Helles Golden Lager
von Trapp Brewing

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From:
von Trapp Brewing
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Helles
Ranked #76
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,346
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 9.79%
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
293
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 18, 2022
Added:
Apr 19, 2010
Wants:
  17
Gots:
  59
SCORE
87
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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Rated: 3.42 by kp7 from Massachusetts

Sep 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by njbusa from New Jersey

Sep 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.88 by travelguy from Ohio

Aug 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by McBraniel from Virginia

Aug 04, 2022
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On draft, served in shaker pint glass

Clear medium yellow golden color, white head. Clean bread pale malt aroma. Similar flavor, well balanced, easy drinking. Thin to Medium bodied.
Aug 04, 2022
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Reviewed by nickb2000

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Nucleated Pilsner
Look: clear, golden body pouring a rich 1.5 finger head. Dissipated into
Smell: Fairly weak, light malt and light citrus.
Taste: Light hop bitterness which leads to florals and citrus. Fades to sweet bread. Leaves a hint of wheat in the mouth.
Feel: Smooth and silky. Moderate mouthfeel, yet bright and crisp. Gentle carbonation.
Overall: This beer really surprised me. While the smell leaves a lot to be desired, the taste and mouthfeel are great. Very easy sipper.
Jul 15, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Mostly clear pale yellow appearance with an average size white head and light lacing. Grainy aroma, some yeast early on. Spicy hops round things out. Malty, modestly sweet flavor, still a bit grainy on the taste buds. Subtle spiciness lurking beneath the maltiness. Smooth, dry, medium-to-light bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel.
Jun 27, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz can
Best by: 05/03/22 (03 May, 2022)
Consumed: 25 June, 2022
Glass: 12 oz Becher


Look:
Bright and clear straw yellow with a 3-finger foamy white head. The head dissolves to a ring and a very thin cover in short order. Excellent lacing.

Smell:
Soft bread dough. Crackers. Hint of lemon, including the rind/zest. Mild herbal and grassy hops.

Taste:
Follows the nose. The lemon notes are a bit more prominent in the taste and have added lime notes. These mix well with the bready and doughy malts. There are also notes of fresh cut hay and some honey as well.

Feel:
Crisp, clean, and well carbonated with a very lightly dry finish. Body is light.

Overall:
A fine example of a Helles that drinks extemely easily. Not as sweet as most Helles and a slight bit more hoppy (really more dry). Would definitely have again.
Jun 26, 2022
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Reviewed by argock from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Best by 07/25/22. Poured into a Pinot noir glass.

A: Straw yellow with 1-2 finger white foamy head with good retention and copious lacing.

S: Malt is doughy-bready and hops show lemon and grassy herbal notes.

T: Flavor is a bit sharper than the nose with a leaner malt character with the same lemon, herbal, grassy, haylike hop notes. Clean with no esters or alsohok character.

M: Body Is light - medium with low-medium carbonation and crisp finish.

O: Von Trapp Helles is an excellent example of the style with a more sharp malt character than most but clean hop flavor without being over the top.
Jun 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.35 by datstankadank from New Jersey

Apr 11, 2022
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Reviewed by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
BB: 05/06/22

L: Pours a bright pale straw color with crystal clarity and a plethora of carbonation streamers rising from the base of the glass. The pour results in two fingers of fine white head with excellent retention. As the beer goes down it leaves goodly mass of webbed and ringed lacing on the glass.

S: Bread notes, grainy malt, herbal notes of fresh cut hay, and a slight hint of spice

T: I get fresh cut hay, a touch of honey bread crust, light citrus notes, some cracked grain, and light notes of peppery spice.

F: Light body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth with a minimal dryness on the finish. Maybe a tad more watery than I remember.

O: This one was out of a variety pack that was sitting out so it was obviously not continuously refrigerated. The nose and palate were a bit faded from my previous encounters with this brew. All the elements were there, but they were decidedly muted and did not pop as in previous sessions. The mouthfeel was a bit off as well. I will have to find a fresher and better treated example for an updated review because in my experience this beer is a top shelf Helles, but as is in the moment it is decidedly middle of the pack.
Feb 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 17, 2022
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce can poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

Looking pale gold with a slight haze, one finger of white foam has good retention. Nose is mild, grainy malt, corn and light floral hops. Tasting malt forward lightly sweet to open then crisp and drying. Light-ish feel with high carbonation, a little gritty. Not bad.
Feb 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.97 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Nov 27, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Best by 11/9/21. Oops.

With the amount of Bourbon County I’ll likely be consuming over the holiday weekend, I’d say it’s necessary to start off the weekend with something simple and easy drinking like this. This can is a little bit older than I would like, but von Trapp beers tend to be pretty solid regardless of age. Let’s crack it open and see what it’s all about

Pours a clear bright yellow with 2 fingers of soapy white head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

This is super bright in aroma despite the age, the hops seem to have stayed mostly intact. I'm picking up on aromas of grassy hops, straw, doughy malt, lemon rind, toasted grain, and light white pepper

It certainly shows its age a bit more in taste, but not as much as expected for being past the best by date by a few weeks. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting bready malt, lemon rind, grassy hops, honey, and light toasted grain. The swallow brings notes of sweet honey, doughy malt, cereal grain, and light floral hops

A light medium body pairs with moderate tingling carbonation, resulting in a crisp beer. Finishes off dry and trends sweet

I have to give the benefit of the doubt to this one in the overall considering the age. I really enjoyed this one, super easy drinking
Nov 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.87 by kuhndog from New York

Nov 08, 2021
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Reviewed by brewerburgundy from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12oz can, tulip, best by 1/11/22.

It’s one of those beers that glugs out and fills the glass perfectly to the brim with gold and white foam. It’s clear and crisp.

Clean pilsner malt, slight soap suds, hay, and mineral.

This is a less sweet Helles with a good dose of slightly herbal grassiness and a medium bitterness. It’s clean as it should be.

It’s a bit less crisp than I’d expect, probably due to medium-low carbonation.

Keep the lagers coming! This would be a nice one to keep in the rotation.
Oct 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Clear burnt gold with a short fuzzy white head dispersing from the center to a curled collar.

The frothy yet fluid medium body primarily delivers semisweet Corn Flakes to my mouth hole, with seemingly no flaws, at least to this progressively tipsy drinker. The semi-dry finish starts off tingly, and cleans right up.

I mean, it's good. What else can I say? I kind of wanted to hate their beers a little, but nah. They're honoring the tradition quite well enough, as far as this layman is concerned.
Oct 21, 2021
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Reviewed by pennsybrau from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from can with Best By date of 1/12/22. Pale yellow with about a quarter inch head which quickly dissipated. Very little lacing. Slight malty scent. Tasted malty sweet with a tingly finish. Medium mouthfeel. I enjoyed this beer and would repeat.
Oct 17, 2021
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Bright gold, white head, decent retention, no lace
Honey and bread malt
Tastes like it smells, with a hint of citrus-floral hops
Light bodied and appropriately carbonatated
It's a serviceable helles
Sep 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Specialmick from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev 0%
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
Sep 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Pineroom from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Rated by izraelc from New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear gold. Smells like beer. Light foam. Mild malt body. Fades to a clean crisp finish. Refreshing. It's Lagerific.
Sep 01, 2021
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Reviewed by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
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
 
Rated: 3.92 by NastyNorseman from New York

Aug 22, 2021
 
Rated: 3.88 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Aug 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by Ajlvt from Washington

Aug 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.9 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Jul 13, 2021
 
Rated: 3.74 by Boone757 from Virginia

Jul 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.93 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Jul 10, 2021
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Reviewed by ANIMOUL from Vermont

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.01 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Jul 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Jul 03, 2021
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Reviewed by Davidstan from Alabama

4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
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
Helles Golden Lager from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 437 ratings