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Wheels Up Helles Lager | Hangar 24 Brewery

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Wheels Up Helles LagerWheels Up Helles Lager

Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Floydster on 11-06-2008

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Photo of BigSly
4.6/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Such a clean, refreshing beer. I want more.

I wish they bottled it or even had it on tap at restaurants around me...

The only way I can get it is in a Growler at the brewery.

Wider distribution would be greatly appreciated.

What a Great Beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of devilmakesthree
4.16/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Reema
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a bright straw yellow color. An aggressive pour yielded about three plus fingers of head. Spider like lacing on the way down. Aroma is light malt, grass clippings, and subtle spicy noble hop. Taste reflects the smell. Spicy noble hops lead into a bit of hoppy grass clipping that finishes cleanly without a lingering bitterness. Feel is light, amply carbonated, drinks easily. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that really suits the Southern California heat.

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Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of SoCaliC8
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Avatar113
3.92/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Eureka!Burger Claremont

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed golden straw color with a couple fingers of white head on top.

S: Smells somewhat sweet with quite a lot of lager yeast on the aroma. Pale malts and light breadiness with just a hint of corn to it. There is a nice hint of floral hops and some straw and grass in the background.

T: Flavors are clean and simple and there is quite a nice bready sweetness to the beer. Pale malts interact nicely with the light and crisp hop flavors. Just a touch of corn and a very mild bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium in body, definitely fuller than your average helles, with a moderate carbonation.

O: Not sure why this one is getting such low marks, but I found this to be a great beer and one of the better light American brewed lagers I've had.

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3.87/5  rDev +15.5%
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 EliotRosewater
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of RobertConway
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Charlie Jewell's in Redlands, and as a bonus, I killed the keg and got the beer for free. On to the beer:

Paler than your usual helles lager. Straw yellow color, ever paler than that. The head is creamy and white on top and leaves good lacing in the glass. The aroma was sweet and grassy in small quanitites. The taste followed the same direction as the aroma. It's light and smooth on the palate. Notes of wood shavings on the palate with the grassy and pale malt sweetness. Refreshing.

Helles lager, Inland Empire style. Not quite a light beer, but lighter than usual. This would be ideal for the 100F summers that commonly hit the Inland Empire.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Wheels Up Helles Lager from Hangar 24 Brewery
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 70 ratings
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