If ever there was a beer style that epitomizes the marvels of German brewing, it is the Munich Helles Lager. “Helles” (a German word meaning “light”) is the perfect adjective for this pale, straw-colored, thirst-quencher of a beer. With its origins in Munich, Germany, the Helles style traditionally shares a similar spicy hop character of a Czech Pilsner with a more subdued aroma and less assertive bitterness. Subtlety is the name of the game for this sessionable lager, yet it is artful and majestic in all its simplicity. With that said, Scratch #92 will reward you with a wonderful balance of rich, malty sweetness and a lingering, noble hoppiness followed by a slightly dry finish.
orangesol (562) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on-tap in the Tasting Room.
A - Pours clear straw yellow with a foamy one and a half finger tall white head leaving sticky rings of lace down most of the glass. Quite pale and pretty.
S - Smells of pills malt, some mild noble hop bitterness, their house lager yeast and a touch of sweetness. Nice and crisp, just like I like.
T - Starts off with some light bready pale malt mixed with the dulled sweetness slowly giving way to some nice noble hop bitterness and a bit of the yeast. The crisp feel really brings it all together, helping this one go down nice and smooth. Finish is a little chewy with some lingering hop bitterness, not leaving the palate dried for very long.
M - Clean, crisp feel with moderate carbonation. It goes down way too easy, my entire glass disappeared before I knew it.
O - Yet another tasty Helles lager from the scratch series. Just as good as the last two they made.
Tröegs seriously brews some amazing lagers, how is one of these not in the regular lineup yet? Lets go already!!
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