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Ottakringer Helles | Ottakringer Brauerei AG

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Ottakringer Brauerei AG
Austria | website

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 06-03-2003

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 84
Reviews by endovelico:
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3.59/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of virinow
2.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of rastaman
1.58/5  rDev -47%
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.

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2/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of KristijanG
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +51%

Photo of sfprint
3.09/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of jackndan
2.63/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of GregaR
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of PaF
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.36/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LittleNeko
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Globetrotter
3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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3.38/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

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3.6/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of JanM
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Long813
3.55/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Ottakringer Helles from Ottakringer Brauerei AG
73 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.