Suarez Family Brewery

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German Helles
Ranked #7
Ranked #5,276
4.2 | pDev: 4.52%
Suarez Family Brewery
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: Unfiltered German style Helles Lager. A clean and malty crisp pale lager beer. A straight interpretation of a classic beer style we hold in high regard. Notes of freshly baked bread, dough, crackers, light honey, hay.
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Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Suarez Family Brewery, Hudson, NY

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with hints of citrus.
T: The taste has flavors of grassy and floral hops with a bit of citrus and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, very clean, and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very nice and hoppy for a Helles Lager. It also drinks rather easily.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of npolachek
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with a white head and some hints of lemon and honey. Very great beer and extremely drinkable. Some mild bitterness on the finish and clean and crisp.

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Photo of EMH73
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light golden color with a one inch white head that left ample lacing. Smells of crackery malts, sweet malts, floral elements and grass. Taste follows the nose with additional notes of lemon, very light pepper and a hint of honey. Light bodied, well carbonated, mild bitterness on the finish. The definition of clean and crisp.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Meckelburg’s, Brooklyn.
Pours a clear straw color with a modest layer of head that dissipates quickly.
Aroma highlights clean bready and biscuity malts. There is also a touch of sweet grass and floral hops, its smell subtle and not overpowering.
The taste is balanced, flavorful and sublime. Moderate bready and biscuity sweetness interacts with a mild and clean hops bitterness. There is a nice noble hops spice sting redolent of grass and floral notes.
Medium to light bodied, crisp and refreshing. Moderate to lively carbonation with a clean and dry finish.
The taste alone makes the grade. Fantastic Helles Lager!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderate to light gold in color. Brilliant clarity. Lots of creamy, ivory head. Beautiful looking pint.

Doughy, sweet and crackery malt. Herbal chamomile, floral melon, pear.

Light bodied. Smooth and sultry feel with a toasted finish.

Medley of cereal grains. Clean blend of toasty malts and grassy semi-tart citrus hops. Lots of flavor for a light bodied beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Lightly hazy golden. Smells of floral hops, doughy sweetness, and a hint of grassy hops. Tastes of grain, bread, spicy hops, and a floral back end. Nicely bitter. Light body. Superb.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If their is a benchmark for the style, it starts here. Like a well made paper airplane, this brew is simple in its design and flawless in execution. Goes well with a bowl of beans or some buffalo wings. Cheers!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler from the brewery.
Bright platinum with puffy white hood. 4
Soap and dough with some husk. 4
Honey granola malts, a lemony hum, some musty grain sack bite, and slight noble hay. 4.25
Soft, round, just past light. 4.5

Mouthfeel kills - super smooth; just slides right down. I’m missing the hops a bit, but that’s in line for the style so I can’t say it’s out of balance. Superior skills on show, plus just plain delicious. 4.25

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Photo of Sheppard
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy gold with white head. Grapey wine like aroma. Kind of vinousy malt character up front. Some subdued spicy bitterness, but nothing overwhelming. Crisp, clean, Suarez. A really nice Helles. I prefer his pilsners but this is great in its own right.

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Photo of dar482
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a pale gold color, touch of haze on the beer.

The aroma offers sweet grains, fresh cut grass, lemon.

The flavor follows with a rounded sweetness, a husky grainy malt flavor on the middle of the palate, lingering towards the back as the beer ends up with a light spicy bitterness, with a bit more malt flavor finishing up the beer and restrained bitterness. Archetypal beer for the style, familiar to Weihenstephaner Original. A soft and pleasant body.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Ruck in Troy, NY.

This one pours a light straw yellow, clear as day, with a voluminous fluffy head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like crispy and doughy malt, grassy hops, maybe a little honey.

This is another dope lager from the best lager producers in NYS. It's simple, but satisfying and harmonious, with a great doughy, almost like sourdough, malt backbone, with a very slight sweetness, and a dry crisp finish from the earthy grassy hops.

This is light bodied, incredibly crisp, with a good level of carbonation.

This is so drinkable and tasty- felt very authentic to the style.

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While from Suarez Family Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 44 ratings