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Lager - Helles
Ranked #351
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3.02 | pDev: 18.54%
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Benson_Stein from Florida

2.95/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is what American Macro-Piss lagers might taste like, if they were actually real beer. Not the best German Lager in the world, but Light-years ahead of Bud, Coors, Miller, Stella and all that trash. No adjuncts whatsoever. A decent *Real* lager.

Jan 20, 2021
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JacintoCupboard from Australia

3.16/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant enough German lager. No obvious faults. Has a fair amount of residual sweetness of a light malt character. It is NOT an adjunct lager. Not much in the way of the noble hops aromas that I would expect in a beer of this type. It has a clean finish with bittering hops. Head and carbonation was underwhelming with a thin mouth feel. Suits as a 'lawnmower' beer or as a cleansing accompaniment with snacks. Very good value.

Dec 16, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

2.81/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This one is like going to the skating rink high as a youngster; it will do the trick, but I’m not exactly stoked, you feel me? There’s a lil too much syrup and metal in this thing like drinking a Beck’s first poured on a ‘69 Chevy‘S hood. Ima pass.

As I keep drinking, it gets worse. No sir!

Nov 21, 2020
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elNopalero from California

2.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

From a can. Trader Joe’s curiosity pandemic pic.
Canned two months prior, which is surprisingly fresh for an imported lager.
Pours as it should, clear with a foamy cap that displays impressive staying power. Color me surprised, at least by appearance.
And then I smell it, and it comes off as musty. Maybe even a little green apple, or some Lemon pledge on cardboard. Flavor falls flat, and finish drops rapidly. No surprises here.

Aug 06, 2020
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Abraxos77 from California

2.86/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nothing special but a refreshing break from the I.P.A.s.Cheap and plentiful...gets the job done. Nothing particular to get excited about. A good beer for just laying around the backyard on a hot day.

May 31, 2019
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

3.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tallboy from TJ's poured into pint glass.

L - Pours a clear golden yellow, slightly darker, an inch or two of white foam that leaves a thin, sudsy lacing and a stream of carbonation.

S - Honey, strong bready malt, cereal grain, grass, slightly skunky, metallic finish.

T - Has a strong metallic taste of the can at first, honey, malt, yeast, artificial grape, very off and not what I expected.

F - Light-bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish, drinkable but would be more drinkable if the taste wasn't so bitter--in a bad way.

O - 6-pack of tallboys for $6.99 is a good deal but it's a pretty average beer for the flavor that doesn't back up the rest of it.

Nov 03, 2018
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FriedichVonostrowo from Brazil

3.01/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not up to a good Munich Helles in taste, character or strength, it is closer to a Dortmunder and not a very good one. There are much better "Helles" from Germany or even America.

Sep 26, 2018
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powerharp from California

5/5  rDev +65.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a typical European lager that does what any typical European lager does. It's a crapload better than Bud, Miller or Coors. If you don't agree, grab you MAGA hat, go out, drink some Clydesdale piss and watch Fox news.

May 18, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.41/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can into lager glass, no can dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Okay aromas with pale malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A bit fruity/yeasty, but not overwhelming. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Nicely clean on lager flavors, not too fruity/yeasty. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a solid Helles. All around good robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; smooth, clean, and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Nicely clean pils malts with mild balancing noble hops. This feels like this has a bit of age on it, but it's enjoyable.

Mar 10, 2018
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Qcastrojr from California

1.6/5  rDev -47%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This beer I picked up at Trader Joe's and it was just okay. Nothing too special about this lager, kind of reminded me of drinking a Tecate. I just don't like when you feel like you can taste the can it self as well. Wouldn't buy again.

Sep 17, 2017
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BucannonXC5 from California

2.81/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Type: 500-ml. can
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.00
Purchased: Aug. 10, 2017
Consumed: Aug. 12, 2017
Reviewed as: Munich Helles Lager
Misc.: Packaged on April 26, 2017; Enjoy by April 26, 2018

Picked this up on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley. Still new to this style with this just being my third review of a Munich Helles Lager. Did not look at the ratings of this until I got home and let’s just say they are not good. But $1.00 for 16.9 ounces, so let’s have some fun.

Poured a pale clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of rocky white head. Lots of slow moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good watery, spotty lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled grain, metallic notes, buttered corn, cereal, herbal, dark green apple, pear and bready malts. (Smell - 3.25)

Taste followed the nose, but much worse overall. Got grainy metallic notes, cereal, buttered corn, raw veggies, dry grass, dark green apple, light pear and barley. (Taste - 2.50)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, metallic finish. (Feel - 2.50)

Did not like this beer. Even for the price, would probably not purchase it again. Below average. (Overall - 3.75)

2.81 | 66 | C

Aug 30, 2017
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mondestrunken from Australia

2.29/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pale straw colour with quickly dissipating head.
Bready aroma with slight touch of peach/marzipan. Light bitterness, and some honey, otherwise little other flavour.
Not too bad for the price.

Aug 22, 2017
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badun from Florida

2.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

There are 3 things that I like about this beer:
It did not have any Eurofunk taste.
It was on sale for $6.99 a six-pack.
It's 16 oz, my preferred can size.

Aside from that it was the least memorable beer I've had in quite a while. There's nothing wrong with it, but it has no distinguishing characteristics. I look slightly more sophisticated drinking from a German can, but I prefer the alcohol taste and kick of an American high gravity lager if I'm drinking cheaply and in quantity.

Jun 10, 2017
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

3.76/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Crystal clear golden straw color, large white head, really nice lacing that just hangs on the glass

S: I get the funkiness of the yeast, some bread and a little hoppiness

T: Nice and sweet up front, then the funky yeast comes in balanced with a little hops bitterness on the end.

M: Light to medium

O: A decent lager, much better than the typical American adjunct lager. I could drink this often.

Jun 02, 2017
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NordicHermit from Canada (ON)

3.54/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml poured into a pint sized dimple mug. About 2.20 CAD from Ontario Beer Store.

L: bursting carbonation contributed to a 1" head that disappeared within a minute. Absolutely no carbonation after the initial pour. The glass may be to blame for that.

S: could smell the malt from a foot away as I poured. Faint cereal notes thereafter.

T: full grainy flavour with mild hops bitterness on the finish. Generally just loads of barley. Liquid bread. Mild metallic aftertaste thanks to the can.

F: found the carbonation came back as I drank it. Seems to come alive when it moves. Heavier than American lagers.

O: I really enjoyed this. I don't commonly see it in Ontario but will purchase again. Love the grainy taste, and minimal skunk that I'm accustomed to with Bitburger etc. Will try again with a tall glass to see if it affects carbonation and feel.

May 27, 2017
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johngilbert from Florida

3.41/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a shade yellow one or two steps from Busch darker. Deliciously cheap at $6.99 for 6/16.9oz in New Port Richey, Florida. It does not taste like a "Munich Helles" and is closer to the DAB (Dortmunder/Export) style. Spicy notes, delicious, yet slightly refreshing mouthfeel albeit a little heavy. According to their website, this appears to be called "Henninger Export Classic" which I believe it is, and with that being said and with Frankfurt being closer to Dortmund than Bavaria, it may be safe to assume that it's an Export Lager with acceptable corn starch adjuncts. See the old story about Samuel Adams' Brewer discovering Beck's to be adjunct. On the topic of Beck's, in comparison, to the old Export Beck's the way "it should be" (not how it is now), this beer is sort of similar on the palette as the old world Beck's USA Export variety used to be (up until around 2010) except that Beck's had a more Pilsener profile, yet while not being a Pilsener, more of a mass-market German Export, this beer The Henninger Export Lager (i.e. Premium Lager) is a bit more gritty, their website states a 5.5% ABV which is believable and I assume some Corn Starch but far less percentage than, let's say, MGD which is probably a majority of adjunct vs. a good quality German Lager Bier. On par quality-wise with Dinkel Acker, probably better than Tucher but inferior to DAB. Not to mention, this can does _not_ boast "Brewed According to 1516 Purity Law" so assume it is an acceptable adjunct. A great deal, on par with (extinct) Beck's, slightly less refreshing due to the malt being a bit inferior to DAB's per se. I give it 4.25 overall based on drinkability, German-ness, and availability in the USA at an affordable price. (BTW, I also do not get the acidity reflux issue with Helles Lager on this brew, without thanks to the pH of Helles' acidulated malt.)

Feb 24, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Das tall boy in a snifter to make it exquisite.
This standard lager pours a golden yellow with a modest head of white
foam that subsides to a thin ring, thin pool, and subtle lacing. Nose of
honey malts, lager funk, little else. Flavors follow the nose with lager funk
and heavy grain notes tossed lightly with honey malts and an herbal hops blast.
Decent mouth feel; standard lager suspects---crisp, medium mouth feel, medium
carbonation, and a lightly sour grain finish.

Overall, a Bush of Germany. Decent, but still light on the flavor side.


Dec 23, 2016
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xxxxxxxxxxxxx from California

3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a can of Henninger Premium Lager for $0.99 USD in Glendale, CA/USA.

Look: Henninger Premium Lager had an ordinary appearance.
Smell: Henninger Premium Lager had the aroma of a beer that was brewed with grain.
Taste: Henninger Premium Lager had a flavour of fermented grains with slight hints of bitterness.
Feel: Henninger Premium Lager had good carbonation.
Overall: Henninger Premium Lager is a beer for people who seek the flavour of fermented grain.

Jan 17, 2016
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hopmashian from Florida

2.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Good value. Tastes good, refreshing with medium carbonation. A session beer that's balanced, not overly sweet or bitter. Went well with my spicy Dan Dan noodles!

Nov 05, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can in Santorini.
Decent head and mouthfeel.
Typical malts and hops for style.
Near medium body with medium-high carbonation.

O: OK but unexceptional.

May 23, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Brilliant gold under a lacy, rapidly dissipating white foam cap.
S: Grainy sweet malt aromas with faint hops and hint of sulfur.
T: Showcases slightly sweet rich malt flavors with a light to moderately light hop accent. Malt lingers into the finish and aftertaste. F: Smooth medium light body and medium carbonation.
O: Much more flavorful and fuller bodied than a standard American lager and much more drinkable.

May 15, 2015
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Hodgson from Canada (ON)

4.31/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First of all, it surprises me how many reviews below state this is an adjunct beer and claim to note corn or rice flavours. It's not; it's all malt and the can states this clearly, at least the black can we get in Canada.

I find this beer superb, with a well-balanced malt, hop and yeast character. The yeast has that faint "decay" that adds complexity without putting the beer off-balance as too many European lagers have in my view. The finish is drying, from the fine German hops with their mineral and slight spicy notes.

It's vital to get this beer very fresh, if too old it doesn't deliver the authentic helles flavor.

Apr 08, 2015
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.07/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. ABV is 5.0 % ABV for Canadian markets. Purchased from LCBO for about $2.10 CDN.

Appearance - pours a rich and clear golden color with modest visible carbonation and a finger and half half of very white head. The head recedes down fairly quickly leaving just wisps behind and virtually no lacing.

Smell - not a lot, a bit grassy and a substantial sweetness to the beer, more so than I would expect from this style.

Taste - different, starts dry and a bit musty, then transforms to a rich and malty flavor, but lacking in bitterness.

Mouthfeel - very very dry, lightly carbonated, a bit of a thin body.

Overall - it's not bad but it's not great especially when compared with Spaten and some of the other fine Munich Helles lagers of Germany. Maybe worth a try if you like some substantial sweetness, otherwise probably a pass.

Feb 05, 2015
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ClePaul from Ohio

3.42/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Henninger Premium Lager

Look 8/10
Smell 10/20
Taste 26/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 69/100

Classic flowery adjunct lager....
It is a solid choice for a gift, especially for someone who isn't into craft. Will NOT satisfy beer nerds.... At all, so keep that in mind if your a snob in any regard.

Nov 08, 2014
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

German beer is known in virtually every corner of the globe. The proof? Filtered, bubbly, brilliantly golden lagers with soapy white heads - in another word, beers that look like Henninger - are the worldwide de facto posterboy for 'beer' everywhere. And rightfully so, this looks scrumptious!

The Germans are very proud, traditional, and individualistic people. It may sound insane but it's not uncommon for Hefeweizen drinkers in Bavaria to have never tried a Weiss from Berlin, or even for Kölsch drinkers from Cologne to have ever had the famous Altbier of neighboring Düsseldorf. Nearly every region has their own historic, distinct style of brewing...

Frankfurt, the city where Henninger hails from, is geographically about halfway between Munich and Dortmund. Its "special brewing process" - which the brewery is suspiciously vague to expand upon - aligns strongly with the Dortmund "Export" style; where as Munich Helles have a gentle, pleasant sweetness, this one has a bottom-line of hops and strong minerality.

Of course, when it comes to Germans drinking beer, having any less than a litre (or several) is practically unheard of; they think nothing of having a pint or two with breakfast! So there's been clear care put into keeping Henniger clean, quaffable, and approachable (the slightly more pronounced bitterness notwithstanding). The word 'Reinheitsgebot' can't be found anywhere on the can but this has only a faint hint of sugar or corn. It's mostly malt.

Although Germany can still be divided into neo-medieval states, Germans everywhere take their beer very seriously - every part of the country has in common its recognition of brewing as cultural heritage. Henninger is no national treasure, but for something so industrialized and mass-produced, its relative quality is a clear nod to the nation's proud history of clean, serviceable lagers.

Nov 02, 2014
Henninger Premium Lager from Henninger Bräu AG
Beer rating: 71 out of 100 with 223 ratings