Day 3 of July’s SARANAC BREWERY THEME WEEK has finally arrived!
Helles is Saranac’s version of a German Munich Helles lager. This malty brew clocks in at 4.8% ABV.
Brewed in the Bavarian tradition. Our Helles is decoction mashed with select German malts to produce a malty brew. Our selection of German Noble Hops and our authentic Bavarian Yeast combine to balance the maltiness and end in a dry refreshing beer.
Helles pours a see through straw color. There are thousands of tiny bubbles floating up to the big, bubbly head. But the head quickly subsides into a thin film.
When smelling this beer the pale German malts dominate the aroma. I also detected lemon, honey and goldenrod notes.
The taste is honey-like, with minor cream soda notes also hiding in the liquid. There are slight lemon flavors in the back-end. As the beer warms, the pale malts take over the flavor, mellowing out into a creamy malty liquid.
Mouthfeel is creamy, with a light-to-medium body. Very mild stickiness clings to the inside of your mouth.
Helles lager is another okay, but not overly impressive beer from Saranac. It’s a decent session beer and one that I could picture myself drinking while floating in a raft down the river.
Overall: 5.5 out of 10
As a MUNICH HELLES: 6.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Weihenstephaner ORIGINAL, Pennsylvania Brewery PENN GOLD, Hofbräu ORIGINAL,