John Harvards Munich Helles
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 2.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Germany's version of a light lager, this golden beer has a delicate malt character and a crisp refreshing finish without compromising flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12142) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2009
on tap-pours a thin off white head and amber color. Aroma is light/medium malt, fruit/spice hops. Taste is sweet light/medium malt-caramel, fruit/spice hops. Towards medium body. OK/mild carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopdog (11290) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2007
On tap at the Wayne, PA location. Poured a medium golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas and tastes of grains, light citurs, and some grass. Thinner body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DocLock (9905) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2005
I am very saddened to see how much John Harvardís has fallen off in their beer in the last 6 months or so. I speak with only knowledge of the Wayne, PA location, but their beers arenít as good as they used to be. The food is still great, but I usually go to Iron Hill or GLI or Sly Fox of Victory these days.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheBeerGod (5997) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Pretty sure this is the same....called Munich Gold at the DC location. Draft on 11-12-05. Gold bodied witha small white head. Nose is malty and bready with a light sulphur/egg note. Kind of unappetizing. Taste is better with chewy malts, light lemon notes and grass. SOme sourdough bread hints as well. Body is light with a mild carbonation feel. Finishes with more bread notes, malts, light grass and a hint of citrus. OK, I guess.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (5715) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 26, 2005
On draght at Framingham loc. on 9/22/2005 with OldGrowth. Freshly brewed on 9/20/2005, so it didnt have being old as an excuse. But an excuse it needed. Pours a ridiculously clear, filtered to all get out light yellow. No head or lacing, much resembling BMC, though not as much fizzy carbonation and perhaps not quite as light in color. Smells like a cheap, German knock off. You can smell the yeast biproduct and I know they used a German-style yeast strain, but itís just smells, powdery, dusty, corny, papery and altogether unpleasant. Yikes. Flavor is at least, somewhat better than the aroma would let on. Watered down German lager yeast has no bite left in it, with touches of light pale grains, corn-like notes and a watery, poor body which gets even worse after it warms. Barely perceptible hoppiness, maybe a touch of watered down grassiness. Iíve definitely had worse versions, but this is still pretty bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3621) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Draft in Manchester, CT. The beerís name was "Cold as Helles", but I will place it here. Crisp, slightly sweet and grassy nose. Transparent yellow/orange golden color with dissipating yellowish head. Grassy, slightly hoppy middle. Creamy and grainy to finish. A fair representation of the style. I detect sort of a milky flavor/sensation. The more I drink, the more this tastes like a cheap macro.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ROGUE (2182) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - DEC 29, 2009
On tao at brew house. Poured a slightly hazy, light amber with a thin, off white collar. The aroma was mild citrus with a hint of breadiness. Flavor was weak toasted malts with a touch of citrus hops. Had a slight peppery bite in the finish. Medium bodied and a middle of the road beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFGrind (1994) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Springfield, PA - The Saaz hops is what makes this beer. Gives it a crisp aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Tap at Framingham location: Poured golden yellow with a medium white head. Mild aroma of vinegar and corn with a little fruit. More corn in the palate. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1792) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 14, 2010
On tap at JHís in Manchester CT. A wonderful light-bodied hoppy golden lager. Clean and refreshing. This one has a tad more hops than the classic German type, but is still quite drinkable an refreshing. Well made version of a very under-appreciated style.

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