Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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German Helles
Ranked #48
Ranked #20,283
3.9 | pDev: 9.23%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 31 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can. Can bottom is stamped 'PKGD 102419'.
Clear, pale gold colored body. Two finger of white head upon pouring, quickly reduce to thin cap and ring. Leaves behind a few spots of lacing.
Aroma of grain and biscuit malts. Hops are floral, earthy, and a little citrus.
Taste is malty (cracker and white bread) with the snap from the earthy hops. Slightly sweet with a touch of citrus.
Medium mouth feel. Excellent carbonation.
Easy drinking. Excellent choice for refreshment after outdoor activities.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a variety 24-pack Costco $26.99
82 days old
Light citrus smell
Golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Sweet citrus, light malt flavors
Overall a nice easy drinking beer. Would make for a great summer beer.

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Photo of cheeseheadinMinneapolis
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer, I like it, easy drinking, refreshing. a very clean beer
slightly sweet malt, grain, grassy, cracker/bread, hint of earth. some floral/lemon hop notes towards the finish.

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Photo of steveh
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I stumbled on this one by pure accident -- didn't even remember it was being brewed. Can't pass up a beer from a favorite brewery that advertises "Bavarian-Style." Or, can I?

neat little six-pack of cans packaged in full-wrap cardboard. Difficult to read dating ink-jetted to the can bottoms: PKGD 09/05/19. Hmm, nearly 4 months old, but it's in cans, right? Poured into my tall Becher.

L -- Clear, pale gold with a sudsy white head that settles slowly to nothing.

S -- Light, crackery malts with stronger herbal hops dominating.

T -- Lightly sweet, bready and crackery malts up front with herbal, lightly citric and piney hops balancing. Bitter, resiny hops linger through the aftertaste with the sweetish malts fighting a gallant battle to balance.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light to light-medium body.

O -- I'll admit that the last Hofbrau Original I had tasted hoppier than usual for the style, but the hops in that beer weren't lemony or resinous. I'd like this beer more with less hops (especially the Magnum) and more of the sweet malts. Not big, Maibock-like malts, but a little more aggressive than the hops. Then again, it *is* a Sierra Nevada beer.

I'll have to see how this review compares to my Nooner review.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, PKGD 101619. Crystal clear golden beer with a foamy white head. Aroma is herbal & grassy hops with Pilsner malt perhaps. More hoppy and bitter than expected - making it seem more like a Pilsner with notes of spicy/herbal/grassy hops along with biscuity pale malt, Pilsner malt. Light-to-medium body, ample carbonation, clean finish with a bit of hops lingering. Nice and refreshing - an easy drinker.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned September 6th 2019.

It pours a clear gold with a massive head of foam, lacing is top notch.

The smell is malty, bready, fruity with a mild hop bitterness.

Malty with mild sweetness, bready, some grainy notes, light bitterness in the aftertaste. I don't taste anything of the fruity character that I got from the smell.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Oh yes. Thanks for brewing this so drinkable Bavarian style Lager. Hey, it's a collaboration with Teton Gravity Research??

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12 oz can from Keg n Cork I n Edmonton.
Pours pale clear golden yellow with finger of tight white head - beautiful carbonation streaming up the glass.
Aroma of corn cereal, notes of fresh bread, malty and slight floral sweetness.
Taste is delicately sweet bready malt, crisp floral hoppiness, yet without significant bitterness. Crisp and clean.
Smooth light bodied lager with moderate carbonation and a crisp clean finish.
Really nice and very drinkable.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap @ Mills River.

Half-sized pint glass. Classic clear gold, ordinary appearance. Nice lingering lacy head.

Grainy, clean scent, no odd stuff,can't complain.

Soft, so slightly sweet malt, tingle of background hops, thin, but ends a little flabby. Of course it's clean. Very close to something generic. Wanted a pinch of bitterness or acid the finish this.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a light yellow-hued body, crystal clear, with a tall surge of whitish foam.

Smell: Gently bready pils note with a very light, low hint of toasted grain. Pleasantly spiceful, lightly floral, fruity hops. Very nice aroma from the underlying yeast.

Taste: Lightly bready, mildly sweet. Little touch of fruitiness, Noble-esque spiciness, faint herb and florals. Minimally bitter. Slight yeast character. Pleasing acidity throughout. Finishes exceedingly clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Top-notch flavor, devilishly drinkable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a well made helles lager with more flavor than a lot of them have. its just a little fuller feeling too, like rich without being sweet, which definitely makes it a four season lager, which is nice this time of year. i always think these guys do such compelling lager beer, but they dont come around all that often, so i was stoked to see this one come out. frothy and almost creamy in texture, medium bodied but dry, some obvious european malt character to this, but a little less german on the lager yeast to me, the fermentation profile is quite minimal, clean as can be and crisps this up well at the end, but it doesnt have that old world bready character that a lot of helles types do, its more about the grain, and frankly the water chemistry, which presents minerals and even a touch of salinity, which makes this distinct at the same time that it fit so well within the style guidelines. some nice fresh bittering hops on this too, with a noble grassiness and a touch of bite at the end. faint citrus, dried grass, and earthy spice as well. drinkable but not watery, simple but flavorful, and just so professionally executed. sometimes i prefer lager types like this from the bigger craft breweries than the mom and pop ones, the quality of this can only come from real expert brewmasters. very well made beer here, super satisfying after hockey too!

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