Fresh As Helles | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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

Style: German Helles

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

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Ratings: 458 |  Reviews: 149
Reviews by TheRougeBastard:
Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well done Sam Adams! In full disclosure, Fresh as Helles tastes awesome cold, i.e. straight out of the fridge, as it warmed however, the orange over powers and adds an odd flavor, not bad by any means, just odd. So...drink it cold and drink it quick. This will be a great summer, after yardwork, brew!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Squire
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear gold color with white cap and good lacing.

Aroma of honey malt and bright, sharp citrusy hops. There is a secondary scent that I take to be the orange blossom yet it strikes me more as a perfumy citrus essence than orange. Anyway it blends seamlessly with the malt and hops.

Oh, the flavor. Not just malt but solid, rich, honeyed malt with complexity and depth completely surrounded by hops as light and bright as Spring Sunshine. If you handed me this in a blind tasting I would've thought Helles. But not quite. The Orange Blossom (that's what the brewer says) or essential oil, or whatever they're using, does set this apart from the traditional malt rich Helles (a classic in it's own right) yet does so as a polite addition with the gentle acceptance of a welcome guest. I hope they used actual orange blossoms but perhaps that's the romantic in me. Hops shine through the finish and linger pleasantly in the aftertaste.

Texture is rounded and rich with voluptuous curves.

Ah, this is beer. I was hankering for a Helles when opening this and wasn't disappointed. One of my favorite styles whose combination of malt richness with hop brightness is always appealing. Sam pulled it off with this one. Rich, honeyed malt by the truck load with hops brightening up the place like a Friday night football field. Another example of brewing competency. I emailed the company asking this be available as a stand alone.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Dark golden colored, some head retention but kinda weak, light spotty lace.
S: Issue with the aroma is a grain note that's kinda off, almost stale. Might be DMS perhaps, reminds me of corn, could also be diacetyl because I get a little of a buttery corn sort of aroma. Nonetheless it hits other marks for the style, sweet honey like malt aromas, floral and citrusy hops.
T: The flaws I got on the nose aren't as prominent here though still somewhat prominent. Beer is sweet and hops provide just a light bitter finish.
F: Probably the weakest point of the beer for me. Too damn heavy to be a helles. My favorite aspect of the helles is its drinkability, this is too crisp and heavy for that.
O: Objectively not a bad beer, just kinda disapoints as helles is one of my favorite styles and this kinda misses that mark. I would drink again but not wholeheartedly seek it out either.

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Photo of NotAnIPAFan
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's forget the name and just call it what it is. It is an easy drinking beer with a nice floral smell and taste. It isn't hippy. It isn't exotic. It isn't authentic. But give me a few fish tacos and a few of these and life is good. I usually have mixed feelings on Sam Adams, but I actually enjoy drinking this.

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

i dont think these beers are being very well received at the national level, and the seasonals these guys do seem to be dying, they used to be everywhere and arent anymore, at least the places i frequent, but this one is good, no matter how it is performing in the market. its bright but not watery, and its hoppy for the style, its well made and very drinkable and flavorful, and i am surprised its not more popular. not as light in color as some of these, but with nice clarity in its orange glow, and a tall white head that settles slowly. a slight perfumy floral element right away on the nose, but thats when its most prominent, it never seems out of balance. there are way more hops than i expected here too, citrus and pine alike, pretty compelling in the aroma, and not too bitter in the flavor, definitely fresh. i also get the old world pale european malt base coming through, and its nice with the orange blossom. it doesnt really taste like a flavored beer, as in things are in harmony and not overdone. in hot weather, this certainly has the capacity to refresh, but its not a throwaway beer either, i would drink plenty of this if the right setting. its good morning and hangover beer too, seems to have some sort of healing botanical element, and warms up fine. this is better than it will ever get credit for being...

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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 Turbo
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FadetoBock
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A pretty gold color with a small white head.
Mostly floral aroma, with a hint of citrus. Some sweet malt.
Tepid taste. Caramel, a bitt of orange.
"Lawn mower" beer is an apt description. It was too sweet and not enough bitter for me.

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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 SolarPower36
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color with a thin white head.

Smell: Citrus, with a hint of grassy notes and malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of grassy wheat notes with a hint of citrus, bitter pine notes to finish.

Overall: Great beer, honestly was not expecting it to be this good.

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Photo of Esor
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very refreshing light and easy drinking very nice spring beer when I can find it in Canada.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 2624LuisNY
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Gold in color with excellent clarity and and inch of dense, frothy beige head resting on top. I smell plenty of sharply bitter orange in the aroma. I'm tasting orange blossom and salty light malt. The mouth is fairly light but moderately salty.

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Photo of tervalas
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle BB date notched at July 2017.
Pours with a golden-amber body; excellent clarity; the white head has poor retention and minimal lacing gets left.
Floral-hoppy-bready aroma.
The flavor reflects readily noticeable but not overly strong input from orange blossoms. Hints of honey. Mildly bitter.
Feel: medium-light body with near medium carbonation.

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

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamesStreet
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - not sure what the deal with the skull is on the label - trying to keep up with the New Belgium Jones's?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some crooked and streaky lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of grainy and crackery pale malt, a mixed citrus fruitiness, some subtle hard water flinty notes, and tame earthy, herbal, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a hint of caramel sweetness, muddled domestic citrus flesh, further wet cereal essences, and more leafy, earthy, and musky floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its quotidian frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, with a teensy airy creaminess arising as things warm up a bit around here. It finishes off-dry, the citrus fruitiness and cereal malts lingering on.

Overall, this is an agreeable enough lager, with the citrus character hard to pin down as being an adjunct or merely from the hops. The label doesn't say (anything, really), and I'm not interested in looking up a big American brewery's website (it's that stupid age verification thing, mostly). Easy to drink, and refreshing, something to enjoy on a hot summer patio, or the like.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

DATE: February 12, 2017... OCCASION: Mom's home, so all is well... GLASSWARE: Hennepin pokal... pours a clear, golden body that has inconsistent bubbles and a two-finger off-white head of sudsy head... leaves snowy smears of lacing... orange peel, medicinal hints, clove, floral grassiness, ginger and.the promise of something unfulfilled--not fresh as the label suggests it would be... crisp, lightly textured, medium-bodied, and easy drinking... not much of an aftertaste... a mellow flavor profile, suggesting orange peel, cracker, and floral accents... not a lot to request a second bottle, and I kind of wish a "Fresh as..." beer would strike me as fresher... as a part of a mixpack, decent, but nowhere near the Noble Pils or the Elle Blanc... as a sixer, not really worth the usual Samuel Adams pricetag...

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had it on draft at Red Robin in Northridge, CA.

Overall, a mild beer. Pours a nice golden yellow, small head of white foam. Subtles smells of orange and slight hop bitterness. Even balance of toasted wheat. Similar taste profile, more dominate bready malt and wheat, but with a very pleasant finish of orange zest that I wish was more prominent!

Definitely drinkable, even carbonation, light body. Good summer beer, worth a try!

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Fresh As Helles from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 458 ratings