DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 15, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(500 ml bottle: $2.59 at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA) The month is notched out for April, but there is no year on the label, so I have no idea how old the bottle is but I just bought it last month. The bready and grainy malt is readily apparent, but to a lesser degree, so is the metallic and oxidized finish. Not much in the way of hops or bitterness here, maybe just a hint in the mid-palate. Grainy nose is not enticing. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Clear, medium-yellow body is topped by a small, whitish head that settles to a ring. One small patch of lace remains on the glass. Drinkable, but not all that enjoyable and it will not be memorable in any way.
dwyerpg (4653) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 This beer is okay; light, without much aroma. Not complex, but not quite boring, this is an easy drinking brew. I must have had a bad bottle last time.
Original score 1.4 Maybe I had an old bottle, but I think this tastes as bad as every other really bad lager. I once went to a bar in Germany called Hell and if they served me this, it truly would have been.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Grainy malts and lightly spicy hops in the nose. Clear pale golden body is topped by a low, fizzy, fine bubbled, white head that recedes to cover. Grainy, somewhat stale, metallic flavour with some floral hop notes and very low bitterness.. Light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Lager glass. Fridge temperature. Bottle (State Line Liquors, MD, Oct-05).
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle pours a light golden color, very clear with a tall white head. Very nice floral aroma with a bit of hop spiciness to it and a light background maltiness. This was a nice crisp and refreshing helles with a slight apricot fruitiness in the finish and a great hop play. One of the more hoppy helles i’ve had a very well made.
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(500ml bottle) Crystal clear straw body with medium white head. Aroma is medium sweet, cookie dough, some floral, fruity. Taste is medium sweet, bread, some floral, fruity, light herbal/grassy. Watery light body, some crispness. Not bad, just generic.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crisp and sweet with a big, malty flavor. I have never had this style before this one, but it was good.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
With a label this cool, this Germanic, this should have been better. My sample might have been old--though it was a recent arrival to my store, it had a "04.04" marking on the bottom of the label, suggesting it was over a year old. There were no other signs of age, but I have noticed frequently that the delicate malt of a Helles can simply evaporate with age. Perhaps this accounts for the faintness of the malt here. The malt profile was good, but it was at times tough to find. There was, however, a light but very nice spicy hop fragrance. This might be a very good beer in proper condition. As it was, it seemed like a lighter version of Spaten or Lowenbrau. Not worth the cost.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 Re-rate:
This bottle is purported to be fresh off the boat. Lightly hazy yellow orange tinged body. White head. Aroma is nice, biscuit, baking bread. Flavor is lightly sweet, a bit boring. Not bad by any stretch, but not spectatcular either. Drinking it by the reasonably priced stein full in Germany sounds like a great thing, drinking it at $3.50 a half liter in my living room, not so much.
Old - 5/3/6/3/12 - 2.9
500 ml bottle. Towering meringue white head sits atop a lively clear golden body. The aroma shows a wee bit of cookie and some floral. The flavor is not too bad but I have had a much better helles before. The malts are weak with only a bit of that lovely cookieness I associate with the style. Its not at all offensive a would make for a good session lager.
shrubber85 (7960) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (now labelled as Aktien Hell). Sweet syrupy corn malt aroma. Light golden yellow with little head. Sweet sage flavor primarily - light malt with no hops flavor that I can detect. Medium body. One of the best Helles I have ever had but I really like sweet sage - you might try it and hate it - I guess that’s why we average.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 16, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from brickskeller. light gold, small head. mild malt aroma, matched with mild malty flavor. clean finish. good hell, but it’s just not my style.