While at Ashley’s Westland, we are going to sample the new summer seasonal from New Belgium. It is their Summer Helles Lager. It is a beer brewed for a music festival in the Denver area. If you read my earlier beer blog posts, you know the history of this craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get know this craft brewery. Let us get into the beer.
It has a clean bright golden color with a nice constant white head. The aroma has notes of corn. The taste has light carbonated corn to earthy notes with a nice lager crisp finish. It is a drinkable beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.newbelgium.com):
Light, bright and easy drinking, now is your chance to drink in the festival season. First brewed to celebrate 40 years of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, it has since become Planet Bluegrass’ signature New Belgium offering (under the name Summer Bliss). This Summer Helles pours a brilliant gold, with soft, white foam. The aroma is fresh grains and honey with a spicy-herbal twang. This danceable lager carries the pleasant sweetness of pale and German Pils malts, and levels off with the light and noble bitterness of Hallertau and Tettnang hops. Summer Helles finishes crisp and dry, and is sure to refresh even the thirstiest reveler. Grab your banjo, crack a bottle and let the pickin’ shine.
Planet Bluegrass (located in Lyons, Colorado) was decimated by September 2013’s record flooding. New Belgium is donating $10,000 this year to Planet Bluegrass for rebuilding. You can help by volunteering or donating. Visit lyonsfightsback.com for more information.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Closing, I have become a pretty huge fan of this craft brewery of late. It just seems ever since I moved back to Michigan. My mind has opened up and realized that I am drinking some good brews. I was excited to hear that they were coming out with a new Summer Seasonal. When I saw the beer style, I knew I had to try it as soon as it came out. I am a huge fan of Helles Lagers. It is old German beer style. It is light to medium body with a nice refreshing notes. It has a nice crisp finish to it. It is a perfect beer for any season but good for the spring and summer seasons. I believe the hops in this beer makes this beer what it is. I love the notes from the aroma and taste profile. I highly recommend you trying this lager. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser