Velas Helles | Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
Tennessee, United States
coppercellar.com

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.23
pDev:
17.96%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of weeare138
1.15/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a hazy light gold. Some scattered, white lace.
Smell is of buttered rotton corn and other skank ass vegetables.
Taste is of sour creamed corn...blech!!!
Mouthfeel is of rancid, gross, sour malt that isn't impressing me in the least. In fact...it's sour and plain out gross!
F this brew! I hate it!!!

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Photo of Volsdawg10
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of wcudwight
2.07/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours the color of any BMC. Might as well be Bud, Coors, Miller, PBR, or the Beast in my glass. No head, no lacing.
Smells of buttery corn
I really don't see how you could call this any other style, other than American Marco Lager. It's your pretty much run of the mill BMC beer. Taste is of corn and rice.
Very light bodied and watery.
So far this is the worst that I have tried from Smokey Mountain Brewery. It could be a lawn mower beer. But, if that's what you want why not go to the local grocery and get the cheapest Macro in cans.

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Photo of barleyroad
2.24/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light gold in appearance, very clear. The Smell lacks in any detectable aromas. The mouthfeel is crisp on the way in and then it is done. Taste is very uneventful and lacks any true charateristic, disappointing. Overall we have found this lacking in any real beer flavor.

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2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

Photo of johnrobe
2.49/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Update 8/17/04: Wow! This brewery has gone steadily downhill over the past few years. Velas Helles was once a tasty, spot-on domestic Helles, but my last sample had a perceptible amount of diacetyl. Yuck!! Not undrinkable...but I can do better with my homebrews.

A straw colored, extremely clear brew with a densely knit white head that shrinks to 1/4 inch and leaves some lace. The smell consists of a pleasant graininess along with some herbal Saaz and/or Hallertau hops. The taste is slightly dominated by candy-like sweet malt but the hops appear nicely in support. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy yet light at the same time. Not quite as full-bodied as it could be, but I'm being nitpicky. It is billed as a "Light German Style Lager". The finish is very clean and the drinkability is dangerous. Prosit!!
The visage of Smoky Mtn.'s brewmaster, Marty Velas, appears on the label appropriately in traditional German garb. I guess if you're gonna put your name and face on the label, you're gonna make sure it's one tasty brew.

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of Chaney
2.61/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at the Pigeon Forge location.

A: Poured a crystal clear, gold color, without much head and minimal visible carbonation.

S: Absolutely nothing.... No Bavarian quality whatsoever.

T: Whoa! This had an over-the-top saaz component that wasn't very drinkable.

M: The carbonation was fine and the lacing was virtually non-existent.

O: This is one of the most uninspiring Helles I've tried in a long time.

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Photo of argock
2.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Received as a gift in a mixed 6-pack from my friend Jody.

A: Golden with 1-finger white head with poor retention but a few dots of lace. Not as clear as it should be.

S: Fairly malty aroma with herbal, earthy noble hops nose. Not too bad actually. A little bit of corn.

T: Flavor is full of off-flavors, very solventy with a strange heavy bitter vegetative hops flavor that is too earthy. There is no brightness or crispness to the flavor.

M: Decent light body but the strange hops flavor and solventy nature lend a somewhat astringent feel to this beer.

O: Not a very good Helles lager -- off-flavors galore. I was able to choke it down but it was a bit of a struggle.

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Photo of Segelstrom
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of nrbw23
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of DavidRose
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of mrfrancis
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Smoky54
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of lwcreasy
2.76/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Decent looking- gold and bright. Not much on the nose; some malt. Lacks malt flavor, a little too hop-balanced for a Munich Helles. Vegetal and slightly astringent in the aftertaste. Somewhat refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of mntlover
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale yellow with small white head that falls way to quick. Aroma is light some malt some grassy hops not much going on here. Taste is a little more maltier then their pilsner maybe a touch more hops also but overall just as soon have the Thunder Road not much diffrence between the two. Mouthfeel is light and drinkability is ok goes down quick and is refreshing. This brewery is making their stuff to appeal to Bud drinkers. None of their beers are very taste intensive made not to offend anyone I guess.

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Photo of atsprings
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Lucifer tulip pours a crisp pale gold with a thin diminishing off-white head. Aroma is just a trace of sweet malts. The taste is a slight amount of sweet malts and and just a hint of hops. The beer is light and crisp, but a bit on the watery side. This is one textbook mediocrity.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

My parents brought back a sampler 6pck from there trip down south. This beer poured a clear golden with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of bread and bitter hop. The taste well balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with poor carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Hugh37
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Misfit138
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into my Sweetwater Blue pint glass.

A- Fizzy yellow beer with minimal head, that did manage to leave lacing along sides of glass.

S- Mild malts with hints of hops

T- Mild malt and grain flavor, maybe a a slight tart finish

M- Light body with fair carbonation

D- I would say its about like a typical mainstream domestic lager beer, but slightly better than most. Its not my favorite style, I was impressed with the porter that Smoky Mountain Brewery made and took a bottle of this home as well just to try. I think its a good beer for those that don't stray far from the Miller Lite and Coors kind of beers.

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Photo of JohnBender
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of WynnO
3/5  rDev -7.1%

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Velas Helles from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
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