Benediktiner Original
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German Helles
Ranked #88
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3.74 | pDev: 10.7%
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Photo of joeagain
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Having been to Bavaria a number of times, I've had a number of beers brewed in and around the state of Bavaria.
There is truth in the saying, "there's no such thing as a bad beer in Bavaria."
This particular beer is brewed outside the region, but is as good and in most cases better than many of the usual suspects; Hof, Paulaner, Spaten etc.

Pours a very light gold/straw color. Nice head that stays to the bottom of the glass, or in my case, the litre mug.
Wonderful baked bread, sweet malt and light spicey nose. Excellent body, not heavy or cloying. Taste is just like the nose, fresh barley and bread like notes, with a smidgen of hop bitterness and spicey flavor completing the overall taste.
To note, too, is that I have found this beer in 4 pack, 16 ounce cans for under 6 bucks! Be sure to check the date on the bottom of the cans. Both production date and BBE date are printed there, and this beer needs to be fresh to be at its best. Well worth seeking out if you like the Bavarian Helles style!

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale yellow color with a slight watery feel. Medium light carbonation that didn't last very long
Aroma was malty bread,grainy, cracked wheat,cereal
Taste wasn't overpowering but for the most part followed the aroma.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Spotted a 4 pack of in tall boy cans at $4.99. The date was good so figured I'd give it a try. Didn't care for it much as it was a somewhat watery "blah" taste, and after about half the can was gone was giving me a slightly metallic aftertaste. I'll tell my son in law they're great. He'll finish the remaining three.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 7/9/17

A: Pale to medium gold - crystal clear - pours with a small white head, fades to a wispy white cap, retains a small collar, leaves a few spots of lacing

S: Bready, with some light bread, light grains, light crackers - a touch of honey - hints of lemon and apple - floral - touches of lager yeast - some light spice and pepper - mildly grassy hops

T: Nicely balanced, with some spice to balance the bread - decidedly bready, with some light bread, bread dough, light crackers - not as much depth as some other examples of the style - some adjunct-like off flavors, corn-like - light sweetness - some floral and grassy notes, some light pepper and soft spice - some fruitiness, mostly green apple and pair - hint of honey - vaguely skunky - finish could be cleaner, some residual sweetness

M: Light body, medium carbonation, crisp

O: All things considered, still a bargain

$5 for a 4-pack of 500mL cans? Effectively $2.50/L for this beer? The ratio of quality to price here is actually quite good. It's a decent Helles. It's a bit too sweet, the malts lack depth, and there are some off flavors, but it's really not bad.

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Photo of bigbellysailor
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice clear and smooth lager. Bavarian style indeed. Excellent German beer that you can probably drink by the gallon on a hot summer day. Got mine in a 4 pack of 16.9 oz cans...wish I had bought more...yummy. Very refreshing...reminds me of my days in the military...Rhein Mein, Ramstein and Stuttgart... where I drank stein after stein of smooth German beer in festive beer tents. Oh how I long for those wonderful days of wine women and song.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New can...Benediktiner Hell.

A totally clear, relaxed golden color. High-rise white crown, bubbles up, drops fast.

A sweet and sour, bready malt, honey, corn and golden wheat, hetbs and spices, big, big nose!
Amazingly clean, big malt complexity, wheat/sweet honey/herbal sour/ spices and a big, earthy and herbal hoppy end in the flavor.

Import. 500 ml. Can. Classic Helles. Leaves it to the Germans, man to get your Helles fix.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz can.

Pours a clear straw color with a 2-finger creamy white head. The head retention is outstanding, and it settles into a thin film, leaving mild lacing as it dissipates.

The aroma brings notes of grass, cereal grain, and faint bread.

The taste is extremely doughy, with some sweet cereal grain and grass not far behind. Finishes with lemon and grass, and the faintest hint of noble hops.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Not as crisp as I would like, but still refreshing.

Overall, a very good helles lager that brings tons of flavor and balance. Would definitely try this one again, especially for the price.

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Photo of MilanoItaly
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just a word ?
Balanced !
Top beer for the Munich (well, brewed near Frankfurt, it seems) Helles Lager style.
Crystal - clear golden hue, no laces, with a medium carbonation.
Nice bitter aftertaste.
Drinkability at the best !
500cl glass bottle.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can: Poured a light golden color helles with a nice white foamy head. Aroma of light grainy notes with some cereal notes and light sweet notes is OK. Taste si a mix of residual sugar notes with some cereal and light grainy notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but maybe a tad sweeter then I would have liked.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Too much sweet corn on the palette for my liking, but biscuity malts and grassy hops come through nicely. A worthy helles and a very sessionable lager.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright pale straw with dense pearly glass clinging activity. Slightly foamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 2-5 minutes, with moderate lacing. Flavors of sweet grains, vegetables, lemon, skunk, and noble spices. A bit wheathy and biscuity. Balanced sweetness of soft fruity esters. Slick and smooth full body with prickly carbonation. Light finish, sugary malts with a pleasant corn and skunky syrup feel (rare), lingering floral noble hops, slightly leafy and grassy. Nice intensity and good balance with the flavors. Heavily accessible, but with lots of gentle complexity here. Although the flavors are quite faint, the body hold up very well making it highly drinkable and boosting good freshness. Overall very good quality craft for the style.

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Photo of tone77
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a bright yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is light malts, grains. Taste is crisp, malts, grains, a touch of hops. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing beer, but there are more flavorful examples of this style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can - this is another one of those stupidly difficult to determine where they originate from German brews, in the vein of the last few years' worth of Costco Advent calendars, ja?

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some stringy archipelago lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of bready pale cereal malt, a bit of earthy clover honey, subtle untethered yeasty notes, and some decent leafy, weedy, and grassy noble hop bitters. The taste is more crackery and grainy pale malt, further 'healthy' breakfast cereal essences, some genial apple and pear fruitiness, a sense of retreating yeastiness, and more easy-going (what's the German phrase for je ne sais quoi?) leafy, grassy, and floral green hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty tame in their barely supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium weight for the style, and mostly smooth, nothing really here willing to fuck with things, under penalty of German law, so, well, yeeeeeeeaaah! It finishes off-dry, but in a very genial and accommodating manner - wow.

Ok, then, I wasn't expecting this - sure, this one won't blow yer typical beer hipster's skirt up, but that's not the fucking point here, as so many bewildered Teutonic brewers (I imagine) have been sweating about for so long. Just make a nice, simple, but well-manicured, cereal-forward, and clean lager, and the rest of the beer world will (and damned well should) duly thank you for it.

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Photo of zeff80
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of caramel, toffee and grasses. Sweet caramel maltiness with a sharp bitter bite.

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Photo of MattChiasson
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the can, poured pale gold, clear/filtered, with a dense persistent white head. I got cracker-like pale malt notes with some grassy/earthy noble hop aromas - not very much else going on. Crisp, clean, refreshing.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: One and a half finger white head, pale straw body.

Smell: Sweet fresh grains, bread, and a hint of noble grassy/earthy hops.

Taste: See above, plus a note of minerals.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation, mild dryness. Finishes very clean.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First off, who dafuq took that approved pic? Blue on blue?!? The beautifully understated baby-blue CAN is almost invisible! That is CANoflage & NOT in keeping with the idea of CANtrast, which would make it Pop! against a warm-to-hot background (yellow/orange/red). I CAN only weep as a CANsthete!

From the CAN: "Bavarian Style Lager Beer/Biere"; "Helles Lagerbier"; "Brewed according to the German Purity Law [trans.]".

I love a 500-ml CAN & this was a find while visiting PVDRI recently. The Crack! was accordingly loud. The Glug was more subdued as I was using a pilsner glass & its tapered flute filled quite rapidly. I began with just over two-fingers of puffy, fluffy, bone-white head with decent retention, but every subsequent top-off reduced it to nothingness. Aw. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-plus quality clarity. Gorgeous! Nose smelled about as clean as any lager that I have ever held up to my nose. It had notes of fresh-mown grass & hay with honeysuckle mixed in for good measure. It reminded me of lying in my maternal grandparents' upper field in the summer, right after PapPap mowed and right before the next rain shower. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was on the upper end of the spectrum as far as sweetness, but it was very honey-like, if that is your bag. It was also very malty, with a Grape-Nuts taste of various grains, like wheat, barley and oats, but thankfully, no corn. Man, it was easy-drinking on a hot, humid summer evening. Finish was semi-sweet with lots of malt doing their part only barely kept in check by the mild hops. Helles, I could fill a cooler with these CANs!

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can served cold into a St. Pauli Girl mug. Purchased at the local LCBO for $2.35 CDN.

Appearance - great clarity, light golden straw color, one and a half fingers of fluffy white head. Plentiful carbonation.

Smell - clean, rich and grainy, some mysterious sweetness that seems common with helles lagers. Some grassy hops mixed in for good measure.

Taste - again clean and refreshing. Light earthy hops with some grassy aspects. Lighter in malts than many in this style (even though it barely shows in many of those examples).

Mouthfeel - super light and fairly crisp, carbonation is fairly substantial.

Overall - a fine Munich helles with nothing to apologise for. Nice summer beer.

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Photo of Lewnanny
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice Bavarian style beer.

This one have been delighfull, and my palate was amaze about the refreshing taste of it. No bitterness what so ever and a nice feeling in mouth.

The 550 ml can with it 5.0% ABV and the rich yellow color make it one of top commercial beer I had latelly.

I will definatily have this one again.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a lager glass.

A: Dull straw color with great clarity, head retains at a thin cap. Rings of lacing are pencil thin.

S: Pristine grain, hay, ultra clean, grassy, grape leaves, vague fruitiness.

T: Sweet and lightly toasty pils malt is the focal point. Super clean. Noble hops accentuate the malt with a grassy and herbal bitterness. Grape leaves. Vague fruity/floral sort of hop note too. Toasty grain in the finish.

M: light in body. Soft silky/creamy feel. Ample carbonation prickles stiffly on the tongue.

O: Beautifully done. All the hallmarks of the style are nailed. This 16oz can was a most welcome quaff.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Doner Bistro in Frederick Md. Nice standard German Helles Lager hitting solid marks across the board. Could be a touch more bready/biscuit-like in the body and taste, but overall it is quite a solid beer. Enjoy!

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Photo of oberon
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours into a half liter stein a pale light golden with a thin pretty quick to fade white head atop.Clean grainy aromas with a hint of honeyed sweetness detected.Mild sweetness and toasted grain flavors,as I drink more I get a little more sweetness.Body is thinner but maybe right for the beer itself.Eh pretty uninspiring,I know German brewers like more subtle delicate flavors but this is just to put it plainly kinda boring.

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Photo of horshack7
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear with a slight haze on top is a bright white head around two fingers thick that leaves behind some lacing as in thins out.

Aroma: Grain, grassy notes with a light dryness in the nose. Lemon zest, pear, apple, Floral hop with faint spice.

Taste: Apple, pear, grain, grassy a wisp of dryness from the floral hops. Lemon zest and light spice in the back.

Notes: Quite a tasty Lager it's nice to have another one from Germany. Cheers.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Pours a clear golden colour topped by a gorgeous 2 finger white head. Works down to a thin film fairly quickly but is ever-present. Good amount of lacing.

S- Light Grainy aroma with a hint of sweetness. Not much else going on.

T- Light taste of grain, honey, and a touch of earthy hops. Nicely balanced.

M- Light-Medium body and moderate carbonation.

O- I can't say that I've had a Munich Helles Lager before this one but I did quite enjoy it. It's nice to have a good malt-forward beer for a change rather than the hop-dominated brews that have become so prominent.

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Photo of theBubba
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The good— I got these 1 pint cans for 2 bucks a four pack.
The bad— Well not really bad, but not great. Tiny head, minimal lace, and a taste that reminds me of today's Becks (brewed here) but with a tad more bite.

So if you like a German lager...then go for it, especially at fifty cents a 16 oz. can. At a premium price, forget it. There's better out there.

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