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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Helles Belles is a headliner for the masses. Light and flavorful, this drinkable Lager strikes a chord between satisfyingly crisp and deliciously crafted. It’s time to rock—all night long.


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4.2
   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2016
bottled, clear golden yellow pour with some white foam, nice bitter hoppy bread nose, flavor is more bready malt, some bitter crisp palate of fruit, nice finish

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1629) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - AUG 9, 2016
Cloudy light yellow/gold with a shortish bright white head and minimal lace. Moderate aromas of grassy hops with a hint of citrus.Flavors of grassy hops along with bready/biscuity malts. Light to medium-bodied moderate carbonation, prickly mouthfeel and a gentle finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
RobBestwick (824) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2016
Bottle. Fresh floral and grain aroma. Pours light golden in colour with tiny head - looks like apple juice. Toasted grain flavour with biscuit and bread notes. Thin body and a touch of bitterness in the finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andrewje41 (2782) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2016
Draft pour pint at Special Brews. You can only pass on a beer so many times before you order it so it will stop bugging you. I always see this beer and never pulled the trigger. I never was able to get into Ninkasi, but lately I’ve been impressed. Transparent golden pour with a patchy head. Not a whole lot to say here. Straw grain. Mid refreshment. Drinks pretty easy. A bit watery. A fire extinguisher for spicy food type of beer for me.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3370) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Draft. Pours a thin white, poorly retained white head, over a very slightly hazy yellow (SRM 3 ) body......nose is mild malts with light biscuit, light ginger with herbal notes from the hops, balanced.......taste is mild light colored fruits (pear, apple) with light sweetness, light lemon tones, mild spice, finishing with moderate noble type bitterness, balanced......mouth feel, light of medium body, no alcohol, high carbonation. This is a light, refreshing, summer beer, with much more going on than the typical lawnmower beer. It comes nicely close to the light style. BJCP 8/2/16/5/7

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3742) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle Clear very pale light yellow with a lively spritzy head. Light sweet grain aroma and flavor. Some honey and cereal sweetness. A little noble hop bite.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alphadelic (2144) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2016
A pale and light lager. The flavor is quite delicious. A lot of grain, a little yeast and a little hop. Grassy up front with a peppery back end. It’s smooth and silky. Nice to have something other than the pilsners everyone is making.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TXBadger (2496) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2016
Pours a clear light golden color with white head. Cereal grains, bread, and some hay on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes pretty crisp and clean. Nice summer beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5451) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Bottle from Beer and Wine. Hazy golden body with slight head. Nose is hoppy, citrus, spicy. Taste is also quite hoppy and citrus. Nice texture.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (2143) - New York, TURKEY - JUN 17, 2016
Draught @ Albion. Clear pale yellow with very small foamy white head, faint citrus aroma, medium carbonation, lightly sweet doughy taste, thin body, abrupt finish. Not bad for a lager.


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