In this beer blog, we are going to get into the new summer brew from my favorite Michigan brewery which is Frankenmuth Brewery. The new brew, which is one of my favorite German beer style, is Twisted Helles Summer Lager. If you read my earlier beer bogs on this brewery’s brews, you know the long and rich history of Frankenmuth Brewery. If you have not, please, read those beer blog posts. Let us get into the brew.
It has a hazel strew to light golden color with constant small bubbles. It also has a constant white head. The smell is of malt with a fade orange to lemon notes but to me it is the pilsner malt smell. The taste of this light body and refreshing lager is malts with a notes of orange and lemon zest. The aftertaste is crisp with lemon zest finish. It is extremely drinkable beer and perfect for the hot summer day.
Here is a description from the beer can:
One Sip And It’s Summer
Inspired by Michigan summers, Twisted Helles stands as a monument to everything we love about the season: beaches and BBQs, patios and porch swings, friends and fireworks. Tinged with mild, yet memorable notes of citrus, this crisp, full-flavored lager is indigenous to happy hours, tailgates and block parties.
Crafted by a brewery that’s lived and loved over 150 summers, Twisted Helles doesn’t just tastee like summer… It feelslike it.
Here is a description from the beer packaging:
One Sip And It’s Summer
Twisted Helles is inspired by Michigan summers – and so, by effect, it’s summer’s perfect complement. The unmistakable presence of German noble hops is perfectly balanced with an elegant maltiness, reminding you that bitterness has no place in a true Helles lager.
Full-bodied, yet pleasantly quenching… and then there’s the “twist.” The moment you crack open a can your senses are brought to life in both aroma and flavor with finishing hints of orange and lemon zest that bring it all back home. Because this one summer brew that knows exactly where home is.
Here is a description from their website (www.twistedhelles.com and www.frankenmuthbrewery.com):
Twisted Helles is inspired by Michigan summers–and so by effect, it’s summer’s perfect complement. The unmistakable presence of German noble hops is perfectly balanced with an elegant maltiness reminding you that bitterness has no place in a true Helles lager. Full-bodied yet pleasantly quenching…and then there’s the “twist.”
The moment you crack open a can your senses are brought to life in both aroma and flavor with finishing hints of orange and lemon zest that bring it all back home. Because this in one summer brew that knows exactly where home is.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Website: www.twistedhelles.com (it is a fun site) and www.frankenmuthbrewery.com
In the end, when I heard Frankenmuth Brewery was coming out with a summer beer, I was like another summer beer that I will not be drinking. I will have to just keep drinking my IPAs and Pales Ales. I am not a fan of most spring and summer seasonals. However, I heard it was a classic German beer style, I was pretty excited and upset because I could not get it here in Chicago. When I made it back to Michigan, I made it a point to find this brew to try it and write a review on it. Helles is one of my favorite German beer style. I have to say if any craft brewery in the states can do German beer styles. It is Frankenmuth Brewery. This Twisted Helles Summer Lager is well made and it is one of the few summer seasonals I will go out of my way to pick up. The other two summer brews are Sierra Nevada Summer Lager and Two Brothers Dog Days Lager. I have to say I am not too impressed with those brews but that is what I was force to drink if I wanted a summer brew. This is a perfect brew for the hot Michigan Summer Days. Trust me I know all about those days and extremely hot Chicago Summer Days. Thank you Frankenmuth Brewery for giving this Hophead hope and something to drink in the summer time! Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser