Urtyp Hell Edel Bayer
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German Helles
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Ranked #44,735
3.43 | pDev: 9.04%
Privatbrauerei H. Egerer
Urtyp Hell Edel BayerUrtyp Hell Edel Bayer
Notes: The design reveals it: This beer comes from Bavaria! The specialty from the house of Egerer is balanced and tasty, with a good and surprisingly high amount of aromatic and bitter hops that give the beer a bittersweet character. The color is golden yellow, with a fine white foam crown. To quote the Brewmaster: "It's like sunshine!"
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Photo of Griffin2
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ml can into a Pilsner glass.
L - Pours a clear straw color with a moderate white head.
S - Smells of bready malts.
T - nice and crisp, with a slight apple on the finish
F - Medium body and carbonation
O - Easy drinking helles.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate pale golden yellow + bright yellow colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film covering a little more than 70% of the surface of the beer surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Light to moderate aromas of cereal grain + cracker malts with very light amounts of grainy sweetness. Light aromas of grassy hops. Slightly heavier than light aromas of lager yeast.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of cereal grain + cracker malts with very light amounts of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of lager yeast. Finally there is a very light flavor of grassy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which slowly fades away leaving a relatively clean finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a relatively clean finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a decently crisp + clean mouthfeel. Nothing special about this one - reminds me of a generic Euro Pale Lager or American Lager rather than a Helles.

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Photo of FBarber
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light straw color. Crisp and clear. Thin white head collapses quickly leaving no residual head.

Aroma is really light? weak? non-existent? Its just muted that its hard to get much of anything, but there is some light malty notes, light grassy hops and hint of lager yeast. Reminiscent of mass AAL.

Taste is also muted - light cracker malts, a hint of honey, grassy hops and some light twang and pepper on the finish. Kind of watery in the flavor profile.

Feel is light, crisp and drinkable. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this was less of a helles and more of a generic mass produced lager. Easy drinking, inoffensive, but largely bland.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL can, EXP 05/2021. 2019 Kalea/Costco Advent calendar. Crystal clear golden body capped by a foamy white head. Aroma is pale malt, grassy hops, and yeast. Easy drinking lighter flavors of biscuity pale malt, bread dough, and modest grassy & spicy hops. Light-to-medium body, nice carbonation, smooth with a crisp finish. Very refreshing, straight forward, and well put together Helles.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a medium light body with about medium carbonation.
Aroma is grain,earty,grass, citrus, bread
Taste is mildly sweet,malt,grain,doughy yeasty sweet bread.
Got this in an advent calendar from Costco. it wasn't my favorite but I think this would be a good introduction to people who want to try something other than Coors or bud. It is definitely a step up

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Photo of hman43
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours yellow and is extremely clear with a full white fluffy head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: It has grainy sweet malty aromas combined with herbal notes.

Taste: It has a grainy sweet taste with some low herbal elements. There is low bitterness.

Feel: It has a medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, it's clean and malty and somewhat sweet.

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Photo of entheos
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the better beers of the Kalea Advent calendar. Reminds me of a Coors, but better. Almost like a champagne, but much better. It’s a good start to the 15th day of advent! God bless us all!

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The fifteenth can in the Costco/Kalea 2019 Advent Calendar.
Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) can into a muffin top taster pint; best by 05/2021.
A: Pours a crystal clear, more straw than golden color with a one finger, white head, brief, largely rim retention, and very little lacing.
S: Aroma largely barley grain, sweet corn with a touch of white pepper. Grassy.
T: Semidry. Flavors follow the nose, but light and with a touch of lemon. Light bitterness, but not too light.
M: Light bodied with fair carbonation. A touch watery.
O: Enjoyable and very quaffable. Maybe I was just in a different mood than for some of the other German Helles, but I found this to be balanced and more solidly drinkable when compared to several of the others in the 2019 Advent Calendar selection. Maybe its because I grew up with Rolling Rock and do not consider "corn" to necessarily be an off flavor.

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Photo of jkblr
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500mL can stamped EXP 05/2021 (19 months from now!) poured into a mug at just above fridge temp 4.6% ABV. The beer pours bright light straw yellow with eggshell colored head. The head recedes to cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is floral bordering on fruity with pils malt in the mix as well. The taste is bready at first with mineral & metal taking over quickly before a barely bitter, tangy finish. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, ok to less. There seems to be more off/unintentional flavors in this beer than intended ones. One to drink with food at best.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 2019 Costco Advent Beer Calendar collection

16 oz beer poured into a flute

Good looking can adorned with a Bavarian flag motif, clear yellow liquid, active streams of micro carbonation, creamy white one finger foam foam, settles to a solid creamy pencil thin layer after five minutes, some lacings

aroma of grassiness, straw

taste is faint grassiness, needs more flavor, body

light mouthfeel, low sudsing

Nice beer

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 2.50 (Including tax)/500 mL can ($0.148/oz) from Costco, Schertz, TX. Part of the Costco 2019 Advent Calendar. Reviewed 11/01/19.
Can dated “EXP 05/2021”. Stored on the shelf at the store, stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Logsdon flute.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Light yellow, clear.
Body – Light yellow, clear.
Head – Large (Maximum 9 cm, aggressive center pour), white, high density, average retention, diminishing to a five to eight mm crown and a partial rocky cap with irregular pieces of lacing remaining on the glass as the head retracts.
Lacing – Fair. Three dimensional arcs of mostly tiny to medium bubbles. See also above.
Aroma – 3.5 – Grainy with some light hoppiness.
Flavor – 3.5 – Begins slightly sweet with very light malt flavor. Ends with a slight dimethylsulfide taste. No alcohol (4.6 % ABV as marked on the can) flavor or aroma, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, almost creamy, crisp carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5. Not much to say – drinkable but unremarkable, a passable lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Light golden in color with a large, dense and
small-beaded snow-white head, with excellent retention, Belgian-style lacing decorates the glass walls.

Aroma: The aroma is a bit sweet, rather like cream corn, although I am sure it contains no corn, at all, with that, there are also notes of caramel, and faint, grassy hops.

Taste: The taste opens with moderate herbal and metallic hops, against a backdrop of mildly sweet malt. As the taste professes, there is a distinct flavor of toasted caramel, not overpowering, but definitely noticeable. There is also mild white bread undercurrent. Finishes with mildly bitter herbal and metallic hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft on the palate, pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, no complaints.

Presentation: Packaged in a 500 ml, 16.9 ounce steel can, served in a South American-style Pilsener glass. Beer number twenty-two (December 22nd) from the 2017 Costco Advent Beer Calendar.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

CAN: 50cl. Blue and white label. "Exp 05/2021" (seems a bit ambitious). Pull-tab. Acquired as part of Costco's 2019 Beer Advent Calendar ($60 plus tax for a 24 pack of 500ml cans).

4.6% ABV. 3.6% ABW.

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear yellow body of average vibrance...obviously filtered. Head is ~8cm-9cm, white, fluffy, and long lasting (it sticks around a good 8 minutes).

AROMA: 6-row barley. Pilsner malt. Corn-like sweetness. Mild grassy Noble hop character. Subdued airy breadiness.

Clean and inviting, if suggestive of a beer that's a bit too far to the malty sweet side.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Soft malt (6-row, pilsner, pale) marries subdued floral and grassy Noble hop varietals to good effect, with some airy breadiness giving it added body and presence on the palate though it remains clean drinking and approachable. Not too grainy, but a bit sweet for my taste. Finishes on notes of minerals.

Not metallic or otherwise off. Smooth, wet, clean, soft, medium-bodied. Has more weight on the palate and is more filling than you might expect a 4.6% ABV helles lager to be. Less clean yeast presence than I expected...this flirts with a breadiness more redolent of that you'd find in a bock or Marzen.

OVERALL: It's a soft well-balanced clean drinking lager that has room for complexity and subtlety but aside from some unwelcome mineral notes and a weighty mouthfeel is pretty much an ideal pick for pairing with food...the kind of simple brew with moderate depth of flavour you can drink easily without giving too much thought to. A table helles lager I'd happily buy by the sixer at German prices (think 30c a can at Aldi or Lidl).


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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.
Appearance- The beer pours a clear golden color with a tiny white head of foam. The head fades super fast to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is very light with a little bit of grain and a touch of caramel. Along with these smells comes a little bit of hay and a touch of grass.
Taste – The taste begins with a grainy taste that has a touch of caramel sweetness. As the taste advances some more sweetness of caramel comes to the tongue along with a little bit of herbal hop and a touch grass. These flavors take the taste to the end, leaving one with a rather moderate, lager taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is lighter in nature with a carbonation level that is rather average. The feel is pretty decent for the style and flavors and makes for a very easy drinking brew.
Overall – An alright larger overall, but nothing too exceptional.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale gold with very little head.

Grainy nose, a bit of bread.

Taste has grain, but a nice floral character as well, with a mineral finish

Medium bodied, nice finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Buck89
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Prom the advent box. Poured into a snifter. A crystal-clear golden straw color with a very thick and long lasting white head. Faint grain on the nose along with faint floral hops and a slightly lemony, mineral essence. I tasted sweet bready malt but with a soapy presence and also a slightly metallic note. Moderately bitter. Light bodied.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow color with a thin carbonated head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Malty dark fruit aroma. Somewhat bready. Definite authentic German taste. Bready, some tropical fruits. Light and crisp. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy straw with two fingers of white head. Head retention is fair with great lacing left behind. Aroma is pale, pilsner, and bread malts with a little yeast. Flavor profile is smooth and simple, just hitting light notes of pale, pilsner, and bread malts. It has a sweet, bready taste. Mouth feel is crisp, with a medium-thin thickness. Overall, a straight shooter lager with a lightly breaded aroma and flavor profile.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can. From Costco. In Bavaria hefe glass. Playing Bioshock Remastered. No defects but a bit boring and flat. Light grassy and mineral notes. Very drinkable feel. Not much sweet not bitter, just plain

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Photo of Dentist666
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden with decent white head, moderate retention.
Smell - grain, grassy hops, tad metallic, cracker.
Taste - malts, subtle hops.
Light body, soft carbonation, remarkably refreshing.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint.

Appearance: The body is transparent gold and medium bubbles creating a thick white head rising to maybe a finger's length. Drops slowly after a few sips with sticky lacing.

Smell: hops, and old malts..I've smelled a lot better.

Taste: Lightly malty and a touch sweet cream of as the beer warms down.

Mouth: med to almost full, very appealing after-taste.

Overall: Descent brew that which should put a smile on your face, definitely not a classic but good to try something a little different. satisfy the pickiest of drinkers. Salud!

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Photo of josephandbrown
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like several of the lagers in this advent calendar, Urtyp Hell Edel Bayer poured a decently foamy head, but it quickly dissipated. Almost no head remained, but there was some nice lacing for the first third of the beer. It's very pale gold, and almost crystal clear.

The aromas are subtle but nice. There is a subdued grain smell. I detect what I believe is a grassy scent. This usually comes from the hop varieties that come from England, so it seems out of place here. It's light enough that I may be confusing an herbal character for grass- herbal aromas are common from noble hops, the most likely class of hops used here.

Urtyp Hell Edel Bayer does not seem nuanced. The flavors are light. I don't really get any individual sweetness or hoppiness; instead, the two blend together harmoniously. And if the Germans know anything about brewing lagers (and they do), they know how to get that crisp, clean lager feel. The carbonation is just bubbly enough, and the beer is so filtered that it goes down incredibly smoothly.

Reviewing beers obviously involves some subjectivity. Beer styles and rating by categories of characteristics is meant to reduce this as much as possible. Still, sometimes a beer has an elusive quality, a certain je ne sais quoi. Urtyp Hell Edel Bayer has little on paper that would make me like it, but I do.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.72/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Crystal clear yellow with a big frothy two finger satin white head. Good lacing and head retention.

S: Fresh cut grass and toasted grains. Mild apples.

T: Disappointing. Stereotypical fizzy yellow water flavor that tastes like apple juice with dirty undertones of rusty metal and mild corn. Like all the other brews in the Advent Calendar so far, this one is nearly a year old and the flavor has degraded into almost nothing.

F: Mouthfeel is light in body. Moderately carbonated. Sweet and slightly dry.

O: I'll give it the benefit of the doubt since it's an old can but I'm not impressed at all, would gladly take a bud, miller or coors over this.

Edit: Originally I gave this a 2/5 but as I worked my way through the pint it kind of grew on me. It's probably not as bad as I make it sound but don't get your hopes up too much.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the Beer Advent Calendar. From the can, it pours golden with a nice head that stays awhile. Light scent, primarily bread in the nose. Bread in the mouth with just a touch of bitterness. Enjoyable.

Again in the 2019 COSTCO Advent Calendar.

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Photo of Shadman
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another cool looking can from the 2016 German Beer Advent calendar .

Pale straw yellow, slightly hazy with a brilliant two finger thick head.
Slight soda cracker malts and slightly grassy hop
Biscuit bread, slightly sweet, slightly metallic flavour that gets balanced later on with some nice hop bitterness.
Medium light body, a tad on the flat side. Could use a slight boost in carbonation.

Another solid German brew..quite quaffable

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Urtyp Hell Edel Bayer from Privatbrauerei H. Egerer
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 76 ratings