tightslice (1529) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 19, 2018 DicksMcGee (56) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First off B’s, i feel seriously bad about whoever at ninkasi came up with this recipe. It’s D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S. For all of you Double IPA/ Barrel Aged Stout/Wild Ale pretentious dumps let me remind you of the history and definition of Helles Lager: "Munich’s response to the foreign pilsner was the “Helles”. Less hop flavor and bitterness than Pilsner, the main highlight of Helles is its bready, malty character. It’s malty, balanced, easy-drinking character has earned it the title of “liquid bread”, and it is often served for breakfast in Germany." Let me interpret that for you, "It’s literally an American Pilsner." IE, macros breweries have been trying to make this beer for a century.
I feel so bad for whom ever at Ninkasi had the idea and recipe for this beer. I read all of your comments about this beer and they’re spot on, but your ratings are insultingly low. Let’s not whiz all over this excellent beer because of what some money grubbing wrinkly sets of balls decided was the most cost effective version of this beer, but pretend for a second that this was how it was supposed to be, or at least close to it. OR, maybe be grateful that a brewery decided to do right what’s been done wrong so many times and give you losers an alternative to the macros you hate. Or should I remind you that there is a reason why those beers are so popular: they (should) taste good and you can drink them FOREVER.
On tap at Facebook in Menlo Park, CA. Aroma is mild corn husks, slight floral, wet straw. Taste is light biscuit, hay, some nuttiness. Not especially great but this was right for the moment (which I can't remember what exactly that was). Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2017
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is light to medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, husks), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), with a light note of soap, hint of DMS. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
A drinkable but fairly simple and forgettable example. Some minor off notes hurt the otherwise pleasant hop bouquet, and the mouth experience is a little flabby and sweet. A tad better than a lot of American examples, but not trying very hard. It's really too bad their far superior Oktoberfest comes but once a year. nickd717 (4999) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 27, 2017
Draft pours clear bright yellow gold with a nice one finger white head. Aroma is pale malt, grain, bread, slight honey. Flavor is medium sweet, a tad grainy bitter, not as much honey malt note as many helleses. Pretty light feel, somewhat crisp. Fine for what it is. DavidWoodruff (631) - Windsor, California, USA - MAY 3, 2017
Pale yellow with the briefest white head. Mildly grainy aroma. Much more like an American Light Lager than a Dortmunder or Helles lager. A great hot weather beer but not within the normal style standards. hockey9930 (322) - - APR 30, 2017
UPDATED: APR 30, 2017 Lightly cloudy pale yellow and no head. The wrong mix of citrus and grains leads to skunky aroma. Taste is also skunky. Almost bad enough to pour down the drain.
Strykzone (7800) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2017
12 oz. bottle from hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. Yellow gold and clear with a small layer of foam that soon becomes a ring. First sniff is lemon grass and herbal notes after that. The flavor brings some earth and spicy hop notes. Flavor is sourdough bread and lemon cookies. Herbal and earthy notes. It is dry but also has rich malts as a backbone. It has that lager feel to it with the rounded edges and oily smoothness. Very interesting beer and a fun one to find flavors. hayduke (5731) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 28, 2017
Shared with Strykzone of Facebook Chat. Pours yellow with medium head and good lacing. Nose of grainy and bready malts and some lemon. Medium body. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is unique. with some bitterness and fruit. Finishes bitter and dry too. Not bad.
kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2017
Bottle. Pours a clear pale yellow body with a small fizzy white head that faded completely. The nose is bready and pale maltiness with a light hoppiness. The flavor is much the same, fairly dry with some gentle bitterness and bready malt. Light bodied with soft fizzy carbonation and a clean finish. Pretty decent beer. jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle: Pours a light golden color, slight haze, and topped with a finger of creamy white head. Potent aroma is lightly lager malt sweet, but pungent with florals and bitters, ripe enough to make Keith Stone’s face wrinkle like a raison. Softer in the taste, mostly a sweet malty and grassy vibe to go with minimal bitters. Easy drinker. onceblind (10891) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2017
Clear light gold hue with a thin fading fading white bubbly head. Crisp golden lager aroma with a bright of pale grainy cracker. Brisk flavor that’s pale and lagered and crackery and biscuity, wth Germanic gold malt and a soft lagered finish.