Mainlust Helles Vollbier
Color: bright yellow, creamy white head
Nose: malt and grain
Palate: well-balanced, malty, grainy, hoppy
Finish: long, dry, bitter
Served: from a bottle at the brewery
Impression: I generally stick to tap beers when visiting new brewpubs unless something really catches my eye and it’s not likely to either ever be on tap or not on tap at the time of my visit, like a Bock. This was a rather odd case in that their Helles was generally named as their classic beer but it’s never on tap. I’d had the only beer on tap, their Fassbier and a local said the Helles was better so I figured I’d give it a try even though it was winter and not a style I generally drink in the colder months. It came out quite pale but was well poured from the bottle so wasn’t fizzy and had a nice appealing creamy white head. The nose of malt and grain was a fair precursor to the flavor but there was fair hopping too which led to a long, dry bitter finish. It was quite nice and I’d surely throw this down easily on a warm summer day.