Light, but golden pour, slightly above average head, and some nice, sticky lace. For me, the lacing is crucial to a good Helles.
Clean nose with some sweet bread and yeast.
Tastes start with (more) clean, sweet, malt edges, that are followed by the requisite, Noble-hop like bitterness. I have no idea which specific hops are used in this beer, but the can does reference a “Noble hop spice’ which is accurate and utterly satisfying. The bitterness comes hard and breaks quickly – perfect. Short aftertaste as the bitterness recedes slowly to reveal that sweet malt finish. Clean as a whistle, highly drinkable and with a delightful alcohol presence that is both all there, and perfectly in check. The marriage of competing Helles Bock components of noble bitterness and big malts with an alcohol punch.
Mouthfeel is perfect for the style, with a reserved, but present carbonation. Massive gulps are tempting, slightly more conservative mouthfuls allow one to appreciate the beer in all of its glory. Feels authentic, feels strong, balanced and punchy.
I went to Waypost for the Saisons and came away with this tied at the top of my list. Great effort by them, and beer worth seeking out.