Rustic Helles
Wooly Pig Farm Brewery

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Lager - Helles
Ranked #47
Ranked #16,986
4.1 | pDev: 6.1%
Wooly Pig Farm Brewery
Ohio, United States
Very Good
Notes: Traditional Landbier. Unfiltered with gentle floral hops and clean Bavarian malt character.
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 13 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold with a thick white head.

This medium-bodied lager exhibits wheat and cornbread pairing with lightly sweet white grape before finishing paper dry.

It's really soft and deliciously drinkable

Oct 13, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four-pack of 500mL bottles at the brewery. Reviewed 4/17/19.
Undated bottles but the carrier is stamped “APR 09 2019”. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Light gold, very faint haze.
Head – Large (Maximum eight cm, aggressive center pour), white, initially fizzy but settling into a high-density head, average retention, diminishing to a three mm ring and partial cap.
Lacing – Good. Narrow bands of tiny bubbles.
First pour – Nearly colorless, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Floral hops and malt.
Flavor – 4 - Begins slightly sweet with a bit of malt and some floral notes. No alcohol (4.9 % ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – Excellent German Helles.

Apr 18, 2019
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TongoRad from New Jersey

4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a flat out exceptional beer, perfectly constructed and a real pleasure to drink. The aroma offers up a finely woven blend of crackery malt and grassy hops, but does so with such a fresh airy quality, almost suggestive of freshly done laundry hanging on the line. But then the palate- kaboom- concentrated doughy malt balanced with earthy spice, and there's that fresh air again on the finish. Mouthfeel is moderately full, starting rich and malty but finishing dry with the faintest snap of hop bitterness. Masterful job, and the finest domestically brewed helles I've had to date.

Dec 08, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow body; initial thick head but it quickly dissipates to a thin yet sticky shadow of itself. Gentle fruity and floral aroma. Delicate flavors of light cereal grains; crackers; light yet proportional hop bitterness; very clean taste. Medium-light body; crisp and delicate on the palate; mostly dry finish.

This beer is another fine lager offering from Wooly Pig, subtle yet flavorful and quite easy to drink.

Nov 11, 2018
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Bum4ever from California

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Nice light gold color with a small amount of white head that fades quick. Bubbles move up the side of the glass for a little while after the pour. No lacing.
S: Getting a nice bread scent off of this and like a light earthy smell.
T: Also starts with a bready flavor followed by some light floral hops.
F: Light and clean and crisp.
O: Nice easy drinking light abv beer. During a hot summer BBQ these would be great.

Oct 14, 2018
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slacker79 from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle (pint), into a mug, this golden bier is super easy drinking. I would put this into the 'Leichtbier' catagory, if you were looking at "styles", more than a 'Helles', but no matter, this bier is perfect for a day in the yard enjoying the sunshine.

May 22, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the Stuffed Pepper King for this one. Cheers Corey!

Well shit, this looks damn near perfect. The deep straw color has thin clouds of haze moving throughout the body, bubbles stream up the sides of the glass and they support a frothy bone white head above. It descends leaving a crater, walls of foam plastered to the sides, and each sip leaves a thin patchy ring of lace.

Like a mill hard at work, this bursts with grain dust. Biscuits and floral hops galore, and a little stinky in a good way. Like a day out in the yard pulling weeds and sweating your ass off, then cracking a beer made for drinking. That smell.

Bready sweetness definitely takes the lead on the flavor here. Biscuits drizzled generously with honey. A bit too sweet, as the hops don't seem to shine much at all, other than the faintest earthy finish.

And continuing with the flavor, this is on the sweet side of the spectrum. A little heavier than your traditional Helles, but easy to drink nonetheless. A little lighter on the carbonation as well.

Perhaps not a perfect Helles in the classic sense, but this hits the spot. An easy, maybe even too easy, drinking beer. No complaints here. Gimme more. Thanks Corey. Prost!

May 08, 2018
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SomethingClever from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 pour on tap into a mug.

A: Bright clear yellow gold body with a soapy white head.

S: Lots of floral hops with a little drought malts hinting around the edges.

T: The hops and malts start off well but then the hops seem to shine in that light spicy and floral character and the malts do not develop into any depth.

M: Its almost perfect and then gets watery in the middle and finishes weak.

O: This is a super drinkable beer, but not an amazing helles. More like a Helles/ Light AAL hybrid. This will definitely make non craft beer drinkers swoon with the possibility of a better beer than bud light.

Feb 27, 2018
Rustic Helles from Wooly Pig Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 13 ratings