Style: Helles Lager
The beer pours a clean, crisp yellow, like dehydrated piss. A big, billowy head of eggshell white bubbles forms above the glass and mellows to a finger’s width above the glass. In body, the beer is crystal clear and translucent, giving a full image of the other side of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of crisp, butter cracker malt, slight cider, and smooth spicy hops that tickle in the background. On the tongue, the beer tastes bready sweet, with a light bitterness that gently fights, but does not overcome the sweetness of the beer. Very faint acidity can be sensed on the sides of the tongue. In flavor, the beer begins as crisp crackers that plunge into dry cider notes that slowly work in crushed black pepper spice, light woodiness, and a faint hint of lemon juice. The finish is a brief crescendo of all the present flavors, while the aftertaste is of softly linger black pepper. In the mouth, the beer is light bodied with a mellow, fluffy carbonation, yet a crisp, smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a simple, delicate helles lager that drinks nicely and can be easily sessioned for hours. As the style goes, it’s a beautiful little beer, though it is a tad bland for what I am currently craving. A good drinking beer.