Permutation Series #65: Helles
Trillium Brewing Company

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3.65 | pDev: 13.7%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Permutation is our experimental series of small batch offerings, showcasing the unique visions and innovative concepts developed by our brewing and cellar crew.

#65 is the next glimpse into our traditional lager program - a helles tailor-made for big mugs seated around a communal table. The beer pours dark yellow, bordering on amber, with a crisp shine to it. Aromas of bread dough, freshly cut lemon and a touch of biscuit drift over the fluffy white head. On the palate expect flavors of toasted bread, barley and an underlying bright floral note. A medium body and minimal bitterness make Permutation 65 a refreshing homage to German tradition.

MALT: Pilsner Malt, Carahell, Melanoidin, Acidulated Malt

HOPS: Hallertau Magnum, Hallertau Mittelfruh
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 8 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by ManapuaMan:
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Honey gold pour with sparkling clarity. Nice looking brew.

Toast, dough, lemon and a drop of honey sweetness.

Light, bright and crisp. Lacks depth but makes it with drinkability if that’s your preferred balance. Very light in body with a cereal-like aspect on the backend.

Nov 27, 2018
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Jason from Massachusetts

2.77/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery.

Beautiful looking beer, great clarity with a decent looking white head. Smells and tastes of grainy DMS, not as bad as one of the Pilsners I had from them but its there. There is also this underlying, almost metallic, twang. Not sure where they were taking this brew but its not close to what a Helles is IMO. Hoping they can work this beer out.

Nov 07, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler from the source.

Pours sparkling clear copper with a thin head and zero retention or lacing. Toasted bread dough with a hint of honey in the nose. Medium bodied with a slightly chewy mouthfeel. Doughy malt on the palate with a light sweetness. Finishes with Honey-drizzled malt.

Decent Helles but not too memorable.

Nov 16, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks great and smells pretty good, but that's about it. Lots of dough and lemon drop candy with honey.

The flavor is definitely lacking. Slightly metallic, and very oily for a lager.

Not horrible, but needs a lot of work.

Nov 20, 2018
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Prost76 from New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 29, 2018
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Fettpopps from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 10, 2018
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 19, 2018
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

light, crisp, lemony, bread crust

Oct 30, 2018
Permutation Series #65: Helles from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 8 ratings