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Velas Helles - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 19.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2003)
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Photo of weeare138
1.13/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a hazy light gold. Some scattered, white lace.
Smell is of buttered rotton corn and other skank ass vegetables.
Taste is of sour creamed corn...blech!!!
Mouthfeel is of rancid, gross, sour malt that isn't impressing me in the least. In fact...it's sour and plain out gross!
F this brew! I hate it!!!

weeare138, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of BlueMoon10
2/5  rDev -38.7%

BlueMoon10, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of wcudwight
2.05/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours the color of any BMC. Might as well be Bud, Coors, Miller, PBR, or the Beast in my glass. No head, no lacing.
Smells of buttery corn
I really don't see how you could call this any other style, other than American Marco Lager. It's your pretty much run of the mill BMC beer. Taste is of corn and rice.
Very light bodied and watery.
So far this is the worst that I have tried from Smokey Mountain Brewery. It could be a lawn mower beer. But, if that's what you want why not go to the local grocery and get the cheapest Macro in cans.

wcudwight, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of witster18
2.17/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First know that my previous review was extremely positive...B+ I think.

I had to come back and review this beer because SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED....either I got a bad keg or this one has really gone downhill in that past 2 years.... one or the other...

unlike the last growler this was VERY flat....
the last one had less of a copper hue...
this one was VERY winey and overly sweet
the last one was crisp and refreshing and virtually no strong alcohol bite to the flavor..
the last one was one of the better Hellas styles I'd ever had....
this one was flat out TERRIBLE!

NOw...I would have dismissed it and not written another review if it weren't for the fact that I filled this sucker AT THE BREWERY!!! OUT OF THE BAR KEG!!! so there were NO excuses!

Next time I go back I'll revisit a pint just to see if it was a bad keg or if this thing has truly fallen off the 'good beer' map....

note to brewer
Marty,
I always enjoyed my trips to Gatlinburg... Playing a game of Adam's Family Pinball and picking up a growler of your Hellas were two of the biggest reasons...
take it from someone who's drank alot of your beer.... the last growler was embarassing.
Before I buy another I'll have to taste it first. Here's to hoping something just 'went wrong'.

witster18, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of barleyroad
2.2/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light gold in appearance, very clear. The Smell lacks in any detectable aromas. The mouthfeel is crisp on the way in and then it is done. Taste is very uneventful and lacks any true charateristic, disappointing. Overall we have found this lacking in any real beer flavor.

barleyroad, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Sunstealer
2.25/5  rDev -31%

Sunstealer, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of atrocity
2.25/5  rDev -31%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of johnrobe
2.42/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Update 8/17/04: Wow! This brewery has gone steadily downhill over the past few years. Velas Helles was once a tasty, spot-on domestic Helles, but my last sample had a perceptible amount of diacetyl. Yuck!! Not undrinkable...but I can do better with my homebrews.

A straw colored, extremely clear brew with a densely knit white head that shrinks to 1/4 inch and leaves some lace. The smell consists of a pleasant graininess along with some herbal Saaz and/or Hallertau hops. The taste is slightly dominated by candy-like sweet malt but the hops appear nicely in support. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy yet light at the same time. Not quite as full-bodied as it could be, but I'm being nitpicky. It is billed as a "Light German Style Lager". The finish is very clean and the drinkability is dangerous. Prosit!!
The visage of Smoky Mtn.'s brewmaster, Marty Velas, appears on the label appropriately in traditional German garb. I guess if you're gonna put your name and face on the label, you're gonna make sure it's one tasty brew.

johnrobe, Feb 06, 2003
Photo of tnflyguy
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

tnflyguy, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of argock
2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Received as a gift in a mixed 6-pack from my friend Jody.

A: Golden with 1-finger white head with poor retention but a few dots of lace. Not as clear as it should be.

S: Fairly malty aroma with herbal, earthy noble hops nose. Not too bad actually. A little bit of corn.

T: Flavor is full of off-flavors, very solventy with a strange heavy bitter vegetative hops flavor that is too earthy. There is no brightness or crispness to the flavor.

M: Decent light body but the strange hops flavor and solventy nature lend a somewhat astringent feel to this beer.

O: Not a very good Helles lager -- off-flavors galore. I was able to choke it down but it was a bit of a struggle.

argock, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Chaney
2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at the Pigeon Forge location.

A: Poured a crystal clear, gold color, without much head and minimal visible carbonation.

S: Absolutely nothing.... No Bavarian quality whatsoever.

T: Whoa! This had an over-the-top saaz component that wasn't very drinkable.

M: The carbonation was fine and the lacing was virtually non-existent.

O: This is one of the most uninspiring Helles I've tried in a long time.

Chaney, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Segelstrom
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Segelstrom, Feb 11, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

DavidRose, Jul 18, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

mrfrancis, Jul 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

GMan, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of mntlover
2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale yellow with small white head that falls way to quick. Aroma is light some malt some grassy hops not much going on here. Taste is a little more maltier then their pilsner maybe a touch more hops also but overall just as soon have the Thunder Road not much diffrence between the two. Mouthfeel is light and drinkability is ok goes down quick and is refreshing. This brewery is making their stuff to appeal to Bud drinkers. None of their beers are very taste intensive made not to offend anyone I guess.

mntlover, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of atsprings
2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Lucifer tulip pours a crisp pale gold with a thin diminishing off-white head. Aroma is just a trace of sweet malts. The taste is a slight amount of sweet malts and and just a hint of hops. The beer is light and crisp, but a bit on the watery side. This is one textbook mediocrity.

atsprings, May 11, 2009
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3/5  rDev -8%

Hugh37, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Misfit138
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into my Sweetwater Blue pint glass.

A- Fizzy yellow beer with minimal head, that did manage to leave lacing along sides of glass.

S- Mild malts with hints of hops

T- Mild malt and grain flavor, maybe a a slight tart finish

M- Light body with fair carbonation

D- I would say its about like a typical mainstream domestic lager beer, but slightly better than most. Its not my favorite style, I was impressed with the porter that Smoky Mountain Brewery made and took a bottle of this home as well just to try. I think its a good beer for those that don't stray far from the Miller Lite and Coors kind of beers.

Misfit138, Aug 25, 2008
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3/5  rDev -8%

crobinso, Jul 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8%

WynnO, Sep 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8%

Viperman1316, May 29, 2014
Photo of Tuey13
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the brewery in Pigeon Forge. The bartender told me this was comparable to Corona although I thought it had more flavor and was a bit fuller in body than a corona. Has a light golden color with a small white foamy head that was gone rather quickly. Has a faint aroma with a bit of citrus at the end. The taste was very light and sweet with a bit of malt and hops but nothing overpowering. This could definately be a session beer or one to drink on a hot day of doing yard work. But still it is just an average brew compared to the brewery's other offerings, but still a nice fizzy refreshment at the right time or to give to someone that might be scared off by a heartier brew.

Tuey13, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of LukeGude
3/5  rDev -8%

LukeGude, Aug 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8%

deadhero, Jun 28, 2012
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Velas Helles from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
76 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.