Helles Belles | Ninkasi Brewing Company

Helles BellesHelles Belles
BA SCORE
45.8%
Liked This Beer
3.62 w/ 120 ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cbarrett4 on 08-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,072
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
120
Liked:
55
Avg:
3.62/5
pDev:
10.77%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 40
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Reidrover
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz single from "Lifesource" Salem $1.89 Clear corn oil yellow beer with a goodly sized frothy white head. Buscuity,cardboard,wet grass aromas..rather like a typical macro. Taste is quite malty but has a astringency that seems out of place ( and cheap beerish) Mouthfeel is average at best. Not impressed.. there has been some good lager type beers coming out of the PNW recently this is not one

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Photo of hophopandaway14
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of dreamincelestial
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Honestly not that impressed. First discovered Ninkasi from Dawn of the Red (one of my VERY favorite beers of all time), and this is way too light for me to even decipher from a Bud or Coors light. Disappointed tbh

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Photo of vladdswrath
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow gold with little if any head. Smell is dull and grainy, not much going on besides sweetness. Taste is much better than the previous two categories, but still fairly dull in the scheme of things. This is like a improved version of the usual commercial american lagers, although it still isn't anything I would actively seek out. (and to be fair, lagers in general aren't really my cup of tea. Mouthfeel is fairly light, although again, a little beefier than your typical commercial lager.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of John_Squires
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheFlern
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of kurt65
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of sarahkbelf
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Metaltildeath
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of stevoj
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Co-op. Incredibly dull pour, absolutely lifeless. Light grain aroma, hoping this gets better. Taste picks up a bit, mildly tangy mouthfeel and finish. Body is OK, but overall ruined by the initial presentation (aroma and look).

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3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Lagerdetoro
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not to waste a lot of time: I cracked open a twelve ounce bottle, poured it into a pint glass, smelt it and sipped and drank- I finished it and cracked open a can of Rolling Rock- poured it into a fresh pint glass; smelt, sipped and drank. By Golly! The Rolling Rock looked and tasted better! At half the price. Surely, Ninkasi can do better that this.

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3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Two-finger cream-colored head. Light brown color with high clarity. Nice retention.

S- Noble hops, some sweet malts and the strange smell of meat. Quite odd really. Wheat finishes the smell off.

T- Some slight bitter noble hops that die off with the very sweet malts. Crisp.

M- Some bite, but fairly light with a reasonably dry finish.

O- Decent beer with nice drinkability but otherwise no standout qualities.

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Photo of mikebu
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dertyd
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of irishgreensoda
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of DbbC
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gelasin
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vkv822
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a bright, clear yellow with a thick, foamy white head that dissipates relatively quickly to leave a thin foamy film.

Clean, malty biscuit with grassy hops.

Slightly sweet, cracker malt with light grass hop notes.

Medium body with active, bubbly carbonation and a fairly crisp finish.

Fairly simple, but good for a hot day, with a clean crisp finish.

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3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle:

Pours dull, hazed, yellow with a thin head that becomes a wisp. Minimal carbonated bubbles rise to the top. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of yeast, hay, some lemon. (Too yeasty).

The taste is of yeast - sweetened lemongrass. A bit of a chalky dryness in the finish.

It's pretty smooth and appriopriately light-bodied.

In the end, it's not "bad" - but it's too yeasty for what it is. It has potential - but needs better filtering (IMO).

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3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Helles Belles from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 45.8% out of 100 with 120 ratings
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