#008 Ol' Reliable
Wisconsin Brewing Co.

#008 Ol' Reliable#008 Ol' Reliable
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German Helles
3.57 | pDev: 13.73%
Wisconsin Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
#008 Ol' Reliable#008 Ol' Reliable
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

That's what I call my di--I mean, my gun, my gun. Yeah. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of bone foam. The nose comprises mild barley and a hint of flowery grass. The taste brings in more of the same, everything coming through a half-touch bolder, and a bit of sourdough being added for the sake of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this beer was marketed as being a simple, inexpensive, go-to option for the craft segment. I can sorta see some success in my glass, but only if "simple" and "go-to" equate to "bland", "boring", and "forgettable". I wouldn't turn down another bottle if one were offered me, but this will likely never be a purposeful revisit for me, let alone my go-to.

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Photo of Ottoj55
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Just a well made Munich style lager. Looks nice, yellow, nice head. Smells like sweet bready malt, tastes like a classic crisp lager. Very thrist quenching, easy drinking. Just a well made simple beer.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Light gold, a hint of red. Clear. Short, moderately persistent white head.
S - Bready sweet pale malt. A little fruit.
T - Light. A little drier than suggested by the aroma. Mainly pale malt - bread, biscuit. A little spice in the finish.

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Photo of dhannes
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Perfect Pint--

L=Nice foamy white head--about 3 fingers--that lasted a minute plus; color was nice golden yellow, but perhaps a bit too light.

S=Malt with hints of herbal and sweetness (yeah, it smelled sweet...like corn syrup?).

T=Nice malted barley taste--bread/biscuit, but with an herbal whiff, and a bit of sweetness. Comparable to better AAL's, but more flavor and less corn taste.

F=Very drinkable; light carbonation, but a tad too sweet.

O=I haven't had this style in awhile, but this is a very tasty lager--a session and gateway beer; Kirby meant to design this beer to compete with AAL's and he succeeded. This is a good spring/summer beer with food that I will likely purchase again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours straw yellow with a fluffy white head.

The smell is of sulfur/lime ("Euro-skunk"-like), some grain.

The taste is of sweet grain, some sulfur, some yeast, a noble hop touch in the finish.

It is light and relatively crisp.

Seems more like a Euro Pale Lager than a classic Munich Helles. It's easy enough to drink.

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Photo of twb0392
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite american made helles(I think it is better than surley hell). Pale yellow and crisp with a bready maltiness. Tastes like some of the better German examples.

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Photo of Chaz
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant pale golden in color, topped with a large / voluminous shock-white head. Head drops slowly and leaves some nice lacing behind. Looks good so far.

Nose is definitely sweet and malt-focused, but with enough classic Bavarian / Noble hop character in the background. Some classic and light fruity esters, too.

Very dry and well-balanced on the first sip, with a great lingering hop bitterness. Hop character is also lightly floral and herbal, but in no sense in the forefront. Light tanginess.

Very, very evenly balanced, with much less sweetness than the nose would suggest. Dry, almost as dry as a classic (Munich / Bavarian) Pils, but with much less hop character.

Very smooth drinker, and with a lighter mouthfeel. "Session"-able.

After a few days of drinking only domestic and "Craft-brewed Helles-style lagers, I think that I'm legitimately impressed with this one!

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Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%

Finally got my hands on some of #008. A style rarely brewed, or brewed well, by any American brewery -- micro or otherwise. Also one of my favorite styles -- kind of excited due to pedigree.

A -- Clear, pale gold with a very dense, tall, off-white head that holds up very nicely.

S -- Big, yeasty -- bready malts.

T -- Bready malts up front that blend into a lightly fruity, DMS character from malts and fermentation, then back to a crackery, bready flavor and finishing with dry, lightly spicy bitterness. A lingering mix of vague fruitiness and spicy hops in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light body.

O -- This beer hits me as an interesting balance between Kölsch and Helles. The mellow fruitiness through the flavor profile makes me think Kölsch, but the great nose and wonderful mouthfeel remind me of Munich. Not quite spot-on to Helles style, but a nice rendition and closer than you might find this side of the Rhine.

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#008 Ol' Reliable from Wisconsin Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 56 ratings