Summer Helles | New Belgium Brewing

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Summer HellesSummer Helles

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 03-26-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 621 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single 12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Very pale straw color (notably pale!) with a finger of sudsy bright white head. Great head retention.

Aroma is at once brightly grassy and sweetly malty. Popcorn, white bread, a whiff of white grapes and lemon. Laid back, sedate, but not dull.

Palate largely reflects the nose. Buttered bread, Ovaltine malt beverage. Softly maltiness with an emergent sweetness. Noble hops are doing just enough to cut the sweetness, providing some grass notes with hints of licorice, lemon, pepper, and white chocolate. Slight sulfur note from the yeast and a low-key graininess. Dare I say the carbonation is too high for the malty softness that this style is supposed to encapsulate although the flavors are bang on. Resoundingly medium bodied with a sweet malty finish.

I'm going to proclaim this a good Helles, minor mouthfeel issues notwithstanding. This is supposed to be a low hop flavor style. Great German malt flavor. The overall "Okay" designation provided here is a mystery.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Solid lager across the board, simple, complex, the hop bite is present but not overbearing, and thoroughly drinkable. Wish it was seventy degrees warmer.

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Photo of richkrull
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of vader06
1.16/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I think I got a bad one. It did not taste right.

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Summer Helles from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 33% out of 100 with 621 ratings
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