Saranac Helles
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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German Helles
Ranked #237
Ranked #42,507
3.54 | pDev: 12.15%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks about right for this style.

Aroma is full of sweet, grainy, bready malt in the nose. Definitely fits this style. Only a touch of hops as well.

Taste is nice and hoppy upfront with sweet, grainy malt in the middle. Easy to drink. Inoffensive.

Mouthfeel is only a tad bit watery but otherwise, spot-on for the style. Hops and malt stick around.

A nice example of the style. Anyone who says that Saranac only makes crappy examples of styles is dead wrong. This is spot-on and worth a shot. If you can't enjoy a good munich helles lager, I feel sorry for you.

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Photo of bsend
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Nice crisp golden color with lots of light carbonation. A fizzy white head appeared and dissappeared quickly. Mild lacing present. Completely see through when holding it up to the light.

Smell: Light yeast scent, laced with minimal hop.

Taste: Above average tasting beer for this style. Grain flavor present with mix of light watery endings. Mild hop flavor follows. The big gain for this beer was the lack of skunky after taste that you experience with some of the European Macro counterparts.

Mouthfeel: Light body and lots of small carbonation. Nothing spectactular, however nothing to bring it down either.

Drinkability: Definitely a sessionable style brew. Light and easy to go down.

Final Thoughts - Fan of some of the larger European companies should give this one a go. Decent representation of the style. Great in a mix pack but I would not seek this one out for itself.

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Photo of Troy518
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Summer:

A: Light blonde with yellow hue, brilliantly clear, moderate head.

S: Light grains, lemon, hay, fennel seed.

T: Creamy, orange-lemon fruit, malty, honey-dew melon.

M: Bubbly, smooth, dry finish.

D: Easy to drink, slightly watery but creamy at the same time.

Definitely a worthwhile beverage and something that could stand alone in a 6 pack.

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Saranac Helles from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 112 ratings