Coal Harbour Brewing Co. 3.11 Helles Lager – Helles Lager at 5% ABV | 19 IBU

Coal Harbour Brewing Co. 3.11 Helles Lager Helles Lager at 5% ABV | 19 IBU (2018 Craft Beer Advent Calendar #9, 473 ml, packaged on 1-Aug-2018, acquired 30-Nov-2018, reviewed 9-Dec-2018)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale straw with one fingers of rocky white head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: cereal grains, grass, bruised fruit, slight buttery diacetyl. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, low bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry short finish. (3/5)

I have to admit I sighed heavily when I saw today’s offering. I really tried to evaluate it with an open mind, but it’s so hard to get excited about such a very pedestrian style. Overall, it’s certainly a decently well-made example of the style. My biggest complaint was the slight note of buttery diacetyl on the nose, but that faded fairly rapidly, and the finish was decently clean. On the up side, it was quite refreshing. (13/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze

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