Bavarian Helles | Okanagan Spring Brewery

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Okanagan Spring Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by canucklehead on 06-22-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of pootz
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the best Okanogan beers...this emulates a true Bavarian helles in flavor profile. Pours a slightly clouded deep gold into the stein...rocky 2 finger cap with good retention and good lacing on the glass sides. Moderately carbonated. Aroma of sweet light Munich malts over a cidery tone with hints of grassy-herbs...very nice! Up front this is all malty enjoyment..a big whack of biscuit dough hits smack in the gob then a the woody-herbal hops balance nicely in mid gulp...the finish is accented by a slight drying effect as the whole lovely gulp takes on a lemony-citrus tang....then that signature helles biscuit malt after taste. This is a very good domestic rendition and the best of the Okanogan beers IMHO ...but then, I like natural malty German lagers.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What I take to be a summer seasonal offering from OK Springs, an easy drinking lower alcohol lager.

The appearance is a clear brilliant gold hue, lots of carbonation, but just a thin fizzy head on the pour. On the nose is crisp metallic grain, some corn sweetness, and light herbal hops. The grain is also crisp and semi-sweet in the flavour, balanced out by hops that only really make themselves apparent on the aftertaste, but build up from the middle. Dry, crisp mouthfeel throughout, somehwat metallic on the aftertaste, with a residual dryness that lingers. I hate to say this, but closer to the end of the glass I'm picking up what seems like corn adjunct as well. A let down if this is true. Still, it's a decent summer offering for those who enjoy a semi-dry Helles, an okay "North Americanized" version of the style to get introduced to.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Helles pours nicely with 2 fingers of head, quickly forming a thin but creamy layer which leaves very full, screen lacing. Exceptionally clear, light golden honey, pale, almost white in certain light. The aroma primarily light sweet malt, but with musky hay-like hop. Some caramel, grainy malt, faintly detectable chocolate. The taste is malt on the front and middle, with the graininess on the finish. Well balanced hop flavour on the finish, but mainly still a malt flavour finish, creamy, bready. Odd, but the beer seems to be tasteless in the middle of my tongue, but I cannot be certain if this is the beer itself or something I ate previous to my tasting. What it does have on the middle is a slight warm presence in the mouth: it becomes very very creamy and smooth, in preparation for the finish. Due to this the mouthfeel and drinkability rate preeminently. Sweet nuts, caramel, and some dryness, slight sourness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and very foamy. Light tasting and unoffensive, this is very drinkable, but it comes at the cost of any truly memorable or extraordinary taste. The elements are basic, though tasty. This is quite similar to OK Springs 1516, which I actually prefer--it has more character.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of two new beers from OK Spring and this could be seen as a summer seasonal. The beer is bright gold with a nice nose. What really grabs me is the balance of the sweetness with the malts. These guys really created a nice summer lager that compares with Sierra Nevada lager . This is even better than the 1516 lager as it tastes more balanced.

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Bavarian Helles from Okanagan Spring Brewery
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 4 ratings