Wheels Up Helles Lager | Hangar 24 Brewery

BA SCORE
80
good
70 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States
hangar24brewery.com

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Floydster on 11-06-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
70
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
17.65%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of hopsonhopsonhops
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold, a little darker than expected, with a white head that dissipates completely. Disappointing start. Smells decent enough; Noble spicy and earthy hops, mild sweet biscuit. Flavor is much the same, very balanced, light feeling along with a dry finish. Overall, this is a pretty good US interpretation of a classic Helles, and easy enough to enjoy over the hot summer months. Prost!

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Photo of devilmakesthree
4.16/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mobrado
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Easy drinking Helles, now apparently a summer seasonal. Not memorable, but pleasant enough on a hot day. A little harsher and less rounded than the German benchmarks for the style.

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Photo of mpenske
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Reema
4.06/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: on tap at the brewery

Pours a clear golden yellow. Smells of light cereal grain, slight fruit, and slight cracker/bread notes. Taste reflects the smell. Initial banana like fruitiness leads into a mild bread/cracker like taste, that finishes dry with the slightest of hoppiness. Taste is extremely light, semi-fluffy, and extremely crushable. Overall, this is an above average beer with pleasant tastes that make it easy to drink. Really refreshing in the 100+ degree heat here in California.

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Photo of brentk56
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy, the liquid a goldenstraw color; not much of a head though there are some clumps of foam that stick

Smell: Bready aromatics; little hop presence

Taste: Bready and slightly grassy, up front, with an underlying, though subtle, sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Watery and forgettable

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Photo of Avatar113
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gregb13
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light grain aroma, similar taste. Not as crisp or refreshing as I'd hoped. Rating would increase as the temperature rose. Good summer beer.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Like stated below from BA Mag, really missing that distinct german quality to make this a Helles Lager. I enjoy the beer but rating this on style, it falls short in unique flavor. Very clean and bright but boring.

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Photo of Fitze
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ovaltine
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Buzz3d
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stillyman11
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RobertConway
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #73 (Feb 2013):

Although the idea behind a Helles Lager is that it’s “lighter” than other German lager styles, this one is perhaps a bit too light. The lack of a malt backbone allows biscuity flavors to dominate and leave the palate with an unpleasant tannic linger. No distinct hop character either. Basically, it’s missing the trademarks of this classic German style.

STYLE: Munich Helles Lager
ABV: 4.3%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Bright golden, lively, creamy white lacing

SMELL: Bready, light floral

TASTE: Light bodied, watery, biscuity malts, hay, faint citric, hint of grape, dry, tannic

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Photo of santomark
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of joeyjoey104
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of lazy8
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Clean, light lager with biscuit malt flavor. Easy drinking and better tasting than many big brewery lagers. Served on tap - minimal head and no lacing.

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Photo of yamcarts
1.45/5  rDev -57.4%

Photo of Lucnifter
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of JSuperman
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of FrankHammer
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Schwegler
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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Wheels Up Helles Lager from Hangar 24 Brewery
3.4 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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