I sent this to Jim via PM and was cleared for posting.
Drinking the Helles now.
Aroma starts with an interesting white wine grape ester. Follows with a touch of light, floral honey notes. Very light grainy character in the background. No off aromas.
Opens with a light hiss. Poured vigorously to produce a 1/2", frothy, pretty head. Falls to a 1/16" cap quickly, but cap persists. Gold color, light haze.
Presents initially with a sweet, honey like malt flavor. Initial flavor subsides to a lightly sweet, toffee like flavor. Med-low bitterness. Very low floral hop(?) flavor. Clean fermentation, no off flavors. Finish comes across as a touch too sweet for style, but body suggests that the FG is on point. Honey and light floral flavors linger into the aftertaste.
Med-light body, med-low carb. Could be crisper, but I'm nit-picking here. This is a well made beer that *may* be showing signs of oxidation or age. That is just a guess though. The honey, if unintended, sometimes can indicate the very beginnings of oxidation. Or it could be Vienna malt.
I always hesitate to say stuff like that on a scoresheet, but since I have you here...
Overall, great beer. It's a bit off center of a "Pils malt showcase", but who cares! I'm personally enjoying the crap out of this thing. It's got this multi layered interest to it. First you get honey, then maybe a bit of grape (? - this is the really interesting bit for me. Where does it come from? There are no other 'esters'? What yeast was this then? Was there a malt in there that I don't know about yet?), then some floral, a touch of graininess, and it's cleanly feremented to boot.
PS: damn, that grape aroma was fleeting. Or maybe I'm crazy. Either way, it's gone now. Still enjoying the beer.
PPS: Jim, was this a bit boozier than usual? I'm not gonna lie, now that I've finished the beer, I'm feeling like I should either drink water or lay in the corner of the couch. Ha!