Fresh As Helles | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
The soft citrus of orange blossom adds a bright accent to the slightly sweet honey malt notes in this Helles lager, leading to a round, smooth finish.

IBU: 18

Added by russpowell on 12-22-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,530
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
450
pDev:
11.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
134
Trade:
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Ratings: 450 |  Reviews: 145
Photo of DigitGrowler
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RozzieBoy
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Darker golden, light carbonation with thin off-white head. Minimal lacing.
S - Light breaststroke malt
T - Follows nose.
T - Smooth and medium bodied. Very nice.
O - Enjoyable, pretty easy drinking beer. Liked it.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Single bought at Liquor Shed.

It pours a clear light gold with an inch of foam and good lacing.

It smells of oranges, sweet and cracker malt.

Taste is of oranges, sweet malt, crackers, hints of pine which make this an easy drinker. Pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of arizcards
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up as part of a mixed 12 pack for $14.99. Best before April 2018.

Beer poured golden with a tinge of orange, nice white head that has some good hang time.

Nose has a touch of orange weaved in with a primarily malt forward aroma, nicely played.

Taste is crackers with a nice touch of orange. Finish is a tad on the sweet side and could use some balance.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and refreshing.

Overall this is a nice little refreshing beer, good change of pace.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clean golden amber with a light head of off-white suds and no lace.

Aroma: Malty with hints of fruit but not much of the orange blossom.

Taste: Enjoyable light and malty lager here, with a hint of orange fruitiness underneath. Decent, if subtle and forgettable overall.

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Photo of beergoot
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, deep golden body; thin yet lasting head. Caramel and fresh bread aroma. The taste mirrors the aroma; some subtle hop bitterness. Medium body; warm.

An all-around, solid and tasty beer. It delivers some lager smoothness with a dash of ale warmth and flavor.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Coloring is medium-tarnished orange, with a very good clarity, a bit darker then i expected per style. Large building billowy white head forms and lapses after a moderate rate of stay. Nice covering still persists. The carbonation factor is very light, very loosely dense, but rises at a relatively quick pace. A nice film coating ensures on the vessel.

S: Good sense of the orange blossoms on the opening aroma, very fresh, aromatic, floral with some underlying notes of citrusy-grapefruit. Some definitions of hop spiciness adds a nice zing and spring feel, spicy, bright, very spring and Saaz like. Nice fruitiness, for a helles style has a strong aromatic presence.

T: The flavor had a very crisp nature, lemony-orange blossom, and grapefruit with a good orange floral touch. Fresh grains, breakfast fruit, melon, and cantaloupe with an apple-lager like yeastiness bite. A really nice finish expresses the strong nature of the orange blossoms with a fresh and vibrant nature, spicy, floral and perfumy, with some tulips, honey-suckle and orange blossoms with a crisp lager bite. Clean and and sharp nature, touch of apple yeastiness, with some sweet honeymalt.

M: Good crispness, honey like feel, lager bite with some bubbly sensation. Orange blossom expression coming on the swallow with a light dry grain finish.

O: Overall Sam Adams was my gateway beer, like so many others, and they tend to make very refined, clean drinking pub beers for the masses. This is a nice twist on the helles style, a very clean grain bill and brewing technique, with some added sauciness and spiciness of american hops and floral orange blossoms adds flavor and a very spring like feel. A very enjoyable beer that is multiple worthy by all accounts, very cleanly brewed, high crispness factor, and fills a void in the spring time offering of beers with orange blossom notes that is bright and spicy adding american influence with a great german malt backbone.

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Photo of Giggy
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before June 2018
1" white sudsy head on top of a deep golden, clear lager...plenty of visible carbonation.
Big, sweet oranges in the nose. Citrus and soft malt.
Light. Pleasant orange blossom flavors. Honey sweetness?
Soft, soft mouthfeel, dry finish. Perceived low carbonation. Quick and clean.
Easy to drink, bordering on crushable but probably not a Helles?

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Photo of ibanez2k
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shelby415
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DingusKhann
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very nice to look at, its amber color and and pale head are very similar, nearly identical in fact, to other Sam Adams lagers. The truly delightful aspect of this beer is it's bright fruitiness. The bright flavors definitely hide behind this beers appearance. When first cracked the sweet scent of orange mingles with hoppy undertones. This parallels the beer's flavors. The flavor of the orange is not overpowering, yet the fruits sweetness cuts through the spiciness of the hops. The mouth feel is thin with moderate carbonation; a good balance in my opinion. This beer would pair well with spicy foods, such as Mexican or Asian foods. The sweet fruitiness will contrast well with the spice.

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Photo of Deano_53
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hairnic
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Paul_Apsley
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Magnus_Yeflwulf
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a bright and light lager, as it should be. The addition of orange blossom is noticeable on the burp. A very refreshing brew.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rfgetz
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a willibecker glass. Pours a lovely, translucent copper with a loose, 1/8th inch bright white head. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in-solution. Nose expresses notes of orange blossoms and bread yeast. Taste follows nose with the addition of a kiss of honey. Finishes with light, bready notes and a slight cloying sweetness. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation. Not a bad beer; however, I prefer a cleaner flavor profile for the style.

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Photo of zaraspook
2.57/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Skabiski
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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Fresh As Helles from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 450 ratings