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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Helles Belles is a headliner for the masses. Light and flavorful, this drinkable Lager strikes a chord between satisfyingly crisp and deliciously crafted. Its time to rockall night long.

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4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DicksMcGee (56) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2012
First off Bs, i feel seriously bad about whoever at ninkasi came up with this recipe. Its 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: "Munichs 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. Its 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, "Its 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 theyre spot on, but your ratings are insultingly low. Lets 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 whats 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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
onceblind (8179) - 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 thats pale and lagered and crackery and biscuity, wth Germanic gold malt and a soft lagered finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (13581) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2016
12oz bottle. Minimal white head atop clear straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, bread, light honey, spicy. Taste is moderately sweet, bread, some honey, light pear.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewBoxer (2613) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2016
Bottle. Pours a light crisp gold color with no head. Taste is simple but has flavor and is very easy drinking ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2950) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2016
Extremely pale hay with a fizzy white head. Very faint malt profile with a bit of fruit. Pretty clean profile. Not a lot going on but well brewed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6522) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2016
bottled, clear golden yellow pour with some white foam, nice bitter hoppy bread nose, flavor is more bready malt, some bitter crisp palate of fruit, nice finish

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1743) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - AUG 9, 2016
Cloudy light yellow/gold with a shortish bright white head and minimal lace. Moderate aromas of grassy hops with a hint of citrus.Flavors of grassy hops along with bready/biscuity malts. Light to medium-bodied moderate carbonation, prickly mouthfeel and a gentle finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
RobBestwick (869) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2016
Bottle. Fresh floral and grain aroma. Pours light golden in colour with tiny head - looks like apple juice. Toasted grain flavour with biscuit and bread notes. Thin body and a touch of bitterness in the finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andrewje41 (3277) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2016
Draft pour pint at Special Brews. You can only pass on a beer so many times before you order it so it will stop bugging you. I always see this beer and never pulled the trigger. I never was able to get into Ninkasi, but lately Ive been impressed. Transparent golden pour with a patchy head. Not a whole lot to say here. Straw grain. Mid refreshment. Drinks pretty easy. A bit watery. A fire extinguisher for spicy food type of beer for me.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3523) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Draft. Pours a thin white, poorly retained white head, over a very slightly hazy yellow (SRM 3 ) body......nose is mild malts with light biscuit, light ginger with herbal notes from the hops, balanced.......taste is mild light colored fruits (pear, apple) with light sweetness, light lemon tones, mild spice, finishing with moderate noble type bitterness, balanced......mouth feel, light of medium body, no alcohol, high carbonation. This is a light, refreshing, summer beer, with much more going on than the typical lawnmower beer. It comes nicely close to the light style. BJCP 8/2/16/5/7

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (4021) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle Clear very pale light yellow with a lively spritzy head. Light sweet grain aroma and flavor. Some honey and cereal sweetness. A little noble hop bite.


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