Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company (DB Breweries)
Style: Dortmunder/Helles
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
Serve in Lager glass


on tap

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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Forget burning fires of damnation, hell has been keeping Germans happy for centuries. Over there it means light and is used to describe their traditional lager. But over here, hell still means hell - as in hell yeah! So reach for this brew to round off one helluva day. Crisp and dry with a lengthy maltiness, its the light at the end of the tunnel.

After 16 years of producing our Helles lager, we felt it was high time it had a makeover. Dont worry, theres no change inside the bottle, its still tasting pretty good to us. But now the party on the inside is reflected on the outside. Welcome Helluva welcome.

Taste: Smooth, balanced lager with hints of lemon and a lovely bready malt.
Aroma: Malty aroma with subtle citrus hop aroma.
Look: Golden and clear
Hops: Pacific Jade
Malt: NZ Lager

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OJB (39) - Dunedin, - JUN 6, 2012
There was a light pale amber-orange colour, with a light head, and light carbonation. The aroma showed medium malt and light bitterness. The taste had slightly sweet orange citrus fruit and malt, with medium hop bitterness on the finish. This was a medium body beer, quite well balanced, and was fresh and clean, but lacking a bit of intensity and complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (1204) - SINGAPORE - APR 14, 2017
5%ABV. Helles lager. Poured out gold. 5SRM. Head of fine white bubbles. Nose is beery with clean pale malt aroma. Nice aroma of carbonation as well. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated. Palate has pale malt flavor with malt, very light sweetness, white bread, water crackers, soda biscuits and raw peanuts. Hops are noble bitter. Finish is clean with a slightly lingering bitter which cuts the beery character very nicely. Overall a very well balanced malty lager with the hops being a bit more prominent in the palate. Strengths: well-balanced, refreshing, drinkable Goes on Favorites List!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (9122) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAR 5, 2017
Bottle at the Sheepshank, Bangkok. Poured a crystal clear straw colour with a thin broken white head. The aroma is lager malt, light hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with a light malty, light creamy, woody hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JPDIPSO (6171) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Slight gusher. Murky golden color. Tall off-white head and decent lace. Earthy malt, dry gras, grain, vanilla, light citrus, and some nearly over-ripe fruit. Sure smells like an ale. Sweet start that leads to a bit of bitterness and sugar cookie flavors. Some light molasses in the finish and linger. Wondering if this bottle might have some age on it. 1/14

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MoaZealand (15) - Ohoka, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 30, 2016
Tuatara as a whole produce some very good beers, but this is not one of them. It is by no means bad, but the elements of the beer intended to create the German style are very overpowering and I dont think I will be buying this again any time soon.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skarecrow (630) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 23, 2016
330ml bottle Pale straw color with good head. Not much of an aroma. Mild bitterness and crisp finish. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
explosivedog (912) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2016
330ml bottle. Pours like a fizzy lager. Aroma is sharp, a little vegetal and some apple fruitiness. Flavour is vegetal, quite sharp, a little too savoury. It is a remarkably good interpretation of the helles style, but thats not a great thing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TedE (1246) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2016
330ml bottle into glass. Pepper hop nose. Pale yellow beer with thin bubbly head. Medium carbonation. Sweet grainy taste, finish is light malt. Sparkly sweet quaffer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DeanF (2418) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 26, 2016
Okay head and yellow body. Cardboard lager aroma like weve seen ten thousand times before (or something. Yeah, Im not up to ten thousand ratings, but it smells like that smell you get from lagers like this. So there). Flavour is mild and sharp, a bit of lemon, smoothness. Unintrusive. Drinkable. Forgettable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ManVsBeer (9993) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2016
Bottle from Drink? Hebden Bridge. Yellow-blonde with a small head. Includes a healthy tasting lager malt with lots of sweet berry aromas.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JoshRaburn (110) - - DEC 9, 2015
This one seems to be the weak link in the otherwise outstanding Tuatara range. Weak aroma and stewed vegetable flavour makes it taste like a generic eurofizz lager.

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