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Edenton Helles Angel - Edenton Brewing Company

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Edenton Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2004)
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Reviews by silver0rlead:
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, straw golden color with a nice frothy white head that retains well. Aroma is very malty with clean, lightly toasted bread notes and some noble hop scents. The taste begins with a clean toasty bread note followed by some floral and grassy hops...simple but when has a munich helles ever been complicated? This beer is to style and very quaffable, with a light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and excellent drinkability. Really enjoyable and drinkable craft beer without all the pretention of a brewer like DFH, simple, tasty and well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 04:21:12 | More by silver0rlead
More User Reviews:
Photo of cliff1066


3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

12-17-2012 00:37:21 | More by cliff1066
Photo of carrollmel7

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

05-22-2012 13:59:51 | More by carrollmel7
Photo of sinistrsam


2.03/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a bland straw-color with absolutely no head. Maybe a bad keg, but I would expect at least some head out of a draft.
The aroma was more like a cheap, mass-made lager-style beer than a microbrew.
It had a mild sweetness in the taste up front but faded quickly into a bland and somewhat skunky aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was boring to say the least, once again due to the lack of carbonation.
I'd say this was mediocre at best and not something you're going to want to sip and enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2007 17:59:18 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of woodychandler


3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a huge, bone-white head with very little retention. The color was a deep, golden-amber with a light cloudiness, which was somewhat unexpected in a lager. The nose had the characteristic lager sweetness to it, sort of honey-like but malty at the same time. The mouthfeel was medium with a good lager taste of balanced sweetness and bitterness on the tongue. The finish tended more to bitter than sweet, which I actually enjoyed. I find that I am enjoying lagers more and more.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 15:53:59 | More by woodychandler
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark gold in color. Darker than I expected. Almost leaning towards brown. Thick foam head that vanished completely. Appearance was essentially flat. Picked up hardly any nose whatsoever. Much sweeter than I wanted becasue of the malts. Hops were present but were very sublime. Some white bread flavors too. Medium body. Easily drinkable but not particularly enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2006 16:52:09 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of jhammerly


3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dopplemeup for this one.

Just as the name states, pale golden in color with virtually no head at all. A thin white ring stuck around the top of the body for a minute or two and then disappeared. Slight malty aroma, nothing overpowering. Taste is semi-sweet malt with a light hop finish. A nice balance, but a bit thin in flavor in the end. Not a very complex beer, which makes it an easy drinking lager. This would make a good transaction beer for macro drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 21:43:26 | More by jhammerly
Photo of russpowell


4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured golden with a 2 fingers deep white head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Straw & floral hops

T: Slight grainyness & malt sweetness up front. Floral hops shine through lending to a lemony & straw flavor. Finishes slightlty fruitty & quenching

Medium body, with a spritzy feel & great balance

Drinks too easy, nice helles. Made me want to try others from this brewery, but will probably have to wait until the next time I'm back home

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 03:23:10 | More by russpowell
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4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured an orange-amber color with massive white chunky head. Beautiful lacing as the beer was slowly evacuated from the glass. Head lasted throughout. Smell is light and summer fruity and very nice. Taste starts off strongly malty but a nice hoppy note shows through as the beer warms. Finish shows more of the hop character with a nice balance of the malt. Very drinkable. A nice summer bber.,

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 22:57:46 | More by tgbljb
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3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draught: I sampled this at a BBQ joint. It pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. There was a small white head on it. The aroma was fairly weak, but OK. The taste was along the same lines as the aroma. There wasn’t much there, but it wasn’t bad either. Fairly easy drinking. I guess it goes well with the BBQ.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2006 23:12:28 | More by Boto
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3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hells Angles. Poured a lemony yellow color with a slight haze. A fizzy white head that quickly hides to the edge of the glass, but does last through the whole sampling. Good lacing as well.

The smell is malty with a more Americanized pilsner smell. A Pilsner malt smell with not much DMS aromas. A hoppy kick with a touch of white grape-like smells.

The taste is mostly malt with a crisp taste. A slight more butterscotch taste then the nose would indicate. The hop presence is noticeable but still very light and more would be nice (both bittering and flavoring). A good bitterness with a floral kick and a peppery finish. Not much finish though but a touch of citrus is there.

The body is light. Not much for carbonation. Overall this is a good Americanized Pilsner, but personally I would like more of a hop taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 19:50:19 | More by Oxymoron
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Not much head, but there was some residual lacing on the glass. Pale yellow color.

Not strong smelling. Little bit of malt and not much hoppiness.

Taste was alright. Reminded me of a typical macro lager. Not much to say about this beer, neither bad nor good. It is supposed to be a lighter lager, and I think it fits the bill.

I can feel the carbonation, and there are lots of champagne-like bubbles rising to the top as I drink this. It goes down easy, with little aftertaste.

Not a bad beer. I think this would be a good choice for a hot summer day. Very drinkable if you are looking for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 22:01:22 | More by doppelmeup
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gaudy apricot that is full-to-bursting with fine particulates. The small, rich, ivory colored cap was no surprise since there wasn't much of an audible 'pffft' on crown cracking. The beer does, however, look to be more than adequately carbonated. The head is thick and creamy despite its size and deposits a fair amount of lace in small splotches.

The nose is equally balanced between 'blonde' malt and lightly earthy, herbal hops. It may not be a showcase for the hop bill (Northern Brewer, Hallertau, Tettnang), but they give a pretty good accounting of themselves. I'd like a bit more brightness; this is a helles after all. Yeah, I know that helles refers to the color, but that ain't all that bright either.

Although Helles Angel is holding its own on the taste buds, it still can't manage to break out of the 'slightly above average' rut. In terms of the flavor profile, pale malt dominates hops. I can't decide whether that makes it a better example of the style or a worse one. It's white bready (no hint of any toastedness) with a bit of a sourdough tang.

The mouthfeel is more ale-like than lager-like. It's roughly medium for the style and isn't as carbonated as I'd originally feared. Even though a few more bubbles would help, I refuse to get too bent out of shape unless a beer goes obviously too far in either direction.

This Helles Angel is neither the big, bold, half-crazed Hell's Angels of Altamont, nor is it the soft and cuddly Hell's Angels of Toys for Tots. It's something in the safe, and ultimately uninteresting, middle. Not bad, but Edenton is capable of better beer than this.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 14:34:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light gold with a nice full lightly creamy white head, active carbonation, and some lace rings. Nice grainy malt aroma. Grainy malt flavor dominates with a slightly off flavor to finish... maybe a bit sour-ish. Betting this bottle is a bit old even though it was recently purchased. Light-medium bodied with a dry grainy and lightly sour finish.

Would definitely try again - hopefully will end up w a fresher bottle next time.

Label states: "Pale Golden Lager"

Per EBC website:
German and Pilsner malts.
Northern Brewer, Hallertau, and Tettnang hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 18:11:14 | More by RBorsato
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3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: A vigorous pour into the pint glass creates a fizzy bone white head. The beer is straw golden in color.

smell: Smells of light grain, a slight sweetness, and some spicy hops. Subtle hints of light fruits like apple and pear.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is somewhat lower than medium and the body thin. Could definately use some more carbonation to carry the subtle flavors, and to just give a better feel on the tongue.

taste: A light fruity sweetness somewhat offset by spicy, clean hops. Not much to it.

drinkability: Easy to drink, and unoffensive

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 02:18:30 | More by blackie
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold color with a 1 finger head and just ok lace. Aroma of a nice caramel malt with yeasty characteristics. Faint honey and citrus as well. A semi sharp hop flavor hits immediately behind the malt. A nice hop bitterness is present as well. Fairly high carbonation and good drinkability. A decent brew!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 00:45:48 | More by sabrills70
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from GCBrewingCo as part of BIF 20. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2 1/2" eggshell head above the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head fades rather quickly down to a more manageable quarter inch, and with ample lacing. Aroma is sweet pale malt with a fruity kick. Taste is similar ot the nose, with the slight fruitiness merging nicely with the malt, but with a somewhat bitter, chalky aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both okay as well. Reasonably standard fare here.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2005 20:46:16 | More by ppoitras
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3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Even did this one the service proper burial by dropping her into a gorgeous pilsner glass to savor the memory.

Pours a standard golden hued pour with a top of fluffy ivory spumescent head cap, well retained with taunt head cap hanging in there.

Aromatic leafy grainy scents to a muted degree. Not a nose popper but contains some pop.

First swigs: Honey and grain tingler. Maybe a bit of honey over grain prescence. Aftertaste is somewhat clean but cloys toward the end.

Mouthfeel is subjectively soft yet firm, with a rounded body of medium build.

Drinkability is good with a sweet aftertaste. Some hints of maple syrup round out the finish.

Last swigs: Milky lightly oatmealish brew. Best in a 5 brew mixed pack from EDENTON. This is a can't go wrong decent lager to use as a crossover much like Flying Fish or Cricket Hill. Some slight red apples in the mix round out the malts. Well done but fits into a steam beer style flavor of ale meets lager. No biggie, just a designation.

Beer is good. Happy sorta local beering.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 03:10:29 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry and musty pale and Munich malt scent. The taste is good. It has a grainy pale malt flavor along with a smooth Munich malt sweetness. It goes down easy and finishes dry and slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine Helles lager. It's tastey and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 00:17:05 | More by WesWes
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3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, I wanted to try a local brewery and I was in the mood to be brought back to my great time in Munich so Helles it was. The bottle has a buxum blonde and a chachy name so I was caught.

It comes in only a 12 oz bottle and not a liter MaS glass so that was one strike against it...

The beer forms a nice head which rapidly dissapates on top of a yellow brew which has a wheaty-slightly skunky aroma.

The flavor is crispish with a hint of skunk. It is a pretty good example of the Helles variety, but maybe I'll have to go back to der Vatterland to properly enjoy Helles.

Might have it again, but probably not.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 23:48:53 | More by Tang07
Photo of santoslhalper


3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a rather dull gold with an enitrely too big white head, that doesn't really stay at all.

Smell: the smell has a buttery malt feel to it with slightly bitter hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a mix of bread and butter, which is perfectly compliment by floral hops. It suprisingly smooth, with good balance and a nice, thirst quenching finish. It's really fitting tasting for this time of year.

Drinkability and Overall: This isn't too bad of a beer. A nice offering from this little NC brewery. I got 5 more of theirs to try. It's not earth shattering, but quite pleasent and appropriate for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2005 03:47:42 | More by santoslhalper
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3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ha! Great name.

Appearance: Pale golden with a small, foamy, white head that quickly diminished to a film, leaving very light rings of lacing 1/ 2 of the way down.

Smell: Mild. Light sweet malts and a bit of floral hops. A little grainy, and a hint of fruitiness like white grape juice.

Taste: Crisp, fruity, and refreshing… but rather weak. The finish is lightly bitter and medium in duration.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, watery texture, low carbonation, slightly astringent on the finish

Drinkability: I think this beer holds true to what I’ve found to be characteristic of all Edenton brews: Sure they have good qualities, but they come off as weak and lackluster. I don’t think there’s anything really wrong with the recipe, but it just needs... something.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2005 12:33:00 | More by ski271
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color. Head is a lace around the glass. Smells malty with some grassy grains. A spicy hop is present as well. Taste refreshing. Soft malty grains with a spicy hoppy aftertaste. Some yeast is present too. Meduim-light bodied. A tasty lager. Goes great with any heavy meal.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 05:48:30 | More by Luigi
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $4.00 for a pint at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte last night. have heard pretty good things about the Edonton Brewing co. and this was my first chance to try something.

This is only the second review of the Helles Angel on tap and it seems to score a bit higher versus the bottle. No qualitites blew me out of the water, but the hops were well balance. appeared with a little head that stuck around for a bit. Very easy to finish and order another.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2005 15:27:50 | More by Backer2004
Photo of unit555


3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Virtually no head when I poured which was disappointing but the intense color saved the appearance rating. Deep golden color that borders on a shade of orange. The smell was prominent and had a yeasty texture that came through in the taste. When you got past the initial bite of yeast on the tongue the remainder of the taste was nice. It had a long finish with tastes of fruit and butterscotch.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 13:43:49 | More by unit555
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Edenton Helles Angel from Edenton Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.