urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 THIS BEER IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT IN THE BOTTLE VS. ON TAP. MY RATING REFLECTS TAP SAMPLES Update: I am certain they have changed the recipe. This always tasted like something of a Spaten Helles clone, but now it tastes just like Victory or Dominion. Which is good, as those are my favorite beers in the world. Much maltier than before, cereal sweetness with a good measure of hops. I really dig. Old: (3.6) I am biased, as this is my hometown beer, the only brewery in Annapolis. This Helles adheres strictly to the style--light, sweet malt with a dry finish and light on hops. Stands up well to Spaten, Lowenbrau, Hacker Pschorr, though could use a spike in the aroma. In a blind test, I found it indistiguishable from Spaten. In some samplings, I’ve noticed the hops a bit more in the nose and on the finish.
beerguy101 (5206) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and grainy. A medium bodied lager. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are mild and slightly spicy. A mild slightly sweet helles. Light and refreshing. Clean and crisp with no flavor defects. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep golden color, slightly hazy, with a copious head. Aroma is sweet and malty, mildly fruity in that lagered sort of way. Flavor is wonderful. Malty, slightly bready, with a little appley fruitiness. Light hoppy tang at the end. Balance is good. Carbonation is medium, body is light/medium. A really well done helles lager.
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The golden-yellow appareance, with a light thin head, made me reluctant to try this brew. Still, the aroma was light and sweet, and I put my lips to it. Spicy and crisp, it is an excellent representation of the style. Not the best style, mind you, but if you want Helles, try this.
epotts99 (1) - NEW CASTLE, Delaware, USA - SEP 2, 2002 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice golden lager with a refreshingly sweet aftertaste. An ideal hot weather beer.
MaiBockAddict (1498) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Andy’s. Clear, golden, white head. Aroma of slight hop and malt. Smooth malty flavor. Nice hop component. Slight pleasant wortiness. Decent and drinkable.
Quirkmeister (7) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2008 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth with a bite. pours from Tap nicely. A must brand to sample while in Annapolis, MD.
THLEIGHTY (13) - - MAY 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very light crisp beer. This is the kind of beer you can sit down and drink with a few buddies.
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Kinz (2973) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light to medium golden body with a decent white head. Aroma of hay and cut grass, gentle. Slightly sweet in the mouth with a taste of light malts and very gentle grassy hops. Not complicated, but enjoyable and well done.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap - Annapolis - Clear sparkling dark gold, thin fizzy white head. Nice nose of malted butterscotch, and white bread, with a light nutty, grassy, caramel undertone. Well balanced flavors of nutty malt, bread, and sweet caramel. Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation, malty, bready finish. A pleasant surprise for sure...