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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Helmuth is a beer inspired by the German Kellerbier (or Zwickel as they are also known). It is a unfiltered lager, usually served very fresh and thus less clean and bitter than normal German pilsner or Helles but with more body, fruitiness and complexity making it a most satisfying beer. It was decided that the beer needed to have a twist distinguishing it from its German cousins so we used the rarely used American Athanum hop. The beer is being brewed as a collaboration project between Ugly Duck Brewing and Beerhere on initiative of the Finnish beer geek and importer Juha Ikonen from the famous Finnish pub Pikkulinto.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lore (2169) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 7, 2016
hazy golden colour, moderate sized off-white head; aroma of tropical fruits like mango, hay and grass, maybe breadcrust; taste is similar with significant bitterness; unusual kellerbier, but not bad at all

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2016
Danish Kellerbier with medium thick, egg-white, regular head retaining well on the edges and in a thin ’veil’ in the middle; misty, warm orangey peach colour with slightly greenish hue and vivid sparkling. Aroma of dried apricot, dried flowers, bread crust, white pepper, camomile, roses even, dried yellow grapefruit peel, dry cloth, minerals, bitter honey, dough, subtle and thin peach sweetness underneath. Soft onset, rather neutral and minerally in first instance, gaining a bit of ’dried’ and only very restrainedly sweetish fruitiness right after that, paired with a very vague ’basic’ sourish touch; medium carbonation, supple and smooth mouthfeel, subtle spicy yeast notes and equally subtle yeast fruitiness on top of a pleasantly bready malt sweetish background, leading to a juicy, spicy finish, yeasty but well-restrained with just a touch of ’starch’, and most of all, a floral, peppery, earthy, drying hoppiness well in balance with the maltiness but leaving behind a fairly long trace of earthy and even slightly tonic water-like bitterness. This is a serious attempt at evocating the old German Kellerbier style, a style typified by finesse and balance, in which the yeast can bring a range of subtle fruity and spicy notes. This goal has been well achieved: this is a very pleasant, bready, earthy and still refined example of the style and surely among the better lagers I had in quite a while. Enjoyed it.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HPDalen (316) - DENMARK - JUN 23, 2016
Hoppy and malty aroma, grass, flowers and toast. Hint of dough. Pours golden with a white frothy head. Quite hoppy in taste too, more bitterness than than sweet. I taste grapefruit. It feels thin, average carbonation. Bitter finish. It’s a decent beer actually.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vells (1607) - Rîga, Latvija, LATVIA - JUN 17, 2016
Tasted after best before. So hops are drowned. Malty camomille, some grassy aspects. Light sweetness, moderate bitterness. Decent but bit faded away

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Melnis (488) - LATVIA - JUN 17, 2016
Aroma: Skidaris iesals, koka liime, brunais cukurs. Garsa: kontrastaa aromatam, nav salda, garsaa kumeliite.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tfredvik (1751) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2016
This one looks cloudy in the glass, with an amber colour, and a rather large, beige head that leaves an impressive amount of lacing. Malty, sweet, fruity and strong aroma of cereal, pale malts caramel, generic fruits and hints of tropical fruits. It’s a very sweet malty brew, almost a bit worty. Rather strong flavour that follows the aroma, with some additional grapefruit. Light sweet taste with a moderate to light bitter finish. Quite light body, a bit dry and somewhat watery texture, moderate carbonation. A malty sweet and grainy brew with just enough hops to make it slightly interesting.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 3 months before BB date, from an Irma in the centre of Copenhagen]

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sissio (1278) - Orsenigo, ITALY - MAY 13, 2016
Bottle @ home Clear golden orange with cream head Cereals, bread, light yellow fruit, hops Herbaceous bitter, malts, honey

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
melush (2838) - SPAIN - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle 33cl / Botella 33cl. @ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, España. A: Hazy golden / Dorado turbio. T/S: Malt, hops, citrusy, fruity / Malta, lupulo, citrico, afrutado.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (6719) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2016
500 ml bottle, from Matkroken Stokka. BB date 10.01.2014. ABV is 4.6%. Golden colour, slightly hazy. Large white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, including lychee, some less fresh malty notes (probably due to its age). The flavour is fairly fresh and drinkable, with a nice and fruity hop character, but again with some less fresh malty notes. Should have sampled this beer when it was fresh - still not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlf (308) - DENMARK - FEB 22, 2016
orange, peach-like unclear color with medium white head, hoppy aroma with stonefruit and some citrus, some spicy notes as well, earthy and pinelike hop-aroma, creamy mouthfeel with lively carbonation, a lot of hop flavours with fruit and citrus, some more spicy earthy flavors before bitter finish, lang lasting bitterness


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