When In Doubt
Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Lager - Helles
Ranked #73
Ranked #17,268
3.87 | pDev: 7.49%
Apr 21, 2022
Aug 24, 2015
Very Good
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Notes: Arguably more than any other beer style, the Helles Lager represents the deep-rooted tradition of German brewing. The word “Helles” (German for “light”) offers the perfect descriptor for this pale, straw-colored, thirst-quencher of a beer. With origins in Münich, the Helles Lager style displays certain key attributes of a Czech Pilsner, such as its biscuity malt profile. Tradition hops lend subtle bitterness with hints of wildflowers, earthy spices, and soft herbs. Subtle yet flavorful enough to make for an enjoyable session, When In Doubt Lager will alleviate any uncertainty you’ve got when reaching for your next beer.
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3.33 by Icemann383 from New York on Apr 21, 2022
3.96 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Jun 23, 2021
3.58 by robebo44 from Virginia on Dec 26, 2020
3.93 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on Nov 14, 2020
3.94 by Taenim from New Jersey on Oct 17, 2020
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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Rschis16 from Maryland

Hazy copper orange in color with a pillow of stark white foam on top that takes its sweet time dissapating and lacing the glass as it goes. Soft bread and biscuit notes in the nose play nicely with some floral notes. Pleasant aroma. The floral notes shine through on first taste, followed by a classic pilsner malt that cleans up the back end nicely. Lingers just a touch in the aftertaste after a smooth, clean finish. Nice full mouthfeel for a 4.3% beer and makes you wonder how they accomplished that. Really well rounded beer here that makes for a very enjoyable experience.

Aug 08, 2020
3.73 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Jul 28, 2020
4.62 by beerrat from Virginia on Jul 13, 2020
3.89 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jul 07, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

Clear light yellow in color with just a faint haze. Big soapy white head; good retention and lacing.

Vegetal hops, bell pepper flesh, honey, bread crust, and grass on the nose.

Delicate honey and bread crust sweetness balanced against bell pepper, grass, hay and clover notes from the hops. Crisp and clean with just a slight white pepper bitterness.

Medium-light mouthfeel, but not watery in the slightest. Feels more like 5-5.5% than 4.3%. Well carbonated and slightly oily, but clean and crisp.

A fantastic Helles lager. Troegs did a knock-out job here.

Jul 06, 2020
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4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by TongoRad from New Jersey

This is one mighty impressive beer, and imo the kind that makes it worth picking up the pack just to get. Deeply bready and fuller than it's 4.3% would suggest, highlighted by hints of zesty lime peel hops and the slightest touch of DMS; perfectly balanced on the finish with just the right snap of clean bitterness; starts malty yet finishes dry. Muscular yet nimble.

I was expecting something good from this beer. Troegs exceeded it. One of the best American brewed Helles I can remember having.

Jul 05, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by artiefufkin from New Jersey

Clear typical helles aroma, slight grainy/husky notes on the palate only negative. Overall a good example of the style.

Jun 29, 2020
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3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Pronounced German/Czech taste. Nice clear, golden pour. The malt presence is heady--the big biscuit! In fact, with such a bold flavor profile, it was surprising to see the abv clock in at only 4.3%. This is a nice hearty refreshing choice--and sessionable!

Jun 23, 2020
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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by dsa7783 from New Jersey

Sampler pack copped from Crown Liquors in Vauxhall. Pours a golden, lucid hue with minimal frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of marshmallow and graham crackers. Similar overall flavor profile. Refreshing.

Jun 23, 2020
3.8 by bubseymour from Maryland on Jun 18, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Bluecrow from New York

-clear, pale yellow can pour with soapy-looking foam cap The aroma includes hay and woody hop notes. The flavor is of clean grain and some grass. The finish is slightly dry. This is a really pleasant brew.

Jun 10, 2020
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4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Urtravel from Pennsylvania

L: hazy golden straw color
S: aromatic light crisp floral
T: follows smell but with great effervescence
F: smooth cool crisp and clean
O: a great helles

Jun 06, 2020
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3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

12 oz can

Clear straw colored, white head. Aroma of mild pale malt and earthy. Clean grainy taste, crisp, refreshing to drink a can out in the sun and breeze. Thinner bodied.

May 31, 2020
4.04 by tuowl74a from Pennsylvania on May 27, 2020
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3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours a straw color with well over a finger of head. The nose reminds me far too much of an AAL. The flavor profile is biscuity, as expected. The body seems light to me, even considering the style.

May 26, 2020
3.58 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on Mar 06, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Gatch from Massachusetts

At the brewery. Really solid stuff! Delicious version of the style. Has everything you want from a Helles. Love how everyone is brewing awesome lagers these days!

Mar 03, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Gajo74 from New York

On draft at Blue Coast, Rehoboth, DE. Enjoyed it with a delicious crab stuffed branzino meal.

Pours a clear pale straw color with visible carbonation. A moderate head quickly dissipates and yields a thin layer of film and lacing.

The aroma is mostly clean. As the drink warms, there are some notes of cracker and lightly toasted malt. There is little to no discernible hops aroma.

Medium to light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel and moderate lively carbonation. Clean and balanced flavors that open with dry cracker and toasted malts. As the drink warms, a modest amount of malt sweetness opens up. The hops provide a clean and gentle bitterness and enough spice for balance. Hops flavors of lemon and grass keep things interesting. The finish is dry and clean.

A well done Helles that is crisp, refreshing and true to style.

Feb 22, 2020
4.02 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio on Jan 25, 2020
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3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Best By 4/9/20.

A - Medium gold color with perfect clarity and a frothy white layer of creamy foam. Carbonation is moderate and steady.

S - Light honey malt with a small amount of graininess and light earthiness.

T - Pale malt graininess that's a little cereal-like with light earthy citrus. Malty in the beginning, balanced in the middle, and finishes with a lingering earthy spice and citrus bitterness.

M - Thick mouthfeel with alot of prickly carbonation, dry on the back of the palate and wet at the tip.

O - Very easy drinking with a nice hoppy bite at the end.

Jan 10, 2020
4 by Maillard from Ohio on Sep 16, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a pilsner glass: color is straw, good white to bright white head with fine bubbles, minimal lacing on the glass sides, thin lingering top.

Smell is bread/biscuit, touch of grape, herbal/earthy hops.

Taste follows with bread/biscuit, light grape like sweetness, then pleasant hop flavor with herbal, earthy, and spicy notes.

Mouthfeel is crisp, but moderate carbonation, good sweet/bitter balance but clean and refreshing.

Overall this is an excellent helles with good malt and hop flavors and super sessionable abv.

Aug 28, 2019
3.59 by bankboy66 from New Jersey on Aug 24, 2019
3.99 by Boone757 from Virginia on Aug 08, 2019
3.91 by Budlum from Maryland on Aug 02, 2019
4.26 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania on Jul 25, 2019
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3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by mikeg67 from New Jersey

12 oz can. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt and grassy hops. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal hops dominate the palate with bready malt in the background. Finish is long and very dry. Very nice brew.

Jul 17, 2019
3.89 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Jul 09, 2019
3.74 by curlybird from Pennsylvania on Jul 08, 2019
3.93 by ColForbinBC from New Jersey on Jul 08, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

Dirty golden body with two fingers of white foam. Smells in between styles, namely pilsner and helles, with pilsner malt, helles breadiness, some straw, honey, pear, lemon and biscuit. Taste is more helles like with breadiness and honey up front, but the straw and fruit zest come in by the finish with the biscuit pilsner malts. Feel is light but not bright, smooth but has texture, but lacks some gravity to ground the breadiness for a long period of the sip. Ok

Jul 06, 2019
3.13 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York on Jul 05, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Glider from Massachusetts

Pours a clear straw yellow with nice head, good retention and lacing. Smell is restrained, but some bready malts with a hint of spicy, floral hops. Really nice doughy malts on the sip, with a touch of sweetness that turns into a crisp finish with some floral and a touch of black pepper and honey. Feel is medium light, with strong carbonation that can be seen as a stream of bubbles rising continuously. Overall a very tasty Helles and extremely drinkable at 4.3%. Well done and I will look for this one again.

Jul 05, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by jgido759 from New Jersey

Part of the Greeting From Troegs Sampler Pack (2019)

Pours a nice, clear golden color with a 1-2 finger white, fluffy head. Not too much aroma to speak of, but very crisp and light in flavor. Goes down very easy on a warm, Summer day. Great with various BBQ foods.

Would definitely enjoy this again and again. . .

Jul 05, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VoxRationis from New York

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) into a conical pint glass; best by 09/26/19.
A: Pours a crystal, golden color with a two to three finger, foamy, lemon-white head, rim retention, but rings of sticky lacing.
S: Aromas derived from grasses, barley grain, and light lemon.
T: Dry. Palate follows the nose, but much more lemony. Light, but very evident, bitterness provides a crisp finish.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: A very flavorful and approachable German Helles.

Jul 03, 2019
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