Helles Belles | The Tap Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by IBUnit63 on 07-15-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by IBUnit63:
Photo of IBUnit63
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clocking in at 26 IBUs, straight from The Tap into a pint glass...

Tight, almost bluish head that's about a single finger. Moderate head retention is good, as is tight lacing. Light honey chartreuse color. Very clean - crystal clear, almost.

I think the hops are Saaz but I could be wrong - either way, they balance very nicely with the raw Pilsener-ish malt. Almost a little pear or melon note on deep background - maybe something with a little more acidity, but still clean. Honeydew...yeah, that's it! Crisp, spritely and refreshing.

Nicely fresh grains have a raw quality to them that balances the Saaz-ish bite very well. Little bounce in the step - solid, crisp finish.

Much more mellow palate feel than others I've sampled - tight Saaz with only a mild drop of silage. Malt balances nicely and gives this a good straw-like quality with a dry, bouncy finish.

For the style this is very nicely done. Drinks very quickly and overall shows great balance and cleanliness. Solid.

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Photo of Sammy
2.86/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. A light bitterness but not one of the better beers on this beer vacation. Light yellow colour, lacey, however beerish taste and aroma. Less than average mouthfeel, carbonation is appropriate. A decent, light lager, and some days that will do the trick.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bukowski's Back Bay.
Light pale malt flavors. Extremely similar to a Pilsner. Some light amount of sour fruits in the nose which also carries to the flavor. A spicy hop character finishes out this one. A nice transition from an early light malt and fruity start to a spicy tart finish. Tasty beer at a good Boston area bar.

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Photo of smcolw
3.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow gold and clear. Decent head that settles to rim bubbles. Some spotty lace.

The smell reminds me of a macro lager with a good dose of adjunct grains.

Raw barley grain flavor. Very dry. Thin bodied with a high carbonation. Like the smell, this brew comes close to macro-lager except for plentiful peppery biting hop bitter finish.

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Photo of Rekrule
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Mullen2525
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Helles Belles from The Tap Brewing Company
3.31 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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