Helles Golden Lager | von Trapp Brewing

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Helles Golden LagerHelles Golden Lager

Brewed by:
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States

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

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Photo of smutty33
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PMakowski
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of Twal
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of Gajo74
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of WesMantooth
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery

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Photo of Brendanjames
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of madtrixter787
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgiant
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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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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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Helles Golden Lager from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 310 ratings