Helles | Real Ale Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States
realalebrewing.com

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Gagnonsux on 02-19-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
10
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.92%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
15
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsuarez1982
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1ale_man
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. can dated bb 5/12/17 into a pils glass. Lite gold, semi cloudy, two finger head that dissapates to a ring and lite lacing.
Smells of soap, yeast, lemon grass, clover, grain.
Taste is spot on to smell, with more yeasty grain and malt.
Smooth, for a lack of a better word. No wateriness ( is that a word?) here.
Love this beer Buy it every year when it comes out. Real Ale does good beer!

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Photo of DesertFox24
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of allengarvin
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Bright gold, modest very white head.
S: Strong scent of clean pils malt, not too grainy,
T: Sweet malt flavor, a little crackery, low bitterness and not much noticeable. Clean finish.
M: Medium body, smooth texture.
O: Solid helles. Not an exciting beer, but an easily drinkable one.

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Photo of bluesyasian
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mjurney
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Straw, a little haze. Lots of carbonation. Frothy head.

Aroma:
Fresh cut grass, cracker, a bit of lemony.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Semi-sweet, white bread, a little biscuit. Lemon zest makes it refreshing. Hop bitterness is low-medium, mostly spicy. Finish is very crisp and dry. Light bodied, crisp, clean, refreshing, bubbly, highly drinkable.

Overall:
It's a good American made Helles.

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Photo of mamaraza
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Premo88
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

32 oz. on tap, half growler filled at Harvey Washbangers, College Station, TX; poured into pilsener

L: slightly misty pale yellow with a big ol' stack of white foam, 2 inches on hard pour, and the foam lingers for a bit; not much sticking or lacing, but a massive amount of activity in the glass keeps a soap-bubbly collar and almost full skin ... in fact, if you let it set for a minute the skin starts forming a Jimi Hendrix-esque island Voodoo Chile style ... the bubbles in this thing are churning!

S: big biscuit malt, lightly sweet, with hints of lemon, grass, grain and sour grain/yeast ... delicate and the malt leads

T: almost 1:1 with the nose with a bit more lemon, grass and grain than that sweet biscuit malt, though the light-malt flavor is there; again ... delicate ... the notes are subtle; the flavors really hold up if you feel like taking a big gulp, nothing medicinal, no alcohol burn, and those Hallertau hops dig in and give you a little earthy bite that's not there with a sip

F: light, full, crisp; lots of carbonation but still soft enough to keep from ripping your tongue out; might be perfect

O: love it, love it, love it ... Real Ale continues to impress and this brew is a perfect addition to their seasonal lineup; I think it came online last spring, and I missed it, but I'm glad I got on it this time around, and I'll be looking for 6-packs at a grocery store near me; it's full of flavor and quite interesting — sip it and it produces one set of notes, chug it and the notes change just a bit, and both songs are enjoyable

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I thought this was a very good Lager.

Look: semi-clear light golden with a thick white head.

Aroma: malty, grassy, lemon aroma.

Taste: Malty, white bread and biscuit, sweet, some lemon, and maybe pepper, pretty mild taste.

Feel: Light, thirst quenching, easy drinking and yet tasty.

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Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aggiedobbs07
4.87/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of MaddoJay
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of sd123
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Caj1
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Heh, think of the irony of Real Ale making a lager.
Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass.

The beer is a bright blonde color. Lightly hazy. White, soapy head that doesn't linger very long, but leaves good lacing.

Very malty smell up front. There's a slight astringent grassy smell, but you really have to take a deep whiff to notice it. Not a huge smell, but it has a little bit of that papery smell that some lagers can get. Still smells sweet, but not a great deal.

I do get a bit of bitterness at the start, and the hop character goes mostly to that bitterness. It's still a little bit grassy, but not a great deal, definitely less than a pilsener would be. The sweetness of the malt breaks through, and the beer is also slightly spicy, kind of reminding me of a biscuit if you threw a tiny pinch of allspice in. The flavor matures on the palate to a sweeter, white bread taste but maltier.

The mouthfeel is crisp and light, has decent carbonation, and is just dry enough that it keeps the beer from getting that sticky, sweet feeling in the mouth.

This is a slightly above average lager. I don't think I'd have a problem drinking this while with the buddies, but it has enough flavor to keep my palate engaged. It's not earth shattering, but I'm beginning to like it more and more. Another decent offering from Real Ale.

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Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gjzdaniel
2.92/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Bright golden blonde color, filled with carbonation and topped off with a thick white head that's billowy and contains massive bubbles. There bery little lacing.

Smell: Nice summer hops, grassy aromas mixed in with lemon grass.

Taste: Mild hops, grassy notes mixed in with lemon zest and mild spices.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and very fresh and refreshing.

Overall: Not bad, smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of Tracker83
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Helles from Real Ale Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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