Rustic pilsner-malted husked graining, sour lemon-rotted orange oiling and dried fig scurry lighten lingered herbal-licked Magnum hop bittering of nebulous helles lager.
Simple moderate-bodied helles lager brings musky dry-hopped toasted graining to lemon meringue tartness atop lightly creamed pastry-like crystal sugaring, cereal-grained corn malts and doughy French breading while wispily herbal earthen hops provide mildly bitter contrast.
On tap at Growler & Gill, interesting soft-toned helles lager coalesces gluey honeyed pilsner malts with oats-sugared corn sweetness, toasted mineral graining and tingly floral-spiced hop mildness without getting stylistically apprehensive.
On tap at River Of Beer, updated 2016 All Malt Lager stays sessionable as sticky honey malt sweetness enhances perfumed citrus hops. Just too obvious and oblivious style-wise, perhaps.
Fine 2015-originated Vermont brewer crafts strictly lagers and pilsners (as of May 2016). Endearing ‘golden lager’ brings spicy lemon tang to doughy cereal-grained biscuit malts and grassy hops for easygoing, sessionable moderation.
Not a particularly popular or convincing beer style since the musty pilsner malt breading and sourdough-skunked zwickel yeast musk defining this beloved Midwestern helles lager will put-off sweet-toothed imbibers (like Heineken oft-time does). Lemon-rotted sourness keeps floral-perfumed whim and metallic sheen at bay. Not a personal fave, but enjoyed by many German-influenced beer geeks.
Mellow straw-cleared Bavarian lager offers sour yellow fruiting to subtle sourdough scamper and light herbaceous tease. Initial lemony grapefruit souring secured by mild grassy hop astringency and wispy white-wined cider tartness. Effervescent citric-spiced finish will please lighter thirsts.
Peaceful yellow-hazed light body in a can may be stylishly soft, but mild doughy wheat flouring, dry pale malting and biscuit-y cracker spine complement slender citric tropicalia quite well. Wispy lemon-limed mandarin orange, tangerine, mango, kiwi, passion fruit and pineapple tang remains delicate.
Intriguingly hybridized fruited helles lager proves to be a winning formula. By curbing its smoked pineapple puree influence, varied tropical notions illuminate the zesty front end. Lemony pineapple, guava, mango, papaya and yellow grapefruit glaze provides summery template. Subtle beechwood-kilned peat smoke and campfire kindling drapes pulpy fruiting.
Mediocre yellow-cleared light body brings delicate sourdough yeast to sharp lemony hop bite and salted cracker spine. Gluey paper, cardboard and resin notions come and go.
Nebulous blue collar fodder lacks true Munich-styled helles lagering as phenol astringency nearly buries raw-honeyed dried wheat scouring and prickly grassy-hopped citric-quince stint to weak doughy bottom. Buttery malting turns diacetyl right away.