Burnin' Helles | Anheuser-Busch

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Missouri, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mcallister on 08-03-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of xare
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Figured I'd finally transfer my notes before this beer became permanently locked. As I recall, this was the result of some consumer vote for an Ohio-specific beer to be brewed by Anheuser-Busch specifically for Ohio. It had a very cool tap handle of flames going around some hop vines encasing a pint of golden beer.

Took me a while but I finally had it on tap at Frog Bear in Columbus, Ohio (had a few unsuccessful attempts repudiated when other bars were out of it).

Presented as a golden yellow beer with about an inch of foam that actually retained somewhat well. Very appetizing and I couldn't wait to dive into the beer.

Smell was like a macro lager - but with a touch of hops added... nothing outstanding that made me make note of it and nothing that really pops out in my memory.

Taste was actually rather nice for something with a lot of corn-based flavor in it. It was nice and full bodied, but what I remember the most was how hot it was.

Mouthfeel was decent - carbonated well, it was actually hot due to the ABV being so high (which I didn't know at the time).

Drinkability was average solely because after finishing the first beer, I was already sliding onto the floor. Would've had another if I could've.

All in all, wish they'd bring this one back - I was wondering what happened to it as I actually rather liked it and only got to guzzle it twice.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Flowing on tap in Steubenville, OH at a sports bar called Triple Play Cafe'...appears a deep clear golden with large creamy white head dwindles rather quickly leaving behind specks of scattered lacing. Aroma is sweet honey tinge with fruit namingly tart apples with some kind of malt liquor-esque qualities to it with no noble hop nose to be noticed. Flavor is overly sweet creamy light syrup tones and some mild apple fruit notes all and all doesn't vibe together many better helles or maibocks out there, it all makes more sense now at the time I was expecting a Helles Lager and it was really off at that style. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a bit of cloying syrupy texture higher carbonation pretty reminsicient of the Budweiser Brewmaster's Reserve in some regards with higher alcohol and fruit phenols, by the way not too smooth. Drinkability...I will definitely have to pass the only highlight of this beer was it's price during happy hour 2 bucks b/c I would have been pissed at the 4 or 5 dollar price tag I was expecting. Cool tap handle colorful and burnin' symbol wrapped in hop vines, nice touch. Plus there were a few posters up around the restaurant pushing people toward this one from their limited draft offerings of Miller Lite, Coors Light, Guinness, Sam Adams, Blue Moon, and Burnin' Helles.

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Photo of plrooney
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer will not impress you much with its appearance, smell or mouthfeel. All would be considered average. Didn't have much of a distinctive smell or other noticabe charateristics. It did however taste pretty darn good. Sweet yet with a hoppy tang and alcohol kick at the end, it was a very drinkable beer, so I had more than a couple. I may be grading on a curve since I was surpised it was an AB product, but just the same, its a good beer.

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Photo of GimpyCane
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at Texas Roadhouse last night and I was not so impressed. Golden hue with a white head that left very little lacing. Light in body with a very lively carbonation such as champagne. The initial taste began with a sweet fruit undertone that was short lived. However and much to my surprise after letting rest to room temp. a hint of alcohol was present followed by a light hoppy/bitter taste. IMO, AB should stick to there basics Bud, Bud Light, and etc. Leave the different style to microbrewerys.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stuff is not bad for an Anheuser-Busch brew, really it isn't. Is slightly hoppy and creamy. Mouthfeel is full, a medium bodied brew with, I'd say, the same capacity as Flying Dog's Heller Hound. Too bad it is hard to find, but I found some at a local pub and was pleased to try it. Left some nice lacing and was fairly cheap.

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Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ohio spoke, I must say very well done. I actually voted for the Helles. (ok, and the red)
I had thisone in the little town of Landeck, Ohio.
They served it in a very cool, "Burnin Helles" tulip glass.

It had a nice golden caramel color, yes, if compaired to apple juice. The head was egg-shell white, about half an inch and even maintained itself well. Lace, not much if at all. Carbonation was suttle. No fizz and little glass activity.

The aroma was malty and brown sugar like.
The taste was good. Malty, sweet, brown sugar, caramel and alcohol. Alittle hop at the back aids a nice balance. The 7% adds a alcohol background that helps keep that sweet base under-control.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and soft. The 7% dosen't hinder the drinkability but only adds to it. Its soft and suttle and goes down easy.

I was pleased!!

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at AleFest Dayton: Well the beer drinkers of Ohio have spoken and this is the result. Dark golden color with a thin white head that does not last. Minimal lacing too. The aroma is difficult to detect, but there is a bit of malt in there. Light-bodied and clean with mild malt and fruit flavors. The finish is short and sweet. While I can appreciate what A-B is trying to do here, the execution leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of klewis
2.05/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

on-tap at Arnie's, Akron, OH 8/25/06

I guess I'm the first to slam this one...

A: Pours a clear apple juice color with no head. No lacing at all.

S: Very little. Perhaps it was the environment, but I couldn't get enough aroma to be descriptive.

T: Unbalanced with a sickeningly sweet taste and medicinal/chemical aftertaste that reminded me of artificial sweeteners. You could probably buy a pint of Bud, dump in a few packets of Sweet n Low, and come out with something that tastes a lot like this beer.

M: Light bodied, but strangely syrupy and sticky. Saturated with ultra-fine carbonation, the texture was a bit abrasive on the tongue.

D: I choked all of this one down, so it wasn't undrinkable, but when put against a German Helles, this one falls WAY short. I won't be drinking this one again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Nicholson's Pub in downtown Cincinnati durring the Beer & Sweat Pub Crawl. Had no idea that A-B produced this beer. Shows that they are capable of making good beer when they want to. An expected copper / orange color with brilliant clarity, ample carbonation, and fluffy head retention that falls just short of great. Smells faint of caramel malts and balanced aromatic hops with a slight bready / yeasty note. Tastes mimich the aromas, but with greater bready, caramel flavors. Very clean tasting with very light esters and a caramel apple lightness. Alcohols become a little minty. Finishes very clean with a hint of caramel malt, light bread, and mint. Refreshing and clean, just a little light on character.

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Photo of zsk
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on Tap at Clancy's in Dayton. Golden color, thick, white, frothy head with moderate lacing. Good mouthfeel and smooth. A little sweet, but not too much for style. Very refreshing and very enjoyable. I applaud A-B for trying new styles. I like this one.

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Photo of mcallister
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper with yellowish gold highlights. Frothy white head with good retention. Sticky lace left behind.

Nice flowery aromas with a complex maltiness. Some earthy hop aromas also. With hints of fruit.

Very good, refreshing, slightly carbonated full mouthfeel. A very balanced Helles with thick chewy malt and a flower hopity bite on the long and gentle finish. Easy to drink.

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Burnin' Helles from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 11 ratings