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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Summer Helles carries the pleasant sweetness of pale and German Pils malts, and levels off with the light and noble bitterness of Hallertau and Tettnang hops. It is 5 percent ABV and 21 IBUs, finishing crisp and dry. Summer Helles is available in 12-oz. bottles and on draft.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bkurtz (749) - PERU - AUG 28, 2014
Pours a pale yellow with a typical, but fairly long lasting head. Smooth tasting, light lager. Nothing special, but a nice summer thirst quencher.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (2919) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle. Sweet barley malt aroma. Clear pale gold with a moderate white head. Slightly sweet barley malt and spicy/grassy hops flavor. Body on the light side of medium, lively carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1505) - Idaho, USA - AUG 22, 2014
12 oz bottle- Pours light hazy golden with a one finger white head. Aroma is spicy, crisp, grains, some floral components. The taste is similar, grainy, crisp, clean and refreshing. I enjoyed this much more than I thought i would, i have been putting this off for over a month, pleasantly surprised!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2145) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle from Hollywood: Simply plain aroma of grain like malt. Golden liquid with a foamy head. The drink is crisp and refreshing and taste better than other brewery companies attempts at helles style. Light notes of hay and grass and went nice after a brief 10 minutes of yard work.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mep3222 (477) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Descent beer, basic lager with some malt and barnyard foot funk ish smells. It is fine for a lighter beer, but I just don't think I am a lager person as they generally have off putting flavors to me. It is a crisp beer and I could see how it can be refreshing, but not for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jrodooo5 (998) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 16, 2014
As light as they come but in no way offensive! Smooth & goes down easy while not providing any depth in flavor. Blah - a whatever beer.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
slowrunner77 (646) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 15, 2014
"Not a huge fan of this either. It’s passable but I agree theres an odd vegetal aspect that threatens to drown out the spicy noble hops. OK at best as part of the NB mixer..."

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (8339) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear pale golden color with a thin fizzy white head. Poor head retention. Aroma of pale malt, grain, doughy malt, herbal and mildly grassy hops. The taste is grainy malt, raw malt, earthy hops. Thin-medium bodied. Uninspiring.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hman43 (324) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2014
It pours straw in color with a healthy head that produces a little bit of lacing and it recedes. It has the pleasant smell of grassy hops with slight floral compliments. It has a quality pils taste brings out certain grass and floral elements. It’s somewhat crisp on the way down. Overall it’s fairly good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Sampled May 2014
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two-finger thick, pale, white colored head, and even leaves some thin lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is a bright golden color and shows a brilliantly clear, pale golden hue when held up to the light. The nose smells of hay, light herbal notes, and a solid lemon grass like character towards the middle and finish. As the beer warms up the dried hay / dried-grass character seems to be the dominant note in the nose.

Light bodied as it first hits my palate, the beer picks up an effervescent texture as well as a bit of chewy malt texture as it rolls across the tongue. The finish starts with a hay like malt character, picks up a light bitterness and sees a lingering herbal-lemon note end things off. Clean, crisp, with a slight tin-like metallic character, this beer is light, refreshing, and too easy to drink, but has a nice character to it as well.

This is definitely a go to pale lager; I love that I got it on sale, the only problem is that one is clearly not enough and a six pack disappears way too quickly. This really does have a nice texture to it; soft and creamy, yet light and eminently quaffable.


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