Camden Hells Lager | Camden Town Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Camden Town Brewery
United Kingdom (England)
camdentownbrewery.com

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by StJamesGate on 11-14-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
56
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
18.95%
 
 
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Reviews by CrazyDavros:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours straw with a fading white head.
Nose shows spicy hops, cereal-like grain, some biscuity malt. Quite tempting.
Flavours include honey, grainy malt, spicy hops, cereal grains. Refreshing stuff.
Could use more carbonation.
Good work with an often-limited style.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of stephenlee
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. ABV is stated as 4.6%. Picked up recently from Waitrose as they have just started stocking it.

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. A clear pale gold hue with light carbonation. Yields a decent head of fluffy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of light malt with hints of stewed hops, grass/hay, mild overcooked veg and faint grain. Doesn't distinguish itself.

Tastes of light malt with a subtle, dry finish. Notes of stewed hops, overdone veg, grass, faint grain and mild earthy yeast. A slight, crisp bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with well-judged carbonation and good body for the style. Aftertaste of faint malt and stewed leaves.

So-so; this lager fits the style but underwhelms the senses. Looks alright, but the aroma and flavour are dull and possess some faint off-notes. Decent body. A reasonable effort but the result is a bit too close to macro for comfort. Where is the clean flavour and the depth of character? Nothing too special - no need to go out of you way for it.

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Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of metter98
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Against The Grain, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of malts are perceptible in the nose and slight bits of corn seem to be detectable.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is rather malty and seems to be a little sweet. Once again, hints of corn seem to shine through among the malts.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is an easy drinking "lite" lager that goes down very easily.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale colour with medium carbonation & a small white head. Aromas of malt, grain, grass & hints of citrus. Taste of sweet malt, grain, lemon, citrus, straw, some bread and grassy hops leading to a sweet malt bitter finish.

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Photo of hdtrice
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml Bottle (4.6% ABV): BBD 12 Feb 14, poured into a Veltins badged stemmed tulip on 13 Nov 13 during a random lager/pilsner tasting session with the wife.

Looked fine, pale golden with a white crown, unlike most beers of this style the head hung around and gave some lacing, so I was pleased with that.

The nose was light, grainy and slightly floral with a mild sweetness.

The taste was also light and delicate: more hop bitterness than malty sweetness but both could be found in the flavours. Citrus notes as it warmed a little, which I didn't take too, but otherwise a good brew and it scored a lot better than some we shared that night.

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Photo of Mack_jamieson
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of bjd88
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Foley67
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Karo
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of EmperorBevis
2.46/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled
Now this ended up at the back of the refrigerator so may be over chilled
Slightly hazy bright yellow body with spotty white head
Unfortunately smells more like cheap lager
Even taking into account how could it is its still bland
Helles is my favourite lager
It would be a travesty if Camden reduced the style in this country to this paltry offering

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Photo of joemarshall94
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of mdagnew
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DubC14
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Oakenator
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Good appearance with decent lacing.

The aroma is muted. Some hay, noble hops and grassiness.

The taste is mildly metallic - in a good way. With delicate noble hops and grainy tastes

There is a hint of honey and apple skin.

Overall, this is a perfectly acceptable lager but not better than macro brewed German pils such as Warsteiner or Krombacher nor Helles such as Lowenbrau.

A well made lager but not a memorable one and in no way superior to the better macro lagers.

75/100

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Photo of Domino
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rale
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AuntBea
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Camden Hells Lager from Camden Town Brewery
3.43 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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