Village Squeeze Lemon Berry Helles

Reviewed by on June 27, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Village Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 27, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Fruit Beer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Calgary’s Village Brewery has released this purported Munich Helles lager made with lemon and raspberries, for the summer of 2016, in collaboration with Fiasco Gelato.

This 473ml can pours a crystal clear, bright salmon-tinged, and very pale golden yellow colour, with one zaftig finger of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a few instances of hanging organic alien invader ship lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of musty ripe raspberries, sort of sedate lemon rind, gritty and grainy pale malt, a twinge of earthy yeast, and very plain leafy, weedy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, muddled citrus rind, an equally unheralded and muted raspberry fruitiness, fading musty yeast, and more generic leafy, earthy and estery floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its gently probing frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a certain tackiness from either the yeast or the guest fruit making a minor fuss here. It finishes trending dry, the graininess starting to bottom out, and the mixed fruitiness putting ‘er in neutral.

Overall, not a bad fruited-up Helles lager, the inherent graininess keeping this one from swaying too close to the parallel ditches.  Anyway, this probably will and should be a big hit with the Cowtown hipster patio crowd this coming summer, so here’s my ode from afar to them.

Brady White

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