Fresh As Helles
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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German Helles
Ranked #183
Ranked #41,300
3.63 | pDev: 11.29%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Fresh As HellesFresh As Helles
Notes: 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
Reviews: 150 | Ratings: 464 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Parmesan
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: Pours a muted orange amber with a large white head that leaves about an inch on top and thick fingers of lacing all around the glass.

S: Little bit of blood orange, notes of honey and bread, not the strongest aroma.

T: Some blood orange mixed with sweet honey and some bread, the orange and honey kinda hide the rest of the helles characteristics.

F: Medium body and carbonation.

O: This one just doesn't do much more me, the honey and blood orange seem to overshadow the helles character of this beer.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a foamy head. Aroma is floral with light fruit, and grassy. Taste of light fruits, bit of citrus and floral. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Moderate body, quite smooth, clean and refreshing. Beer probably goes best with a BBQ.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into flute

A - half a finger of white over a crystal-clear golden body, high visible carbonation

S - light malts with a touch of citrus

T - light bread, oranges, pine and spice

M - crisp light body, high carbonation

O - on par for the style; good enough to drink again

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: crisp, clean finish, caramel malts, with notes of orange blossoms. Same with the nose. Gold, clear, with white head and some lace. Medium/light body. Easy drinking Summer beer. 18 IBUs

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +1.1%
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 -3.9%
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 +2.2%
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 +3.6%
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 mushroomcloud
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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 DingusKhann
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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 stevoj
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle from Albertsons. Desperate to try something new, due to an empty beer fridge, I finally turned my attention to those neglected National macro "craft " beers that line the shelves. This one particularly caught my attention as it was a helles lager style I haven't seen much of here in the States since leaving Germany. I came in expecting to hate it and was actually quite surprised, it's crisp and clean, grainy and flavorful, not a perfect helles but damn close to being a decent helles. Much surprised that this output from Sam Adams.

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Photo of Fading2black
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

My first few drinks of this beer were really tasty. I thought I had found a nice citris summer beer. Unfortunately, halfway through there began a bad aftertaste that became more and more pronounced. I don't have the beer sophistication to describe it, but it was chemical-like. I will probably try again due to how nice the beer was at first, just in case I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Crystal clear golden blonde. Moderate carbonation. 1 finger of creamy white head.

Cracker, biscuit, honey, lemon, and florals.

Biscuit, honey, and cracker. Touch of lemon and grapefruit. Slightly floral hoppiness and a hint of soapiness.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, semi-dry, and refreshing.

Malty, sweet, and refreshing. Sam Adams doesn't get enough credit for putting out consistently good lagers.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brewed with Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Orange Blossom Petals.; Hopped with Mandarina.
6 SRM, 5.4% ABV, 18 IBU, 184 kcal/12oz.

Pours out to a lovely, brilliantly clear deep golden, forming a nice creamy poofy lightly yellow/off white head with very good retention and lacing. The nose is interesting. A very clean ferment, some subtle crackery malt character, and a perfumy yet subtle orange note, which is perhaps from the hops used, then again I've never smelled orange blossoms. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, light bodied, medium carbonation. Taste is nice, subtle malts, very mild bitterness, a clean ferment and a subtle orange flavor. I taste some overlap in the yeast, mouthfeel and malt with boston lager, but I can't put my finger on it.

While not quite a traditional helles, it's still nice, but I would much rather drink a classic helles like Paulaner, Weihenstephaner, victory, or augustiner. Worth trying though.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear, golden straw color, thick white head, great lacing

S: Grass, bread, cracker, a slight floral hint

T: Sweet up front, a nice sweet orangey flavor comes through right on top of the bready malts that make there apperance next.

M: Medium

O: A really nice sweet lager that drinks easy and tastes great. Right up my alley.

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Look - golden with a hint of orange. carbonation that dissipates quickly. Little lacing.
Smell - floral, hops, malts, and some sweetness.
Taste - headstrong malt flavor, and a slightly sweet finish. hoppy bitterness and malt flavor are well balanced. quite nice.
Feel - light bodied, medium carbonation. appropriate ABV. light but not watery.
Overall - I like this one. the orange blossoms gives the beer a touch of sweetness, but it's not overkill. a good refreshing brew.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow/orange with medium head and persistent lacing.
Smell is very faint sweet bready malt.
Taste is sweet bready malt with a mild hint of orange.
Bit of a bitter finish and pretty forgettable.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a honey color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts, sweetness. Taste is malts, oranges, a bit of ginger, light sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but isn't as refreshing and chuggable as this style usually is.

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Photo of Lucular
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid helles lager with light notes of honey and orange that don't overwhelm the base beer or come across as too sweet. Easy drinker with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of FLima
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with a thick thin head with decent retention.
Aroma with notes of noble hops, orange peel and malt sweetness.
Flavor with notes of malt sweetness, floral and herbal hops, tangerines, bread and butter, ginger and honey. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Easy to drink mild Munich Helles. Good flavorful recipe, but I still think that could be better attenuated or hops to be even more present.

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Photo of Gavage
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls.

Smell: light orange aroma.

Taste: biscuit, orange, some grass, hint of candy sweetness, and a mild bitterenss.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: a real easy to drink lager where a few can be enjoyed in a session.

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Photo of goodbeergoodfood
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look is a light Amber lots of carbonation screaming at from the bottom pretty clear body.
Smell is a zesty Orange.
As far as taste goes and pick up a little bit of the classic lager b readiness in the aftertaste. There is some orange and spiciness. Seems to have a nice indication of Hops.
Feel, I normally don't complain about the feel of any beer. This is very carbonated very tingly to the tongue.
Overall it's a pretty good sessionable drinkable beer, however in my opinion it doesn't stand up to the style at all. It would be very weak interpretation of the actual style. With that said it has an interesting twist with the orange and it's definitely worth a try and definitely worth drinking.

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