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commercial examples of helles lager
« on: March 28, 2016, 03:30:24 PM »
Had Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold yesterday and it was not as good as I was expecting. Any recommendations for widely available examples of Helles? I have yet to try Paulaner's offereing...
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Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2016, 03:55:04 PM »
I am only learning the basics of German Lagers and am not a BJCP so I don't know how it is as an example but I reall love Von Trappe Munich Helles. I'm not sure how widely available it is and I'm sure that being near Vermont I am getting nice fresh examples but I had this a few times last summer and found it very hard to make a six pack last for more than one session. Definitely suffig.
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Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2016, 04:38:23 PM »
I like Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold. You may want to try that.
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Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2016, 04:41:16 PM »
Thanks guys. Pretty sure I can't get either of those here.
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Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2016, 05:23:56 PM »
Had Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold yesterday and it was not as good as I was expecting. Any recommendations for widely available examples of Helles? I have yet to try Paulaner's offereing...

From the website it looks like Maui Brewing is available in parts of Colorado. My absolute favorite Helles Lager is Maui's Bikini Blonde. Delicious stuff.

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Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2016, 05:25:09 PM »
Had Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold yesterday and it was not as good as I was expecting. Any recommendations for widely available examples of Helles? I have yet to try Paulaner's offereing...

From the website it looks like Maui Brewing is available in parts of Colorado. My absolute favorite Helles Lager is Maui's Bikini Blonde. Delicious stuff.

I have seen that around from time to time. I never buy their beer because it is usually insanely expensive. I will look around for this one.
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Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2016, 05:28:05 PM »
Spaten Premium.
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Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2016, 05:31:42 PM »
Weihenstephaner Original is my favorite. Very tasty.
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Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2016, 05:32:30 PM »
Weihenstephaner Original, Augustiner Hell, Paulaner Premium, Spaten Premium, Ayinger Brau Hell are all Munich Ahelles.

Mahrs Hell or Bischshof Helles are examples of Franconian Helles, a little hoppier.
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Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2016, 05:32:51 PM »
Weihenstephaner Original is my favorite. Very tasty.

Is that available in 6 packs?
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Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2016, 05:33:34 PM »
Weihenstephaner Original, Augustiner Hell, Paulaner Premium, Spaten Premium, Ayinger Brau Hell are all Munich Ahelles.

Mahrs Hell or Bischshof Helles are examples of Franconian Helles, a little hoppier.

In your opinion how does the Hacker Pschorr stack up?
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Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2016, 05:34:30 PM »
Weihenstephaner Original is my favorite. Very tasty.

Is that available in 6 packs?


Yep
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Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2016, 05:44:50 PM »
Weihenstephaner Original, Augustiner Hell, Paulaner Premium, Spaten Premium, Ayinger Brau Hell are all Munich Ahelles.

Mahrs Hell or Bischshof Helles are examples of Franconian Helles, a little hoppier.

In your opinion how does the Hacker Pschorr stack up?
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Löwenbräu
Hacker Pschorr
Hofbräuhaus

It has been awhile, but that is how I remember my list.
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Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2016, 06:20:08 PM »
Weihenstephaner Original, Augustiner Hell, Paulaner Premium, Spaten Premium, Ayinger Brau Hell are all Munich Ahelles.

Mahrs Hell or Bischshof Helles are examples of Franconian Helles, a little hoppier.

In your opinion how does the Hacker Pschorr stack up?
My persona preferences in Munich are:
Augustiner
Spaten
Paulaner
Löwenbräu
Hacker Pschorr
Hofbräuhaus

It has been awhile, but that is how I remember my list.

Thanks. The Hacker came off with a strange bitterness to me that didn't seem to be the hops. Could be a distribution/freshness issue. It wasn't bad by any means just not what I was hoping for.
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Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2016, 06:27:11 PM »
Thanks. The Hacker came off with a strange bitterness to me that didn't seem to be the hops. Could be a distribution/freshness issue. It wasn't bad by any means just not what I was hoping for.

maybe it was "IT" - just kidding.

I often find a strange off bitter note that I think you are describing with most of Hacker beers - I have always assumed it was an oxidation/staleness note, as I have not picked up the same when having fresh-er examples on tap at Oktoberfest parties and German restaurants.
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