RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
A golden lager in the traditional Munich brewing style. This is what you find on tap in Bavaria instead of a Pilsener. With more malt character and less hop bitterness than a pilsener, our Helles is full flavored but crisp. Slightly lighter bodied than our Seven Sisters Münchner.

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afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Tap. Pours a clear deep golden with a one finger white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of Vienna and sweet malt with a hint of floral hops in the finish. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and a crisp finish. Damn good

ChainGangGuy (4897) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Appearance: Light, clear copper body with a half inch of creamy, white head. Smell: Comparatively light aroma smelling of pale and pils maltiness with some sweetish hints. Taste: Blend of pale, pils, and maybe a hint of bready malts as well. Decent amount of sweetness throughout. Spicy hops, though with a restrained bitterness, leaving you with a sweet finish. Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Drinkability: It’s decent enough, but there are far better brews to be had here at 5 Seasons.

nearbeer (5462) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Draft. Golden with a creamy, lasting head. Caramel aroma. Flavors of grain, dry grass and nuts. Light body is slightly tingly and dryish.

heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Dark gold body with a white head. The aroma was meaty with some bread. There was also some rich almond notes in this one. The taste was rich biscuit with some almond shell. Nice clean, dry finish.

BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Golden appearance, with a small frothy head, that recedes quickly. Very clean pour, and nose, a light bit of floral and biscuity qualities. Slightly sweet on the palate, very bready, with a hint of honey. Well balanced, but not very exciting, but quite drinkable.

BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Tap at brewpub: Clean golden hue with small frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of apple and apricot esters, grainy, butterscotch, and flowery hops. The taste is pale sweet malts with some fruity notes. Dry biscuity finish. The mouth feel is clean and crisp, refreshing. Solid beers but nothing too excitable, needs more noble hop bitterness.

BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2008
From tap at brewpub : Clear pour, very clear, with a medium gold color and no head. Not much nose. Fruity taste and finish, with a nice crispness. Medium body, sticky feel. Wasnt overly impressed.

MartinT (9961) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Crispy straw and delicate noble hops are sent to a drying finish where prickly carbonation tends to override the mild cereal and hop apport. This is yet another efficient session beer from 5 Seasons, but one which appears storyless when compared to their Seven Sisters Münchner.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam settles onto the clear gold.
-The body is lean and perhaps more approachable to neophytes than their Seven Sisters, a fantastic Vienna.
-Even though it is malt driven, few malt flavors really shine; it is not crunchy enough for my tastes in Helles.
-Supporting hop bitterness is really low, which seems to be what the brewer wanted, but I would personally have preferred a tad more noble hop presence.

On tap at the brewpub.

desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2007
The lightest offering they had, but light years beyond some lame pale lager. Flavor is crisp and smooth with a hint of doughy sweetness. Mild hoppiness and a clean, smooth finish.

fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Clear light orange in color, thin white head. Bready and sweet. No real bitterness to be seen.

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