Golden Helles Lager | von Trapp Brewing

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Golden Helles LagerGolden Helles Lager

Brewed by:
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States

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

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Ratings: 288 |  Reviews: 81
Reviews by NiceTaps:
Photo of NiceTaps
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass.

Pale gold color with a 1f pure white head. Clean and clear with lots of bubbles. Sticky lacing.
Mild malt and grain aroma. Fresh bread. Hint of spice.
Malty flavor, crisp crackers. Some light hop spiciness.
Clean and crisp, well carbonated. No hint of alcohol at all. Dry finish.
Refreshing and drinkable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
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 +18.3%
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 +17.3%
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 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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Photo of SkiBum22
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of irrevjim
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from a bottle to a pilsner tulip
look; light golden, clear, 1/8" tight white head that disappears quickly leaving a thin film
smell; yeast, honey, good, i didn't get much complexity on the nose
taste; honey, clean malt, touch of hops, yeast, hint of general fruitiness,dash of pepper, good lager
feel; smooth, pretty light, almost crisp, medium carbonation, but smooth
overall; a very enjoyable golden lager

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

A clear, bright gold color. Minimal white head that dissipated quickly.
Aroma of sweet malt and floral hops.
The taste followed the nose. Sweet and flowery.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of BeerIsland
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my second Trapp beer tasted and I continue to be overwhelmed. I told my daughter to bring as much of this home from Vermont as she could and she was kind enought to do so. This beer comes in a big flippy bottle. This is as rich and luscious a Helles as I've ever had, which is plenty. A nice hazy gold in the glass; the bottle-poured head fluffed right up. Decent lacing followed the beer down all the way. Wonder-full malts with just the right hop balance create a great, smooth taste. The sweetness is in there but just enough. The conditioning is light which adds to the silky mouthfeel. This is a great beer!

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
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 HopsnScotch987
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kingcrowing
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask poured into a plastic pint glass.

Pours a very light yellow with a super light white head and a very thin head. Nose is light and hoppy and very nice. It's sweet and fruity.

Tate is phenomenal, it's light ad crisp and super hoppy. It's very drinkable ad smooth. One of the best helles i've ha in a long time!

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Photo of Beersilio
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Classic golden, shimmering and bubbly appearance. Nice white tower of foam.
The aroma and flavor are spot on stylewise, something the Von Trapp brewers do very well. No need for extra hops or higher avg. This lager is very traditional in every way. Herbal greens, light Spivey edge with sour wheat whiff.
Clean and light bodied, but full of malt flavors, garden greens, golden wheat and a nice, lager yeast sour funk thing, but all with excellent balance. Sharp and refreshing first hit with a peppery hop finish.
So easy to drink and never becomes boring or lazy....even to my pallet. This has been a favorite for well over a year.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of KenC
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of nkersten
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a massive imperial pilsner glass, golden with a slight haze and a big foamy white head that has a decent retention. Smell is bready malts, sweet and somewhat sugary, some raw grains. Taste is sweet up front with a slightly bitter finish, sweet bread dough, pilsner malts, spicy hops. Medium bodied with a medium carbonation, clean finish. Helles is one of my favorite German styles and this does not disappoint. I think this is one of the best American takes on the style and I would gladly order this whenever I can. A very drinkable beer.

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

12 oz bottle straight out of the bottle.

S: lots of bready doughy malts and some light floral hops.

T: Very light on the tongue the floral hops Joby as the bready malts coat the tongue and then the beer finishes with the light floral hops again.

M: crisp light good carbobation.

O: Solid Helles Lager but it really doesn't distinguish itself either.

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

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