California Über Helles | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

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.

Added by BARFLYB on 12-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 35
Photo of BARFLYB
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at The Brew Cafe in Ardmore. Brewed in collaboration with Terry Hawbaker of Pizza Boy Brewing Co.

Served in an 8oz portion, California Über Helles looks quite lighter than your average lager. This one has a light yellow glow to it with some faint gold specs shooting out. The head up top is bright white and lasting, some nice globs of stick on the way down, rising bubbles, much healthier looking than some Helles that I have had off tap and bottle. Being hopped exclusively with Falconer’s Flight hops this one has a grassy appeal with some faint tropic scents coming out, yet this remains earthy. Munich malt comes out and evens out the playing field giving off somewhat of a bready vibe. This style of beer is meant for easy drinking, this version is just maybe to drinkable, I finished my glass in no time at all. Hints of orange light grapefruit with some grassy taste not too large finished out with Munich Malt. The body is light the carb is tight and California Über Helles is more than alright. This is something I could take a growler to the head with no problem at all, and live to tell about it. This is Tired Hands 1st lager, I am glad it's winter as it's probably the only time when Jean and them can brew lagers as this was lagered out for about 5 weeks

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Photo of orangesol
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of xnicknj
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery

Pours hazy gold with a frothy, creamy white head resting on top. Leaves patches of lacing on the glass while drinking.

Grassy and fruity hoppiness in the nose. Bready and doughy with light fruit sweetness and a touch of caramel.

Crisp hops up front, grassy with notes of fruit. Pear, apple and light citrus, soft sweetness with nice malt profile. Doughy, toasted biscuit flavors and toasted grain. Dollop of caramel with a crisp, super refreshing finish.

Lighter medium body, evenly carbonated, creamy and smooth on the tongue. Extremely quaffable, nice balance, interesting hop flavors - I was admittedly psyched on this beer before I even know what the style was, and I'm really happy to see TH pull off a lager.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Finally a tired hands lager! Pours clear gold with a small and slowly settling head and tons of sticky lace. Surprisingly hoppy aroma, full of citrus fruits and fresh cut grass. Flavor also well hopped, again with citrus and grass but also a gentle biscuit malt character. Nicely dry in the finish.

Medium light bodied, smoothly carbonated, perhaps a bit less crisp than a traditional lager, but so fresh, tasty, and incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for sharing.

The beer is golden and clear with a small white head. The aroma offers hops, light pine and floral notes. Nice flavor. Highly drinkable. Lingering hop and floral toes. Light to medium bodied. Another tasty brew from Tired Hands.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.97/5  rDev -5%
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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California Über Helles from Tired Hands Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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