Helles Golden Lager
von Trapp Brewing

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German Helles
Ranked #21
3.89 | pDev: 9.51%
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Helles Golden LagerHelles Golden Lager
Notes: From the German word for “Bright”, our golden lager displays a floral hop aroma with a bready malt balance. Traditional in style, Helles is brewed with Pilsner Malt to produce a dry, snappy finish while Perle and Tettnanger hops create a spicy, herbal hop aroma. The result is an incredibly clean, yet complex, lager.

20 IBU
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Photo of Peach63
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale yellow with a 1 1/2 inch white head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is sweetish, floral, slight grassiness, bready.

Taste is malty, slightly sweet, spicy. Low bitterness.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

A good, easy drinking helles. A fine example of the style.

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Peach63 from New York, Apr 14, 2020
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3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz can, best by 04/20/20; purchased single off shelf... poured into a 14 oz mug)

L: beautifully-clear, pale gold liquid; white spongy head disappears quick; no lace

S: toasty grain and spicy-herbal hop; vibrancy mostly intact, but fading... bit of citrus (lemon tart); arguable floral and/or grapefruit rind notes

T: dry, doughy malt up front, followed by a surge of densely-packed, citrus-floral (noble?) hops... facets of the grain slowly emerge: mildly-acidic, toasty crust with kiss of honey-ish caramel rounding it out... pungent, herbal bitterness reasserts itself with each sip.. wondering if overall expression and depth has been dulled by age/handling

F: mildly spritzy from the onset, hop bitterness sharping its lively sting... rather dry finish; body lacks a little roundness, but doesn't feel flat... goes down fantastically easy, the bitter bite lights up the palate; moreish

O: very nice lager, vibrant flavors; relatively American-made in its overall character (similar to Jack's Abby, et al?)... obvious degradation in quality here, but the blemishes do not come close to ruining enjoyment... this was at least an introductory sampling, but I knew immediately I'd be getting a sixer soon enough (1655)

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Mar 22, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the brewery during a ski trip through NVT. Canned, BB 06/19/20. On the sweeter side for the style, I’m a big fan of this beer. Their “Natür” version of this style is one of my favorite beers, but this is a more available option. Malt bill is delicious, body and feel are spot-on, but the drinkability and finish leave a bit to be desired. Solid, nonetheless.

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Gatch from Rhode Island, Feb 16, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Best By 02/24/20"

Almost-clear gold, with quickly-dissipating white head that leaves a thin ring, and scattering of bubbles in the center.

Smell is bread dough, with a touch of honey, wet straw, and a sweet floral aroma. (goldenrod-ish) . Swirling it briefly brings up a light spicy element. (Noble hops)

Taste is spicy/floral hops, lightly sweet golden bread (imagine the outer , slightly caramelized part of a toasted corn muffin) , with hints of apple & pear mid-taste. The finish is moderately bitter, and combined with the carbonation tingle, creates a drying finish, that lingers for 20-30 seconds.

Feel is medium light, initially smooth & lightly oily, becoming finely, softly prickly , as the carbonation comes to the fore. Leaves the front of the tongue pleasantly half-numb.

Overall, it's the epitome of "easy-drinking" . I could (& have) drink this all day, any day.

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mikeinportc from New York, Dec 28, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gold in color with excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of faint grassy hops and a light breadiness. I'm tasting a lightly bready flavor and a kiss of grassy hops. The mouth is light, crisp and refreshing.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Nov 18, 2019
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4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden yellow as a Helles Lager should. Great crisp snap, nice mouthfeel with a definite bready/cracker taste throughout. There's a little bit of fruitiness on the end. In short, you could do far worse for a lager than this beer.

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RobHB from New Jersey, Oct 13, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can with a best by date of 1-26-19. Opened 9-29-19.
1" white head, falls and retains at 1/4". Bright golden body, good clarity and active carbonation. Light lacing.
Light grain, sweet malt - hint of bread dough...Spicy and slightly floral hops.
More bread dough malt character in the flavor straight off the bat then in the nose. Spicy hops lead to a drier finish.
Medium body, medium carbonation perfect on this beer. Soft but substantial mouthfeel. Off dry finish, very close to dry keeps me ready for the next drink quickly.
Another Von Trapp beer that has a high, high drinkability factor for me.
Very good.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden color, clean crisp taste. The German malts come through upon the first few sips. They kind of disappear after the glass is about a third drained. What you're left with is clean, and eminently easy to drink. Little to no complexity, but delightfull refreshing.

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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey, Sep 23, 2019
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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: light yellow color with high carbonated head and lace
S: nicely floral upfront with sweet light malty touch backend
T: follows smell with a bit punchier maltiness
F: smooth and easy going down
O: nicely done bright and smooth

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Urtravel from Pennsylvania, Sep 18, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a restaurant in White River Junction, Vermont. Pale clear yellow body with not much head. Grassy malty slightly sweetish smell. Taste had a bright citrus bounce to it which was a pleasant surprise. Mouthfeel was refreshing. A positive experience.

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Photo of Amendm
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An average pour from a 12-oz. can creates a finger of white soft foam with kinda short retention and spotty lace. Pale yellow straw color with a hint of gold.

Bready malt smell with citrus fruit and herbal hops. These are featured in the taste.

The taste has added toasted bread, cracker, the citrus is mostly lemon and hop flavor is more pronounced as herbal and citrus. Semi-dry and mildly bitter, uniform throughout.
A hint of apple juice appears. The finish is fast and crisp with a short hoppy aftertaste.

Medium light body, average carbonation. Smooth and easy to have more than one.
Alcohol is well hidden. The malt is big, a little hoppier than average, balanced perfectly.
BB 12/02/19

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Amendm from Rhode Island, Sep 06, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by 12/2/19

Pours a clear golden straw body topped with two fingers of soapy but dense white foam; good retention leaves behind a varied smattering of thinner lacing and a cap trickling from the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens with barnyard hay and bread crust touched with lemon zest; malt and earthy spice begin to open further on, with hints of honeyed grain and cracker trailing through.

Taste opens with light herbal hops and dried hay notes, eventually welcoming heavily earthy fruit rind and a beautiful tinge of grainy sweetness fading effortlessly to herbal straw on the swallow.

Mouthfeel features a bright, lighter body elevated by a crisp malt and hop tingle building with the higher carbonation and peaking at drying finish.

Intense drinkability and casual complexity define this Helles, which embraces hoppy subtlety with malty depth to round out an all-around balance in an exceptionally ‘bright’ beer.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, Aug 02, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a style I really enjoy. Sweet, light tasting and hint of bitterness matches with a crisp, clear taste and feel. Out of bottle it poured a pale gold, straw colour accompanied with a thinnish lace that in this session dissipated fairly quickly. Malt and honey aroma while the taste invites malt, herbal and subtle spice overtones. Moderate carbonation with a nice smooth, almost creamy finish. Nice mesh of flavours and balance. As an aside, while The Sound of Music is a film my wife loves and has watched numerous times, I've only watched bits and pieces over the years. I'm more of a Film Noir kinda guy. So this beer will go nice with The Gangster or Murder, My Sweet (three of these babies and maybe I'll make sense of the plot) or any Bogart, Mitchum flick.

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Alexc11 from Quebec (Canada), Jul 20, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: clear straw yellow color with a 1-2 finger fizzy off-white head that lingers nicely

s: sweet grains, grass, lemongrass, fresh dough, and a touch of earthy herbal hops. sweet, grainy, and dough aroma

t: taste follows the nose almost spot-on. sweet and grainy upfront. fresh dough, grass, earthy grains and a nice lager spice behind that. nice bready backbone in here as well. there is a touch of herbal bitterness - very mild, towards the end.

m: lighter medium mouthfeel with high carbonation

o: a fantastic Helles, in my opinion. nice mouthfeel for the style, and a sweet yet crisp and clean flavor. very drinkable, yet not light in flavor. nice balance of malts to hops. real nice stuff

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hopsputin from New Jersey, Jul 06, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can Best By 6/9/19

Straw color with slight haze, 5mm head which quickly disappeared. Short-lived spotty lacing.
Prominent floral, melon, cracker scents
Apple, white grapes, cracker, light lemon flavors.
Light bodied, small hop bite, low carbonation, dry finish, easy drinking.
The age of this can may have faded the flavors, but still a pleasant and refreshing brew. In comparison to my regional German style breweries, rated this lower than Olde Mecklenburg and Bierkeller .

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Reef from South Carolina, Jul 03, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clean and clear, short lived white foamy head, Smell is of lemon, wet cracker,malt. Taste is crisp and refreshing, malt used is delicious.Feels well carbonated, light body, finishes semi dry. This tastes very authentic to me. Delicious. Lemon, crackers, toffee,. Well done.

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Jun 28, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Blonde. Good clarity. Moderate carbonation.

Honeysuckle, grains, fresh bread, pear, and honeydew.

Honeysuckle, honey covered grains, and fresh baked white bread. Pear and honeydew melon with a hint of biscuit.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, refreshing, and lightly sweet.

Truly a Helles to be reckoned with. Absolutely phenomenal!

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justintcoons from Pennsylvania, May 10, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden transparent. It's a terrific looking lager. Some graham cracker and ritz cracker on the nose. Some tremendous German malt character that is dry and crisp. It almost has the delicacy of a white wine. Oh so drinkable. This may not be a crispy boi but it is very close.

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Sheppard from Virginia, Apr 20, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trapp Family Lodge, Inc. "von Trapp Helles"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 02/11/19 10:11 GYLE#184"
$1.83 @ Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Hazy straw gold body beneath a short head of white. Average head retention and lacing.

Smell: Strong grainy malt. Bready. Floral and lightly spicy hops. A touch of yeasty sulfur.

Taste: As the aroma suggests with some additional grassiness and a subtle apple-like fruitiness. Moderately bitter; the label lists 20 IBUs. Mainly dry finish.

Feel: Medium bodied and gently crisp-then-smooth.

Overall: An impressive interpretation of the Munich helles style that's alive and fresh tasting due to minimal filtration, if any. I've tasted beers like this in Germany and Austria, and I find them more charming than the more processed (filtered) versions. The one flaw is the head retention and lacing, but otherwise it's quite nicely done!

Review# 6,382

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Dec 13, 2018
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3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - very yellow and somewhat hazy. Small foam head and a little glass lacing
Smell - about as basic a beer aroma as there is. Simply hops and yeast with a touch of malt/grains.
Taste - Smooth. A bit fruity and grassy but also brings some nice herbal flavors that balance it. Not much in the way of bitterness. Simple and easy to drink. Carbonation is medium. Body is on the light side but it's suitable for a lot of occasions.

Overall, it's fairly unique..it's sort of in between a pilsner and a wheat beer. I'm drinking this in winter (fall to be technical) so i would like to re-evaluate it in summer. Grade is a B+

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PMakowski from New Hampshire, Dec 07, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This will be my first entry of/in Happy Loads of New (Mainly) Lager Beers Sunday (Week 718). I purchased several bottles from von Trapp Brewing at Hunger-n-Thirst & as the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody rolls on, these are next in line.

From the Bottle: "'A little of Austria[,] a lot of Vermont'"; "German for 'bright', our Helles is an easy-drinking, yet surprisingly complex, golden Lager"; "By the family that inspired 'The Sound of Music'"; "Brewed on the grounds of Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, this lager is crafted with the finest traditional ingredients and our pure Vermont spring water."; "IBU: 20".

A Pop! of the cap, a slow, gentle C-Line pour & I was off & running. The head puffed up, forming two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with very good retention, leaving behind loads of lacing as a souvenir. Color was NOT "Golden", but instead, Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like Summers at my maternal grandparents' house - freshly-baked bread cooled on the window sill as newly-mown hay & grass wafted in on the breeze from a nearby working farm. Ah, youth. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not far beyond it. That said, I would be a patented moron to be looking for a full-bodied Lager-style beer. What are you expecting? High viscosity? Ha! The taste closely followed the nose. It was not precisely sweet, but it was quite malty and very bready with just a hint of grassy Noble hops. Schlitz used to advertise as going with "Just a kiss of the hops" & this beer seemed to be following in their footsteps. Me? I generally prefer a French Kiss of the hops, but that would have been entirely inappropriate in this beer. Finish was light, semi-dry, very refreshing & if they were to put this in a CAN, it would definitely be a Summer cooler filler when headed to the beach.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Nov 25, 2018
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4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear yellow straw color with a thumbnail length bubbly head. Good retention, including a sudsy layer of film and lacing throughout.
The aroma is bready and biscuity, evoking freshly toasted malts and bread crusts. Bright citrusy hops aroma throughout.
Taste opens up clean and with dry malt flavors. The malt flavors open up to reveal a bready, toasty and biscuity quality, with a modest underlying sweetness, amidst moderate peppery, spicy and grassy hops flavors for balance. In addition, the bright citrusy hops flavors provide a lightly lemony middle palate. The hops bitterness is mild. The finish is slightly peppery, citrusy and dry.
Light bodied, crisp, clean and with a moderate tingly carbonation.
Finely crafted and well balanced Helles Lager. Very tasty and drinkable.

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Gajo74 from New York, Nov 09, 2018
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4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz bottle

It is a crystal clear gold color with a moderate sized off white soapy head that didn’t last long.

The aroma is not real strong. A little of that Euro lager skunkiness from the yeast and some light sweet cereal like grains and a touch of floral.

The flavor is way more pronounced for me. A combination of a honey covered biscuit and Cheerios. Some lemon like citrus and grassy green slightly peppery hops along with the lager yeast.

Soft, somewhat creamy body that is well carbonated and has a crisp finish.

A very nice balanced Helles

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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First glass didn't have much look to it beyond a slightly hazed nice straw golden body. The head was weak, but a second bottle showed a solid, long lasting cap that even produce a little lacing. Gonna split the difference on score toward the more appealing, benefit of the doubt and all - could go higher...

First bottle I got a neutral grainy note with a little grape fruit influence. this second bottle, I am getting a more defined bready malt, but still leaning a little on raw malted grain. I don't get as fruity a note, but a little bit of a floral wine note with hopefully a promise of a grape leave to grassy bitterness.

Taste hits on both the grape fruity note neutralized by a combination of grainy malt and a fresh vegetal greens bitterness. These all blend together in a nice way such that none stand out or are specifically unique. Late and lingering notes are a tad grassy, but the opening notes are alternatively more fruity/floral and grainy with each sip.

A fairly soft, nicely carbonated light offering. It is more fitting as a refreshing offering than a beer to sip and analyze, but isn't overly simple. The label description of "bright" seems to fit pretty well.

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cjgiant from District of Columbia, Sep 23, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass, a clear gold with a one finger head that dissipates quickly into a thin rim of lace. Aroma of grass, grains, and mild pepper/spice. The taste is right in line. Mouthfeel is a crisp, medium light, carbonation medium high. A tasty helles.

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Apellonious from North Carolina, Sep 08, 2018
Helles Golden Lager from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 356 ratings