Helles Lager
Old Nation Brewing Co.

Helles LagerHelles Lager
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Style:
German Helles
Ranked #54
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #19,068
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 6.47%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
13
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Old Nation Brewing Co.
 
Michigan, United States
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: Soft, subtle, and so clean you can taste the field the barley grew in. Less is more in these lagers, and balance is the goal. The yeast, time, and talent we put into our Helles light notes of honey and soft herbal hops with just a hint of bitterness.

Subtlety can't be faked, which is why this is one of our favorite styles to make.

18 IBU
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 13 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Wolvmar
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Poured into a short glass.

Pour: Golden yellow. One finger foamy white head.

Nose: subtle bread, banana malts.

Taste: malty, slightly bitter. Herbal hops as in the description.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, some crispness but balanced by breadiness.

Overall: this is a good, tasty, fairly clean lager. Some bready ale qualities give it a bit more body and differentiate it. Worth trying and there will be a second go around for me. Could be a go to but will have to see how it goes the second, or third time around.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear gold with a large foamy white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is toasted biscuit, cracker and grassy hops.

T - The taste is toasted biscuit, cracker, white bread, white peppercorn and grassy hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Very solid. Smooth and easy drinking. Great example of the style.

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Photo of strohme2
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can, recent release. Poured into the closest proper glassware I have, a mostly straight walled pint.
Pours a bright golden color, clear body with a generous cap of white foam. Nose of freshly baked crusty bread, crackers, lemony. Beautiful.
Doughy and crusty bread, clean malts, oyster crackers, lemon and light grass, mild hop spice flavors.
Clean drinking body, no lasting aftertastes.
Overall, this is the best local example that I’ve had. I’d expect nothing less from Old Nation. I’m glad they could showcase this style.

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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 6/12/2019. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of bready malts and earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of big cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome robustness, and balance of bready malts and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with not fruity/yeasty notes. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Slight lingering resins. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is an awesome Germal helles. All around awesome robustness, and balance of bready malts and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the moderately bitter/drying finish; not aggressive. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Awesome clean Pils/Munich malt showcase, with perfectly balanced Noble hop presence. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example as expected. Great Summer brew.

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Helles Lager from Old Nation Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 13 ratings