Grasser Urtyp Hell (bottle)

golden beer in pewter lidded mug with bottle in front of Beerwanderers logo
Grasser Urtyp Hell

Brewery: Grasser
Town: Huppendorf
Style: Helles 5.2%
Color: golden
Head: white, creamy
Nose: nice mix of grain and hops
Body: medium
Palate: balanced, nice grain element, hoppy
Finish: clean, semi-dry, semi-bitter

Served: from a bottle bought in the area

Impression: For the record I’m one of the people warning of a Helles takeover in Franconia so I was apprehensive when the makers of the lovely amber Vollbier Huppi came out with theirs. Though I’ve rarely been disappointed by the brewing legend, I wasn’t really expecting much. It poured gorgeously but I’ve never had a poorly made or bottled beer from Grasser. The nose of grain and hops was my first clue it wasn’t going to be a Munich Helles clone. It’s got the rich malty fullness of a Helles but there’s a really nice grainy element and lots more hops from the get go. The clean, semi-dry finish is more bitter than most but I really like it just the way it is. Don’t judge a book by its cover or a beer by its style. If this is how Helles is going to taste in Franconia, I’m not going to complain.

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