Nickls (2607) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2010
(Old BA rate - tap)
Generous two finger white head; bright straw golden color. Chunky lacing. Crystal like malt aromas with an earthier hop presence. Snappy Pilsner-like crisp hop bitterness; little touch of German maltiness. Pretty clean and very refreshing. Thinner to Medium MF, but very much expected for the style. Smooth over the palate, and not dry in the finish. Good to great drinkability. Refreshing, interesting enough.
mross (169) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - APR 14, 2010
Draught at brewpub. Golden yellow with a creamy white head. Aroma of malt, grassy hop and citric. Grain, malt and herbal flavours with a nice amount of bitterness from the hops in the finish. A solid helles and quite drinkable. fiulijn (21214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2009
Draught at the brewpubdanielst (420) - AUSTRIA - NOV 29, 2009
Hazy deep blond color; nice lace. The aroma is a bit light, but it has a good crispy malt flavor and balanced bitterness. Pleasant.
On tap at the brewpub: This is really a hop-forward Helles: The aroma is grassy-hoppy, lightly berry-fruity with a touch of citric acidity. Very low levels of butterscotch too. The flavour is super fresh, hemp-like and herbal hops with minerals and crisp, bready malts. A lean and drinkable mouthfeel, not really bitter despite the evident hoppiness. The only thing I’d like to change about this is the somewhat sticky aftertaste. potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Draught at brew pub. Yellow, carbonated body. Medium off-white head. Crisp citrus hop aromas and flavors. Bitter-less finish.
JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Sampled at Dogbrick’s Eurostash tasting on 4.30.09. Semi-opaque yellow pour with a big white head. Malty aroma with lager yeast. Flavors of malt, yeast, some hops and something else I can’t really pick out but the closest I can get is cheese. Dogbrick (13751) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2009
On draught at the brewpub. The beer is a slightly cloudy gold color with a medium thin and fizzy white head that burns away steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Malty aroma with notes of yeast and hops. Light body with flavors of malt, grassy hops and yeast. The finish is clean with fruit and wheat flavors left over. Slightly above average overall. armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 14, 2009
The beer had an amber body with a minimal tan head. Some moderated caramel and bready malt aroma, light citric hop perfume. Easy flavor of caramel malt, some savoury, grainy malt, with a herbal-grassy hops. nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2009
Draught at 7 Stern Brau, Vienna. Notes from July 08. Pours a hazy golden with lasting white head. Sweet malty aroma with grassy hop notes. Grainy and grassy flavour, ...though it works with good bitterness from the hops to balance this one out. Easy to drink and enjoy. MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 My Bottom Line:
Cushiony pils malts coalesce with the wise Saaz spiciness in this balanced and authentic Helles-cum-Czech-style Svetle Lezak.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the bright golden haze.
-The Saaz is quite talkative here, elaborating on wooden and citrusy ideas, on top of the usual herbal spiciness.
-The soft effervescence serves the body ably.
-This is not the only Viennese "Helles" which is very reminiscent of Czech unfiltered Svetlés or Franconian Kellerbiers.
-This is so underrated, it’s depressing. This site is not used by nearly enough quality lager lovers.
On tap at the brewpub.