Oakes (18209) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2003
Hazy gold, with puffy white head; herbal-grassy Hallertau aroma; herbal palate w/ baguette notes, and a crisper-than-expected hoppiness. Fairly full body. Malts come forth as it warms. Could be classed as either Hell or Landbier (hell should not be cloudy and this is very much naturtrub). On paper this doesn't look like much but damn if I don't want more of it - much more. JPDIPSO (6257) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Despeckled golden color with a tall off white head. Off dry malt aroma. Lots of hops in the flavor and to me a bit unbalaned. Some almost marris otter malt characteristics. Although the long I sample this the more it gains flavors. This is a quaffing beer not a tasting beer. The finish has a nice bitter bite with a great malt linger. Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2004 Hazy golden yellow hue. Nose is all hops. Big white head. ery drinkable, thirst quenching, bitter but oh so smooth with a subtle malt sweetness. Light to medium bodied, finishes very nicely, with a hoppy lemongrass flavor. urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Update: Must bump this one up a bit. The nose is tremendous Hallertauer. The malt is remarkably clean and flavorful. The best Helles I have ever tasted. Old: Compare the malt flavor with the big Munich breweries--where those tend more toward caramel, this malt is almost Belgian in its candy sweetness. Having had an Einbecker Pils right before it, I hesitate to say much about the hop character, as it might be a hangover from the Einbecker. Absolutely wonderful, on the whole. A revelation. CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2003 I was at a loss in the German beer store when my friends were grabbing at quarts. This turned out to be a pleasant surprise... I never knew Hell could be so nice! As below: crisp, sweet and creamy flavours.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2002
UPDATED: APR 13, 2003 Rerate: In the big competition, this one won big. 4 Dort/Helles side by side, big glasses, me all smiley. The winners in super hoppy and softly malted Helles are this and Dominion. Original 10/15/02: I love great examples of this style, and this is surely one. Absolutley delicious balance of a lot of malt flavor with drippingly heavy hallertau. I just love it. Appearance and palate are perfect. Crisp, sweet, full of hay at harvest. Ernest (7748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2003 Head is initially huge, frothy, rocky, off-white, fully lasting. Body is
hazy dark yellow, dense tiny/small particles, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers, lemon), moderately malty
(light bread, cookie), trace yeast (cobwebs), with a note of honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is
lightly sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Absolutely delicious. I haven't had Andechs' hell yet, but this is surely a strong contender for best helles in the world. This is no ordinary Hallertauer...and that's probably my all time favorite hop even in its standard form. This is the most succulent variety I could imagine. Like a huge bouquet of fresh honeysuckle surrounded by sugar cookies and fresh bread. jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2002
A bit hazy,dark straw colored, little bits of particles floating throughout. Nice head and sticky lace. Mouth watering nose of german malts,hallertau hops and maybe even some saaz. Very clean with loads of malt and piles of zesty hops. I would like a bit more crispness but im nitpicking. Both the hops and malt linger on the palate making for a moderatley long, tasty finish....one to quaff on a hot day. heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2002
Damn impressive helles. The two days a week I have any interest in this style of beer are saturday and sunday. This makes a perfect start to a weekend day. Nice hoppy aroma, and then the goregous german style malt kicks in with bits of honey and straw, which I love in this style of beer. Then just enought hops come back to dry out the mouth and ask for another. austinpowers (2832) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 3, 2002
The Hallertau aroma reminded me of sweaty gym socks. Anyway, the taste was fairly crisp and reminded me of a pilsner in a way.