Helles | Camba Bavaria

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Camba Bavaria

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by boddhitree on 09-10-2013

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Reviews by Bierman9:
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3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was gifted this 0.5l bottle from BA Jamesw on my most recent visit to Deutschland in September. Has a "best by" date of 25JAN14. Just getting around to trying it now...

Popped the swing-top and poured it all into an imperial nonic pint glass. Color is a light golden, straw-like hue. It is a bit hazy, and carbo present is scattered and lazy. The head is a fine and thin layer of white bubbles, with some decent lacing. The aroma is a bit crackery and bready, with some light hopping present. Seems quite typical for the style. Body is a good medium, with minimal prickle present.

Flavor has some light sweetness, with a solid base of crackery malt with a bit of bread dough thrown in. Hopping is a smidge on the grassy side, with a hint of spiciness thrown in. This is a solid rendition of the style. Also, it's a nice change of pace from the myriad Imperial Stouts and DIPAs I've had lately... Thnx Iain!! Prosit!

3.99/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color is a very light orange, not quite bronze as advertised, but hints of red, too. It's slightly cloudy, not crystal clear, but it's still virtually transparent. I actually expected more cloudiness with what a big deal the website made of it.

The aroma is very malty, mostly Pils malts but additionally lots Münchner or roasted malts, which is quite unusual in a Helles. It's thick, as you'd expect, lovely mouthfeel as all Camba beers have exhibited.

The front has a tad tartness, the middle dry and full of malt flavor and some bitterness, but not sweetness. In back is where all the fun starts. You basically getting a Märzen-light here, by which I mean a lower slightly lower alcohol (0.7% less) and toned down München malts with extra Pils malts thrown in for balance. If they'd called it a Märzen, I'd believe it. It'd be a really weak Märzen, lacking in the malt bon bon flavor, but I imagine if Warsteiner made a Märzen, this'd be it. Nonetheless, it's got more bitterness in the back, too. I taste a slight grassiness of Noble hops. Overall, it's either a VERY-Märzen-light or a Müchner-malt infused Helles. It's not at all like a normal Helles, IMO, though it has the dryness and slightly more bitterness up front and in the middle. It's really, really good, verging on WOW, but what holds it back is it's almost too similar to the Märzen style. I wish they'd kept the Müchner maltiness, added more Pils like they've done, but slightly amp the Noble hops to give it more of a Helles character.

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Helles from Camba Bavaria
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 4 ratings