Hells Lager
Camden Town Brewery

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Camden Town Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Lager - Helles
Ranked #246
Ranked #27,833
3.45 | pDev: 12.46%
Wednesday at 02:59 PM
Nov 14, 2011
Hells LagerHells Lager
Notes: What the hells? Thanks for asking.

Hells is the lovechild of our two favourite German beer styles - helles and pilsner. Clean, crisp and dry, it's the beer we always wanted to drink and the reason we started our brewery.
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

this is decidedly better than its ratings, not sure if it has improved over time or what, but the beer i had was levels above what this is showing here. its more german than english sure, but its supposed to be. gorgeous clear honey color to it, over an inch of lasting white head, great carbonation through the whole drink, and a distinctive german lager yeast characteristic that really defines this, especially in the absence of much of a hop profile. its simple beer, light in body but not watery, and seemingly built for spicy food. a slightly toasted depth to the malt base, but mostly pils malt it seems, not dusty and old but agricultural and fresh, from the earth. good balance from just some bittering hops that come on late, not much flavor to them, but i dont miss it, its pretty classically styled overall, and the yeast is bready, traditional, and unifying. love how dry this finishes and the rush of carbonation was a little unexpected in this part of the world, but i dig it. this was both refreshing and flavorful and i thought it was very well made. deserves a little more love here on BA in my opinion.

Wednesday at 02:59 PM
3.61 by Dave1999 from North Carolina on Apr 24, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by James94 from England

L: Light straw colour with some green, three finger initial head that disappears fairly quickly, good lacing
S: Light toffee, light biscuit, grassiness, rice
T: Spices, brown sugar, green vegetables
F: Refreshing, complex for a lager

O: 4.25

Mar 11, 2021
4.15 by Goity from Scotland on Feb 17, 2021
3.69 by Keananmichael5 from California on Dec 27, 2020
3 by vladn from England on Dec 20, 2020
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3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by xander10 from England

Look: Pale Straw with a lot of visible carbonation, decent white one finger head that does not last.
Smell: not a very strongly fragrant beer, but it does smell malty and slightly citrusy.
Taste: the sweet malt definitely helps bring forward the hints of lemon and general citrus vibes I have from this beer.
Feel: pretty light mouthfeel, properly carbonated though for the style.
Overall: its an alright lager, but by no means is it exceptional. Nice to see it in the pubs though rather than Peroni or Bud Light.

Oct 29, 2020
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2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Steve555 from Wales

Golden dark slightly murky colour, not like the helles I know. Small but persistent head with good lacing. Smell of hay, some grass and skunk. It's like a helles with a tiny bit of oomph. It is quite sweet and has some metallic off notes. Tried since before and after the takeover and to my mind it's definitely not as good now. Review based on post takeover. Not a beer worth seeking out.

Jul 07, 2020
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3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DoctorZombies from Florida

On draught. Pale gold, excellent clarity; thin white head; some cap retention; thin ring; soapy lacing. Lite floral hops nose; baked biscuits as it warms. Baked bread, biscuits, lite herbal bitterness, semi sweet grain base; no DMS. Lite body; grainy dry feel; moderately carbonation. Decent hop linger; poundable at 4.6%.

Jan 15, 2020
3.33 by TrojanRB from Texas on Jan 14, 2020
3.08 by JonnoWillsteed from England on Nov 02, 2019
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3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Stampy from New York

Surely a spot reserved for me in Hells

Oct 06, 2019
3.71 by dshansen1184 from Washington on Oct 06, 2019
3.69 by jak from North Carolina on Oct 03, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Skywave from Oklahoma

On draft in hotel restaurant @Heaththrow

Pours to a two finger cap of foam that is slightly rocky and nearly permanent. Straw gold yellow, clear

Clean, slightly sweet-smelling pilsner malt, mild grassy, herbal hop.

Malt forward for sure. Strong, clean, crisp, ftrsh tasting pale malts balanced by a soft noble hop flavor and alpha acids. Balanced finish.

Light to medium, nominal co2 and a slight tannic roughness

Easy drinking, polished helles from a UK brewer. Hits the spot. Nuanced malt for maltheads. Keeper.

Jul 29, 2019
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2.59/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by FireMedk from California

Dry and bitter. I tried a couple of these in London and it did not grow on me. Typical shitty English beer.

Jul 19, 2019
3.42 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Jul 10, 2019
2.83 by ironmark666 from Scotland on Apr 21, 2019
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3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of caramel, grains and hay. Sweet caramel with a subtle bitterness.

Apr 07, 2019
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1.66/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
by niallac from Scotland

Third or fourth time I have had this beer. Nice and bright on the eye, a bit too foamy in the mouth to get stuck into. Surprisingly little flavour for the strength. Hops are well mashed, malt is clean and unremarkable. Comparable to some of the better traditional domestic lagers, e.g. Schiehallion. Very, very generic lager. I would always seek out something nearer the 5% mark for a more authentic European lager experience.

Nov 30, 2018
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3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

Review from notes. 330 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased and enjoyed while on vacation in the UK.

Appearance - Clear, pale golden color. Half finger of short lasting white head. Spotty lacing at best.

Smell - Clean aromas, grainy with a subtle offputting metallic note. A subtle bit of ash too. But mostly grainy.

Taste - Clean with corn sweetness and chalkier flavor as compared with many in the style. For some reason I liked it.

Mouthfeel - Clean and simple. good carbonation and light body. Not sense of chalkiness here.

Overall - A decent and middling Munich Helles lager.

Aug 01, 2017
Hells Lager from Camden Town Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 108 ratings