Dawghouse Brewers99 (91) - Exeter, California, USA - DEC 29, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice Malty flavor finishing a little bitter. Great balance. Very nice beer!
jsmerig (1562) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a rich gold with active carbonation. Scent is earthy and a bit fermented. Nicely malt forward with a spicy bitterness in the finish that lingers a bit. Crisp in the finish as well. Very nice.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy camole! If you like the authentic Helles aroma, really oily and thick and wonderfully malty and hoppy with hallertau, as in the Ayinger Jahrhundert, get this one. Fantastic aroma. The taste is almost as good; dripping maltiness follows through on an absolutely perfect, hefty body. The most authentic of all of Sudwerk’s Brews, I think.
Braudog (6582) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very solid malt character with slight hop balance. Very good.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 25, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy golden light orange. Thin, frothy white edge head. Light carbonation. Aroma of honey sweet malts, minerals and pungent hops. Initial sip is rewarding, filled with toasty malts, a mild honeyed sweetness and a solid hop bitterness. Medium body. Full and stiff. Deftly balanced. Long, lingering malt aftertaste melded with delicately abrasive hops. Finishes with an increased girth and a drier toasty aspect. Solid.
JPDIPSO (6095) - Wauwatosa, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light golden with a tall popcorn colored head. Aroma of pale malt and noble hops. Starts with thick pale malts and finishes with clean hops kick. You need good malt to make this type of brew work and they certainly hit this one.
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good Beer, and a Thanks go out to Psychprof for this one. Gold, translusent poured with relatively no head in my pilsner glass. The first thing I noticed was the hallertau hops aroma, mixed with a slightly sweet, lightly carmelish aroma. Full bodied for the style. Subtle bitterness on the finish.
skylercampbell (26) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The second-best pale lager I have had that was brewed outside of Europe, Sudwerk’s helles is remarkable in its balance and clean, neutral flavor. That being said, I am not crazy about pale lagers, so I find it hard to love this beer. It is brilliantly clear and golden, and the smell and taste are perfectly appropriate (I doubt any untrained drinker could differentiate it from the genuine article). The carbonation is firm, if slightly less aggressive than I would like. All in all, this is the beer I would buy if I wanted to drink a pale lager (since Trumer Pils comes in a green bottle and is thus always skunked by the fluorescent lights of the grocery store).
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, purchased at Sudwerk. One of the very few domestic Helles renditions I can think of that really nails the style. Pours a deep golden color, crystal clear, with a fine-bubbled white head (nicely retained, good lacing). A modestly rounded Pils malt character in the aroma; very clean; a quiet noble spicy and mineral hop character. Perfect mouthfeel: medium-light body, a pillowy carbonation that’s lively but not sharp; toasty Pils malt, possibly a light DMS character (I’m not particularly sensitive to it), but mostly assertive, delicious Pils malt, clean fermentation, and just enough noble hop character to balance things; beautifully done. Really impressed by pretty much everything I’ve had from Sudwerk’s core line. Medium-length, toasty finish: Pils malt, with a light mineral bitterness.
Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought this at John’s Market Portland and drank it as road pop on my way back to the hotel. Malty and balanced in a style that is hard to make. Page 239 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide only 364 out of his 500 Classic Brews to go.