Golden Helles Lager | von Trapp Brewing

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3.87/5
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288 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
vontrappbrewing.com

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
German for "bright", our Helles is an easy-drinking, yet surprisingly complex, golden lager.

20 IBU

Added by Bierman9 on 04-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,632
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
288
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
48
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Ratings: 288 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of Velivolus
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMH73
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap, poured a clear deep straw color with a quickly dissipating half inch white head that left almost no lacing. Smells and tastes of bready malts, floral notes, grassy hops, lemon and a hint of peppery spice. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, very mildly bitter, clean and crisp.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2018-01-07 and 2018-04-08 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottle from the Lager variety pack.

A - Clear straw with a 1-finger white head and light lace

S - Mild Pilsner malt, honey and light white grape.

T - Lightly toasted sourdough bread, herbal/metallic spice, lightly sweet with honey overtones and just a hint of white grape. Restrained bitterness; appropriate to style.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Smooth then crisp mouthfeel. Finishes quite dry.

O - Very true to style.

Notes: On 2018-04-08 I had this side-by-side with the new Sixpoint Alpenflo (Helles). Both were good. The Alpenflo had a richer malt profile and was creamier with less carbonation. This was a little sweeter, which is nice. I preferred the Alpenflo but would be glad to have either one on any given day.

Notes: On 2018-04-27 I had this side-by-side with a Sixpoint Alpenflo and a Victory Helles. The Sixpoint and Von Trapp have a similar aroma, leaning a bit more to the sourdough side than the Victory, which smells a bit sweeter than either. This Victory sweetness comes through in the flavor, with an emphasis on white grape. The Sixpoint has a more complex, grainy base; less sweetness and greater carbonation than the Victory. The Von Trapp sits somewhere in-between; leaning more towards the Victory in terms of sweetness but at the same time, a little more bitter than the Victory.

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Photo of Heftklammer
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DefenCorps
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Big Y.

A clear light straw yellow with a dense, off-white head that falls off rapidly leaving little lacing, this looks solid. The nose has a beautiful, soft breadiness and a touch of grassy, earthy hops . Remarkably clean and focused, the palate opens mildly bitter with grass, earth, a little mint, and a wonderful bready, grainy, mildly straw like character. Light in body and crisply carbonated, this beer finishes clean and mildly bitter. Very good.

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Photo of Kelly10359
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L — Bright, hazy straw colored body with a small eggshell white head produced with moderate pour. Minimal retention or lacing. Huge amount of chunky floaties lowers appearance score considerably
S — Pleasantly light breadiness, lemon, floral hop, banana, chalk powder
T — Honey-oat-bread malt profile, touch of grassy and perfumey hoppiness
F — Great balance between the malt and hop profiles. Very drinkable. Light mouthfeel, medium+ carb.
O — Reminds me a lot of the Jack’s Abby House Lager. I think I like Munich Helles Lagers more than pilsners because the Noble hops are less dominant

78/100

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Photo of Joedonlon13
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful golden color, smooth easy drinker, clean crisp break at the end

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Photo of feuematt
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colored beer with a rapidly fading head. Taste is bready malt and lemon peel. Overall a very good beer that I think people should try at least once.

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Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lembeh
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Came join this while looking for an American Helles. Glad I found this because this goes beyond the usual "bright" "crisp" helles Lager. It's got a depth of flavor you find in beers of this style in Munich. Very well done.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear light straw body. 1 1/2 finger white bubbly head dies down leaving wet lacing and a soft ring around the glass.
Doughy aroma with grassy, lemony hops.
Bready malts with some doughiness. Hops are dried grass and lemon, pepper and a hint of sulfur.
Soft, full mouth feel, light body, moderate carbonation with a dry, prickly finish.

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Photo of HopsnScotch987
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Svartrhand
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a sea of over hopped beers this was a refreshing change. Well balanced with the bitter hops balancing the sweet malt very well. Enjoyable drinkable beer.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy gold. Bready taste with medium fizz. It's decent......but I would rather have the Pilsner.

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Photo of xtonytx
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavetotheB
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edzo22
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CervezaNY
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jeff1973
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of h4ger
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bobbysproket
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of citizencane
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cant tell how this looks, as I drank from bottle, except upon opening foam rescued over too of the bottle. Smell is pretty average malt with faint hops. Some distinct breadiness comes through in the taste. Taste is same, though well integrated enough and strong enough to make it clear this is a craft lager. Taste is carbonated but not too dry. Ok for the style. I prefer the pilsner.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A little to foamy/carbonated. Bottle spewed on opening despite proper chilling and handling.
Super light yellow. Head fades before glass is done.
Aroma of sweat, slightly composted hay.
Taste is light pepper in the front, malt in the middle mild hop dryness in the back.
Mouth feel is surprisingly coating for such light characteristics on other qualities.
Faithful to style. Nice summer beer.

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Golden Helles Lager from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 288 ratings