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Velas Helles - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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76
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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 19.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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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4/5  rDev +22.3%

markallmon, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

fishguyac, Feb 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

elkinbrown, Jan 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

tnflyguy, Dec 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +30%

mwar, Dec 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

hollywood_15063, Nov 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

GeoCait, Oct 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Dragon17, Sep 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

elBecko, Sep 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +37.6%

NickCurley, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of Chaney
2.6/5  rDev -20.5%
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
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Yjt2, Jul 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

crobinso, Jul 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

deadhero, Jun 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

pheelingIt, Mar 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

tfsimpkins, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of barleyroad
2.2/5  rDev -32.7%
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
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4.5/5  rDev +37.6%

khargro2, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Swill5786
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden brew with slight appearance of a head reduced to a thin cap in a flash. Smell brings a gentle hoppy presence - spicy hops. Good, not distinctive. Mild malt sweetness, almost perfectly balanced with mild hop bitterness. Gentle, mild, slight... These words above are the description of the overall. And the mouthfeel? Guess! Light. High drinkability due to the balanced ease with which the Velas Hellespont presents itself. Good.

Swill5786, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Schwarzwald
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lacks a lot of the luster of a true Munich Lager. This is a good beer and God knows that I had plenty to sample. I ordered the large (seems like 35-40oz) of this stuff. No head when it arrived but the temp and smell was great. It lacked a lot of depth but was overall very easy to drink and enjoyable. like this style when it is done well and this is a GOOD version, not GREAT.

Give it a try, I was a little sick of it after finishing the large size.

Prost!

Schwarzwald, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of austinhensley
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Almost inch thick creamy like head. Tastes very similar to the German style beers that it is modeled after. Great lacing, looked like spider webs down the sides of the glass. Appearance was golden yellow. Didn't bother to smell it. Mouthfeel is how I believe a beer should be. Very drinkable, let's just say I had more than one. The bartender gave me a shot of Cherokee Red after I told him how bad it was when I tryed it, still tasted like shit.

austinhensley, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of chiefydawg
4.25/5  rDev +30%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again skully...
This seems to be the same beer as the Calhoun, which strangely has a higher average. A C+ for a GABF gold? Let's see...

Very clear yellowish-gold with thin white head. Decent carbonation to style. Some lacing. Admittedly, I poured it like a sissy; but nothing too impressive to look at. However, it is light, clear, and with white head at least.

Fragrant Graininess. Malty cereal sweetness. Underlying German hoppiness. Clean and elegant in it's light malty simplicity. Love the scent of this beer first to last sip! It is how I imagine Germany's best would be on their home turf or if the elements that be did not skunk the stuff sent to the states. Technically, it smells like a Bock yeast.

Crisp yet malty. Fresh raw pretzel dough. Some spicy, woodsy hop spiciness. Tastes hoppier than the malty smell (which keeps inviting me for another drink). Some lightly fruity honey. Malty without being sweet sticking to the breadiness. Warm sourdough biscuit center Pils with some balancing, spicy tang keeping it all in check.

Overall, this is one hell of a balanced, clean, grainy, hop-appropriated Helles. Some stickiness to the very end; but like the Pils (which I recall has a lot in common with this) it is a pleasant aftertaste. Should it cleanse the palate totally? I don't know because I have never been to a Deuschland Biergarten drinking the Bavarian greats, but I like the un-American-light-lager-residual. This would go nicely in one of my Corny kegs!

chiefydawg, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep yellow body with a soapy, sudsy, white head.

Smell: An unassuming nose, smelling lightly of German malts and notes of floral hops and honey which come together to convey a slight honeysuckle scent.

Taste: A taste of Pils malt layered with a coating of sweet-tasting honey. Small hint of bread dough. Faint floral hop character kindly imparts no more than a light bitterness. A bit of honeyed sweetness remains on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Velas is a tidy, tasty, refreshing Helles that's quite drinkable.

ChainGangGuy, May 10, 2010
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solidly translucent golden color with a few thin ring of whiteish head.
Smell is strongly of yeast and some bread.
Taste is actually a smidgen complex, it has a strong grain, banana bread flavor that transits into a yeasty finish.
A light grainy after taste with a little malt flavor gives it an ok finish.
Drinks solidly as it is intended to.

ThaBobfather, Feb 09, 2010
Velas Helles from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
76 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.