Helles Kitchen | Kings County Brewers Collective (KCBC)

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Helles KitchenHelles Kitchen

Brewed by:
Kings County Brewers Collective (KCBC)
New York, United States

Style: Smoke Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bamburg-style Smoked Helles Lager.

Added by smithj4 on 08-30-2017

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at KCBC last year, as it ended up buried in my stash and out of order with the rest of their beers that I reviewed recently. Love the name and plays on words but this was more of a Rauchbier than a Munich Helles Lager. Sure, it was a bright lager but the taste of smoke and meat was present enough to nearly make this a meal unto itself!

Of course, this had a bright look to it as the pour was decent. A hazy, radiant gold filled my pint glass with plenty of head to top it off. Hardly any lacing was left behind as that settled down as the liquid was somewhat thin in consistency. Sausage, lemon, smoke, and bread filled the muted nose as this was quite light for a beer of this type. More smoky meat filled my palate as I sipped this with underlying hints of grease and biscuit in the taste. Somewhat full for a lager, this had just enough to proverbially chew on without feeling fake or contrived. A light carbonation with plenty of spicy bread in the lingering aftertaste and nose ensured that I'd enjoy this from start to finish.

Amazingly, the alcohol on this was so low that I would have reached for another, had there been another can of this here. This was a great take on the style that was the first Smoked Helles Lager that I ever had, as it left me wanting more. Heavier ales dominate current releases but a beer like this needs another go-around, just because of how clean and tasty it was without being the least bit heavy or overdone. Even though there wasn't a date to be seen on the bottom of the can, this was a nice tribute to a neighborhood that I'm familiar with via a style that I want to get to know better!

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Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knickfan3
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xungmound98
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheGent
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Xxambersky89
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of eddiefl
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a small patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of smoked malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has light to moderate flavors of smoked malts with underlying hints of bready malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The smoked malts in this Munich Helles Lager are much more subtle compared to a Rauchbier so it isn't overpowering if you're not a fan of smoky beers. It also has an interesting name - I'm thinking it's a play on words as a "smoky" version of a Helles, just like the gritty neighborhood in Manhattan next to the fumes of traffic from the Lincoln Tunnel and Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Serving type: can

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Photo of smithj4
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Helles Kitchen from Kings County Brewers Collective (KCBC)
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 10 ratings