Helles Lager | Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Helles LagerHelles Lager

Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 03-04-2010

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1.5/5  rDev -57.3%

Photo of Ryan011235
1.92/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 1/10/12

Timid, watery, faded manner of golden yellow so wimpy it looks artificial. I got to spend some time describing the color while the four inches of eruptive foam calmed down (took its merry time, too). Uneven wave of retention and a couple globs of lace.

The aroma doesn't seem so bad; perhaps even pleasant - prairie grass, damp pollen, clean grains and hints of mild spice. There's a lemon grass element as well, but I'm concerned the lemon smells too... pungent.

Sip. Hmm. Not good. Thin. Over-carbonated. The taste is that of what I can only describe as burned prairie grass and such. Like when the teenagers got bored and stopped by OSUM. Tart lemon, dull grain, metallic hops. There is a skeevy dirtiness on that back end that puts shame to the term "off flavor." It gets worse as it warms. Yuck.

I don't know how, but it feels like my mouth has turned to a smoldering ember after each drink. WTF?

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Photo of Johnroby
2/5  rDev -43%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Decent lager but nothing to write home about

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2/5  rDev -43%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of BayerischBier
2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

girlfriend brought them. 4 hrs in the fridge.

A: beautiful golden and clear color with some white-ish head.

S: smell comes with some floral aroma. almost like your neighbor would cut the lawn.

T: some tart finish is surprising after a low hop profile on the first taste. the grass flavor dominates and almost destroys the Helles-experience.

M: carbonation is ok. thin but medium body. grass-like taste with dry finish

D: clean lager and somehow refreshing. Not really hitting my spot as a Helles. Had one and switched to a wheat. Not very drinkable in 'mass'.

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Photo of raznug
2.79/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It pours a clear straw golden color and is topped if a solid 3” of snow white head that really lingers.
Smell: There is a typical bready aroma that most German lagers smell like and this one doesn’t disappoint. It smell of mostly malt and light hops that hang in the background.
Taste: I taste the bready malt flavor to go along side of aroma but this beer is a little over carbonated and the bubbles blast the palate and make it kind of hard to drink.
Mouthfeel: The body of the beer is well balanced and middle of the road but I can’t get past the carbonation it is just too much.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With the waining popularity of industrial domestic lagers, it seems that the trend it to offer all-malt varieties that resemble the original recipes that has been bastardized by American macrobreweries. Still, many microbreweries and brewpubs both hit and miss when it comes to these time honored European styles- how does Rivertown's light lager fare?...

Its pour delivers a slighly hazed deep straw color with particulates of yeast dropping to the bottom of the glass. A partly-froth, partly-fizz head forms on the beer with fair retention and mild lace. The beer does little to seduce the eye but even an underwhelming appearance suits par.

Rich malt components provide a dense aroma of baking bread, yeast, dough, and a buttery scent that hinges on caramel. The scent of corn and apples also make headway with a richer and vegital nose. Light herbal, perhaps floral, hops struggle to rise from the dense aromas from malt and yeast contingencies.

Butterscotch, pilsner grain, and light bready malt provides the caramelly and grainy-sweet taste that's normally relegated to Bohemian pilsners of the Czech Republic. Corn and butter swirl around the malts and provide a fuller taste than "helles" lagers perscribe while also impeding the zesty hops from delivering the near-fruity middle palate or the peppery bitterness to finish.

The fuller taste manifests in fuller textures as well as the buttery profile coats the mouth and won't allow for the clean, crisp, or refreshing properties that reside in beers such as Spaten Helles.

Call it a kellerbier or a bohemian lager and I'm going to buy that much better than a helles, but even then the heightened taste and texture of corn and bitter prove too much for any lager beer.

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3.08/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Helles Lager from Rivertown Brewing Co.
3.51 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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