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Ottakringer Helles - Ottakringer Brauerei AG

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Ottakringer Helles
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 18.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ottakringer Brauerei AG visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 06-03-2003)
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Reviews by sfprint:
Photo of sfprint
3.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

sfprint, Apr 28, 2010
More User Reviews:
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2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

warnerry, Feb 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

chinchill, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of rastaman
1.58/5  rDev -48.5%
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.

rastaman, Jun 03, 2003
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2/5  rDev -34.9%

jonmikel, Aug 16, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

KristijanG, Aug 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +46.6%

gshoes3, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of jackndan
2.63/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

jackndan, May 22, 2004
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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

GregaR, Jul 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +14%

BKotch, Oct 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

lelepat, Jul 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +14%

BeerSingh, Dec 29, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

Globetrotter, Sep 10, 2005
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3.38/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

safaricook, Dec 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -2.3%

cfalovo97, Nov 15, 2012
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2.53/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

JanM, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of Long813
3.55/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Long813, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of Andreji
2.53/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Andreji, Jun 01, 2004
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2.15/5  rDev -30%
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.

ernie, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

KarlHungus, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of AChamberlain
2.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

AChamberlain, Oct 17, 2006
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3/5  rDev -2.3%

rale, Nov 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -2.3%

DCon, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

kojevergas, Oct 04, 2011
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Ottakringer Helles from Ottakringer Brauerei AG
73 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.