Fresh As Helles | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Fresh As HellesFresh As Helles
BA SCORE
3.62/5
354 Ratings
Fresh As HellesFresh As Helles
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:
#35,728
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
354
pDev:
11.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
99
Trade:
0
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Photo of C_Adams
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of smithj4
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear with a slight haze, golden color with low activity. Tight foamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with decent legs and swirl effect. Flavors of caramel, sweet grains, algae, fish sauce, and floral hops. Slick medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Light strength finish, grainy with soft vegetal hops, soft butterscotch and attenuated lager yeast. Salt and sea profile. Highly accessible. Good freshness but a bit bland. Nothing special nor stellar to note. Overall below average quality craft.

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Photo of Corson
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Poured into a lager glass, the appearance was a glossy transparent yellow sort of color with quickly dissipating little white foamy head that left some sliding spotty lace.
The aroma had the normal amount of bready malts from a Munich Helles lager with a slight earthy to grassy refined hop bottom. Then some sweet "orange blossom."
The flavor was moderately sweet through the prior mentioned aromas and all seemed to come together nicely in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Finish was somewhat sticky, but not cloying, it was sweet.
Overall, Sam Adams still has their stuff despite what some people might say. I'd have this again preferably with some food.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewAskew
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up a permanent head that laces and lasts. Color is hazy gold orange. Aroma is mild and citrus/floral, slightly like a witbier. Flavor is a clean helles lager on the maltysweet side with some herbal tanginess from the blossoms. Tasty and unique variation on the style.

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Photo of DreamDeath
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Busajus
1.54/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Coronaeus
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pootz
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: poured a light amber lager with a modest white cap in the flute. Aromas of cereals, bread, some light citrus and pungent floral-herbaceous notes. Light bodied but satisfying, well attenuated. Flavor has a balanced mix of bready malts and herbaceous-citrus tones in the front - lightly bitter but dry-citrus finish. You get light hints of honey at the finish from the malts and the Manderina hops. A very decent judiciously flavored Munich-styled helles - great patio sipping

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PorterPro125
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 355 mL Bottle

L- Pours a pale golden topped by a 1/4 finger white cap. Fairly decent enough retention and light lacing.

S- Has an almost soapy aroma, similar to that of Hoegaarden. Not particularly bad, just not what I was expecting based on the bottle description.

T- Malt dominant flavour profile. Sweet malty flavour that is balanced nicely with a floral hoppiness. No indication of the citrus that the bottle description speaks of.

F- Light-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Exactly what I expect for a Helles.

O- Overall, Fresh as Helles is a pretty average Munich Helles Lager. The only thing that is particularly lacking here is the aroma. Perhaps it is a freshness issue (although my bottle is not past it's "drink by"), but I did not get any of the "orange blossom" that I was supposed to be getting.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.2/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a medium white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet cereal notes with light buttery notes is OK. Taste is a refreshing mix of sweet cereal notes with some subtle buttery notes and light floral undertones. Body si about average for style with good carbonation. Enjoyable but maybe a tad sweeter then I was expecting.

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Photo of rangerred
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 57md
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with a thin layer of head. The nose has a soapy essence. There is a slight sweetness in the flavor but I am not getting anything particularly orangey or citrusy.

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Photo of Bogdawg
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yaksurf
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of breakingbland
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is of orange with malt and slight funk. The taste is quite unremarkable: sweetness but with an unidentifiable edge that is a little unpleasant. Overall not a terrible beer but one that I won't revisit.

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Fresh As Helles from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 354 ratings
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