Helles Golden Lager
von Trapp Brewing

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Style:
German Helles
Ranked #21
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,090
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 9.49%
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
350
From:
von Trapp Brewing
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  12
Gots
  54
SCORE
87
Very Good
Helles Golden LagerHelles Golden Lager
Notes: German for "bright", our Helles is an easy-drinking, yet surprisingly complex, golden lager.

20 IBU
Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 350 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by FBarber:
Photo of FBarber
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear bright light golden color. Frothy white head dissipates steadily leaving no residual head or lacing.

Smell has notes of bright lemon citrusy hops and some floral notes. Light cracker malts are there but subdued. Very delicate yet bright aromas on this.

Taste has flavors of biscuit malts, a bright lemon and floral hop notes. There is a bitter metallic astringency on the back and and through the finish. Diminishes a bit as the beer warms, but its still very noticeable.

Feel is light, lacks much of any crispness - beer is just rather rounded - smooth but not in the way Id like from a lager like this.

Overall this was easily my least favorite of the von traps beers that I've had. The metallic astringent flavor was not good. IF that was gone, I'd probably enjoy this much more.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is an absolutely flawless example of a helles lager, one of the prettiest beers i have ever seen in a glass, just stunning to look at. golden and radiant, crystal clear, delicate, bubbly, and with a peaky white permanent head like beaten egg whites. it is best from the tap at the brewery. there is a light but distinct malted barley aroma and flavor to this, honey notes to it, a little biscuit, dry though for the most part, and clean in the end, not so light as some of the other pils type malts, this has less of the bread crust taste and more of a refined cereal element, a really nice base for the lager yeast here, which is drying too, and has a fluffy fresh vibe, but is still very much old world and traditional. its a smooth and easy going beer, with just a slight balancing bittering hop to it. the mouthfeel is stupendous, with high high carbonation tickling the tongue and an almost creamy medium body. its a perfect beer to watch the sun go down on their beautiful patio up in stowe, and there really is no limit to how much of this i could drink and enjoy if left to my own devices. one of the best beers these guys make!

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Photo of RABouffard
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Quite honestly one of the best examples of a Helles I could possibly imagine, and this is directly after I got back from my bavarian beer pilgramidge. Pours a beautiful creamy white head with a beautiful display of surface tension towering over my bavarian style glass unleashing a very traditional helles aroma that absolutely nails it. Ovbiously this is not the most complex beer considering it is a helles, but in terms of what it is, it doesn't get any better in my humble opinion.

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Photo of rblnr
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Congrats to VT and thanks: they have completely nailed this style. Better than other Helles' by Victory and other good crafters

Hazy gold color, clean aroma -- key here as always with P and Ls is balance -- the hops emerge bright but not overpowering against a mildly sweet malt background Still plays crisp though w/enough bitterness and carbonation. Easy drinking yet full flavored -- can drink many, many, many w/a smile throughout.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear straw color with a huge bubbly white head. The head has pretty solid retention and leaves a ton of cobweb lacing as it dissipates.

The aroma brings tons of fresh dough and sweet cereal grains, followed by some subtle, spicy hops.

The taste follows the nose, with a bit more grass on the forefront. Freshly baked biscuits, cereal grains, and some spice follow not far behind. Clean and incredibly balanced.

The feel is medium-light bodied with pretty good carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, yet smooth. Slightly dry finish. Drinkable as hell.

Overall, an excellent lager that is extremely flavorful despite the low ABV. It's crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable. I don't care that it's winter, I would drink this all year long.

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Photo of Heavy-G
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of kmcollin
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of ScottP
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Prost76
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Yellow with a thin white.

Smell: Grassy notes with citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of bitter hops with earthy tones and grassy notes.

Overall: Good beer. I would have this one again.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the slightly old bottle, it pours a golden color with a small head, quickly dissipating. I get mostly bread in the nose. The mouth enjoys the mild bread-like flavor with a slight bite of carbonation and hops. Yum!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gold in color with excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of faint grassy hops and a light breadiness. I'm tasting a lightly bready flavor and a kiss of grassy hops. The mouth is light, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of rjp217
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of heerboth
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Resuin
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Focusf111
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pilsner malt, some sweetness from caramel malt, a little bit of noble hop bitterness, and toasted, earthy malt flavors. It's good. Drank more like a traditional pilsner than classic helles to me.

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Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of SupremePie
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Helles Golden Lager from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 350 ratings