Helles Golden Lager
Sly Fox Brewing Company

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German Helles
Ranked #121
Ranked #37,306
3.69 | pDev: 13.01%
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Helles Golden LagerHelles Golden Lager
Notes: German Pils malt / Saaz & Hallertauer M. Hops

18 IBU
Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 354 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of DavetotheB
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can (best by 3/21/20) into a pint glass. Pours a translucent light golden yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head. Not much retention, light lacing. Smells of some grains and bread, quite honestly, like it's supposed to. Taste follows the nose, bready with some corn grains. Mouthfeel is pretty crisp and light. Not much lingering in the aftertaste. Overall, a good stab at the style. Given the price point, it's worth a revisit.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz can, best by 10/28/19; purchased single off shelf... poured into 14 oz mug)

L: crystal-clear, pale gold liquid; foam takes a dive immediately... not one bubble of foam remains, hmm...

S: powdered donut malt/yeast aromas, doughy as it goes... the overall scent is spot-on, just fraying at the edges

T: first sip, and it's also pretty much spot-on; subtle snap off in the finish, golden bread-crusty aftertaste; faint vinous highlight streaking across the malt... rather nice, but shows the slightest hint of being domestic

F: bit of a fatty bounce in the middle, fairly clean wash out; carbonation is all but absent, and the glass is beer-clean

O: I do believe I've had this a time or two where the head held and the presentation was more vibrant and dynamic.... gonna chalk this up to an old (mishandled) can?... the taste didn't show much damage, but the lack of suds prevented the propulsion of excellence... I'll get it on tap at the brewery or elsewhere when I see it (hopefully sooner than later); nothing's changed, they still make good German beer (1462)

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Photo of Urtravel
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: hazy yellow with light quick disapating head and active carbonation
S: front end fruity with light touch of malt and hops at backend
T: the taste led more with malt then fruity in middle with light hop touch at the finish
F: refreshing light with a touch of frothiness
O: this beer came across different in many respects but each aspect of it was excellent

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready and biscuity malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is mostly dominated by malty flavors of bread and biscuits. No hop flavors are detectable, but there is enough underlying hops to mask away just about any traces of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty but is still easy to drink and doesn't feel that heavy on the palate.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Gajo74
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear pale golden straw color and visible carbonation. A moderate to large white head nevertheless dissipates rather quickly.
My only issue with the aroma is that it opens a bit metallic. However, once this fades, the aroma reveals notes of grass, earthy and spicy noble hops and bready malt.
The taste does a nice job of showcasing bready and biscuity malts, along with a touch of caramel malt, both adding sweetness. Good hops balance as the grassy and earthy noble hops add a nice spice as well a very mild bitterness.
Medium to light bodied, crisp, and moderately carbonated. The finish is clean and semi dry.
Despite some slight flaws in the aroma and head retention , this is quite the tasty and refreshing Helles Lager. I would definitely have again.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy gold. Yellow color. Just below average body and medium light carbonation. Aroma is malt,grain/cereal, citrus and moldy floral. Taste is fairly similar to aroma, just a bit sweet as well as just a mild hop bite. Maybe not world class but a very decent summertime beer. This is definitely a beer I would serve at any summer party

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The look is textbook golden lager, while the aroma brings plenty of sweet bread, sugar cookie, and even cotton candy. Of course, there's a gentle kiss of noble hops also floating around to keep things in check. The flavor opens up with some grassy noble hops and a malt sweetness. This malt sweetness grows near the middle and end, leading to a bigger problem: it's too sweet and too mashy. And too slimy on the palate, as well. The medium body is ruined by the wet texture - this is not a bone-dry pilsner nor meant to be, but it loafs on the palate too heavily for me. Carbonation isn't overdone. Still, it's not a refreshing brew, and that's a problem given the style. All in all, I expected far more from this one. It's not as drinkable as it should be, and it really doesn't satisfy like other helles lagers. It's not awful, I just wouldn't buy it again.

2.89/5: It isn't making me go Helles No, but it certainly isn't very enthralling

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Photo of 57md
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with just under a finger of head. The nose is somewhat astringent. The flavor is grainy with a crisp, dry finish. The body is slightly hearty for the style.

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Photo of rypkr
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crisp, bready, lightly grassy and delicious... just like thus under represented style shold be. Kudos to sly fox for brewing quality traditional shit.

Badass can too. Never seen a lid the peels completely off before.

Get some.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from notes 9/6/17. On tap at Hucklebucks in Pottsville.

Arrives in a pint glass. Pale to medium yellow body, initially good white head with dissipates to a faint ring, nice lacing at first, then none.

pretty malty on the hose, faint citrus, nothing else.

grassy sweet taste, seems nicely balanced with a faint hop bite.

medium on the mouth, somewhat sweet on the finish.

Overall, a decent enough beer. Not spectacular by any means, but nothing wrong with it either. Oddly enough, after living in east central pa for 25 years, this is my first Sly Fox beer.

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Photo of feuematt
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden colored beer with very little foam. Taste is bready with as light hop profile. Overall a good beer that I feel is worthy of at least one try!!!

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Photo of GrandpaGeorge
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a can. Not much to look at. Wan yellow in the glass with little carbonation visible. No head to speak of. A hint of bright malt in the nose. Refreshing taste, biscuity and well balanced with a hint of fruity hops. Very easy drinking. You could put a few of these down. Went well with Asian food I had for dinner.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, best by date on the bottom

clear golden yellow, white head. grainy, crackery aroma - with some noble hops - earthy. taste is well balanced, fairly clean. good mouthfeel, not too thin.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden colored see through look to this beer as is common for the style. To me it's a malty scent, not much else on the nose. As I've had this more than a few times before, I also like the peel top can but this time it's from draft. Good hells flavor of bready malts with some slight hops in there for a small bite. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of opierce
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First of all, I love that they sell this in the old style can where the whole top opens. This is a solid lager that goes well with almost anything. Slight floral notes. Great balance of malt and hops. Very clean and fast finish.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft. It arrived without much head. Golden and clear with not much carbonation. The nose if very malty, somewhat grassy and sweet. Taste is similar, with strong elements of hey-like flavors. Medium body.

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Photo of farrago
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright white head which crests around one finger, very airy with no density so it sizzles off quickly, the lacing likewise is weak and wispy. Pure golden colored liquid, squeaky clean and transparent, the bubbles are numerous yet spread widely so that no beads get formed. Sweet nose of corn syrup, flowers, freshly pulped lemons, does have an earthy to metallic side as well, the fruitiness is consistent if not showy, apple, pear to apricot, has a sweet graininess as well. Medium-bodied, more of the same in the mouth as it stays user friendly throughout. The carbonation is active and lends prickle and helps to accentuate some of that metallic earthiness as well as a dry spiciness. Turns on the sweetness through the mid-palate with the citrus, honey and bread expanding. As it finishes you get more herbaceous and flowery notes which assists in creating mouth perfume and a clean denouement. It is balanced and does not indulge in exaggerating any of the constitutive elements. Refreshing rather than evanescent, could put down 2-3 in a sitting no problem.

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Photo of thebeers
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Exceptionally clear and pale straw color with a thick, dense white head. Earthy and dry floral hop aroma with a hint of sweet and burnt malt behind. Very clean tasting with a flavor that follows the nose. Light bodied and well carbonated. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

8/12...pours very light gold, active bubbles, low foam. Bright citrus floral nose. Chalky helles nose. Clean taste, bitter outline, full of flavor. Clean fast finish. Light and flavorful.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can

Pours a light straw gold, slight haze, with a quarter inch of sugar white head. Dissipates to a film.

Smells of barley malt, sugar, and citrus.

Sugar sweet barley malt flavor with hints of citrus and grassy malt.

Light body with a stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Fairly decent lager, light and sweet. Very sessionable. This is pretty similar to their Pikeland Pils, but this one is sweeter, thinner, and less hoppy. For those reasons Pikeland is the better beer and more enjoyable. This is average by comparison, although not bad and certainly drinkable. Just not the best of Sly's lighter lagers.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can BB 26 Jul 2015 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma – light tropical fruit
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to
Lacing good – complete rings of tiny to small bubbles
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor light grain with just a hint of hop bitterness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Urk1127
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

was looking for the 360 top can. couldn't find it but regardless found the beer. pours light yellow finger of pillowy head. smell is subtle yeast. and hops. sweet at first then the hoppy bite but not bitter. very clean and crisp. would buy again although the carbonation was very high and caused painful burps haha.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can. Best by date Jan 25, 2015.

Yellow in color with outstanding clarity. Medium fluffy white head. Sweet malty aroma that reminds me of a German pilsner with less hop presence. The sweetness continues in the flavor, which brings out a slight spice from the noble hops. Perfectly carbonated, medium bodied, clean and smooth. Everything a Helles lager should be.

In lieu of putting their own spin on this beer, it's clear the brewer wanted to stay true to the style and they absolutely nailed it. Why there aren't more American versions of Helles is beyond me. This is not only an outstanding version of the style, but for $7.89 / six-pack it is also a great value. Recommended to anyone looking for a clean lager with some character.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA.

Golden / bronze body. Clear with a small white cap. Aromas of pils malt, a hint of sweet, fruity notes. Grain and bread with distant floral notes and a clean feel. Easy to drink. Not too sweet. Light Saaz hop character. Solid.

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Photo of Act25
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wish BA made it easier to compare one's past reviews of same style in order to be "fair". This is one of the best, freshest, most refreshing, USA Helles I have tried, along with Carton "This Town". While perfected in Germany, for freshness best to drink Helles local.

A: Pours a bright golden color with a slight haze. White, bright, pinpoint head leaves some lace. Retention is good.

S: Lemony bread, biscuit, crackers, floral, grassy hops. Pilsner malt is apparent, with a strong, excellent aroma.

T: Follows smell .Lemon cake pilsner malts, bread and more citrus rind, followed by subtle, herbal, spicy, leafy, hops. Plenty of long, dry refreshing feel in the finish.

F: Light bodied, well carbonated. Great mouth feel.

O: A refreshing fresh, aromatic Helles. One of the best in US.

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Helles Golden Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 354 ratings