Helles Other People
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Style:
Lager - Helles
Ranked #53
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
86
Ranked #23,548
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 8.59%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
107
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Tired Hands Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: Brewed with 100% German Pilsner malt and hopped lightly with Hallertau Mittelfrüh. Fermented with our house lager yeast and cold conditioned for five weeks before its release. Refined and eminently crushable. Brewed in "collaboration" with our Executive Chef, Billy Braun.
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FBarber from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw color. Nice thick three finger head dissolves really quickly and ultimately leaves no residual head on the beer. Some partial film covers the top of the beer, but not completely. Minimal lacing is left on the glass. Aroma has rich dominant notes of sweet bread, with some light grain-y notes, and just a fleeting whiff of spicy hops on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with notes of sweet malts, white fresh baked bread, a hint of grannies underneath the beer giving way to a slight spicy hop note on the back end. Its very nicely put together and works well - I do think its a bit hoppy for a helles, but thats a minor quibble - this is still one of the top few American brewed helles I've had. Feel is light but chewy and doughy. Easy drinking, crisp with vibrant carbonation.

Overall a lovely helles - I am really impressed with Tired Hands' lagers - all of the ones I have had have been outstanding, and this was no exception.

Nov 13, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a narrow collar around the edge of the glass and lots of specks of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light aromas of grassy and spicy hops are present in the nose along with notes of biscuit malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, with the hops contributing a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I this beer wasn't overly hoppy or malty and was very easy to drink.

Serving type: can

Oct 21, 2020
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can, canned on 8/19/2020. Picked up from St. Oner's.

Brilliantly clear and pale gold in color. Large, frothy head that hangs around for a while. A really nice looking Helles here.

Grainy malt aroma with plenty of grass and earth from the hops. The flavor is a little heavy on the malt. Something about the finish just doesn't totally agree with me. It's clean but a little too dry and not soft enough. Medium bodied with a sticky texture.

Overall, this is a solid Helles but the finish holds it back from being an excellent version of the style. It's a difficult style to nail down. All of the parts are there though, and with some minor tweaks this could really be something special.

Sep 07, 2020
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dmacxxl from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour down the middle yields a small but thick and frothy head that dissipates quickly.

Straw colored and clear enough to read Hemmingway through.

Nose is earthy, spicy, sulfur.

Just a clean crisp balanced lager with a hint of earthy funk

Jun 18, 2020
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with just a touch of haze that clarified as this warmed up. Poured with a moderate, creamy, bright white foam with excellent retention clean pilsner malt aroma with light crackery notes. No hop aromas. Medium light bodied with medium carbonation, a light smooth feel and crisp finish. Pilsner malt and bread crust flavors followed by light grainy notes. Medium light bitterness with light herbal notes and bready malt flavors to the end. Finished with a light crisp bite along with light bready and herbal notes. Malty, tasty, and refreshing.

Mar 01, 2020
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EMH73 from New York

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow with a quarter inch white head that left little lacing, ample visible carbonation. Smell is very grain/cereal forward, grass, honey and mild citrus. Taste follows the nose with additional notes of pear, lemon and rice. Light bodied, medium to high carbonation, slightly dry mouth feel, light bitterness.

Nov 26, 2019
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice looking Helles. Straw golden body, bubbles racing upwards throughout the near perfect clarity to support a pillowy bone white foam. Excellent retention and very respectable lacing.

Aroma is full of crushed cereal grains, a drop of honey, and a mellow, damp grassy finish.

Honey Nut Cheerios meets dried grass and rice cakes for a light, but full flavored beer.

Light carries on in the feel, with a crisp and bubbly presence. Starts sweet, ends slightly bitter, with a mineral water, even slightly metallic feel to it. I guess that might be better used as a flavor descriptor, cuz there's nothing "hard" about the actual feel.

This is a pretty damn good Helles. Ironically, I think the flavor is the weakest point if this beer, but the sum is as good, if not better than the individual parts.

Cheers and thanks again Arthur!

Nov 08, 2019
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jhavs from New York

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours completely clear, golden, frothy and active head is just off-white.
Head sticks around, but eventually settles into a thin layer of tiny bubbles with a thick and still foamy collar.

From appearance and first whiff I’m thinking lager. Aroma is grainy, cracker, but if I get my nose down in there I sense something floral and sweet.
Flavor is clean, lightly sweet, dry. I get a bit of classic AAL flavor, but with more depth. No big yeasty or doughy flavors. Clean malt.
Dry, moderate and crisp carbonation. Medium body.

Overall a clean and refreshing brew. I could see myself putting back a few of these after yard work. Or sitting on the beach.

Apr 15, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip. Consumed 2 weeks after canning.

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Clean toasted grains... light citrus and grassy hops.

T/F: Bready malts and some mild sweetness to start. Modest hop bitterness... herbal and light citrus hops. Grass and grains. Crisp and clean. Smooth carbonation.

O: An outstanding Helles Lager. It's a hard style to make exciting, but they do a great job on the style. A light enough beer that you could crush it all day with great flavor.

Apr 01, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

really tasty helles, a professionally done example of the style, not overly cleaned up which i like, well refined without being sterile, it has a little rustic charm and i could drink a fair few of these pretty happily, but it was also the least compelling of the four beers i had from these guys in a recent session, which is more to say how adventurous and great those all were rather than how lackluster this is, sometimes its just hard to get overly excited about a simple lager, nice as this is. a touch of haze, pale yellow, frothy and lacy white head. aroma of german pils malt and lager yeast, simple as can be, but really flavorful with a pretty robust hop complexion for the style, even dry hoppy maybe, with a soft citrus and grassy finish, a hint of cracked pepper, and a dry cereal layer to smooth it out. i like the yeast, the crispness this has, and the drinkability, which is extremely high. i adore the earthiness of it, the freshness, and the brightness, and could pick this out of a crowd after just one pint. another great beer from these guys, they dont seem to ever miss...

Oct 20, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 7/2/18.

Pours hazy straw-yellow with a short-lived head of white and minimal retention. Cut grass, proofing dough, and a hint of corn in the nose. Light to medium bodied with a crisp, slightly tacky mouthfeel. Honey-drizzled malt on the palate with a balancing bitterness and some fresh bread. Finishes clean, crisp, and a bit sweet.

Tasty and quenching, just not very memorable.

Sep 07, 2018
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2018-07-08 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz canned on 2018-07-02 picked up at the brewery's General Store.

A - Fairly-clear straw-gold with a 1-finger white head an mild lace.

S - Very traditional with plenty of Pils malt, honey, grassy and floral spice.

T - Fresh sourdough bread, pear and lemon, honey, grassy/metallic spice. Mildly bitter in a balanced way.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Smooth. Refreshing. It'd be easy to have a couple of these.

O - A tasty Helles. I wasn't expecting a fairly traditional take on the style but was pleased when it turned out to be so. I've had a lot of Helles beers from various brewers in the last two months and this one holds up well. I didn't get the white grape flavor I get in some Helles; for example Weihenstephaner Original. The mild sourdough flavor in this beer is akin to Sixpoint's Alpenflo Helles although this one is a bit more bitter in the finish.

Jul 08, 2018
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AgentMunky from New York

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Willie Becher glass. Canned 29 March 2018. One of the few beers I've purchased on the strength of name alone.
3.25/2.5/3/4/3.25
Pale and fizzy with light head.
Sweet malt, slight sulfur.
Pretty boring, straightforward lager with no metal or sulfur to combat the grainy sweetness that dominates the taste. Not too cloying, and a light bite at the end to balance things slightly, but the carbonation helps the most.
Bright and quenching. Very drinkable.
A good example of the style, but not the best or most interesting beer.

Apr 08, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty straightforward beer, but totally fine. Malt is crisp & dry, you get some vienna malt and the adjacent flavors but it is just lacking oomph to push it to the next level.

Feb 25, 2018
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Sir_DrinksAtHome from Florida

3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a transparent straw with a small 1 finger head.

Smells of cut grass, straw and hops.

Taste is fresh and light, slight bit of hops and a citrus.

Good mouth feel with medium carbonation.

Overall I'm not a fan of lagers but this was a good helles. Very refreshing and I could see myself smashing several of h se by the pool. I would search this out again, well done Tired Hands Brewing!

Jan 01, 2018
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ssato27 from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A bit typical but great helles. Slightly metallic but solid Pilsner maltiness. Typical Tired hands softness lend to a helles that feels fuller and rich. Not overly complex but solid.

Nov 01, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

on draft in a shaker pint

clear golden color, white head. aroma is grainy sweetness. flavor is okay, pilsner malt, slightly sweet. thin to medium bodied. okay, but not appreciably better than other PA-brewed Helles lagers.

Oct 14, 2017
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FFFjunkie from Illinois

3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look is a bit very transparent golden straw. Pours with a half finger of bubbly white head.

Aroma is grain and mostly that of other lagers.

Taste is grains, some light hops and some peel of lemon and/or orange.

Feel is soft and smooth upfront with a crisp finish.

Overall honestly the only lager I've had yet that I would actually purchase and drink it again. Obviously I'm not a lager fan by any stretch of the inagination.

Aug 20, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy straw color with thin white cap that dissipates to scattered bubbles.

Aroma - Grass, lemon, slightly spicy, sweet melon and some floral hops.

Taste - Bread, malts, light lemon zest, slightly bitter orange peel on the finish.

Feel - Light bodied, prickly carbonation with a little dry finish.

Overall - A pretty decent beer, light refreshing with some nice spicy aromas and a mixed fruity taste.

Aug 18, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy straw color with a bit of white foam. Aroma is grainy and lemony. Taste follows with the grainy note, mostly sweet but finishes with a nice hoppiness. Light to medium body, well carbonated. Overall it's a nice helles, refreshing and easy drinking.

Feb 04, 2017
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear golden body with a thin, soapy bone-white head. Aroma is similar to a pilsner with lemony notes and lots of fresh grass. Flavor matches, with lemony bread, hints of toast and fresh grass. Feel is quenching, refreshing, very drinkable. Really nice beer all around, awesome job.

Jan 20, 2017
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bobv from Vermont

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch head that drops down to a ring with sticky lacing after a few minutes. Nose of hay, dried grass, and a bit of spice. Taste follows with a little citrus as well. Rather thin and overall not bad.

Jan 13, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sparkling pale gold with a large foamy white head leaving fleeting layers of lace.

Smell is mixed spiced grains, bread, corn, grape, grass, with a hint of champagne and even a faint farmhouse element.

Taste is bright, tangy grass and lemon, with a bready finish. There is also a slightly bitter backbone of lettuce root, as well as sparkling white wine.

Feel is crisp, tangy, sparkling, and dry. I actually can't stop going back to it.

Jan 09, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can received in a recent trade.

This one pours a clear light straw yellow, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like slightly sweet bready malts, grassy and lemony hops, and slight honey sweetness.

This is a really solid domestic example of the style. The malt character is killer, spot on breadiness, slightly sweet, a bit doughy. The hop character is appropriately subdued, slightly grassy and lemony, with low bitterness.

This is light bodied, incredibly crisp and refreshing, with a good level of carbonation.

I really enjoyed this one- a surprisingly faithful rendition of the style.

Oct 26, 2016
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 16oz can into Pils glass. Pours a hazy bright golden orange with rising bubbles and 1.5 finger of white head which settles into a collar. A crisp and bready malt forward aroma with hints of grassy and spicy hops. The flavor is bready malt driven taste with a good amount of grassy, spicy hops. I want a bit more of the bready notes from a nice Pils malt. Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation that is crisp and clean. Enjoyable, but maybe add more malt and dial the hops back slightly.

Oct 18, 2016
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