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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (16462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
Draught at Stateside, Vancouver
Hazy blond color with compact head. A bit bready, some hay, moderately sweet. Not bad. Needs some more hopping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (1440) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2014
Dark hazy gold. Very drinkable. White lacing. Bisquity, crusty bread. Really light.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours a hazy golden color with a small amount of lacing. Smells average, moderate sweet corn smell and maybe some pear and apple. Tastes kind of like Hamms, not good. Overall another disappointing horrible beer from the kings of insipid overrated overpriced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Bottle:   Bright straw, clear, large frothy white head, sparce lacing.   Sweet and starchy grass like nose, a bit of a musty yet spicy basement.   Very nice smooth maltiness up front, grassy, semi-sweet, with a definite spiciness to it.   Almost reminds me of faint cinnamon.   Not sure how the hell I am getting that from a Helles.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Clean finish, definite straw/hay, lingering spiciness.   Not as crisp as others, but the spiciness I thought was a very nice change.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2012
On tap. Smells of fruit and malt. Pours a light golden color with light head and hardly any lacing. Tastes like sweet malt and grapes. Not much going on with the palate sort of chewy. Overall its ok but another disapointing beer from Ninkasi.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brenn79 (1744) - Idaho, USA - JUN 30, 2012
12 oz. bottle, thanks Poisoneddwarf- Pours slightly hazy golden with a thin collapsing white head. Aroma is mildly floral, but very subdued. The taste is very smooth up front, followed by a mild hop bite in the finish, somewhat spicy too, thats kind of weird. The body is medium and so is the carbonation. Overall not anything special, but I just had a Pacifico Light, so this is great right now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7674) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Bottle from bhensonb. Pours light amber with a thin off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a crisp smoked malt flavor with a bit of fruit and a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillKismet (3520) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Golden tanned body, etiolated froth head, that diminishes into a swath of small bubbles kept alive my the abundant carbonation.Cereal grain nose, with some "green" tannic notes. The body is quite toasty and again, those "green" tannic notes surge to the forefront. Some "kitty litter" quality to it and also biscuity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12596) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Bottle from Malt and Vine. Pours brazen gold with a good white head. Nice bready/spicy aroma. Med body. It’s definitely got some nice spice, it’s fairly bitter. Nicely done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmonster (998) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Bottled. Pours clear, pale gold. Short white head. Good retention. Clean hop and cereal malt nose. Light bitter-sweet flavor. Light body, good carbonation, oily-thin texture, and a crisp bitter finish. Highly sessionable and well crafted.

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