Helles Golden Lager
von Trapp Brewing

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Lager - Helles
Ranked #39
Ranked #18,343
3.89 | pDev: 9.77%
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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Specialmick from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look... pale yellow with medium to high carbonation.
Smell...light hop citrus . Good definition and exactly what i expect
Taste.... Prickly bittersweet. with a definitive malt sweetness with a full and desirable finish. An awesome quencher
Feel...light prickly with a good amount of carbonation. a good fullness for the style
Overall...This is an excellent representation of the style and would definitely buy again, a well crafted and delicious beer

Sunday at 03:51 AM
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Pineroom from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in the Pine Room in a frosty pint glass. Sweeter than expected but it grew in me. This the anti IPA. Worth a try if you’re looking for a change from hoppy beers.

Sep 12, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a half finger of head. The nose has notes of crackers with some background yeasty essence. The flavor is solidly malty but the body is not quite as full-bodied as I would expect.

Sep 03, 2021
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colts9016 from Idaho

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review 1602
Helles Golden Lager
von Trapp Brewing
Date: just a best before date 07 Sept 2021
I have five of these beers to consume tonight from this brewery. I have drunk the Dunkel it was good. This beer is 42 degrees, and I use a pilsner glass. The pour created a frothy and airy white head with okay retention. The head dissipation left some lacing on the glass. The color charts around SRM 4, pale straw with light golden hues. The clarity is clear, with a few carbonation bubbles visible.

The aromas are light malty sweetness, subtle toasted crackers, light floral esters, and the faint aromas of bread yeast.

The flavors are light malty sweetness, subtle toasted crackers, bready, floral esters, and every slight taste of green grass.

The mouthfeel is crisp and a touch dry.

The body of the beer is light, medium carbonation, and light finish.

This beer is spectacular: the flavors are on point. I would go great with a summer evening watching the sunset after a long day at work.

Sep 01, 2021
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Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased 8/29/21 as part of a von Trapp 12 pack: Pilsner, Lager, Kolsch, Helles. No can date. Just best by 12/7/21. Deep golden color. Almost no aroma. Very crisp flavor and a little bite from the carbonation. Dry aftertaste. A very pleasant easy drinking lager.

Aug 29, 2021
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ANIMOUL from Vermont

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can; best buy date 06SEP21. Pours adjunct yellow with initial foamy head that rapidly recedes. Not sure but has a metallic taste that is a bit weird? Smells of corn syrup too? I've had before and don't recall.... hmmm.

Jul 05, 2021
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

So I wanted to shred this beer in the review because the first time I had it I absolutely hated it. Back then I was a bit of a beer virgin. Coming back to this now after someone left a few extra from a family party. I have to say… it’s a pretty damn good lager. A little bit sweet with some Molson Canadian vibes but the after taste has a Heineken like bit. After turning my nose at this ram logo brew, I may just have to pick up a pack.

Jun 28, 2021
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Davidstan from Alabama

4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Scored a 12er cans Variety pak from @Sulldaddy today thank you! BB 9/6/21
This beer tastes more like a german helles beer than any domestic I’ve had in years. Malty bready notes with a well crafted feel. Will buy again!

Jun 24, 2021
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Helles Golden Lager from Von Trapp Brewing. Received in early June 2021 in Ninja box from @Roy_Hobbs. 12 oz can stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 22/6/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Bottom rim stamped “BB 09/07/21”. Served at 44.7 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 51.9 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Pale Straw (SRM 2), clear.
Body – Pale straw (SRM 2), clear. When rear-lite, same.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.7 cm, aggressive center pour), white, low density, short retention, diminishing to leave a three to four mm crown and a rocky partial cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3 – Practically odorless except for weak sulfur compounds but not DMS. No malt, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 3 – Begins with slightly bitter light hops, no malt, no yeast. No ethanol (4.9 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. Gastric warming does not occur. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. In general, very clean.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3 Crisp and clean lager, as it should be. Lacks the malty graininess of most lagers.

Jun 22, 2021
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear light amber appearance with about medium carbonation. Also around a medium body which all added up to a very nice feel to it
Aroma is cereal,malt, grain, malty bread, slightly earthy
Taste is cereal, malt, grainy malty bread, grass,very mild citrus and earthy.
Overall this is an excellent attempt at the style. Goes well with food as well as just relaxing and having a few.

May 29, 2021
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larryi86 from Delaware

3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a mug

A- A fairly clear golden straw with a small white head.

S- Sweet biscuits, herbal, slightly earthy, touch of grapes

T- Sweet bread, touch of honey, herbal, touch of light fruits, earthy.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- A nice and easy drinking Helles.

Apr 18, 2021
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Lucular from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a tulip pint glass. About 3 weeks past the best-by date, so likely a bit past its prime. Aroma and flavor feature grass and slightly floral hops with a crisp malt background. I'd like to try this again if I see it fresher.

Mar 22, 2021
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Gold with a touch of haze, medest head and very little lacing. Honestly it was probably the glasswares fault.

S: Earthy, herbal Noble hops, sweet bready, crackery malt, spicy yeast.

T: Sweet, bready, and robust malt flavor, balanced by spicy herbal hops.

F: Light bodied, crisp, dry.

Overall: A phenomenal lager. My first experience with von trapp, and they hit it out of the park.

Oct 31, 2020
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Rschis16 from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly transparent straw gold in color with some haze. Little white head topping it. Bready, crackery malt aromas with a some lightly floral hops that hint at some citrus rind. Biscuits and cracker come through first in the flavor, some rindy and peppery hops helping to subtley balance the maltiness. A touch of citrus sweetness is hidden in there too. A medium high carbonation makes for a pretty quick finish but does manage to linger anyway with some pleasant maltiness. A smooth and balanced lager here, supremely easy to drink and enjoy if not terribly complicated.

Oct 25, 2020
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Todd from California

4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. BB 10/07/2020. Sample from the brewery.

Bright golden with lots of carbonation activity that yields a fluffy, white, foam head. Aroma is soft and bready with some floral, citrus rind, and herbal. Light-bodied. Very smooth. Nice pale malt backbone that's bready with a touch of sweetness. Spicy and herbal hops. Kiss of lemon-lime. Dry finish with minerally and crackery notes.

This is a damn good example of a Helles right here. Missed writing this before the best before date (by 10 days), but it's been in the fridge the entire time and clearly holds up over time if treated with care.

Oct 18, 2020
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beeragent from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - pours a clear straw, with a thin white head, and a continuous stream of bubbles. Light spots of lace on the glass.

Smell - strong spicy hop aroma with light bready malt.

Taste - grainy, bready, and slightly sweet malt flavor dominates the palate. The hops in the aroma are not very present in the flavor, more there to balance.

Feel - smooth clean mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall - definitely one of the better American made versions of a Helles. Easily an all-day drinker.

Oct 01, 2020
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Bierliebhaber7 from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If I could get this locally, it would now be my "go to" in the fridge. I was gifted a variety 12 pack of Von Trapp (purchased in VA) and, while I'd had the Vienna and Dunkel before (and thought them to be wonderful), this quickly became my favorite of the 4 varieties in the box. Complex enough to match the others, but not quite as "simple" as the (still wonderful) Pilsner. It was the perfect combination of taste and refreshment. Deep golden color with nice bubbles and a decent pale yellow head; malty biscuit with a hint of hops in the nose, followed by a perfectly balanced flavor of malt and hops, and then a hint of bitterness at the end to cleanse the palate for the next taste. I loved it. And without the off-tastes you sometimes get from imports that have sat in bottles for months, it was perfect.

Sep 23, 2020
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Can labeled BB 10/07/20

Pours into my shaker pint a clear golden with a bright white sudsy bubbly head and streams of bubbles ascending while the cap quickly drops to a ring and a film.

Scent is fruit (apples and pears), lemon, sweet doughy bread, floral

Taste follows the nose. Apple, pear, sweet doughy and bready malts and a faint hop note lending a crisp bitterness to the finish and a balance to the sweeter flavors. There's a soft lemon note. Some faint herbal hop notes. A mild metallic or mineral note which sounds off putting but is not.

Mouth is very slightly creamy and the carbonation is soft. Finish is clean with a light bitterness.

Drinkability is very high

A subtle and well made lager. Didn't impress me quite as much as some of von Trapp's other offerings and I wonder if I should give it another try and look for a fresher can.

Sep 05, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a nice head and slight lacing
Aroma has slight hop and floral hints
The taste follows the nose with slight hop and floral flavors
A light bodied decently carbonated beer
A decent Helles

Aug 30, 2020
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dcotom from Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce can into a hollow-stemmed goblet. Crystal-clear straw colored body, with a finger and a half of soft white head that settled in short order. Bready, floral, grassy, and grainy on the nose and palate. Good carbonation, decently bitter at 20 IBU. Very crisp and clean finish, with just a hint of tart apple lingering on the aftertaste and a slightly spicy and peppery hop bite on the tongue. Overall, this is one fine beer. Highly recommended.

Aug 05, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a crystal clear, straw-yellow color with a good-sized, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace. It smelled of bread crust, caramel and floral notes. It tasted sweet with caramel and toffee with a subtle bitterness.

Jul 06, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

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.

Apr 14, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

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)

Mar 22, 2020
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Gatch from Massachusetts

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.

Feb 16, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

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.

Dec 28, 2019
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