BJCP Style: Munich Helles
Craftbeer.com Style: German Style Helles
Craftbeer.com Sensory Style: Crips & Clean
Hops: Unknown (Typically German Saazer type)
Appearance: Clear straw yellow with a slight haze. Frothy white head with very good retention.
Aroma: Floral and hint of citrus, bready malt.
Flavor & Aftertaste: Floral and bready. Very restrained, mild bitterness. Medium sweetness.
Palate: Light bodied, finishes short, dry and crisp.
In today’s craft beer market there are a lot of breweries around the United States that are busy pumping out scores of IPAs, Pale Ales, Farmhouse Ales, Sours and adjunct laden Stouts. For craft beer enthusiast, all these variations within these styles satisfy your desire for something new and different. They are fun, interesting and keep things fresh. That being said, there are a lot of times when you just want something simple and easy to drink, yet not something poorly crafted. You don’t want to be overwhelmed by strong hops or adjuncts that can sometimes distract from the simple joy of drinking a finely crafted beer. The go-to beers in this category are mostly German style lagers, in particular Munich Helles. Some of the most well known shipped here to the United States are Hacker-Pschorr Munchner Gold, Paulaner Original Munich Lager, Augustiner Brau Lagerbier Hell, and Weihenstephaner Original. These beers are the benchmark for the style and set a high bar for American craft beer breweries to reach in order to duplicate them. Let’s face it, the Germans have had big head start and are masters at their craft. Locally, I have found Line Creek’s Maverick to be a well crafted example. For this review, I am giving Tucker Lager, a try. It is brewed by Tucker Brewing Company, which specializes in German style beers.
Tucker Lager is a 4.7% ABV Munich Helles style beer. When using a proper beer pouring technique, this beer produces a nice, big frothy white head with great retention. The color is a pale straw yellow consistent with the style. This particular sample had bit of a haze to it. I am not certain what specific hops they used; but it is definitely of the Noble variety, as it exhibits a mild floral aroma along with bready malt. The taste is very pleasing to the palate. It’s light to medium bodied with a very mild bitterness. The finish is short, dry and crisp.
Tucker Brewing Company. is a rising start in the craft beer scene here in Atlanta. They are setting themselves apart from the herd by tackling and executing on some of the more difficult beer styles to make. Their Tucker Lager impressed me enough that it, along with TKR Pilsner, has found a home in my fridge amongst my regular favorites. I’ll be sure to have plenty on hand as we get into the hot, humid summer months here in Georgia. Tucker Brewing Company. has made it a point to target Big Beer in some of their social media posts with this offering. Once a Coors or Budweiser drinker has had this, I have no idea why they would go back; except they just don’t mind an inferior tasting beer in order to buy cheap.
Thanks for reading, until next time…Let Us Drink Beer!