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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Helles Belles is a traditional German-style lager brewed with premium pilsner malt and bittered with Hallertau hops. Originally brewed for the Oregon Brewers Festival, Helles (meaning light) is straw yellow in color, bright, and crisp. So for those about to rock, Ninkasi proudly presents Helles Belles!

DicksMcGee's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DicksMcGee (56) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2012
First off B’s, i feel seriously bad about whoever at ninkasi came up with this recipe. It’s D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S. For all of you Double IPA/ Barrel Aged Stout/Wild Ale pretentious dumps let me remind you of the history and definition of Helles Lager: "Munich’s response to the foreign pilsner was the “Helles”. Less hop flavor and bitterness than Pilsner, the main highlight of Helles is its bready, malty character. It’s malty, balanced, easy-drinking character has earned it the title of “liquid bread”, and it is often served for breakfast in Germany." Let me interpret that for you, "It’s literally an American Pilsner." IE, macros breweries have been trying to make this beer for a century. I feel so bad for whom ever at Ninkasi had the idea and recipe for this beer. I read all of your comments about this beer and they’re spot on, but your ratings are insultingly low. Let’s not whiz all over this excellent beer because of what some money grubbing wrinkly sets of balls decided was the most cost effective version of this beer, but pretend for a second that this was how it was supposed to be, or at least close to it. OR, maybe be grateful that a brewery decided to do right what’s been done wrong so many times and give you losers an alternative to the macros you hate. Or should I remind you that there is a reason why those beers are so popular: they (should) taste good and you can drink them FOREVER.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (8389) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 10, 2016
bottle from City Beer SF. Crisp bready lager with light floral hops. Fairly well done though not terribly exciting. Clean finish with some yeast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Squizzle (202) - Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2016 I could drink of bunch of these. I could also go on about taste and aroma and other stuff (which I do appreciate) but I must put this beer in the context of time. I am watching a Phish show live stream on TV. I cant help wondering, if deadheads had this technology would they do the same? I drank this beer throughout the show and it was truly wonderful. So cheers! Cheers to Ninkisi and cheers to Phish. Thanks for all you both do. Cause both you rule the universes in which you preside.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nimbleprop (6654) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2016
12oz bottle pours a clear, piss yellow with some white head. Nose has malt, flowers, grass. Flavor is lemon, grass, mild honey. Very mild

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (4591) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle at the nuplastikk returns tasting in VA. Clear straw yellow with off-white head. Aromas of hay, wheat, citrus, floral notes. Tastes of floral notes, citrus, herbs, hay. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (18666) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle. Clear yellow color, white head. Aroma of cardboard and lager. Taste is peppery bready straw, light medicine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Huhzubendah (3237) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Clear, pale yellow body with a small white head. Rain, German lager aroma. Classic flavor. Thin body, with a hint of tangy hops. Easy drinking, though not on par with the standard German examples.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
solidfunk (6480) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Decent malt and decent for style. Crisp finish. Pours golden with great head and lacing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arayaga2 (1982) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Like any other Helles, but with a touch of gasoline and lingering tannic flavors. I don’t really recommend this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (1689) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle, Wine Warehouse. Pours crystal clear light golden with a small cottony white head. Smell is sweet: grassy, musty, almost a bit champagne-like. Taste is grasses, bitter leaves, light smoke, crackers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnGalt1 (1215) - , Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Pours with a decent white head... 3/4"... okay lacing and retention.... the brew is very clear dark golden.... Nose is pretty damn malty... almost too much, and I love malty lagers.. slight background of some spicy hoppiness. Bitterness backbones the entire palate... but doesn’t seem as clean as I would expect... maybe some hints of sulfur.. a bit of DMS.. pale malts come out swinging later than expected... the bigger grassy hoppiness is nice but is definitely "American".. For a "Helles", it is too malty... but I dig it... Nicely done and I hope PNW breweries start making more "every day" lagers.

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