Free State 1854 Helles
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   ABV: -
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This is a German Helles style lager. Helles is German for “bright”. These began to be produced in Munich around 1890 as a response to the popularity of Czeck Pilsner beers and are marked by a light color, smooth malt flavor and modest hop character. This beer primarily relies on top quality Pilsner malt for its flavor and body. American Vanguard hops are used to add a subtle hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. It is a lager style, or bottom fermented beer, which showcases the flavors of the ingredients over the flavors of the yeast.We originally brewed this beer in celebration of Lawrence’s 150th anniversary in 2004, hense the name 1854 Helles. OG 12.5° P/1050 Hops - 20 IBU

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Reviewed from notes. On tap in August 2009. Pours a moderate golden color with a white head and just a bit of lacing. The nose is really faint with a bit of grainy sweetness and some very mild hops. Just a bit of diacetyl comes in. The taste is, unfortunately, a bit of a butter bomb. Not much past that. Creamy feel with a pretty decent body, but I can’t get past the off flavors. This unfortunately plagued a few of their brews while we were there. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-11-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2804) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Tap @ brewpub. Color is clear golden with a thick head at first, fades to nothing much. Just a plain thick white bread malty brew, well lagered down. Finally executed but at the end boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (3451) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Growler courtesy of both Gregis and csbosox. Pour is clear golden copper with a nice one inch white head. Aroma of soft toasty malt, a bit of grassy hoppiness. Subdued nose, but pleasant. Taste is the lightly toasted malt, hint of sweetness, grassy earhty hops. As with the nose, clean and subdued. Palate is medium to low carbonation, quick and clean finish. Thanks for sharing this one guys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemike (2527) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - AUG 15, 2009
pours a clear and very light and bright yellow Lots of carbonation. Big white head pilsner malt front dominates the flavor with a slightly nutty backing and a nice tight finish overall a damn good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
monkeygirl (8) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUL 17, 2008 does not count
Was at Free State a couple days ago and took notes. It was on tap. Yellow in color, white head, and good lacing. Nice fresh, lemon aroma. Flavor is lemony, refreshing, and light malt. Palate is a little buttery in texture, a little creamy and very refreshing. Good for summer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 16, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Golden color with a smallish white head. Brilliant clarity. Lightly kined malt, almost cracker like, with some herbal hops. Flavor is crisp malt,herbal hops. Very clean. A little residual sweetness but still a nice amount of hop bitterness. A clean, easy to drink beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Tap @ FS, pours a clear and very light and bright yellow, small white head, moderate lacing. Flavor is faint as expected, with some lemon and pale malts. Flavor is also light with just a hint of lemon and more light malts. Refreshing and easy to drink, but as expected not that interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2008
From notes last summer. Pint at the brew pub. Poured a clear golden. Aroma of malty sweetness and spicy hops. Nice easy to drink balanced beer a little sweet malt and a little spicy hops. It reminded me of some of the nice European pilseners.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2007
From a growler at a homebrew club meeting. Pale yellow. Lots of carbonation. Big white head. Pretty robust grain aroma with a solid punch of noble hops. Slight corn flavor with a refreshing bitterness. Really nice easy drinking mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUL 15, 2007
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear yellow with a small, rocky, white head. The nose is a light graininess, very similar to a Bohemian pilsner. Medium-bodied and slick with a crisp, clean finish. A round pilsner malt front dominates the flavor with a slightly nutty backing and a nice tight finish. This is a good session beer; definitely an example of a beer where the overall impression is greater than the sum of its parts.

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