Helles
Bierstadt Lagerhaus

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Style:
German Helles
Ranked #12
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #7,474
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 7.73%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
21
From:
Bierstadt Lagerhaus
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  1
SCORE
88
Very Good
Notes: We get that color is an oversimplified way to describe a beer, and a Helles can often be dismissed as yellow and fizzy. What it should be is the purest expression of malt in any brewer's portfolio.

Our Helles is around 5% abv so it shouldn't leave you unable to defend your views on politics and religion. We often find those things are the only things worth talking about anyway. The people that say "you shouldn't discuss such things because it's rude" aren't drinking enough Helles.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 21
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a clear golden straw yellow color, with a small fizzy head, and lots of lacing.

This one smells like honeyed malt, grassy hops, baked bread, and lemon.

This is really, really nice. It's like delicious baked bread with just a hint of honey and lemon, along with a very light and supportive grassy hop bitterness. It's so simple and clean, and clearly incredibly well brewed. It's a great expression of simple and delicious malt.

This is light bodied, with a soft but snappy level of carbonation, and a tremendous drinkability.

I pretty desperately need to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Freshcraft, Denver, CO

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense bright white head that gradually died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of breads malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is very malty with flavors of bready malts. There is just a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, clean and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Helles Lager is very malty yet also very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Helles I've ever had and one of the best lagers. $5 for a crowler makes this nearly unbeatable. If you aren't too cool for lagers this is a must.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

its not easy to make a lager like this, so light but also keeping it creamy and interesting in texture instead of watery or too thin, great job there. the flavor here is super fresh too, the grain is clean and light, cereal, dry, a little dusty as is appropriate in the style, but i think this beer is great because you can taste and appreciate this house lager yeas strain far better than you can in most other beers these guys are making, save maybe the pils, which has already become somewhat of an institution, at least for me. very little residual sugar, hop bitterness, or grain flavor interfering with the yeast on the back end, so it can be tasted in its truest form. it would be a mistake to think about this beer as a light crowd pleaser or throwaway beer from these guys, its enormously difficult to produce a beer of this delicate but distinctive nature, and it demands to be appreciated in that context. sure you can drink ten of them, but its so much more than that. cool place to check out too, with the rackhouse and the cidery inside. some weird rules about walking around with beers which is really lame, and the cash only downstairs is a frustration, but impossible not to have a good time here!

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Photo of Parmesan
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright and clear straw gold color with a small frothy white head and about and inch of lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of floral and spicy noble hops balanced out by a sweet cereal malt and a slight hint of caramel.


T: Floral and spicy hops at forefront with a nice sweet cereal malt, and in one or two sips a slight hint of caramel. Very little bitterness. Wonderful and easy drinking.

F: Light crisp, clean and very easy drinking.

O: An absolutely fantastic helles, one of my favorite of the style.

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Helles from Bierstadt Lagerhaus
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 21 ratings