Ottakringer Helles - Ottakringer Brauerei AG

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 17.21%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 06-03-2003

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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 29
Reviews by army01:
Photo of army01
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Figmueller

Thin-to-medium white head that stayed with the beer throughout, the beer was a clear golden yellow.

Sweet aroma, similar to other Helles that I have had.

A light honey flavor, followed by a bready flavor. It's a strange description, but this beer just tastes like Central Europe to me.

Medium bodied that thinly coats the mouth.

Overall, a great beer that went well with a Wiener schnitzel at dinner, as well as a hot dog crammed into a boll while walking the street of Vienna. Would love to be able to get my hands on this here in the States.

More User Reviews:
Photo of rastaman
1.58/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A really bad helles. This is as bad as they come. Real flat, bland, and even a bit sticky and rough. Really boring. I can't say too much about this one. I was expecting something just that bit better. It is very rare to find new beers to try in Sydney, and its really dissapointing when you try new beers that taste like this. Dissapointing.

Photo of sfprint
3.09/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Solid pee yellow. Not much of a head.

S: Slightly sweet and malty.

T: A bit soapy, fruity, sweet, malty.

M: Lightish for a lager. Smooth. Not so much carbonation. Quite ok.

D: Quite drinkable, light and you can drink a lot of it. Overall decent.

Photo of jackndan
2.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ottakringer Helles: Imported in a friend’s carry on bag right from Austria, in a half liter can. Pours a pale yellow, with a bright white head, kind of soap foamy. Bit of skunk in the aroma, not too much else. The taste is what you’d expect from a macro-euro lager: slight skunk taste, weak grainy adjunct taste. Extremely light bodied, and very easy to drink. Not a lot of taste, very clean aftertaste. Do not bother going to Viena to pick one up.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found at Moscow's best beer kiosk, this 33cl green bottle has a yellow and green label featuring a tree in the seal above the name. Don't see any reason to call this a bock, but whatever. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 2/10/06, I opened it on 9/10/05.

Pours clear gold under a 1.5 finger white head that seems thin at first, but adds some contour as it fades fairly slowly, leaving just a touch of lace. A slightly skunky hops nose is framed by a bit of sweet malt. The mouth is standard light and prickly. A touch of sweet bready grain opens, chased quickly by strong metallic hoppy bitterness. There are shades of espresso, but it is not really dry. There's not much aftertaste - just a quick hint of spice and a bit of bitter at the back of the throat. It's OK, but hardly remarkable.

Photo of safaricook
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured at 10.000m on board an Austrian flight to Vienna. Poured from a can into a plastic cup. Nice fluffy white foam that stays and leaves lacing. Crystal clear golden colour
Aroma is very faint of Pilsner malt and just a hint of continental hops.
Taste of smooth Pilsner malt. Moderate sweetness. Nice. But towards the end rather soapy. Bitterness just for balance as appropriate for the style of a Helles.
Body is quite substantial for the type. Smooth and refreshing.
I am surprised that I like this. I drank it quite a lot during my university years in Vienna, but haven't liked it much since. However, there is this soapiness that prevents me from giving a higher score.

Photo of JanM
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a yellow color and with a finger of quickly disappearing foam. The lacing was OK. The taste was of bread and citrus which is alright on a sunny day. It was rather sweet but not in an offensive way. I found it an average beer for its style but it should probably be served well chilled for best result.

Photo of Long813
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Vienna

A: Light golden body with one finger of white fizzy head. Retention is minimal as is the lacing.

S: Faint aromas of sweet malts and some grainy hops. Nothing overpowering, just subtle.

T: Again, faint flavours of some sweet caramel malts and some light hops. Pleasing taste.

M: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation. The texture is water like and leaves only the faintest aftertaste of light malt.

O: I found this to be enjoyable, nothing was off putting about, but it did lack quite a bit of flavour.

Photo of Andreji
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A mediocre austrian lager, Ottakringer may well be the most common brew it those places where you only find the mediocre, like vienna's large clubs. Boring straw translucid, the smell is very slight, tipically macro, with some malt and some hops, but not really exciting. The taste is bitter, watery and rather disappointingly uneventful. thin flow.

Photo of ernie
2.18/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sour beers can be delicious but not this one.

Bright yellow liquid pours from a yellow can forming huge head that quickly dissipates. High carbonation level falls in a couple of minutes.

Aroma herbal and hoppy, quite pleasant but faint. Start is sweetish, malty with corn, uninspiring. Body medium, unbalanced. Strong sour notes in the middle, even stronger in the finish. Bittersweet aftertaste.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pour a clear pale golden color. The head is small, and recedes within seconds leaving no lacing. The aroma is of cereal malt, a hint of noble hops, and a little skunk (it was bottled in green glass. The taste is like the aroma, but without the skunkiness. Still it is a rather dull taste. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with very low carbonation. So low that it really adds to the lifelessness of this beer. Overall, this beer is mediocre verging on bad. I will not drink this again.

Photo of AChamberlain
3.01/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a good head. The color was a crisp golden hue. It smelled a bit skunky. It was sharp on the front of you tongue and fizzed nicely in your mouth. The taste was reminiscent of rain. If it were to rain beer this is what it would taste like. Overall not great, but it's more drinkable than say Corona.

Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from a can while I was on a boat in Copenhagen. I didn't note the serving vessel; all apologies. Reviewed from notes.

A: Foamy but not creamy. The head is a bit thin. Colour is a clear yellow.

Sm: Cream, honey, and full barley. Mild and pleasant.

T: Slight honey and cream. A full barley foundation. Very refreshing on a summer's day. Simple but pleasant. Balanced well and built well for what it's trying to do.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavour of the body.

Dr: Fairly priced, very easy to drink, and refreshing. As a simple helles, it does exactly what you expect.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a 0.33L can that I purchased in Vienna airport. Considering I paid only €1.20 for it, I was not expecting too much from it.

It poured to give a body slightly darker than a Euro pale lager with plenty of bubbles streaming up to form a decent enough off-white head.
There was an instant sweetish malt and hops smell.
The taste was decent at first, but ended up being too sweet.
Overall; better than a Euro lager, but not overly so. Considering the price, it was decent enough.

Photo of BucBasil
2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this recently in Vienna and reviewing from notes. Picked this one up in can form at a local sausage stand. Taste is weak with a hint of lemon zest. Not very good. Watery with little flavor. Some grain and lemon at the end. I steered clear of this one the rest of my trip. Like a Bud Light... Easy to drink, but why would you want to?

Photo of crwills
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a big, yellow can of this on an Austrian Air flight recently. A very average lager with nothing to make it stand out from the crowd. Slightly overcarbonated, and mild hints of adjuncts in the aroma (not so much in the flavour). Drinkable, and certainly not offensive, but not worth seeking out. Doesn't really strike me as an authentic Helles, by any means, although I'm not that experienced with the style.

Photo of bark
2.19/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The colour is bright yellow (very bright). The quickly sinking airy foam is white. (Some lacing occur)

The smell is sour with bitter notes and a hint of honey. The bitterness is chemical and almost like some industrial detergent.

The honey comes back in the taste. As for the sour – bitter notes… That fades surprisingly quickly, leaving a somewhat sweet and very malty aftertaste with a long, growing (rather unpleasant) sourness thar faedes, leaving a honeylike sweet finish.

The carbonation is, by all means, average.

A not-too-good beer, that is more of a Euro lager than a Helles Bock.

Photo of Mike-Harms
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, easy-drinking, classic German Helles. Enjoyed from can to glass on a train trip from Venice to Munich. Very refreshing.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Interesting. The lower ABV version exported to East Asia is better. It's more mellow. This has too much of that Euro lager harshness.

A: Soft white head with a yellow straw-coloured body which is perfectly clear.

S: Creamy vanilla, grainy but not metallic, has a snappy sherbet quality.

T: Has a slightly harsh grain flavour coupled with a delicate tartness and a soft fruit salad aftertaste. It's ever so slightly sweet and a bit too bitter. The grain profile reminds me a lot of wheatgerm.

M: A soft effervescence coupled with a creaminess that really frames the mellow flavours.

O: Again, not half as enjoyable as its cheaper exported counterpart.

Photo of TheMistler
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had draught in Vienna. I say that because my ratings may, unfortunately, be slightly skewed by my liking of the city, for which this is the local, very cheap brew(ery).

Poured darker than a pils, of course, but nonetheless a very light brown. Budweiser (the American kind) in color, honestly. Yeesh. So far, so... okay for a helles. A few pinkies width of head disappeared farily quick, though it left behind some nice lacing. A slight bit of head sticks around on top.

Crisp, maybe even spice malt on the nose. Honestly not too bad, despite prior reviews. Unprocessed grains, some indistinct sweetness.

A bit... bready and caramelly. It could use more carbonation, more crispness. The tastes are not strong, but they are nonetheless not well balanced, although an aftertaste hints at the slight presence of hops.

Nearly everything about this beer is slight. It could, so far as I'm concerned, never offend, but it is not as crisp and cooling as I would expect from a helles. I think my "taste" rating is the one that is skewed, but I honestly would not categorize this as "average," even if it is only slightly above.

Photo of sunrisesolara
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.5L emptied into a pilsener.

A: Pours a pale yellow with a fluffy 2-finger white head which quickly disappears. Very little lacing throughout.

S: Hint of Saaz hops and indistinct malt. Slightly metallic, a bit skunky.

M: Very light body, bordering on watery, but good carbonation.

T: Some middling malts at the fore, same for the hops at the back. Sweet aftertaste.

D: An overly simplistic lager. This is a drinking beer that will come out almost intact from the way it went in. Not something that I would ever choose willingly.

Photo of DerBayer
3.59/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful beer to look at - gold with a beautiful bright white head

Smell is ok of some hops and sweet malt

Taste follows suit good with little complexity

Mouthfeel is sueffig and refreshing with medium carbonation and light body

This beer was not spectacular but a good session brew and drinkable

Photo of xylophonica
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very clear wheaty coloured liquid with a good finger of head.

S - Lots of wood chips! Maybe some oak with a solid dash of malt. Touch of sweeter bread & cheese as it warms.

T - Sweet malt taste at first. Some honey-mead flavours coming through as well. Has some cheesy sensations as well but basically it's just another helles lager.

M - Malt doesn't quite coat the mouth as it should. Fortunately it's somewhat spicy and lively on the palate.

O - I'll be honest.. the yellow can reminded of the Grimbergen blonde cans I used to knock back during my time in Paris. This unfortunately was nowhere near as good.

Photo of endovelico
3.59/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudish yellow brew with little to no head. Non perceived effervescence.

Smell: Medium high in intensity. Smells unmistakenly of noble hops. Notes of honey, grass, flowers.

Taste: Hoppier than other hellers i've had (it's more of a dortmunder anyway in my opinion). The malt notes are noticeable but still overwhelmed by the hops. Notes of cooked peas, grass, flowers.

Palate: Medium high carbonation. M;edium low bodied. Medium to medium high. Within style guidelines and enjoyable.

Overall: Not my favourite style ever, but nonetheless this a decent examplar. The score reflects personal taste more than it does objective to-style analysis.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

nice for an airport beer. poured goldenrod yellow and lively from a green bottle. smells like nice german bready malts and more of a hop kick than ive been able to enjoy in bosnia. flavor is big and balanced, a touch skunky likely from poor handling, but there is plenty of depth here with the pale malts in the lead. feel works well, lighter in body and good carbonation. easy drinking and i would have had sever if airport prices were more friendly. not a bad beer all in all.

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Ottakringer Helles from Ottakringer Brauerei AG
73 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.