Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Hoffmann Helles | Climax Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Hoffmann HellesHoffmann Helles
BA SCORE
3.74/5
Good
45 Ratings
Hoffmann HellesHoffmann Helles
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Climax Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
climaxbrewing.com

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RonfromJersey on 07-18-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,075
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
45
pDev:
14.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Krispogo
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. A careful pour resulted in a two finger high bright white head that died down, consistently leaving a half finger high head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with notes of lemons.
T: The taste is completely unlike the smell and has flavors of lactic acid along with notes of sourness—these mostly stand out in front of notes of grassy hops and hints of grainy malts. No bitterness is perceptible. The sourness seems to mellow a bit as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't taste like any other Munich Helles Lagers that I've had before—especially with its sourness—but isn't that bad if you are looking for something that is light and sour.

 969 characters

Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.81/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

The big detractor on this one for me is the level of the sweetness. It's almost like a Belgian ale as opposed to a helles. The flavor is full and the carbonation is extremely lively. It's okay as a beer. But as a helles, I feel it is very much lacking.

 252 characters

Photo of DIPAFAN
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of mmsimmons
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of
3/5  rDev -19.8%

You had this beer. Write a review.

Photo of Treb0R
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Dave_Treat
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of jnardone235
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of WDJersey
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of KenC
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Samp01
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale golden yellow with a medium white lasting head and some lacing. Aroma of citrus, lemon, grassy notes and some light biscuit malt. Taste same as aroma with some light sour notes and some bitter notes. Palate is a light body with low carbonation. Finish is sweet biscuit malt, citrus and lemon flavor, grassy and a light sour notes with a touch of bitterness. Overall an ok average brew.

 403 characters

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a very small head. Smell is of grains and malts. Taste is crisp, malts and grains, some hops are present, a tad bitter at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

 260 characters

Photo of mikeg67
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy deep golden with a short-lived white head. Aroma is of dough, some fruitiness and slight hints of hops. Body is medium and smooth. Bready malt and herbal hops fill the mouth, some lemon zest as well. Finish is long and dry. The brew is more bitter and fruity,than ordinary Helles, but it should be quite enjoyable for lager lovers.

 365 characters

Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: shiny straw yellow, trace white head,
fair lacing

S: biscuit, floral, caramel, raisin, malt

T: sweet raisin/biscuit, malt, chalky, floral,
semi-dry finish

M: light, semi-crisp/dry mouth

O: Maybe this brewery or beer is just
not my thing, but has a chalky/biscuit
and ripe fruit aftertaste. I usually enjoy
this style, but maybe I don't.

SOLID, SEE FOR YOURSELF!

 370 characters

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a clear golden yellow color with a head on top that wasn't too impressive really. The smell of the beer gave off some traditional lager aromas with some light grassy nots and some earthiness too. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it was mellow and subtle, nothing too grassy which I found nice. The mouthfeel of the beer was again pretty stanard, it was dry and crisp. Overall it's a good lager.

 424 characters

Photo of gory4d
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear fizzy yellow with a low white head; not much lacing. The smell is crisp minerals, biscuit, grass, lemon. Taste is lots of grass and biscuit, with some faint lemon notes and something tannic that seems out of place. It's viscous, medium in body, under-carbonated due, perhaps, to a poor job filling the growler. It's a good beer, could be a little better; in any case it's very easy to drink, and one I'd happily drink again.

 438 characters

Photo of Blanco
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of aficionado
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow body, clearish but not as clear as can be, 2 finger white fluffy head, lots of random lacing, high carbonation. A little yeast sediment issues but nothing really detrimental.

Smells pretty good for a Helles. The fruitiness of the apples comes through along with some grassy notes and aromatic grain. Gets musty though as the beer warms. I enjoy this better quite cold.

Unripe sour Granny Smith apple, Meyer lemon, sweet grain, and just a hint of banana. The subtle sourness helps to bring out the fruity flavors better so it's not all just bready grain. The only thing that bothers me is that it's not too smooth as far as the bitterness goes.

I can tell the boys at Climax take a lot of consideration into the quality of their water. The mouthfeel is great for a refreshing Munich Helles. Moderate light body with a crisp feel.

Not an incredibly complex beer, but I don't want Munich Helles to be bourbon barrel aged or have dozens of different layers. This is a great beer. Munich would be proud. Enough said.

 1,029 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Hoffmann Helles from Climax Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 45 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.