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RATINGS: 329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Why so punny? “Helles” is German for “light colored.” Hotter Than Helles is more than just a (very) silly pun; it perfectly reflects the nature of this beer. A lager meant to be consumed when it’s truly hotter than helles outside. So there are no peppers or spices in this beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClubGonzo (4724) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2013
Can from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a slightly hazy yellow body with a small, short-lived white head. Aroma is pale malts, red fruits, green apples and hints of straw and cider. Taste is pale malts, marzipan, honey and hints of grains and straw. Light to medium body, slightly fizzy carbonation. Half-decent, but too sweet and not very exciting in its overall profile. Would choose many beers over this for session freshness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (8622) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Pour on tap at GABF, clear yellow pour with white head, aroma brought some cracker, biscuit, bready notes, hints of slight grass, touch of grainy notes, pretty standard here. Taste is a mix of cracker, biscuit, spice and yeasty notes, slight grainy tones, finishing fairly clean, dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6728) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Can. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cracker), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers), with light notes of DMS and gum. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation. Other than a collaboration beer I had a few years ago that I don’t remember the name of, this is my first CCB brew. And a good thing that it’s a light lager, because it’s a very difficult style to make really well. If a brewer can make a good, clean, vibrant hell or pils, that’s really saying something...not so much an imperial stout or double IPA, which suffer flaws much easier. And on top of all that, I am especially fond of German lagers and have visited the country many times to quench that thirst. So this seemed like an excellent brew to sorta pre-judge forthcoming CCB products that will be rolling out here in Colorado. The result? Well, it’s somewhere in between disappointing and surprising. It’s not as bad as feared, but not as good as hoped. It’s kinda syrupy sweet, it’s kinda fizzy, and it’s not terribly clean. It just seems like not all that much love went into this...which is sad, because the best helles I’ve had have been mind-blowing. On the other hand, it *does* have some aromatic allure, a nice floral hop bouquet that’s thankfully not Americanized. In a blind tasting, you might indeed think it came from Germany. But in the end, it’s just kind of...well...uninspired. Compared to a hundred random pale lagers from Germany, this would be middle-of-the-road...which is pretty good for a young American brewery, no doubt. Hopefully their ales will fare better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2568) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2013
A: Mildly Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Most Light, White Head Ring, Great Lacing S: Mild Floral, Mild Neutral Malts, Mild Sweet Malts T: Floral, Mild Sweet Malts, Mildly Grainy M: Great Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Mildly Malty, Mildly Drying Overall, a nice helles lager but just lacks that umph to push it over the edge to want it constantly. Nice to try, but wouldnt want to leave here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (19334) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2013
Can. Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. Has a fruity malty grainy aroma. Fruity malty grainy flavor. Has a fruity malty grainy finish with weak grassy hints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
That1Guy (2055) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Quite excited to see some CC cans at the local beer store. Pours hazy orange with a white head that disappears pretty quickly. As expected, pretty malty, sweet. Get a hint of acetaldehyde, but not enough to destroy the overall integrity of the beer. Surprising amount of body for a session brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Jamesthebrit (351) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2013
A: Smell is unsurprising.... malty. Lemony. Light. A: Pours a light yellow urine color. Head retention is very nice. T: Really tastes like..... well, nothing. The slightest of hints of yeast, malt and lemon in the finish. P: Acidic on the palate. Crisp in the finish. Overall just not a good beer. Doesn’t really have much flavor: not even the yeast note that lagers usually carry. Zero hops. A hint hint hint of lemon but nothing to write home about. Better then a macro.... but really not by much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brouwerij (957) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Can. Pours clear gold with coarse, off-white head. Settles quickly with no lacing. Aroma is sweet, nutty, malty, toffee. Flavor is sweet, malty, with a mild, sweet, malt finish. Soft carbonation, light body. Quite sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (6056) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Can as shown thanks to Sean. Pours a cloudy yellow with medium frothy white head. The aroma is strong wheat and fruit. Medium mouthfeel with light wheat and sweet finish. Good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8600) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Can. Darkened gold body with a short white head. Basic pale malt nose of grains, corn syrup, a lot of honey-ish notes, some light pepper / metal fermentation effects. Buttered apple malt, goopy and thick and then frothed by carbonation before leaving a bitter coating of twangy corn and malt syrup. I’m curious how long this is lagered since the body seems to fit with american malt liquor more than German helles. I’m afraid nothing about this is German. The body is far too thick and there seems to be apple/pear esters present (and/or acetaldehyde, also present in malt liquor but not present here). The poor head retention is also a tell that something is off in this batch.

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