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Twisted Helles - Frankenmuth Brewery

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Frankenmuth Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: adams82 on 06-23-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

dfillius, Sep 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

alelover, Sep 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

kyle86, Sep 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

buddha5050, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

tommy5, Aug 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

MacStinson, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Aug 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Randle8281, Aug 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Zaphog, Aug 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Boverhof3, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of StoutHunter
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I picked up a can of Frankenmuth Brewery's Twisted Helles a couple days ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. It says that it was brewed at Point Brewing Company, so apparently this is contracted brewed. I'm not a big fan of this brewery but it's been pretty hot lately so a Helles Lager sounds pretty good, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date, but it showed up recently so it can't be too old. Poured from a 12oz can into an Imperial pint glass.

A- The can actually looks really good, I like the design it's nice and clean looking and it does a good job at sticking out. It poured a hazy pale/straw yellow color that took took on a golden/orange color with two and half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some decent lacing behind. This is nice looking beer, it's a little hazy for the style but other than that it looks nice.

S- The aroma starts of with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some sweet, grainy, bready, and biscuit like malts aroma that are a little on the light side. Up next comes a doughy yeast aroma with no detectable hop aromas. The aroma wasn't that good, it was very bland with pretty much no complexity.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a good amount of malts, with the grainy and bready flavors sticking out the most. Up next comes some noticeable doughy yeast with just a slight bit of hops coming through on finish imparting a earthy hop flavor and a medium amount of light bitterness with a very bready aftertaste. This was a pretty average tasting Helles Lager, it's a little on the bland side for the style and it doesn't compare to an authentic German Helles Lager.

M- Pretty smooth, clean, crisp, on the thicker side of being lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and pretty true to style, I thought it worked well with this beer.

Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer and I thought it was a very average example of the style, it wasn't as crisp, refreshing, and slightly complex like some of my favorites of this style. This beer had ok drinkability, it was pretty smooth and light, but the flavors didn't do a good job at holding my attention and one is enough for me, If i was in the mood for a beer that was somewhat similar to this I would grab a Genny Cream, it's cheaper and has just about as much flavor. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel and appearance they were both good with the mouthfeel being my favorite and I thought that aspect was the truest to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma, it was very bland, a little aromatic hops would help it out a little. I wouldn't buy this beer again, I would rather have an authentic German version of this style, but If I wanted to keep it local I would go with Tri-City's Hell's Half Mile, it's just a better example of the style in every aspect. All in all this beer just wasn't for me, i know this style is all about being nice in hot weather and easy drinking, but it was a little bland for the style and that kept me from coming back for more. This was another barely average beer from Frankenmuth Brewery, you guys better step your game up or these newer brewery's are quickly going to overshadow you.

StoutHunter, Jul 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

nitter, Jul 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

gashmoney, Jul 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

TheConnMan, Jul 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Mtooman, Jul 08, 2013
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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.

CMUbrew, Jul 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Fargrow, Jul 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Drk93TT, Jul 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

HardyA, Jul 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Giggy, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Brenden
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.

Brenden, Jun 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Slay40, Jun 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

trebud, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of GRPunk
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

GRPunk, Jun 23, 2013
Twisted Helles from Frankenmuth Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.