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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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Bronze Medal, GABF 2002. A German style Golden Lager beer brewed with imported German Pils and Carmel malt and Saaz and Hallertauer hops. Golden in color and medium-bodied with a gentle, dry finish. (NOTE: This beer was formerly called French Creek Helles.)


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
The Lure:
Sweet malt tendencies hang out dangerously close to a vortex of emptiness. This is certainly their house blond blandness, which is sad considering their superb Pikeland Pils could do the same job, but then introduce macro drinkers to a little more flavor.

The Festivities:
Yeasty undercurrents brush the weak, flat mouthfeel. Grainy malts develop into light honey sweetness. A well-brewed but inherently soporific blond lager.

Transcendence:
A highway full of billboards.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2005
On draft at Phoenixville location. Pourd a light straw with minimal head. Aroma is clean but fairly faint with some floral hops. Flavor is light as well, some crisp malt, low floral hops, and corn. Mouthfeel is what is expected from a generic golden lager. Finish is crisp and clean, although only slightly bitter. This is a step above BMC. Drinkable, but only got because it was part of their sampler.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2006 Wow this is a really really light colored lager. Nice pure white lasting head though. Aroma is grainy and bready with some light pils malt. A tough of floral and herbal hops as well. Flavor is also mostly malty with a slight bitter finish. Finish is relatively smooth and very clean. Perfect summer beer. Very close to the Munich Helles style.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2004
On tap at the Sly Fox in Royersford. OK, Helles are not one of my favorite styles. Poured a light, clear yellow with no head. Malts and hops present in the aromas and tastes. Light and easy to drink.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2004
Quite light, yellow and clear. Whiff of malt, light hops, a bit nutty. Very malty flavor with a bit of hops. Bit of apple and cider, hops at the end. Bit thick for a typical helles, quite full.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2004
UPDATED: APR 10, 2013 So, here I am reassessing this after graciously receiving a gift of fresh cans courtesy of our pal Eric. Well, either something has changed or 7+ years ago my senses were less sensitive to flaws. Regardless, this is now a DMS bomb with notes of wet paper, soap, and scorched grain husks. Merely a hint of hoppy brightness exudes amid the stewed-veggie potency, and the beer is under-attenuated and very muddled. Back to the drawing board on this one! A total drain pour.

Draft: Crystal clear greenish yellow. Fizzy, bright white head. Lovely mixture of ripe pilsner malt and pungent noble hops. Alluring hints of freshly buttered dough. Somewhat spritzy carbonation with a firm roundedness to the body. Elegant dollop of noble hops chase the frontal malt assault with lots of spicy bitterness. Subtlety complex notes of lagery minerals and juicy melon notes. Hops are lightly minty, as well, along with a touch of glazed malt sweetness. Finishes with loads of fluffy malt heft, yet with plenty of appetizing dryness to accentuate the peppery hop spice. Brian is a master of sucking every ounce of flavor from pilsner malt. Immensely complex in its subtleties. Stunning Helles.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Sample at the brewpub. Very clear and light, fresh wet hay nose. Super-clean and crisp, light but firm maltiness, subtle finishing earthy hops, good summer refresher.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11351) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Clear straw body with white head. Aroma is medium sweet, mild grassy. Taste is medium sweet, grassy, lemon, light herbal. Light body. Nice beer, very drinkable but still has a nice bite.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5275) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2004
UPDATED: APR 1, 2013 Golden color with a small white head and no lacing. Sweet malty lagerish aroma. Light tart lemon and sweeter malt taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Topaz hue. Malty, corn syrup and subtle toasted grain notes. Doughy finish.


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