Beer Name: Helles
Brewery: Moerlein Lager House
Beer Style: Helles
Size: 12 oz. bottle
Beer Advocate: 78
I have a bunch of vacation days remaining this year, so I took a couple to celebrate my mom’s birthday this past weekend. Unfortunately my dad wasn’t feeling well, so they had to leave earlier than expected, which left me with an entire day at home with nothing do to…the perfect opportunity to drink some beers.
I found this beer in the back of my fridge…and sadly I cannot even remember when I purchased it. I’m sure it was sometime over the summer, but I’m not entirely sure when…so I wanted to be sure and drink it before it wasn’t good anymore.
Moerlein states lists their Helles as “Brewed to the same standards that made Moerlein the first American beer to certifiably pass the Reinheitsgebot Purity Law, this Münchner-styled Helles is a remarkably balanced lager featuring a lightly toasted, yet defined malt character, and a touch of hops for a clean finish.” While I didn’t get much of the “lightly toasted” taste, I really don’t think any of this is an exaggeration at all.
The Helles poured very smooth and left little head behind. It smelled exactly as I would expect a true Helles to smell – very light and sweet. Helles is probably my 2nd or 3rd favorite style of beer, because I tend to like lighter beers that have a clean/crisp/refreshing flavor with little aftertaste or bitterness on the back-end. This Helles delivered exactly that…though there was a little more bitter taste on the back-end than I expected, it was still very pleasant.
Without a doubt this would make a good cookout/tailgating beer. It is something you can drink all day and it will easily quench your thirst. If you like Helles style beers, give this one a go. I’m sure I’ll pick it up again in the future.
Sessionability: 6-pack. You could easily drink these all day in the summer.
Overall: 4-pack. Good, not great. While I enjoyed it, and will likely pick it up again in the future when I’m craving a Helles style beer, I wasn’t “blown away” by it.
Would Best Be Consumed: Anytime.