Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Helles | The Ruddy Duck Brewery And Grill

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
-
no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Ruddy Duck Brewery And Grill
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by AgentZero on 10-05-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
11
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
15.45%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
0
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 11
Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last 2oz sample I had at Ruddy Duck.

A: The color is dark straw, and because of the serving size, there wasn't much head. Considering that, the lacing was good, though.

S: Has a bit of tangy malt, but it also features a bit of hefeweizen-esque sweetness as well. I like it!

T: The taste doesn't differ much from the smell. The maltiness and tangy hop finish were there, like I would expect, but it also features a hint of banana and cloves in the middle. Almost like a helles/hefeweizen hybrid, and it was pretty impressive, too.

M: This was nicely smooth, and well carbonated. Very refreshing.

O: Truth be told, I slightly regret not ordering a pint of this. It wasn't a pure helles, but I can tell you, I would jump all over this one the next time I go to Ruddy Duck.

 778 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of TeamD
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of AgentZero
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A muddy gold color with a bit of stick on the sides that left some chunk lacing.

S - Smelled mostly of sweet caramel malts, with a bit of bubble gum. It has an interesting aroma profile for a helles, particulary the bubble gum that comes out there.

T - Taste delivers on the smell. The bubble gum is definately there, along with a bit of sweet honey and a corn backbone. The fiance' liked this one quite a bit, although granted, she is not a beer person. The guy next to me recommended it as the best one as well, so I'm thinking this is a great one for the masses.

M - A bit flat, watery. Medium boded.

D - Very easily drinkable, and I think it is one that they can sell a good amount of to those who aren't huge into craft. An interesting take on the style.

 775 characters

Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Viperman1316
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of NumberNone
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Budlum
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of m_hall
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a Growler (available at brewpub) into a pokal. Beer is a hazy dark straw-gold topped with a white two-finger head that quickly falls to a filmy layer on the top surface. Light lacing was left down the glass.

Aroma is a clean, crisp, citrus-y, with clear sweet malts and bright hops. Almost weizen-y.

Flavor is a well-balanced blend of malt sweetness and noble hop bitterness, very crisp, nice green-apple-ish tartness and spice on the finish, slightly dry, like a good pils with a bit more girth. Very refreshing- this would be a very nice beer on a hot summer day, and a good beer to pair with food.

Mouthfeel is medium light, with moderate carbonation. Fitting for the style and the flavor profile.

Helles is a style I'd like to see more breweries exploring, and this is a fine example Overall, its quite an impressive, a beer I could find myself drinking on many occasions. Its great with food, and very refreshing and appealing in its own right.

 968 characters

Photo of Antonius08
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Momar42
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Ruddy Duck into a standard pint glass.

A - hazy, cloudy light yellow with virtually no head.

S - lemons, citrus, spices and maybe slight wheat aroma. Not strong in the nose but for the style, enjoyable.

T - lemon flavor comes thru along with the bready base. Most of the taste is up front and dissipates quickly. A slight citrus like aftertaste lingers but not long. Pretty mild, both to my taste and to the style.

M - very light. Easily drinkable and virtually no alcohol presence.

O - for the style, I would say it is average. Not a huge fan of the Helles style but wanted to review this local every-day offering. For my tastes, it just doesn't have the chops to hold my interest. A decent Summer brew, but would benefit from more body and taste.

 772 characters

Helles from The Ruddy Duck Brewery And Grill
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe