Helles Golden Lager | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Helles Golden LagerHelles Golden Lager

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
German Pils malt / Saaz & Hallertauer M. Hops

18 IBU

Added by weeare138 on 06-16-2005

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Photo of stakem
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thank you Slatetank for gifting me with a can of this. 12oz can with that nifty opener that lifts the entire top off becoming it's own glassware. Poured it anyway into a standard pint. The brew appears a clear straw yellow color with a white finger supported by rising bubbles. It leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

The nose contains notes of straw grain that is sweet and lightly buttery with a hint of sulfur and floral/fruity notes that seem to come from a more alcohol driven character than hops.

The taste is buttery and sweet like caramel with a grassy herbal contrast. It is fruity into the aftertaste with a mild alcohol ester just like the nose suggests.

This is a medium bodied brew with s modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp and easy drinking. It plays the part of the style well. If this was a style I got thirsty for, id reach for it again.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Becker glass. Best by 7/24/2014 stamped on the bottom of the can. Moderate hand.

A: Pale, golden yellow body with ok clarity. 1.5 fingers of sudsy, white head. Good retention. Light lacing.

S: Noble hops and grass. Lightly floral notes. Pale malt, cracker. Faint biscuit. Somewhat sweeter than expected.

T: A bit atypical as the hop bitterness hits first, followed by the swell of pale malt sweetness and some essence of corn. The hops reappear late for a semi-dry finish. No alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation. Body is a bit heavier than average for the style.

O: Average outing for the style from an American brewery. A bit sweet and more corn than I'd prefer, but it's aight.


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Photo of CHADMC3
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a transparent golden body with a pure white head quickly dissolving to leave almost no trace of lacing as the lively carbonation dances to the top of the glass.

The aroma offers plenty of German Pils, a touch of herbal hops and just plain freshness.

That German Pils strikes the palate immediately with subdued herbal hops and perhaps just a touch of spiced malt.

A clean, crisp, fresh body with generous carbonation and a drying finish.

A plain good beer, pretty traditional German Helles - perfectly clean.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: An alluringly bright gold color.

S: Pleasantly sweet grains. Freshly shelled wheat husks. No grassiness nor subtle spicing can be detected.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Not as a crisp finish as desired. Only semi-dry, and left with a wet palate. Breadiness pervades.

T: Honeysuckle. Very clean tasting malt forward beer. Needs more hop bitterness to tidy up the malt sweetness.

O: Definitely showcases the German malts nicely, but at the expense of any noticeable contribution from the Czech pilsen hops.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Light straw yellow with a white, foamy 1 inch head. Decent lacing.

Smell - Nice mix of malts with some spices, added sugars and some minor fruit notes. Lemon, some grain and a little caramel note at the finish.

Taste - Starts off with light, clean and crisp malts, some lemon and grassy flavor. Orange, some pineapple and grapefruit are also present. Bready, some caramel and spices show up near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp, malts and some fruits coat the tongue. Palate picks up more malts, lemon and grassy notes. Aftertaste is light, lemon and malts.

Overall - Average. Really light and easy to drink. Nothing special and the flavors are very light. Its fine for a summertime beer to pound away at but nothing id take over a lot of other summertime beers.

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Photo of Huffs
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, developed a nice, bubbly white head with some retention and minimal lacing. Aroma had notes of yeast and grain. Appearance was a golden straw with some clouding. Tasted light with mild grain and grass notes, some hoppy bite on the back. Mouthfeel was light with a mild and clean aftertaste.

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Photo of MattyPods
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This golden lager is very light and easy to drink. I enjoy this beer very much. The German pips malt really stands out in the taste. And the hallertauer hops are the perfect choice to put a hint of bitterness in the after taste. I would recommend this beer for a tailgate or on the beach.

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Photo of argock
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 04/22/14 on bottom of can. Purchased at Kroger (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Beautiful clear straw-gold with ample 1-finger white big-bubbled head with decente retention and a nice cap of lacing.

S: Plenty of Munich and pilsner malt graininess with a good balance of grassy, noble hoppiness.

T: Clean with only a slight minerally bit in the aftertaste. Otherwise is straight grainy maltiness with a light hand of noble hopping. Really a fine tasting helles lager for sure. If they could punch out the light sulfur-aspirin-mineral character in the finish, this would be a definite summer go to brew. Still, this is an excellent, clean lager with no other faults.

M: Very crisp and easy to drink with a fairly light-handed carbonation to enhance the light-medium body and mouthfeel.

O: Sly Fox Golden Lager is a stellar lager with just the right mix of pilsner and Munich graininess with noble hopping -- they have made an outstanding brew here.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Straw golden with a fluffy white head. Attractive I declare.

S: Floral, and biscuity.

T: Earthy, floral, grassy hops with a light bready/biscuity flavor to it. Gentle and refreshing a great showcase of the noble hops.

M: light bodied crisp dry and refreshing.

O: For an American brewery, it's hard to do a better helles lager. Very sessionable great drinkability.

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3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml can. Footed flute glass @ Freiburg (L´Hospitalet-Barcelona). Pale gold color, clear appearance.. White froth, close crown & fairly good retention. Spicy, floral, yeasty & grassy aromas. Malty & crisp upfront rounded by hints of apple & pear on the back. Light body. Moderate but lively carbonation. Pale malty texture & spicy touch. Clean bitterness arises in the middle & lingers into a bitter/sweet finish. Dried aftertaste. Easy to drink !!

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Photo of Flounder57
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden straw yellow with good clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready and sweet pilsner malts followed by simple grassy hops and lager yeast aroma.

Taste: Bready and a little sweet, lager yeastiness, grassy hops, and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, chewy, lager yeast, light bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Just got home from the gym and this beer quenched my thirst. Just moved on to the second can. Next time through PA, there will be a it stop in Pottstown.

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Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, hazy, light yellow in color, high carbonation

Smell: grain and slight lemon

Taste: malty, grain, bread, and slight lemon

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitter end, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: A nice and clean sessionable lager. Not the most complex beer, but a good one. I have had better in the style, but would not turn this down.

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Photo of TBYoung
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in the soup top can. A delightful fruty and grassy aroma greets the nose as you open this beer its a delightful golden hue with a hint of amber. Taste is grass fruity hops and a hint of doughy malt on the back a little thin on mouthfeel but very refreshing. All in all my favorite session lager.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours the color of light straw with just a tint of amber. Has a finger of creamy white foam that fell as I drank to a thin ring.Nose is malt sweetness and leafy herbal. Cheerful golden scent of grass and a bit of spice. Moderate malts on the nose. The taste is perfection. A citric crispness takes the palate to a smooth and apporachable malt sweetness. Leafy flavors with plenty of earth and a a spicy bitter. The mouthfeel is exemplary. Lively and crisp like a brisk wind. It's sweetly breaddy and fills up your mouth to finish dry and with a touch of spice and faint bitter to linger in the aftertaste.

Friendly. A lively tonic with bright and favorable aspects. Just what the doctor ordered.

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Photo of Jdbateman83
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very very very light and smooth beer. Very easy to drink, to drink fast, and to drink allot of. Slight slight bit of hops, no bitterness, light carbonation. Easy to drink, easy on the wallet, great with a burger and truffle fries. Looks like a standard lager, smells nice, good crisp clean mouthfeel, would definitely order again.

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into pint glass. Drank the rest of the six pack from the cans.

Very nice golden color. Not much of a head but left a white lacing down the glass.

Excellent, excellent clean beer smell. Malty goodness.

Not overly sweet, but good bready malts finishing with a nice hoppy bitterness.

Light but not overly carbonated. Very smooth finish.

This is an awesome, basic beer when you just want a straight up beer. Highly drinkable. Also really dug the open top cans. Good job Sly Fox.

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Photo of dar482
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a very clear golden yellow with some carbonation rising up in it.

The aroma has some grassy hops, slight malt, and spice.

The flavor follows with a citrus and grassy hop bitterness. There's a good amount of sweet bready malt that balances this beer out, while still staying very crisp. There's a bit of spice int he back as well.

This is a really good beer for the style and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold with a steady stream of bubbles up the middle that keeps a white film.
Saltines, greasy lemon and cut hay on a faint nose.
Pizza crust, more lemon sorbet and some mild Noble bite.
Faint grassy finish and drying linger.
Crisp, light, slight chew.

The fancy new can is an odd one - disconcerting to see the bottom of your beer from above with no head.
Out of a glass this is an average session lager, with all the relevant notes fairly muted.
Not a dud, but below par for SF.

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Photo of boddhitree
2.47/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Malty aroma, some noble hops. This could be a German-brewed beer, but it's too thin for that.

It has a sweet Pils malt aftertaste, and bitterness up front of Tettnanger, but if it were sold in Germany, it'd be on par with Oettinger, a REALLY cheap beer sold in Germany and usually seen in the hands of street people, and that's not good.

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

12 oz. pour from the new 360 can into a craft pint.

A- Crystal clear straw yellow, with a one finger white head. No retention or lacing.

S- Pale malt aroma, with lots of straw. A slight hop spice comes through as well.

T- Straw again, very rich straw flavor. The spicy hops show up again to balance things out.

M- Crisp, a little fizzy and a dry finish.

O- This is a pretty good beer. I enjoy the straw flavor, which tastes fresh and rich. Unlike many other golden lagers of America, with their stale, pissy, flavors.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sly fox helles 4.9% abv 
Appears crystal clear golden straw with a magnificent white head, canned to perfection great suds to look at and embellish in. Aroma has fresh baked bread like notes herbal earthy grassy hops, flavor comes off crisp refreshing biscuit and pils malt with enough hops 18 IBUs to keep things interesting. Great summer beer my new staple for golfing and grass mowing, body is light finishes crisp perfect drinkable PA lager! Paired with Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador excellent spicy cigar with enough ligero to put hair on your chest!

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Photo of taylor714914
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the new can, where the almost entire top peels off.

A- Copper orange with a small finger of head.

S- Malt sweetness and a hint of hops.

T- Straightfoward malt sweetness with a bit of hops for balance. Nothing complex, but refreshing on a hot day.

M- Slightly overcarbonated in my opinion, but still pretty decent.

O- Overall, a good beer for a hot day. I wouldn't buy it all the time, but it is a nice change of pace from IPAs and Pale Ales.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox Brewing Company
Helles Golden Lager

Appearance: 12 oz pull tab can. Pours a bright golden color with a chill haze. White head forms and leaves some lace. Retention is average.

Smell: Bread, biscuit, crackers and some stewed floral, grassy hops. Pilsner malt is apparent right away, This beer has a strong aroma.

Taste: Cakey pilsner malts, bread and lemony citrus are the big flavors. Hops are herbal, spicy, leafy, and have soft citrus notes. Finishes with a tang of yeast and alpha acids, bitterness is pretty pronounced for 18 IBU.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, well carbonated. Citrus oil and yeast tang stick to the palate,

Overall: A refreshing beverage for the summer, I enjoyed the lemon citrus notes along with the bready pilsner malts. Makes for a good canned option, and it uses a vintage pull tab design which makes for a smooth pour. Sly Fox Helles Golden Lager makes for a great warm weather, lighter craft option.

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Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can, and I am not really felling this cup/can design. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts. Taste is crisp, malts, some hops, refreshing and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good session beer.

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Photo of IronLover
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, golden yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a thick white foam that reduced to a soapy and wispy cap. Generally fresh with biscuity german malt aromas and a touch of citrus lemon hop at the back end. Biscuity, malty flavors up front, and a spicy hop bite through the middle. Lemon hop bitterness from the middle to fhe finish. Finishes with a crisp, biscuity lemony hop bitterness.

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Helles Golden Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 305 ratings.
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