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Sam Adams Fresh as Helles
« on: April 14, 2017, 04:17:31 PM »
I ordered this at my local Uno's after seeing the name, but not knowing anything about the beer. The first taste left me a bit disappointed, as I was hoping for something resembling a traditional helles. But then the hops kicked in on the finish and I fell in love with the beer. Think blonde ale with a big kick of Mandarina Bavaria on the finish, rather than a Helles with orange petals. I got a nice citrus character, but to me it was primarily hops rather than floral.

I'm not always a fan of Sam's seasonal offerings, but I will be drinking this all spring as I see it on tap. 
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Re: Sam Adams Fresh as Helles
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2017, 05:54:35 PM »
I find Sam's offerings to be very hit & miss -- either very good, or very meh.
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Re: Sam Adams Fresh as Helles
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2017, 06:02:11 PM »
Good to know before I buy that it's pretty non-traditional. But it sounds good with the mindset of drinking a Mandarina blonde. I'll probably pick some up.
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Re: Sam Adams Fresh as Helles
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2017, 07:00:12 PM »
I really find it to be a strong orange blossom rather than mandarina hops... I do have to say they are great BBQ brew in a can.

With that being said I do enjoy the beer.  I have gone through 36 in the past month or so.

I also enjoy their hopscape wheat

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Re: Sam Adams Fresh as Helles
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2017, 08:16:27 PM »
I experienced it more as a malty helles taste than a blonde and barely detected just a touch of the orange blossom.  I really enjoyed it.


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Re: Sam Adams Fresh as Helles
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2017, 10:04:00 PM »
We had it last month in Disneyworld, while we were in Epcot, not on the world showcase, but while we were walking around from the Land to the Sea if I recall correctly. Dont remember much about the brew, but it was cold and refreshing after walking around the park in 85° weather. I would buy it again here at home if or when I see it.
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Re: Sam Adams Fresh as Helles
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2017, 11:46:07 PM »
It is a pretty brew for sure...
Even though that glass holds 2.5 of them

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Re: Sam Adams Fresh as Helles
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2017, 02:53:30 AM »
That whole Brewnited pack was good. I think that was one of the better mix packs in a while.

I definitely got orange flavors in the Fresh as Helles.

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Re: Sam Adams Fresh as Helles
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2017, 02:05:34 PM »
I had that at a recent trip to Vegas. Much like you, it took me by surprise with the first drink. I was expecting some subtle and light. Ended liking it for what it is.


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Re: Sam Adams Fresh as Helles
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2017, 08:01:14 PM »
I experienced it more as a malty helles taste than a blonde and barely detected just a touch of the orange blossom.  I really enjoyed it.


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I never get any of the typical malt character of European lagers from Sam's lagers, and that's why I think I compare them more to ale styles usually.

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