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German Helles
Ranked #5
Ranked #3,714
4.14 | pDev: 8.21%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: Some beers are easy to make and difficult to drink… but Alpenflo is the opposite on both counts. It took years to acquire the materials and formula for Alpenflo—we’re talking all-malt, 100% 2-row barley, and we source all of the Tettnanger hops directly from family farms in Bavaria to give it that gentle spice. This lager is then cold-stored in horizontal lagering tanks to round out the flavor profile. Once opened, that frothy beverage is gone in a flash.
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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that took a very long time to settled down and left some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with notes of fruity yeast and hints of herbal hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional hints of bready and grainy malts. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely drinkable and goes down very easily.

Serving type: can

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Photo of MikeWard
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. Canned March 2018, so 18 months old.

Bright golden yellow body with fast streams of carbonation. Small white head persists throughout leaving nice lacing.

A little wheat and hay on the nose.

Sweet taste, and as you would expect at this age, any hop note is gone. A little grainy in the background, but this is a pretty clean tasting beer.

Mouth around medium, finish a little sweet and grainy.

Overall, given the age, it's still a serviceable drink, and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden, sun-tanned leather...absolutely stunning to look at. Crackery, pils-lite aroma; herbal-spice hop accents. Clean, if simple malt profile, gentle enough that subtle--puffed cereal, vitamin water, and almond--sweetness is detected. Marjoram bitterness lingers. This is my out-of-the-can experience.
Otherwise, it drinks hard and cold, fast and flavorless like my local Stewart's shoppe brand.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straw yellow in color with vibrant carbonation bubbles erupting from within. There’s a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim and covering nearly all of the top. The aroma is of pale malt and a whiff of grassy German hops. I’m tasting pale malt which is well blended with the grassy hops. The mouthfeel is very small and delicate, yet not at all watery. There’s just enough flavor to beckon you to take more sips. This is really well done.

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Photo of stoumi
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Alpenflo pours a beautiful clear golden color with a soapy and white 1-finger head that dissipates quickly. The smell is clean and simple, cereal, cracker and strong bready malt that does present a light sweetness. Crisp and clean on the palette with a moderate bready characteristic with toasted grains and cereal. There is a light lager yeast flavor, finishing with with some grassy notes and a light bitterness. Balanced, light nice flavor and crushable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear and golden. Moderate head but it dies quickly leaving small spots and one steak of lace.

Mild, nearly neutral smell.

Grainy flavor upfront but in a good way. I like the complicated malt base with a feathery pale malt touch. The hop is muted but balancing well overall. For a Helles, it's full bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of DVMin98
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the Charlotte Yancey Brewery. This was very malty, crisp and delicious. Probably the best Helles I have ever had. Rating is based on the style, not vs all other beers.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very nice looking fluffy head that dissipates quickly but leaves a very nice looking white and foamy surface. The beer itself is an absolutely beautiful gold color that is very clear and fairly metallic.

The smell is good and simple. It's a fairly strong bready malt note with a light sugar sweetness to it. There is an earthy and spicy and slightly floral hop note.

The taste has the same notes but the hop note is more prominent and the spice comes out more while the malt has more of a honey sweetness to it.

The beer has a light body with a tingling carbonation to it. It has a refreshing finish.

Overall, this is an extremely impressive helles lager and definitely worth picking a whole six-pack of if you can find one.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very clear orange gold color . Around a medium body,maybe just a hair below with around medium carbonation.
Aroma is malt, yeast, cereal, cracker, grassy earthy hops. Fairly strong aroma and easy to distinguish all the different scents .
Taste is a nice malt first that blends well with all the other flavors . Cereal and hops are a perfect blend and back up the malt nicely. Very flavorful, mildly sweet with a slight hop bite .
This was an excellent beer that is easy to have a few in a row.

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Photo of Zraly
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Brilliantly clear, pale gold with a two finger white head. Soft nose of grassy hops and bread. Crisp, clean, and delicious brew that has a mild sweetness and finishes with a spicy, earthy hop note. Medium-light bodied with a dry departure. Super crushable.

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at a tasting with friends . Side by side with a lot of IPAs. Not best opportunity to really experience the beer. Overall seemed a decent Helles, but will want to try again at proper temp and in proper glassware to really size it up better

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably my favorite non-pilsner lager. Perfect in it's balance of toasty, bready malts, mild earthy & grassy hop notes, and subtle sweetness. Crisp, clean & dry. My regular meal beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint bright yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense fizzy sudsy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready + toasted + cereal grain malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness. Just shy of moderate aromas of herbal + grassy + earthy hops. Light aromas of lager yeast.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of bready + toasted + cereal grain malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of lager yeast. Finally there is a light to moderate flavor of herbal + grassy + earthy hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a wonderfully crisp clean mouthfeel. Enjoyable with really spot-on flavors and aromas for the style. I could easily have quite a few of these and will likely pick this one up again the next time I see it.

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Photo of EMH73
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a one inch white head that dissipated slowly and left both rings and blotches of lacing. Smells of bread, spice, herbal notes and grass. Tastes of bready malts, herbal hops, grass, spices and a mild bitterness to the finish. Light bodied, well carbonated, clean and crisp easy drinker.

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Photo of drtth
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bright clear golden colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” fluffy snow white head that slowly recedes to a thin irregular island of foam on the liquid while leaving some rings and good bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of arches and lots of small patches and legs of lacing that mostly remain on the sides of the glass.

The light, subtle aromas include lots of bready malt backed up by a hint of grassiness along with some slightly spicy and herbal character from the hops.

As expected from the nose the flavors are mostly about the rich bready malt with the spicy and herbal hops in the background. The malt sweetness does not cloy and is balanced nicely by a bit of light clean bitterness from the hops.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, slightly prickly and crisp with the finely bubbled persistent carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the sweetness and malt flavors begin to fade to allow the more slowly receding spicy and herbal bitterness to close out the dry ending.

This is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer that is clean and crisp with lots of flavor and balance between the malt and the hops. It touches most all the bases for the style. Since this is now part of the Sixpoint year round core lineup I’m looking forward to revising this beer regularly. While it may be just a bit more hop forward than some folks prefer, I definitely recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - 1-finger milky white head atop a transparent yellow body.

S - citrus, bread.

T - bread and citrus with some spicy and herbal accents. Low bitterness. Low sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium body with substantial carb.

O - so easy to drink. Goes down way too quick!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden color with 2+ fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Spicy hops, bready malt, and grains all stand out. Some lighter herbal notes in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the graininess and bready malt and then goes into the spicy and herbal hoppiness. Very light and clean bitterness to balance the sweetness. Finishes with lingering grain and spicy hops

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A super drinkable helles that has plenty of flavor and balance. Highly recommended if you're into lagers

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Photo of Gajo74
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I normally do not purchase 12 packs, however, given my curiosity over this highly acclaimed and hyped beer, I gave it a shot. No regrets! I’ve been lapping it up all summer and will finally review.
Pours a clear golden color. An aggressive pour yields a large dense white head. The head soon dissipates, but a layer of film retains throughout.
In the aroma, there is a fleeting hint of DMS that is acceptable for the style. It quickly passes as a pleasantly grainy and sweet pilsner malt aroma takes over. The hops hint at floral, grassy and lightly citrusy tones.
The taste is truly like heaven in the palate. A silky and smooth bready sweetness, from the pilsner malts, prominently featured throughout. It is balanced by a sublime noble hops flavor and an ultra clean bitterness. The hops flavors provide a pleasantly subdued spice and bright lemony tones. The finish is dry.
Light to medium bodied and with a nice moderate tingle to the carbonation. Crisp and smooth at the same time. Perfectly balanced.
Truly one of the best craft lagers out there. Awesome representation of the style, albeit slightly hoppier. I will be sad to see this 12 pack go. A masterpiece by Sixpoint!

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Photo of IronLover
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a tall, creamy, bright white foam with excellent retention. Pilsner malt and crusty bread aromas. Medium light bodied with medium high carbonation and smooth creamy feel. Bready malt flavors with medium earthy, herbal hop flavors. Medium light hop bitterness. Finished semi-dryly with lingering bready malt and light herbal hop flavors. A hoppier and breadier take on the helles style. Light, malty, tasty, and easy drinking. Lacks the crisp clean finish that you would expect, but still very good.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 5/7/18

Pours a clear, bright, deep honey gold hue with a towering, two-finger effervescent white cap.

Aroma bursts with refined, crisp and earthy malt notes; I'm getting some straw, hay, and wood undertones with a floral finish, but the malt is the star and expresses itself so nicely.

Tastes brings in well-rounded notes of crisp grain, followed by earthy malts dominating the mid-palate, and softens on the finish with light touches of almost yeasty banana esters; balanced overall and well subtle character that fits nicely in the grander profile.

Mouthfeel is bright and crisp, while the medium carbonation is extremely in tune with the other elements of the beer. Everything here is soft, refreshing, and never out of balance.

This lager has a ton of subtle character and is just an overall very well-constructed beer. Great versatility, as well, holding up well with food or simply on its own, and is also a great universal drinker.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It is kind of impressive how many people have taken the time to Review this one, rather than simply giving it a Rating. It currently stands at 45 of 79, so better than 50% of Raters are also Reviewers! I will also be a dual Reviewer-Rater here in a little while as I add this Slimline CAN (@steveh) to The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Some beers are easy to make and difficult to drink… but Alpenflo is the opposite on both counts. It took years to acquire the materials and formula for Alpenflo—we’re talking all-malt, 100% 2-row barley, and we source all of the Tettnanger hops directly from family farms in Bavaria to give it that gentle spice. This lager is then cold-stored in horizontal lagering tanks to round out the flavor profile. Once opened, that frothy beverage is gone in a flash."; "This Lager is rated 'M' for extended horizontal maturation time."

After Crack!ing open the vent on this Slimline CAN, I beCAN a slow, gentle Glug into my tall, thin Pilsner glass. The beer still rushed up to create two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with great retention. It even left behind som nice lacing as a memento. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), propmpting an impromptu visit from The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon, anxious for a taste, but not expected until today's England/Croatia World Cup match is on. Nose was clean, slightly sweet, very bready with a light Noble hops grassiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was quite sweet, very bready with a light grassiness. Finish was semi-dry, but very refreshing. I purchased mine at Monde Market on 21st Street in PHL & while I will not divulge the price, suffice to say that it was extremely inexpensive! This, coupled with its drinkability, makes it a prime CANdidate for the summer cooler. I know that some took it to task as being a Munich Helles Lager/German Pilsner hybrid, but that is the way that the Sixpoint peeps work. You were lucky to pin them down on a style to begin with.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.94/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Das Biergarten. Clear golden body. Smells kinda metallic up front. Soft doughy bread malts. A bit of spicy hops. Tastes of lots of bready malt. A little bit of bright fruity hops before the bread. Back end is a little spicy with a bit of banana yeast flavor. Light body. Meh.

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Photo of stephens101
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale orange and cloudy with chill haze and a dirty white froth. Fruity sweetness followed by grain and herbal hops to the nose. Goes down crisp and with a great blend of light fruit (persimmon, peach, pear) candy sweetness and hops. Light to medium and a bit bready with just the right amount of carbonation. Good, clean, tasty summer fun.

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Photo of steveh
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

So I finally got my hands on a couple cans of Alpenflo due to a generous trade from a constant traveler. 12 ounce "nanokeg" can (that makes me think I'm having an energy drink!). Ink-jetted canning date is muddled, but looks like March, 2018 with a best-by of September, 2018. Poured into my short Becher glass.

No apologies to being a German beer-phile and I'm reviewing to the Munich Helles style based on many of the definitions out there, but also from my own experiences in Bavaria.

L -- Clear, deep golden color with a sudsy to creamy white head that settles slowly and revives well.

S -- Aroma of mild DMS, husky grains, and light bread.

T -- Husky graininess up front with a light touch of citrus fruit. A light corn character makes itself present in-between -- possibly that DMS asking for more attention. Spicy hops and hop bitterness follow and fold lightly into the finish. Some light breadiness is apparent in the finish with a mild astringency fighting the hop spice and bitterness in the fast-fading aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft at first then turns crisp. Body is light, but heavies up to light-medium with warming.

O -- While certainly drinkable and well-made, there are identifying aspects of the Munich Helles style that are missing from this beer: most apparent being a good, melanoidin breadiness that Hofbräu, Ayinger or Grevensteiner showcase in their light lagers (when fresh, of course). There's also the crispness in the body that brings to mind German Pils more-so than Helles (which is known for it's soft, smooth body and lightly sweet finish) -- some others have pointed this out in the Alpenflo thread calling it a Pilsner-Helles hybrid. I would not hesitate to drink this beer again, but when I crave that rich, bready note from German Munich or Pilsner malt, I'll be choosing one of the imports or Urban Chestnut's Zwickel.

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Photo of atr2605
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a clear yellow color with a white head that fades rather quickly
S-some grain, very subtle hop spice
T-similar to aroma with light malt sweetness and subtle earthy hop spice to balance it out
M-light, clean and crisp, good amount of carbonation
O-very resfreshing brew, perfect for summer

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Alpenflo from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 148 ratings