Hoffmann Helles | Climax Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by RonfromJersey on 07-18-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
46
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
14.44%
 
 
Wants:
5
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of Samp01
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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!

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of gory4d
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of aficionado
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Rembrandt's.

Pours a clear, dark golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white headthat slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Subtle earthy, floral aroma with hints of grassy hops and pale malt along with some light fruit notes.  Smelly slightly creamy with hints of apple and faint alcohol.  

Medium bodied with a nice crisp floral hop bite up front that is countered by sweet pale malt, subtle alcohol and light fruit notes.  Slightly earthy and grassy and faintly dry but not very bitter.  Well balanced with pale pilsner malt and a crisp light apple flavor.  Slightly dry  with a bit of alcohol in the finish.  Well balanced and really easy to drink especially in this humid weather.  

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Photo of philbe311
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Minimal slightly off-white head quickly fades leaving a minimal lacing and a slight collar... A pure medium gold color... Possibly the slightest of hazes... Moderate carbonation... A bit of lacing clings to the glass as the session proceeds...

S - Freshly kneaded dough... Grains... Some floral notes... Perhaps a touch of spiciness...

T Mild, but rather interesting... Pale malts... Muted hop presence... Bready malts... Hints of lemon and banana...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Brisk carbonation... Clean... Crisp... Refreshing... Smooth...

D - An easy drinking Munich Helles Lager... Could easily drink a couple of these and then some in a sitting... Well balanced... Would gladly drink again and would recommend to both beer geeks and beer novices... Nicely done by a brewery that I had never heard of prior to having this pint...

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Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from brown growler into a short clear pilsner glass. No freshness date. Purchased from Rio Hill (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Clear golden with short white head despite an aggressive pour from the vessel. Some sticky lace remains behind however despite the scant head.

S: Grassy, hay-like hops with lemongrass as well complement the bready maltiness. Slight sour note above and beyond the lemon prevents a move upward for this score.

T: Bready and biscuity malts pair well with the lemongrass hoppiness. The sour note in the aroma is faint but present. The aftertaste is a litle like a yeasty poundcake with lemon-vanilla glaze.

M: Great heft for the style with a good coating quality and a relatively low carbonation which makes for a more tacky feel.

D: A pretty good Helles -- I know I said I wouldn't revisit it but at $7.99 a growler and a bunch of other good reviews, I thought it was worth another try. I'm glad I did -- it's a lemon-bread Helles with a killer feel.

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Photo of drtth
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer nice clear golden amber color but a thin layer of foam and s minimal ring around the glass. The foam quickly recedes to an island and a ring of foam that leaves some lacing. Within a few sips there is neither foam nor lacing.

Smell: The aroma is clean fresh, lightly grassy and floral, and has some nice gentle bready character to it.

Taste: The flavors are subtle and delicate and include slightly sweet bready malt with grassy hop flavors and a light, almost citric, bitterness that underlies the whole.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly prickly with the fine, light, persistent carbonation. The finish is medium long, begins with lightly sweet bready malt and then trails off to a light refreshing dryness.

Drinkability: There are two words to describe this beer, "subtle" and "balanced." I found this one nicely drinkable. Each sip followed the other naturally and easily and I did have a second one even though there were other beers on the menu I'd not tried yet. ☺ A very nice Helles lager from a small brewery that does some big-on-quality beers.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler purchased at Gary's; no freshness date.

Pours a clear yellow-gold with a nice, frothy head. Very good retention and lacing for a growler.

Aroma is muffled and faint: cereal grain, vaguely sweet malt.

For the lightness of this beer, there is some good malt character. It's bready, grainy and lightly sweet. Almost lemony in its hop flavor, with earthy, grassy notes as well. The mouthfeel is light, with low carbonation, making for a smooth drinking experience. Almost reminds me of a Kölsch or Cream Ale more than a Helles. Still, this goes down very easily.

My first beer from Climax, this lager is a solid offering. Simple and drinkable. My only wish is that the brewery would start putting dates on their growlers, as I could imagine freshness being an issue. My beer was good, but definitely not at the peak of freshness.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler pours a hay yellow colored beer with a hefty off white head that holds well. Smells of spicy hops with a strong malt base of bread.

The spicy hops sit at the forefront of my tastebuds with a slight hint of lemon. Finishes with a doughy sweetness. The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. A great representation of the style from an American brewery. The growler was great to share during this past world cup.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to Beerloco. Served in a pilsner glass.

A - Pours with a finger of eggshell foam that dissipates to some haze. Glass-coating lacing complements a hazy golden straw body.

S - German noble hops lend a floral note, fruity esters, caramel, and grain. Solid smelling helles, with a potent nose.

T - Very clean lager taste, with notes of honey, fruits, and caramel. Finishes with lemony and grassy hops and light bitterness. Very clean aftertaste.

M - Nice refreshing medium-light body, with light but zesty carbonation. A bit of graininess, but otherwise quite smooth. Finishes with light stickiness.

D - This stuff is super session-worthy. Easy to slam, with the low ABV (whatever it is), and pleasant texture. Nice solid refreshing flavor.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Climax- Hoffmann Helles Lager

A- Hazy, almost murky, orange brown. Cloudy yeastiness with a thick white head. Good lacing.
S- Big bready grainy malt with lemon, honey, and dry grass.
T- Sweet lemon and honey touched malt. Grainy bready malt. Crusty bread, biscuity, and a light touch of shortbread. Dry earthy hops.
M- Lightly sweet with huge bready malt. Dry earthy hops appear in the end but creamy sweet bready malt dominates.

Overall- Delicious. Drank the growler, quickly, in 1 sitting. Well done!

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Photo of confer
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer out of a cask at the Tap and Table.

A- Golden but not very clear, maybe because of the cask. Nice head that stayed around for a while.

S-Smell was good, fresh.

T- The taste got better as with each swallow. Nice easy lagerr flavor almost no hoppiness.

M- Smooth and creamy out of the cask.

D- Delicious and very drinkable beer. I will look for it in sixes and enjoy some more.

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Hoffmann Helles from Climax Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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