Hell's Half Mile | Tri-City Brewing Company

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Hell's Half MileHell's Half Mile

Brewed by:
Tri-City Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by WakeandBake on 02-26-2010

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 52
Reviews by FosterJM:
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2.62/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1655th Review on BA
Bottle to Weizen glass

Thanks to my co-worker Kathleen for bringing this back from MI during Thanksgiving.

App- When this poured out it almost filled the entire glass with foam. It was a good bright orange with some deep ambers in it. A bit too much head. I spot infection early. Just not a good sign.

Smell- Its was a bit too citrusy. I said on instagram. Feremented orange juice. Wasnt very aromatic. Prickly, zesty and a bit unique. Dont know how to call it. Musty, hay? Still not sure.

Taste- Okay. Ill call it now. Infection. Strangely feremented. Crazy sour flavor with malty undertones. Bitter and thick malts.

Mouth- Light bodied & high carbed. Residual orange fermentation.

Drink- Drank 1/2. Poured rest. Couldnt do it. Oh well.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of schnjac
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brenden
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is the brightness and clarity as well as color of polished gold. The pour produces a soapy, creamy head that's a dazzling pure white. It's no less than one finger after it's settled. It develops a craggy consistency and continues to fall very slowly while leaving plentiful and thick spotting.
The aroma is perfumey and has that not-quite-sulfuric note particular to the Helles lager strongly. It's built on a dry malts base, and there are some fruity esters to the alcohol too. A somewhat metallic note begins to develop, but slowly.
The taste adds a sweetness almost like honey, but a metallic note becomes too strong and there's a very prevalent tang that isn't pleasant. I don't know what happened between the aroma and the flavor, but it fell off badly.
This light-bodied beer seems like it might have depth, but it's too fizzy and too bitingly spritzy to feel much of anything else for awhile. The effervescence takes a little time to calm down.

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Photo of beergorrilla
2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of Bung
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank from the bottle, so I can not comment on looks.
The smell was bold, maybe flavorful, I can't figure out what I'm smelling.
The taste was... interesting. Bold, and maybe flavorful if it was to my taste. The first thing to come to my mind when I taste it is what i would think drinking dead grass or hay would be like.

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Photo of gopens44
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First ever Helles Lager, lets give it a try. Poured into a 4 ounce sampling mug.

A- Poured a nice golden straw color with a nice creamy white head, hardly any lacing.

S- Very grainy and yeasty, with the sweet smell of malts sitting in the background.

T- Similar to the smell, full of yeast and grains. The malts and hops come in at the end very sweet

M- Very thin and crisp with tons of carbonation.

D- Very seasonable beer, i could easily put down a six pack of this in one night, good bmc alternative.

Overall for its style i find it to be a good tasting highly drinkable beer. Didnt know really what to expect with helles lager since i have never had one since now, but i find it to be a very flavorful lager, if it wasn't for $10 a six pack this would be my go to session beer.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mpalestino
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dandiprat2015
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ghostface
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jaxray8
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Look- Drank out of the bottle.
Smell- A normal smelling beer smells of grains
Taste- Kind of has a grassy taste. I can tell there are hops in there, but they are not that strong and over powering. It's a bitter taste. The after taste is sour and leaves your mouth dry. I could not taste malt at all.
Feel- Im not a big fan of the after taste. It's bitter/sour and leaves your mouth dry.
Overall- I'm not a big fan would only drink it again if someone gave it to me.

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Photo of schmityl
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of mwbrady12
1.5/5  rDev -55.5%

Photo of Slarson7
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of weizenbob
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hell's Half Mile is the latest stop in my quest to seek out the quintessential Michigan-brewed lager. This 12 ounce bottle was purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. There was no bottle date to be found but I'm told that this just came off the truck (how often have we heard that).

I poured this Helles Lager into a pilsner glass. The pour yielded about two fingers of foamy head. Retention is moderate to low. Lacing is minimal. The beer is deeply golden hued with plenty of lazy carbonation slowly rising to the top.

The aroma gives off fresh cut grass and wet hay. Hop bitterness wafts off the top. Overall though, it smells sweeter than it does bitter.

The flavor profile is dominated by the sweet taste of wet hay. There is a fairly heavy graininess that persists. A mild alcohol presence rises on the back end. The beer finishes with a "kiss of the hops". Hay stays in the mouth long after the swallow, requiring a palate cleanser (like pretzels). The sweet graininess is indeed nice, but this beer is pretty much a one trick pony. A bigger hop presence would really balance this out nicely.

This lager is pleasantly medium bodied. The malty graininess adds some surprising heft while the moderate carbonation keeps it just prickly enough.

Drinkability is the name of the game for this beer. 20.4 IBUs of mellow bitterness are completely overtaken by sweet grains. It's nicely substantial in the mouth and rests at a middle-of-the-road 6% ABV. This is as approachable of a lager as any, and would be a decent beer to have around that won't offend macro or micro drinkers, though; it probably won't impress them either


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation):
I do give a Schlitz about Hell's Half Mile, but as a go-to lager I'd probably rather just stock my fridge with Schlitz.

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Photo of Morakaton
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WakeandBake
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden straw color pour with a small foamy short lasting head . Aroma of biscut and cereal grain , lightly sweet with a bit of grassy hops . Flavor is very balanced a light toasted , faintly sweet biscuty malt flavor complimented by grassy spicy hops , clean crisp mouthfeel , lots of carbonation bubbles and a short dry light hop finish . I would call this quite drinkable/sessionable
Not my favorite style and it is a cold snowy day but all in all still a good solid brew , will try again in the summer if I see it .

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Photo of cserrato02
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Definitely a full body German style lager. Balanced, malty, semi sweet. Great bold flavors that fulfill a German Helles lager.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Pilsener glass.

A- It poured with a 2-finger, fluffy, eggshell head that holds at about 1/2-finger for the duration and leaves good rings on the glass. The body was fairly clean (just a touch of haze), deep gold with moderate-heavy carbonation.

S- Doughy malts dominate at first. There's a little, almost berry-like, sweetness. Floral hops are a little lesser, but bring the aroma closer to a balance. It's really bold, while maintaining the delicate/subtle qualities.

T- Doughy base with some grainy/cereal flavors. Pleasant, spicy hops clean up the finish and bring the flavor into balance. There's just a hint of alcohol astringency at points. Overall, it's a fairly bold interpretation of the style.

M- Between clean and slightly chewy/grainy with moderate carbonation. There's a full feel for the style that's pleasant. You know you're drinking a beer on this one.

O- Solid interpretation and a good drinker. I can see putting back a ton of these in a summer afternoon, maybe with some brats. I could see buying a sixer of this at some point.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A clear, yellow-orange liquid with a thin white head with numerous strains of carbonation rising to the surface.

S- Loads of pears and apples. Smells very much like cider, and not in a bad way.

T- Light fruit, such as apples and pears, along with some bread. A bit of a sweet aspect and a clean finish.

M- A nice amount of carbonation without any bite. The finish is rather light and creamy.

D- A rather unique taste on the style that is pretty tasty. I wouldn't pass this up if it were around.

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