Helles Belles | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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3.6/5
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126 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
ninkasibrewing.com

Style: German Helles

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,921
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
126
pDev:
11.39%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
27
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjohnd
2.69/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I was hoping for something like a rich, malty, yet eminently drinkable Bavarian Helles — only fresher because it’s domestic. That’s what I always hope for. I pour the golden elixir with vigor, as is my habit, from the bottle into a freshly washed and well rinsed Pilsner glass. Oh oh, the head is quite thin, with no lacing to speak of, and it dissipates quickly. A bad sign.

The aroma and flavor are malty, nearly on the money, just a bit thin. It doesn’t have that overly grainy taste that many domestic craft lagers have. The hopping is correct for the style, noble hops — spicy not fruity.

Yet something is seriously wrong with this beer. The problem, I believe, is the mouthfeel. Watery. The bubbles are too big. It’s not fluffy like a real Helles. Not what you want for this style. Disappointing.

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Photo of NWHopinator
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of matodowd
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Spikester
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with one finger of white five minute head. Splotches of lace.
Smell is floral hops with some bready malts.
The taste is crisp clean floral hops with a balanced amount of malt.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. The finish is lightly dry and balanced.
Overall a tasty lager with a decent hop level.

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Photo of 1971bernat
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mbb500
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a crisp refreshing beer fit for a hot day. Nothing complex but a competent brew.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjrider
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skabiski
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pianoguy
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. No bottling info

Pours a hazy pale yellow body with a white head. Lots of visible carbonation but not very much retention or lacing.

Light aroma is mostly a Kohlsch/Marzen scent. Soda biscuit and grassy meadow. Not very prominent

Taste follows with a little malt. It's clean and crisp.

Moderate carbonation seems to fit this beer.

There was a lot to like about this beer. It's clean and very drinkable. It would be a good beer for after mowing the lawn. I will have this one again !

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Photo of akolb
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lucnifter
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, grassy/wheaty. The taste is malty, grassy/wheaty, nice little sweetness. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of PNWhops
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of evergreen_machine
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breardon1776
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear pale straw color. Medium carbonation. Crisp and light.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Quesophresco
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boone757
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickThePyro
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Helles Belles from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 126 ratings