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Kraftbrau Helles

Serve in Lager glass


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
A light Munich style lager

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Travlr (21680) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2014
An ancient bottle. Clear pale yellow color, small white head. Aroma of subtle straw. Taste is bitter lemonade.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3192) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2005
On tap at Kraftbrau. Slightly hazy yellow body, thin off-white head. Light, sweet, biscuity aroma with grassy hops. Biscuity, grassy body with light sweetness, flavorful and crisp, with the "lemon and cookies" I expect in the better examples of this style. Light beer that is pleasing and tasty, and complex in its own right. It can be done, and Kraftbrau nailed this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2004
That fuzzy, saaz hops mouthfeel is good. Sour, but well balanced. I didn’t get too much citrus, but all together, atmosphere and beer came together for a good experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Pale orange hefeweizen look to the beer with a very frothy white head attached. Smells much like an IPA, grapefruit peel, coriander, slight banana/bubble gum. Very nice flavor. Some apple peel, a sourness in the back of the mouth, tangy, slightly citrusy, almost like the tang of lemonade presugared. Interesting because I can't recall ever having a Helles before and really don't know what to expect from the style. Hopefully this is what is expected. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Beautiful beer. Nice white head. Smells like Deutshland. Very malty flavor. An awesome tasting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2003
Dark yellow and slightly hazy with a small head. Earthy spicy hop aroma and flavor, and strangely: notes of banana and phenols?! Almost like a Bavarian weizen mixed with Helles. Weird and unique but not bad. Sweetish flavor and balanced, almost alkaline finish - do I detect some lychee or corn like DMS components?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4837) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2003
Courtesy of the esteemed Psychprof. Mine pours with a mega-foamy head, which others don't mention. Hmmm, hope this isn't off. Looks nice, anyway. Nice buttery fresh bread aroma, soft but noticeable. Flavor is mild,dry,fresh, grassy, slightly citrusy. Can't say after one that this is a world classic, but I'm not really that knowledgeable in the style and this is coming on the heels of a couple of intense stouts. Will save my 2nd bottle for a really hot day. Very nice dry slightly bitter finish, good body, a winner for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5799) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew had a fruity aroma with a light orange transparent colored body. It poured a small head of white bubbles. It has a sweet carbonated taste and left a good lacing that stayed on the glass for a very long time. Overall it was very nice and very drinkable and left a dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Just the slightest hint of cloudiness. Great aroma--a nice range fo bright hop smells. Malt character is almost perfect. Bright on the tongue initially, then it envelops the tongue with straw-like flavos and then lets you off at the end with another kiss of hops and that slightest hint of sourness that takes the edge of the sweetish finish. An almost perfet helles. Psychprof thanks for promoting and providing this beer. A standout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2002
So I saved this one for last of the Kraftbraus I brought back from Kzoo on Eccentric day, under Michael’s spell. There is a great beer store in Kzoo called by some woman’s name Tracey’s, Trixies? It’s out west of town a bit. Anyway, they have a good selection of beers and claim to have more Kraftbrau readily availiable than does the brewery itself. Enough preamble: I make a little bread now and then and have a habit of slathering my rising doughs with interesting oils. If you chewed a bit of my rising dough recently coated in a flaxseed/canola mixture, you’d approximate the malty rise of this brew. But the beer doesn’t quit there - as the good professor opines, there is plenty of Hallertauer flower power to balance and accent. It’s a deceptively easy drinking brew - I finished the glass greedily - but, alas, I’d only brought one ... this becomes my new fave of the style, taking over from the wonderful Great Lakes version, which is a perennial standard in my fridge.

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