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Lager - Helles
Ranked #65
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3.82 | pDev: 13.35%
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- It's pale, as pale as some champagne. Pours clear with 3mm snow-white head. ps holds well!
S- Very mild, I just get some bready grain (though I do have winter congestion which isn't helping!).
T- Oh ok, 1st surprise is that it's richer than it's ABV% or look suggested. It got a different but hard to ID note just now so I 'blind-tasted' it on my wife asking if she could ID it. Her first word was 'honey?'. ...
F- ... I see why she thought that on her first sip. We agreed it's richer than expected and certainly for it's look. When we lived in Germany she was a big fan of Krombacher beer, but she said 'I prefer this one, similar to Krombacher but it's slight sweet note makes it more rounded, no hard-edged hopping'.
O- It's something different and a bit of a surprise. It's richer and rounder than anticipated. Also it gets approval from someone who has the common 'Asian bitter gene (TAS2R38)' directing their tastes in beer. It works for me too and my more Brit/trad tastes, esp. during colder times as we head into Autumn.
500ml bottle. Bought from Wholefoods, Kondon W8. £2.69 BB: 02/21

Oct 18, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large smooth head, three fingers, golden dusty yellow body with medium carbonation. Opens with yeast aroma and malts. Taste has subtle hop opening with some slightly rough grainy malts, some biscuity sweetness in the aftertaste, body is quite a robust thick malt base, refreshing barley taste really hits with this beer.
Mouthfeel is a little subtle spice bitterness and crisp carbonation with some bready notes. A lovely simple beer to be appreciated in a large 1 litre stein as it's very moreish especially after physical exertion.

Jul 19, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

look: one finger somewhat dense white head with pretty good retention, some lacing, beer is totally golden in colour, clear, lots of really big bubbles rushing up the glass, very lively carbonation.

smell: standard helles, grainy biscuity malt, white bread, a tad grassy, lots of honey and sweetness, a touch of orange maybe, pleasant smelling but not overly aromatic.

taste: much more interesting beer to taste than smell, the grainy biscuity malt comes through first, then lots of rich earthy flavour, grass, then the honey sweetness comes through which is accompanied by a nice bit of vanilla flavour, there is a nice zap of hop bitterness on the finish and a certain herbal character to the aftertaste, quite nice.

feel: light to medium body, highly carbonated, would love to session this beer, incredibly moreish, perhaps a little sticky.

overall: yeah a really nice helles here, the standard flavours elevated by a unique herbal character and a nice amount of body and richness to the beer.

Jun 18, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear yellow with fine, soapy head.

Smell is clean and crackery with notes of citrus and a bit of rye and wheat dough. Crisp and fresh.

Taste is clean and crisp with soft crackery notes and floral bitterness. A bit of spiciness on the finish, along with some citrusy hints.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a really nice Helles, well made and clean.

Jun 07, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden coloration with a large, foamy head and visible carbonation. Smells of doughy, grainy malt and grassy hops, with just a hint of honey coming through as well. Taste is a decent balance of doughy, slightly grainy malts and grassy, quite herbal hops,with just a hint of honey coming through in the aftertaste. Finishes bittersweet, with a medium bitterness and some honey and herbs lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and medium/strong carbonation.

This lacks a certain crispness and is perhaps a little overcarbonated, but is an otherwise quite enjoyable Helles with a good balance of sweet and bitter notes, with a light honey sweetness in the finish that actually turns quite herbal in the aftertaste.

Aug 06, 2019
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden colour, brilliant, Thick foam, not overly stable
very mild noble hops and Pilsener malt, clean
a little metallic all along, Pilsener malt and hoppy not just bitter but with noble hops flavor
Refreshing carbonation with a body that carries it

Jul 01, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the slightly warm bottle, it pours a nice clear golden yellow with a modest white head. In the nose, it is lightly malty. In the mouth, it is creamy and smooth with a nice lightly malty flavor.

Jun 12, 2019
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HermannTheGerman from Germany

3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Typical Bavarian Helles. Had it from a chilled stein. The nose is metallic. Head is average. Very carbonated. Tastes refreshing with a pretty hoppy aftertaste (unusually hoppy for a Baviaran Helles). More sour than a Augustiner or Mooser Liesl. Good solid Helles. Pretty light in alcohol. Good Helles for the summer, but not my favorite. I like Augtustiner and LOVE Mooser Liesl from Arco Bräu.

Jan 04, 2018
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Tomais from Germany

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I made the helpful mistake of pouring this shortly after it's journey here -- it overflowed the bottle on opening and poured a huge head, I was thinking it's going to taste flat, but carbonation was just right. Read in other reviews that it's too carbonated, so I had avoided that problem.

A very clean crisp and drinkable beer. Does get a little thick in the mouth at cellar temps, but then has a nice dry finish with a little bitterness.

Mine is labeled 'Lager Hell'. Drank at cool cellar temp, in a stein. Nothing special, yet special because it is beautifully balanced, and very drinkable.

Dec 30, 2017
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opieo from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice light crisp pils. Clean finish. Little head and above avg carbonated. Czech hop front and grainy after: great balance. A very drinkable brew. Would be a great summer drop.

Dec 24, 2016
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caribou43 from Switzerland

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It is a correct lager, typical Bavarian. The taste is soft, yellow and gold Body, White and regular foam, average carbonation. The taste is pleasant, malty, sweet, some hop, it is not a complex beer but it is pleasant during the summer time.

Apr 16, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-draught @ Ayinger Wirsthaus in Munich. .5L stemware pour cost less than 5 euro at the time of this writing. Regrettably brief notes below:

A: White cap. Soft-looking. Nice consistency. ~3 minute retention. Messy inconsistent lacing.

Body is a clear pale copper of nice vibrance. Clean, with no yeast visible.

Looks nice for a helles lager.

Sm: Honey, fresh Munich malts, some grassy and floral hop character (likely Hallertau/Noble), pleasant sweetness. Clean attenuation.

Aromatic intensity is average.

T: Follows the aroma. They honeyed malt characteristic is terrific. Balanced albeit simple (to style). Very enjoyable and approachable.

Mf: Smooth, wet, light to medium bodied, refreshing, overcarbonated (almost sharply so), crisp, clean, and approachable. The biting carbonation does get in the way of its drinkability, and a lighter softer presence on the palate would be wonderful.

O: Overcarbonation is its most egregious flaw, but it's otherwise a pleasant helles lager with a nice honeyed taste. Not the insane I-want-to-drink-a-whole-keg drinkability you'd find in a true paragon of the style, but pleasant. I'm glad I tried this one, but it's sub-5 euro price point on-draught makes it a brew I'd only buy at supermarket bottle prices. More solid work from Ayinger, but far from their strongest offering.

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

Apr 05, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant clear straw color with white head. Aroma is very clean with a touch of grains and honey. Taste has a slight honey sweetness, bread and also some hop bitterness on the finish. Body is light with crisp carbonation. Really clean, crisp, expertly well made lager.

Jan 16, 2016
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cmf from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1/2 liter bottle into a pint glass. Immediately the german yeast aroma comes out strong. The beer has a nice three finger head that stays with excellent lacing. Typical munich flavor with a hint of bananas and very balanced hops and malt. No strong flavors, but a bready aftertaste. Excellent traditional beer.

Nov 08, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear pale golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-Follows the nose
-light-medium body, medium to high carbonation
Just an all around damn good Helles

Jul 14, 2015
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Silke_Neryn from Sweden

4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Everything I want out of a Helles. The tickling malt, a touch of pepper, the liquid breadiness. Beautiful lacing all over the glass. And it's so creamy.


Feb 11, 2015
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jonb5 from England

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle, poured into over sized Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A: Golden colour, clear, initial large rocky head faded quickly without leaving much lacing.

S: Tangy Munich malts and noble hops.

T: Honey on toast, hint of sharpnesses, nice balance
without huge depth.

M: Light body, crisp, some bite from the carbonation.

O: A beer to drink rather than one to spend hours talking about, trading for or
discussing online. Good for what it is, but as someone who has sampled numerous
"Helles" I don’t think I’ll keep this one in memory.

May 30, 2014
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CwrwAmByth from England

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a straight pint glass.

Pours a light golden colour with quite a nice white head.

Smells quite yeasty and fresh.

Tastes quite malty and yeasty with quite a significant peppery hop taste.

Overall a very good example of the style, tasty and not watery unlike some.

Dec 17, 2012
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theotherone87 from Pennsylvania

1.98/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

My dad got a case of this and told me it is one of the best beers he has had.

Apperance- a see thru brighter yellow with a thin very think white small head

smell- i could smell a lil bit of malts but it was tough to come by

taste- the taste was lacking and kinda of watery

mouthful- lil carbonation and watery

overall- not a choice of mine to buy, my father recommended and he likes it but im not a fan

Dec 25, 2011
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flyingpig from Scotland

2.99/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden colour with lots of bubbles & a huge foamy white head with outstanding retention & some lacing on the glass.

Skunky metallic aroma along with a lot a grain. There is also some subtle grassy hops & some malts but grain seems to feature the most.

Matches the smell quite closely with lots of grain featuring in the taste as well. There is some grassy hops & the addition of a sweet sort of lemony taste to it that isn’t in the smell.

Light to medium & the beer has an overall fluffy feel to it that is different to most beers out there. Not so much great but certainly different & enjoyable enough. There is also plenty of carbonation without being overly gassy.

I'm rather disappointed in this one really, I think I managed to build it up to much in my head before trying it & ultimately I was going to be disappointed. Not a bad beer, just bad by German standards.

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Sep 09, 2011
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crossovert from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much everything you want out of a helles. Golden color with a nice white head, pleasant smell. It has a smooth, rich malty taste with a suprise of noble hoppiness. This is the kind of Helles that doesn't need special attributes, it is just tasty and high-quality, nothing else needs to be said.Gotta drink it fresh.

Jul 05, 2011
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dasenebler from Maine

2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

.5L, best before the end of October 2011. Labeled "Lager Hell" but I'm sure it's the same beer as this listing.

Pours a light, clear gold with a nice frothy head. Decent retention, some lacing.

The aroma is quite metallic, with a whiff of grains and raw hay.

The flavor is much better thankfully. Clean, smooth grain flavors and light hop bitterness. Touch of tangy fruit, some green apple. Aftertaste has a bit of metallic minerality to it, pretty negligible. Carbonation is medium-low. Very soft and easy to drink overall.

Not hugely impressed by this one, mainly because of the aroma. Drinkable though. Another average Helles from a great Bavarian brewery.

May 24, 2011
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AndrewNations from Louisiana

3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from Notes. I had this beer during Oktoberfest 2010 in Munich. An amazing experience.
Serving type: Served on draft at the Ayinger Haus across from Hoffbrau

A - Nice and clear. Not a whole lot to note. True to style. Huge white head much of a head that stays with you throughout the beer.

S - Slight yeast notes and maybe some floral notes. Really subtle if any..

T - Nice and Crisp. One thing I noticed immediately was the lack of yeast notes. It was really fresh but didn't taste unfinished and too young like the wheat at Hacker. This might be a batch to batch issue. Not a whole lot of citrus or hop but defiantly present. Not a lot of huge flavors on this but true to style and easy to drink.

M - Light body not a whole lot of note. Mid to Low carbonation.

D - This is just a personal thing but I find this to sit heavy on my stomach. They drink really well as they are light and crisp but for some reason I didn't find myself wanting more than one.

Dec 28, 2010
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Flightoficarus from Washington

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a clear, golden hue, with a big, 3 finger or so white, fluffy head that persists for a bit, and leaves moderate lacing.

S - Smell is of mixed grains, honey, a hint of lemon, and lightly grassy/floral hops. All pretty subtle and balanced.

T - Taste is nearly identical to the smell. Various grains with an almost bready texture to it. Semi-sweet honey-ish malt character, balanced with a hint of lemon and hops. Pretty basic flavor profile, but well done.

M - Light-medium bodied, yet has a nice, fluffy mouthfeel to it. Medium carbonation.

D - This has all the elements of a good session beer, so it scores well here.

Overall - A pretty nice Munich Helles lager, and a solid basic offering from an otherwise outstanding brewery. Prost!

Oct 09, 2010
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat and grain. Not bad, but not too exciting. The flavor is grain, corn and wheat. The beer is semi-sweet. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Aug 12, 2010
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