Archive for the ‘Munich Helles Lager’ Category

Jack’s Abby is now available in Pennsylvania too, so I get it a lot more easily than I used to. I still want to make a trip out to the brewery, but I haven’t had a chance yet. I’m thinking that maybe when we go to Maine next, we can detour to the brewery on the way up. This was a beer that I picked up in Pennsylvania awhile back.

houselager

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “House Lager pulls inspiration from the numerous country lagers, or landbiers, found in Franconia. It’s sweet and golden with a full malty body that comes from using a traditional German malt variety. A special beer for year-round enjoyment.”

Random: This beer comes in at 18 IBUs and is available year-round.

The brew poured with a one finger, pure white head. It went away quickly, but left no lacing on the glass. Instead, a small crown was left on the straw yellow body. It was clear and had moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with warm pilsner malt and a slight honey sweetness. The taste was sweet with wildflower honey. It had pilsner malt as well and a touch of mineral water. The body was thin and crisp with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with wildflower honey. The pounder can was $1.54, which broke down to $.10 per ounce. This was a simple, but very drinkable beer. If you’re looking for a beer to convert a macro drinker, this would be a good choice.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

One of the days that we were in South Carolina, we took a ride up to Charleston and made a stop for lunch. Charleston was everything I wanted Savannah to be, but it wasn’t. It had all of the historic buildings and absolutely beautiful houses. While I was there, I sampled one of their local beers.

oldmanhelles

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our head brewer Chris has a serious background in lager brewing, so we decided the summer of 2012 would be a great time for a series of one-off, small batch lagers. Old Man Helles is the first of the bunch, a refreshing, sharp lager ready to cool your heels after what’s been a slightly brutal heat wave. The name comes from a simple request Mac’s dad made when the brewery first opened: make an old man beer. Skoal!”

Random: This comes in at 15 IBUs.

This brew poured with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with high carbonation visible. The nose was quite sweet with grain and honey. The taste was crisp with the same sweetness that was apparent in the nose. It had some honey and sweet bread as well. The body was light with high carbonation which made this go down very easily. The finish was quick with honey. This was a simple beer, but I enjoyed it throughly. I could see it pairing well with almost any dish and would have this one again if I ever find it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

One of my favorite music artists is Ingrid Michaelson. I’ve been following her for years and occasionally, she does a cover of R.E.M.’s “Nightswimming,” which I think is amazing. Val, on the other hand is a huge R.E.M. fan and doesn’t like the cover as much as the original. We went to Kane because we were in the area and I saw this beer on tap and had to give it a shot. It’s also a lager, which Kane doesn’t tend to brew much.

nightswimming

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Trivia: This is an unfiltered lager and the website had little to no information about it.

Random: This cold is super annoying. I had chicken soup for breakfast.

The brew poured with a one finger, thick, white head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of grain with sweet honey, almost like Tupelo honey. It also had some grassiness from the hops that made it quite interesting. The taste was clean with a lot of grain and then quickly went into spring flower petals and honey. It was followed up with grass. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. It had a quick, grainy finish. I don’t recall what I paid for a glass of this at the brewery, but it was a draft only release. This was an easy drinker with decent flavor. If they brew this again next year, give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

For me, Ninkasi beers have been pretty good since I’ve had the chance to sample of few (they got distribution in Philly a few years back). Hopefully this one is just as good as the others.

hellesbells

ABV: 5.1%

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Trivia: According to brewery website, “Oregon’s own Ninkasi Brewing Company announces its year-round Flagship Series offerings for 2016. Starting January, Helles Belles, a Helles Lager, and Easy Way IPA, a drinkable India Pale Ale, join Ninkasi’s lineup of steadfast favorites available year-round in bottles and on-draft. Known for its highly-hopped offerings like Total Domination India Pale Ale, Tricerahops Double India Pale Ale, and Dawn of the Red India Red Ale, Ninkasi has grown to become the 36th largest craft brewery in the United States and prides itself on making well-balanced, high-quality craft beers for a wide range of palates. Founded in 2006 by Nikos Ridge and Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi first debuted with Total Domination IPA. Since then, the brewery has developed its Flagship Series to include seven diverse beer styles all available year-round. In 2016, craft beer drinkers can find new additions to Ninkasi’s year-round lineup including Helles Belles, a Helles Lager. After the brewery first released Lux, a German-Style Helles Lager, to its Flagship Series in 2015, it decided to revisit the recipe and brand. ‘We love Lux, which is why we gave it an upgrade,’ explains Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi co-founder and founding brewer. ‘Helles Belles has a slightly higher ABV and IBU, offering a beer that is a little more expressive and playful for a German-Style Lager.’ New branding also demonstrates the brewery’s more playful side, capturing its affinity for rock-‘n’-roll.”

Random: I’ve been enjoying this style a bit more than I used to, although it’s not my favorite.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw-yellow with a green tinge to it. There was light carbonation as well. The nose was clean and sweet malt. It had some earthiness to it, I assume from the hops, but the nose was all malt. The taste was not quite as clean, but the dominant flavor was bready, doughy malt. It had a certain sweetness to it. It also had a grassy hop note that complemented the sweetness well. After a few sips, a slight skunky characteristic came through that I wasn’t a huge fan of. The body was on the light side with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with honey and skunk. A bottle of this will run you about $2.50 ($.21 per ounce). I would have rated this beer higher if not for the skunk flavor. I wouldn’t have this one again because of it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

This was a beer that I picked up for an online beer class. I saved one for review purposes. Let’s see how it was.

IMG_3083

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Intense golden yellow – Full-bodied, mild taste
Very similar in taste to our Münchner Hell, our ‘Munich Gold’ has a slightly stronger original gravity and malty note that has earned it a strong following. It starts with a full-bodied yet smooth taste, then comes a slightly more bitter note that ends in a spicy finish. A real taste sensation for true beer connoisseurs! Barley from the Swabian Alb and the Upper Palatinate are the perfect ingredients for this timeless classic. Since 1417, Hacker Pschorr stands for traditional Bavarian brewing. The quality beers of Hacker-Pschorr are all brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law and contain only hops, malt and water.”

Random: I only have about 20 more discs on my Netflix queue. I’m watching WWII in HD right now.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, dark straw yellow with high carbonation visible. The nose had lots of sweet malt and caramel to it, with a crisp note of light grass. The taste was really clean and crisp with some sweet caramel malt and then a touch of skunk. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with some sweetness. The beer was $1.50 per bottle, which broke down to $.12 per ounce. This beer was alright, but this style has never really done much for me. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

This is a beer that has been on my list to try for at least two years. I’ve seen it written up a lot and with this beer, it means that I’ve had every seasonal that Cisco currently offers. I’m starting to see their beers around more places, which is a good thing. If you recall, the last Cisco beer that I reviewed was a bit overpriced and not all that great (Cisco Cranberry Woods), so I was hoping that this beer would redeem the last one.

IMG_2635

ABV: 5.6%

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, this is a summer seasonal which is available on draft, in bottles and in cans.

Random: I cannot believe that the Browns beat the Saints. That is just flat-out embarrassing.

This brew poured with less than half a finger of white head that was very slow to dissipate. It left little lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow color with high carbonation. The nose was light with some grain and caramel malt. The taste was clean with grain and grass and some honey. Bread and yeast were there as well with a touch of minerality to it as well. It had a thin body with high carbonation. The finish was quick with bread and grass. This was an alright brew, for me, it would be a great beer to introduce a macro drinker to that would make them convert. With that being said, I wouldn’t rush to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This was another brew that I picked up during one of my travels to Philly. I love Cigar City beers that this was one that I was excited to try during the hot weather. When I went to the brewery, I think they had this one on tap, but I didn’t get to try it. Let’s see how it went.

IMG_2428

ABV: 5%

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Why so punny? ‘Helles’ is German for ‘light colored.’ Hotter Than Helles is more than just a (very) silly pun; it perfectly reflects the nature of this beer. A lager meant to be consumed when it’s truly hotter than helles outside. So there are no peppers or spices in this beer!”

Random: I’m onto load #2 of laundry for the day.

This brew poured with a light, fluffy pure white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing. The body was a cloudy light yellow color, reminiscent of lemon juice. There was a decent amount of carbonation present as well. The nose was light with lemon zest and light, grassy hops. Some bread was also present. There was some other light fruit as well, specifically grapes. The taste was light, yet flavorful. I got lots of fruit up front, grapes and peach with some orange, but then lots of earthy and bready hops. Despite being a helles, it was incredibly flavorful. There was a thick body along with this and high carbonation. It had a quick, bready finish. This was a great, drinkable brew. I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0