another can with some seared meats!

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale gold color, and lightly hazed, it certainly looks like a Helles. A cleanly white, soapy, craggy pillow of a head displays very good retention and rests lightly on top of this brew. It remains half a finger or so in height for the entire session and leaves solid, consistent lacing deposits on the walls of the glass, mostly in patches.
This beer definitely offers the full profile expected from the style in both aroma and flavor. It's moderately hoppy, neither overhopped (Americanized, essentially) nor weak. A definite Noble hop variety makes for a distinctively traditional offering, particularly combined with the somewhat floral element and the light, biscuity malt. The Noble hops are not only leafy and mildly (unoffensively) sulfuric, but give a light spiciness as well. This may be the most accurately brewed beer I've had from Frankenmuth, from a technical standpoint. It's refreshing and perfect for summer to boot...
...which wouldn't be possible if it wasn't light-bodied and crisp. There's a little smoothness to the feel off a moderate carbonation, but the crispness is key.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice tasting lager. It has more malt flavor and body than many other lagers I have had, but it still is refreshing and smooth. The color is a deep gold with a little bit of amber. It is slightly cloudy and retains a thin white foamy head. The taste is unexpectedly nice, it is malty with a light sweetness and very little bitterness. It has just the faintest hint of lemon zest. Great balance and smooth, smooth. An excellent summer brew from Frankenmuth Brewery. I'll be buying this one again for sure.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - golden color, slight haze. White fluffy crown melts quickly but leaves behind some lacy patches.

Aroma - standard grainy macroish sniff.

Taste - robust grain base, light orange citrus edge balanced by a light bite of hop. Very well balanced, clean, and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - a touch of slickness, but good crisp carbonation and medium to light-medium body.

Overall - easy pick to pair up with some smoked ribs. Great session beer as summer winds down.

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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 3/10/2014. Pours lightly hazy deep gold color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal balancing earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and solid robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a very clean finish with zero cloying flavors; Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Helles style. Very clean and well balanced flavors of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Bright golden straw color, somewhat clear body, fair amount of bubbles rising.

S: Has a malty crispness to the nose complimented by an earthy hop presence. Slightly reminiscent of a macro, but better then that.

T: Biscuity, earthy, some notes of corn, and just a hint of citrus.

M: Very crisp and light bodied.

O: A great beer for a hot day, although there are others I would choose first.

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Twisted Helles from Frankenmuth Brewery
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