Suarez Family Brewery

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Lager - Helles
Ranked #6
Ranked #4,746
4.21 | pDev: 4.28%
Suarez Family Brewery
New York, United States
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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ovaltine from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with the most perfect white head that provides ample lacing, the nose is doughy bread and grass, with some crackery notes as well.

The doughy bread flavors are forward, but they allow room for the grassy flavors to shine, and there’s a subtle sweetness from what is described as honey in the beer’s description, which fits.

The mouthfeel is very crisp, performance the style. Another fantastic lager from a world-class brewery.

Oct 18, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold with a short white head settling to a collar.

Clean, crisp and semi-sweet, toasted wheat and honey hit the palate first, transitioning to semi-bitter and spicy notes of herbal grass and allium leading into the semi-dry finish.

Oct 13, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank you EMH73 for this
16 oz can poured into a mug

A- A fairly clear golden straw with a two finger white head.

S- Sweet bread, touch of honey, slightly herbal/floral, dough, touch of lemon.

T- Dough, sweet bread, hints of honey, some pear, touch of lemon, herbal.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- A great and very easy drinking Helles.

Oct 04, 2020
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very clear, straw color with a finger of foamy white head. Smell is bread, grass & biscuits and both spot on for the style and very inviting. Taste is bread & grains with the nice, crisp finish that Suarez does so well. Relatively moderate carbonation with a fairly light mouthfeel. Overall this is a very nice, refreshing beer that you could drink several of without batting an eye.

Oct 03, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Sep 27, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

Sep 16, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

Jul 22, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Jun 01, 2019
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Aug 20, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Aug 03, 2017
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unclejazz from New York

4.42/5  rDev +5%
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!

Jul 18, 2017
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StJamesGate from New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Feb 02, 2017
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Jan 06, 2017
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dar482 from New York

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Jan 03, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Dec 18, 2016
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 51 ratings