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German Helles
Ranked #43
Ranked #22,327
3.83 | pDev: 8.88%
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Helles Lager brewed exclusively with German Pilsner malt and hopped with a blend of our favorite domestic varietals. Lagered for many dark moons. Brewed in "collaboration" with our Executive Chef, Billy Braun.
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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of jhavs
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of EMV
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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...

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
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.
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of Sir_DrinksAtHome
3.87/5  rDev +1%
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!

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Photo of ssato27
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of FFFjunkie
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of bobv
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of Ri0
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy straw-yellow pour, frothy white head. Bready aroma, light hops, lager yeast. Pretty much all you'd expect from the style. About the same in the taste, but with a signature TH grassy hoppiness that is perhaps more than would be typically present in other Helleses. Light and easily drinkable. So basically, very good for a style I normally don't like.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Traded for this a while back on the Other Half line and with a date of 5/4 on the bottom of the can, I had to get around to this as soon as possible. Most of the beers that I've had or sampled from Tired Hands were either Milkshake offerings or full of hops but this one was on that level as this was good a domestic example of this style that I've ever had, down to the near-session amount of alcoholic content present.

The pour to this was what I expected, as the beer had a bright and slightly golden hue, extremely rocky head, and a subtle haze to it. Not of lacing was left behind as I worked my way though this but there were a few well-defined rings that were pleasing to behold. Nice, bright grass and the German malt that felt like bread were in the nose with grain, sour grass, German-tasting hops, and some herbal notes in there as well. Not overly bright or overly dull, this had great balance to it. Might be some lemon zest underneath all of this but this felt juicy enough from the underlying citrus that it left behind a nice slickness of my mouth. That was accompanied by a medium body, and just enough carbonation to keep the flavors from being too overbearing.

A good amount of alcohol here ensured that this would be easy to enjoy though I didn't have another can of this to enjoy later on. Not a lot of examples of this beer could be found on a local shelf but with something this good available in this neck of this woods, why look too hard? This was enjoyable and balanced, as any nicely brewed Munich Helles Lager should be. Would love to give this another go!

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Photo of thebeers
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazed pale yellow color with a blue-green hue to it, effervescent, with three fingers of sudsy white head that lasts. Wonderful aroma of floral hops, biscuity malt and a slight fruitiness far behind like honeydew and papaya. Considerably lighter tasting, with both the hop and malt profile more muted. There's also a slight metallic tinge in the aftertaste and a pretty dry finish. Full, pillowy mouthfeel -- sort of like a watery hefeweizen. With just a tad more malt and hop bitterness this could be amazing, but it seems a little lacking as is.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can purchased at the brewery.

Pours a foggy straw color with a medium frothy white head. Leaves some decent lacing but the head is gone in seconds. Not a good looking beer.

The aroma is grainy and slightly metallic. On the back end there's some subtle lemon zest and grass.

The taste belays the nose and provides a good flavor. I get doughy, sweet bread up front, as well as some lemon. The finish is subtly spicy from the hops.

The feel is light bodied with relatively light carbonation. Despite this, the beer manages to be crisp and refreshing and not watery at all.

Overall, a pretty good lager. It has a pretty ugly appearance and the aroma leaves a lot to be desired, but the flavors are nice and while the feel isn't as carbonated as expected, it still manages a nice crispness as it goes down. Great beer for the warmer months.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this can courtesy of tenderbranson69, thanks Bro!

The color is a yellowish lightly hazed liquid with visible carbonation and slightly green hue with thick white head and fine bead with lace ringlets that stick. The smell is fruity with a lemony/herbal hop aroma and mild yeast ester with a slight malt aroma and subtle mineral accent. The feel is very good -nicely balanced malt with hop bitterness that is not in excess and the sweetness is mild with a semi-dry finish.

The taste is of a young lager -a little green but it is Tired Hands so that is to be expected with a fresh herbal hop flavor in the initial taste with slight yeast and malt that has a lightly sweet flavor. There is a lemony aspect with subtle grass in the back and for the most part this is a refreshing golden brew that is a fairly good representation of the style with an American take as far as hop flavor

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy dull golden yellow. Off white head fades quickly. Strange seeing such a cloudy lager, but they are known for a cloudy IPA or two. Some light minerality and a touch of sulfur in the scent. Spic and earthy noble hop like characteristics.

Taste is similar, o the scent. Less or maybe no sulfur in the taste. More significant mineral like qualities. Doughy malt taste. Finishes with a spicy assertive hop presence. Mild astringent finish. Lighter carbonation than I would have expected. On the lower side of medium. Lighter bodied, but not as light as a traditional Helles. It's an ugly beer to be honest, but has an enjoyable and unique flavor and aroma.

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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 97 ratings