Road To Helles
The Lost Abbey

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German Helles
Ranked #101
Ranked #32,896
3.72 | pDev: 13.44%
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 80 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a taster glass at Lost Abbey's taproom. Cost was $1.00 USD. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger beige colour head of some cream, nice thickness, and fair retention. Colour is a clear yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pale malts, clean malts, lactose, clean barley, some spice, and straw.

T: Clean barley forms the body. Straw. Clean malts. Pleasant refreshing lactose. Crisp. Definitely a helles; I like it, but it's simple. Subtle for the style - just as you'd expect from Lost Abbey. A tasty little lager.

Mf: Smooth, clean, and wet. Suits the flavours near perfectly. Slight rough coarseness drags the flavour out in the second act. Good carbonation.

Dr: Very drinkable. I could down this one all night. A refreshing enjoyable little helles. Well priced as well. This would be a good one to get a keg of for a party, and it's one hell of a session brew, but it's too simple for me to want to enjoy again. Still, I'm glad I tried it and it's impressive what they've done with the style. Another solid offering from Lost Abbey.


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Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here's a question you might see on a future SAT:

helles lager: Lost Abbey, as
a) old ale: Harviestoun
b) India Pale Ale: The Bruery
c) dry stout: Anheuser Busch
d) porter: Drie Fonteinen

It's an odd couple, yet nearly as odd to see it available in Santa Cruz. Served on-tap at burger, on to the beer:

Straw colored with a small ring of lace on top. Its aroma is on target, which offers fresh hay notes, albeit with a kiss of DMS. The style gets a little smeaered in the taste, where bitter hops spring first. Steeley. Eventually, hay and lemongrass notes arrives, but I'm left with the impression of a pilsner than a helles. It's light bodied with modest crispness, and is reasonably drinkable.

An acceptable lager, even if it doesn't make me forget of the Hofbrau's of the world. As well as they did Midnight Sessions (schwarzbier), I'm a little surprised how the Road to Helles went.

And finally, in case you were wondering, the correct asnwer was D.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and hay. Taste is much the same with a slightly fruity flavor as well. There is a mild amount of herbal hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lost Abbey. Pours a clear, bright, yellow color with a medium white head that lingers for a bit. Scent is kinda lacking...a tiny bit of biscuity malt and light hops...maybe a hint of grain. Taste is a little more bread/biscuit-like malt with some hops and crisp pilsner-like flavor. Mouthfeel is very light with a bit of bitterness. Drinkability is high. Overall, not my favorite style...a very drinkable beer that could be a great transition beer to BMC drinkers.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

Clear golden yellow with a touch of copper. Medium sized white head with spots of lacing left down the glass.

Not an overly aromatic beer but what's here is nice. There's lots of bready and biscuity malt character along with a grassy hop character.

Bready and biscuity flavor with a bit of grass and hay. There's just a bit of spicy black pepper as well. Simple but tasty and incredible drinkable.

Crisp, light to medium bodied, plenty of carbonation. A joy.

A delicious, simple, clean, refreshing lager.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale hazy golden yellow with a nice finger of head that left a good amount of blotchy lacing on the glass. The aroma was light and simple which consisted of grains, very slight hops, spiceness, and bread biscuit notes. The flavors was pretty much the same like the nose with a bready biscuit bacbone alongside slight mild hops, a little citrus, and spice accents. The brew had a light body with a good amount of bubbly carbonation that had a malty crsip finish. It drank very good and was very enjoyable on a hot summer day in SoCal. Definitely a session beer I could have lots of poolside.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse - served in a pilsner glass.

Very pale gold, quite clear, with a whisper of fine ivory foam that recedes at once to a barely extant ring.

Light almost biscuity malt and vague grassy/herbal (noble?) hops in the nose. Pils malt is very clean and there is none of the expected DMS here.

The flavors follow the nose - somewhat sweet, light malt, and a low spicy bitterness from hops. The finish and aftertaste seem to concentrate and emphasize the flavors - leading you back for another sip which is mildly disappointing in contrast.

Light bodied with average carbonation. A bit insubstantial even for the style.

Refreshing and a good starter/session ale on a hot day; otherwise, nothing special.

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Photo of CraftLoverSD
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is on the low carbonation side, with very little head which goes away almost instantly. The smell is a nice aroma of a bit of yeastiness but more strongly smells to me of piney spiceness from the hops.

Taste: It has a nice smooth start, then I get a little of the hops, not strong, but enough to add some depth in flavor and make it not too sweet. It has a nice smooth finish. To me has a very nice balance, making it not too sweet not too bitter. Perfect for this time of year, with some warmer weather.

Drinkability: A+ I could drink this beer for multiple glasses without complaint.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a soapy white head, solid retention.

S: Bready malt, some noble hop character, light.

T: Fairly hoppy for a Helles, pratically Pils-like. Malt is mild, hops bring a lot of grassy and earthy flavours.

M: Crisp, semi-clean, light-bodied.

D: A solid Helles though it has been Americanized a bit, but a good choice on a hot day. Weird that this style is coming out of The Lost Abbey.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a pale golden-yellow with a fluffy white head.

S: Quite light on the aroma. A bit of biscuity and bready malt to provide some sweetness. There is a light spiciness which seems to be in the form of coriander.

T: A bit heavier on the bread and malt qualities to give this beer some actual flavor. The sweetness is mildly contrasted by some spicy hops and a moderate bitterness.

M: Light in body with a crisp, clean carbonation--just like you would expect from a Helles Lager.

D: Certainly easy enough to drink down on the warm Southern California days that are here and that shall continue throughout the summer.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Lost Abbey. Pale golden with a creamy white head. The aroma is of slightly sweet grainy malt and a light spiciness with subtle grassy notes. The flavor is grainy malt with a low level of sweetness and an upper low level of bitterness. The finish is crisp and clean. The beer is light bodied with a dry and crisp mouthfeel. A quality lager and a good interpretation of a classic style.

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Road To Helles from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 80 ratings