Camden Hells Lager
Camden Town Brewery

Camden Hells LagerCamden Hells Lager
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Style:
German Helles
Ranked #280
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
79
Ranked #44,268
Avg:
3.45 | pDev: 12.75%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
94
From:
Camden Town Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  29
SCORE
79
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Camden Hells LagerCamden Hells 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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Reviews by Spike:
Photo of Spike
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From 330ml can.

Dark gold, clear, with light carbonation (difficult to tell through the attractive condensation on the glass). Thin, foamy head with plenty of lacing. Looks like a pale lager, basically.

Smells of pilsner malt. Has a soft lemony note.

Medium sweet. A little bit of lemon rind. Sharp and clean tasting. Some minerality.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. Saved by some carbonation. Has a decent dry, bitter finish.

Overall, tastes like a premium version of a mass-produced European lager. Not bad (better than Meantime's London Lager) but nor is it a stand-out for me. ABV has been reduced slightly to 4.6%.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jak
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dshansen1184
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Stampy
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surely a spot reserved for me in Hells

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bark
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is straw yellow, the liquid is clear. The two finger head is white and compact; it sinks down to a thin lid leaving no lacing.

The smell is stronger than expected with notes of farmhouse bread, dough, grains and dried flowers. Plus, a touch of wet paint.

The taste is mild and smooth with a fine clean bitterness, some fresh bread and floral notes. Light to medium body. The rather thin aftertaste got growing notes of pilsner malt, flowers and a touch of sweet dough. Toffee and bran in the short finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the many mid-sized bubbles mild and long-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A mild and clean beer with some unclean alcohol in the aftertaste. Almost bland.

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Photo of wl0307
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

At 4.6%abv., coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle; BB 23/04/14, served chilled in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: The ingredients include Pilsner malt, Perle & Hallertauer hops.

A: pours a clear, pale straw colour, coming with a thin but well lasting white foamy head, on top of rather moderate carbonation.
S: light savoury notes accompany the dusty, herbal and floral German hop aroma, against a background of very light grainy malts with just a whiff of doughy acidity. Smells like a classic Helles bier in a bottle, at best.
T: a lightly sweet, clean grainy maltiness paves the way for the lightly spicy and herbal hop flavour and bitterness to follow, finishing clean and crisp, but the acidity seems to dissipate altogether from the palate.
M&O: clean and lightly carbonated, the light body goes well with the moderate flavour profile, although all in all the flavour doesn’t seem to render enough weight or impact to be an interesting session beer.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of chicagoish
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
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 metter98
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
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 StJamesGate
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Charles Lamb.

Pale gold with white film. Big grassy nose with a bit of wax.
Fresh white country pan malts then hay and slight coriander herb hops.
Melon finish and tingly but light linger. Crisp, light and dry.

Solid Helles, and so many non-Germans don't understand how to do this style with a light touch. Curious about this brewery now.

*from notes

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Photo of jroof1
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maccionnaith
4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
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 dgilks
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear pale golden colour with a big, fluffy white head. Good head retention. Great lacing.

Classic German malt aroma. Lightly grainy. Straight forward. Clean. Very light, spicy noble hop aroma.

Crisp, clean pale malt flavour. Light bitterness. Light graininess. Light spicy hop flavour.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

A decent little lager. Good flavour and well drinkable.

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Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of aasher
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of desint
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jonb5
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at sir Christopher Hatton

A: Pale colour, clear, small to medium head, moderate retention, left some lacing.

S: Toasted honey gave way to lots of red cabbage.

T: Basically following the nose, watery texture but quite refreshing.

M: Light, but a bit watery.

O: I wanted something light and refreshing, this fitted the bill pretty well, although there are much better Bavarian alternatives out there.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
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 flyingpig
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden colour with a tiny white head that is more lacing than anything. Clear and still too.

Sweet honey, butterscoth & a light fruity aroma. Some sweetness & light, grassy hops.

Good fruity flavours and all the sweetness from the nose along with the vanilla and butterscotch too. Honey & light, background hops

Medium body & carbonation, smooth with some sticky sweetness & a light bitter finish.

An average beer in my book and not one that really impressed me all that much. Nicer than most macro lagers out there but it wasn't at all great and didn't seem like a craft beer to me at all. I would compare this one to a carbonated cask ale.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pale golden colour with a small foamy white head.

Smells slightly "beery". So far reminiscent of a regular macro lager.

Tastes quite refreshing. Slight hoppy though a bit darker and maltier than a macro.

Overall an ok beer, not too impressed though.

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Camden Hells Lager from Camden Town Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 94 ratings