Twisted Helles | Frankenmuth Brewery

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Frankenmuth Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by adams82 on 06-23-2013

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of JMoney777
4.69/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Out of a can. Smooth taste, no off flavors, no annoying bite, doesn't feel too light or too drying, it's a pretty awesome beer really. Not sure what other people are looking for in a beer, this is a classic with no real issues.

I have a feeling most of the people giving this low ratings prefer more bitter hops. They think that little hops = no flavor. Though this is often the case, this beer still has a lot of flavor, and it is better than most beers of the same variety that rely on the bitter hops gimmick for appeal to the ignorant, foolish masses who consume them.

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Photo of dundeestalacerveza
4.65/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First time trying a Frankenmuth product..
Bought a six pack at Food Town of all places..
Overall I thought it was pretty tasty.
Sorry, it's midnight... that's all I got.

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of adams82
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hooray for Michigan Craft Beer in a can!

This tasty beverage pours a moderate golden color, slightly hazy with a billowy white head. The aroma is a mix of sweet cereal grains, lemon/orange like citrus and noble hops.

There is an excellent balance to the flavor of this beer. Nice grainy malt notes up front, lots of noble hop flavor and fruity/citric notes on the end. Very little hop bitterness, but tons of noble hop flavor; I love it! Very well rounded. I was skeptical of this one, as most beers with added citrus flavors tend to be dominated by fake tasting extract, but Twisted Helles appears to have been made from actual zest, so it doesn't suffer from this flaw.

Crisp, clean and refreshing; the perfect beer for a hot summer day. I've found that this style is generally poorly represented and not brewed for packaging nearly enough, which is a shame, because it's so tasty and quickly became one of my most sought after styles after first discovering it. It certainly fits the season, but I wish it were available year round. The "twist" (the addition of lemon and orange zest) may not make this a 100% true Helles lager, but I don't care; it's fantastic!

Big thanks to Frankenmuth Brewing Co. for canning such a wonderful summer beer! I will be buying the <expletive deleted> out of this beer this season.

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Photo of Billet
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nice tasting lager. It has more malt flavor and body than many other lagers I have had, but it still is refreshing and smooth. The color is a deep gold with a little bit of amber. It is slightly cloudy and retains a thin white foamy head. The taste is unexpectedly nice, it is malty with a light sweetness and very little bitterness. It has just the faintest hint of lemon zest. Great balance and smooth, smooth. An excellent summer brew from Frankenmuth Brewery. I'll be buying this one again for sure.

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Photo of Cotton_27
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Raime
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRPunk
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Pilsener glass.

A- Lightly hazed, deep golden body seems to lighten a bit as the haze clears. Moderate-heavy carbonation. Thin, white head drops then reinvents itself throughout the glass as the carbonation continues to rush toward the surface.

S- Lemony as I crack the can. Clean, biscuit-like/bready backbone. Light, spicy hops.

T- Nicely melded combination of flavors. Initial rush of orange pulp and lemon zest, pizza dough from the malts. Some spicy hops to provide balance.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Nice dryness I'd associate with the citrus component.

O- I had high hopes going in as Frankenmuth has proven itself with the German styles. It lived up to my expectations. A real thirst quencher after lounging poolside.

A previous reviewer mentions zest additions. The label mentions lemon and orange flavors. Not sure if it's an addition or just a quality from hopping/yeast. Either way, it works.

Bonus: It's canned and a sub-$9 sixer. I'd buy a case for summer consumption (BBQ/Beach/Ballgames).

Time to fire up the grill and pair another can with some seared meats!

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Photo of Gcompton30
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale gold color, and lightly hazed, it certainly looks like a Helles. A cleanly white, soapy, craggy pillow of a head displays very good retention and rests lightly on top of this brew. It remains half a finger or so in height for the entire session and leaves solid, consistent lacing deposits on the walls of the glass, mostly in patches.
This beer definitely offers the full profile expected from the style in both aroma and flavor. It's moderately hoppy, neither overhopped (Americanized, essentially) nor weak. A definite Noble hop variety makes for a distinctively traditional offering, particularly combined with the somewhat floral element and the light, biscuity malt. The Noble hops are not only leafy and mildly (unoffensively) sulfuric, but give a light spiciness as well. This may be the most accurately brewed beer I've had from Frankenmuth, from a technical standpoint. It's refreshing and perfect for summer to boot...
...which wouldn't be possible if it wasn't light-bodied and crisp. There's a little smoothness to the feel off a moderate carbonation, but the crispness is key.

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Photo of Griffin2
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lemon yellow with a nice white head. It has a sweet smell. It is a very nice helles lager. Very nice sipping beer on a hot day. It is a very enjoyable beer.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of hopnado
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of morris786
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer for whats its intended for. this beer is an outdoors session beer and is very crisp and refreshing. The look is a lightly hazy yellow and reflects the summer season in its glory. I taste notes of orange peel wheat and malts. Very good lager. I would grab one while mowing the lawn or camping.

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Photo of QuadriderMX
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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Twisted Helles from Frankenmuth Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 67 ratings