Climax Hoffmann Helles

Posted: May 23, 2012 in Climax Brewing Company, Munich Helles Lager, Reviews

This is a beer from a brewery that I’ve never tried before. I’ve usually only seen their beers in growlers, which honestly is a lot to commit to. So, when I saw this one in a twelve ounce, I picked it up. This also was the first lager from the six-pack that I picked up. Hopefully I enjoy this one, especially because it is crazy local.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Hoffmann Helles (pronounced Hell-es), which is German for ‘bright’ is a pleasant and easy to drink summer beer with a bready/grainy taste.”

Random: I literally work 5 minutes down the road from this brewery and have never visited there, nor ever had a brew from them. I have no idea why it’s taken me so long.

This brew poured with a huge and fluffy three finger white head (think whipped egg whites) that dissipated really slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with feverish carbonation visible through the body. The nose was really unpleasant to me. I got some grass mixed with pungent skunkiness. This was not going to be fun. The taste was citrus, floral, earthy grass with bread. Honestly, the taste was much better than what I got on the nose. It was way more complex than I initially thought. The body was also lighter than expected with a decent amount of carbonation. The finish was long with floral notes. I thought that I was going to hate this brew based on the nose, but it was actually pretty decent. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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