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California Über Helles | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Helles

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hopped exclusively with Falconer’s Flight hops and lagered for five weeks. Brewed in collaboration with Terry Hawbaker of Pizza Boy Brewing Co.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewpub

Hazy, golden-amber pour, with a frothy white head that retained well and laced the glass. Caramel malts in the nose with a nice balance of grassy hops. More hoppy than you'd expect for the style, perhaps. Taste is crisp and grassy, mellow fruity sweetness with a touch of honey, bready, caramel malts, slightly bittering hop finish. Light-medium body and super drinkable. For a style I don't frequently drink, I could easily throw back a few of these in a session. Then again, it's not your typical helles.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the growler into a tasting goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: This one is a bit hoppy, but there is a strong herbal presence along with the hops. The malt is just a bit fruity.

Taste: Sweet up front from the malt but then the herbal and citrus peel hops show up and boy are then nice. The finish is bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with lots of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a nice hopped up beer, but there was a good amount going on behind the bitterness. My first beer from Tired Hands but it won't be my last.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty trails of lace down parts of the glass. This version is a little darker than the Pizza Boy version, probably from the direct fire system.

S - Smells of pale malt, pungent grassy hops and a dash of tropical fruit. The hops are not shy in this one. Very nice nose from start to finish. It compares quite favorably to its sister beer.

T - Stars off with an intense grassy hop bite slowly giving way to some chewy pale malt and dulled tropical fruit. Finish is a little chewy with plenty of lingering bitterness. Almost identical here as well, maybe a small difference in overall feel in favor of this version.

M - Medium-Light body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, slightly chewy feel with plenty of bitterness. This version possesses the superior feel, it is just a touch smoother.

O - I am a sucker for these hoppy lagers so I really like both of these versions. It is very easy to consume yet still very flavorful. I do like the Tired Hands version by the slightest of margins, because of its smoother more rounded taste/feel.

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California Über Helles from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 35 ratings