Frank (4225) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2004 Pours with a huge curtain of tiny bubbles and an extremely attractive deep, dark golden. Giant cream-colored head that lasts forever and a day. I was surprised to see a slight haze in the glass as helles is normally crystal clear. I was worried that my bottle was infected until I took my first whiff of its bready, malty wonderfulness. It turns out it’s just unfiltered which I think is a nice, creative touch on the part of the good people at Burgerbrau. This is truly a world class beer form the subtle grassy hints in the nose to light but full mouthfeel with its gentle cushion of carbonation. A brilliantly executed malt profile is rounded out by ever-so-slightly citric hops in the finish. At the moment, this gets my vote for the most criminally underrated brew on this site. I have never had a beer so elegantly understated, so drinkable, yet so divine. 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. 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. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2005
It is with great anticipation that I approach this beer. My love of a great lager has been pushed to the back as I have made my mad pursuits for all of the mighty ales that rule this site. But here I sit ona cloudy early March Saturday afternoon with a freshly poured glass. It looks very lovely so things are starting out well. Hazy golden with a beautiful creamy white head that leaves wonderful sheets of lace behind. The aroma is a heady concotion of grassy hops, bready malts, some herbaliness and even some light dustiness. Divine. The flavor does not let down in any way. Perfectly assembled and balanced malt profile. The hops slide right along and are also very well-balanced. Some sweetness develops as it swirls about my mouth, then I swallow and little bite of assertive carbonation. As it washes down my throat a final little burst of grassy-bread bursts forth making me thirst for more. More people need to come to this beer with an open mind. Truly a world-class beer. noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2005
Beautiful unfiltered dark amber, full of bubbles. Huge foamy head. Aroma is malt and yeast, making you want to drink it. Tastes of hops and malt, pronounced yeast. Makes me think of an old Bavarian hoffbrau, with mustachioed men in leiderhosen, their huge tankards topped off from a barrel and clanked together, busty beermaids, and cuckoo clocks. Oh, hell. Just try it, it’s a really good beer.
Mantlesorrow (6) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 29, 2011 does not count
Bottle at the brewery. It’s not a keller, it’s an unfiltered hellesbier. Full with aromahops, pilsner and münich malts, it’s a direct hit in most cases. Ernest (7791) - 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. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2003
Nice foamy head,golden color,Sweet,hoppy aroma mildly malty.Slight lemon taste at the beginning,some malt,very hoppy with hop after taste that is pretty decent and i just noticed the yeast suspended in the brew,not enough to make it murky as some of the others have had.Pretty high carbonation.A very nice brew and i'm not real familiar with this style but i'd have to say that this is a brew that i will be coming back to again.Very refreshing cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Bottle @ hotel room Munich, picked up at Wolnzach. Fairly hazy, a bit orangish, golden orange appearance with a foamy, white head. Mild perfume, somewhat chewy, straw, bready yeasty aroma. Delicious, bready yeasty, mildly fruity, mild lemon nicely carbonated, somewhat floral flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Smooth as shit. Holy fuck this beer is good. I drink this all fucking day long. What a nice beer. ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2004
2003 or 2004 bottle (not sure). Pours a bright bronze/gold color, plenty of full colors with a nice hazy yeast sediment apparent. Big white head and lacing as well. Not quite as deep of a color as the Summer of Lager, but still pretty nice. The aroma is light and hoppy, quite crisp with some mint and herbal notes, a touch of honey and maybe some lemon. A touch of light dough in there as well. Flavor is tremendously balanced. While it dosent seem to have the sheer force of flavor going for it that Summer of Lager does, it makes up points in balance and delicateness. Great mouthfeel, full and only moderately carbonated. Lightly spicy on the finish, pleasingly so, with just a wonderful balance of hops and malt. Some lemon in there, honey, bitter hops, a bit of salitiness and a bit more light citrus. Tremendous beer and glad this one is bottle conditioned.