csaso (2119) - Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap - small foamy head, bright gold color, crisp balanced aroma and flavor, good light drinkable beer for lunch
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asheft (2989) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can in Mall of America, Cantina Laredo. Sweet, grainy pilsner malt aroma with a little delicious apple and herbal hops. Almost clear gold under a quickly diminishing white sheet. Flavour is very clean with sweet pilsner malt, followed by bitter grain and a moderate apple accent. Medium light body, medium carbonation, fairly smooth.
Ernest (7364) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can (Sep 01, 2016 canning).
Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs, apricot), with light notes of gum, pineapple juice.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
It mostly resembles an Americanized Koelsch, or even a sweet APA or blonde ale...Helles and certainly Zwickel/Kellerbier is pushing it pretty far beyond its outward character (despite certainly being unfiltered). Simple/mild malt profile...it’s more hoppy and estery than malty. And yes, it’s got a pretty distinct fruity/estery ale-like character, not very lager-like to me at all. Even Stone Wussie is more authentic smelling than this. It’s not a bad beer, though, and while the sweetness lingers too long into the finish, there is just enough bitterness to at least keep it drinkable.
ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 6, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Right up there with Dortmunder Gold as my favorite Helles from the Great Lakes region. Malty and medium bodied. Perhaps a bit too hop forward, but the balance is pretty spot on regardless. Great session beer. Tried at the Homy Inn in 2016.
MrTipple (3710) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Grain and bread malts, light floral hops. Clear gold, medium, frothy, white head. Heavy bitter. Remains bizarrely bitter, some grass, lively carbonation. Not my thing, not liking the taste and palate. Can at the brewery, Minneapolis.
tompete (304) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours almost clear gold with a fine off white head. Aroma is noble hops and Pilsner malt. Flavour is crisp and bitter with a slightly estery finish.
Bartzilla (621) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 2, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nothing groundbreaking here, but as far as style goes, it nails it. Seems like this would be a good afternoon crusher. Doughy, sweet, refreshing.
svandyke (180) - USA - JUL 27, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 oz can; Rochester MN- Pours a nice light color with nice white head. Not a lot of nose but there is a bit of light bread. Pretty good light crisp taste with a lot of linger sweetness
phranq (62) - - JUL 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale gold pour. Lingering white head. Grassy malty aroma. Mild taste, refreshing bubbles. All around good german style lager.
muzzlehatch (4835) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Multiple 4-packs of cans, and on tap at the Thirsty Badger in Beloit (today). Pours light golden with a smallish white indifferently-lasting head.... the aroma is immediately grassy-weedy, with a bit of piney-citric hop presence making itself felt as it warms (served too cold on tap, of course)... on the tongue, much more bitter and hoppy than usual with the style, in fact the hoppy-oily-piney character holds through to the finish, and really it would be hard for me to justify calling this a "helles" if I were a style Nazi but I’m not, and style-correct or not I find this eminently drinkable and there’s enough pale malt that carries through to the finish, and a full enough, bready enough body that I’m willing to say all right Surly once again, "correct to style" or no. One of my current summer staples.
akoeninger (685) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From can. Yellow orange. White head. Aroma of floral and herbal hops with grain. Taste is similar nice sweet grain and herbal hops. Crisp and refreshing fizzy carbonation.