Edenton Helles Angel | Edenton Brewing Company

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Edenton Helles AngelEdenton Helles Angel

Brewed by:
Edenton Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by homersimpson:
Photo of homersimpson
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just got it on tap today.
Pours a clear gold with a light beige lace that sits around for a while.
Nose is very sweet, almost candylike, and malty.
She's quite carbonated and somewhat light on the palate.
Flavor is very low hop, definately malty, and somewhat sweet. Leads to a clear, crisp finish and a very clean aftertaste.
Piss-colored lagers are not my style at all, but this is a good representation of the Helles style. Imminently drinkable and easy on the taste buds.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this style during these hot summer months here in NC,pours a clear light golden color with a pretty thin wispy white head.Aromas of lightly toasted grain and some alcohol oddly enough,taste is light and soft with a nice toasted grain taste a little sweetness in the finish.A nice soft easy drinker great for the summer it has some flavor to it wich alot of beers like this lack.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow in color with a scant layer of white head. Aromas are sweet and carry a whiff of medicinal alcohol...strange. Flavor is dominated by the sweet malts. Not a bad thing, but there's no hop balance. Finishes with little aftertaste. Slightly thin mouthfeel but drinkable. Good summer beer for those humid Richmond summer days.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one.

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Photo of yankeeheel
2.25/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a chill haze yellow with a meager thin white head. Smells slightly soapy with a tiny hint of citrus. Taste wise it is borderline lemon/sulfur with a bit of thin peppery spice. Taste ebbs to a weak hop finish. Moderate in mouthfeel, flawed on many levels. I've had some really good helles lagers before, this isn't one of them.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Note: Edenton seems to be having some problems with bottling. Out of the 24 bottles in my case, 11 were high fills that contained 13 ounces, and 4 of them barely contained 11. The high fills are fine, but the short bottles show signs of oxidation. - Only properly filled bottles were sampled for review).

Edenton's Pale Golden Lager delivers a slightly hazy, deep golden body with an orange cast. It's creamy vanilla-white head holds fairly well, and it leaves some minor lace about the glass. The nose is basic with some malt and a cusp of hops; and perhaps a touch of yeasty fruitiness. (I wonder if this is actually a lager, or just a "cellared" ale?). In the mouth, a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation lends a caress to the tongue before it's medium body fades smoothly away. Similar to the nose, the flavor is quite basic without having any particular character of the malt or hops stand out. The bitterness is held in check, as it should be, and it finishes dry with a touch of lingering malt (that's almost wheaty?) and a sprinkling of sublime, spicy and floral hops. It's not a Munich-style Hellles in my opinion, as it lack the proper Munich malt character (and are they using wheat in here?), but it's OK. It's nicely balanced, but at the same time it's kind of lacking in character. Still, it's not bad (there are no defects in it), and it might make a nice cross-over beer for those looking for a little more than mass-market American lagers.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of silver0rlead
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, straw golden color with a nice frothy white head that retains well. Aroma is very malty with clean, lightly toasted bread notes and some noble hop scents. The taste begins with a clean toasty bread note followed by some floral and grassy hops...simple but when has a munich helles ever been complicated? This beer is to style and very quaffable, with a light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and excellent drinkability. Really enjoyable and drinkable craft beer without all the pretention of a brewer like DFH, simple, tasty and well crafted.

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Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured golden with a 2 fingers deep white head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Straw & floral hops

T: Slight grainyness & malt sweetness up front. Floral hops shine through lending to a lemony & straw flavor. Finishes slightlty fruitty & quenching

Medium body, with a spritzy feel & great balance

Drinks too easy, nice helles. Made me want to try others from this brewery, but will probably have to wait until the next time I'm back home

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Photo of Backer2004
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $4.00 for a pint at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte last night. have heard pretty good things about the Edonton Brewing co. and this was my first chance to try something.

This is only the second review of the Helles Angel on tap and it seems to score a bit higher versus the bottle. No qualitites blew me out of the water, but the hops were well balance. appeared with a little head that stuck around for a bit. Very easy to finish and order another.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a rather dull gold with an enitrely too big white head, that doesn't really stay at all.

Smell: the smell has a buttery malt feel to it with slightly bitter hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a mix of bread and butter, which is perfectly compliment by floral hops. It suprisingly smooth, with good balance and a nice, thirst quenching finish. It's really fitting tasting for this time of year.

Drinkability and Overall: This isn't too bad of a beer. A nice offering from this little NC brewery. I got 5 more of theirs to try. It's not earth shattering, but quite pleasent and appropriate for the style.

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Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: A vigorous pour into the pint glass creates a fizzy bone white head. The beer is straw golden in color.

smell: Smells of light grain, a slight sweetness, and some spicy hops. Subtle hints of light fruits like apple and pear.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is somewhat lower than medium and the body thin. Could definately use some more carbonation to carry the subtle flavors, and to just give a better feel on the tongue.

taste: A light fruity sweetness somewhat offset by spicy, clean hops. Not much to it.

drinkability: Easy to drink, and unoffensive

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Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from GCBrewingCo as part of BIF 20. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2 1/2" eggshell head above the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head fades rather quickly down to a more manageable quarter inch, and with ample lacing. Aroma is sweet pale malt with a fruity kick. Taste is similar ot the nose, with the slight fruitiness merging nicely with the malt, but with a somewhat bitter, chalky aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both okay as well. Reasonably standard fare here.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light gold with a nice full lightly creamy white head, active carbonation, and some lace rings. Nice grainy malt aroma. Grainy malt flavor dominates with a slightly off flavor to finish... maybe a bit sour-ish. Betting this bottle is a bit old even though it was recently purchased. Light-medium bodied with a dry grainy and lightly sour finish.

Would definitely try again - hopefully will end up w a fresher bottle next time.

Label states: "Pale Golden Lager"

Per EBC website:
German and Pilsner malts.
Northern Brewer, Hallertau, and Tettnang hops.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a huge, bone-white head with very little retention. The color was a deep, golden-amber with a light cloudiness, which was somewhat unexpected in a lager. The nose had the characteristic lager sweetness to it, sort of honey-like but malty at the same time. The mouthfeel was medium with a good lager taste of balanced sweetness and bitterness on the tongue. The finish tended more to bitter than sweet, which I actually enjoyed. I find that I am enjoying lagers more and more.

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Photo of unit555
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Virtually no head when I poured which was disappointing but the intense color saved the appearance rating. Deep golden color that borders on a shade of orange. The smell was prominent and had a yeasty texture that came through in the taste. When you got past the initial bite of yeast on the tongue the remainder of the taste was nice. It had a long finish with tastes of fruit and butterscotch.

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Not much head, but there was some residual lacing on the glass. Pale yellow color.

Not strong smelling. Little bit of malt and not much hoppiness.

Taste was alright. Reminded me of a typical macro lager. Not much to say about this beer, neither bad nor good. It is supposed to be a lighter lager, and I think it fits the bill.

I can feel the carbonation, and there are lots of champagne-like bubbles rising to the top as I drink this. It goes down easy, with little aftertaste.

Not a bad beer. I think this would be a good choice for a hot summer day. Very drinkable if you are looking for a session beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry and musty pale and Munich malt scent. The taste is good. It has a grainy pale malt flavor along with a smooth Munich malt sweetness. It goes down easy and finishes dry and slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine Helles lager. It's tastey and highly drinkable.

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Photo of sinistrsam
2.03/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a bland straw-color with absolutely no head. Maybe a bad keg, but I would expect at least some head out of a draft.
The aroma was more like a cheap, mass-made lager-style beer than a microbrew.
It had a mild sweetness in the taste up front but faded quickly into a bland and somewhat skunky aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was boring to say the least, once again due to the lack of carbonation.
I'd say this was mediocre at best and not something you're going to want to sip and enjoy.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured an orange-amber color with massive white chunky head. Beautiful lacing as the beer was slowly evacuated from the glass. Head lasted throughout. Smell is light and summer fruity and very nice. Taste starts off strongly malty but a nice hoppy note shows through as the beer warms. Finish shows more of the hop character with a nice balance of the malt. Very drinkable. A nice summer bber.,

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark golden cloudy body with a decent head

Smell: Slightly hoppy on the nose

Taste: Clean and crisp with some nice bitterness on the finish; offset by a touch of sweetness on the tongue at the very end

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation

Drinkability: A nicely balanced full flavored brew; I generally prefer darker styles but this one is a keeper for those occasions which call for a lager.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark gold in color. Darker than I expected. Almost leaning towards brown. Thick foam head that vanished completely. Appearance was essentially flat. Picked up hardly any nose whatsoever. Much sweeter than I wanted becasue of the malts. Hops were present but were very sublime. Some white bread flavors too. Medium body. Easily drinkable but not particularly enjoyable.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dopplemeup for this one.

Just as the name states, pale golden in color with virtually no head at all. A thin white ring stuck around the top of the body for a minute or two and then disappeared. Slight malty aroma, nothing overpowering. Taste is semi-sweet malt with a light hop finish. A nice balance, but a bit thin in flavor in the end. Not a very complex beer, which makes it an easy drinking lager. This would make a good transaction beer for macro drinkers.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear pale golden with a low white and persistent head.

The aroma was malty and fruity with a very slight sulphur note.

The flavor was malty and slightly sweet with a decent balance that left a crisp impression.

The finish was crisp and off dry with a light malty impression lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

Had to review this one again. The brewery replaced my bad bottle with a six pack.

8-8-04 overall 2.3
(3.5 appear, 1.0 smell, 2.0 taste, 3.5 mouthfeel, 2.5 drink)
The beer poured pale golden with an ever so slight haze. The head was low and fall rapidly to the edges of the surface.

The aroma was sulphur. Strong, strong sulphur. Pretty awful, akin to rotten egs. (I will probably have to rate this one again)

The flavor was low maltiness with a sulphur flavor that is not well accomplished.

The finish was dry with the same suphur flavors. The body was medium.

I have had this one before and it had none of those characteristics of strong sulphur, generally only lightly so. I will rate it again to be fair, this must just be an off bottle.

12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine on Capital Boulevard.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Even did this one the service proper burial by dropping her into a gorgeous pilsner glass to savor the memory.

Pours a standard golden hued pour with a top of fluffy ivory spumescent head cap, well retained with taunt head cap hanging in there.

Aromatic leafy grainy scents to a muted degree. Not a nose popper but contains some pop.

First swigs: Honey and grain tingler. Maybe a bit of honey over grain prescence. Aftertaste is somewhat clean but cloys toward the end.

Mouthfeel is subjectively soft yet firm, with a rounded body of medium build.

Drinkability is good with a sweet aftertaste. Some hints of maple syrup round out the finish.

Last swigs: Milky lightly oatmealish brew. Best in a 5 brew mixed pack from EDENTON. This is a can't go wrong decent lager to use as a crossover much like Flying Fish or Cricket Hill. Some slight red apples in the mix round out the malts. Well done but fits into a steam beer style flavor of ale meets lager. No biggie, just a designation.

Beer is good. Happy sorta local beering.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hells Angles. Poured a lemony yellow color with a slight haze. A fizzy white head that quickly hides to the edge of the glass, but does last through the whole sampling. Good lacing as well.

The smell is malty with a more Americanized pilsner smell. A Pilsner malt smell with not much DMS aromas. A hoppy kick with a touch of white grape-like smells.

The taste is mostly malt with a crisp taste. A slight more butterscotch taste then the nose would indicate. The hop presence is noticeable but still very light and more would be nice (both bittering and flavoring). A good bitterness with a floral kick and a peppery finish. Not much finish though but a touch of citrus is there.

The body is light. Not much for carbonation. Overall this is a good Americanized Pilsner, but personally I would like more of a hop taste.

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Edenton Helles Angel from Edenton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 32 ratings
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