mcberko (18060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2012
On tap at Vice et Versa, pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is lightly (and unusually) fruity for a helles, with some citrus zest, Belgian yeast, and cereal. Flavour sort of reminds of lychee, lemon and cereal, and then shitloads of banana become extremely apparent after a few sips. Finishes banana-like and lemony. Unusual for the style – certainly not offensive. Nice and refreshing. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Draft. Large off-white head, cloudy(!) amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, bread, some spicy, faint banana. Taste is moderately sweet, bread, light spicy, banana. Smooth light-medium body, low carbonation. Lubiere (13941) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2010
A golden helles with a thin off white head. In aroma, intense fresh grains with light fruity esters and smooth chalky notes. In mouth, a good malty and chalky helles with light German hopping, well balanced. On tap at Mondial 2010. BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Tap. Pours light hazy gold with a medium, creamy white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is meal and straw malt, light sweet corn notes, and faint earthy hops. Flavor is moderate malt, light to medium sweetness, light corn, low hops, and clean with a sweet finish. Medium-light body, low warmth, medium carbonation. j12601 (12609) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 4, 2011
On tap at the Ginger Man during their Hopfenstark event. Pours a lightly hazed golden with a thin white head. Floral, and almost medicinal in places. Toast and sweetness, crisp. Dry and clean hoppy notes. Light caramel sweetness, toast and smooth noble hops notes. Musk and grain, clean and smooth.
Sammy (12346) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2010
Bière du Mondial, 17e édition, on-tap. Cloudy yellow with three-eights of an inch of white head, lace lines down the cup. Above average mouthfeel. Very different version of this style, using Yale Yeast. Fresha aroma, yet musty. The yeast enlivens this version of the style. jercraigs (10527) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
2011-07-08. Dark hazy yellow body with a nice foamy off-white head. 3+ Aroma is a bit funky, yeasty notes with touches of lemon and muted pale malts. Flavour is similar, light tart sourness, lemon, pale malt base. Average palate is fairly effervescent. Slightly infected I suspect, or possibly tart on purpose - its hard to tell with some of these Hopfenstark bottles! If intentional, the pale malt base is the only real Helles like characteristic to it. Enjoyable, it has its moments but I suspect this was not the intended presentation, even though it seems to be common to bottled reviews. Bottle shared by Blankboy GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Tap at Of Love & Regret. Pours full haze orange to good. Thick pillowy white foam. Excellent lacing. Nose is floral, orange blossom, lemon sorbet. Taste is powdery, tangy, sugary, mild spices. Actually quite tannic with major saltiness. Could be improved. Not really heavy biscuit like a Helles but refreshing, floral. Not bad.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2011 My Bottom Line:JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2011
This beautifully malty Helles benefits from a cushy body to lay down its herbal, spicy hop flavors which slowly rise above chewy cereals in an elegantly bitter finish.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the misty golden.
-This is more reminiscent of a BohPils in body and hop intensity than traditional German Helles. Actually, it reminds me of 7 Stern’s Helles, which is modeled after Bohemian Pilseners.
-The noble hop signature also produces citrusy tips.
-I love it when a brew produces great malt flavors without too many residual sugars in the way.
-There is plenty of complexity developed within the simple ingredient list.
-Some batches have been fruitier than others, pointing at fermentation by-products. None of these notes are unpleasant, but they stray away from typical lager profiles.
Bottle and tap.
Courtesy of blankboy. Hazy, cloudy pour with a bit of white head. The aroma is a little bit zesty and citrusy. There is a little bit bready yeast character as well as a bit of lemon peel. Some soft fruity character along with a touch of vaguely Belgian malt flavour. This has clearly got some sort of infection going on with it. Mild tartness and a bit of lingering berryish fruit.