TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 24, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear translucent yellow with a very small white head. Aroma is very light with some slight citrus, grass and corn. Flavors of the same. I’m not really a fan of this style I suppose. Tast was much better than the aroma. Not much in the aroma
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was the biggest surprise of the night. I really didn’t expect much from this one. Pours a clean golden color with a white head. Citrusy aroma. Flavors were more complex than I expected. Lots of sweet lemonade at first with some oranges and lemon peal in the finish. Went down nice and smooth. Not bad at all.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear straw pour, the covering head is small and swiftly fading. Surprisingly light nose with restrained honeyish and bready pils malts that don’t make any effort to take their due place. Floral and grassy hops play their support role more than adequately, but they ultimately get lost in the task, having not much to support at all. A bit overly clean and simplistic in that regard, without the biscuitiness I always look forward to in a helles. Light bodied, watery texture, slow-witted carbonation, low bitterness. Passable.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Ordinary aroma of malt and citrus. Bland flavor of malt and citrus. The palate is light and watery and the carbonation level is moderate. Boring...
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
Yeasty undercurrents brush the weak, flat mouthfeel. Grainy malts develop into light honey sweetness. A well-brewed but inherently soporific blond lager.
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kramer (5328) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.