Dovetail Brewery

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German Helles
Ranked #9
Ranked #7,750
4.14 | pDev: 6.52%
Dovetail Brewery
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Notes: A golden, malty, rich, creamy complex lager with aroma of malt and fresh hops. Easy to drink with a lingering pleasant after-taste and foam that stands like a cloud above the rim of the glass; lacing at every sip.
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Photo of Stevedore
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly bland, decent grain, biscuit and mild hops throughout. Solid aroma. A bit lighter on flavour on the palate, has a decent carbonation to it, a slight bit more astringent than expected. It doesn't seem to come together as well as it should.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Basically take a full bodied, bready, lager you really liked with honey and slight fruit accents, this is it. Feel is just so spot on and rewarding, breadiness is a perfect level. Nothing crazy or innovative, just done damn well

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Photo of filstan
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer is well designated as "lager". It corresponds with what I would identify stylistically as a German Franconian lager beer . Those beers are well balanced, with a bready yeasty, fruity malt, and some mild floral hop on the nose. As this beer is unfiltered there is some light mild haze. It could be called a Kellerbier in this regard, but it is not hoppy enough for me to lean in that direction. The initial dense creamy foam holds and leaves a collar on the beer all the way down the glass leaving a lovely lace and firm drink lines. Mouthfeel is full and creamy soft. With an abv at 4.8 Dovetail lager is welcoming and enjoyable glass after glass. The decoction mashing combined with open fermentation make this brew and other lagers brewed at Dovetail old world quality of some distinction. Best served imo in a 1.2 L Willy Becker, or better yet in a ceramic stein. Proud to have this on tap at my home. These guys are getting it right.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure this is not a Zwickelbier. I would say this is a more of your standard German lager. Fruity lager yeast. Bready malts. Fantastic mouthfeel; very soft and creamy carbonation. Light and refreshing. Crisp and clean. Well made lager and well worth your time.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden with a hint of orange in the color. Nice white head. Aroma is bready with hints of apple. Taste is similar. Feel is light and crisp but there's a bit more texture than you find in a lot of lagers. I've had this twice now with dinner at a local restaurant, and though I drank only one each time, I think I could drink this all day. While I don't drink a lot of lagers, this is probably my favorite.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

***If you’re reviewing a can in 2019, it’s the Helles, not the Lager.

Half liter served in a tall branded mug at Long Room.

Hazy golden color, dense and unfiltered with a long lasting head of creamy foam. Flecks of lacing all around the glass, and concentric rings form as the beer disappears.

Aroma is fresh and yeasty with light apple and vague floral elements, doughy yeast and bready malt.

Taste is crisp with a light hop grassiness behind the fresh yeast and malt flavors. Bready malt, light apple, doughy biscuits. Triple decoction mash gives it some enhanced depth of flavor. Supple and smooth feel, easy carb level, quenching. Hard to put down and very drinkable.

Great first effort from these guys, hope to try more at the new taproom when it opens.

Edit: I've been back to Dovetail many times now, and this beer never fails to disappoint.
A fantastic everyday session beer.

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