Golden Helles Lager | von Trapp Brewing

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3.87/5
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300 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Helles

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:
#15,206
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
300
pDev:
10.08%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
47
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 300 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of cjgiant
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full review to come: a clear, clean, balanced beer between cracker malt, grass and pepper bitterness, and a grape fruit accent.

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Photo of shelby415
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Apellonious
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear straw with a small white head. (Not poured as aggressively as I should) Good retention, with some spotty lacing.

S: Honey and lemon, hay, cracker, and grass.

T: Cracker with honey, some lemon, green bell pepper, hay, and a touch of grass on the finish. Gently sweet upfront, with a touch of grassy hops on the finish. Crisp, clean, and well balanced with no residual sweetness.

F: Light, but not watery. Well carbonated. Fizzy and refreshing.

O: An excellent Helles. Extremely refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L) Pours a pale straw color with a short-lived white head.

S) Lovely faint aromas of grass, straw, and a soft grainy sweetness can be sniffed.

T) The taste is very mild, everything in the nose is on the tongue though. Quite well-balanced.

F) The brew is highly carbonated and refreshing. It is quite light and crisp.

O) A decent representation of the style. Good for people looking to transition out of domestic light lagers in the states.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving lots of specks of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit and bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has underlying notes of grassy hops and a faint amount of accompanying bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Helles Lager was nice and malty but wasn't that heavy on the palate, which made it very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gbiello
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jsalz21
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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Golden Helles Lager from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 300 ratings