Fresh As Helles

Munich Helles Lager Boston Beer Company


Fresh As Helles, a German-style Munich Helles Lager by the Boston Beer Company

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Fresh As Helles is a German-style Munich Helles Lager brewed by the Boston Beer Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a pilsener glass from a bottle.


The Helles pours a crystal clear deep golden hue and is topped by a thick cap of puffy, white foam that shows fair retention. A smattering of sticky lace dots the sides of the glass following the reduction. A mottled patchwork of soapy bubbles tops the lager.


The aroma is sweet with oranges and malty grain. It’s lightly backed by floral hops. As the beer warms, the hoppiness dissipates and sweet honey emerges.


The palate begins with a taste of biscuit and sweetens with a taste of honeydew, melon, and cantaloupe. The finish adds a mild bite of orange citrus along with a dash of floral and spicy hops. Sweet apple and honey round out the finish.


Its feel is smooth and coating with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes somewhat dryly and spicy hops lend a slight warmth.


The head retention could be better but otherwise, this Helles look hella good in the glass. The aroma and palate lean malty-sweet as expected and its feel is also right in line with expectations. Fresh As Helles is a fine representation of the style.

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About the Munich Helles Lager

The Munich Helles Lager was first crafted back in 1894 at the Spaten brewery. It was meant to compete with the popular Pilsener-style beers of the region and today is the most popular beer style in Southern Germany. It pours a yellow to deep golden hue and is topped by a persistent, creamy white head. The aroma and palate are typically malty and sometimes backed by low to moderately spicy, floral, or herbal hops. The sweetness shouldn’t be overpowering. Its feel should be smooth, clean, well-lagered with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Comparatively, the Munich Helles Lager should be similar to the balance and bitterness of the Munich Dunkel. It will have more body but less hop character than the German Pils.