kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, purchased at Sudwerk. One of the very few domestic Helles renditions I can think of that really nails the style. Pours a deep golden color, crystal clear, with a fine-bubbled white head (nicely retained, good lacing). A modestly rounded Pils malt character in the aroma; very clean; a quiet noble spicy and mineral hop character. Perfect mouthfeel: medium-light body, a pillowy carbonation that’s lively but not sharp; toasty Pils malt, possibly a light DMS character (I’m not particularly sensitive to it), but mostly assertive, delicious Pils malt, clean fermentation, and just enough noble hop character to balance things; beautifully done. Really impressed by pretty much everything I’ve had from Sudwerk’s core line. Medium-length, toasty finish: Pils malt, with a light mineral bitterness.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, slight hops, and vegetables. Poured amber in color with a small, white head, that diminished but lasted throughout. Lightly hazy. Sparkling. A few small particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, and vegetables. Light body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, slightly bitter, hop, malt, and vegetable finish is dry.
AshtonMcCobb (1751) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
355ml bottle. Pours golden to orange with very gentle bubbles and some head, a very small amount of which hangs around. The nose is not what I expected - sultanas and bran, rather than a crisp lemon note. The taste is more of the bran, some grapes and then the bran returns. The palate starts fairly big but it falls off a cliff a bit too early and if this is a helles, it still cloys a bit if I’m being honest. Overall, more interesting than good, I’m afraid!
cheap (3659) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Looks like pale lager. First I thought it had a tad of skunk in the aroma but in the glass it just smells a little sweet. Fairly mild on the taste buds at first but there is this small amount of unidentified bitterness inthe background. It never goes over the top, its just hidden in there. Yes, almost like a premium lager at times. That lingering mild bitterness goes medium on the finish. Almost comes across like a few decent tasting ’ice beer’ lagers I’ve had. Must be over 5 or 6%.
jsmerig (1043) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a rich gold with active carbonation. Scent is earthy and a bit fermented. Nicely malt forward with a spicy bitterness in the finish that lingers a bit. Crisp in the finish as well. Very nice.
beersearcher (2175) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark yellow to orange. not much in the aroma category but a nice little pillow of foam. first flavor i get is minerality. which isn’t bad. bitterness is indistinct and the malt is medium. A really nice session lager.
TimE (2810) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
fruity light a touch sweet start, but then drys out. Little hops. Toasty finish.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2010. Pours a nice light golden clear, with a white lasting head. Aroma is toasty bready pils malt, slight cracker, grain, cereal, but fresh, light grass and herbal hops. Flavor is a bit crackery , likght toast, cereal malts, biscuit as it warms, bread, pils- light husky character- grassy hops- crisp and clean. Not bad.
skylercampbell (24) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The second-best pale lager I have had that was brewed outside of Europe, Sudwerk’s helles is remarkable in its balance and clean, neutral flavor. That being said, I am not crazy about pale lagers, so I find it hard to love this beer. It is brilliantly clear and golden, and the smell and taste are perfectly appropriate (I doubt any untrained drinker could differentiate it from the genuine article). The carbonation is firm, if slightly less aggressive than I would like. All in all, this is the beer I would buy if I wanted to drink a pale lager (since Trumer Pils comes in a green bottle and is thus always skunked by the fluorescent lights of the grocery store).
AmEricanbrew (5205) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - DEC 2, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear golden color/ off white head. White bread, yeasty, honey biscuit aromas. light bodied. Lightly sweet lagered pale malt, yeasty white bread flavors.